Item - 2017.EX29.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 5, 2017 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on November 28, 2017 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on December 5, 2017.

EX29.1 - SmartTrack Project Update and Next Steps

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2017, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council approve the concepts for the SmartTrack stations outlined in Attachment 1 to the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B as the basis for completing station design work, and authorize the City to act as co-proponents with Metrolinx for, and together commence, the Transit Project Assessment Process for the SmartTrack stations, which will consider the following station-specific design elements:

            

a.  St. Clair-Old Weston SmartTrack station will be coordinated with the ongoing work on the St. Clair Avenue West Transportation Master Plan and all efforts made to advance aspects of that Master Plan concurrently with the station; and the north-west extension of the West Toronto Railpath will be integrated into the design work of the St. Clair-Old Weston SmartTrack station and/or in conjunction with the St. Clair Avenue West Transportation Master Plan; and the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B will include an update on this station-specific design element in their report back to Council in the second quarter of 2018;

 
b.  King-Liberty SmartTrack station will include the consideration of strong connections for pedestrians and cyclists directly into Liberty Village, provision for the King High Line crossing and other enhancements to cycling infrastructure in and through the area;

 
c.  East Harbour SmartTrack station will be fully integrated into the broader Unilever Precinct planning process to support the development of this area as a major employment area;

 
d.  Gerrard-Carlaw SmartTrack station will include entrances that optimize connections with the planned Relief Line station, other transit lines and the broader station area;

 
e.  Lawrence-Kennedy SmartTrack station will feature direct access from the Lawrence Avenue overpass and will allow for the continued operation of Line 3 until the opening of the Scarborough Subway Extension while optimizing connections to areas of potential future development north of Lawrence Avenue; and

 
f.  Finch-Kennedy SmartTrack station will be integrated with a road-under-rail grade separation being constructed as part of Regional Express Rail, feature direct access from station entrances on Finch Avenue, include new local access roads at the north end of the station to provide for passenger pick up/drop off and consideration of improved access from areas south of the station.

 
2.  City Council request Metrolinx to include strong connections to Bloor Street and all provisions required to improve the network of pedestrian/cycling pathways along the GO corridor that were initiated through the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation project as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process or addenda for the Bloor-Lansdowne GO Regional Express Rail station.

 
3.  City Council request Metrolinx to work in partnership with the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B to advance the Spadina-Front GO Regional Express Rail station, the Rail Deck Park proposal and other aligned capital projects in the rail corridor, and request consideration of a decking structure in the planning, design and engineering work for the Spadina-Front GO Regional Express Rail station, including but not limited to the station's Transit Project Assessment Process or addenda.

 

4.  City Council direct staff to continue planning the Eglinton West LRT transit extension concept for the Toronto Segment between Mount Dennis Station and Renforth Station, including:


a. ten stops as described in Attachment 2 to the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B; and


b. staff forming a working group of community stakeholders in consultation with local councillors, to investigate further grade separation and or tunnelling options to further develop traffic modelling and an enhanced framework that places additional consideration on local community interest.

 
5.  City Council request Metrolinx to engage in discussions with the City on required resources to support timely implementation of the Metrolinx Regional Express Rail program and authorize the City Manager and any other relevant City officials to execute an agreement with Metrolinx to have Metrolinx fund:

 

a.  dedicated City staff resources in support of Regional Express Rail implementation in Toronto; and

 
b.  the City's Property Acquisition Unit to provide property acquisition services for transit expansion initiatives to Metrolinx, including the Light Rail Transit and Regional Express Rail programs in Toronto.

 
6.  City Council forward the City's submission on Metrolinx's draft Regional Transportation Plan as outlined in Attachment 5 to the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B to Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation.

 

7.  City Council direct the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to include in the second quarter 2018 report on SmartTrack:

 

a. an update on the status of discussions with Metrolinx to pay for the dedicated City staff resources to support Regional Express Rail implementation in Toronto; and

 

b. updated ridership projections.

 

8.  City Council direct the City Manager and the Interim Chief Financial Officer to report, through the Executive Committee, to City Council, no later than July 17, 2018, with an update on funding and financing options for the City for the SmartTrack Regional Express Rail.

