Keesmaat set out her plan for an integrated, long-term Network Transit Plan. It spells out key priorities to fill out Toronto’s public transit system, and to deliver shorter commute times to every neighbourhood. Her priorities include:
- Getting the Relief Line built at least three years faster than the original completion date. “Without this line, our existing subway system is going to fail for every user in the city”, she said.
- Making the King Street Pilot permanent. “This was a bold idea from our amazing planning staff to unsnarl one of the worst transit bottlenecks in the city and turn it into our busiest and most efficient public transit corridor. It worked. Now we need to evaluate whether the lessons learned can be applied to other corridors.”
- Unsnarling the mess in Scarborough. “The provincial government has announced it is going to fund and build the Scarborough Subway with provincial funds. That being the case, it doesn’t make sense to proceed with the eastern remnant of John Tory’s “SmartTrack” plan since the stations he proposed would compete for ridership with the new subway. We will be moving forward with connecting UTSC and Malvern Town Centre with rapid transit.”
- Extending the Eglinton LRT to the airport. “An integrated Network Transit Plan has to include integrating our whole network with Pearson airport, so that people who don’t live close to the UP Express can more efficiently get to the airport rather than routing through Union Station first.”
- Implementing enhanced bus service where appropriate. “We can have bus service where it works best, runs on time, and gets people where they’re going faster, as part of an overall transit network designed to do that job.”
- Designing and building the Jane LRT. “The Jane LRT is a critical part of the network in the city’s west end from the Bloor Subway all the way to North York and we will move forward to get work on the line underway,” Keesmaat said.
- Completing the Waterfront LRT. “This line will knit together neighbourhoods and rapidly growing employment areas on our waterfront”, Keesmaat said.
Keesmaat noted that taking a network-based approach to transit planning stands in stark contrast to John Tory’s failed signature transit plan as he pitched it to voters in the last election.
“John Tory got elected by promising ‘SmartTrack’ as the solution to all our transit problems. As mayor, he focused on trying to get this plan approved. Almost nothing has come of it. It will never be built. But it’s his plan, and I invite Torontonians to compare his plan — which amounts to adding a handful of GO stations paid for by the City to the existing GO system — to the city-wide network planning approach I’ve outlined today.” -
My Network Transit Plan - Jennifer Keesmaat for Mayor of Toronto
"Toronto has an amazing team of transit experts. It was a privilege to work with them. And if there is one thing I learned from the experience of leading them, it is that we have to stop being distracted by election stunts and mirages like John Tory’s failed signature transit plan. Instead, we need to deliver an integrated, long-term network plan that weaves together subways, LRTs, streetcars, and buses to shorten people’s commutes and ensure there is great transit in every neighbourhood in the city."Jennifer Keesmaat