Last night, I dropped by the first Public Forum for the EA now in progress for the Eastern Waterfront transit proposals. There are three study areas: East Bayfront covers the area roughly to Parliament Street, West Donlands looks at the slice from Parliament to the River up to King, and the Port Lands covers everything east of the river. Although there will be separate studies, the work is co-ordinated, and some of the public participation is consolidated to avoid duplication of effort.
At this point, the EA is only at the Terms of Reference stage. This part can be immensely frustrating because nobody actually designs anything, they only talk about what the ground rules will be when they actually start to work. If you get these wrong, you may find yourself with a subway where you expected a pleasant streetcar ride, or an expressway where you expected a civilized pedestrian oasis. Continue reading