Mississauga-Brampton-Toronto-Durham Express LRT

Apr. 11, 2017

"I'm all for an LRT connecting Durham Region and the City of Toronto, but I don't see it happening in our lifetime - My proposal is for an express LRT running primarily along Lawrence Avenue and then Highway #2 - It would also connect Durham with Brampton, Mississauga, and Pearson Airport - I call it an express LRT because, within the GTA, it would only stop at key interchanges with other rapid transit lines such as GO, subways, and other LRT lines - I have done calculations showing that (depending on the number of grade separations and the rolling stock used) the time to travel the express portions of the route can be as much half the time or less of a standard LRT such as the Eglinton LRT - The Express LRT would have more frequent stops in the major centres in Durham, in Brampton, and in Mississauga; but once it gets to the City of Toronto, the stops would be limited, thus providing a rapid east-west line across the centre of the city"

Phil Prentice - April 11'17
Aug. 28, 2016

"The number of stops along a corridor, and the resulting distances between them, presents a trade-off between the ease of local access and faster journey times"

Metrolinx
Aug. 27, 2016

My thinking is that the Express LRTs would do double duty as a more local service with more frequent stops in Mississauga, Brampton, and Durham Region; and then tear across the city at higher speeds making connection with the other rapid transit lines across the City of Toronto

Aug. 26, 2016

My Proposed MBTD Express LRT

An Express LRT along Lawrence Avenue would provide a very rapid east-west option for transit within the GTA - With limited stops, the Express LRT could maintain speeds of as much as 100 km/h over much greater distances than a typical LRT and reduce travel times by over 50%

This is my analysis of the travel times for the following:
- 19 km Eglinton Crosstown LRT with Bombardier Flexity Freedom Light Rail Vehicles
- 19 km Eglinton Crosstown LRT with Siemens S70 Light Rail Vehicles
- 43 km Lawrence Crosstown LRT* with Bombardier Flexity Freedom Light Rail Vehicles
- 43 km Lawrence Crosstown LRT* with Siemens S70 Light Rail Vehicles
- 43 km Lawrence Crosstown Express LRT** with Bombardier Flexity Freedom Light Rail Vehicles
- 43 km Lawrence Crosstown Express LRT** with Siemens S70 Light Rail Vehicles

* 55 stop route between Pearson Airport and Kingston Road and Sheppard Avenue East
** 11 stop Express route between Pearson Airport and Kingston Road and Sheppard Avenue East – The Express LRT would only stop for connections with other key transit lines (GO, Subway, LRT, and BRT Lines)

My thinking is that the Express LRTs would do double duty as a more local service with more frequent stops in Mississauga, Brampton, and Durham Region; and then tear across the city at higher speeds making connection with the other rapid transit lines across the City of Toronto – About half of the Mississauga and Brampton trains would terminate at the McCowan (Scarborough/Line 2) Subway at McCowan and Lawrence – About half of the Durham Region trains would terminate at Pearson Airport

Assumptions:
- "Both LRTs and subway vehicles can achieve speeds of 80 km/h" - Metrolinx
- "LRVs run at an average [effective speed] of 27km/h, slightly slower than subways which average 32 km/h, and faster than buses and streetcars that travel in mixed traffic (17 km/h) - LRVs run at speeds similar to subways when they are underground (as with much of the Eglinton LRT line)" - Toronto Environmental Alliance
- Siemens S70 type LRTs are capable of top running speeds of 106 km/h (65 mph) - Source - Siemens

Challenges:
- One of the greatest challenges will be running a high-speed LRT along a vehicular roadway
- Buses would still be required along the route (no different than the Eglinton Crosstown LRT)
- Bridlepath - The line could be tunneled between Leslie Street and Mt. Pleasant Road to by-pass the Bridlepath area

Options:
- Could eventually be extended east to Durham and west to Mississauga and Brampton
- Some grade separations could be incorporated into the plan – Grade separations would result in additional time savings and reduce the impact on vehicular and pedestrian traffic

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