Councillors Mike Colle and Josh Matlow will be holding a press conference today, February 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the RioCan Yonge Eglinton Centre, at the northwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton, in response to today's announcement by Metrolinx that the opening of the Eglinton Crosstown will be delayed until 2022 - prolonging the construction impacts on community residents and businesses."This further delay of the Eglinton Crosstown announced today is the breaking point for small businesses and local communities along the 19 km long route," said Councillor Colle."Queen’s Park, Metrolinx and their contractors need to get their act together. Along Eglinton, businesses have closed, residents are being kept up all night and neighbourhoods have become car drivers’ path of choice. Better transit is the dream, but its construction is a nightmare," said Councillor Matlow Councillors Colle and Matlow are proposing the following 3-point plan:
1. Compensation from the Province, through Metrolinx, for small business tenants and owners on Eglinton Avenue along the Crosstown construction route.
2. Immediate cleanup of all construction sites on the sidewalks and road allowances along Eglinton Avenue West;
3. Phase-In Plan to look at the feasibility of putting sections of the Crosstown into operation as soon as possible to allow residents to ride portions of the line without having to wait another two years.
Date and Time: Location: Tuesday, February 18 , 2020 at 5:00PM RioCan Yonge Eglinton Centre Northwest Corner of Yonge & Eglinton (outside Aroma Espresso Bar)