“It’s About Moving People, Jobs, Competitiveness, Prosperity”407 Rail Transitway Network ArchitectureFor Ontario’s Mega Region
Design Criteria - 407 Transitway - 1 hour across the GTAH
407 Transitway Corridor Vision:
What is the difference between the 400, 401, 404, 407 and the 427 Highwaycorridors? The difference is the planned high-speed rail transitway in the 407 corridor, the existing hydro corridor
lands and the corridor is not all build-out yet. Planned and intensied communities which effectively encompassunderground parking, underground and at grade retail, residential, ofce, institutional, entertainment, recreationand transit hubs into integrated, transit-dependent and liveable communities is the progressive and forwardthinking infrastructure paradigm that we need to move forward as a society. This can only be realized through acooperative and collaborative approach among all stakeholders. Thomas Edison said “if we did all the things wewere capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.”
We have a simple challenge. If we want to compete and prosper in today’s world, we must tapinto and harness the creativity of Ontarians. Our goal should be nothing less than to be jurisdictional with thewidest coverage of the creative age across our people and industries. This means preparing our workers andbusinesses with the skills, capabilities and providing the critical infrastructure required to thrive in the economy
of the future. Sustained and shared prosperity demands nothing less.
Ontario has an above average concentration of clustered industries, and this should create a sizeableproductivity advantage for the province. But we are not benetting fully from this advantage. Part of the reasonis that we have less capital investment in the most needed critical infrastructure, We are also a big province andthus have less urbanization and fewer advantages from density. And, as we have found, our clusters have lesscreative content than those of our peers. This is where the real payoff can come. Clusters with high creativitycontent can drive much greater productivity and prosperity than other industries. We know that creativity increaseseconomic growth and we know that clusters increase productivity
In the not-too-distant future, whether we like it or not, the price of gasoline will begin a rise that willcontinue for decades. It will increase so much, in fact, that many aspects of everyday life will be dramaticallyaltered and altered in ways that most of us wouldn’t necessarily anticipate. For example, we envision a futurewhere we travel by train, not by plane. One where today’s distant suburbs gradually become ghost towns. I havegone through the different scenarios when gasoline reaches these price levels. What is the provincial and federalgovernment doing to insulate the public in the event this happens? The consensus is that we have reached peakoil and any oil we nd will be expensive and won’t be the big oil elds of the past.
Here’s the question: Will we decide to reinvest in a global economy and an infrastructure that keepsus bound to oil consumption for every dollar of wealth we produce? If so, we are committing ourselves to adamaging cycle of recessions and recoveries that keeps repeating itself as the economy keep banging its headon oil prices. If we go this route oil will soon lead or peak GDP.Or we can change. Not only must we decouple our economy from oil but we must re-engineer our lives and wayof life to adopt to a world of growing energy scarcity. And that means learning to live using less energy.
Need A Rail Transit Environmental Assessment:
China just open the longest high-speed rail transitwayin the world at 1,000 kilometers long. It took South China Rail 4 years to design, plan and built and it will operateat a top speed of 394 kilometers a hour. Meanwhile MTO has been doing an Environmental Assessment for therst 23 kilometre segment of a 140 kilometres high speed (top 60-80 kilometers at hour) 407 Rail Transitway. Thishas already taken MTO over 4 years and the Transitway is initially being designated for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)and then converted to rail at sometime in the future. The GTA-York Region already exceeds the population of theVancouver BRT line which was just recently replaced by the Canada Line and Ottawa wants to replace their BRTas soon as possible too. Why is the 407 Transitway being designed for bus rst? Times have changed, climatechange, global warming, end of cheap oil, need for a competitive economy to create jobs and the emphasis ontransit dependent development should tell us to go directly to high-speed rail transit.Meanwhile in the same 4 years, China has designed and built over 13,500 kilometres of high-speed elevatedrail transit that goes at speeds in excess of 350 kilometres per hour. By 2050, China will have over 100,000kilometres of high-speed rail in operation. China is building 4,500 kilometres of elevated high-speed rail transit ayear. The 407 Rail Transitway should plan the most direct and quickest route and then mitigate the environment.There is something wrong with this picture. At this pace and the cost of construction, we will be a third world
country by the time we build anything.
