WHY WE NEED SMARTTRACK
- Cost of congestion to commuters: $3.3 billion/year
- Cost of congestion to local economy $2.7 billion/year
- Combined cost to commuters/economy estimated to grow to $15 billion by 2031
- Average one-way commute for Toronto office workers: 42 minutes
- 33% of Toronto jobs are in the downtown
- Without relief of some sort the Yonge Subway line (Line 1) is expected to be over capacity by 2031
- Yonge-Bloor interchange is already over capacity
- Increasingly longer commute times have a negative effect on health and intensify the “time crunch” that one in five Ontarians feels caught in, with less time for family, leisure, and community…The GTHA’s congestion crisis continues to threaten the economy of Canada’s largest city-region and the quality of life of its six million residents.
“SmartTrack could make a huge difference for working people in parts of the city that don’t have great transit options right now”
FAST Public Advisory Board Chair, Alvin Curling.
“The great thing about SmartTrack is that so much of the infrastructure is already in place, and billions of dollars in funding already promised by the federal government and Queen’s Park”
FAST Public Advisory Board Member, Kyle Rae.
DID YOU KNOW…?
Approximately 90% of SmartTrack would run along corridors that are already in public hands, so it will not displace any existing roadways.MORE SMARTFACTS ›