PICKERING/AJAX MONORAIL or HERT (HIGH-CAPACITY ELEVATED RAPID TRANSIT)
RAPID MONORAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM BETWEEN PICKERING/AJAX AND THE GTA
SUBWAY ACCESS BETWEEN THE EAST AND THE WEST PARTS OF THE GTA, IN PLACE OF THE PROPOSED LRT EXTENSION TO THE SHEPPARD AVENUE SUBWAY
SUBWAY ACCESS BETWEEN MARKHAM AND THE GTA
Now that they think the next fifteen years is out of the way, let's really talk!
This city is sick and needs a quadruple bypass – It can’t wait another fifteen years – The Ontario Government stopped expressway construction in the early 70s and look where we are now - Cars have not gone away and they are not going away anytime soon - The existing public transit system provides very few options for those traveling between the east and the west areas of the city – The quickest options are the Bloor-Danforth subway, GO Train service through Union Station, or by car using the 401 – The latest public transit plans for the city do address the issue reasonably well, but don’t go far enough
SHEPPARD AVENUE (SUBWAY) SUBWAY
The reason that the existing Sheppard Avenue subway is underused is that it doesn't go to or from anywhere - An extension of the existing Sheppard subway [east to at least McCowan and Sheppard (together with the new Finch LRT and an LRT or subway connection between the Finch LRT and the Sheppard subway line), would:
- Create a real purpose for the existing Sheppard subway
- Tie everything together
- Minimize the number of different modes of transit and wasteful transfers between them, and
- Provide rapid public transit east to west for all of East York, North York, and Scarborough north of the 401
- Would provide some relief to the Bloor-Danforth line
HIGH-CAPACITY PARKING NODE
High capacity parking nodes at the east terminus of the Sheppard subway line at McCowan and Sheppard, and at the west terminus of the Finch LRT, would get people out of their cars, relieve traffic on the 401, and make the Sheppard Avenue subway line relevant - The high capacity parking node at McCowan and Sheppard could also service the Scarborough subway line if the Scarborough subway were to be extended up to Sheppard Avenue
MINIMIZE TRANSFERS AND MODES OF TRANSIT
The number of different modes of transit and transfers must be minimized – The Don Mills and Sheppard subway station should be connected by a subway to Scarborough Centre via McCowan and Sheppard; not an LRT – Even if we have to wait for it, it will be worth the wait – Agreed that the Scarborough subway, Crosstown East LRT, and SmartTrack need to be built first, but we should make up our minds and plan for it now – If you build it, they will come
COST COMPARISON – LRT vs SUBWAY
It should also be noted that when presenting the comparison between the $1 billion cost of building a Sheppard LRT and the $3 billion cost of extending the existing Sheppard subway line to Scarborough Centre was made public, there was a hidden $1 billion cost of building a new transitional station to connect the existing Don Mills and Sheppard subway station to the new Sheppard LRT – This cost was never fully disclosed or properly take into consideration – There would be an added cost to build a transitional station to connect the new Sheppard LRT to the new Scarborough subway - Together with the added cost of the second transitional station at Scarborough Centre; the real cost of building a Sheppard LRT would have been well over $2 billion; not to mention the extra 9 minutes for each transfer [18 minutes each way each day if transferring at both stations (Don Mills and Sheppard, and at Scarborough Centre); for an average total of an extra 36 minutes each day] – And you want and LRT extension? – We put up with the SRT for long enough!
CROSSTOWN EAST LRT
The extension of the Crosstown East LRT along Eglinton and Morningside to Malvern is a huge benefit to Scarborough - The Crosstown East LRT could be extending further to Malvern Centre and then double back (possibly through Centennial College and then) to Scarborough Centre or McCowan and Sheppard from there – Routing it through Centennial College would be a bit of a trick, but if it could be done, it could continue through Scarborough Centre and connect with SmartTrack at Progress Avenue or Ellesmere – Either way it would provide faster and more convenient service, get people out of their cars, and feed (provide increased ridership for) the new Scarborough and Sheppard subways and SmartTrack
FUTURE LOCAL RAPID TRANSIT FROM SCARBOROUGH CENTRE TOWARDS MARKHAM
Not asking for this now, let’s just plan for it – The subway station at McCowan and Sheppard should be oriented so that it can eventually connect to some form of local rapid transit between Scarborough Centre and Markham in the future – No cost; just dotted lines on their little drawings for now – The first step; A high-capacity parking node at McCowan and Sheppard – The second step; Extension of the Scarborough (Bloor-Danforth-McCowan) Subway to Markham and Markville Shopping Centre – The third step; Extension of the Scarborough (Bloor-Danforth-McCowan) Subway to 16th Avenue, Major Mackenzie Drive East, and another major parking node
FUTURE LOCAL RAPID TRANSIT BETWEEN SCARBOROUGH CENTRE AND PICKERING/AJAX
In my latest proposal; I am suggesting a monorail as the best mode of transit for speed, capacity, and for crossing the Rouge Valley at Highway #2 - See the Main Page "Monorail"
LET’S GET IT RIGHT!
Let’s get it right the first time
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