Places to Grow
he Places to Grow Act was a major Provincial Policy legislation which indicated where growthcould occur within the GTAH and Niagara Escarpment. However, over the next 25 years the GTAH could buildbetween 10,000 and 25,000 condo buildings, but if not strategically located, it will not add up to any signicantcontribution towards solving the problems facing the growth of the GTAH - Rapid Rail Transit Backbone Network.The Provincial Government must get involved in the strategic planning, development and implementation of this mostcritical asset - The 407 Rail Transitway. Province should setup a Transit Ministries and also have responsibility fortransit dependent development in rail transit corridors.
Integrated Nodes and Mobility Hubs:
Bury the hydro lines in key locations within the 407 Transitway corridorto accommodate integrated communities at transit stops, build over the 407 highway with concourses and pedestrianbridges to integrate both sides of the 407 Highway with intense integrated communities around major transit nodes. Atthe same time integrate the 407 Transitway stops right into the development of these integrated communities. We needto plan and design for a guarantee transit ridership of a 80-90% targeted modal split to ensure instant success of the407 Rail Transitway. The province should set yearly growth targets for these 407 Transitway integrated communities.The naysayers will say burying the hydro lines or building over the 407 Highway or building an efcient high-speed railtransitway within the 407 right-of-ways and getting across the 140km 407 corridor within one hour can’t be done. Theyare yesterday’s planners
is costing the mega-region economy in excess of $6-10 billion dollars annually and going to $15 billiondollars by 2015. These costs include unpredictable travel times, environmental damage, property damage, stress,delays, lost production and lost jobs to other world jurisdictions. Congestion imposes huge costs on our economy.
The GTAH Economic Engine:
The 407 Rail Transitway is the spine for the GTAH economy and is truly the economicengine for GTAH mega-region. Over the next 50 years, it is estimated that the world population will increase 40%or 3 billion people. The GTAH mega-region will have eight million more people that will call this place their home.Eventually, over time, the mega-region will expand to include Windsor and Niagara to Ottawa, Montreal and QuebecCity plus seamless interfaces with the USA - Niagara Falls and Detroit.
Too Many Silos
All the federal and provincial ministries, agencies and lower tiered governments must work togetherunder the leadership of the The Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Ontario towards the development of oneof the most competitive mega-region economies possible to ensure the growth of the creative class jobs and havethe supporting industries ourish. The current vision and plans for building the bus rapid transit system rst on the407 transitway are inadequate and not very forward thinking. The 407 Rail Transitway will equal the ridership of theLakeshore line in less than ve years of being built.
The Economic Generator - 407 Transitway Corridor:
$1 trillion dollars in economic development
opportunities, home for nearly 2 million people, employment of 800,000 - 1,000,000 jobs will reside in the corridor,over 125,000,000 square feet of ofce/commercial will be build and will generate between 750,000 - 1,000,000 dailytransit trips when fully implemented. If we continue down the road we are on, a small fraction of the opportunities canbe realized. The 407 Rail Transitway is equally as important if not more important than the Lakeshore Line.
The plan provides a frame work for new sustainable growth that would eliminate 25 million tons of CO2 emission yearly. Which isthe equivalent of planting 1 billion adult trees with an annual savings of $5 billion (carbon tax of $200 per ton) a year.Helps reduce Gridlock with an annual savings of $10-15 billion dollars annually.Eliminate 450,000,000,000 vehicle miles travelled yearly in the GTAH, with a annual saving of 52,125,000,000 litres.Reduces health care costs because less pollutants will be going into the atmosphere.The 407 Transitway’s Transit Dependent Development will deliver 1,000,000 more cars off the roads - 1,000,000 more people willbe taking transit on a daily basis over time as this corridor gets build out.
Framework for grow in Quebec/Ontario’s Mega Region - GDP will growth from 600 billion to 1.5 trillion over the next 50 yearsWe can’t get density without rail transit and rail transit without density - conundrumPlan and design for 80% modal split on the 407 Transitway Network by integrating TDD into all the stationsPlanning the 407 Transitway is much more than a environment assessment (E/A) to determine the route - it is the future of Ontario.E/A’s process for Rail Transit, should determine the most direct route and then mitigate the environmentHolistic planning to ensure implementation of the vision of moving people, jobs, competitiveness and prosperity for allEliminate all the barriers to ensure success - get rid of the government silosThe transit network should be people, environmentally and operationally friendlyRail Transit will change land use but buses won’t
Design a synchronous network versus the asynchronous networks we have today ... build in network versatility
Leadership is needed from the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario for the transformation of the 407Transitway corridor spine into a major Ontario mega-region economic engine:
All levels of Government’s Ministries,Agencies, Crown Corporations, 407ETR and Hydro One must work together has a “Can Do” team to make the growth of theOntario mega-region economy happen.