Jun. 28, 2016

Brampton-Pickering/Ajax Monorail or HERT

Reserve Airport Road, Dixon Road, Lawrence Avenues East and West, and Highway #2 for This!!!

John Tory’s SmartTrack is focused on those travelling to and from the downtown area – In fact, with the exception of the proposed Finch LRT, every mode of transit is focused on those travelling to and from the downtown area – The city’s own studies show that more than 75% of those using public transit want to travel elsewhere – What are they doing for the rest of us? 

My latest proposal is for a Monorail connecting Pearson International Airport with Bowmanville in the east and Brampton in the west - The Monorail could run above the roads along Highway #7 from Bramalea City Centre to Airport Road and then Dixon Road to Lawrence Avenue West and East, and Highway #2, connecting with;

Bramalea City Centre, the Woodhill Industrial Area, Malton Go Station, The International Centre, Pearson International Airport and the UP Express, Toronto Congress Centre, Weston GO Station, Lawrence West Subway Station, Yonge and Lawrence Subway Station, York University Glendon Campus, Don Mills and Lawrence East DRL Subway Station, Lawrence GO Station, The Scarborough Hospital, Pickering, Ajax, and eventually Whitby, Oshawa, and Clarington/Bowmanville

It would be routed along Lawrence Avenue then along Kingston Road and Highway #2 in the east – It would cross the Rough Valley Park at Highway #2, so, other than beefing up the bridge at the Rough Valley, it would have very little impact on the park (other than making it more accessible to everyone)

The monorail could eventually be extended along Highway #2 for use as local transit for each community along the route (e.g. Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa) with bypasses for express service between communities

None of these roads are fully (densely) developed yet - I am thinking 30 to 50 years out - The proposed DRT/(BRT) will suffice for Alax/Pickering for now, so there is no urgency, other than to plan for it now - The reason we need to plan now is that the land needs to be reserved and current station plans need to be oriented properly for future development now – This could also be a mini-hyperloop if the technology is ready before that time

This plan works well as it covers areas in the GTA not covered by Tory’s SmartTrack! 

Visit my website at www.SmarterTracks.com to view the rest of my plans and proposals for rapid transit for Scarborough and the rest of the GTHA