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diminuntive, this is a way better idea then extending the subway everywhere.
If you built "subways" entirely at grade along existing corridors then cost really wouldn't be hugely different across transit modes.
In Canada you get into regulatory differences between subway and "mainline" rail, which confuses things a bit, but in a more efficient setting there's no clear difference between "commuter rail" and "subways" beyond wider stop spacing and routing choices.
It would be even better if the crosstown spur was added to it, to not have everyone go through downtown and out again to cross the city.
In my fantasy map, though, there would already be rapid transit connections along Eglinton and Bloor-Danforth. A Summerhill Crosstown wouldn't be hugely faster than those.
Also, it's not like any of those branches would have huge employment areas along them, so I'm not sure you'd even have significant demand to travel from, say, Malvern to Brampton. At least, not initially.
In any case,
I like the alignment along the Canal - we could easily replace the Queen Elizabeth Drive with surface LRT.
However, I might split the Carling line from the Gatineau line: Gatineau's travel patterns are pretty unidirectional and commuter-oriented, so you'd have a lot of empty seats going in the opposite direction. Two lines might allow for greater control and efficiency. Also, what of western Gatineau? I might be a YIMBY, but judging from how the rush-hour buses that run every 2.5 minutes are jam-packed most days, I'd say there's a genuine need.
I made my own map a few months ago
It was commissioned by someone, so I can't take credit for some of the lines, but I see it as the full (if perhaps a little over-complete) build-out of Ottawa's transit network.
I also made a S-Bahn (or GO-Train, now that it looks like they'll be almost the same thing!) map for fun.
(click for le big picture)
A lot of it is on existing railways, some of it on old railbeds and a bit of it is new, including to Orleans in a hydro corridor and in Barrhaven and Kanata along the existing Transitway. Most notably, perhaps, would be the rebuilding of our own Union Station downtown (used until the late 60s), requiring an underground concourse and tunnel à la Britomart Station in Auckland.
I estimated the cost at around $13B for the whole thing. So hey, if the provincial government puts most of its non-GTA funding in Ottawa (plus Federal and Québec, I guess), maybe we'd be looking at our very own Big Move!
Last edited by Aylmer; Yesterday at 10:47.
That type of RUR system is exactly what Toronto needs and could afford.