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Daylight Garrison Creek
To my kids
I've always supported the idea of restoring Garrison Creek - I came across this article about daylighting (restoring buried waterways) the False Creek in Vancouver - I posted a link to the article on my blog, and decided to promote the idea of daylighting Garrison Creek in Toronto
Ford's plans are more in line with my proposals than any plans proposed to date - For the most part; my proposals are not my own plans but my preferred choices selected from the hundreds of proposals made over the past decades
My choices are based on what I feel are the best solutions for an efficient and effective long-term public transit network, not just quick fixes - For those that support LRT over subways; I am in favour of using the best combination using all modes of transit - A solid subway system would provide the backbone for a fast and effective network
The only parts of my plans I lay claim to are my proposal for an MBTD Express LRT, and driverless shuttles to service areas such as Scarborough Centre, Scarborough Town Centre, and Centennial College; Woodbine Centre and Woodbine Racetrack; and Mississauga City Centre and Square One Shopping Centre
I am also proposing an Ontario Line 2 ("Subway Light") along the original King Street Relief Line route - The King Street Pilot Project helps prove that this route would have the ridership to support it, and at almost half the cost of a traditional Subway this "Subway Light" would provide an opportunity to eliminate the King Streetcar altogether and return the roadway back to vehicular, as well as pedestrian and bike traffic
And finally; I am contemplating revising my proposal for an MBTD Express LRT to an Express Subway (let's call it Ontario Line 3) along Lawrence Avenue connecting Mississauga, Brampton, and Durham, with Pearson International Airport - This Express Subway ("Subway Light") would provide local service within Mississauga, Brampton, and Durham, but would only stop at key connections with other rapid transit lines within the City of Toronto
"Wow! It's so detailed (the blog). Sounds like some positive proposals. Maybe your blog helped with all of this in some ways. I'm sure it did."
"How do you account for the increased traffic? Is there a lot going on in the news at the moment?" - There is a spike whenever transit planners sit down to draft up new plans after a government (municipal or provincial) announces new transit proposals - Traffic does increase whenever there is news on transit, but the big spikes occur after the news dies down and planning begins - No other explanation fits - Phil Prentice - May 11'19
The ‘golden age’ of Toronto Transit
"Toronto’s transit system was once such a wonder that, even into the 1980s, people came from around the world to study how it planned infrastructure projects, how it executed them and how it operated" - Stephen Wickens - The Globe and Mail
SmarterTracks Scarborough – Phase IV – 5th DRAFT
Coming Soon! - My daughter just stitched together a map of the entire GTHA for me - I will be using this as a base for all of my plans this coming new year - Phil Prentice - December 30'16
This is my own personal blog and website and is meant to promote public transit and sustainable urban development - It includes posts with my own plans and ideas and is a source of information and a place for the exchange of ideas, comments, and concerns regarding traffic and transit in Toronto, the GTHA, and the surrounding region, as well as other information on transit and urbanization - The blog includes posts from many sources, but many of the ideas, comments, and opinions are my own
I am for changes and improvement to all forms of transportation and transit (including roads and expressways), but; as a proponent of subways, my biases will be towards connecting and completing the Sheppard Avenue and Scarborough (McCowan) subways - Once this connection is made, there are many other options that can be applied elsewhere in the city, but; we need to minimize the number of different modes of transit and transfers - Not everybody wants to travel to and from Union Station
Also; the next draft of my “SmarterTracks” proposal for public transit in Scarborough and the surrounding area is ready – You can find it on this blog and at SmarterTracks.com – Please be sure to leave your own comments and ideas
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TTC has to do a better job of clearing bus stops of snow and ice.
Servicing of bus stops has deteriorated over the years!
- You can submit a formal complaint to the TTC at https://www.ttc.ca/feedback/serviceComplaintSuggestion.action
Hi Guy - Thanks for visiting my blog; I hope you find some useful ideas and information here - I haven't had to take a bus in quite some time, but I do feel your pain
Hello I am from Chicago & I am building a sub cultural blog focused on public trans. Would you mind meeting for an interview sometime next week?
Ineffective verbiage and complacency have been the substitute and hindrance of progress. TO City Hall has been Leaderless and Visionless for the past 2 decades.
This would have been a gold mine while doing my undergrad at UTSC for city studies focusing in on transportation. Future students will really benefit from this site.
Thanks for the compliment!
I rather a Surface belt line as i could get Cellphone Network Coverage on my commute
I don't think we'll be ready to take all the roads away from cars for quite a while yet
Hey man! can you check out my website, http://torontotransitstudies.simplesite.com/ and also can you email me, I will tell u my real email after u reply
My e-mail address is email@example.com
SmartTrack East $4B + 1-Stop Subway $2.9B + CELRT $1.6B = $8.5B for slower GO
3-Stop Subway $3.9B + CELRT $1.6B = $5.5B for faster GO
I still prefer the McCowan Road alignment despite the additional costs - Just need to add back 2 or 3 subway stops, then we'll really have something
I think mayor tory should change the corridor of the scarborough subway extension to midland avenue because midland doesn't have any deep ends and it will restore the cost of the subway back to $1.6 b
Hi All – The second draft of Phase VI of my ten (10) phase proposal for public transit in Scarborough and the surrounding area is ready – You can find it at www.SmarterTracks.com
The McCowan Road corridor is the best route for eventual extension to Markham Ontario
I strongly believe that McCowan Road is the best route for the extension of the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line - Even though there's less opportunity for new development, it is the most direct route
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 Union Station
Hi All – The first draft of my proposal for public transit in Scarborough and the surrounding area is ready – I have called it “SmarterTracks” – You can find it on this blog
I am working on a proposal that will illustrate all or most of my key ideas and suggestions - STAY TUNED to www.torontotransitblog.com (sometime before the end of February)