The Status of the Big Move: Where Are We Now?

 It has been awhile since the Big Move was released. Some projects have been funded, some have been built. The compilation of projects had long range projects, that to my surprise, have already had their Environmental Project Reports finished.

So here's a list of all the projects, with their statuses.  Here's an interactive Google Map of non-express/regional rail projects. 

Express Rail

1. Lakeshore East and West - Hamilton to Oshawa

2. Kitchener Line - Brampton GO to Union Station

3. Milton Line - Cooksville to Union Station

4. Richmond Hill Line  - Richmond Hill to Union Station

  Regional Rail

5.   Lakeshore West - West Harbour GO to Stoney Creek

6. Milton Line - Milton to Cooksville and Summerhill

7.  Kitchener Line - Georgetown to Downtown Brampton

8. Airport Line - Pearson to Union Station  - COMPLETE

9.   Bolton Line - Bolton to Union Station - Feasibility Report. Awaiting EA.

10. Crosstown Line - Dundas West to Summerhill

11. Barrie Line - Bradford to Union Station

12. Richmond Hill - Aurora Road to Union Station

13. Stoufville Line - Mt. Joy to Union Station

14. Havelock Line - Locusts Hill to Union Station and Summerhill

15. Seaton Line - Seaton to Union Station and Summerhill

16. Lakeshore East - Oshawa to Bowmanville


17. Spadina Extension - Downsview to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

18. Yonge Extension - Finch to Richmond Hill Centre - EA here. Awaiting funding.

19. Downtown Relief Line  - Bloor West to Danforth via Downtown - UNDER STUDY

Light Rail and Bus Rapid Transit

20. Hamilton A Line LRT - Downtown Hamilton to Hamilton Airport

  • West Harbour GO to B Line LRT - FUNDED. Being treated as spur of B line.
  • B Line LRT to Hamilton Airport - Awaiting study

21. Hamilton B Line LRT - McMaster University to Eastgate Mall

  • McMaster University to Queenston Circle - FUNDED. EPR
  • Queenston Circle to Eastgate Mall - Awaiting funding. EPR.

22. Burlington Line (Unknown technology) - Fairview GO to Burlington Centre - Awaiting study. 

23. Dundas Street BRT - Brant Street (Halton) to Kipling subway station

  • Bronte Road to Proudfoot Trail - EA complete. Awaiting funding.
  • Neyagawa Boulevard to Brant Street - Awaiting EA.
  • Proudfoot Trail to Kipling Station - Awaiting EA.

24. Trafalgar Road BRT - 407 to Midtown Oakville

  • Midtown Oakville to Cornwall Road - Awaiting study
  • Cornwall Road to 407 - EA complete. Awaiting funding. 

25. 403 Transitway - Midtown Oakville to Renforth Gateway

  • Midtown Oakville to before Winston Churchill Station - Not studied.
  • Winston Churchill Station to halfway to Erin Mills Parkway Station - UNDER CONSTRUCTION. EA here.
  • West of EM Parkway Station to station - COMPLETE
  • EM Parkway Station to Hurontario - EA complete. Currently deferred. Modified to run in mixed traffic from Mavis to Hurontario.
  • Hurontario to Dixie Station - COMPLETE
  • Dixie Station to Renforth Gateway - UNDER CONSTRUCTION. EA here.

26/27/28. Hurontario Main Transit

  • Steeles to Port Credit GO - FUNDED. Awaiting construction. EA here.
  • Downtown Brampton to Steeles - Was funded. Currently dead. EA here.
  • Mayfield to Downtown Brampton - Awaiting study.

29.  Waterfront West LRT - Port Credit to Union Station - EA initiated, put on hold.

30.  Queen Street (Unknown technology) - Downtown Brampton to Peel/York boundary - Awaiting study.

31. VIVA Highway 7 BRT - Peel/York boundary to Locust Hill GO - EA from Highway 50 to Galworthy Drive

  • Highway 50 to Helen - Awaiting funding.
  • Helen to Edgely - UNDER CONSTRUCTION 
  • Edgely to Jane Street - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Jane Street to Bowes Road - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Bowes to Yonge - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Richmond Hill Centre to Warden Avenue - COMPLETE
  • Warden Avenue to Galsworthy Drive - Awaiting funding. 
  • Galsworthy Drive to Locust Hill GO - Awaiting study.

32. Finch West LRT - Pearson to Finch Station

  • Finch Station to Finch West Station: EA complete. Awaiting funding. 
  • Finch West Station to Humber College: FUNDED.  CONSTRUCTION STARTS 2016. EA here. 
  • Humber College to Pearson Airport - Not studied.

33. Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Pearson to Kennedy Station

  • Pearson Airport to Mt. Dennis Station - Studied. Awaiting funding. May turn into SmartTrackWest.
  • Mt. Dennis Station to Kennedy Station - Studied. UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

34.   Highway 427 South - Pearson to Kipling station - Awaiting study.

35. Jane Street LRT - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to Bloor Street - Awaiting study.

36. Don Mills LRT - Highway 7 to Bloor Street - RECONSIDERING FOR DOWNTOWN RELIEF SUBWAY - Awaiting study.

37. VIVA Yonge BRT

  • Richmond Hill Centre to 19ths Avenue - UNDER CONSTRUCTION. EA here. 
  • Murlock Drive to Davis Drive - UNDER CONSTRUCTION. EA here. 
  • Davis Drive to GO train corridor on Green Lane - EA here. Awaiting funding.

