John Tory spells out his plan for transit in Toronto

Tory propses a new, regional high-speed rail transit line within 7 years

Toronto Mayoral candidate John Tory stakes his transit policy on a proposed regional express rail line
Photo: Amber Gero/NEWSTALK 1010

Mayoral candidate John Tory has released his plan to get you moving in the city and beyond with his "One Toronto Transit Plan."  

Tory is hopping onto a plan already announced by the province that would bring in Regional Express Rail, an all-day, two-way surface subway service that would run on existing GO track lines with new higher-speed vehicles.  

The first project would be the SmartTrack line which would run from the Airport Corporate Centre near Matheson Boulevard, down to Union Station and back up to Markham in the East.  

The SmartTrack line is 53 kilometres long and would include 22 new stops and 4 interchanges with the TTC Rapid Transit Network.  

Tory is promising the new line within 7 years and would include full fare coordination with the TTC system.

The total cost of the SmartTrack line is $8-billion.  

The city's one-third share of the cost would be financed using Tax Increment Financing, which would dedicate a portion of increased tax revenue from development along the line to fund construction.

John Tory reiterated his promise to immediately start building a Scarborough Subway extension as well as his pledge to provide new express bus services for areas like Don Mills Road, Liberty Village, and Dufferin Street.

Tory says the new SmartTrack line would generate relief by reducing passenger use of the Yonge-University-Spadina line as well as reducing car congestion in the areas serviced by the new line.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 05/27/2014 11:51 AM
    This actually looks pretty good at face value. But the devil's always in the details. Hopefully everything pans out in support of this. No way to know that yet.
    1. Dean posted on 05/27/2014 12:12 PM
      @Angry Bill Agreed: It LOOKS good, but can we actually make it happen? And make it happen under budget?
  2. enm posted on 05/27/2014 01:02 PM
    I like 2/4 of smart track: Union-Danforth & Eglinton-YYZ.
    I think Sheppard E & Finch W need to be priority over Scarborough-Unionville & Union-Eglinton W.
    1. Sonny posted on 05/27/2014 04:34 PM
      @enm These lines look a lot like the GO track path. Is he going to tax and spend to pay for however much these lines on paper are?
    2. sarah posted on 06/26/2014 11:40 AM
      @enm Why can't the TTC greatly expand express service in every crunch area right now? Especially on Finch and Sheppard, Scarborough to downtown, Etobicoke to downtown.
  3. ToddK_2 posted on 05/27/2014 01:03 PM
    He had my vote the second he announced. I hope he makes it back at the Provincial level someday.

    He is respected and will demand respect. The tree-huggers in council won't stand a chance.
    1. arthur posted on 05/27/2014 01:08 PM
      @ToddK_2 John is a nice guy but he's lost twice to the tree huggers.
  4. AC posted on 05/27/2014 01:06 PM
    he mentions the city's one third but no mention of the other levels of government and where they stand.
    Scarb subway must be cancelled and priority to downtown is most important.
    outside of that i like John i will vote for him if Ford is not in the race. if Ford is still in the race then my vote goes to Chow
    1. Jack posted on 05/27/2014 01:15 PM
      @AC How can you possibly justify voting for Olivia Chow? There's enough waste and corruption in this city already without putting a Dipper at the reins.
    2. ToddK_2 posted on 05/27/2014 01:16 PM
      @AC Well be prepared for 10-15% property tax hikes by Chow. She'll start giving every person with a hand-out their own house and all the Unions more unaffordable wages and benefits.
  5. Logic posted on 05/27/2014 02:51 PM
    Remember: Anything a politician promises to you if you vote for them comes at the direct expense of someone else. Today, Chow robs your neighbour to give you a tax credit. Tomorrow, she robs you to give your neighbour a tree-planting subsidy.

    1. dama posted on 05/27/2014 03:17 PM
      @Logic You are right in your assessment.. even with John Tory's One Toronto Transit Plan.. read the fine print.. tax will rise to pay for this..

      Nothing is for free.. politician just need to manage OUR many better and not paying high expense account for public sectors CEOs and managers..
  6. JohnH_6636 posted on 05/29/2014 03:41 PM
    It looks like GO because it is on GO tracks. It has a good logical layout to connect northeast east and west. A few stops (many exist as GO already or SRT, so even less to build) I would like a Logan stop on there if I still work where I do in Leslieville by the time it is completely electrified. Is the Queen stop at Logan? Since Stouffville GO line and SRT are parallel from Eglinton to Ellesmere, this eliminates need for LRT on that route, and subway can extend as funding is set. I've never understood the 7 vs. 3 debate when 2 are around a maintenance yard and library sort facility, 1 is the mall, 1 is still close to the mall and the other 1 past Kennedy is parallel to GO. and that is 6 including Kennedy not 7. This is far better than any plan shown in 2010, and he did say another relief will follow, but this will help in the short term. You know and I know that Chow backtracking to LRT will take more than 4 years she claims to finish, and Scarborough will be inundated with shuttle buses as it happens. Vote Tory. If I lived here I would.
  7. frank posted on 06/26/2014 11:25 AM
    Why not add a few Toronto stops to each of the 8 Go lines that leave Union Station each day, and run the trains several times an hour within Toronto, in addition to their regular schedule.
  8. frank posted on 06/26/2014 11:37 AM
    To move people in the shortest time, every line, above ground or below, needs a parallel express line. That way no one in Toronto would have to take any train for more than a few stops and capacity and profit potential would skyrocket by about 800%.

    Such a small amount of space, for such a massive increase increase in capacity. The key point is to leave room for this crucial future expansion. Of course there is nothing preventing building subways far beneath current ones likely with a short jag to the left or right, from current ones.

    Imagine Scarborough to Pearson in five stops and about 22 minutes. Ca Ching TTC and even the Go! No new land acquisition. Just add tracks and trains.

    P.S. 1010, these mayoral shots, 3 nice 2 not, look pretty biased. Makes you look very unprofessional. Why turn on 2? What is wrong with you?
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