Update 2: The presentation from the Commission meeting is now online. (4MB PDF)
I will write up comments on this project on the weekend.
Update 1: Here is the text of the motion made by the Commission including the various caveats and requests for additional information.
The TTC staff report on the Richmond Hill subway is available online. (Warning 15M PDF)
Today, the Commission voted to endorse this report in principle with futher discussion and deputations to follow at the January meeting. The Commission also reaffirmed that Transit City was its first priority for system expansion, and sought a number of additional reports to clarify the impact of the subway extension on the existing network.
I do not have time now (Wednesday evening) to write this up in full, but will do so over the next few days. Some material was presented at the meeting which is not in the linked file.
Of particular concern to the Commission is the haste with which this project is rolling forward based on an assessment launched by York Region that had very little consideration for how the line would fit in the overall scheme of the network. I might be forgiven for thinking, only a month ago, that we had turned away from “my line first” planning to a network view thanks to the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan.
An argument can be made for extending the subway, but the true cost and impact are lowballed. Yes, the staff report raises many caveats about service and capacity impacts, but there is no real alternatives analysis, no sense that anyone has looked seriously at larger issues. I will turn to this when I discuss the report in detail.