Ontario, through its regional transit agency Metrolinx, is expanding the Barrie GO rail line that runs through the western part of Davenport. That expansion will include the construction of a major rail bridge, called a guideway, over the existing CP Rail tracks, between approximately Bloor Street and Davenport Road west of Lansdowne Avenue.
Our community has been active on this project since it was first announced, and through the hard work of individuals and local advocacy group Options for Davenport, we were able to secure a number of community benefits including public realm enhancements to run beneath the raised bridge and a local GO station at Landsdowne avenue.
As Davenport's MPP, I have been pushing the provincial government to ensure that project provides maximum benefit for our community, which stands to be significantly impacted by construction and increased rail traffic. That includes ensuring that the promised community benefits are maintained, and that the agency keeps regular, open dialogue with our community throughout the construction process. A major focus of our work has been on limiting overnight construction noise in the corridor, successfully working with local residents to petition the province, Metrolinx and contractors to roll back the hours of construction noise.