The agenda for the July 27 GTTA Board meeting includes overviews of the transit plans from all of the GTA regions plus an GO Transit’s schemes. This material has been updated to reflect the MoveOntario2020 announcement, but not the current budget crisis at the TTC. In the timescale that these plans operate, that crisis will only be a memory long before any of this is actually built.
Queen’s Park is looking for “quick success” stories, projects that can show some concrete return in very short order. They actually hoped, at one time, to be able to have photo ops before the election, but that’s not very likely.
Having all of these plans in one place is useful both for people who are not familiar with what each region has been thinking, and to show just how far the entire GTA has to move to make any serious dent in the rising car traffic. Some regions don’t plan to be above 10% transit share by 2031 and, given their development and travel patterns, how that can be improved is a mystery. We can extend the reach of GO Transit, but travel within and between regions travel is quite another matter. Continue reading