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Connect the Region


Over the next 25 years the Draft Plan calls for historic levels of transit investment, delivering more — and more frequent — transit service across the region. It will cross regional borders more simply and efficiently. Rapid transit every 15 minutes, priority bus corridors, new light rail and a 24-hour Bus Network on key routes will cater to the increased demand of an economy that doesn’t end at 5 pm. This level of integrated planning and investment will result in new employment opportunities, new services and better access to public institutions such as schools, libraries and hospitals. It’s a vision of a fully-connected region that offers plenty of options — so that you can travel where and when you want, and not be tied to a rigid timetable.

The Draft Plan looks to a number of solutions to address each of the transportation challenges that we’re facing — the right solution for each community, but connected together as a network. These include options such as:

  • Light Rail Transit
    Light rail vehicles that are fully separated from traffic.
  • Bus Rapid Transit
    Bus transit service running fully or partially in special lanes for better reliability and at higher than average speeds.
  • ​​​​​​Priority Bus Service
    Bus services running quickly and reliably in HOV lanes using innovative technologies and design features such as “queue jump lanes”, signal priority at intersections, special lanes, all-door boarding and wider spacing between stops.
  • Frequent Express Bus
    Frequent service consisting of buses running along highways that typically connecting two or more significant destinations separated by longer distances than would normally be travelled on a conventional transit route.
  • Regional Express Rail
    Transforming GO rail into a frequent all-day, two-way electrified service.

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.Read more