Evaluation Framework

Evaluation Framework

The elevation framework will be used to evaluate each of the options developed for the issue areas of Eglinton + Kingston Road, Kingston – Lawrence – Morningside (KLM), University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) integration, and Northern Extension. The evaluation criteria are grouped under three main themes: Serving People, Strengthening Places, and Supporting Prosperity.

Serving People

Choice - Develop an integrated network that connects different modes to provide for more travel options.

Choice

Develop an integrated network that connects different modes to provide for more travel options

  • What is the ability to connect to higher-order transit, such as subways, LRTs, bus routes, etc.?
  • What is the ability to connect to walking and cycling routes (from stops), and support transfers to other modes (walking/cycling/transit)?
Experience - Capacity to ease crowding / congestion; reduce travel times; make travel more reliable, safe, and enjoyable.

Experience

Capacity to ease crowding / congestion; reduce travel times; make travel more reliable, safe, and enjoyable

  • What is the ability to provide high-quality transit service that attracts riders and eases traffic and other types of congestion?
  • What is the ability of the option to support a safe environment for all corridor users – pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and auto drivers?
  • What is the ability of the option to provide a convenient transit service that brings people to the places they need to go (i.e. serve ‘key destinations’)?
Social Equity - Do not favour any group over others; allow everyone good access to work, school, and other activities.

Social Equity

Do not favour any group over others; allow everyone good access to work, school, and other activities

  • What is the ability of the option to serve equityseeking Torontonians?
  • What is the ability to improve transit access and support broad transit mobility needs of all income groups, age groups, and abilities?

Strengthening Places

Shaping the City - Use the transportation network as a tool to shape the residential development of the City.

Shaping the City

Use the transportation network as a tool to shape the residential development of the City

  • What is the ability to serve existing and future population? Does it align with provincial planning policies?
  • What is the ability of the option to encourage transit-supportive development, create opportunities for placemaking, and encourage appropriate residential development?
Healthy Neighbourhoods - Changes in the transportation network should strengthen & enhance existing neighbourhoods; promote safe walking & cycling.

Healthy Neighbourhoods

Changes in the transportation network should strengthen & enhance existing neighbourhoods; promote safe walking & cycling

  • Does the option address the existing local character and context of the neighbourhood(s)?
  • Does the option support access to community facilities, such as schools, daycares, and places of worship?
  • Are there opportunities to enhance public spaces and natural areas?
Public Health and Environment - Support and enhance natural areas, encourage people to reduce how far they drive.

Public Health and Environment

Support and enhance natural areas, encourage people to reduce how far they drive

  • How does the option impact the natural environment (i.e. air quality, surface water, flora & fauna, or soils)?
  • Does the option impact the cultural environment (e.g. cultural, heritage or archaeological resources)?

Supporting Prosperity

Supports Growth - Investment in public transportation should support economic development; allow workers to get jobs more easily; allow goods to get to markets more efficiently.

Supports Growth

Investment in public transportation should support economic development; allow workers to get jobs more easily; allow goods to get to markets more efficiently

  • Does the option support employment areas and businesses and encourage appropriate employment growth?
  • Does the option benefit or impact the efficient movement of goods?
Affordability - Improvements to the transportation system should be affordable to build, maintain, and operate.

Affordability

Improvements to the transportation system should be affordable to build, maintain and operate

  • What is the scale of capital, operating and maintenance costs?
  • Are there any significant engineering risks that could drive up the cost estimate at a later stage of design?
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