Ashbridges Bay LRV Maintenance and Storage Facility

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Ranking for 2012: 79

Industry Sector: Transit

Specific Sector: LRT

Range: 0 - $500,000,000

Project Value: $345,000,000

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Public

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2013


This new facility will provide service and storage for the new low-floor light-rail vehicles (LRVs) that will be replacing the current fleet of streetcars in Toronto. The new vehicles will begin arriving in 2013. A key element of the project is the decommissioning of 375,000 square metres of contaminated fill that was stockpiled on the site. A separate substation building and a large stormwater management pond is located on the site. According to AECOM, the detailed design process included developing special footings to support the building on the poor ground on the site, and a difficult relocation of six 115 kV underground Hydro One feeders which crossed the site. Design also had to comply with the City of Toronto’s Green Standards. The Ashbridges Bay facility has had some fierce opposition from local area residents and Beaches-East York’s Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, who believes that it will increase congestion in her ward during rush hour. As well, issues of property values, damage to homes from increased vibrations, and the necessity of this facility have all been under debate. According to the plan’s opponents, the TTC’s public consultation process was a major failure. While the TTC maintains that it held more than 40 public meetings regarding the facility’s location, residents have complained that the process did not actually take their perspectives and opinions into account.

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