38. Sheppard East LRT - Don Mills station to Meadowville Road - FUNDED. CONSTRUCTION STARTS 2021. EA here and here

39. Scarborough LRT - Kennedy Station to Malvern - BEING BUILT AS SUBWAY TO SHEPPARD. BEING STUDIED.

40.   Highway 2 Curbside BRT - Scarborough Centre to Downtown Oshawa

  • Steeple Hill to Merriton Road - EA complete. Awaiting funding. 
  • Glendale Drive to Southview Drive - EA complete. Awaiting funding. 
    • Liverpool Road to Glenanna Drive - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Rotherglen Road to Harwood Avenue - EA complete. Awaiting funding. 
  • Harwood Avenue to Salem Road - COMPLETE
  • Salem Road to Galea Drive - EA complete. Awaiting funding.
  • Galea Drive to Downtown Oshawa - Awaiting study. 

41. Brock Road (Unknown technology) - 407 to Downtown Pickering - Not studied.

42. Oshawa connector (Unknown technology)  - Oshawa GO to Downtown Oshawa - Not studied

43. BRT on the 407 - COMPLETE

44. Hamilton T-Line (Unknown Technology) - Centre Mall to Ancaster - Not studied

45. Brant Street (Unknown Technology) - Fairview GO to Dundas Street - Not studied

46. Trafalgar/Main (Unknown Technology) - 407 to Downtown Milton - Not studied

47/48/49. Steeles West/Steeles Centre/Steeles East/Taunton (Unknown Technology)

  • First section: Lisgar GO to 427 - Not funded/studied
  • Second section: York University to Miliken GO - Not funded/studied
  • Third section: Miliken GO to Downtown Oshawa - Not funded/studied

50. Highway 427 North Transitway - Pearson to Queen Street

51. 407 Transitway

52. McCowan - Scarborough Centre to Markham - BEING BUILT AS SUBWAY TO STEELES

53. Simcoe (LRT preferred) - Downtown Oshawa to 407 - Not studied

Highway Extensions

54. 410 - COMPLETE

55. 427 - EA complete. Awaiting funding/construction.

56.  404 - COMPLETE


58. Niagara-GTA - First phase of EA complete. EA on hold

59. GTA WEST -  EA Study in progress

Fighting for the HM LRT: My council notes

Hello everyone, it has been awhile.

Last night, I delegated to Brampton city council for the final LRT vote. We didn't get the result we wanted, which was the full plan including the surface alignment through downtown Brampton on Main Street to Brampton GO. Instead the Obstructionist Six voted to stop the line at Steeles Avenue.

What follows is my notes of what I said. I followed it, making things longer and shorter as I spoke. I also made some more punchy comments.

 My name is Divyesh Mistry, and I'm a resident of Ward 9. I support the Main street alignment of the HMLRT. I'm what they call a choice transit rider, someone who willingly chooses to use public transit most of the time. I see the LRT as helping boost transit ridership, as well as accelerate economic growth in Downtown Brampton. There's a been a few businesses that have opened up since I started visiting and spending money in DT, and only started doing that with the introduction of Zum 502 Main.

I understand the frustrations that are made with the "Made in Brampton" arguments, but the thinking that every city fends for itself is outdated. Brampton is not competing on a world stage. Brampton, Mississauga, TO, as a comprehensive economic unit is competing together against world city regions. And world city regions need better, integrated rapid transit that connects all the urban centres.

GO trains to Toronto aren't enough. We need the LRT as north-south transit axis of gravity for Peel, especially as there aren't enough direct N-S RT lines in the GTA. Yes some people will travel to Square One using the LRT. But people are already doing that with the Zum bus and I don't see any councillors trying to cut the Zum lines. Nobody is trying the GO buses and trains because they travel to the Eatons Centre or Yorkdale, are they?

You can't pick and choose where people who live in this city can go to work, play, or school, like you can't prevent nor would you want to prevent others from coming in. Think outside the squabbling municipal fiefdom box, it's not that hard.

And to those who don't think that rapid transit is needed for university expansion, take it from me who's covered university expansion news for the past few years for several campus newspapers. Laurier Milton, a suburban isolated campus in the making for 7 years, lost out to urban, connected York Markham with its proper BRT and soon-all-day GO service. Lots of universities have been expanding to their downtown regions, like UWindsor, UWaterloo, and even UOIT which only opened 10 years ago is shifting more of it's program to DT Oshawa.

I fear the stoping the LRT at Steeles would signal that we're not ready for other rapid transit. Why should the province, the feds, build a Queen Street LRT or Steeles BRT, if we won't upgrade an existing busy service? Nevermind the investment can go other cities who have shovel-ready projects or are studying extensions and other phases, like KW and Ottawa who are contributing a third of their existing project costs?

If this vote means we stop at Steeles, it also means we're not ready for the big cities table. The city loses the respect of its peers, and our city will lose out on talent on the civil servant level, as well as private businesses. Sometimes, hard decisions have to be made. But this one has 73% on proper poll, so I say go for it.