Metrolinx plan for elevated train tracks put on hold in the Junction (Metro News)

In an article published July 31, 2015, Metro News discusses plans for a train track near Davenport Diamond which has currently been placed on hold as discussions surrounding its construction continue. 

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Metrolinx plan for elevated train tracks put on hold in the Junction (Metro News) 

By: Metro Published on Fri Jul 31 2015

Plans for a controversial elevated train track near the Davenport Diamond have been put on hold by the province.

The Ministry of Environment won’t launch an environmental assessment on the project until October — giving the city and Metrolinx more time to hash out their differences on the line designed to cut congestion.

City council asked for the delay earlier this month.

Ward 18 Coun. Ana Bailao spearheaded the move. She’s among those questioning whether a bridge is the right option for separating GO trains from CP rail traffic near Dupont and Lansdowne.

There’s also talk about how adding a GO station at Lansdowne could play into the proposal. The station could connect to the subway and help alleviate traffic on the Dufferin and Jane bus lines, Bailao said.

The project presents opportunities to revamp the community by expanding on green spaces and connecting cycling paths, she said.

“Whether it’s a bridge or a trench, it’s a huge piece of infrastructure and it needs to be done right,” Bailao added. “I always say that this could be a really good project or a really bad project. It all depends on how it’s going to be planned and constructed.”

About the proposal

  • The elevated track would run nearly 2 kilometres along the Barrie Go line, extending from just north of Bloor St. to south of Davenport Rd.
  • The track would be at its highest just north of Dupont St., descending at the Davenport bridge crossing.
  • The Davenport Diamond is created by the meeting of a single north-south rail line and two east-west lines. GO trains are being slowed by a bottleneck in the area.
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