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Finishing Materials Emerging at Copeland Transformer Station

Copeland Transformer Station, Toronto Hydro, IBI Group Architects
December 6, 2017 3:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Originally anticipated to be operational in 2014, Toronto Hydro's upgrade to Downtown power infrastructure is finally approaching completion on Bremner Boulevard. Though behind schedule, ... read more

Hydrogen Powered Trains Attracting Attention World-Wide

Alstom's pilot hydrail train on a test track in Germany
December 5, 2017 5:12 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Canada, especially Ontario, should be a leader, not a follower, in using hydrogen fuel cells to operate trains. That was a key message during the recent Metrolinx symposium, "Hydrail in ... read more

Del Duca Sets Up Conversation on Hydrogen Fuel Cell GO Trains

Metrolinx symposium on using hydrogen fuel cells to power GO trains
November 29, 2017 2:48 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Are hydrogen fuel-cells really an option for powering GO Transit trains? That's the central question that Metrolinx—the organizers of recent symposium on hydrail technology—asked participants to ... read more

Toronto Launches Smart Traffic Signals Pilot

Intersections included in the Meadowlands Adaptive Signal System
November 24, 2017 3:12 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Today the City of Toronto launched a pilot project to implement smart traffic signals at 22 intersections across the city. The pilot project is actually two separate simultaneous pilots, with two ... read more

Next Steps for SmartTrack, Eglinton West LRT Projects

Map of the future St. Clair SmartTrack station
November 23, 2017 5:42 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Next week, the City of Toronto's Executive Committee will consider a City staff report recommending the next steps for two linked projects; SmartTrack, and the westward extension of the ... read more

Paving, Lanes Appear as Lower Simcoe Ramp Nears Opening

Lower Simcoe ramp, Gardiner Expressway, Toronto, DTAH, Harbour Street
November 22, 2017 12:15 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
It isn't too often that an upgrade to highway infrastructure captures the attention of Toronto urbanists. The ongoing replacement of the Gardiner Expressway's Yonge-Bay-York ... read more

Metrolinx Issues RFP for Lakeshore East RER Works

Rendering of the proposed underpass at Scarborough Golf Club Rd
November 20, 2017 3:55 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On November 17th, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Lakeshore East - East Corridor Expansion project. Specifically, this RFP is for a series of ... read more

Metrolinx Expanding Stations on GO's Milton Corridor

Metrolinx expanding stations on Milton GO corridor
November 17, 2017 10:00 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
A nice lead to this news article would have been to report that Ontario's Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca rode the GO train from Toronto out to Milton and Meadowvale one morning this ... read more

King Street Transit Pilot In Full Swing

New yellow platform edge strips at a King streetcar stop
November 15, 2017 5:12 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Today is the fourth day that the King Street Transit Pilot has been in effect, and the early results have been quite positive. The project began on Sunday, November 12th, and saw its first day of ... read more

TTC Issues 30% Tunnel Design RFP for Relief Line South

Roadheader advances in mining Ottawa's Confederation Line LRT tunnel
November 14, 2017 6:06 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Yesterday the TTC formally released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for tunnel design work of the Relief Line South. More specifically, the RFP is to "complete the Concept Design Report and ... read more

Downtown Park to Honour Indigenous Leader Through Design

Dr. Lillian McGregor Park, DTAH, Lanterra, Wellesley on the Park, Toronto
November 9, 2017 12:34 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Some much-needed green space is coming to the crowded Downtown Core as plans are advancing for Dr. Lillian McGregor Park, a new 1.6-acre public park planned alongside Lanterra's Wellesley on the ... read more

$128 Million Contract Awarded for Cooksville GO Redevelopment

Rendering of the new parking garage and other improvements at Cooksville GO
November 8, 2017 11:35 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On November 3rd, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx awarded a fixed price contract of $128.4 million to EllisDon Infrastructure CGS RER Inc. to design, build and finance the ... read more

Barbara Ann Scott Skate Trail Taking Shape at College Park

Barbara Ann Scott Park Revitalization at College Park, RAW, MBTW Group
November 7, 2017 12:20 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The rebuild of a Downtown Toronto park is progressing just northwest of the Yonge and Gerrard intersection. The Barbara Ann Scott Skate Trail at the College Park Revitalization is ... read more