Over the past 4 months I have given up driving to ensure I had an accurate rider experience on the TTC. I have to say, not much as changed since I was a teen, there is much to be desired. The experience has confirmed that I will continue to work to have the decades old Sheppard Ave East Rapid transit project reinstated on the City's priority list, as it has been replaced with the NEW concept Eglinton East LRT plan. I don't support this new idea, I feel the current bus routes to Centennial and UTSC are sufficient and will offer a similar travel time to the recommendation routes. Moving to an LRT system also opens up the automatization of these systems, whereas bus routes and BRTS ensure we have good local jobs for drivers and the flexibility for vehicles to move around obstacles such as car accidents.
The Sheppard Avenue East project (which the current provincial gov`t wants to fund) would also aide those trying to reach the Zoo within reasonable travel time, in the hopes that it will increase the amount of visitors attending this great City attraction.
Within our ward (25) I would like to see a new Express line created. Running from the top of Steeles (servicing residents of Morningside Heights), down Morningside, along Sheppard East (serving Dean Park and Rouge residents) down to Port Union GO train and ending near Mowat. The second concept would be a community bus (which is offered in East York) generally for the elderly during daytime hours along areas of our very winding streets, which residents indicate they would find helpful.
If Scarborough Council implements my idea of permitted street parking, which I believe could bring in 4 million dollars, we could invest that into increasing the frequency of our local bus routes or have the SRT operating before 9 am on Sundays.
I am also a proponent of a minimum three stop Subway coming from Kennedy, with stops at Lawrence, STC and Sheppard. I believe a one-stop subway, with no SRT line, will impede our ability to have reasonable travel times within Scarborough, MetroLinx currently has the technology to get this done, as does the technical advisory company HATCH that is advising on engineering of the project.
I would also like to see our TTC bus stop sheds equipped with solar panel LED lighting. These are rampant in other wards across Toronto, and would increase our safety while waiting for buses.
I'd also like to thank TTC staff for responding so quickly to my request of adding additional signage at the STC Hub for those traveling on the 21, 132, 43 and 133.