Archive for May, 2009

Don Mills / Leslie LRT Project Public Consultation

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

VIVA Next has announced a public consultation on an LRT project on Don Mills Road and Leslie Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 7. There will be an open house from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm with presentation at 7:00 pm on Wednesday June 10, 2009. The location will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, 300 Commerce Valley Drive East, next to the eastbound East Beaver Creek VIVA stop.

Here is the background from this announcement:

In November 2008, Metrolinx adopted a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) called The Big Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The RTP identifies a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in the Don Mills Road/Leslie Street corridor from the Bloor-Danforth Subway to Highway 7. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission are currently undertaking a transit planning study to define the LRT project along the Don Mills Road corridor from the Bloor-Danforth Subway to Steeles Avenue.

I will add that even though this site is dedicated to the promotion of LRT over Subway, it is my opinion that the section of Don Mills Road from Eglinton to the Bloor-Danforth Subway would be better served by a northern extension of a yet-to-be-built Downtown Relief Subway line, for a number of reasons I have outlined on this site.

Here is the details of the study for this announcement:

The purpose of our study is to undertake the transit planning and assessment for the LRT on Don Mills Road and Leslie Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 7. The study will proceed in two phases. The first phase will involve defining the specific details of the transit project. The second phase will be the transit project assessment, which will be initiated this fall and will be conducted in accordance with the  Ministry of the Environment’s assessment process for transit projects, Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Undertakings (March 2009).

To obtain additional information or provide comments, please contact:

SRT Open House

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Scarborough RTThe City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission are conducting preliminary planning for the extension of the Scarborough Rapid Transit line to significantly improve the transit service to the north and east of the Scarborough City Centre.

An open house will be held:

  • on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall, 231 Milner Avenue

This open house is presenting the the preferred alignment of the extension and station locations. Nothing appears in the announcement about technology choice, but the open house would be a good place to submit comments on the conversion to LRT.

The official announcement can be seen here. The page on this project has not yet been updated since February.

407 Transitway Public Information Centres

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has initiated a planning and preliminary design study for the 23 km central segment of  a transitway facility along the 407 corridor through York Region, from east of Highway 400 to Kennedy Road (407 Transitway). The 407 Transitway includes stations and an operations, maintenance, and storage facility. Subject to the outcome of the study, the 407 Transitway will be implemented initially as a bus rapid transit (BRT) with the opportunity to convert to light rail transit (LRT) in the future.

The MTO will be holding the first Public Information Centre (PIC) in two different locations:

  • May 26, 2009 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto
  • May 28, 2009 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Premier Ballroom & Convention Centre, 9019 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill

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Sheppard East LRT to Connect With Subway At Same Level

Friday, May 15th, 2009

The Sheppard East LRT site was updated yesterday to indicate that the recommended connection with the subway will be at platform level.

It remains to be seen how this effects the plans for connections with the Don Mills LRT given that the funding announcement for the Finch West LRT has it going as far east as Don Mills and down to Sheppard for a possible connection and through-service with the Sheppard East LRT. The announcement can be seen here.

May 16 update:

The idea of having the Finch West LRT come as far east as Don Mills and down to Sheppard was included in the April 1 funding announcement for that line. This effectively funds the piece of the future Don Mills LRT between Finch and Sheppard, and opens up east-west through-service routing possibilities, but there are a few issues that may be problematic:

  • Finch Avenue is rather narrow between Bathurst and Bayview
  • Having the line turn at Don Mills misses a major trip generator: Seneca College Newnham Campus
  • An underground connection between Sheppard East and Don Mills would be needed (Don Mills would have been on the surface, and non-revenue surface tracks would be built between Consumers and Don Mills on Sheppard)

If the underground part of the Sheppard East line came in at the mezzanine level, it could somewhat easily connect with Don Mills, but coming in at the subway level makes this virtually impossible. The subway level is what is now preferred, as it will provide same-platform changes between the subway and the Sheppard East LRT.

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Sheppard East LRT Funding Announced

Friday, May 15th, 2009

It was announced today at the TTC’s Hillcrest facility by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper that $950 million in funding, two thirds from the province and one-third from the federal government, is being provided for the construction of the Sheppard East LRT line.

While budget amounts for Transit City lines includes the cost of vehicles for these lines, the finalization of the order for 204 replacement vehicles for the legacy streetcar system is a prerequisite before vehicles for Transit City can be ordered. A funding announcement for the replacement vehicles is still pending.