Environmental assessment for electrification complete

Metrolinx has released the environmental assessment for the proposed electrification of the UP Express. You can comment on the plans for the next 30 days.

Highlights:

  • Despite assurances that the diesel trains are low-emission, “air quality within the UP Express corridor will improve” when they are converted to electrical, even accounting for extra the power generation.
    • But the difference might be small. Diesel trains will consume about 140 L of fuel passing through Weston each day.
  • It doesn’t look like the electrification will result in any additional expropriations in Weston.
  • There are plans for a new station in Mount Dennis.
  • Construction will, of course, be irritating, and will last two to three years
  • The Humber River bridge is culturally significant for its history, engineering, and importance to the community.
  • Electric trains will be no noisier than diesel trains. They might be quieter.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.