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Public Confidence in Transit
Transit is more than the familiar debates about busses, LRTs, subways and rail. A well-designed network of transit acts as the Region’s spine to help realize more than just moving people. Transit can support place making, intensification, realize environmental goals and enable economic growth by connecting affordable places to live and work. Regional transit shrinks geography while expanding the urban footprint of a growing city-region. This multi-faceted nature adds to the complexity of transit planning and serves to underscore the importance of getting it all right.
Analysis of Transit Funding in the GTHA
SRRA introduced the concept of private sector funding of transit to create more transit than is currently funded solely by the public sector. Part One identified revenue opportunities through efficiencies in regional service levels and fare rationalization. Part Two is to recommend and prioritize new projects and Part Three is to propose governance changes to attract non-government funding of Transit – SRRA.
Report to be posted soon.
The Impact of Transit on Regional Growth
Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA) with its partners, the Cities of Toronto, Markham and Mississauga, and York Region (the project team) studied the effect of Regional Express Rail (RER), the SmartTrack plan proposed during the 2014 Mayoralty Campaign by then candidate John Tory, and other transit projects on projected growth in the region.
Commercial & Multi-Residential Forecasts for Ridership Analysis
SRRA assembled growth data from the province and 9 municipalities and prepared projections throughout the region in micro detail. The conclusion was that unless significant land use, taxation and transit policy were left untouched the Regions economic prosperity was at risk.
The project included testing development scenarios with the development industry to evaluate the probability of development occurring at new transit stations. This study assumed no planning policy changes which led to the conclusion that significant planning policy innovation was required to achieve optimum operating performance of the new transit.
The team developed projections of growth in partnership with all municipalities and provided that data to the University of Toronto’s Transportation Research Institute ridership analysis.
Report to be posted soon.
The Nodal Study: The Future of Office Development in the GTHA
This study is a high level assessment of places in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) where the next wave of office growth is likely to occur. Interviews with major employers indicate that no node "has it all", congestion is stifling business growth and access the affordable labour is being challenged by the lack of public transit to many of acceptable nodes/clusters of employment.
A Region in Transition
The Region has shifted from employment centered in downtown Toronto to a regional model where over 500,000 jobs are in centers outside the core. This transition has occurred in less than 40 years and now presents new challenges to transit and city building experts.
This study shows the benefits of collaboration between land use policy, transit planning and economic development: a better environment in which to live, work and play.
The Business Case for the Regional Relief Line
May 2010, revised October 2013
The "Regional Relief Line" (RRL) connects the majority of the Region's office employment clusters, offering employers and employees an unprecedented degree of mobility choice, considerable reduction in commute time, significant congestion relief in the 905 and the downtown core.
The New Geography of Office Location
This 2011 study demonstrates that the location of major office employment has shifted in a very short time frame from downtown Toronto to non-transit locations.
Mississauga Office Strategy Study
Completed in 2008, this study for Mississauga office development has led directly to new planning policies and a highly valuable transit alignment now planned for Hurontario Street.