SUDA Ahead of the Curve
Sustainable urban development requires transportation systems that are affordable, practical and convenient, and able to replace today's over-reliance on travel by personal automobile.
Sustainable transportation includes walking and bicycling -- also known as active transportation -- and public transportation. Sustainable transportation may include motorized transport that is highly efficient and fueled by non-polluting energy.
Mission Critical: A Rapid Transit Network to End Congestion and Fight Climate Change -- SUDA presents a broad vision for an urgent and major expansion of the rapid transit network in Toronto - one which goes beyond existing plans, and seizes the opportunity to move Toronto forward at a time of affordable lending rates, renewed commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, and opportunities for green infrastructure funding from the federal and Ontario governments, and which will produce net benefits well in excess of the costs of implementation. Click here to read the report. To read the executive summary, please click here.
The 401RT -- SUDA has proposed that the most important missing link in the GTA rapid transit network is the lack of a single contiguous east-west rapid transit line across the middle of the region, extending from Pickering in the east into Mississauga in the West. Until such a rapid transit line is built, there is no hope of solving the congestion problems that plague the core of the region. This 401RT would utilize the Highway 401 and 409 corridors for much of its length, and connect with more than 25 north-south public transit services. SUDA estimates that ridership demand exists to make the 401RT operationally viable. Please access the 401RT document
SUDA recently added to this concept with recommendations regarding congestion at and around Pearson International Airport. To view this report, click here.
Gardiner Expressway Removal -- SUDA has proposed that the entire elevated portion of the Gardiner Expressway east of the Humber River can be removed if a new LRT is extended westward from a Roncesvalles/King/Queen subway station on a completed downtown relief subway line, and if some road modifications are also made. SUDA believes that this opportunity renders current commitments to rebuild the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway counterproductive to building a sustainable urban environment. Click here to view SUDA's 2013 report.