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SmartTrack & Regional Express Rail Display Boards

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SmartTrack & Regional Express Rail Display Boards

  1. 1. Thank you for coming out to learn more about how the City of Toronto, TTC and Metrolinx are working together to build more transit that will transform how you move around the city and the region. Today’s session will provide an opportunity to learn about and/or provide input on the following key transit initiatives that will expand the transit network: Bringing More Transit to Your Community You are invited to:  Review the board materials. The Project team have nametags and are ready to answer your questions  Visit a break-out room to learn more on each project  Use the comment sheets – we want your feedback  Sign up to receive updates about the project and future meetings Your input on: Potential Corridors and Station Evaluations Your input on: Corridors and Alignment Options Learn more about: Regional Express Rail (RER) and have input on SmartTrack studies
  2. 2. Toronto and its surrounding communities “suffer from traffic congestion problems, poorly integrated transit services and relatively underdeveloped transport infrastructure.” OECD Territorial Review, 2010 • Average commute time per person, per day is 82 minutes. • Projected to increase to 109 minutes in the next 25 years. • Costs $6 billion in travel costs and lost productivity every year. • By 2031, this number could increase to $15 billion. •Over 500,000 tonnes of annual GHG emissions is due to traffic congestion. The Problem: A City and Region Under Pressure
  3. 3. The Regional Transportation Agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). We plan, build and operate transit in 31 municipalities. The City of Toronto and its transit agency, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), is working to improve transit options in Toronto in partnership with Metrolinx. The Plan: Working Together to Build the Transit Network
  4. 4. The Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan goal is to build over 1,200 km of rapid transit so that over 80 per cent of residents in the region will live within two km of rapid transit. Building a Regional Network
  5. 5. “Feeling Congested?” is the City’s review of the transportation policies in the Official Plan. These three principles along with the following criteria were developed to help prioritize 25 rapid transit projects in the City. SERVING PEOPLE STRENGTHENING PLACES SUPPORTING PROSPERITY Working Together to Build the Transit Network
  6. 6. Major transit expansion projects have a significant impact on the overall transit network. Transit planning in Toronto is coordinated by Metrolinx in partnership with the City of Toronto, TTC and the surrounding municipalities and regions to achieve our shared goals. Our partnerships work to: • Create more transit options to key destinations, places of work, and leisure • Encourage more people to take transit to reduce road congestion • Integrate and connect new transit expansion projects with the existing transit network • Leverage investments in transit infrastructure to achieve other city building, social and environmental objectives (i.e. creating new public spaces, active transportation facilities, etc) • Manage and respond to the travel demand generated by population growth • Improve reliability, convenience and access to transit service The City of Toronto’s Official Plan (“Feeling Congested?”) and the Province’s Regional Transportation Plan set the policy framework for transit planning in Toronto, in consultation with surrounding municipalities and regions. We work together to improve Toronto’s transit network while balancing region-wide and local interests. The objective of today’s sessions is to learn more about network transit planning and key projects that will transform the way you move around Toronto and the GTHA. Our Shared Goals
  7. 7. Union Station Revitalization Improvements to station, train shed, track & signals Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension 8.6 km extension of the Yonge-Spadina subway line from Downsview to Vaughan Automatic Train Control Modernized signal system on TTC Yonge-University-Spadina Line Toronto LRT Projects Eglinton Crosstown: 19 km Sheppard East: 13 km Finch West: 11 km PRESTO Electronic fare payment system, available across 10 transit agencies, and being implemented on the TTC Metrolinx, City of Toronto, and TTC are already working together to improve transit options and fare payment across the city with connections to the GTHA. Current Transit Initiatives
  8. 8. PRESTO, an electronic fare payment system, available across 10 transit agencies, and being implemented on the TTC. The first phase includes a total of 26 key station hubs connecting TTC (including streetcar routes), GO Transit, York Region Transit and UP Express. PRESTO TTC Station Coverage by July
