Network 2011 at its core was a transit plan that was created to achieve the planning goals of Metropolitan Toronto and their objective of creating multiple central business districts within the city.
Network 2011 was a 1985 plan by the Toronto Transit Commission for transit expansion, named for the target completion date of 2011. The plan focused on three new rapid transit lines: a subway along Sheppard Avenue from Dufferin Street in the west to Scarborough City Centre in the east, a new rapid transit corridor on Eglinton Avenue West initially composed of express buses linking Mississauga to Eglinton West Station, and a downtown subway between approximately the intersection of Front Street and Spadina Avenue and Pape Station.1 Furthermore, an extension of the Spadina line from Wilson Station to Sheppard Avenue would allow for transfers between the Yonge-University-Spadina line and the future Sheppard subway.2
The plan was to be phased over a 26-year timeframe, with the recommended phasing beginning with a Sheppard subway between Yonge Street to Victoria Park Avenue to be constructed between 1989-1994.3 Then, a downtown subway between Pape Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line in the east to approximately the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Front Street in the west would be constructed in the years of 1994-1999.4 Following that, between 1999-2004, rapid transit on Eglinton Avenue West would be constructed, initially as a partially grade-separated busway, with the possibility of converting it to a subway later.5 Finally, between 2004-2010, the Sheppard subway would be extended on both ends from Yonge Street to Dufferin Street in the west, and from Victoria Park Avenue to Scarborough City Centre in the east.6 All-in-all, the plan would cost $2.7 billion, 25 per cent paid for by the Metro Toronto government and 75 per cent from the provincial government.7
Planning for what became Network 2011 began in 1982, with the release of the Accelerated Rapid Transit Study undertaken by Metro Toronto and the TTC.8 The report, which studied four corridors for future rapid transit expansion including Eglinton, “Central Radial” (a route downtown via existing rail corridors), Sheppard, and the Finch hydro corridor, identified potential station, yard, and routing locations, as well as potential costs and impacts on the surrounding community and environment.9