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Leslie Woo of Metrolinx provides an overview of regional planning and mobility for the Greater Toronto Area for the CaGB

Leslie Woo of Metrolinx provides an overview of regional planning and mobility for the Greater Toronto Area for the CaGB

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  • 1. Regional SustainabilityLeslie WooVice President, Policy, Planning and InnovationSustainable Building Advisor Certification September 28th 2012 1
  • 2. GROWTHGTA1986 3,733,0852006 5,555,912 1,822,827 (+49%) in 20 yearsTORONTO1996 2,385,4212006 2,503,280 882,141 (+37%) in 10 years• 2 million more people in last 20 years ~ 100,000 per year 2
  • 3. 3R. M. Wright (2000)
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  • 8. GOVERNANCE: A REGIONAL ISSUE1988 Provincial Office of the Greater Toronto Area1997 Toronto/Metro Amalgamation1998 Greater Toronto Services Board (to 2001)1999 Ontario SuperBuild Growth Fund established2003 Creation of a provincial infrastructure ministry2005 Bill 53 – City of Toronto Act2006 Greater Toronto Transportation Authority (Metrolinx) 8
  • 9. PLANNING FOR GROWTH 9
  • 10. 10Waterfront Regeneration Trust (1992)
  • 11. THE GGH GROWTH PLAN (2002-06) 11 11
  • 12. THE GGH GROWTH PLAN (2002-06) 12 12
  • 13. GREENBELT PLAN (2004 - 05) Legend Regional and Single Tier Boundaries Greenbelt Plan Area 13 13
  • 14. THE BIG MOVE (2008) 14
  • 15. The Planning Process
  • 16. Existing Regional Rapid Transit Network 16
  • 17. 2031 - Regional Rapid Transit Network 17
  • 18. Top 15 Priority Transit Projects 18
  • 19. 2. High-order transit connectivity to Pearson Airport district from all directions 1.2 Establish high-order transit connectivity to the Pearson Airport district from all directions, including a multi-purpose, fast transit link to downtown Toronto.
  • 20. 3. An expanded Union Station - the heart of the GTHA’s transportation system 1.3 Union Station will become a customer-focused facility that provides seamless connections between all modes of transportation and the surrounding downtown Toronto area. The following will be clearly addressed: • upgrading of facilities to accommodate services proposed in the RTP, • phasing to allow for the timely delivery of services; and • identification of necessary investment and potential revenue streams to meet the above objectives.
  • 21. 4. A complete walking and cycling network 2.1 Plan and implement complete, integrated walking and cycling networks for the GTHA to bring every GTHA urban resident to within a maximum of one km of a dedicated bicycling facility. This will be supported by a provincial funding commitment increased over time to at least $20 million per year for municipalities to complete the walking and cycling networks. photo: Gary J. Wood
  • 22. 5. An information system for travellers, where and when they need it 5.1 Create a regional transportation information portal that is accessible online and by telephone, e-mail or smart phone that provides all users of the transportation system with comprehensive, easily accessible and standardized information on the full-range of transportation alternatives and optimal routings available to them, as well as the status of all of the elements of the transportation network.
  • 23. 6. A region-wide integrated transit fare system 6.1 Implement a region-wide integrated transit fare system by 2012 that allows users to pay a seamless, integrated fare for all transit systems across the region
  • 24. 7. A System of Connected Mobility Hubs 7.1 Create a system of connected mobility hubs, including Anchor Hubs and Gateway Hubs, at key intersections in the regional rapid transit network that provide travellers with access to the system, support high density development, and demonstrate excellence in customer service
  • 25. 8. A comprehensive strategy for goods movement9.1 Develop a comprehensive strategy for goods movement within theGTHA, and between the GTHA and other regions, that identifiesopportunities and actions to improve efficiency, increase capacity, enhancethe region’s competitiveness, and reduce emissions of GHGs and otherpollutants.
  • 26. 9. An Investment Strategy to provide stable and predictable funding Metrolinx required by legislation to report back by June 2013 on recommended revenue and financial tools to implement the 25-year RTP.
