BBTCA and Environmental Assessment Feedback – Transportation

This is the tenth in a series of comments CommunityAIR submitted on Wednesday, May 20, on the Proposed Environmental Assessment (EA) Study Design/Scope in what has been described by people with experience in such matters as a sham EA.

The PortsToronto consultant, AECOM, proposes to consider public comments in deciding the final study components that AECOM will use to serve PortsToronto’s purpose in conducting the sham EA.

CommunityAIR’s comments cover 11 subject areas, are extensive and pointed, and are best digested slowly. They are listed below and will be presented individually over the next few weeks.

On February 18, 2014 Christopher Dunn of the City’s Waterfront Secretariat sent PortsToronto’s Gene Cabral and Geoff Wilson a list of outstanding issues affecting the question of Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport (BBTCA) expansion.

Issue 1 is Airport Master Plan.   The Description/Deliverable reads:

“Completion of an updated airport master plan that establishes a clear vision, role, scale and scope for the airport and addresses expansion (runways, airside, groundside, etc.) and capital investment.”

With regard to traffic, the latest version of the Airport Master Plan states “The mainland landside elements of BBTCA are extremely constrained.”  It also states, “There is a need to develop a long-term solution to the landside constraints.”

The Airport Master Plan contains a list of recommendations to address the longstanding traffic problems at the BBTCA city side site. The overwhelming majority of recommendations deals with the automobile, private or taxi. Only one deals with public transport in what looks like a secondary role as an adjunct to the automobile.

Subject Areas

1.   Bias
2.   Public Interest and Policy
3.   Climate Change
4.   Flawed EA Design
5.   Runway End Safety Areas
6.   Permitted and Proposed Growth Scenarios
7.   Compliance with Tripartite Agreement
8.   Bird Hazard Zone
9.   Immense Existing Subsidies from City and Federal Government
10. Transportation
11. Emergency Response and Access

10.  Transportation

[Page 27] As the 2012 Master Plan confirmed, road access, parking and drop‑off space for the Island Airport is severely constrained, and cannot be fixed.

The result is a traffic mess ‑ with existing passenger volumes.

The only realistic solution ‑ requiring all access to the airport to be by shuttle bus or other forms of public transit ‑ is ignored.

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