I find the article from The Leader newspaper of Surry British Columbia very interesting. It reminds me of comments about the radial railways that one time supplied transit in the area now known as the GTA. If the original right a ways had been maintained the transit map of the City of Toronto would have been much different.
Now would be the time for Durham Region to begin securing transit corridors for either Bus Rapid Transit or a Rail right of way. This would be more than just using the existing CN and CP corridors that already exist.