This site includes
1) A warning about rapid climate change, which should affect all decisions on human activities that impact our environment.
2) A description of an essential new rapid transit line through the northern half of Toronto,
3) A broader look at public transit expansion in Toronto,
4) A proposal for a new public transit system for the Town of Innisfil Ontario, and
5) An example of high density greenfield development at the edge of an urban area.
Rapid climate change is underway. Because of our negligence, our decisions and daily actions continue to increase the emission of greenhouse gases that are heating our world and creating damage that, in some cases, are or will be irreversible. To view a summary description of what we are facing, please access the document below.
Rapid transit expansion initiatives for the Toronto area have consistently overlooked the most critical missing infrastructure component that can reduce overall road traffic congestion -- a single, continuous east-west cross-boundary rapid transit line across the suburban middle of the GTA, from Pickering to Mississauga. Without such a rapid transit line, the core of the Greater Toronto Area cannot resolve automobile dependency, traffic congestion, and their related problems. It is also essential infrastructure in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are to have a measurable effect.
The 401RT document shows significant cost-benefit advantages of a new east-west rapid transit line and extension of the Ontario Line north of Eglinton Avenue, compared to current and proposed rapid transit plans.
Download the updated 401RT document and 401RT Map below.
The Government of Ontario has committed to building a significant number of new rapid transit lines for Toronto, and extensions and enhancements to others. Combined with new post-COVID shifts to 'work-from-home' and increases in the movements of commercial vehicles as Toronto's population grows, the number of motor vehicles on Toronto roads and highways will stay close to 2016 volumes. Road congestion issues will continue.
This Also falls far short of achieving critical greenhouse gas emission reductions, at a time when achieving 'net zero' GHG emissions is essential. Much more needs to be done.
A document entitled "Next Connections 2.3" has been produced that closes the shortfall in modal shifts to transit. It incorporates the 401RT concept as one of numerous other transit expansion initiatives that will be needed to achieve a sustainable, adequate and highly affordable transportation network in Toronto.
The government of Ontario has also released a longer term transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) around Lake Ontario. Its initiatives will, in total be only half as successful in generating new transit ridership, at a similar cost to the Next Connections initiatives. A comparison of the GGH plan with the NC plan is available below for download.
The population of the Town of Innisfil is growing rapidly, to 85,000 residents by 2051. It dies not have an effective public transit system. Download the document below to read a proposal for a new high-frequency scheduled fixed-route bus-based transit system for Innisfil.
Fundamental changes to traditional low-density greenfield urban development in North America is an essential to the fight against rapid climate change. The downloadable document below, called "Newburg: Embracing Urban Density at the Urban Fringe", illustrates how 10,000 people and jobs (or more) can be accommodated in a single square kilometre of greenfield land in a very pleasant manner. Download the full document below.
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