The Mayor’s office is quite pleased after the release of 2 reports painting the SmartTrack plan in a very favorable light.
One of the reports was spearheaded by the University of Toronto’s Transportation Research Institute and Toronto’s Planning Department. It lists a number of pros for the transit plan. Among them, higher than predicted ridership projections.
According to the report SmartTrack could eventually attract more daily riders than the projected 200, 000 and would reduce crowding on the Yonge-University subway line by as much as 17%.
The U of T study found SmartTrack would actually have more ridership than GO transit but that’s only if there was more frequent trains.
Tory did concede that the plan for heavy rail in the western portion will have to be changed to light rail.
However another report sees things a bit differently.
The Globe and Mail says a Metrolinx projection sees daily ridership drop to around 12, 000 going on the assumption there would be fewer stations and a change from heavy to light rail along Eglinton Avenue West.
With files from Jamie Tawil.