SmarterTracks TO - Ontario Line 2

Aug. 1, 2021

"I attended a public meeting held by Metrolinx a few years back - When my daugher who lives in the Junction asked what Metrolinx was doing to help her commute, she was greeted by a blank stare - She lives and works in areas of the city devoid of good transit options - She has a fair walk at each end of her 16km multi-transfer commute regardless which public transit options she chooses - Her quickest option prior to Covid was to pack her 2 1/2 year old and bike it

The Ontario Line and all of Metrolinx's other plans for transit over the next 10 to 15 years do nothing to change this - The future GO station at St. Clair-Old Weston will shave a few minutes, but she still has to backtrack when she gets to Union Station - The one improvement that might have made a difference if it were included as a stop on the Kitchener GO Line (which it is not) is the Spadina GO Station

Transit measured by operation at capacity is not good transit - This city is growing at a rapid pace; the city's current needs, let alone it's future needs, are still not being met"

Phil Prentice in response to Red Bulmer on Facebook - July 31'21
Nov. 9, 2019

"It is my opinion that the #OntarioLine is going to be far more successful than even the planners project; especially now with the interconnection of the line with the #EglintonCrosstownLRT at Don Mills and Eglinton #ReliefLine #OntarioLine2 #SmarterTracks"

Phil Prentice on Twitter - Nov 9'19
Nov. 9, 2019

Hi All - Here is my proposal for the next step in rapid transit for Toronto and the GTA - Rapid Transit is over 20 years behind where it needs to be - Even with all of the plans on the books and currently in the early planning stages, it's not going to be enough - The black line on this map represents the Ontario Line as currently proposed by the Ontario government for completion in 2027 - The pink line represents my proposal for a second relief line (Ontario Line 2) - This line would be a metro style subway (the same as what Doug Ford is proposing for the Ontario Line) - It would run along King Street (thus eliminating the need for the King Streetcar), and extend west to Roncesvalles, north through Dundas West Station, and then north-west along Weston and Albion Roads (eventually to Brampton); and east along Queen Street and Kingston Road to connect with the Eglinton East LRT at Kingston Road and Eglinton Avenue East (as possibly to Pickering) - Of course extensions to Brampton and Pickering would not be practicle to get to and from downtown, but would be more for local service for points in between - A huge thanks to Henry Lin who created this map for me - And credit to Henry for coming up with names for all of the stops along the route