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$9B transit plan revealed

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The Toronto Sun has ashort teaser piece ahead of a major announcement by the Ontario government for new transit investments in the centre of the known universe.

Just to throw gas on the flame wars raging in the comments section of this blog, most of it will go to LRT. Toronto does have subways – but obviously surface LRT is a lot more affordable and gets much greater coverage.

A new rapid transit line will carry passengers along Finch West from the Yonge Subway line to Hiwy. 27 and Humber College and east to Don Mills Station.

The Scarborough rapid transit line will be upgraded and extended.

There’s also more buses, stations and dedicated bus lanes for York VIVA Bus Rapid Transit.

There is also “The Eglinton Rail line will run 31 kilometres from Kennedy Station to Pearson Airport, and includes a 13-kilometre underground stretch” which appears to me to be a departure from earlier ideas to utilise exisiting surface rail that runs in the general vicinity of the airport and had been looked at before.

This does seem to me to be more of a firm commitment than the equivalent “plan” that the province likes to think it has for Metro Vancouver – and certainly has a tighter timeframe. Even so “all the projects are still subject to environmental and other approvals” – and hopefully the Ontario process is a lot more effective than the sham we have here.

Written by Stephen Rees

April 1, 2009 at 10:26 am

Posted in transit