Today’s TTC meeting brought us an update on the various parts of the Transit City plan. You can read the full report yourself, and there is a quick review of the status of various lines and studies below.
Meanwhile, the TTC is starting a media campaign to tell people about Transit City and about LRT. You can watch the video on the TTC’s website. Although it is a breath of fresh air to see the TTC promoting LRT after all these years, there are a few oddities in this piece (the timings where they occur are included below).
- (0:39) “Work on Transiy City is already well underway.” Hmmm … a few traffic barriers does not make a construction project. I wonder why they don’t show the upheaval on St. Clair? Shortly later we see a new car mockup superimposed on the westbound stop at Yonge Street.
- (0:55) “What is Light Rail Transit?” We learn that LRT is used around the world including, wait for it, in Vancouver! Er, ah, there’s a heritage streetcar line running with a former BC Electric interurban car, but no LRT. This is a howling error. Other cities shown on the world map are many fewer than the actual inventory.
- (1:15) “LRT can operate in a street, but has the flexibility to operate underground like a subway.” LRT advocates will be amused to hear that their chosen mode has the “flexibility” to be just like a subway, when the real issue is the inflexibility and cost of 100% grade separated modes.
- (1:50) Light rail is bigger than standard streetcars, and allows level boarding from platforms. It’s nice to hear how LRT is a streetcar, but not a streetcar.
- (2:10) LRT cars don’t need loops! Amazing what you can do with modern technology. See also Kennedy Station Loop.
- (2:20) All door loading … but wait .. it’s a subway car!
- (2:38) LRT will be separated from the effects of traffic congestion, not to mention pesky “transit priority” signals if the animation can be believed.
- (3:32) Streetscaping. Aside from the gigantic, fast-growing trees (maybe they’re from Vancouver too), note the typical suburban layout with wide setbacks of buildings from the street. Contrast this with later illustrations of dense suburban redevelopment.
- (4:05) Transit will be an even better travel alternative. With a new subway train? What’s that doing here?
The map of projects reflects the original Transit City announcement because many possible changes are still under study by both TTC and Metrolinx.
Transit City project updates follow the break.
Transit City project status:
- Sheppard East: EA completed and awaiting final provincial approval. Design underway, and construction expected to start for the Agincourt GO grade separation plus the section of the line from McCowan to Neilson in 2009. A design report on Don Mills Station connection options will be available in December. Completion date 2012.
- Finch West: EA in progress. Study of Woodbine Live and Pearson Airport connections underway. Preliminary design will begin soon with construction starting in 2010. Completion date 2013.
- Eglinton: EA in progress. Study of Martin Grove to Airport connection required. Preliminary design will begin in 2009 with early construction in 2010. Detailed study of connections with other lines (subway, LRT, GO) is required, and the extent of the underground section is not yet finalized. Completion of first stage (undefined) in 2016.
- Scarborough RT: EA in progress. Conceptual design underway including McCowan to Sheppard extension. Optional conversion to LRT under study.
- Scarborough-Malvern: EA in progress, expected to complete in 2009. Construction planned for 2014 with completion in 2018.
- Maintenance and Storage: The design contract for new storage carhouses and yards was awarded at today’s meeting. At least three yards are needed for the northeast, northwest and downtown parts of the network. Property acquisition will being in 2009.
- Waterfront West: EA for Dufferin to Roncesvalles underway, but delayed for co-ordination with the Western Beaches Master Plan. EA completion is expected in 2009 with construction start in 2010 and completion in 2014. Park Lawn Loop will be rebuilt as a new western terminus for the 501 Humber service in 2009.
- Waterfront West (Park Lawn to Long Branch): EA in progress. Construction planned for 2014 with completion in 2015.
- Don Mills: EA in progress. Construction planned for 2012 with completion in 2016. There are major issues for the junction at Don Mills and Eglinton, as well as for the alignment and design south to Danforth Avenue. York Region has requested a study of a northerly extension to Major Mackenzie Drive. [Note: As I have written elsewhere, the line south of Eglinton needs careful consideration as part of the proposed Downtown Relief line, but that is not part of the EA because the DRL only recently surfaced as part of the Metrolinx draft regional plan.]
- Jane: EA in progress. Construction planned to begin in 2013 for completion in 2017. There are right-of-way problems south of Wilson to the Bloor Subway.