The project will be completed in the following phases:
Phase 1A - Review of Proposed Terms of Reference and Development of a Detailed Public Consultation Plan
Prior to commencing the project assessment, the proposed study Terms of Reference was taken to the public for review and comment (March - April, 2014). As a key component of this review, the public consultation framework was used to develop a detailed Public Consultation Plan with input from the public.
The proposed Relief Line Project Assessment Study Terms of Reference covered four areas:
- Introduction and Background: Define the problem; provide rationale for a proposed solution.
- Purpose of the Study: Who is responsible, how we will work together and what the outcome will be.
- Scope of Work: The process for arriving at a recommendation.
- Public Consultation and Communications: Our approach and program for engaging the public.
Following consultation, the Terms of Reference and Public Consultation Plan were updated and approved by City Council at its meeting of June 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014. View the final documents:
Phase 1B - Problem Statement and Rationale for the Project
Phase 2 - Develop “Long List” of Options and Evaluation Criteria
Work on Phases 1B and 2 was undertaken together to reflect the desire to ensure the Project Assessment is completed quickly. That work included the development of a "long list" of potential station areas, and defining an evaluation framework and set of criteria to be applied throughout the study.
Potential station areas included possible terminus points along the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) and in the Downtown, as well as areas where stations could be located throughout the study area. Development of the draft evaluation framework and criteria considered a variety of approaches that are applicable to planning and engineering studies, and included both qualitative and quantitative measures.
Following consultation, the Evaluation Criteria and were finalized and used to evaluate the potential station areas.
Phase 3 - Evaluation of Options to Produce a "Short List"
The third phase in the project assessment stage includes the analysis and evaluation of the comprehensive “long list” of options to create a "short list" for further detailed assessment.
The terminus station options have been screened to eliminate those that do not best meet the project objects from further consideration.
The potential station locations at key activity areas throughout the study area were assessed against a smaller set of evaluation criteria to identify how each meets the project's objectives.
Following this analysis, preliminary alignment options have been developed and will be considered in the context of potential longer term "network" opportunities established in coordination with work being undertaken for the Official Plan transportation policy review.
The objectives of the communication and consultation for these Phases are:
- Create a “short list” of corridor options for further assessment, including:
- Screen terminus options; and
- Assess potential station locations in key activity areas throughout the study area.
Key elements for the public to comment/input on will include:
- Provide feedback on the "short-list” of corridor options
Phase 4 - Evaluate Short List of Options, Identify Draft Recommendations
The fourth phase in the project assessment stage will include the analysis and evaluation of the short list of options determined in Phase 3. This phase of work would review environmental impacts at a greater level of detail and mitigation measures would be developed to attempt to address negative impacts. The analysis and evaluation of the short list options would result in identification of the draft recommended option.
Phase 4 consultation is proposed to reflect a similar approach to be taken in the preceding Phase 3, with an emphasis on the precision of the output to ensure the recommendations emerging from this exercise have been determined in an appropriate manner. In particular, there will be a focus on the review of qualitative measures to ensure findings have been objectively documented.
Following completion of Phase 4, a Draft Transit Project Assessment Environmental Project Report will be submitted to the TTC Board and City Council, providing study findings and recommendations, and seeking authority to issue the notice of commencement for the Transit Project Assessment Project (TPAP) stage of final project review.