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New Frequent Rapid Transit Connections


Downtown Toronto is growing faster than anticipated, but growth in the next few decades will be fastest in new urban areas all around the GTHA. This means a lot more trips between suburbs. Historically, these trips have been mostly made by car. The proposed new Frequent Rapid Transit Network will help provide better options to connect the entire region.

In the face of such incredible growth, it’s critical we extend the reach of reliable rapid transit and connect the various parts of the GTHA with a Frequent Rapid Transit Network (FRTN). With Regional Express Rail and the subway serving as the spine of the Network, the FRTN will connect urban centres, employment nodes and regional destinations with Priority Bus, Frequent Regional Express Bus, additional Light Rail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit projects.

Graphic illustrating how local transit supports frequent rapid transit

The expansion of convenient, fast and frequent rapid transit across the region will offer travellers a real alternative to driving, especially when it comes to trips to and from downtown Toronto.


Graphic detailing Key Principles of the Frequent Rapid Transit Network

It’s predicted that the implementation of the Draft Plan will result in 650,000 more transit trips in the GTHA during peak travel periods. (That’s a 55% increase over 2011.) This ranges from a 39% increase in Toronto, where transit is already strong, to an incredible 137% increase for trips between GTHA municipalities outside of Toronto, where there’s greater potential for new ridership.

A Frequent Rapid Transit Network will connect more people in the region with the places they want to go, and it will provide an attractive alternative to driving. Priority Bus Corridors and Regional Express Buses will provide fast and frequent transit services to the parts of the region remote from rail, Light Rail Transit, Bus Rapid Transit and subway service.

Graphic comparing BRT, Shared and Priority Bus

Meeting traveller needs after 2025 will also require further expansions to GO Regional Express Rail, other surface transit systems and subways.

Graphic of Priority Bus icons

What are some of the projects in delivery?

  • LRTs include Eglinton Crosstown, Sheppard East, Finch West, Hamilton B-Line and Hurontario,
  • BRTs include Highway 7 West, Yonge North and Yonge South,
  • The Toronto-York Spadina subway extension

What are some of the projects in development?

  • Two subway extensions for Yonge North and Scarborough
    • Relief Line Subway
    • BRTs include Hwy 2 Durham and the Brampton Queen Street

What are some of the projects completed?

  • Four GO Transit extensions for Kitchener (Georgetown GO – Kitchener GO), Barrie (Barrie South GO – Allandale GO), West Harbour and Gormley (Richmond Hill GO – Gormley GO).

Priority Bus Corridors are a cost-effective way of providing new rapid transit access to travellers.


The Frequent Rapid Transit Network will connect Urban Growth Centres, key Mobility Hubs and areas of high population and employment density in the GTHA. It will fill gaps in the regional network and provide improved transit service throughout the entire region, including in the lowest income areas where it’s needed most.

Gaps in connectivity will need to be addressed through service integration, including the connection of local bus services to the FRTN. In some cases, the FTRN would replace existing services. In others, it will work alongside them. The Network will focus on providing a consistent and seamless traveller experience—regardless of who operates the various parts of the system. Close collaboration among Metrolinx, the Province, municipalities and transit operators will be key when it comes to knitting the region together with Frequent Rapid Transit.

Ultimately, the goal is to deliver transit across the GTHA in a way that provides high-quality, seamless service to more people in more places. This seamless, integrated system would run every 10 to 15 minutes, creating reliable connections between communities.

Check the Draft Plan for more information:

Page 49:
Continue building LRT, BRT and subway projects that are In Delivery

Page 53:
Strategy 2: Connect More of the Region with Frequent Rapid Transit

Page 57:
Develop Priority Bus Corridors

Graphic comparing bus service in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Sydney

How would your daily and weekly routine change if you could get everywhere you needed to go with reliable rapid transit?