For the past months, Toronto Planning, the TTC and Metrolinx have hosted a number of public consultation sessions leading up to two critical meetings on the same day: June 28, 2016.
One will be the Toronto Executive Committee’s consideration of a series of reports on various transit proposals.
- Developing Toronto’s Transit Network Plan to 2031
- Attachment 1 – SmartTrack/RER Integration Initial Business Case
- Attachment 2 – SmartTrack Stations
- Attachment 3 – Eglinton West LRT Initial Business Case
- Attachment 4 – Scarborough Subway Extension Initial Business Case
- Attachment 5 – Eglinton East LRT Preliminary Options Analysis
- Attachment 6 – Relief Line Initial Business Case
- Attachment 7 – Fare Policy-Current State Assessment
- Waterfront Transit Network Vision – Phase 1
The other will be the Metrolinx Board’s first meeting in four months with several related items on the agenda.
- Regional Express Rail Planning Update
- Station Access – Appendix 1
- New Stations Analysis – Appendix 2 A superset of the corresponding City report above]
- Regional Express Rail-SmartTrack Business Case – Appendix 3 [same report as on City agenda]
- Enhanced Eglinton West Rapid Transit Initial Business Case – Appendix 4 [same report as on City agenda]
- GTHA Fare Integration Update
- Regional Transportation Review Discussion Paper
Reviewing all of this material will require several article that I hope to finish before the meetings where these issues will be discussed actually occur.
Here I will begin with SmartTrack because of all of the proposals, that has been the most threadbare one throughout the public consultation. It is complicated by being a joint project with Metrolinx who own the tracks over which the trains will operate, and who now quite clearly will also own and operate the trains regardless of what the service is called.