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Union Station: Big Changes Are Coming

December 13, 2018 4:56 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
Big changes are coming to Union Station. In a short interview after Metrolinx’s December 7 board meeting, Phil Verster said that the station’s platforms will need to be substantially rebuilt to ... read more

GTAA, Metrolinx Working Together on Pearson Transit Plan

Toronto Pearson International Airport Transit Terminal
December 11, 2018 12:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Here's a pop quiz for regular UrbanToronto readers: What is Canada's second-largest employment zone? If you guessed downtown Montreal or Vancouver, you haven't been paying enough careful attention. read more

Toronto's Chief Planner on Suburban Mobility at CUI/NRU Event

Panel at the Canadian Urban Institute's annual Chief Planner meeting
December 4, 2018 3:35 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
"Land use is the best transit resource you can buy. We must continue to align land use and transit planning." That was a key message that Gregg Lintern delivered to attendees during the recent ... read more

Ground Breaking Officially Kicks Off Port Lands Transformation

Waterfront Toronto, Port Lands Revitilization
November 30, 2018 12:35 pm | by Ryan Debergh | Comments
The week, Waterfront Toronto hosted a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the Port Lands Flood Protection Project, a $1.2 billion initiative as part of a long term plan to transform ... read more

New MiWay Express Service Boosts Pearson Transit Terminal Plan

Map illustrating how Pearson could link to LRTs, trains and busways
November 28, 2018 3:33 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
"When my ship comes in...", the old joke goes, "I'll be at the airport!" Joking aside, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) wants to turn that cliche-twister further around so that, one ... read more

TTC Gearing Up For Electric and Hybrid Electric Bus Fleet

The first of the TTC's 255 new Hybrid Electric buses
November 26, 2018 5:21 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Last week the TTC received its first ever Hybrid Electric bus. This bus represents just the first of 55 to be received by the end of 2018, with another 200 arriving by the end of 2019. The TTC ... read more

A Look Inside the Crosstown LRT's Cedarvale Station

The Cedarvale Crosstown LRT station complex, with the primary entrance, Toronto
November 20, 2018 5:40 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Across central Toronto, deep beneath Eglinton Avenue, and hidden behind the construction hoarding that juts out into the street, lies the construction sites for the Crosstown LRT's 13 underground ... read more

Under Eglinton: Touring Progress at Keelesdale LRT station

View of track level at the future Keelesdale LRT Station
November 12, 2018 1:05 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Twenty-five metres (82 feet) below Eglinton Avenue West, I suddenly and absurdly thought, "Wow, this is actually happening!" "This" is the 19-kilometre (11.8-mile) Crosstown Light Rail Transit ... read more

City of Toronto Creating Transit Expansion Coordination Office

Map of the proposed new SmartTrack and GO stations in Toronto
November 9, 2018 11:58 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The City of Toronto is establishing a new office that will lead and direct how the municipal government participates in long-term, multi-billion-dollar projects to expand the transit network. The ... read more

Board of Trade Poll Supports Cross-Regional Agency for Transit

Map of the proposed service area for the Superlinx regional transit agency.
November 2, 2018 2:46 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Seventy-four per cent of Torontonians who responded to a survey support the idea of a developing a super regional transit agency to oversee planning, building and operating both regional and local ... read more

Should GTHA BikeShare Systems be Uploaded to Metrolinx?

A Bike Share Toronto station
October 23, 2018 10:42 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While BikeShare programs are commonplace in Europe, the idea is a relatively recent one in Canada. The first large-scale system, Bixi, was launched in Montreal in 2009, with systems eventually ... read more

Toronto Planning Innovation Celebrated at National Urban Design Awards

October 19, 2018 11:48 am | by Ryan Debergh | Comments
The National Urban Design Awards were announced yesterday in Ottawa, and two of Toronto’s most innovative public realm plans took home the top honours. The biannual awards program established by ... read more

Concord Park Place's Woodsy Park to Open Spring 2019

Looking east across Concord Park Place, with Woodsy Park at centre, Toronto
October 17, 2018 4:12 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Concord Park Place has been growing in North York for about a decade now, with the first residents having moved into Discovery—the first condo phase—in the Fall of 2011. Since then, all phases on ... read more