John Tory "pushed" for it just like he was pushing for the Waterfront East LRT, Waterfront West LRT, and Eglinton West project (before Metrolinx took it over).
Here's my plan:It seems like because this is a separate line, they now have to build it all at once instead of phases due to the location of the MSF.
It also looks like they're planning on holding a virtual public meetings on May 30, June 1, and June 7.
Also a bit of a side note, but I feel like they should build this line using TTC Gauge and TTC Streetcar standards. That way we could potentially connect this up to a future Kingston Road Streetcar extension.
Edit: Plus I imagine the specs of the the TTC Streetcars could potentially help out with some problematic sections of the line such as the turn onto Military Trail from Ellesmere
This would create so many awkward linear transfers I don't think it'd be worth it. I can maybe agree with terminating the LRT at Guildwood, but the DSBRT should absolutely continue to STC and not be replaced by the LRT.Here's my plan:
* Truncate the other EELRT branch to end at Guildwood GO, maintaining RapidTO lanes from Kennedy Station to Guildwood GO (-6km LRT)
* Truncate the Durham-Scarborough BRT to meet the EELRT at UTSC (-6km BRT), and instead re-route an EELRT branch via Ellesmere to meet STC (+6km LRT)
* Extend the Line 4 to Malvern (+4km subway)
* Build a Stouffville Line spur to STC (+2km GO)
Probably would cost $1-2B more than the current plans, but with a huge boost in connectivity in my opinion.
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As much as I agree with the vehicle speeds point - Toronto has not yet seen a proper light rail and the knock on effect of it on the built environment. Reliability is better than buses, higher passenger capacity, improved streetscape/urban realm, spurred development etc.
As much as I agree with the vehicle speeds point - Toronto has not yet seen a proper light rail
Reliability is better than buses
, higher passenger capacity
, improved streetscape/urban realm, spurred development etc.
I do think that this project would be revolutionary for Scarborough + Malvern - especially now that disconnecting it from Line 5 actually allows it to be built slightly easier...