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This is my first Fantasy Map:

Tell me what you think :D
Looks good. My concern is duplication on the SSE to STC, and also the SRT to STC. It may almost be considered triplication when SmartTrack is factored in.

For Sheppard, is that an underground/elevated subway extension, or a conversion to on-street LRT or grade-separated SkyTrain of some sorts?
 

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This is my first Fantasy Map:

Tell me what you think :D
Looks good! I've advocated for many of those things in the past, including a Sheppard-Finch LRT (unless those are two separate lines, I can't tell). I also like using Dufferin as the DRL west route.

One thing I've been toying with is diverting the Sheppard LRT south at the Stouffville line, and then having it pick up the SRT alignment until it hits Sheppard again, then having it continue to UTSC. That would negate the need to extend B-D to Sheppard, and to have LRT on Sheppard through low-density commercial. It would also negate the need for BRT along Ellesmere west of UTSC, since the Sheppard LRT would hit it, Centennial College, and STC.
 

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yo guys heres a map I made of the transit network I think we should be working towards in downtown. yeah most of the new streetcar lines would run in separate ROW particularly those in the port lands and east bayfront. king street would also have dedicated streetcar lanes and free ride from dufferin to sumach, lakeshore blvd west would have streetcar ROW as well. 501 would have branches going on lakeshore, queensway and then queen and kingston rd on the east end. I imagine that there would be an infrequent bus service that parallels the relief line to provide local service to queen and roncesvales kinda like 97 yonge does today. If you have any questions I'm willing to answer.
While I like the idea. I wonder if being downtown focused will anger voters in the suburbs like Etobicoke or North York or Scarborough.

Someone posted this. It is the frequent service and busiest bus routes. I feel that if the city were smart and prudent They should expand the Streetcar/LRT routes to replace the busiest buses.
 

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While I like the idea. I wonder if being downtown focused will anger voters in the suburbs like Etobicoke or North York or Scarborough.

Someone posted this. It is the frequent service and busiest bus routes. I feel that if the city were smart and prudent They should expand the Streetcar/LRT routes to replace the busiest buses.
by no means am i saying we should focus on downtown only!!! if u look closely, line 2 goes to cloverdale, drl goes to eglinton and line 1 goes to steeles. I just really feel that waterfront transit should be planned with the relief line in mind, so I made the map to show how I would arrange the network in downtown.
 

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yo guys heres a map I made of the transit network I think we should be working towards in downtown. yeah most of the new streetcar lines would run in separate ROW particularly those in the port lands and east bayfront. king street would also have dedicated streetcar lanes and free ride from dufferin to sumach, lakeshore blvd west would have streetcar ROW as well. 501 would have branches going on lakeshore, queensway and then queen and kingston rd on the east end. I imagine that there would be an infrequent bus service that parallels the relief line to provide local service to queen and roncesvales kinda like 97 yonge does today. If you have any questions I'm willing to answer.
Awesome! Love the sleek look. Sorry if you've answered this, but do you use illustrator for your maps?

The stop spacing on the DRL is so wide... but unfortunately that is realistic for what will probably be built.

I like the touch of renaming stations for the neighbourhoods instead of the streets, but they don't exactly correspond with where the neighbourhoods sit in my mind. The junction is further north, north of Dupont. Chinatown is centered at Dundas, not Queen. The Annex is more at Spadina, not Bathurst. Parkdale is further west, towards Roncesvalles. But I guess neighbourhood boundaries are fuzzy and vary from person to person and shift over time.

Why is the station in the inset called "Elephant"?
 

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Awesome! Love the sleek look. Sorry if you've answered this, but do you use illustrator for your maps?

The stop spacing on the DRL is so wide... but unfortunately that is realistic for what will probably be built.

I like the touch of renaming stations for the neighbourhoods instead of the streets, but they don't exactly correspond with where the neighbourhoods sit in my mind. The junction is further north, north of Dupont. Chinatown is centered at Dundas, not Queen. The Annex is more at Spadina, not Bathurst. Parkdale is further west, towards Roncesvalles. But I guess neighbourhood boundaries are fuzzy and vary from person to person and shift over time.

Why is the station in the inset called "Elephant"?
Who wouldn't want a station called Elephant?
 

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Awesome! Love the sleek look. Sorry if you've answered this, but do you use illustrator for your maps?

The stop spacing on the DRL is so wide... but unfortunately that is realistic for what will probably be built.

