Toronto Transit Commission OneCity

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OneCity was a short-lived transit plan created by the Toronto Transit Commission on June 27, 2012. Chair Karen Stintz and Vice-Chair Glenn De Baeremeker proposed up to 170 kilometres of transit expansion proposals for the next 30 years, totaling at $30 billion. It would have been funded via an increase in property taxes via a “current-value assessment uplift”, and 1/3 funding each from the provincial and federal governments.

The plan was defeated by city council on July 12, 2012.

Proposals

The OneCity Transit Plan had a total of 21 proposals, separated into four categories: Subway expansion, train expansion, light rail transit, and bus rapid transit/streetcars.[1]

Subway expansion proposals included the following:

  • Replacing the Scarborough RT with an extension of the Bloor-Danforth Line to McCowan and Sheppard.
  • Extend the Yonge Line to Steeles.
  • Extend the Sheppard Line west to Downsview Station.
  • Build a "Don Mills Express" Line from Eglinton to Queen Station.
  • Upgrade Bloor-Yonge Station.

Train expansion proposals included the following:

  • Build a "Scarborough Express" Line from Steeles to Union Station, using or paralleling the GO Stouffville Line tracks.
  • Build an "Etobicoke Express" Line from Pearson Airport to Union Station, using or paralleling the GO Kitchener Line tracks.

Light rail transit proposals included the following:

  • Sheppard East LRT to Meadowvale, Toronto Zoo, and Malvern.
  • Scarborough Malvern LRT from Kennedy Station to Sheppard and Morningside.
  • Extend the proposed Eglinton Crosstown LRT west to Pearson Airport.
  • Extend the proposed Finch West LRT west to Pearson Airport and east to Yonge (Finch Station).
  • Jane LRT from Steeles to Bloor (Jane Station).
  • Waterfront West LRT from Union Station to Long Branch.
  • Don Mills LRT from Steeles to Eglinton.

Bus rapid transit and streetcar proposals included the following:

  • Waterfront East streetcar line from Union Station to Parliament.
  • Ellesmere BRT from Scarborough Centre Station to Kingston Road.
  • Kingston Road BRT from Victoria Park Station to Kingston Road and Eglinton.
  • Extend route 512 west from Keele to Jane.
  • Wilson BRT from Wilson Station to Keele.

Reactions

The OneCity Transit Plan required 2/3 approval of council members (30 of 44) in order to proceed. However, several council members criticized that the whole plan was a disguise to replace the Scarborough LRT plan with a subway; something that was debated and approved many times over. Transit advocate Steve Munro, while supportive of the plan, criticized about several parts such as a lack of knowledge on operating costs, service quality, and maintenance costs of the current service as well as this proposed plan.[2]

Queen's Park was also unconvinced about OneCity. Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli criticized the LRT to subway conversion for the Scarborough RT and the Etobicoke Express proposal (which is a disguise to electrify the Air Rail Link, now called the Union Pearson Express), saying the provincial Liberals want to get digging on these proposals as-is. The province also rejected the "current-value assessment uplift" idea, saying the city already has other tools to provide transit funding.

Defeat of OneCity

With the elimination of the "current-value assessment uplift" as a funding tool, OneCity as presented to council was significantly scaled down. Only the Bloor-Danforth Line extension and the Waterfront East streetcar line made it to city council, and the Waterfront East streetcar line was approved for further study.

OneCity Today

While OneCity as a name is officially dead, various elements of the transit plan have been approved in recent years:

  • Replacing the Scarborough RT with an extension of the Bloor-Danforth Line to McCowan and Sheppard. This was approved on October 8, 2013 after federal funding was announced and another contentious LRT vs. subway debate for Scarborough residents.[3]
  • The "Don Mills Express" Line roughly mirrors the proposed Downtown Relief Line, however the exactly routing is still to be determined.
  • The "Etobicoke Express" Line is still in the form of the Union Pearson Express.[4]
  • Sheppard East LRT to Meadowvale.[5]

See also

References


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