The supplementary agenda for the TTC meeting on June 13 contains a report on the current status of Transit City and field observations from a review of the Finch West and Sheppard East lines. You can read the details, but in both cases the assumption is that a centre pair of lanes would be taken within the existing right-of-way with some widening as needed.
At this point, there are no details of possible connections between the subway stations (Finch, Finch West or Don Mills) and the LRT lines.
[To my regular commentators: Please do not start the debate about how to build the Don Mills interchange all over again. I think we have more or less exhausted that subject.]
An intriguing observation is the need for a connection between these two lines so that they could be served by a common carhouse. Maybe we will get a Finch East LRT after all, but let’s not get too greedy.
The report makes clear that the TTC is awaiting approval of the new simplified Environmental Assessment process before starting these projects formally (they will save about a year with the new protocol), but they are continuing with preliminary work in anticipation.
Note to Dalton McGuinty: Something really important you can do for transit is to get moving on this approval well before the election rather than making us all wait for months. It won’t cost you anything and will actually save money by simplifying the EA process.
The TTC hopes to begin construction in 2010.