Toronto seeking public input for decisions on major transit plans

SmartTrack:GO Regional Express Rail

SmartTrack/GO Regional Express Rail – one of the plans.

The City of Toronto is asking residents to be part of the important decisions that are being made to improve Toronto’s rapid transit network, including current plans for SmartTrack, Scarborough Transit, the Relief Line and Waterfront Transit Reset.

“Toronto residents have been clear – we need to get this city moving. SmartTrack will cut congestion on the Yonge line by providing all-day, two-way, express service across the city. The Scarborough transit plan will bring more transit for more people in Scarborough,” said Mayor John Tory on Friday. “We need to build transit to connect people to jobs and jobs to people and bring opportunity to all four corners of the city so our residents and businesses are able to prosper. I hope people will share their ideas, opinions and experiences with us as we work toward decisions on transit.”

Torontonians and residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area can provide input on these projects online or at public meetings the City is hosting in partnership with the Toronto Transit Commission and Waterfront Toronto, and in co-ordination with Metrolinx.

Details about the four key studies currently underway follow, along with the schedule of public meetings.

SmartTrack/GO Regional Express Rail
Updates will be presented for integration of SmartTrack and GO Regional Express Rail to improve rapid transit service on three GO corridors in Toronto. SmartTrack plans include more frequent service, additional stations and an integrated TTC fare. Options for the extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT west to Pearson Airport will also be discussed. Input on the plans can be provided at or at an upcoming public meeting.

Scarborough Transit Planning
The Scarborough Subway Extension would extend the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) north from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Centre. This extension will support the continued development of Scarborough Centre as a vibrant urban node. Updates on the evaluation of options for the Scarborough Subway Extension will be presented. Input on the plans can be provided online at or at an upcoming public meeting.

To improve transit access within Scarborough, options for an LRT are being examined to connect Kennedy Station and the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus along Eglinton Avenue, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue. This project would help to create complete communities within the corridor and would improve access to jobs and other destinations for people living near the corridor. Input on the approach can be provided at or at an upcoming public meeting.

The Relief Line
A new subway line is being planned to connect the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River with downtown. This line will support city-building and relieve crowding on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway (Line 1), at Yonge-Bloor Subway Station, and on the surface transit routes coming in and out of downtown. Results of the evaluation of alignment options will be presented, along with proposed locations for station entrances. Input on the proposed route can be provided at or at an upcoming public meeting.

Waterfront Transit ‘Reset’
This study will establish a vision for a comprehensive waterfront transit network and identify current and future transit needs. A range of preliminary concepts will be developed and evaluated to help determine a preferred east-west waterfront transit solution that will integrate north-south transit and active transportation, linking people from across the city to the waterfront and its nearby destinations and attractions. Torontonians are asked to provide feedback on the vision at or at an upcoming public meeting.

The following public meetings are scheduled on the four key initiatives, and a concluding meeting will address all the projects combined:

Waterfront Transit ‘Reset’
Wednesday, May 25 (Toronto-East York)
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 6 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 26 (Etobicoke)
Waterfront Transit Reset West, John English Junior Middle School, 95 Mimico Ave., 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Scarborough Transit Planning
Tuesday, May 31 (Scarborough)
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.

Relief Line
Thursday, June 2 (Toronto-East York)
Riverdale Collegiate, 1094 Gerrard St. E., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 1 (Toronto-East York)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.

Saturday June 4 (Etobicoke)
York Humber High School, 100 Emmett Ave., 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Presentation at 10 a.m.

Transit Network Planning (all projects)
Tuesday, June 21 (Downtown)
Members Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Presentation at 5 p.m.

On social media, use #TransitTO when providing comments and follow @CityPlanTO on twitter.  – CINEWS

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