Nov 24, 2007

Greater Toronto Transportation Authority

The following projects will be recommended by the GTTA to the provincial government for funding consideration.

- Yonge-University subway capacity and service improvement, as the first phase of expansion of the line to Richmond Hill. This includes automated signals and 126 new, larger "Toronto Rocket" subway cars, increasing capacity by 15 per cent by 2012, setting the stage for a 30 per cent increase in capacity by 2017;

- Bus "rapidway" connection on Yonge Street between Finch Station and Steeles Avenue, offering dramatic service improvements for travellers between Toronto and York by 2011;

- Kick-off investment in Transit City Light Rail Transit (LRT), a rapid transit network on Toronto's major avenues, and potentially extending out to Durham, Peel and York Regions;

- A new Toronto Pearson International Airport multi-modal hub
connecting the Mississauga Transitway, GO, TTC and Brampton Transit;

- An additional 22 hybrid buses for improved capacity and service
frequency on the Hurontario and Dundas corridors in Peel Region and first steps towards future rapid transit service;

- Bus Rapid Transit service along the Highway 2 corridor connecting Durham Region's lakeshore communities;

- Investments towards VIVA Rapid Transit service improvements along Yonge Street and Highway 7;

- Bus Rapid Transit service along Dundas Street in Halton Region, linking Halton's growing communities to GO Train service, Hamilton and Mississauga; and

- Investments in Hamilton's James and King-Main transit corridors, and a new platform to accommodate future GO and VIA rail service to James Street North station.

It's difficult for me to understand why the Ontario government needs the GTTA. Is it only going to be a rubber stamp for wish lists that local transit authorities present? If so, are the cost of having such an agency worth it?

Related links:

  • GTTA Board announces $791.3 million in transit projects
  • GTTA survey
  • TTC revamps approved
  • Transit upgrades eyed
  • Hamilton will get the transit it deserves


    David said...

    Keep in mind that the GTTA is working on its Regional Transportation Plan on on funding plans, which will likely go beyond what was approved in MoveOntario. These are just Quick Win proposals that the GTTA is recommending be early priorities for funding, and which will be funded under current budget mechanisms. I think you'll likely see the GTTA be more innovative on long term funding once their financial plans are completed.

    Also, the GTTA will take on responsibility for GO, vehicle procurement, and the Presto fare card system.

    Andrae Griffith said...

    Just to add to what David said above, the GTTA will ensure that municipal boundaries aren't barriers to transportation planning. For a TTC planner, the universe ends at Steeles, because he isn't being paid to plan service in York Region. Under the GTTA, the patchwork of municipalities can come together to plan services that benefit both sides of the border.

    Andy said...

    David, governments seem to create red tape because they can. So far, the GTTA is another example of this. The local transit authorities have presented their proposals and the GTTA has said yep, and passed them onto the boss. The GTTA has sent out the wrong message to all of the transit companies in the GTA. The mangers are more than likely saying this was too easy. Why did we not ask for more? The true test will come when the Ontario Government comes back with their version of transit within the Greater Toronto Area.

    Andy said...

    Andrae, the universe for the TTC planner does not end at Steeles. The TTC has been operating buses for years north of Steeles.

    Andrae Griffith said...

    Yes, but only under contract to York Region. If there was no subsidy, then there would be no TTC service in York Region.

    The only exception to this is service to the airport.