Efficient transportation systems are essential to the Toronto Region’s global competitiveness. Small improvements to these systems and policies can produce unimaginable benefits when totalled over the long term. We need our people, goods and services moving swiftly across the region. Enhancing the region’s transportation infrastructure has been the Board’s longest running advocacy issue and continues to be a high priority for the business community.

Getting on the Right Track

Getting on the Right Track-Connecting Communities with Regional Rail

The Report makes the case for regional rail as the most economically efficient way to provide a high-speed and high-capacity backbone for the region’s transportation network. By using global best practices such as two way-all-day service, modern technology, as well as seamless integration with local transit, the region could leverage its existing 450 km network to move over 300,000 people per hour into the downtown core—compared with 30,000 per hour on the Yonge subway—all without needing to build expensive and disruptive new corridors from scratch.

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Erasing the Invisible Line

Erasing the Invisible Line: Integrating the Toronto Region’s Transit Networks Report

The report highlights serious transit inefficiencies caused by a lack of fare and service integration across regional transit networks. The Toronto region is a single integrated economic and social unit, but fragmented transit systems make travel across municipal and agency boundaries both challenging and expensive. The Board proposes the formation of a “Transit Federation”, which will produce a unified and seamless regional transit network, while allowing each agency to retain its own administration and accountability.

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Fare and Service Integration Proposal

The Toronto Region Board of Trade has created a proposal to integrate the region’s transit networks, including TTC, municipal transit agencies, and GO Transit, while recognizing the need for local control. The proposal includes a fare structure to convey what implementation of this integration could look like for commuters. Click the button below for an overview of the proposal and interactive maps which illustrate the findings.

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