The Neptis Foundation has collaborated with Edward J. Levy to publish this history of rapid transit proposals for the City of Toronto. Given Neptis’s focus on regional issues, we supported Levy’s work because it demonstrates clearly that regional rapid transit cannot function effectively without a well-designed network at the core of the region. Toronto does not yet have such a network, as you will discover through the maps and historical photographs in this interactive webbook. We hope the material will contribute to ongoing debates on the need to create such a network.
In spring 2015, the firm that Mr. Levy co-founded in 1973, BA Consulting Group, published an updated and modified version of the text as a printed book. It was felt that Mr. Levy’s work should be available in a form that would find a home on public and private library shelves. That book is the definitive edition and the one that should be cited by researchers on the subject.
The webbook and printed book are dedicated to the memory of Anthony C. Coombes, architect, planner, and ardent “city advocate,” a friend and colleague who never failed to encourage me in this endeavour and who offered the services and resources of the Neptis Foundation to help bring the work to fruition.