What SmartTrack looks like

A Westonian with some mad cartographic skills has sent in a revealing map of the potential effects of Tory’s SmartTrack proposal.

He made a detailed map of the “1D” alignment, which was “brought forward following public consultations”—and pardon my plain speech, but if this is the best we can do, we’re totally fucked. Corridor 1D

Our guest cartographer added high-resolution imagery, property lines, and a conservative guess at the width of the tunnel (in red). By my count, the 1D corridor would demolish at least 51 homes, and it would certainly affect far more. The ‘tunnel’ would be made through ‘cut and cover’, which residents of Weston are quite familiar with.

Mount Denizens, take it from us: it’s not a tunnel. It’s a trench. It’s dug, not bored. You will lose your homes and your neighbourhood.

There are other possible alignments for this LRT. Some go north, through Weston, on existing corridors. Others make different (even impossible) turns onto Eglinton. There are few details available.

Our cartographer, however, who would like to remain anonymous, also threw into doubt the viability of plan 1A. It involves an awful lot of steep up-downs in a short distance to stay on the route—or, your correspondent supposes, the demolition and expropriation of property to avoid roads and bridges. Corridor 1A Google Earth

Plan 1B had “little merit” according to the planners, leaving only plan 1C to discuss. It would—brace yourself: Require widening the train corridor from Nickle to Jane (which would have an “impact” on properties, would have to be tunneled under the “industrial, residential and hospital” properties, and would cross the park on stilts. Emmett would be closed permanently. The details are not available, but I made a guess at it to give you an idea.


For all possible designs, there’s this to consider: “two additional parallel tracks ‘are highly likely’ to be required in the Kitchener corridor…. to allow SmartTrack to run alongside GO RER, UP Express and VIA Rail services”.

Mount Denizens and Westonians, you might usefully consider whether we need GO service, UP Express service, bus service, and SmartTrack service at the cost of homes, businesses, and neighbourhoods, or whether, perhaps, there might be a another solution.


Oak Street track crossing being replaced

Your humble correspondent is entirely in favour of traffic calming measures, but even he was a little put off by the under-carriage scraping track-crossing at Oak. Local mechanics are today despairing to hear that CP is, at last, making the crossing a little less outrageously a-kilter.

Debbie Camilo of Frances Nunziata’s office had this to say:

CP has informed our office that they have built a new crossing which will replace the existing one.  We are in agreement that the existing crossing is in really bad shape and are therefore happy that they have built a new one and are installing it.

Thanks to the readers who enquired.

GO Train service upgrade – it’s official.

As mentioned previously in Weston Web, an upgraded schedule to the GO Train service between Weston and Union stations has been announced by GO Transit beginning September 8. The service upgrade covers the middle of the day during weekdays. Weston Station will continue to sit idle during weekends but that will be handy for the new (temporary) Farmers Market location next year.

Inbound schedule.

GO Train Weston to Union schedule.

The return journey also fills in the middle of the day times.

Return to Weston Schedule.

GO Train Union to Weston schedule.

We can speculate about the reason for this unexpected gift from GO Transit and Metrolinx. Uncharitable folk might suggest that this is a way to dull the clamour to add stops to or lower prices on the UP Express. Here at Weston Web we recognize this as a truly magnanimous gesture that comes purely from the heart. Let’s hope that the lovin’ feeling will soon extend to weekend service.

Read the official announcement here.

All day GO Train surprise.

According to the Toronto Star’s Tess Kalinowski, Weston will enjoy off-peak GO Train service at hourly intervals after Labour Day. Readers may be aware of the commuter-oriented GO Train schedule (which operates on weekdays only).

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There are eight morning trains between Weston and Union beginning at 6:12 and ending at 9:57.

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In the evening, seven trains offer the return service between 3:30 and 6:50. Metrolinx will soon make an announcement regarding hourly train service in both directions between Union and Mount Pleasant which is one stop east of Georgetown.

This upgrade in service may be of comfort to people who would like to travel in the middle of the day outside of the traditional commute times and it will be interesting to see if there are changes to the existing train times.

The article states that the Stouffville line will see a similar upgrade later on in the year.

This upgrade to service will take some of the sting out of watching an unaffordable (and nearly empty) UP Express train service passing through Weston every fifteen minutes between Union and the airport.

That service is seven days a week, nineteen hours a day.

Metrolinx is expected to make an official announcement mid-month.

Cherri Hurst Takes Toronto Star on a Weston Tour

Local Business owner and Weston Heritage Conservation District President Cherri Hurst invited Lauren Pelley of the Toronto Star to take a tour of Weston recently and the result is a lovely article extolling many of the lovely features of Weston. Ms. Pelley asked readers to submit their favourite features of where they live – WestonWeb suggests that readers add theirs in the comments section the article.

Read the article here in today’s Star.

And we’re back

Sorry about the hiatus. It’s been a tough couple of weeks around here.

In the news: the Clean Train Coalition keeps chugging along. They’ve joined a climate justice campaign in advance of the “Climate Summit of the Americas“, an international conference hosted by the Government of Ontario.

The CTC is also counting the pounds of greenhouse gases released by the UPX. In the first three weeks of operation, they say it has released about a million kilograms of carbon dioxide.



Weston Station – a work in progress

Yesterday I took a look at Weston Station and two things are evident;

1. The station still needs a lot of work before it is complete.

2. It’s going to look very nice – a lot nicer than the old one.

Judge for yourself in these images.