A report on the Policy and Finance agenda for July 18 sets out the business plan for various waterfront projects. Like the Spadina Subway (discussed elsewhere) this work will be funded through a trust to which various governments will contribute. Much of this report is dry financial stuff where we take money out of one pot, put it in another, shuffle the cards around, and hope it all comes out in the end.
The interesting stuff is in Appendix A which describes the various projects. Here we learn the current plans for construction of LRT lines to the eastern waterfront.
- EA studies to complete by the end of 2008.
- Construction start in the West Donlands in 2008 and the East Bayfront in 2009.
- West Donlands LRT (the Cherry Street Car) to be completed by 2008/09 or 2010/11 depending on which page of the report you believe.
- East Bayfront LRT (the Queen’s Quay Car) to be completed by 2010/11 or 2014/15 depending etc.
Development of the Port Lands (east of the Don River) is not mentioned probably because it lies beyond the 10-year horizon of this plan.
I mention these schemes in the context of the TTC’s fleet planning. We are developing a huge new part of the city, and it will need transit service. Decisions about new streetcars cannot be delayed indefinitely if we are serious in the “transit first” commitment to new neighbourhoods.