SmarterTracks TO - MBTD Express LRT

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

- "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

- 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

- 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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Jul. 28, 2016

Hi All - I revised my plan for an elevated rapid transit line serving Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Durham Region to an LRT (MBTD LRT), but; I was not satisfied that an LRT will do the job, so I have decided to make it an Express LRT with limited stops instead – The line will have at least one stop in each community and connect with every major rapid transit line along its route - This will increase the average speed significantly and should be enough to accommodate the distances required - I am calling it MBTD Express LRT

The first phases of the lines will interconnect with the following:
- Meadowvale GO
- Hurontario LRT
- Brampton Züm BRT (3)
- Pearson Airport, UP Express, and SmartTrack LRT
- Weston GO
- Jane LRT or Beltline Subway
- Toronto-York Spadina Subway
- Yonge Street Subway
- Don Mills (Relief Line) Subway
- Lawrence GO/SmartTrack
- McCowan Road (Scarborough) Subway
- Markham Road LRT
- Crosstown East LRT
- Sheppard LRT or BRT
- Pickering GO

The line can eventually be extended east to Oshawa and Clarington/Bowmanville, and west to Milton

Jul. 26, 2016

I am proposing a Monorail or HERT (High-capacity Elevated Rapid Transit) to connect Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto, and all of the major centres in Durham Region – I am calling it MBTD Monorail or HERT (Mississauga-Brampton-Toronto-Durham Monorail or HERT)

The first phase is to connect Scarborough Centre with Pickering/Ajax – The line is to be routed along Lawrence Avenue, Kingston Road, and Highway #2 – It will cross the Rouge Valley Park at Highway #2, so, other than beefing up the bridge, it will have very little environmental impact on the park (other than making it more accessible to everyone) – The idea is that the HERT or monorail eventually be extended along Highway #2 for use as local transit for each community along the route (Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and Clarington/Bowmanville; while at the same time providing options for express service between and for bi-passing the communities

I was thinking 30 to 50 years out from now - The proposed BRT (DRT Pulse) will suffice for Pickering/Ajax and the rest of Durham Region 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 now – This could also be a mini-hyperloop if the technology is ready before that time

I have settled on a Monorail/HERT for the following reasons:

 - Subways would be too expensive to justify due to the cost of tunneling and the long distances involved - Something less costly and faster is called for

 - The LRTs the City of Toronto plans to use don't have the capacity and are not fast enough or suitable to cover the long distances

 - None of the roads along my proposed routes are fully (densely) developed yet - Having said this, we need to start planning now - The reason is that the land for track and stations needs to be reserved now

 - The tracks can be slender and unobtrusive if they choose the right system - There are dozens of good proven systems to choose from


-        Bi-pass tracks will be required along some stretches to allow for express as well as local service

-        The only obstructions would be support pylons, and each stop would require elevator as well as stair access

The second phase would be to extend it west along Lawrence Avenue and Dixon Road to Toronto Pearson International Airport, Brampton, and Mississauga, with connections to:  GO RER, SmartTrack LRT, UP Express, Mississauga (Hurontario) LRT, and Brampton's Züm (BRT)

NOTE:  This could also be a mini-hyperloop, if the technology is ready by that time

(See also the subpage entitled “Monorails” on the main page “Future Transportation” on my Toronto Transit Blog website at

Jul. 26, 2016

This plans shows the major interconnections between the Mississauga-Brampton-Toronto-Durham Monorail or HERT and the other modes of rapid transit in the northwest GTA including; GO RER, Hurontario LRT, Brampton's Züm BRT, Pearson Airport, and UP Express

The plan includes parking nodes along the line near the airport as well as north of Brampton for prospective riders from north of the GTHA