Councillor Josh Matlow

Metrolinx/Bathurst Street Town Hall – January 16th, 2019 7pm-9pm

Like many of you, my office received the Metrolinx/Crosslinx notice of a December closure of Bathurst Street at Eglinton Avenue. I was surprised by, and frankly upset about their announcement, as they had not received a permit from the City of Toronto to do this. However, we have confirmed that Metrolinx/Crosslinx will not go ahead with their proposed closure without a full and complete public consultation with the residents in our community. I believe consultation should come before, not after, announcements of a decision.

While Metrolinx/Crosslinx has stated that the closure could shorten the construction at Bathurst and Eglinton, there is no evidence that this will speed up the Eglinton Crosstown LRT completion date. Moreover, there are significant concerns about the bus detours, and traffic infiltration into neighbourhoods this closure could cause, further exacerbating the situation residents are already living with every day.

I am working closely with my colleagues, Councillor Mike Colle and Mayor Tory’s office, and together we urged Metrolinx and all parties involved to move the consultation process into January (rather than over the holidays) and to offer alternatives to their proposed closure of Bathurst Street for the public to review. Please join me at Beth Tzedec Congregation on January 16th to discuss the Metrolinx proposal.

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