Environmental assessment report on Spadina Subway Extension now available

The subway to York University moved one step closer to reality on Friday with the release of the Spadina Subway Extension Environmental Assessment (EA) report to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for review and approval.

Prepared from material collected through an extensive series of public open houses, town hall meetings, forums and online submissions, the report was prepared in accordance with the Terms of Reference approved by the Minister of the Environment on Sept. 13, 2004.

The TTC is seeking approval to extend the Spadina Subway from the existing Downsview Station to Steeles Ave., with four new stations located at: Sheppard Ave. West-Canadian National Railway Newmarket Subdivision, the Keele St.- Finch Ave. West intersection, York University, and Steeles Ave. West (between Jane St. and Keele St.).

The EA document will be available for public review and comment from Feb. 16 to April 6, 2006.

Members of the York community who would like to review the report can do so during normal business hours at the Scott Library on York’s Keele campus.

The report is also available online at www.ttc.ca (click on Spadina Subway Extension). Requests for information or questions about the Environmental Assessment should be directed to the Toronto Transit Commission by sending an e-mail to subway.ea@ttc.ca, or by calling 416-393-4001, TTY users should call 416-397-0831. Comments can also be faxed to 416-338-0414.

Anyone wishing to provide comments on the EA must submit their comments in writing to the Ministry of the Environment by April 6. Comments should be submitted to:

Demetra Koros, Special Projects Advisor
Ministry of the Environment
Environmental Assessment & Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A
Toronto, ON M4V 1L5
Telephone: 416-314-7141, or 1-800-461-6290
Fax: 416-314-7774