I've e-mailed Cllr Grimes, since I wasn't sure if the new GO station announcement referred specifically to SmartTrack, or if it was the new GO station shortlist that was supposed to be announced this month too. His response is below. In summary Park Lawn did not make the short list and him and Cllr DiCiano, along with MP Maloney, are meeting with Metrolinx later this month to see if anything can be done (or at least to get an explanation). If you live in the area or think that a Park Lawn GO is a good idea, consider sending an email to Bruce McCuaig (via Cllr Grimes office:Councillor_Grimes@toronto.ca) re-iterating that the area is need of reliable transit.
Just to clarify – Park Lawn Go was not proposed as part of the SmartTrack plan, but as an independent campaign by Councillor Grimes and Councillor Di Ciano. You are correct in that Metrolinx did not include Park Lawn in its shortlist – but the report released does state would be considered in the future for potential expansion. Here is the report, which details the rationale:
Councillor Grimes was extremely disappointed to hear that Park Lawn did not make the short list of stops, as he had communicated the importance of this stop – along with Councillor Di Ciano – through a petition as well as many ongoing communications with Metrolinx. Councillor Grimes and Councillor Di Ciano, along with MP James Maloney, will be meeting with Metrolinx to ask them to reconsider this decision, as well as further explain the rationale as to why this rapidly growing area was not included. At this point, they will also be writing letters to the board to further stress the need for transit in the area. If possible, we are asking that residents write their own letters of support addressed to the Chair of the Metrolinx board J. Robert S. Prichard as well as CEO Bruce McCuaig, detailing the need for a transit stop in Humber Bay Shores. Your support is appreciated, please send the completed letters to our office so that they can be presented in advance of the meeting on June 28.