The Let’s Move and Rapid Transit Expansion Program plans were two closely related plans that were natural successors to the TTC’s Network 2011 plan. Both the Let’s Move and Rapid Transit Expansion Program plans put a focus on four major projects: An Eglinton West subway, a Sheppard subway, an extension of the Scarborough rapid transit line, and an extension of the Spadina line to York University. Other projects part of both plans included an expanded Wilson yard and light rail transit on the waterfront.
A natural evolution of the TTC’s Network 2011 plan, the 1990 Let’s Move transit plan by the Liberal provincial government incorporated key elements of Network 2011, including a busway on Eglinton Avenue West between Mississauga and Eglinton West Station and “conditional support” for a Sheppard subway between Yonge Street and Scarborough City Centre – subject to the amount of private investment towards the project.1
Beyond that, the plan introduced an ambitious proposal to connect the two ends of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway by creating a loop that would run along the hydro corridor parallel to Finch Avenue, a move that was predicted to increase capacity on the squeezed Yonge-University-Spadina line by 3,000 riders per hour.2 Meanwhile, extensions to both the Bloor-Danforth subway in the west to Sherway Gardens (and beyond, in the future) and the Scarborough rapid transit line in the east to Sheppard Avenue and Markham Road would extend rapid transit to areas currently poorly served.3 The combined plan along with GO Transit and TTC streetcar projects was to cost over $5 billion dollars and support plans for Toronto’s bid for the 1996 Olympics.4 And like the Network 2011 plan that preceded it, the construction of subways connecting nodes such as North York Centre and Scarborough Centre would support long-standing Metropolitan Toronto plans for decentralisation.5