 

9.  City Council direct staff to include as part of the Stage Gate 5 report, the opportunities for the City to work with private sector developers, including the opportunities to provide commuter parking integrated within a larger development concept associated with land that is required to construct new local access roads on the east side of the Finch-Kennedy Station.

Background Information (Committee)

(November 17, 2017) Report from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B on SmartTrack Project Update and Next Steps
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109125.pdf
Attachment 1 - New SmartTrack/GO Regional Express Rail Stations Technical and Planning Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109249.pdf
Attachment 2 - Eglinton West Light Rail Transit Extension Technical and Planning Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109250.pdf
Attachment 3 - Metrolinx Update on Regional Express Rail
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109251.pdf
Attachment 4 - City response to Metrolinx re: additional information on the proposed Lawrence East station
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109252.pdf
Attachment 5 - City response to Metrolinx re: Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109253.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX29.1.1)
(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (EX.Supp.EX29.1.2)
(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Emily Hanna, President, NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter (EX.Supp.EX29.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/comm/communicationfile-74104.pdf
(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Arjun Chowdhury, Director, Asset Management, the Airport Corporate Centre Landowners' Committee (EX.Supp.EX29.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/comm/communicationfile-74108.pdf
(November 28, 2017) Submission from Raymond Shen (EX.New.EX29.1.5)
(November 28, 2017) Letter from Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority GTAA (EX.New.EX29.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/comm/communicationfile-74143.pdf
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Joseph Lorinez (EX.New.EX29.1.7)

Communications (City Council)

(November 28, 2017) Letter from Jennifer Huntley, Director of Leasing, Retail Division, Davpart Inc. (CC.Main.EX29.1.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cc/comm/communicationfile-74229.pdf
(November 29, 2017) Submission from Sharon Yetman (CC.Main.EX29.1.9)
(November 30, 2017) Submission from Sharon Yetman (CC.Supp.EX29.1.10)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Michael Ford (Lost)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 4 so that it now reads as follows:

 

4.  City Council direct staff to continue planning the Eglinton West LRT transit extension as a below grade concept only, except at the Eglinton Flats due to existing flood plains as identified by staff for the Toronto Segment between Mount Dennis Station and Renforth Station, including:


a. up to ten stops as described in Attachment 2 to the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B; and


b. direct staff to form a working group of community stakeholders in consultation with local councillors, to investigate further grade separation and or tunnelling options to further develop traffic modelling and an enhanced framework that places additional consideration on local community interest.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-05-2017 3:29 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX29.1 - Ford - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Michael Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti, James Pasternak
Total members that voted No: 36 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Carried)

That City Council direct staff to include as part of the Stage Gate 5 report, the opportunities for the City to work with private sector developers, including the opportunities to provide commuter parking integrated within a larger development concept associated with land that is required to construct new local access roads on the east side of the Finch-Kennedy Station.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-05-2017 3:32 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX29.1 - Karygiannis - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Mike Layton, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager and the Interim Chief Financial Officer to report, through the Executive Committee, to City Council, no later than July 17, 2018, with an update on funding and financing options for the City for the SmartTrack Regional Express Rail.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-05-2017 3:33 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX29.1 - Perks - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

4 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Lost)

That City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendation 4b.

 

Recommendation to be deleted

 

4.b. Direct staff to form a working group of community stakeholders in consultation with local councillors, to investigate further grade separation and or tunnelling options to further develop traffic modelling and an enhanced framework that places additional consideration on local community interest.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-05-2017 3:30 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX29.1 - Carroll - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 12 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 30 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

5 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Lost)

That City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendation 4:

 

Recommendation to be deleted:

 

4.  City Council direct staff to continue planning the Eglinton West LRT transit extension concept for the Toronto Segment between Mount Dennis Station and Renforth Station, including:


a. Ten stops as described in Attachment 2 to the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B; and


b. Direct staff to form a working group of community stakeholders in consultation with local councillors, to investigate further grade separation and or tunnelling options to further develop traffic modelling and an enhanced framework that places additional consideration on local community interest.