  9. 9. 9 SmartTrack Eglinton Corridor Your input on 3 feasibility options Scarborough Subway Your input on 3 Corridors and Alignment Options Relief Line Your input on Corridors and Station Evaluations GO RER/SmartTrack Learn more about improvements and proposed plans Transit Projects For Discussion Today
  10. 10. Metrolinx, the City of Toronto and TTC are committed to keeping local communities, residents and partners informed as we move forward. Sign up for more information or follow us on Twitter to learn about upcoming community meetings and opportunities to be involved. @Metrolinx @CItyPlanTO @TTCnotices Email: TransitTO@toronto.ca www.toronto.ca/TransitTO Telephone: 416-338-2848 Fax: 416-392-1591 www.metrolinx .com 416-202-5589 Our Commitment to keeping you informed
  11. 11. Thank you for joining us to learn more about GO Regional Express Rail (RER), which is the single biggest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history, and how the proposed SmartTrack plan would enhance local GO RER with more local connections. You are invited to: Review the board materials. The Project team have nametags and are ready to answer your questions; Submit any comments and questions on the comment sheet provided; and Sign up to receive updates about the project and future meetings. In Budget 2015, the province has committed $13.5 Billion to regional express rail which will improve GO Transit service on all 7 corridors. In January, 2015, Toronto City Council requested the City, Metrolinx and TTC to jointly review the SmartTrack Plan which proposes enhancements to GO RER. Staff will report in Fall, 2015. GO Regional Express Rail & SmartTrack
  12. 12. Across the system, this will create more transit options and connections to the network by: • Electrification of several corridors that will reduce travel times by up to 20% and reduce operating costs; • Four times the number of train trips outside of rush hour and on weekends; • Twice the number of trips during rush hour; • Increased service at all 19 existing GO stations in Toronto (on all corridors) and the potential for new stations; and • 150 kilometres of new, dedicated GO track and dozens of new tunnels and bridges. Our plan to reduce gridlock and commute times will put Toronto at the centre of a regional rail system that competes with top cities around the world. Over the next ten years, Metrolinx will introduce GO RER including 15-minute, two- way, all-day transit service improvements in core areas. Regional Express Rail (RER)
  13. 13. EXISTING 3 GO RER Weekday Rush Hour (Peak Direction) Mid-Day, Evening and Weekend GO REREXISTING Service Concept
  14. 14. This level of service doesn’t come easy. Metrolinx is undertaking one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America to help bring you better, more reliable service you can count on. 4 Electrification Plan Electric trains can accelerate faster and travel at top speeds for longer, cutting journey times for some trips by up to 20%. Next steps: • Metrolinx will launch a design study and EA for electrification of the entire GO network; o The EA will look at impacts and mitigation measures for the surrounding area including the natural environment, existing and future land use including areas for maintenance facilities and power transfer stations; and o Public consultations will be held to share information on the process and seek feedback from residents on the EA process, study area and scope, as well as any proposed locations for new facilities. • Metrolinx will continue to design and build new corridor infrastructure that enables future electrificationOn corridors not fully owned by Metrolinx, there is limited ability to offer two-way, all-day electrified service. Therefore, portions of the GO network already owned by Metrolinx are proposed for electrification. Infrastructure Plan
  15. 15. • Simple, seamless fares: Metrolinx and our transit partners across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are working towards a consistent approach to transit fares in the region enabled by Presto. Why? • There are currently 10 different ways fares are collected in the GTHA, with each municipality setting its own fees. We want to make crossing municipal boundaries and switching between transit systems simple and hassle-free. What’s next? • Public consultations are being planned in 2016. Sign up to receive information about the project and future meetings. Fare Integration
