The TTC now has a page within the Projects section of their website devoted to the Downtown Rapid Transit Study.
The study’s purpose is:
1. Assess the need for additional rapid transit capacity to serve the downtown core given the capacity improvements already planned by TTC and GO and recognizing forecast land use and ridership scenarios;
2. Assess alternative strategies to accommodate the forecast demand including the costs and benefits associated with various scenarios composed of the following elements:
(a) The construction of new rapid transit lines such as the previously-proposed Downtown Rapid Transit (DRT) line;
(b) Expanded GO Rail capacity (including additional GO stations in the City of Toronto);
(c) Improvements in streetcar services to enhance shorter-distance transit accessibility in the downtown; and
(d) Fare, service and other policy initiatives to increase downtown transit ridership that may be appropriate.
3. If necessary, undertake the appropriate functional design and environmental assessment studies required to obtain approval for the construction of the recommended facilities.
Information about public consultation will appear when available.
This study is important by comparison with many past efforts by both TTC and Metrolinx in its review of transit as an integration of long, medium and short distance trips, each of which has its own requirement for service. Too many studies look at only one aspect of this larger problem.