Taking transit is really up to you, but part of our mission at Metrolinx is to make that choice a no-brainer. We’re helping to do that by planning, building, and operating better transit.
Improved physical infrastructure is very important – bridges, tunnels, and tracks – oh my! All that work leads to greater service frequency and/or notable lines on a map. All the lines then yield so many possibilities. Every station and stop is another gateway into a network that moves millions.
We have put a lot of thought into planning how to make it easier for people to tap into the network or how to link different coloured lines on a map to enhance it on a regional scale. So far, we’re planning to introduce more than 100 new rapid transit stations and stops across more than 100 kilometres of new rapid transit routes throughout the GTHA.
As the economic engine of the region, Toronto has the biggest concentration of connections, with no slowing in the demand department. GO currently has 19 stations in Toronto with eight more coming. With every one of them connecting with the vast TTC system, riders can branch out beyond the rail corridor and into all corners of the city.
Across the region, future light rail transit lines will offer several significant thoroughfares peppered with even more connection points. For the Eglinton Crosstown, we’re building 25 new stations and stops that will connect with three GO lines, three TTC subway stations, an UP station and 54 local bus routes. The other planned LRT lines (Finch, Hurontario, Hamilton) will collectively add more than 50 stations and stops to the network and create dozens of connections with local transit services, and of course, GO, too.
Going beyond rail, we’re enhancing connectivity by investing in bus rapid transit routes in Durham, Mississauga and York. For instance, the Mississauga Transitway is connecting with the already extensive MiWay and GO bus systems, and will ultimately offer connections to the GO train system (Kipling) and the Hurontario LRT (Square One).
At the end of the day, all of this work is about bringing more connection points closer to home, work, school, family, friends, shops, the doctor, the gym – wherever. With high-order transit near and connecting each of these doorsteps, we’re looking to take the compromise out of taking transit and make that choice the obvious one.