  16. 16. 6 • We will introduce new services on an incremental basis, each and every year over the next decade. • To deliver GO RER within 10 years, planning, design, environmental assessment (EA), construction and new service introduction must all occur concurrently across the network: o Need to coordinate the various expansion steps along each corridor with one another, and also with changes occurring elsewhere on the network at the same time; o Need to continue offering quality service to existing GO customers and grow ridership throughout the build phase; and o Need to efficiently manage complex transitions (such as shifting from an all-diesel to a mixed diesel and electric fleet) in a phased manner. • Detailed phasing plan is now being developed. Phasing Plan
  17. 17. 7 Building on the existing 19 Toronto GO stations, which accounts for almost 30% of all GO stations in the GTHA, GO RER will increase transit options and connect networks, changing the way Toronto and the entire region moves, which is good for people and good for business. Underway now: • EA engagement for Davenport Community Rail Overpass; and • EA engagement for additional track, grade separations and bridge modifications on Lakeshore East. RER will operate on the GO rail network, providing a 15 min GO service. SmartTrack proposes to add additional stations in Toronto. Working together we want to make more connections across the city and in the region. GO RER in Toronto
  18. 18. RER will operate on the GO rail network, providing a 15 min GO service. SmartTrack proposes additional stations in Toronto, the City of Markham and Region of York. Working together we want to make more connections across the city and in the region. Key topics being discussed include: • Integration of SmartTrack as part of GO network • Integration with TTC services at GO stations • New station locations - SmartTrack proposes 11 new stations on the Stouffville, Lakeshore East and Kitchener Corridors including: o 1 in the City of Markham/Region of York* o 1 in the City of Mississauga/Region of Peel* • Fare policy • Eglinton West corridor • Funding and delivery Proposed SmartTrack Plan * Will include future consultation with cities of Markham and Mississauga and Regions of York and Peel
  19. 19. GO Regional Express Rail (RER) SmartTrack General  Service as frequent as every 15 minutes  Mix of all-stop and limited stop service in both directions  Simplified Fare Strategy and expanded Presto  Union Station key destination  Service frequency of 15 minutes or better  All stop service in both directions  TTC fare option  Union Station key destination Stouffville and Lakeshore East GO Corridors (Unionville to Union Station)  6 existing GO stations  New stations may be considered  6 existing GO stations  7 new stations (1 in the City of Markham/Region of York) Kitchener GO Corridor (Mt. Dennis to Union Station)  1 existing GO station (Bloor) and 1 future GO station (Mt. Dennis)  New station options may be considered  1 existing GO station (Bloor) and 1 future GO station (Mt. Dennis)  4 new stations (including station between Queen St W and Dundas St W) Eglinton West (Mt. Dennis to Airport Corporate Centre)  Not in RER plan. Extension of Eglinton Crosstown LRT to Pearson Airport is an unfunded project in Metrolinx’s plan.  Studies and looking at a new heavy rail corridor to Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre (Council requested additional option to extend along Kitchener GO with stations at Weston, Islington and Woodbine) as well as 3 new stations (1 in the City of Mississauga/Region of Peel) Building on GO Transit and the GO RER plan, Metrolinx, the City of Toronto, and the TTC are working cooperatively to develop the proposed program. See the table below for some of the specific enhancements SmartTrack would offer. At a Glance: GO RER and SmartTrack
  20. 20. Identified Infrastructure Needs: • Possible rail/rail grade separation at Scarborough Junction • One or two new tracks in areas along each corridor • Various road/rail grade separations • Electrification GO RER service concepts will bring: Lakeshore East GO Corridor: • All-day, two-way 15-minute or better service – Oshawa to Union • Express service between Pickering and Union Stouffville GO Corridor: • All-day, two-way 15-minute or better service - Unionville to Union • Off-peak, two way 60-minute service – Mt Joy to Union • Peak period, peak direction 20-minute service – Lincolnville to Union The joint City, Metrolinx, TTC review of SmartTrack includes evaluating potential new stations, such as: • 14th Avenue (Will include future engagement with City of Markham/Region of York) • Finch • Ellesmere • Lawrence East • Gerrard • Queen • Unilever Site Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Corridors Note: 1. The City of Toronto will not be holding consultation on proposed stations in Markham 2. Further coordinated consultation will take place in September of this year, including consultation with City of Mississauga, Region of Peel, City of Markham and Region of York.
