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Transit Priorities for Toronto. Transport Action Ontario Oct 12, 2010 Metro Hall - Toronto Presenter: Bruce Budd. Modern Transit Vehicles. A: Background - Metrolinx. The GTHA – 10 Transit Systems. The 15 year Plan. The Big 5 plus 4 in 10. Immediate Impact in Toronto.

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Transit Priorities for Toronto

Transport Action Ontario

Oct 12, 2010

Metro Hall - Toronto

Presenter: Bruce Budd

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B. Proposed Improvements

By: Transport Action Ontario

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Modify the Eglinton Lineto allow for a future subway

  • the grades are too steep (5% instead of the 3.5% maximum for a subway)

  • the station lengths (and the pocket tracks) are too short to handle 6-car subway trains

  • the angle of turnouts are too sharp and the vertical curvature too steep for subway cars

  • Use TTC gauge track (like existing subways/streetcars)

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Electrify the Air-Rail Link

  • Faster acceleration/deceleration times

  • Significantly reduced air & noise pollution

  • Proven technology unlike the Tier 4 diesels

  • Shares the initial extra cost with the Brampton GO line

  • Long term cost savings compared to diesel

  • Will allow for an integrated network of GO services with the local systems

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Kill the Hwy 407 Subway Station

Vaughan Centr e


Parking Lot


Railway tracks

York U + Steeles Station

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LRT Spur to U of T Scarborough

Conlin Yard

Sheppard LRT from subway

U of T Scarborough

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A 25 year Funding Plan

A combination of some of:

  • Land value enhancement charge along all new lines

  • A TTC Development Company to facilitate development around stations

  • 1% Sales tax increase (GTHA- or province-wide)

  • fuel tax on the gasoline and diesel (5 to 10 cents per litre)

  • Parking surcharge on all non-residential spaces ($1.00/day)

  • Road tolls &/or Congestion charges

  • 2% of property taxes dedicated annually to transit

    The Funding Plan should be decided and started in 2012

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  • Modify the Eglinton to allow for a future subway

  • Electrify the Air-Rail Link & Georgetown GO line

  • Remove the Hwy 407 station form the Spadina subway extension

  • Extend the Sheppard LRT to U of T Scarborough

  • Build a downtown relief line much earlier than currently planned

  • Implement a 25 year funding plan by 2012

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Transport Action Ontario