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15-03 Relief Line Public Meeting Presentation

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15-03 Relief Line Public Meeting Presentation

  1. 1. March 2015 Public Meetings
  2. 2. Why Are We Here Today? Relief Line Project Assessment 1. Transit Planning in Toronto 2. Setting the Context 3. How Do We Address the Challenges? 4. Potential Station Areas 5. Evaluation Process and Framework 6. Public Consultation 2
  3. 3. DRAFT
  4. 4. Network Transit Planning 4 The Relief Line is being planned in the context of the overall Transit Network 25 Rapid Transit Projects are being reviewed as part of the “Feeling Congested?” Official Plan Review Process
  5. 5. How is Network Transit Planning Coordinated? • Relief Line, SmartTrack and the Scarborough Subway Extension studies are interrelated – work is being coordinated for all three projects by City Planning • Transit studies are all being led by City Planning, as part of overall transit network planning, in partnership with TTC • Work on the Relief Line will inform the other projects and vice versa • We are currently in the process of undertaking the integrated assessment • We are seeking your input tonight on the Relief Line study 5
  6. 6. Relief Line, Scarborough Subway Extension and SmartTrack 6
  7. 7. Coordination of SmartTrack/RER and Relief Line • Metrolinx and the Province are developing Regional Express Rail (RER) to provide 15 minute all-day transit service on all 7 GO corridors. • SmartTrack is a part of RER, comprising elements on 3 of the 7 corridors. • SmartTrack is expected to provide some relief to the Yonge Subway and may delay the need for the Relief Line. This needs to be assessed. • The Metrolinx Yonge Relief Network Study will inform the timing of the Relief Line. 7
  8. 8. Key Dates for Related Transit Studies 8 • Consultation will be coordinated to ensure emerging findings of all initiatives are discussed in public meetings for these projects • All of these rapid transit projects (Relief Line, Scarborough Subway Extension and SmartTrack/RER) have a target delivery of key findings for late 2015 – early 2016
  9. 9. 9 Network Transit Planning The Relief Line is being planned in the context of the overall transit network
  10. 10. Local Transportation Planning Context Other initiatives and improvements that we will consider 10
  11. 11. DRAFT
  12. 12. Building Toronto 12 The Official Plan envisions a safe city that evokes pride, passion and a sense of belonging – a city where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a good quality of life. A city with… A comprehensive and high quality affordable transit system that lets people move quickly and conveniently
  13. 13. 13 How did we get here? 2008 Metrolinx Big Move Includes Relief Line in 25-year regional transit network plan 2009 City Council Approves Yonge North Extension EA, contingent on Relief Line City/TTC commence study to determine need for the Relief Line 2012 Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study Study concludes that initial phase of Relief Line and GO Transit improvements would help solve congestion on the transit network 2012 Relief Line identified as part of the “Next Wave” of transit projects Relief Line identified by Metrolinx as a priority for future transit investment 2013 Ongoing Official Plan review identifies Relief Line as a top performing rapid transit project Relief Line identified by City as a priority rapid transit project 2014 Yonge Relief Network Study launched Metrolinx commences work on a regional approach to addressing congestion on the Yonge Subway 2014 Relief Line Project Assessment launched City/TTC commence planning for the preferred route alignment and station locations for the Relief Line
  14. 14. Where Are We in the Study Process? 14
  15. 15. DRAFT
  16. 16. • Transfer between Bloor- Danforth and Yonge Subway Lines is seriously constrained • Yonge Subway is currently over- capacity south of Bloor Station • Capacity improvements now underway on Line 1 (YUS) include: ‒ New “Toronto Rocket” Subway Trains (+10% capacity) ‒ Automatic Train Control (+25% capacity) • Crowding on the King and Queen Streetcar is deteriorating the quality of transit service Existing Crowding and Congestion 16 0 4,000 8,000 12,000 16,000 20,000 24,000 28,000 32,000 36,000 40,000 Travel Today2031 Ridership Estimate2031 Ridership Estimate with Yonge line extension to Richm Hill PassengerPerHourinthePeak Direction Capacity Today (26,000) 2031 Forecasted Riders 2031 Forecasted Riders, with Yonge Line Extension Riders Today Existing levels of crowding and congestion will continue to deteriorate without transit expansion
  17. 17. Future Conditions will Further Deteriorate Service • Even with planned and funded improvements to Line 1 (YUS) by 2031 additional investment will be needed to accommodate growth • Future extension of the Yonge Subway north will increase ridership • Continued growth in the Downtown will attract ridership ‒ 51% of GDP ‒ 33% of jobs (446,000) ‒ 557,000 m2 of office space being planned and under construction ‒ 18% Population Growth Between 2006-2011 (four times higher than the City as a whole) 17 0 4,000 8,000 12,000 16,000 20,000 24,000 28,000 32,000 36,000 40,000 Travel Today2031 Ridership Estimate2031 Ridership Estimate with Yonge line extension to Richm Hill PassengerPerHourinthePeak Direction Future Capacity (33-38,000*) Capacity Today (26,000) 2031 Forecasted Riders 2031 Forecasted Riders, with Yonge Line Extension Riders Today Additional transit capacity is needed to meet anticipated demand on the Yonge Subway Line * DRTES used a capacity of 38,000 , the maximum potential for signalling improvements Actual capacity is expected to fall between 33,000 to 38,000 .
