Preliminary - like the preliminary plan to place Eglinton LRT on-street through Leslie.Preliminary plans had a line from Don Mills to Pape. The DRL south would've been a subway line running from Pape south.
supporters assured us that would change in detail design.
Also, the DRL was only planned for after the Transit City was completed. DRL was shelved and all efforts were put into Transit City.
I would have thought that David Miller and the Planners he was directing would have known that as well. (see also above).I wasn't a fan of that particular line, but I understood the need for higher capacity service . . . .
See first point about not set in stone (i.e. preliminary).. . . . .and it certainly wasn't set in stone at that point.
The entire Transit City was a social plan, and not a transportation plan. It focused on priority neighbourhoods, and not on moving people. The biggest need for Toronto was more transit lines to the city core, and reducing congestion at the transfer stations.Personally I preferred the Mayor who was actually implementing sensible policies and getting things done. Miller is the Toronto mayor of the 2000s that best fits that description.
Transit City added ZERO capacity to the city centre. From Dufferin to DVP, from Bloor to Lakeshore - nothing.
Also, it simply added (or maintained) the transfers and didn't reduce them at all. Look at Scarborough - same number of people - actually they were expecting more - and they would be expected to transfer at Kennedy and at Y-B. It didn't solve anything.
At a time when the recession hit, One (or 2) projects that the city could get behind and concentrate on would have been ideal. You had a federal government forking out money, and a provincial one promising it as well. Instead, they pushed these half dozen plans, losing the focus of the design team and of the decision makers. Many were also controversial, leading to endless debate - instead of just focusing on 1 or 2 major projects that could have had consensus. The priorities were all wrong as well. Sheppard East LRT was prioritized just to kill the idea of a subway, not for any transit reason. By the time they arrived at a decision on what they wanted, the public was no longer on board and the senior governments had lost the motivation to fund anything.
It was just a terrible idea that killed transit for a decade.