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March 12, 2018

Project Update: What's Next for the Finch West LRT?


The Finch West LRT continues to progress through procurement and remains on schedule for construction to start in the fall of 2018. The project will be delivered as a design, build, finance, and maintain (DBFM) contract.

On December 13, 2017, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx closed the Request for Proposal (RFP) with three interested parties (bids). The three RFP bids are currently being evaluated and a Preferred Proponent announcement is expected in April. 

Specifics regarding the timeline will be confirmed and shared as we progress through procurement and the winning contract is announced. Keep an eye out for updates in future newsletters, and follow us on Twitter for regular project updates.

Construction: Enbridge Relocating Natural Gas Pipelines 


Starting the first week of April 2018, Enbridge Gas Distribution will be relocating natural gas pipelines on the north and south sides of Finch Ave. West between Duncanwoods Dr. and the railway bridge east of Weston Rd. to accommodate the construction of the new Finch West LRT. It is expected that the work will be completed by late August.

Traffic will be affected in both directions on Finch Ave. West for the duration of the work. Some work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances. Additional utility relocation work will also commence at the same time in the vicinity of Signet Road.
Closure: Humber River Recreational Trail Access 

Starting March 22, 2018, the Humber River Recreational Trail access to/from Finch Ave. West between Islington Ave, and Milady Rd. will be temporarily closed. This closure is due to the relocation of the natural gas pipeline in advance of work on the Finch West Light Rail Transit project. The Finch Ave. West access point will re-open in June 2018.

Finch West LRT Stop Naming Engagement


Metrolinx invited the public via MX Engage from January 29th to February 12th, 2018 to share their thoughts on four proposed name changes for the Finch West LRT stops:
  • Weston > Emery Village
  • Jane > Jane and Finch
  • Kipling > Mount Olive
  • Islington > Thistletown
The online engagement was promoted on the FWLRT website and Twittter. In total, 189 comments and 375 poll responses were provided. Thank you to everyone that participated and provided their feedback. The four proposed stop names will be brought to the Metrolinx Board this June 2018 for a final decision.

Celebrating International Women`s Day March 8, 2018
We recently had a chance to catch up with Infrastructure Ontario Project Coordinator on the Finch West LRT delivery team, Adriana Chang about what international women’s day means to her. Watch it on our Twitter or Instagram @FinchWestLRT.
Spend March Break with Us!

Explore a new chapter with us this March Break! Catch us at one of the following Toronto Public Library branches to colour, build paper trains, talk transit and learn more about the Finch West LRT. We`ll have an Alstom photo booth set up where you`ll be able to take all the selfies you want. We`ll make sure you walk away with your very own pen and Alstom paper train!

The Finch West LRT Team in Your Community!


Since opening the community office full time this January 2018, the Finch West LRT Team has held 2 open houses and 11 pop-up events all along the Finch West corridor. A few places we have visited include Jane Finch Mall, the Rexdale Community Hub, Albion Library and York Woods Library. Stay tuned for more!

#FinchWestConnects the Faces of Finch 


The Finch West community is a diverse and unique mosaic of different cultures. In an effort to get to know you, we launched our #FinchWestConnects campaign in January 2018. Throughout the last few months, we’ve connected with people of all different ages and cultures that live, work and go to school along the Finch West corridor. We`d like to share some of their unique stories…

Home - Work - Downtown Connections for Jennifer

Jennifer Singh has lived and worked in the Albion neighbourhood for over 27 years. Once the Finch West LRT is built, it will help connect Jennifer seamlessly to the Albion Library where she works to downtown Toronto. You can watch her short video here

Seneca College Connections for Shante, Sheba, Stef, Lashanna & Victoria

Seneca College Students (L-R) Shante, Sheba, Stef, Lashanna & Victoria use public transportation to commute to their classes daily. They're excited the Finch West LRT will help them connect to their school.

Community Connections for Prophet Emmanuel Kwaku

Prophet Emmanuel Kwaku Osei-Minta is a pastor of a church in the Finch West area for several years. He stopped by our Jane Finch Mall pop-up event and was pleased to find out the project will get underway this year and how it can help revitalize and connect the community.

How will the Finch West Connect you? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FinchWestLRT and let us know using #FinchWestConnects. 

"Transit in Your Community" School Presentations


To create learning opportunities for outreach and engagement with children, their parents and the community about the role and the importance of transit and transportation, Metrolinx signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to provide Transit in Your Community presentations to schools across the Finch West line.

The Metrolinx Finch West LRT team is currently in the process of setting up presentations to grade 5 and 10 classes. Grade 5 students will have a chance to demonstrate their creativity to “Design Your Dream Neighbourhood” and grade 10 students will have an opportunity to listen to a guest speaker and get some insight into careers in engineering, the apprentices and trades.

If your school is interested in having us come and present, please email finchwest@metrolinx.com.
Finch in the News

Read about highlights on some of our recent events in the community and more information on the project in the January edition of the Emery Village Voice and the March edition of Snapd North York. You can also find our ad in the Etobicoke Guardian, Toronto North York Mirror, Snapd North York, Snapd Etobicoke, Downsview Advocate (University Heights/Black Creek and Bathurst Manor) and Emery Village Voice.
Join Us at Our 2018 Spring Pop-up Events!

You’re invited to join us at one of our upcoming spring pop-ups! Come out to learn about the future Finch West LRT in your neighbourhood.

Jane Finch Mall
1911 Finch Ave. W.
  • March 14 & 28 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • April 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Albion Library
1515 Albion Rd.
  • March 21 & 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 3 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Community Benefits Summit
2 Champagne Dr. 
  • March 23 from 12-5 p.m.
Rexdale Community Hub
21 Panorama Court 
  • April 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
We`ll be adding more events over the next few weeks. You can always find more details on our Twitter.
Do you want us to attend your 2018 event? Send your event details to finchwest@metrolinx.com, and one of our team members will be in touch.

Finch West LRT Facts

  • 18 stops, including 16 surface stops, plus an underground interchange station at Finch West (connecting to the new Toronto-York-Spadina Subway Extension), and one below-grade terminal stop at Humber College.
  • The main construction will likely begin fall 2018, however enabling works by others (Enbridge and oil pipeline companies) will be happening around Weston Road and Signet Drive this spring and summer.
  • The Finch West LRT will operate in a dedicated lane in the centre of the roadway, separate from regular traffic.
  • Each vehicle will use the PRESTO proof-of-payment system.
  • Fully accessible trains and stops for wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Trains will run every 5 minutes during peak hours and every 7-10 minutes during off-peak hours.
  • Transit Connections: TTC, GO, Miway, Viva, and Züm transit services at the terminal Humber College stop. 
  • Cost: The project will cost approximately $1.2 billion, and is funded as part of the $8.4 billion commitment by the Province of Ontario to transit expansion in Toronto.
  • Once built, it will provide rapid transit to 46,000 passengers per weekday.
  • The Finch West LRT maintenance and storage facility (MSF) will be located at York Gate Boulevard, close to the Nortfinch / Oakdale stops
Want more of your questions answered? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Come by Our Community Office!

We're located at the Finchdale Plaza at 2540 Finch Ave. W., close to Duncanwoods.
  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays by appointment. 
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