2. The present submission of the alternative plan, unanimously approved by the Concord West community, for the location and articulation of the traffic hub required by the 407 Transitway.
2.1. The alternative plan, unanimously approved by the Concord West community, for the location and articulation of the traffic hub required by the 407 Transitway.
In essence, the alternative plan unanimously approved by the community on August 24, 2010, General Meeting preserves all the essential linkages, services and infrastructures required by the 407 Transitway Project, but leaves the ORC greenland under petition free for transfer to the TRCA, and in addition requires no public purchase or expropriation of private lands south of Highway 7. The alternative proposal is shown in Figure 5. Its features are:
• Location of the GO station either (1) on the emplacement of the old Concord train station along the western border of parcel A of the Concord Floral lands, 1890 Highway 7 (see red lined box in Figure 5); or (2) under (built into) the projected Concord Corporate GO Centre slated to occupy the same parcel A (see solid red curved box in Figure 5); or (3), still further east, partially occupying the eastern parcel B of the same Concord Floral lands, the said parcel B being currently owned by the ORC/OMI.
• Location of the Metrolinx station on currently held OMT land on the southeast side of the intersection of Highway 7 with Centre Street (see box in green lines in Figure 5).
• Connection between the GO and Metrolinx stations via a 300-350 meter long elevated skywalk with escalators and moving walkways (see purple stapled box in Figure 5). This elevated walkway can also be used to permit safe pedestrian crossing of Highway 7 at Centre Street, permitting the timing of traffic lights in this intersection to be governed solely by the needs of vehicular flow.
• Location of the car parking lot and bus facilities (drop-off, pick-up and service) on the land running northward, on the northeast side of the intersection of Highway 7 with Centre Street (see black stapled box in Figure 5, and text indication in Figure 6). The proposed location provides better vehicular access along a portion of Highway 7 that is currently unencumbered by traffic bottlenecks.
• Retracing the route of the rapid-bus road or transitway connecting to the Metrolinx station to hug the 407 highway path (see lines in green in Figure 5), so as not to destroy the ORC greenland under petition, and minimize the proximity of bus circulation lanes to the Concord West community. The bus transitway may still have to be elevated, just not over the ORC greenland in question.
• Construction of an underground tunnel to cross the railway tracks at the end of Rockview Gardens (solid black trace in Figure 5), this time actually designed to permit access by Concord West residents to the ORC greenland in question and the Bartley Smith Greenway/Langstaff Ecopark. Along with this tunnel, (1) proper fencing-in of the railway line on both sides of the tracks should be undertaken for both safety and acoustic dampening purposes, and (2) a small bridge for pedestrian use should be rebuilt over the Don River, to permit access from the ORC greenland to the path of the Bartley Smith Greenway/Langstaff Ecopark, which lies to the east of the Don River.