City submits updated LRT study to province
The city has submitted the environmental assessment for a newly lengthened LRT route for provincial approval, kick-starting a 30day window for public comment.
After months of fraught debate, council voted in April to extend a planned light rail transit line along the Main-King corridor by three kilometres to Eastgate Square.
Since then, project lead Metrolinx and the city have updated the design documents for the project to reflect the extra three stops in the east end, and eliminated the earlier proposed transit terminal at the Queenston traffic circle.
The updated EA was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Friday, said city project point person Paul Johnson.
Johnson said the amended route was “relatively simple” to put together given the extended route is based on the city’s original proposed LRT design studied in 2011.
“There won’t be many changes compared to what people would have seen in the original study,” he said.
The EA document won’t include information about the big question surrounding the extended route: whether the bridge over the Red Hill Valley Parkway needs to be replaced — a potential budget-buster for the $1-billion project.
Johnson said engineers are still examining the bridge, but added “our working assumption right now is that full replacement will not be required.”
The public will be able to view the document online by Monday morning as well as at City Hall and some library branches. The ministry will receive comments from the public on the project until June 28.
After that, the environment minister has 35 days to give the project a green light or ask for more study work on the LRT design.