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  • 30. Rapid Transit Network Performance 200080% 1800 TODAY70% 160060% 1400 In 25 Years: 120050% CURRENT Auto TRENDS 100040% Transit Walk/Cycle 80030% 2015: TOP 15 600 Projects20% 40010% 200 In 25 Years: RTP0% MODELLING 0 FORECAST Today 2031 Mode Share Total length of rapid transit service (km) 3 TODAY 120 TODAY 2.5 100 In 25 Years: In 25 Years: 80 2 CURRENT CURRENT TRENDS TRENDS 60 1.5 2015: TOP 15 2015: TOP 40 Projects 15 Projects 1 20 In 25 Years: 0.5 In 25 Years: RTP 0 MODELLING RTP FORECAST 0 MODELLING Average time spent commuting each day per person (minutes) FORECAST Annual GHG emissions from passenger transportation per person (tonnes)
  • 31. FUNDED TRANSIT PROJECTS
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  • 33. The Mississauga BRT Project• 18 kilometres of BRT• $259 million• Expected completion date of 2013 33
  • 34. Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension• 8.6 km of new subway• $2.6 billion• Expected completion date of 2015 Proposed design for Vaughan Mills Metropolitan Centre station 34
  • 35. Air Rail Link• 25 km connection between Union Station and Pearson International Airport• Expected completion date of 2015 35
  • 36. VIVA Rapidways• 41 km of BRT• $1.4 billion• Construction will continue over the next 8 yearsBRT street design rendering in Newmarket 36
  • 37. Eglinton Crosstown LRT• 19 km of new LRT• $4.9 billion• Expected completion date of 2020 37
  • 38. Scarborough RT Upgrade & Extension• 7 km upgrade & 3 km extension• $1.8 billion• Expected completion date of 2019 38
  • 39. Finch West & Sheppard East LRTs• 24 km of new LRT: 11 km along Finch and 13 km along Sheppard• $2 billion• Projects are in the Engineering and Design phase 39
  • 40. Brampton Queen Street Rapid Transit• 19 km of rapid bus service in mixed traffic (upgrade of service to BRT in the planning phase)• $285 million• In operation 40
  • 41. MOBILITY HUBS
  • 42. Mobility Hub Studies and Station Master Plans UpdateMetrolinx Board Meeting, September 11, 2012 42
  • 43. The Big Move imagines a future in which keytransit stations become MOBILITY HUBS, wheretransportation modes, including rapid transit,local transit, specialized transit, cycling andaccessible pedestrian networks come togetherSEAMLESSLY.
  • 44. Mobility Hub Objectives 44
  • 45. Mobility Hubs Across the GTHA 51 mobility hubs identified in The Big Move Indicates hubs in which Metrolinx is actively engaged 45
  • 46.  Comfortable and efficient connections between walking, cycling, local transit, rapid transit, and personal vehicles Range of transportation alternatives to access the station
  • 47.  Provide a high level of pedestrian priority, safety, and amenities Build or retrofit a network of complete streets to support movement by all modes of transportation
  • 48.  Ensure an accessible, attractive, and comfortable customer experience Transit station will be a centre of activity in many mobility hubs and should contribute to sense of place through high-quality architecture and public realm improvements
  • 49.  Right-sizing commuter parking Parking pricing as part of an overall approach to transportation demand management High quality design of parking facilities
  • 50.  Mix of employment, retail, housing, and civic/cultural facilities key to role of hub as an origin and destination for trips throughout the day Clustering population and employment reduces the need for travel, and facilitates more travel options, making the transportation system more efficient
  • 51.  Use context-sensitive architecture and landscaping to create an attractive pedestrian-scaled environment and encourage active street life
  • 52.  Mobility hubs should be innovative, best practice examples of environmental sustainability Implement sustainable energy, water, landscape and waste management practices
  • 53.  Attracting transit supportive development is a key challenge at many hubs Public investment and infrastructure design should enhance development potential Incentives are required for design excellence and innovation
  • 54.  Detailed phasing is required to reach the vision in achievable steps Stations and other facilities should be “future proofed” to account for ridership growth and new investment
  • 55. Status of Hub Studies and Station Master Plans4 hub studies and station master plans completed7 hub studies and station master plans underway2 are on the Airport Rail Link (ARL) under construction3 are on the Eglinton Crosstown under constructionCompleted: Underway:• Bloor-Dundas West, 2011 (Airport Rail Link) • Bramalea GO• Cooksville GO, 2011 • Bronte GO• Port Credit GO, 2011 • Caledonia (Eglinton Crosstown)• Weston, 2012 (Airport Rail Link) • Eglinton-Mount Dennis (Eglinton Crosstown) • Kennedy (Eglinton Crosstown) • Kipling • Midtown Oakville 55
  • 56. Bloor-Dundas West Mobility Hub• Mobility Hub Study completed in July 2011• Bloor GO/ARL Station construction completion for late 2014. Source: Google Source: Google Source: Google 56
  • 57. Cooksville GO Mobility Hub• Mobility Hub Study completed in September 2011.• Business Case and Implementation Plan for GO lands underway. 57 Source: Google
  • 58. Port Credit GO Mobility Hub• Mobility Hub Study completed in September 2011. Source: Google Source: Google 58
  • 59. Weston Station• Master Plan completed August 2012.• ARL/GO Station construction scheduled for completion in 2015. 59 Source: Google
  • 60. Midtown Oakville Mobility Hub• Mobility Hub Study currently being finalized• Working closely with the Town on next steps for implementation 60 Source: Google
  • 61. Mobility Hubs Outreach• Mobility Hub Guidelines released in 2011• 425+ people participated in 15 workshops and information sessions and 650+ copies of the Guidelines have been distributed.• User-friendly, searchable, web-based version of the Guidelines released in August 2012.• Profiles summarizing useful demographic and transportation data for each hub coming Fall 2012.• metrolinx.com/mobilityhubs 61
  • 62. PARTICIPATORY PLANNING with meaningful consultation 62 62
  • 63. DIVERSITY of views embraced 63 63
  • 64. REFLECTIONS: The URBAN Triple Bottom Line + Prosperity + Sustainability + Civil Society 64
  • 65. REFLECTIONS: the Rise of the URBAN metropolis 65
  • 66. REFLECTIONS: navigating URBAN complexity 66
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  • 68. Leslie.woo@metrolinx.com www.metrolinx.com Thank you 68