Subway Planning Forum

Subway Planning Forum

The Ontario government unveiled its $28.5-billion subway plan on April 10. Whether the province covers the entire amount or receives $17.3 billion from Toronto, York Region and the federal government, it will be the largest transit investment in Canadian history. If the subway system is built out by 2031 as promised, it would also contribute to the government's “open for business” objectives. Without a well-functioning transportation network, Toronto cannot compete effectively with other Canadian city regions, let alone international ones. 
 
To ensure that proper consideration is given to this historic Progressive Conservative Subway Plan (click to enlarge)investment in the context of other transit plans that are currently underway, Transport Futures hosted a Subway Planning Forum on Wednesday, June 26. Transit experts and politicians debated the new plan’s pros and cons in terms of seamless transportation, smart land use, economic costs and benefits, cutting-edge technology, innovative financing, social equity, improved governance and environmental protection. Speakers included:
  • MPP Jessica Bell, Ontario New Democratic Party
  • MPP Michael Coteau, Ontario Liberal Party
  • MPP Mike Schreiner, Ontario Green Party
  • Derrick Toigo, City of Toronto
  • Shoshanna Saxe, University of Toronto 
  • David Dimmer, Thales Canada
  • William Denning, Walmer Consulting                               
  • David Crowley, transport planning consultant                                                                                   

Sponsored by our generous sponsors, the forum took place at Innis Town Hall on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. The interactive agenda included four formal presentations followed by two panel discussions. More than 100 delegates weighed in with excellent questions that went far beyond subway planning to other transit modes, cycling, walking, automated vehicles, mobility pricing and governance. Now it is time to build on our discussion and complement other transit initiatives. Let us know how you'd like to play a role!