TTC Dream Map: Click to enlarge.
After critiquing several of the TTC fantasy maps out there, we decided that it was high-time to create our own. Keep in mind, this map is complete fiction and entirely unrealistic. It builds upon some of what the TTC has proposed or is currently working on, like the Downtown Relief Line and the Spadina-University expansion, but it also completely ignores Transit City and the forthcoming LRT lines. Since the map is based on the current TTC route map, it also includes the map’s distortions, and is thus not to scale.
Ding-dong the fucking witch is dead! Yes, this map kills off the much hated Scarborough RT line and replaces it with an extension of the Bloor-Danforth line. In the east, the Scarborough section of the line now extends to the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus and to the Metro Toronto Zoo (yay!) and in the west, the line now stops at the Etobicoke Ikea (no more shuttle buses) and Sherway Gardens. An expansion of the Bloor-Danforth line to Sherway Gardens isn’t entirely unrealistic, but replacing the Scarborough RT with a subway line is downright crazy.
Extension of the Spadina-University Line
The TTC is already working on expanding the Spadina-University line to Vaughan. The TTC plans to complete the project by 2015.
The Sheppard-Downtown line takes the preexisting Sheppard line and combines it with the proposed Downtown Relief Line. While it’s highly unlikely that the two lines would ever become a loop, it’s probable that if the Downtown Relief Line is built it may one day be extended to meet the Sheppard line. There’s one obvious problem with the loop: in the east, the loop crosses through several ravines, which would make construction costly and difficult, though not impossible. In the west, it looks like there are huge distances separating some of the stations on Sheppard Avenue West. However, although long, the distortions in the route map’s design make the distances look larger than they are.
An Eglinton subway line is unlikely to ever be built, as an Eglinton LRT is part of the Transit City plan. The big advantage of the line is that it provides subway access to Pearson Airport.
Out of all the new lines and extensions, the Etobicoke line is probably the most superfluous. While it provides access to GO stations, parks, malls, the waterfront, Pearson Airport, and northern Etobicoke, it also travels large distances through relatively low density areas.
Update: This map was originally published with several errors, they have since been corrected.
Friday, April 17, 2009
By Stephen M.