 

and replace it with Recommendation 4 in the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B:

 

4. City Council approve an at-grade Eglinton West Light Rail Transit extension concept for the Toronto Segment between Mount Dennis Station and Renforth Station (at Commerce Boulevard), including:

 

a. Ten stops as described in Attachment 2; and

 

b. No further consideration of grade separations at Eglinton Flats (i.e., Jane Street and Scarlett Road), Royal York Road, Islington Avenue, Martin Grove Road, and Kipling Avenue.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-05-2017 3:28 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX29.1 - Cressy - motion 5
Total members that voted Yes: 14 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 28 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

6 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 1.a. by adding in the words "and the north-west extension of the West Toronto Railpath will be integrated into the design work of the St. Clair-Old Weston SmartTrack station and/or in conjunction with the St. Clair Avenue West Transportation Master Plan" so that the recommendation now reads:

 

1.a.  St. Clair-Old Weston SmartTrack station will be coordinated with the ongoing work on the St. Clair Avenue West Transportation Master Plan and all efforts made to advance aspects of that Master Plan concurrently with the station; and the north-west extension of the West Toronto Railpath will be integrated into the design work of the St. Clair-Old Weston SmartTrack station and/or in conjunction with the St. Clair Avenue West Transportation Master Plan.

 

Amended by motion 8 by Councillor Palacio.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-05-2017 3:32 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX29.1 - Bailao - motion 6 as amended by motion 8
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

7a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to include updated ridership projections in the second quarter 2018 report on SmartTrack.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-05-2017 3:34 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX29.1 - Davis - motion 7a
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

7b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to include an update on the status of discussions with Metrolinx to pay for the dedicated City staff resources to support of Regional Express Rail implementation in Toronto, in the second quarter 2018 report on SmartTrack.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-05-2017 3:35 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX29.1 - Davis - motion 7b
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

8 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That motion 6 be amended by adding the words "and the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B include an update on this station-specific design element in their report back to Council in the second quarter of 2018".

Vote (Amend Motion) Dec-05-2017 3:31 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX29.1 - Palacio - motion 8
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-05-2017 3:36 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX29.1 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi
Total members that voted No: 6 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland

Point of Privilege by Councillor Michael Ford

Councillor Ford, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Members should not chastise another Member.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and thanked Councillor Ford for his comments.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order stated that Councillor Campbell commented that staff had not looked at the tunnelling option however, in the report, staff have looked at the tunnelling option.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker accepted the Point of Order and thanked Councillor Perks for his comments.

EX29.1 - SmartTrack Project Update and Next Steps

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council approve the concepts for the SmartTrack stations outlined in Attachment 1 to the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, as the basis for completing station design work, and authorize the City to act as co-proponents with Metrolinx for, and together commence, the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the SmartTrack stations, which will consider the following station-specific design elements:

            

a.  St. Clair-Old Weston SmartTrack station will be coordinated with the ongoing work on the St. Clair Avenue West Transportation Master Plan, and all efforts made to advance aspects of that Master Plan concurrently with the station;

 
b.  King-Liberty SmartTrack station will include the consideration of strong connections for pedestrians and cyclists directly into Liberty Village, provision for the King High Line crossing and other enhancements to cycling infrastructure in and through the area;

 
c.  East Harbour SmartTrack station will be fully integrated into the broader Unilever Precinct planning process to support the development of this area as a major employment area;

 
d.  Gerrard-Carlaw SmartTrack station will include entrances that optimize connections with the planned Relief Line station, other transit lines and the broader station area;

 
e.  Lawrence-Kennedy SmartTrack station will feature direct access from the Lawrence Avenue overpass, and will allow for the continued operation of Line 3 until the opening of the Scarborough Subway Extension while optimizing connections to areas of potential future development north of Lawrence Avenue; and

 
f.  Finch-Kennedy SmartTrack station will be integrated with a road-under-rail grade separation being constructed as part of Regional Express Rail, feature direct access from station entrances on Finch Avenue, include new local access roads at the north end of the station to provide for passenger pick up/drop off and consideration of improved access from areas south of the station.

 
2.  City Council request that Metrolinx include strong connections to Bloor Street and all provisions required to improve the network of pedestrian/cycling pathways along the GO corridor that were initiated through the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation project as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) or addenda for the Bloor-Lansdowne GO Regional Express Rail station.

