Toronto Transit Commission Network 2011

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Network 2011 was a transit plan created in 1985 by the Toronto Transit Commission, to facilitate transit expansion for the next 16 years. Many proposals were included, though the plan was centered along three new subway lines: Downtown Relief Line, Eglinton West Line, and the Sheppard Line.[1] At the end, only a portion of the Sheppard Line was built.

Original Proposals

The proposals for Network 2011 included:

  • Sheppard Line from Yonge Street to Victoria Park Avenue.
  • Downtown Relief Line from Union Station to Donlands Station.
  • Temporary busway on Eglinton Avenue West.
  • Sheppard Line extension east from Victoria Park Avenue to Scarborough Centre Station and west to Downsview Station.
  • Eglinton West Line.

Reactions in the City of Toronto

Council was relatively united on the plan itself, as the 1970s era saw a complete discontinuation of highway development around the City of Toronto, in addition to the preservation of the streetcar network. Any form of economic development and/or population growth would have to take place via transit investment instead of roads.

However, council members argued over which subway line should be built first, pitting boroughs such as North York and Scarborough against each other. Outside the council chambers, transit advocates such as Steve Munro and Gord Perks argued that the whole plan can cost much less if light rail technology was considered on areas like Sheppard, where demand is lower. Munro also criticized the Downtown Relief Line proposal as an express trip between Donlands and Union Stations without benefiting the local communities along the route.

Reactions outside the City

Outside Toronto, York Region demand provincial funding for their Highway 407 project. Highway 407 was proposed as a toll bypass route for York Region residents not wanting to use the busy Highway 401. This caused Ontario Premier David Peterson to halt all transit-related projects in the GTA until an analysis can be completed on which project is financially feasible and should take priority over another.

Second Proposals

The modified plan (now called "Let's Move!") consisted of the following:

  • Northern connection to connect the Yonge-University-Spadina Line along Finch Avenue.
  • Bloor-Danforth Line extension west to Sherway Gardens.
  • Scarborough RT extension to Sheppard Avenue.
  • Light Rail Transit on Eglinton Avenue West to Mississauga.
  • Sheppard Line.

Early 1990s Recession

David Peterson and the Ontario Liberals lost the 1990 election to Bob Rae and the New Democratic Party due to a protest vote. As the recession hit the province in the early 1990s, the NDP had to scale down the secondary proposals laid out by the previous government.

Third Proposals

The modified plan (now called the "Rapid Transit Expansion Program") consisted of the following:

  • Sheppard Line to Don Mills Station.
  • Eglinton West Line to York City Centre.
  • Scarborough RT extension to Sheppard Avenue.
  • Spadina Line extension to York University.

Loss of Provincial Subsidies

Mike Harris and the Progressive Conservatives were elected in 1995, and effectively eliminated provincial subsidies to fund the TTC in order to balance the budget from NDP's deficit spending and the recession. This resulted in the elimination of the Eglinton West Line, despite the fact it was already under construction. Sheppard Line was allowed to proceed, and the line finally opened on November 24, 2002.

2011 Result

From the original and second Network 2011 proposals, only the Sheppard Line from Yonge to Don Mills was built.

The third proposal yielded better results. The Sheppard Line was built as outlined, and the Spadina Line extension did occur, however it only went to Downsview Station.

As the economy improved, various transit proposals from Network 2011 were revisited. The Spadina Line extension was incorporated into the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, which will extend the subway line north from Downsview Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre by 2016. Plans for rapid transit along Eglinton Avenue were also revived, in the form of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, scheduled to open in 2020. The Scarborough RT extension will be in the form of a Bloor-Danforth Line extension northeast from Kennedy Station to Sheppard Avenue via Scarborough Centre Station, scheduled to open in 2023. Finally, the Downtown Relief Line is back in the books of the city and province, with the province promising in 2012 it will be built in the next 15 years, despite the fact the project is still unfunded.

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References


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