This site includes 1) a description of an east-west rapid transit line through the northern half of Toronto, 2) a broader look at public transit expansion opportunities in Toronto, and 3) an example of high density greenfield development at the edge of an urban area.
They are preceded by a warning about rapid climate change, which should affect all decisions on human activities that impact our environment.
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 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 has been updated to include comparisons that show 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. It has also been updated to consider a mostly-elevated 401RT.
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 with offsets by increases in the movements of commercial vehicles as Toronto's population grows, the number of motor vehicles on Toronto roads and highways will be kept at close to 2016 volumes.
However, this falls far short of achieving critical greenhouse gas emission reductions, at a time when achieving 'net zero' GHG emissions is essential. Road traffic congestion issues will remain. 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, and adds numerous other transit expansion initiatives that will be needed to achieve a sustainable, adequate and highly affordable transportation network in Toronto.
The Next Connections document is available below for downloading. Also available for downloading is an 8x14 map of recommended transit improvements and expansions.
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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