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GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

Allandale25

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"GO Heavy Rail" mentioned in this.


Extend authorities under the Transit-Oriented Communities Act, 2020 (TOC Act) to other provincial transit projects, such as GO Heavy Rail and light rail transit which would be specified in regulation.
  • Amend the TOC Act to extend authority to provide exemptions from the Hearings of Necessity provisions in the Expropriations Act to other provincial transit projects for TOC.
  • Amend the TOC Act to provide authority to enter into new types of commercial arrangements for other provincial transit projects for TOC to the Minister of Transportation and provide the Minister of Transportation with the ability to delegate this authority by regulation to Metrolinx or other government agencies.
Anyone have a sense on what this would mean for GO construction? cc @crs1026
 

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^ Thats good.

Regarding the new act introduced by the province - does anyone know what exactly it does? I mean the government passed a regulation reduction law for infrastructure projects, what, 3 months ago? Why do they need yet another one?

A quick read through seems to allow Metrolinx to enter into binding agreements with private developers easier for Transit Oriented Development, and allow easier expropriation for GO projects. The second one was passed for highway projects in the first bill 3 months ago, not sure why this stuff wasn't just in that law.
 

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^ We won’t know until the Bill turns up in Hansard, which hasn’t happened as of just now.

My suspicion is that it gives ML the right to overrule municipal planning processes around station development.

RER does not have that many expropriation needs to upgrade rights of ways (unlike new subway or highway construction). But station development may be a different matter. And we know how much Doug cares about municipal government. The municipalities may not even care, as a) they can’t be blamed for what happens and b) they get the benefits of the greater tax assessment sooner.

If it leads to more focussed development around GO stations, I might even be OK with that. Of course, given ML’s solid track record of non-transparency, we may never know what deals get made. This would be a fundamentally unacceptable state of affairs, even if the results are attractive.

- Paul
 

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The bill is here

The most striking clauses are
4 (1) The Minister may, subject to the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, establish, acquire, manage, participate in or otherwise deal with corporations, partnerships, joint ventures or other entities for the purpose of investing assets in, supporting or developing transit-oriented community projects related to provincial transit projects prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of the definition of “priority transit project”.
and

5 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations,
  1. (a) prescribing provincial transit projects for the purpose of the definition of “priority transit project”;
  2. (b) prescribing and governing any additional powers that the Minister may require in order to carry out the activities set out in subsection 4 (1);
  3. (c) prescribing and governing any limitations to permitted activities for the purposes of subsection4(1);
  4. (d) prescribing provisions of the Corporations Act, Business Corporations Act and Corporations Information Act that apply or do not apply to any particular corporation referred to in subsection 4 (1) and, in the case of provisions prescribed as applying, prescribing such modifications of those provisions as the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable;
  5. (e) providing that a nentity referred to in subsection4(1) is or is not a Crown agent;
  6. (f) prescribingandrespectingthegovernancestructure,purposes,powersordutiesforapartnership,jointventureorother entity referred to in subsection 4 (1) that is not a corporation;
  7. (g) prescribing public bodies for the purpose of paragraph 2 of subsection 4 (4) and governing and providing for other matters relating to the prescribing of public bodies for the purpose of that provision;
  8. (h) respecting any other matter that the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable for the purposes of section 4, including to ensure that an entity referred to in subsection 4 (1) may effectively carry out its purposes, powers and duties.
Same
(2) The Minister may make regulations delegating the Minister’s powers for the purpose of subsection 4 (4), and prescribing conditions and restrictions that apply to the delegation.
That reads like pretty wide power to conduct transit projects in the same expedited way as the four subway projects.

- Paul
 
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This will support the GO Platform for the new station

Overnight GO Bridge Girder Installation at Weston Rd and Eglinton Ave W
October 28 & 30, 2020


Crews at Mount Dennis Station & the Rail Corridor will be conducting overnight work for GO bridge girder fabrication and installation on Wednesday October 28 and Friday October 30. On Wednesday October 28, the westbound lanes on Eglinton Ave W will be closed from Black Creek Dr to Weston Rd. On Friday October 30, the eastbound lanes will be closed from Weston Rd to Keelesdale Rd. Lanes will be closed on both nights from as early as 8:00pm until 6:00am. Upon completion of the installation, Eglinton Ave W will reopen.


What to Expect
Crews will be fabricating and installing GO bridge girders overnight. Work is expected to take two nights to complete. Noise levels will remain the same as regular construction activity. Noise from construction equipment such as trucks or and machinery can be expected


Hours of Work
Crews will be working overnight from as early as 8:00pm until 6:00am.
Work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances
The contractor may not always work during the permitted hours but may do so at its discretion
This work may take longer or shorter than expected.
Traffic & Pedestrian Details
The westbound lane on Eglinton Ave W will be closed from Black Creek Dr to Weston Rd on Wednesday October 28
The eastbound lane on Eglinton Ave W will be closed from Weston Rd to Keelesdale Rd on Friday October 30
Advanced notifications will be provided to inform the traffic of the closures
All current pedestrian restrictions will remain in place
Access to businesses and properties will be maintained

Transit Information
TTC bus routes will divert south of Eglinton Ave W, on Black Creek Dr and Weston Rd
TTC bus stops will be temporarily relocated around Weston Rd and Eglinton Ave W, and Black Creek and Eglinton Ave W
 

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