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?