 
3.  City Council request that Metrolinx work in partnership with the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B to advance the Spadina-Front GO Regional Express Rail station, the Rail Deck Park proposal and other aligned capital projects in the rail corridor, and request consideration of a decking structure in the planning, design and engineering work for the Spadina-Front GO Regional Express Rail station, including but not limited to the station's Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) or addenda.

 

4.  City Council direct staff to continue planning the Eglinton West LRT transit extension concept for the Toronto Segment between Mount Dennis Station and Renforth Station, including:


a. Ten stops as described in Attachment 2 to the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B; and


b. Direct staff to form a working group of community stakeholders in consultation with local councillors, to investigate further grade separation and or tunnelling options to further develop traffic modelling and an enhanced framework that places additional consideration on local community interest.

 
5.  City Council request Metrolinx to engage in discussions with the City on required resources to support timely implementation of the Metrolinx Regional Express Rail program and authorize the City Manager and any other relevant City officials to execute an agreement with Metrolinx to have Metrolinx fund:

 

a.  Dedicated City staff resources in support of Regional Express Rail implementation in Toronto; and

 
b.  The City's Property Acquisition Unit to provide property acquisition services for transit expansion initiatives to Metrolinx, including the Light Rail Transit and Regional Express Rail programs in Toronto.

 
6.  City Council forward the City's submission on Metrolinx's draft Regional Transportation Plan as outlined in Attachment 5 to the report (November 17, 2017) from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation.

Origin

(November 17, 2017) Report from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B

Summary

In July 2016, City Council conditionally approved the SmartTrack concept, based on initial business cases included in the report EX16.1 Developing Toronto's Transit Network Plan to 2031. The SmartTrack concept includes two components. The first component is an integrated SmartTrack/Regional Express Rail (RER) service on the Kitchener and Stouffville/Lakeshore East GO corridors with service frequencies of 6-10 minute peak service and 15-minute off-peak service at fourteen stations, which includes six new SmartTrack stations. The second component is an extension of the Eglinton West Light Rail Transit (LRT) line from Mount Dennis Station to Renforth (at Commerce Boulevard) with between 8 and 12 stops. The potential for a further extension of the Light Rail Transit to Toronto Pearson International Airport is also under review.

 

In November 2016, City Council committed funding to advance the planning and design of the SmartTrack concept to a Class 3 cost estimate (approximately 15-30 percent design), at which time City Council will decide whether to commit funding to procurement and construction of SmartTrack. The staged decision-making process for SmartTrack is outlined in the "Stage Gate Process" agreed to by the City and the Province in the report EX19.1 Transit Network Plan Update and Financial Strategy. This report provides recommendations to advance both components of the SmartTrack project.

 

SmartTrack/Regional Express Rail Integration

 

The planning and design of the six new SmartTrack stations to be incorporated into the overall SmartTrack/Regional Express Rail integration concept have been further advanced to address the City's policy and planning objectives. Attachment 1 includes the emerging station concepts that have resulted from stakeholder and community consultation and collaboration with Metrolinx. The concepts in Attachment 1 will inform the Environmental Project Reports for each station. The report recommends City Council approve the concepts for the new SmartTrack and GO Regional Express Rail stations, and authorize the City to act as co-proponents with Metrolinx in the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the SmartTrack stations, which will commence in the first quarter 2018. This recommendation allows the SmartTrack stations to proceed to the next stage of work. Staff will report to City Council in the second quarter of 2018 to seek authority to proceed to procurement and construction of the new stations. A Class 3 cost estimate and updated funding and financing strategy for the stations will be included in the next report. 

 

Eglinton West Light Rail Transit Extension

 

The Eglinton West Light Rail Transit extension includes two components which are currently in different stages of development. The extension from Mount Dennis Station to Renforth (at Commerce Boulevard), which is the segment located in Toronto (i.e., the "Toronto Segment"), is the furthest advanced. In 2016, City Council requested staff to undertake further analysis of potential stop locations included in the approved 2010 Environmental Assessment (EA)/Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), and to also review potential grade separations for the Toronto Segment. The results of this analysis are outlined in Attachment 2. It is recommended that City Council approve a 10-stop at-grade Light Rail Transit concept for the Toronto Segment of the project and no longer consider grade separations as staff finalize the alignment for the full Light Rail Transit extension.

