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? asked in Cars & TransportationCommuting · 1 decade ago

Why can we not have any street cars in York Region?

I'm doing a geography project on how to make Vaughan a sustainable city, and i was wondering why or why not we could not have any street cars(like the ones in downtown toronto) in York region. Can any answer this burning question!

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  • Ray
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    1 decade ago
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    Higher-order transit service like streetcars and subways requires high density and mixed-use land development. Most suburbs generally do not have this kind of development pattern - density tends to be low, and different types of land usage tend to be quite dispersed because of zoning regulations. Even within Toronto, streetcar lines are mostly in older, more densely built neighbourhoods. In contrast, the suburbs were mostly developed to suit travel by car (and nothing else).

    Interurban electric rail service (radial railways) used to operate in what is now York Region. These lines did not operate into downtown Toronto, but connected to city streetcar lines on the outskirts of the city. As such, they faced increasing competition from bus service and were mostly out of business by the 1930s. The Toronto Suburban Railway operated a line from Woodbridge to the intersection of Keele and Dundas until 1926. The Toronto and York Radial Railway (owned byt the Toronto Transportation Commission) operated service as far as Sutton until 1930. North Yonge Railways operated a shortened version of the service to Richmond Hill until 1948.

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