Tory's transit plan: Will Smart Track improve your commute?
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As he moves into his new office, Toronto mayor John Tory is bringing with him a slew of promises. Probably the most prominent among them -- the one plastered on many of his campaign signs -- is his "SmartTrack" transit project.
Though the three main mayoral candidates each had their own distinct solution to Toronto's public transit problems, the one that will be pushed ahead is Tory's plan to use GO Transit tracks to expand access to the city's downtown.
The new line, if it's realized the way Tory has envisioned, will run from Markham, through Scarborough, down to Union Station, and then out towards Pearson Airport.
The new rail system, he says, already has 90 per cent of its tracks in place, and will piggyback off of publicly-owned GO Transit's infrastructure.
The result should be a quicker trip to the heart of Toronto for those on the eastern and western fringes of the city. With this plan comes several other expansions to the system -- some already under construction, some set to begin in the coming years.
Two subway extensions from Downsview in the north and Kennedy in the east are planned, and three different light rail lines should increase east-west mobility for those north of the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
Though nothing is ever certain in the chaotic world of Toronto transit, above is an interactive visualization of where the city's system stands right now, and where it's headed over the next decade or so.