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Three-in-one public information meeting in Liberty Village,
March 1

The City of Toronto is hosting an open house on three separate infrastructure projects in the Liberty Village area tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1. During the event, you can review and comment on the plans or talk to City staff about the proposals. The City has already started the environmental assessment process for two of the projects and is starting the process for the third with this meeting.

The projects include:

The meeting takes place:

Tuesday, March 1

From 4:30 until 8 p.m.,
Liberty Noodle,
171 East Liberty Street
(at Hanna Avenue)

Getting there by public transit:

63 Ossington bus to East Liberty and Lynn Williams Streets, walk one block west, or to East Liberty Street and Atlantic Avenue, walk one block east.

Of the three projects, the Dufferin bridges proposal has the most impact on transit passengers. Any new bridges have to be high enough to accommodate GO’s plans to operate electric trains along the 01 Lakeshore West line within ten years.

Currently, the City plans to erect temporary bridges to carry traffic across the expressway and tracks while it builds the new bridges, but all construction likely would affect TTC services along the 29 Dufferin route, particularly on weekends and during the summer when the buses operate into Exhibition Place to and from the Princes’ Gates or nearer to Ontario Place. Construction may also slow GO trains operating along the rail corridor and GO buses operating along the Gardiner Expressway.

The City is considering three possible routes for the new bridges and roadways leading to and from the new structures. Depending on what route the City eventually chooses, the City may also have revisit its plans to build the future Waterfront West light rail transit line. (This was one of the Transit City projects. Since Mayor Rob Ford famously declared that “Transit City is over” on his first day in office, the status of this project is uncertain, but, sooner or later, the scale of development along the waterfront and southern Etobicoke will require the City and TTC to upgrade transit services.) Two of the routes may also affect the TTC’s loop for buses and streetcars beside the Dufferin Gate to Exhibition Place.

During this event, City staff will present the option they prefer for the route of the roadways and the design of the bridges.

Liberty Village is the site for another transit infrastructure project that you won’t learn about during this public information meeting — the Metrolinx project to build an overpass to carry Strachan Avenue across the tracks to accommodate GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West, 21 Milton, 31 Georgetown, 65 Barrie and future Bolton lines and the future Air Rail Link.