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Markham Live Vision - Shaping Our Tomorrow

Markham Live Vision - Shaping Our Tomorrow

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Published by Jim Jones
Markham Live Vision: Markham Live is a sophisticated, 21st Century, high intensity urban communitydesigned to appeal to a global market. Integrating the nest retail, ofce, condo residential and entertainmentvenues, built to the highest global architectural and environmental design standards, Markham Live will be a world-class destination.
Markham Live Vision: Markham Live is a sophisticated, 21st Century, high intensity urban communitydesigned to appeal to a global market. Integrating the nest retail, ofce, condo residential and entertainmentvenues, built to the highest global architectural and environmental design standards, Markham Live will be a world-class destination.

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“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 intensied communities which effectively encompassunderground parking, underground and at grade retail, residential, ofce, 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.”
Education:
 
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.
Jobs:
 
Ontario has an above average concentration of clustered industries, and this should create a sizeableproductivity advantage for the province. But we are not benetting 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
Peak Oil:
 
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.
Economy:
 
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 therst 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
:
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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 signicantcontribution 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 efcient 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
Gridlock:
 
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:
up to
 
$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 ofce/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.
Conclusions
:
 
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
Innovative,exibledesign&management,alternativenancing,employleadingtechnology,privatesectorinvolvement,
Design a synchronous network versus the asynchronous networks we have today ... build in network versatility
NeedforacompetitiveRequestforProposalProcess(RFP),alternativenancingandasenseofurgencytogetthingsdone
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.
 
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Executive Summary - Markham Live
New Options for Personal Mobility:
 
Cars are here to stay. More efcient, no petroleum vehicles areneeded to reduce oil use and greenhouse gases. Developing these vehicles should be given high priority.Another priority is providing travel options beyond cars, creating more ecologically sound transport bydismantling the car-centric transportation monoculture. Doing so would lead to a more efcient transportationsystem with a long list of co-benets, from congestion reduction to enhanced communities. Transformingvehicles is difcult.Transforming entire transport systems is incredibly daunting. But the eventual benets would be almostunimaginably huge. Rising to meet this challenge requires us to recognize that today’s car-based transportationsystem isn’t optimal or sustainable for either society or individuals. Average households spend over $15,000
on the automobile in a year.
There is such a thing as a better transportation system. Many prot from this dependency and from thesprawled development that goes with it, from automakers to land developers.Two other important building blocks for creating a more diversied and efcient transportation system - withless vehicle miles traveled are better land use management and greater use of pricing. Pricing can be roadpricing, insurance based on kilometers travel, and gasoline pricing.
Better land use management
- greater geographic density leads to less travel. With greater density, moredestinations can be accessed by walking, and all forms of transit can be provided more effectively and lessexpensively.
Markham Live Vision:
 
Markham Live is a sophisticated, 21st Century, high intensity urban communitydesigned to appeal to a global market. Integrating the nest retail, ofce, condo residential and entertainmentvenues, built to the highest global architectural and environmental design standards, Markham Live will be a
world-class destination.
Rise of the Mega Region:
 
Mega-regions range in size from 5 million to more than 100 million people. Theyproduce hundreds of billions - sometimes trillions of dollars - in economic output. They harness human creativityon a massive scale and are responsible for most of the world’s scientic achievement and technologicalinnovations.
Power of the Grid
 
The current economic crisis and the reality of global climate change require us to workhard at getting the most out of our existing and planned infrastructure. Imagine boarding the 407 Rapid RailTransit Express. Imagine whisking through towns at speeds higher than 130-150 kilometres an hour, walkingonly a few steps to other public transportation or ending up just blocks from your destination. Imagine what a
great asset an integrated 407 high-speed rail transit system would be to our mega-region.
High-Speed 407 Transitway
:
 
It is estimated that the 407 corridor has approximately 1 trillion dollars ofeconomic development potential if the proper transit dependent development solution is designed, plannedand implemented. If we continue down our present path of connecting the northern part of the GTA with bus,
it will be a small fraction of its potential.
Cost of Gridlock:
The cities of the world are being overwhelmed by trafc. From Paris to Jakarta, urbanresidents and commuters are confronting trafc conditions that are becoming increasingly unbearable. Theaverage speeds of road travel in many cities aren’t much greater today than they were in the days of horsedrawn vehicles of the 19th century. For hours each day, many motorways and main thoroughfares resemblecar parks more than roadways. Without radical reforms, this situation will only get worse. In the GTAH, forinstance, it is forecast that gridlock will rise 188 percent on urban roads by 2014.
Power of Place:
 
