May. 27th, 2015

c9: (streetcar)
My humble suggestion for a motion to city council:

  1. That staff cease negotiations for any change to the existing 2012 Master Agreement, retaining the existing agreement between the City of Toronto and Metrolinx to build and fund 100% of construction costs for the following projects:

    • Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Black Creek to Brentcliffe in an exclusive right-of-way tunnel, and from Brentcliffe to Kennedy at the surface in a reserved right-of-way, with underground connection to the subway at Kennedy Station, and with Eglinton widened to maintain four lanes of mixed traffic at all times.

    • Finch West LRT from Humber College to the new Finch West subway station at Finch and Keele in a reserved right-of-way, with underground connection to the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) at Finch West Station, and with Finch widened to maintain four lanes of mixed traffic at all times.

    • Sheppard East LRT from Don Mills Station to Consumers Road in an exclusive right-of-way tunnel, and from Consumers Road to Morningside in a reserved right-of-way at the surface, and with Sheppard widened to maintain four lanes of mixed traffic at all times.

    • Scarborough LRT, replacing the existing ICTS system from Kennedy Station to McCowan Station in an exclusive right-of-way combining tunnel, elevated, and surface sections, and extending via Progress Avenue to Centennial Colege and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, connecting to the Sheppard East LRT at Progress and Sheppard.

  1. That staff rename the Scarborough LRT project the Scarborough Centre - Progress LRT.

  2. That staff work with Metrolinx to accelerate the design, RFP, and SRT closure schedules and tasks for the Scarborough Centre - Progress LRT under the already-completed Environmental Assessment, allowing completion by the current 2019 planned opening.

  3. That staff be directed to negotiate transfer of the federal government's $660 million previously promised to the Scarborough Subway Extension project to another transit expansion capital cost within the City of Toronto, including but not limited to:

    • Completion of AODA-required accessibility upgrades to TTC network, including physical accessibility upgrades to 39 subway stations.

    • ‚ÄčPurchase of new Bombardier Flexity Outlook streetcars for ridership growth.

    • Extension of the Scarborough Centre - Progress LRT into Malvern (currently an unfunded phase 2 proposal).

    • Construction of a portion of the Scarborough-Malvern LRT in a reserved right-of-way from Kennedy Station east along Eglinton Avenue to Kingston Road (currently an unfunded Transit City proposal, but has a completed Environmental Assessment).

  1. ‚ÄčThat council agrees that the Scarborough Subway Extension to Scarborough Town Centre remains a priority for the residents of and transit riders in Scarborough, and that it be approved and studied immediately following a relief line reducing pressure at Bloor-Yonge Station opening, and constructed immediately following sufficient funding commitments to the project.

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