Big Changes Set To Come To Toronto Transit

The 'motherlode' of transit plans is here.

Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s chief planner, says that the new changes to Toronto’s transit system will be the ‘motherlode’ according to Metro News. What she means is that is the plans laid out are set to connect communities around Toronto and make public transit far more convenient for its passengers.

A sneak peek of the new changes have been revealed, with the next set of changes being released on Tuesday (Feb. 23) at meetings around the city.

Keesmat states that the history of Toronto transit has been working on one project at a time. She believes, “That to address the backlog in transit infrastructure we need to be advancing a whole series of projects at one time in parallel.”

The new plan takes a network approach, incorporating seven provincial and city-led projects. This includes a SmartTrack and electrified GO service, a relief subway along Queen St. and a 17-stop eastern extension of the Crosstown LRT.

Take a look at the tentative transit plan below:


There will be 18 open houses, with 7 in Toronto, that are meant to inform and invite discussion. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday (Feb. 23) at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough. You can find the other meeting dates and locations on the Metrolinx website.

Check out some of the projects:

1. SmartTrack

The public is being asked to give input on the extension of the Crosstown LRT west of Mount Dennis, after the heavy rail spur along Eglinton has been scrapped.

2. Relief line

This new line goes from Pape station down to Queen St. to a potential new hub at Nathan Phillips Square. This line will reduce congestion at Yonge-Bloor and Union Station.

3. Scarborough Subway Extension

The public can weigh in on plans to extend the Danforth subway one stop to Scarborough City Centre, and an eastern extension of the Crosstown LRT to the U of T campus.

4. Electrified GO Service

The plan is to electrify five of the seven GO lines to “create all-day, two-way service at 15-minute frequencies.”

5. New GO/SmartTrack Stations

Metrolinx is looking to add 50 new stations which will also connect the SmartTrack users. Some of the stations in the city will include: St. Clair, Liberty Village, Bathurst-Spadina, Unilever, Gerrard-Carlaw, Ellesmere, Lawrence and Finch.

6. Integrated Fares

A zoned or fare-by-distance system are some of the options being considered to make it more convenient and reasonable in price to cross municipal borders.

What do you think of the potential changes? Post in the comments section below.

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