Rail noise wall public meeting Sept. 17

Metrolinx/GO Transit has set Sept. 17 as the date for a public presentation of its proposed noise walls for Sorauren Park and area.

The walls are proposed to mask the sound of increased diesel train traffic on the Georgetown rail corridor beside the park. Carcinogenic diesel rail traffic is planned to increase eight-fold over the coming years, from approximately 50 to 400 trains per day to serve the growing suburbs and the new rail link to Pearson airport.

The noise wall meeting for our stretch of the corridor will be:
Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West

Community advisory committees have expressed serious reservations about the Metrolinx wall proposals. Some designs will become graffiti magnets, and community proposals to explore “living” green walls were dismissed.  Some voices have also asked that no walls be built in certain areas until the true traffic and noise conditions are understood, especially in the context of proposed electrification of the rail corridor, which would introduce quieter, lighter, faster, non-emitting and cheaper-to-operate trains.

More details including updated sketches of the proposed walls will be posted once available.

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