Mobilizing around the Strachan Super-Bridge and Diesel Trains
Metrolinx is proposing a super-bridge going over the CN rail lines at Strachan Avenue. Strachan is a critical access point in the City's west end to Exhibition Place and the Martin Goodman Trail. Problems surrounding the proposal identified by a City of Toronto Oct 2008 staff report include closing important cross streets, concentrating all traffic on the King/Strachan intersection and creating an uninviting and undesirable environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
TCAT has already spoken out in support of Councillor Joe Pantalone's position that the rail tracks should be lowered with Strachan passing over the top instead. A community response has begun to mobilize support to stop the bridge. Now is the time to let your views on the bridge be heard. Metrolinx is accepting public comment here until July 30th.
Additionally, the trains that will run along this Union-Pearson railway corridor expansion are expected to run on diesel rather than cleaner and available alternatives. This plan has also triggered a strong community response. The Clean Train Coalition is calling for Metrolinx to use electric instead of diesel trains.