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    Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit System

    Public Information Centre #1 Summary Report

    Prepared for Metrolinx by IBI Group & Parsons October 24, 2019

  • IBI GROUP PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #1 SUMMARY DURHAM-SCARBOROUGH BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM Prepared for Metrolinx

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    October 24, 2019

    CLIENT: Metrolinx

    PROJECT NAME: Durham Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit

    REPORT TITLE: Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit System

    IBI REFERENCE: 119887

    VERSION:

    DIGITAL MASTER:

    J:\119887_Mx_DS_BRT\5.0 Design (Work) Phase\Consultation\PIC #1\Summary

    ORIGINATOR: Anna Levytska

    REVIEWER: Hailey McWilliam, Margaret Parkhill

    AUTHORIZATION: Margaret Parkhill

    CIRCULATION LIST:

    HISTORY: Version 1.0

  • IBI GROUP PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #1 SUMMARY DURHAM-SCARBOROUGH BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM Prepared for Metrolinx

    Table of Contents

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    1 Introduction ............................................................................................... 1

    2 Event Information ...................................................................................... 2

    3 Notification of Public Information Centre #1 .......................................... 3

    4 Information Presented .............................................................................. 5

    5 Participation .............................................................................................. 6

    5.1 Durham Region Events ..................................................................... 6

    5.2 City of Toronto – Scarborough Event ................................................ 8

    6 Comments from the Public ..................................................................... 11

    7 Online Survey .......................................................................................... 13

    8 Other Comments ..................................................................................... 15

    9 Key Findings ............................................................................................ 16

    10 Summary .................................................................................................. 17

    List of Exhibits

    Exhibit 1-1: Study Area Map .................................................................... 1

    Exhibit 2-1: Dates and Times of Public Information Centre #1 ............. 2

    Exhibit 4-1: Public Information Centre #1 Display Boards .................... 5

    Exhibit 5-1: Whitby Public Information Centre Event ............................ 6

    Exhibit 5-2: Live, Work, Attend School Map after June 12, 2019 .......... 7

  • IBI GROUP PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #1 SUMMARY DURHAM-SCARBOROUGH BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM Prepared for Metrolinx

    Table of Contents (continued)

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    Exhibit 5-3: Interactive Study Area Boards ............................................ 8

    Exhibit 5-4: Scarborough Public Information Centre Event .................. 9

    Exhibit 5-5: Live, Work, Attend School Map after September 26, 2019 ........................................................................................... 10

    Exhibit 5-6: Interactive Study Area Boards .......................................... 10

    Exhibit 6-1: Summary of Comments from Durham Region Events .... 11

    Exhibit 6-2: Summary of Comments from Scarborough Events ........ 12

    Exhibit 6-3: Summary of Online Survey Responses ............................ 13

    List of Appendices

    Appendix A – Notice of Public Information Centre #1 Appendix B – Public Information Centre #1 Contact List Appendix C – Newspaper Advertisements

    Appendix D – Display Boards Appendix E – Postcards

    Appendix F – Comment Sheets Appendix G – Survey Responses Appendix H – Emails

  • IBI GROUP PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #1 SUMMARY DURHAM-SCARBOROUGH BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM Prepared for Metrolinx

    October 24, 2019 1

    1 Introduction

    Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, is working to transform the way the region moves by building a fast, convenient and integrated transit network. Part of this plan is to bring more frequent and reliable transit service, known as Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit, along the Highway 2 and Ellesmere Road corridor (Exhibit 1-1).

    The Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit project was identified as a priority development project in Metrolinx’s 2041 Regional Transportation Plan, and is an important component of the 2041 Frequent Rapid Transit Network. Metrolinx is working with Durham Region, Durham Region Transit, City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission on the next stages of the project, which includes a Preliminary Design Business Case and a Transit Project Assessment Process.

    The Transit Project Assessment Process is a streamlined environmental assessment process that is specific to transit projects under Ontario Regulation 231/08. The Transit Project Assessment Process includes a pre-planning phase followed by a formal 120-day consultation period. To engage with interested persons along this diverse corridor, events will be held in each local municipality within the study area during the four rounds of Public Information Centres that are planned. Three rounds are planned prior to the start of Transit Project Assessment Process, and one round is planned during the process. This report summarizes Public Information Centre #1, held in June and September 2019.

    The purpose of Public Information Centre #1 was to introduce the Durham- Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit project to the public and present the findings of previous studies. The Public Information Centre was also held to obtain feedback on the proposed scope of planned technical studies and the “pinch point” locations, which are constrained areas along the corridor.

    Exhibit 1-1: Study Area Map

  • IBI GROUP PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #1 SUMMARY DURHAM-SCARBOROUGH BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM Prepared for Metrolinx

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    2 Event Information

    Public Information Centre #1 consisted of six events. In June 2019, four events were held in the following municipalities in Durham Region: City of Pickering, Town of Ajax, Town of Whitby and the City of Oshawa. In September 2019, two events were held in Scarborough. Details on the times and locations of the events are included in Exhibit 2-1:

    Exhibit 2-1: Dates and Times of Public Information Centre #1

    Pickering Thursday, June 6, 2019 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pickering Recreation Complex, East Salon

    Ajax Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. McLean Community Centre, Community Hall

    Oshawa Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Civic Recreation Complex, Bobby Orr Room (moved to lobby)

    Whitby Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute, gymnasium

    Scarborough Thursday, September 26, 2019

    3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Meeting Place, Science Wing (S-Wing) University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

  • IBI GROUP PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #1 SUMMARY DURHAM-SCARBOROUGH BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM Prepared for Metrolinx

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    3 Notification of Public Information Centre #1

    A number of methods were used to notify the public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities of the Public Information Centre, including mailouts, emails, newspaper advertisements, online notices, word of mouth, and posters. The formal Notice of Public Information Centre is provided in Appendix A. A full list of the organizations that were notified of Public Information Centre #1 is provided in Appendix B.

    Details of the notifications for the Public Information Centre events in Durham Region in June are as follows:

     The Notice of Public Information Centre was mailed to 949 property owners within 30 metres of the study corridor on May 21, 2019 (Appendix A).

     The Notice of Public Information Centre was emailed to 10 Indigenous communities on May 30, 2019.

     The Notice of Public Information Centre was advertised in five local newspapers in two consecutive publications prior to the Public Information Centre (Appendix C):

    - Ajax-Pickering News Advertiser – May 23 and May 30, 2019 publications

    - Whitby This Week – May 23 and May 30, 2019 publications

    - Oshawa This Week – May 23 and May 30, 2019 publications

    - Oshawa Express – May 23 and May 30, 2019 publications

    - Oshawa Durham Central – May 27 and June 3, 2019 publications

     Public Information Centre event details were available on the project website (https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/content/get-involved), which went live on June 6, 2019 (Appendix A).

     Stakeholders that attended the Stakeholder Advisory Group, Technical Advisory Group and Municipal Technical Advisory Group meetings held on June 5 and June 6, 2019, were informed of the upcoming Public Information Centres (Appendix B).

     The Notice of Public Information Centre was posted at Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa GO stations to inform transit riders of Public Information Centre #1.

     The Notice of the Public Information Centre was sent out to Sub

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