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article imageOfficials welcome opening of Toronto's Eglinton LRT office Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 22, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Several city and provincial officials gathered in uptown Toronto to welcome the opening of the new Eglinton LRT community office. City councillors and provincial officials answered questions from neighourhood residents and reporters.
The Crosstown Eglinton LRT is part of “The Big Move” in the Transit City initiative. Owned by Metrolinx, an Ontario governmental agency in charge of public transportation, and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the LRT is a 26-stop light-rail line that will travel from Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Road – it will later be elevated to the Scarborough Town Centre.
Construction of this $8.2 billion line, both underground and on the street, will begin this summer and is projected to conclude by the year 2020. City and provincial officials estimate that this will create tens of thousands of jobs.
From left to right: City Councillor Mike Colle  Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne  TTC ...
From left to right: City Councillor Mike Colle, Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne, TTC Chair Karen Stintz and MPP Josh Colle.
In order to answer any questions or concerns that Eglinton residents and business owners may have, a new community office has been established near Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West.
TTC Chair Karen Stintz, Eglinton-Lawrence City Councillor Mike Colle and Members of Provincial Parliament Josh Colle and Kathleen Wynne were in attendance to celebrate the office’s launch Tuesday.
Ontario Transportation Minister Wynne said that the office will be beneficial for those who do not have first-hand knowledge of the LRT and who find it imperative to know whether or not there is “a disruption, if there is any disruption.”
From left to right: TTC Chair Karen Stintz  City Councillor Mike Colle  MPP Josh Colle and Ontario T...
From left to right: TTC Chair Karen Stintz, City Councillor Mike Colle, MPP Josh Colle and Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne.
Wynne added that the new LRT line will give transit riders the benefit of connecting to the Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth subway lines, TTC buses and Go Transit.
“The Crosstown Community Office symbolizes TTC's renewed commitment to excellence in customer service and community relations,” said City Councillor Stintz. “By providing accessible, pro-active communication to the community, we are taking the first step to ensure that the implementation of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown is a success.”
“This is great news. The new community office will provide residents with information about the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown transit project,” said Eglinton-Lawrence City Councillor, Mike Colle, who noted that his ward has needed transit development for years and after only being in office for six months, his ward now has it. “Our government is committed to making public transit better for Ontario families."
City Councillors Mike Colle (L) and Karen Stintz.
City Councillors Mike Colle (L) and Karen Stintz.
Some individuals, though, are concerned about the construction project.
One gentleman addressed the officials and told them that he was worried that people would be deterred from shopping in the area because of the construction, congestion and paucity of parking that will ensue.
The city is currently facing two major public transit projects. Last week, Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Karen Stintz officially launched the tunnel boring construction for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.
Office information:
1848 Eglinton Avenue West
Open from Monday to Friday; M, W, F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; T 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; TH 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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