  21. 21. • All-day, two-way 15-minute or better service – Bramalea to Union • Peak period, peak direction 30-minute service –Kitchener to Union • Peak period, peak direction 30-minute service – Mt Pleasant to Union • Express service from some trips to/from Kitchener, Guelph, Acton and Georgetown The joint City, Metrolinx, TTC review of SmartTrack includes evaluating potential new stations, such as: • Spadina • Liberty Village • Between Queen St W and Dundas St W • St. Clair W GO RER service concepts will bring: Kitchener GO Corridor Identified Infrastructure Needs: • Possible rail/rail grade separation at Scarborough Junction • One or two new tracks required in areas along each corridor • Various road/rail grade separations • Electrification
  22. 22. SmartTrack Service Concepts: • 15 minute service frequency or better • All-stop service in both directions • Electrification • Integrated fares with GO Transit and TTC Infrastructure Needs: • SmartTrack Eglinton Avenue West Corridor Feasibility Review will identify: o Route options o Major infrastructure requirements for any grade separations, bridges, tunnels and electrification o For more information, please see project-specific display boards The joint City, Metrolinx, TTC review of SmartTrack includes evaluating potential new stations, such as: • Scarlett/Jane • Kipling • Matheson/Airport Corporate Centre (Will include future engagement with City of Mississauga/Region of Peel) Proposed Eglinton West Corridor Note: 1. The City of Toronto will not be holding consultation on proposed stations in Mississauga 2. Further coordinated consultation will take place in September of this year, including consultation with City of Mississauga, Region of Peel, City of Markham and Region of York.
  23. 23. Metrolinx, the City of Toronto and TTC are jointly reviewing potential new stations, which will require future consultation with the City of Mississauga/Region of Peel and City of Markham/Region of York. Our key considerations: • Where will stations improve service and add riders? • How many stations can we accommodate? • How far apart do stations need to be? • Where do they fit in the region and existing plans? • Will the station impact travel time for existing GO customers? New Stations proposed in SmartTrack Plan: City Council identified 14 new stations under the SmartTrack work plan for review. • 7 are on the Stouffville and Lakeshore East GO lines (1 in the City of Markham/Region of York) • 4 are on the Kitchener GO line • 3 are on the proposed Eglinton West Corridor (1 in the City of Mississauga/Region of Peel) The report to City Council on SmartTrack in the fall 2015, will include a preliminary review of potential new stations. Process for New GO Stations
  24. 24. SmartTrack As directed by Council, staff will report in the Fall 2015 on the following: o SmartTrack Service Concept, Infrastructure Plan and Business Case analysis o Eglinton West Corridor Feasibility Review findings and options for rapid transit on the Eglinton West Corridor o High level costs estimates and planning analysis for all three corridors o Capital cost sharing and City financing strategy o Plan for additional Environmental Assessments that may be required on all corridors o Update on public consultation activities o TTC service integration plan GO RER: Project Planning We will continue developing other priority projects that will strengthen and enhance the GO RER program, including: o SmartTrack coordination o Starting the work to electrify corridors owned by Metrolinx o Expansion and appropriate fleet for electrified service o Union Station Rail Corridor capacity o Fare policy and integration across transit providers o Updated station access plan and identification of potential new stations o Enhanced train control o Detailed operating plan Moving Forward
  25. 25. Metrolinx and the City of Toronto are committed to keeping local communities, residents and partners informed as we move forward with GO Transit and TTC service plans. Sign up for more information or follow us on Twitter to learn about upcoming community meetings and opportunities to be involved. @Metrolinx @TorontoComms @TTCnotices Email: TransitTO@toronto.ca www.toronto.ca/TransitTO Telephone: 416-338-2848 Fax: 416-392-1591 www.metrolinx.com 416-202-5589 Our Commitment to Keeping You Informed

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