On Saturday, January 31 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the City of Toronto and TTC hosted the first of two interactive public meetings for Phase 1 of the Scarborough Subway Extension project assessment study. The meeting was held at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, located within the project study area. Approximately 95 people were in attendance, among these was Deputy Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker.
The purpose of the Phase 1 public meeting was to introduce the project, inform the community, and gather input on various aspects of this project phase. This included the study process (draft Terms of Reference), the corridors and station area location options under consideration, how the corridors will be assessed (draft evaluation criteria) and how the community will be engaged throughout the study (draft Public Consultation Plan). Recognizing the importance of public input for this study, various methods were used to notify the community about the public meeting, including local newspapers, TTC ads, the project website and social media.
The meeting followed an interactive Open House format. At the beginning of the event a presentation was made by Tim Laspa, Director, Transportation Planning, City of Toronto. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session, after which attendees were invited to carry on the conversation with project staff while viewing the information boards. At the meeting, attendees were also invited to provide their thoughts and ideas related to key questions posed at multiple points throughout the open house. Attendees posted their comments directly on information boards and maps, or used the Discussion Guide provided to give their feedback.
The following quotes represent what we heard at the Phase 1 Open Houses. Not all comments are represented in this summary but will be available in the complete Phase 1 Public Consultation Report.
Q. How can we improve the study process or Terms of Reference? Is there anything missing from the study process? The following comments are from both open houses.
Q. Who needs to be engaged in the study process? The following comments are from both open houses.
Q. Which criteria are most important to you in deciding the best alignment for the subway extension? The top 3 criteria that were identified (from both open houses) include:
Q. What are the benefits and drawbacks of each of the corridors being considered? Have we missed any corridors? Are the station locations appropriate?