 

The City is supporting Metrolinx in its study of a potential extension of the Light Rail Transit from Renforth to Toronto Pearson International Airport (i.e., the "Airport Segment") in partnership with the City of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA). Further direction on potential alignment options for the Airport Segment is required to finalize the full alignment of the Light Rail Transit project. The City has also initiated a comprehensive traffic modelling study in the Martin Grove Road area to address traffic management concerns. The outcomes of this study may result in further refinement of the Light Rail Transit alignment west of Martin Grove Road. Further public and stakeholder consultation will be undertaken as this work develops. A final alignment for the Light Rail Transit will be recommended to City Council in the second quarter of 2018, at which time staff will seek authority to amend the approved Environment Assessment/Transit Project Assessment Process in partnership with Metrolinx.

 

Regional Express Rail

 

Attachment 3 of the report provides an update from Metrolinx on the implementation of Metrolinx's Regional Express Rail program, which is foundational to the SmartTrack/Regional Express Rail integration concept described above. Regional Express Rail is a transformational program to provide increased service on core portions of the GO Rail network. This report recommends City Council request Metrolinx to engage in discussions with the City on required resources to support timely implementation of the Regional Express Rail program and authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement with Metrolinx to have Metrolinx fund City positions to provide services in support of Regional Express Rail implementation in Toronto.

 

Regional Transportation Plan

 

In September 2017, Metrolinx released the Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan (the "Draft Plan") for public consultation. The City is working closely with Metrolinx to ensure the elements of the Draft Plan align with the City's transit and transportation policies and priorities. The City and Toronto Transit Commission are key partners in delivering improved mobility outcomes in the region and should be considered a key partner in the next iteration of the Draft Plan. The City has prepared a submission to Metrolinx in response to the Draft Plan which is included as Attachment 5. This report requests City Council forward the contents of the submission to Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation. Metrolinx will be reporting back to their Board in December 2017 with a Draft Final Plan.

Background Information

(November 17, 2017) Report from the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B on SmartTrack Project Update and Next Steps
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109125.pdf
Attachment 1 - New SmartTrack/GO Regional Express Rail Stations Technical and Planning Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109249.pdf
Attachment 2 - Eglinton West Light Rail Transit Extension Technical and Planning Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109250.pdf
Attachment 3 - Metrolinx Update on Regional Express Rail
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109251.pdf
Attachment 4 - City response to Metrolinx re: additional information on the proposed Lawrence East station
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109252.pdf
Attachment 5 - City response to Metrolinx re: Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-109253.pdf

Communications

(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX29.1.1)
(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (EX.Supp.EX29.1.2)
(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Emily Hanna, President, NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter (EX.Supp.EX29.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/comm/communicationfile-74104.pdf
(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Arjun Chowdhury, Director, Asset Management, the Airport Corporate Centre Landowners' Committee (EX.Supp.EX29.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/comm/communicationfile-74108.pdf
(November 28, 2017) Submission from Raymond Shen (EX.New.EX29.1.5)
(November 28, 2017) Letter from Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority GTAA (EX.New.EX29.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/comm/communicationfile-74143.pdf
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Joseph Lorinez (EX.New.EX29.1.7)

Speakers

Raymond Shen
Hamish Wilson
Brenda Thompson , Scarborough Transit Action
John Di Salvo, Richmond Gardens Ratepayers Association RGRRA
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor John Campbell
Councillor Stephen Holyday
Councillor Gord Perks
Councillor Paula Flecther

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That recommendation 4 be deleted and replaced with:

 

4. City Council direct staff to continue planning the Eglinton West LRT transit extension concept for the Toronto Segment between Mount Dennis Station and Renforth Station, including:


a. Ten stops as described in Attachment 2 to the report (November 17, 2017); and


b. Direct staff to form a working group of community stakeholders in consultation with local councillors, to investigate further grade separation and or tunnelling options to further develop traffic modelling and an enhanced framework that places additional consideration on local community interest.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Nov-28-2017

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Gary Crawford, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council