I like the touch of renaming stations for the neighbourhoods instead of the streets, but they don't exactly correspond with where the neighbourhoods sit in my mind. The junction is further north, north of Dupont. Chinatown is centered at Dundas, not Queen. The Annex is more at Spadina, not Bathurst. Parkdale is further west, towards Roncesvalles. But I guess neighbourhood boundaries are fuzzy and vary from person to person and shift over time.

Why is the station in the inset called "Elephant"?
oh ok i actually use paint.net believe it or not to make maps I tried illustrator and inkscape but I have become so familiar with paint.net. I don't mind wide stop spacing on drl i guess the only disadvantage to that is that an infrequent local service will be required on queen and roncesvalles. and to me station names don't matter that much as long as they aren't completely innapropritate, so yeah I know they're a bit off, but maybe station names will end up shaping new neighbourghood boundaries. It was really a pain to find a name from Spadina and Queen and I settled on Chinatown cause it's close enough. The inset map with elephant as a station is not an inset, it's actually a legend that shows what the different lines and markers mean.
 

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Sounds like a dumb question, but what's the best free software available for drawing professional transit maps?
Do you want to have satellite overlay or not? If yes, then use Google Earth and the Path Tool with Markers. If you don't, the use Paint.net or GIMP. I know there is free software out there designed for drawing transit lines, but that's not necessarily necessary.
 

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yo guys heres a map I made of the transit network I think we should be working towards in downtown. yeah most of the new streetcar lines would run in separate ROW particularly those in the port lands and east bayfront. king street would also have dedicated streetcar lanes and free ride from dufferin to sumach, lakeshore blvd west would have streetcar ROW as well. 501 would have branches going on lakeshore, queensway and then queen and kingston rd on the east end. I imagine that there would be an infrequent bus service that parallels the relief line to provide local service to queen and roncesvales kinda like 97 yonge does today. If you have any questions I'm willing to answer.

I love your map. The only 2 things I would do... given it's a fantasy is... split the current Yonge-University Line into two new lines thereby providing a 2nd relief line in the downtown....

#1... I would make the 501 street car line a subway.... from Spadina on the University Line down looping into the South Core on Bremmer Blvd... and connecting it to King station (via Yonge)
#2... I would then loop the remaining line on University northward curving into Summerhill station and looping it downwards on either Jarvis or Parliament and then connecting it into Union Station... so that the Midtown Station can take some of the load off of Yonge Line.
 

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I love your map. The only 2 things I would do... given it's a fantasy is... split the current Yonge-University Line into two new lines thereby providing a 2nd relief line in the downtown....

#1... I would make the 501 street car line a subway.... from Spadina on the University Line down looping into the South Core on Bremmer Blvd... and connecting it to King station (via Yonge)
#2... I would then loop the remaining line on University northward curving into Summerhill station and looping it downwards on either Jarvis or Parliament and then connecting it into Union Station... so that the Midtown Station can take some of the load off of Yonge Line.
Instead of looping University across Summerhill then down Jarvis/Parliament....

What if... at Summerhill we sent University line on the Midtown Rail Corridor deep into Scarborough!
 

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Instead of looping University across Summerhill then down Jarvis/Parliament....

What if... at Summerhill we sent University line on the Midtown Rail Corridor deep into Scarborough!

nah.... it would be easier for the Midtown Rail Corridor to be used by GO for an RER into Scarborough once the 407 rail bypass is built and CPR no longer runs trains on the Midtown line.
 

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Do you want to have satellite overlay or not? If yes, then use Google Earth and the Path Tool with Markers. If you don't, the use Paint.net or GIMP. I know there is free software out there designed for drawing transit lines, but that's not necessarily necessary.
There's also QGIS as well.
 

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@BurlOak and I have been working on a Pearson-Scarborough Line in the Scarborough Subway Extension thread. I think it's developed enough to repost here.

Scarborough-Pearson SkyTrain Line.png


Here is the Google Maps Link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1u8nMLrhYu5Z0KFBPHiFWrhzPqKI

It is envisioned to be running SkyTrain elevated, share a bridge with the Relief Line across the Don River, connect with the Unilever site (transfer with Relief Line) and with STC, and is reminiscent of the old plans from the 1980s of running elevated rapid transit east-west at Union.

This map really looks like a developed rapid transit network for Toronto if you ask me.
 

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