Media Advisory - Province Rushing To Build Overpass In Toronto Neighbourhood For 905 Votes

Davenport MPP Abandons Campaign to Improve Massive Concrete Rail Bridge on Barrie GO Line

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2017 /CNW/ -

 

Who:        

Junction Triangle residents in West Toronto concerned about the impact of a mile-long, three-storey rail bridge to be built in the middle of their neighbourhood and Davenport MPP Cristina Martins.



What:       

Metrolinx plans to separate a rail-to-rail grade crossing (Davenport Diamond) by building a large concrete bridge stretching from Bloor Street to Davenport Road to lift trains on the Barrie GO rail corridor over CP rail tracks that run east/west through the city. 




Originally a supporter of improvements to the contentious bridge plan, Liberal MPP Cristina Martins has said nothing publicly in months about the rejection of a list of Community Requirements supported by all elected officials including Mayor John Tory, Toronto City Council, Davenport MP Julie Dzerowicz, Davenport City Councillors Ana Bailao and Cesar Palacio, area residents and all neighbourhood groups.




Community requirements include a comprehensive vision and design competition, funding commitments, walking and cycling connections, and a multi-modal station at Bloor.



Where:      

The Davenport Diamond is located just northwest of Lansdowne and Dupont.



When:       

Bridge construction is expected to begin in early 2019.



Why:        

Anxious to ramp up rail service to the "vote rich" 905 region, the provincial government is unwilling to even take time to hold a design competition to ensure this $200-million infrastructure project has a positive impact on the neighbourhood.



Photo:       

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Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca with Davenport MPP Cristina Martins at site of proposed rail bridge (Photo courtesy of the Minister's Twitter feed June 21, 2016).

 

SOURCE Junction Triangle Rail Committee

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For further information: Kevin Putnam, Junction Triangle Rail Committee, Putnam@sympatico.ca, 416-931-1336

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