STOP THE TRAINS
IN OUR PARKS
Keep the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension underground in York South-Weston.
Metrolinx wants to put what amounts to a 1.5km "Gardiner Expressway" for LRT trains through the heart of York South-Weston's parkland as part of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension (ECWE). We support the ECWE but want this section buried underground.
The train expressway would run through Eglinton Flats (including Fergy Brown Park), which is some of the most valuable parkland in the city. This parkland is designated a greenbelt zone, includes one of the city’s largest regional networks of sports fields and offers an idyllic setting to enjoy nature that is substantially buffered from roadways by large swaths of mature urban forests.
If the proposed elevated section of the ECWE were to proceed, clear cutting of large swaths of mature urban forests would be required to accommodate a massive launch portal within Fergy Brown Park, substantial concrete barriers and pillars to support the trains, and sizeable elevated transit stations over Jane Street and Scarlett Road that would require further encroachment into the parkland. This proposal also would require another massive launch portal just west of Scarlett Road that would see the train expressway pass directly in front of adjacent residential buildings in a similar way to how the Gardiner Expressway passes directly beside condominiums and other buildings in the downtown core.
Metrolinx plans to put most of the ECWE underground, but wants to run an elevated train expressway straight through our parks, rather than under them. Metrolinx's own Initial Business Case for the ECWE states that an underground solution would provide the best outcome "for livable and sustainable communities."
WHAT WE WANT
No train expressway in our parks. Period
Metrolinx to bury the trains underground in York South-Weston, like they're doing in Etobicoke.
Metrolinx to provide transparency about the project - its costs, its size, and its impact.
YORK SOUTH-WESTON DESERVES THE ECWE
AND OUR GREENSPACE!
ABOUT STOP THE TRAINS IN OUR PARKS (STOP)
We are a group of York South-Weston residents who support the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, but oppose putting a train expressway through our parks as part of the project. We believe greenspace should be for wildlife and people, not concrete and trains.