Rail crossing study

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Information session - What does the Edinburgh rail crossing recommendation mean? June 20, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

The City of Guelph hosted a virtual open house on June 1 to share the findings of the transportation study for five road-level rail crossings in Guelph. The technical memo on grade separations shows conceptual underpass and overpass designs and their potential property impacts.

This is the second of two City staff follow-up sessions to address questions and comments related to the Edinburgh rail crossing specifically.

Meeting time Monday, June 22, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join the conversation at https://bit.ly/Edinburghrailcrossing

Password if prompted is Trains

Have your say

View our virtual public open house to learn about the draft results of our transportation study, and to ask questions and provide comments. View the presentation boards or the video recording posted in the video widget on the left of this page in advance if you wish.

Tell us what you think of our engagement process overall by taking the survey below.

The Study

We've initiated a transportation study to explore the transportation impacts on five road-level railway crossings along the Metrolinx corridor. This work supports planned Metrolinx service expansion along the Kitchener GO rail line through Guelph including all-day two-way GO service. While Metrolinx is indicating they do not plan on closing any more crossings, we continued with our study because we want to preserve connectivity and ensure it aligns with our transportation goals now and into the future.

This is a City of Guelph-led project, and the results will be shared with Metrolinx when the study is complete.

The rail crossings we’re looking at are:

  • Alma Street between Crimea and Inkerman streets
  • Edinburgh Road between Foster Avenue and Preston/Inkerman streets
  • Yorkshire Street between Foster Avenue and Preston Street
  • Glasgow Street at Kent Street
  • Watson Road just north of York Road

The study will also look at and assess options for active transportation (e.g. footbridge) connection across the rail line at Cityview Drive. As a result of the engagement, we have added the assessment of options for active transportation at Margaret Green park and Dublin Street.

To find the best solution for each crossing we’ll look at the unique context of each one and our city’s overall transportation network. For example, we’ll need to consider how closing one rail crossing would affect traffic flow at another and in the local area. Some options may not be possible to implement for every crossing.

What is the process moving forward?

  • The current open house comment period ends June 29.
  • The next step is to commence an EA in 2023. Through a Schedule C Municipal Class EA, we will continue refining and exploring options in close consultation with the community. Options include do nothing and various design alternatives for grade separating. A recommendation will be brought forth to City Council in 2024 or 2025 for decision.
  • It is possible the do nothing option is selected with no property impacts.

Information session - What does the Edinburgh rail crossing recommendation mean? June 20, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

The City of Guelph hosted a virtual open house on June 1 to share the findings of the transportation study for five road-level rail crossings in Guelph. The technical memo on grade separations shows conceptual underpass and overpass designs and their potential property impacts.

This is the second of two City staff follow-up sessions to address questions and comments related to the Edinburgh rail crossing specifically.

Meeting time Monday, June 22, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join the conversation at https://bit.ly/Edinburghrailcrossing

Password if prompted is Trains

Have your say

View our virtual public open house to learn about the draft results of our transportation study, and to ask questions and provide comments. View the presentation boards or the video recording posted in the video widget on the left of this page in advance if you wish.

Tell us what you think of our engagement process overall by taking the survey below.

The Study

We've initiated a transportation study to explore the transportation impacts on five road-level railway crossings along the Metrolinx corridor. This work supports planned Metrolinx service expansion along the Kitchener GO rail line through Guelph including all-day two-way GO service. While Metrolinx is indicating they do not plan on closing any more crossings, we continued with our study because we want to preserve connectivity and ensure it aligns with our transportation goals now and into the future.

This is a City of Guelph-led project, and the results will be shared with Metrolinx when the study is complete.

The rail crossings we’re looking at are:

  • Alma Street between Crimea and Inkerman streets
  • Edinburgh Road between Foster Avenue and Preston/Inkerman streets
  • Yorkshire Street between Foster Avenue and Preston Street
  • Glasgow Street at Kent Street
  • Watson Road just north of York Road

The study will also look at and assess options for active transportation (e.g. footbridge) connection across the rail line at Cityview Drive. As a result of the engagement, we have added the assessment of options for active transportation at Margaret Green park and Dublin Street.

To find the best solution for each crossing we’ll look at the unique context of each one and our city’s overall transportation network. For example, we’ll need to consider how closing one rail crossing would affect traffic flow at another and in the local area. Some options may not be possible to implement for every crossing.

What is the process moving forward?

  • The current open house comment period ends June 29.
  • The next step is to commence an EA in 2023. Through a Schedule C Municipal Class EA, we will continue refining and exploring options in close consultation with the community. Options include do nothing and various design alternatives for grade separating. A recommendation will be brought forth to City Council in 2024 or 2025 for decision.
  • It is possible the do nothing option is selected with no property impacts.
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We’re starting a Rail Crossing Transportation Feasibility Study to assess and propose improvements at five (5) level railway crossings in Guelph:

    • Alma Street
    • Edinburgh Road
    • Yorkshire Street
    • Glasgow Street
    • Watson Road 

    Please take a moment to complete this survey by November 30. Your feedback will help us understand community interests and needs for each level rail crossing. The City will use community feedback and technical analysis to provide recommendations for the level rail crossings that balance the needs and safety of all users.

    Personal information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of MFIPPA.  Personal information on this survey will be used to inform the Rail Crossing Transportation Feasibility Study . If you have questions about this collection; use, and disclosure of this information, contact the City of Guelph’s Information and Access Coordinator at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or by email at  privacy@guelph.ca 

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  • Thank you for participating in the Rail Crossing Virtual Open House on June 1 or Online through to June 22  Please help us improve our engagement activities by completing this evaluation form. 

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