April 16, 2002
York Rapid Transit Plan: an inter-regional approach
The Transportation Master Plan for York Region has a heavy emphasis on transit, particularly rapid transit. The Plan builds on the work of the Greater Toronto Services Board and other Transportation Master Plans in the GTA.
York's plan is focused on an extensive rapid transit system that complements an expanded GO rail network and is well linked to the transit systems in Toronto, Peel and Durham to support and manage growth, reduce dependence on the automobile and maintain quality of life.
The inter-regional network proposed in York's plan consists of extensive GO rail improvements and four rapid transit corridors: Yonge Street from Finch subway station to Newmarket; Highway 7 from the Peel Region boundary to the Durham Region boundary; a north-south connection from the Vaughan Corporate Centre through York University to the Spadina subway line; and a north-south connection from the Markham Centre to the TTC's new Sheppard subway.
The rapid transit system will cost between $2.4 billion and $4.1 billion over the next 30 years. The Region alone cannot finance it.
The plan also includes improved GO rail services on the existing lines serving York Region, extensions to the Richmond Hill and Stouffville lines and new services on Bolton and Havelock lines.
York has issued a Request for Qualifications for a public-private partnership to help launch the transit system quickly and is also seeking the support of senior levels of government. We are targeting to have a partnership in place by May 2002.
Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rapid Transit and subways are all under consideration for the York Region rapid transit system. Decisions on technology will be made in consultation with our private and public sector partners.
York recognizes that Toronto, Peel and Durham face similar transit funding challenges and that working together to develop integrated transit planning and delivery in the GTA is the most cost-effective way to serve everyone's needs.
More effective transit links to the TTC and GO rail improvements are York's highest priority, and getting more people to use transit is in the best interest of York, Toronto and the Province.
York wants to work with Toronto to find both short and long-term solutions in the Yonge, Spadina and Markham Centre corridors. Express bus services along Highway 400 and Highway 404 are also under consideration. York wants to work with Toronto and the Province to establish high occupancy vehicle lanes or shoulder bus lanes on provincial highways.
The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities. York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. For more information, visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca
Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region