Markham is 20 minutes from the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the ve Great Lakes. Ourlocation and geography play a key role in our economic success. Markham is less than a day’s drive from morethan 135 million customers in Canada and the United States. With the North American Free Trade Agreementfacilitating access, Markham and the Greater Toronto Area are a major gateway to the entire continent for tradeand tourism – a market of more than 440 million people, with a combined GDP of more than $16 trillion
Fields of Green:
 
Markham Live showcases a broad range of leading-edge and innovative ‘green’ initiativesthat benet the environment, including improved sustainability in community design and practices to achieveecological biodiversity. Strategies that maintain and improve watershed health and resilience within thecontext of climate change and urban intensication are at the core of Markham Live.
High-Speed Rail Network is the Economy:
It is estimated that the 407 corridor has approximately 1 trilliondollars of economic development potential if the proper transit dependent development solution is designed,planned and implemented. If we continue down our present path of connecting the northern part of the GTA
with bus, it will be a small fraction of its potential.
Anchor Hubs in Markham
:
 
Transit Dependent Development (TDD) will demonstrate, to North America and
the world, that combining targeted residential densities with integrated transit infrastructure in a mixed-use,
ecologically designed community will lead to dramatic reductions in the environmental footprint of urbandevelopment. Integrated residential density is the critical ingredient for a true quantum leap in sustainability.Only at larger increments of development are resource-efcient systems like cogeneration, anaerobicdigesters and personal rapid transit (PRT) systems viable and effective. Only a signicant concentratedresidential population can support the shops, ofces, and civic services that make a community balancedand livable.
Markham Live includes:
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Multi-Purpose Entertainment Centre National Olympic Aquatic Centre
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National Olympic Training Centre Trade Centre / Field House
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Five Star Hotel Convention Centre
OfceCommercialWorldClassRetail•
Residential Metrolinx Anchor Hub
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Performing Arts Centre Multi-Media Entertainment CentreP3, TDD and 407 Technology Motions:
 
A public-private partnership is, “A cooperative venture betweenthe public and private sectors, built on the expertise of each partner, that best meets clearly dened publicneeds through appropriate allocation of resources, risks and rewards.”
Spanning the 407 Highway:
 
Imagine joining Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway or the divided MarkhamCentre (Provincial Growth Centres) by innovations, such as creating useable urban space over the 407
Highway which is an urban separator today.
The Golden Economic River:
 
Especially critical to the economic success and the future of urban centersis the rail transit spine network. The development of competitiveness, quality of life and environmentalprotection in urban areas is unachievable without a functioning mass rail transit service.
Try to Leave Everything Better that What We Inherited:
 
The United States has 750 cars for every 1,000people. China, on the other hand, has 4 cars for every 1,000 people. If China gets to only half the ownershiprate of the United States, it means an additional 400 million cars on the road, looking for gasoline. That’salmost like adding another two United States’ worth of cars to the world. Moreover, even if the price of oil getsso high that it creates serious demand destruction in places like the United States and Europe, the use ofoil will still increase in economics such as China’s which is growing at a 10% clip. Growth that size doesn’tevaporate overnight, and economies, especially China’s, need oil and energy to grow.The world’s total population will jump by 1 billion people in the coming 11 years, but the middle class will add1.8 billion to its ranks, 600 million of them in China alone. Middle class will comprise 52% of the earth’s totalpopulation by 2020. China’s middle class will be the world’s largest in 2025 and India’s will be ten times itscurrent size.There remains little easy-to-get oil. After 147 years of almost uninterrupted supply growth to a record outputof some 81-82 million barrels/day in the summer 2006, crude oil production has since entered its irreversibledecline. This exceptional reversal alters the energy supply equation upon which life on our planet is based.It will come to place pressure upon the use of all other sources of energy - be it natural gas, coal, nuclearpower, and all types of sundry renewables especially biofuels. It will come to affect everything else under the
sun.
Go Directly to High-Speed 407 Rail Transitway and By-Pass 407 BRTDon’t Implement Fossil Fuel Systems - Electric Trains are Carbon Neutral

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