Jane LRT

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The Jane LRT was a proposed light rail line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was part of the Transit City proposal announced March 16, 2007, to be operated by the Toronto Transit Commission. It was expected to cost approximately $630 million, with construction to begin in 2013 and opening in 2017. It was planned as the sixth of the seven Transit City lines to be complete after the Sheppard East LRT, Finch West LRT, Waterfront West LRT, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and Don Mills LRT lines.

The Jane LRT was never formally approved by Toronto City Council, and with the cancellation of the Transit City plan by Rob Ford,[1][2] the future possibility of a Jane LRT line is uncertain.

Route layout[edit]

The Jane LRT line would have run for 16.5 km, with an estimated 24 million trips in 2021.

Bloor-Danforth to York University area[edit]

The line would proceed north from Jane Station on the Bloor Danforth subway in Old Toronto. However, from Jane Station north to Wilson Avenue, many options still remain due to the narrow right-of-way available on Jane Street. Of the current options, tunneling the line would limit the number of stops along the line and dramatically increase costs, while maintaining traffic flow along Jane Street. As of April 2009, the TTC has a study underway determining feasible alternatives for LRT lines running along narrow rights-of-way, which could determine better alternatives that may be applied to the Jane LRT south of Wilson Avenue.

Jane Street to Pioneer Village Station[edit]

The northern terminus of the line would be at the proposed Pioneer Village Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway in North York. The alignment between Jane Street and Pioneer Village Station would be determined from three possible options: From Jane Street, meeting Pioneer Village Station via Steeles Avenue, via Shoreham Drive through Murray Ross Parkway, or through Northwest Gate.

Potential extensions[edit]

This segment is not actually part of Transit City. It may be constructed at the same time the rest of the line is built or later.

York University area to Highway 7[edit]

The Jane LRT had recently been conceived to continue north into York Region from the currently proposed terminus at Steeles Avenue. This extension takes the Jane LRT from the Toronto/York Region border north to Highway 7 in Vaughan via Jane Street, overlapping the Spadina subway extension to Vaughan Corporate Centre. It is highly likely that the LRT would then be extended further north to Major Mackenzie Drive, such that it would meet a potential BRT/LRT corridor along Major Mackenzie Drive, as Metrolinx has identified one to be needed within its 25-year plan. Also, Jane Street north of Highway 7 is within the vicinities of Vaughan Mills and Canada's Wonderland.

Proposed stops/stations[edit]

The TTC has not indicated stop spacing on the Jane LRT yet. This list does not include potential extensions of the Jane LRT. The distances between these stops varies, but they are likely candidates, from south to north:

On Jane Street[edit]

On Steeles Avenue West[edit]

Proposed Transit City LRT lines[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carter, Tristan (25 February 2011). "Jane LRT goes off the rails". Town Crier (Streeter Publications). 
  2. ^ D'Cruz, Andrew (1 December 2010). "Mayor Rob Ford: “Transit City is over”". Toronto Life. 

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