Move Ontario 2020It was a long, hot friday afternoon when even the most cynical transit advocate smiled and dreamed.
Today, the Premier announced a 12-year, 17 billion dollar plan to improve transit in the GTA, Hamilton and Waterloo region. Named Move Ontario 2020, this plan promises to construct 902 km of new or improved rapid transit in the greater golden horseshoe, which will reduce greenhouse gases and pollution, reduce traffic congestion, and support sustainable urban development. Included in the plan are 52 specific projects from all corners of the GTA, which, if constructed, form a network that will serve the GTA well.
Here's the details, condensed and with commentary:
GO Transit Commuter Rail
- All GO rail lines will have additional tracks to improve capacity.
- Both Lakeshore lines will be electrified, and an extension east to Bowmanville will be constructed.
- The Bradford, Richmond Hill & Stouffville lines will be extended to Barrie, Aurora Road and Uxbridge, respectively.
- The Crosstown line will be built, between Weston Road and Agincourt, where branches will take it through Seaton to Brock Road over the Belleville sub., and to northern Pickering on the Havelock sub.
- The Bolton line will be built.
- The GO BRT proposal will be fully implemented, which means the existing 407 bus network will see its own busways. The current destinations will stay the same, but the routing will be different.
- The Yonge subway, will be extended from Finch station to Richmond Hill Centre / Langstaff GO station, while the Spadina end of the line will have its extension to Vaughan Corporate Centre completed.
- The entire VIVA network that isn't replaced by subway extensions will be placed in private rights-of-way.
- Toronto's Transit City proposal will be fully implemented.
- The Hurontario Street LRT will be constructed between Mississauga and Brampton, as will the Acceleride BRT between Brampton and Vaughan. Durham region will also get a BRT line along Highway 2.
- The James line in Hamilton will be built from the mountain into the downtown core, as will an east-west line between Eastgate Mall and McMaster University.
- A rail link will connect Pearson Airport with Union Station.
- The Waterloo Region rapid transit plan will be implemented.