Final Consultation Meeting on Finch LRT

Dear Residents,

The final round of consultations is coming up for the LRT. There are a number of locations throughout Finch Ave West. I invite you to attend and take part.

I will be attending on Thursday, December 3rd, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Julius Banquet Centre, which is on 2201 Finch Avenue West (at Arrow Rd).

See the flyer for more details - Etobicoke Finch West-LRT-Dec-2009

Sincerely,Anthony PerruzzaCity of Toronto CouncillorWard 8 – York West

Background

The City of Toronto and the TTC are planning a new Light Rail Transit (LRT) route to significantly improve transit service on Finch Avenue West between Yonge Street and the Highway 27/Humber College area. Electrically-powered Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) will travel in reserved lanes providing a smooth, fast and comfortable transit experience. The Etobicoke-Finch West LRT will connect to the Yonge subway line at Finch Station and the future extension of the Spadina Subway line at the planned Keele Station. The City of Toronto Official Plan outlines initiatives to implement transit priorities throughout the city, intensify growth in rapid transit corridors and reduce car dependency. Transit City will achieve these goals by moving more people to more places by transit. Once implemented, the Transit City LRT lines will support local economic development and reduce greenhouse emissions by allowing people to choose public transit as a convenient alternative to the private automobile. Each line will provide seamless connections with the existing TTC subway system, GO Transit, other Transit City LRT routes and regional public transit networks.

At the upcoming open houses, TTC and the City will present final passenger stop locations and traffic management strategies as well as details related to all environmental aspects of the project including mitigation measures for the preferred design. Public consultations during the preliminary planning stage were held in July and August 2008.

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