  18. 18. Relief Line Can Address Crowding and Congestion on the Transit Network Line1-YUS Sherbourne Wellesley Rosedale Bay The Relief Line will ease congestion at Yonge-Bloor by providing an alternative route to downtown Source: DRTES Phase 1 Strategic Plan 2031 Modeling includes Yonge Subway Extension Line 2 - BD Yonge - Bloor Transfers at Yonge- Bloor will be reduced by 30% and Line 1 (Yonge) riders will be reduced by 12% 19
  19. 19. Initial Phase of Relief Line Addresses Downtown Streetcar Crowding 20 Source: DRTES Phase 1 Strategic Plan *Assumes the Yonge Subway Extension and modelled on a conceptual King Street corridor Queen King The Relief Line reduces crowding on the downtown streetcar system, on both the Queen and King Lines St. Andrew Osgoode Union King Streetcar Queen Streetcar Up to 35% of streetcar riders coming into Downtown from the east will be redirected to the Relief Line.
  20. 20. Weekday ridership on the TTC’s busiest routes 21 Source: TTC Operating Statistics (2012-2013) and MADITUC Model 731,880 509,810 178,000 57,300 55,400 55,400 49,440 48,700 44,400 44,000 44,000 40,290 - 100,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 500,000 600,000 700,000 800,000 * Relief Line Initial Phase *based on 2031 ridership forecast The initial phase of the Relief Line would be the TTC’s third busiest route. Ridership
  21. 21. 22 Preferred Technology: Subway • Subway is the right technology for the Relief Line: ‒ Serves transit network needs in terms of capacity, frequency, station spacing ‒ Addresses congestion and crowding problems on the Line 1 (Yonge) and at Yonge-Bloor Station ‒ Supports growth in the City, especially downtown ‒ Can use existing facilities for vehicle storage and maintenance
  22. 22. Potential Station Area Options 24 Policy Framework Key Destinations Planning Framework Transit Connections Opportunities for Change Transit Oriented Development
  23. 23. 25 Potential Station Area Options: 3 Areas of Focus Potential Downtown Station Options Key Activity Centres – Potential Station Area Options Potential Danforth Subway Connection Existing Stations Potential Station Area Options Potential Downtown Connections Potential Danforth Connections Potential SmartTrack Stations Rapid Transit Potential SmartTrack
  24. 24. 26 Existing Stations Potential Station Area Options Potential Downtown Connections Potential Danforth Connections Potential SmartTrack Stations Rapid Transit Potential SmartTrack Key Activity Centres – Potential Station Area Options Will be assessed based on: – Neighbourhood fit – Protecting stable neighbourhoods – Planning framework – Transit Oriented Development – Consideration of other planned transit – Transit Connections – Key destinations – Fit with other local transportation initiatives Potential Station Area Options: Key Activity Areas
  25. 25. 27 Existing Stations Potential Station Area Options Potential Downtown Connections Potential Danforth Connections Potential SmartTrack Stations Rapid Transit Potential SmartTrack Potential Downtown Station Options Will be assessed based on: – Constructability – Subway connections and transfers – PATH connections – Key destinations – Future extension opportunity to the West Potential Station Area Options: Downtown
  26. 26. 28 Existing Stations Potential Station Area Options Potential Downtown Connections Potential Danforth Connections Potential SmartTrack Stations Rapid Transit Potential SmartTrack Potential Danforth Subway Connection Will be assessed based on: – Neighbourhood fit – Community impact and benefit – Ease of transfers from TTC services – Surface connections and access – Future extension opportunities to the north – Constructability Potential Station Area Options: Danforth Subway
  27. 27. Evaluation Process 29
  28. 28. SERVING PEOPLE STRENGTHENING PLACES SUPPORTING PROSPERITY Evaluation criteria based on principles and criteria developed during the Official Plan Review process “Feeling Congested?” Evaluation Framework 30
  29. 29. Consultation with Public and Stakeholders • Public meetings: three in the study area and one “city-wide” meeting along the Yonge Subway Line • Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting • Online consultation featuring interactive tools • Pop-up consultations • Symposium with transit leaders and experts 32 Comment Deadline is March 27, 2015
  30. 30. With the information we receive during this round of public consultation, we will: • Finalize the evaluation criteria that will be used to determine the route and station locations • Further assess potential station areas and identify potential corridors Next Steps 33 • Next round of consultation will focus on the results of the evaluation of potential station locations and the corridors
  31. 31. Stay Involved 34

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