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New subways? Sneak preview of regional transportation plan

Today’s Globe and Mail reports that provincial cabinet members will review a draft of the upcoming Metrolinx regional transportation plan this weekend.

According to the article by Globe reporter Jeff Gray, the plan will call for a subway — and not a light rail transit (LRT) line — under Eglinton Avenue through the middle of Toronto.

The subway would counter the City of Toronto’s proposed Transit City plan. The City and TTC are hosting a public information centre on the proposed Eglinton Crosstown LRT tomorrow.

The Globe suggests that the plan would recommend:

  • operating express GO Transit rail service from downtown Toronto to Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Oshawa and Richmond Hill every 15 minutes all day in both directions.
  • operating express rail service every 45 minutes between Union Station and Toronto Pearson Air Terminal.
  • building a subway or “subway-like” Metro line under Eglinton Avenue.
  • building an east-west subway through downtown Toronto.
  • operating local bus or light rail rapid transit lines in Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel and York.
  • extending the Don Mills and Jane Transit City LRT lines northward into York Region.
  • expanding GO Transit commuter rail lines, including new service to Aurora, Bowmanville, Kitchener-Waterloo and Niagara.

You can read the Globe’s article here.

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