The draft Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the eastern waterfront transit plans goes to the TTC for approval next Wednesday.
This draft is the product by much work in full public meetings as well as a community consultation group. I must commend the team who worked on the draft for their openness to changes, expansion in scope and generally inclusive approach. The stage of building a ToR can be extremely tedious, but it is vital to ensure that all of the alternatives are considered in the EA itself. This is a refreshing change from the St. Clair project.
Assuming that the TTC approves the draft, it will go to the Ministry of the Environment for review over the next few months. While that is underway, some preliminary work will continue collecting information needed for the study and also presenting some technical workshops so that the community can better understand the work behind transportation planning and design.
Meanwhile, the Scarborough RT study is not included on this week’s TTC agenda although it was originally planned for a June presentation. I suspect that recent events at the TTC coupled with the relatively tighter timelines on the Waterfront studies have pushed the SRT report off into the summer.