407 Transitway, Dufferin St Station sign now

The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, MPP, Minister of Transportation Ontario
Robb H. Minnes, 407 Transitway Project Manager

CC: Vaughan Citizen
CC: Sandra Racco, Vaughan City Counselor, Ward 4

Re: 407 Transitway, Dufferin St Station

Dear Sirs,

We believe that Ontario needs a better transit system and the 407 Transitway is absolutely a step in the right direction. The materials of Public Information Centre consultations for the new 407 Transitway (http://www.lgl.ca/407Transitway) were of great interest to us.

The only significant disappointment was to find out that there is not a stop on the transit road near where we live (Dufferin St. and Rutherford Rd. intersection). In fact, it is the longest gap (4.9 km) without a stop on the transit route.

Here are our calculations:
Jane-GO Barrie (Keele St) 3.4 km
GO Barrie Bathurst 4.9 km (*Dufferin Street is in this gap)
Bathurst Yonge 2.4 km
Yonge Leslie 3.7 km
Leslie Woodbine 2.0 km
Woodbine Kennedy 3.2 km

We understand the aspiration of this transit road planners to make travel faster by increasing distances between stops, however, we strongly believe that Dufferin St. station must be added because of the following reasons:

Speedy transit line is good to save time but it does not make sense if it takes a lot of extra time to get to the transit station. The region surrounding the intersection of Dufferin and Rutherford has seen a huge residential development in the recent years, construction continues actively right now, and it will continue further. Dufferin St. is constantly congested during peak hours even though it has been widened in 2009. This shows that many people will benefit of transit station on Dufferin St.

Many people regard 407 Transitway as a possible alternative to driving on highway 407ETR the most expensive toll road in North America. But 407ETR is more democratic in this regard - it has the entrance on Dufferin St. as on all major GTA roads which it crosses. It will be a pity and unfair requirement to have to drive via 407ETR in order to reach 407Transitway station for residents of Dufferin St. area.

We understand that the station on Dufferin St. was considered in the early planning stage (alternatives B2, B3) but was later eliminated because of the close proximity to GO Barrie and Bathurst stations and to avoid crossing of sensitive land use such as Hydro One right-of-way.
But the original route and location of Dufferin St. station in variants B2, B3 has been on a short cut i.e. much more to the south than in final plan B1. The station was also very close to Hydro One power lines. With current planning B1 of the route, Dufferin St. station possibly can be placed in the space existing north of highway 407 without changing the currently planned route of the Transitway. This makes the station not so close to neighboring stations as before and not close to Hydro One power lines.

Perhaps the station was originally planned on a short cut, more south than now, because of the desire to accommodate a large parking space. In fact, not all Transitway stations have to have parking lots. People can reach the station by walking from nearby bus stops, by bicycle, or they can be dropped off from cars. Pedestrian stairs and bicycle storage would be enough.

We demand Dufferin St. station to be added to the plan for the benefit of current and future residents of Dufferin Street region.

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