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Toronto Transit: Vision 2030

Thanks to my bf I was directed to the ‘ultimate’ TTC Map on torontoist.com. Dreamed up by Dieter Janssen, an architecture professor at the University of Toronto this map adds new lines, extends existing ones and tries to capture the GTA audience.

Below vs. Above Ground

Streetcar or Subway? Economically it just doesn’t make sense to build more subways. From what I’ve heard every subway kilometre costs $200million and every streetcar kilometre $70million. But with the harsh climate and rolling ravines in Toronto I don’t know that complete surface transit is the answer.

Fare Hikes to Fund New Transit

Either solution where are the funds going to come from to build on this infrastructure? With budgets stretched thin already and existing infrastructure already failing one suggestion has been to increase fares. Before the fare hikes come in, we need to have a zone system in place and a ‘pay-as-go’ card.

Paul Kashimoto made an interesting remark — why not follow the Hong Kong example and earn revenues from managing properties in the vicinity of the transit stations? From Design-Build to Design-Build-Operate.

Although Jansenn’s dream might seem far-fetched it is necessary to have a healthy, sustainable city. For too long Toronto has let its infrastructure be stagnant and we’re paying the price today.

Comments

Comment from Jason Brown
Time June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Sasha, I couldn’t agree with you more when you say that surface roots are not the only answer. Over the past two years I have worked on several TTC projects including The porposed LRT system, the Yonge subway extension and I am currently working on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. And like you said it seems the TTC is trying to combine both teh surface and subsurface routes. With that said, from what I see each kilometer of subway is only costing about $100 million give or take a little, if the estimate you have heard for street cars is correct I do think that the extra $30 million per km for a subway is well worth it when you consider the advatages of subsurface transit in our climate.