Jun. 14, 2016

My plan services every one of the twelve (12) key destination in Scarborough identified by the City planners [including the Consumers Business Park] – The latest city plans do not – With my plan there is actually no need for SmartTrack - My plan completes the connection between the proposed McCowan Road Subway and the Sheppard Avenue Subway in Scarborough (including a new subway station at Victoria Park and Sheppard Avenue East) – My SmarterTracks includes provision for a future High-capacity Rapid Transit Line (HCRT) between Pickering/Ajax and Scarborough (possibly a mono-rail or other form of elevated RT) in place of the currently proposed BRT (Express bus line) - My plan services everything efficiently and effectively without SmartTrack, and uses the minimum number of differing modes of transit with the least number of transfers possible – SmarterTracks is a long term plan – If the City rushes into their plan without knowing what their long term plan is, they will incur huge and unnecessary costs down the road

 

The City’s Scarborough Transit Proposal Update dated January 21’16, services:

- The Kennedy-Steeles Corridor

- Golden Mile

- Kennedy Mobility Hub

- University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC)

- Scarborough Centre

 

My plan services all of the key destinations above, plus:

- Malvern Centre

- The Scarborough Hospital General Campus

- The Scarborough Hospital Birchmount Campus

- Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital

- Consumers Business Park

- Centennial College (Progress Road Campus)

- Toronto Zoo

- Two major corridors along Markham Road and along Lawrence Avenue, both ripe for new development

 

Now, the City will tell you that they plan to address and service all of these key destinations eventually, but; when, at what cost, and how will it fit in with the current proposal – As it is now, even if expedited, the earliest anything new in the City’s current proposal will be ready for operation and use and is at least ten years from now – Connection of the remaining six destinations is likely to be decades further down the road

 

SMARTERTRACKS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eliminates SmartTrack
  • Finally completes the connection between the McCowan Road (Line 2 Extension to Scarborough) and Sheppard Avenue Subways in Scarborough
  • Services Malvern Centre, The Scarborough Hospital General Campus, The Scarborough Hospital Birchmount Campus, Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital, Consumers Business Park, Centennial College (Progress Road Campus), Toronto Zoo, plus all of the other key Scarborough destinations serviced by The City’s Scarborough Transit Proposal updated on January 21’16
  • Includes rapid transit along Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue which covers two corridors ripe for new development
  • Includes a new Elevated HCRT Line between Scarborough and Pickering/Ajax

 

If not planned for now; future developments could box them in and limit options – For example; land acquisitions could be too small, stations could be oriented incorrectly to accommodate future needs, retrofit costs would be higher, tunnels might not be deep enough to accommodate future stations, e.t.c. …..

 

See the second draft of Phase VI of my ten (10) phase proposal for public transit in Scarborough and the surrounding area here at www.SmarterTracks.com