In the first part of this article, I wrote about many of the ancilliary aspects of the transit system and ways to move people around the GTAH. Active Transportation. Mobility Hubs. Transportation Demand Management. Now it’s time to look at the transportation networks.
When we review the various proposals, it is important to remember that right up to and including the White Paper, the networks were only samples intended as fodder for the demand assignment model. “Let’s see what happens if we put a line here” is the basis for these exercises, although some knowledge of the overall behaviour of the GTA informs where one draws lines on the trial maps in the first place.
The test cases originated with a group of reports written by IBI as part of the startup of the GTTA, later Metrolinx, called Transportation Trends and Outlook for the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, and the Strategic Transit Directions report within this.
Next came the Metrolinx Green Paper #7 on Transit, followed by White Paper #2.
All of these reports are available on the Metrolinx website.
Strategic Transit Directions
Going back to this report (dated January 29, 2007), I was fascinated by some of the material it contains and how this has, or has not, been reflected in Metrolinx work over the past 18 months. At the risk of being accused of “cherry picking”, there are important findings in this document.