- Apr 26, 2012
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If traffic is bad this encourages people to use the subway, if the subway goes where people want to go. The trouble is, since the subway only goes between Don Mills and Yonge and there are not enough other lines in the system people use their cars instead, since most people in this area do not work in downtown Toronto. Highway 401 and Sheppard Avenue between Yonge and Highway 404 are bad for much of the day, not just in rush hour. The large cluster of condos around Sheppard/Bayview has caused a big increase in traffic congestion, and I worry that we will see the same effect at Sheppard/Kennedy when more buildings in the Metrogate complex are built. If the subway went to Scarborough then this would encourage people who work in Scarborough to use it instead of driving; if there were other subway lines in the system like Eglinton (e.g. for people in this area who work in Mississauga near the airport), a line along Don Mills (for people who work in the Don Mills area and in Markham), etc. then even people who own cars would use the subway.
Hopefully the congestion will encourage people to seek alternative forms of transit. Decades of car based suburban culture is hard to change. People moved to these areas decades when they were developed to escape the. Heck I only just for the first time this week decided to use the subway to get to Bessarion instead of driving there.
The Metrogate development will only add to problems in the area I fear. The road network as it stands makes the transit option not so appealing. Of course the development was advertised with access to the proposed Agincourt GO subway station which would have been right in their back yard.