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Metrolinx Studies Options for GO RER / SmartTrack Integration

A GO train rushes past Toronto's St. Joseph Hospital, image by Vik Pahwa
February 10, 2016 3:38 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In advance of Metrolinx's February 10th Board of Directors meeting, the provincial transit agency released a report outlining the options for integration of the GO RER network with SmartTrack. ... read more

Public Consultations for Major GTHA Transit Projects Announced

February 5, 2016 2:28 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
GO RER, SmartTrack, Scarborough Subway Extension, the Relief Line, fare integration, and more... The list of transit projects in the works—or undergoing study—for our region is long. With such a ... read more

Union Station Rebuild Continues as Construction Progresses

Union Station Revitalization, Toronto, Metrolinx, GO, Osmington Inc.
February 4, 2016 12:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Since we last checked in on construction at the end of 2015, Toronto's Union Station has continued its transformation into a rail hub for the 21st century. Canada's busiest rail terminal is ... read more

New Details Emerge For Jack Layton Ferry Terminal Revamp

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, KPMB, West8, Greenberg, Waterfront Toronto
January 28, 2016 12:05 pm | by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet | Comments
On January 26, 2016, Waterfront Toronto held the first public meeting on the reconstruction of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and adjacent Harbour Square Park since the winning team for the ... read more

Mayor's Task Force on Housing Recommends TCHC Reform

Looking northeast across Regent Park, image by Jack Landau
January 26, 2016 3:33 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The Toronto Community Housing Corporation faces an overhaul that could transform the structure and delivery of affordable housing throughout the city. Today, the Mayor's Task Force on Toronto ... read more

Relief Line Alliance Raising Public Support For New Subway Line

Toronto Relief Line Alliance
January 22, 2016 6:30 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
In the midst of the ongoing saga that is the transit file at City Hall, amid the deafening din of endless discussion, debate, red-faced outrage, and misinformation, co-founder Louis Mark of ... read more

Scarborough Transit Plan: Nuanced Planning Over 'SUBWAYS'

The new Scarborough transit network, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
January 22, 2016 12:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The three-stop 'subways, Subways, SUBWAYS' expansion into Scarborough, that—through an illogically Fordian war of attrition—fought its way through City Councill to become the City's preferred ... read more

Gardiner Hybrid Options Continue their Costly Evolution

January 21, 2016 3:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following last summer's East Gardiner boondoggle vote, the project's proponents—the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto—have been left with the difficult task that of overseeing what threatened ... read more

A Contentious Meeting: Metrolinx's Davenport Diamond Bridge

The greenway at night (public art is planned for the columns), image courtesy of
January 20, 2016 12:22 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
By 6:30 PM on the evening of January 18, 2016, the main hall at the Davenport Perth Community Centre was mostly a standing room, and, soon after, an overflow of attendees had to be accommodated in ... read more

City Releases SmartTrack Ridership Projections

SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail, image by the City of Toronto
January 19, 2016 4:30 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Ridership projections released today by the City and the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute suggest one of Mayor John Tory's key platform planks, SmartTrack, could have a ... read more

Gardiner East Hybrid Design Concepts to be Presented

Gardiner Expressway East, hybrid option, Waterfront Toronto
January 18, 2016 4:15 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Several months after a June 2015 City Council session voted in favour of recommending the controversial ‘Hybrid' option for the east Gardiner Expressway, co-proponents the City of Toronto and ... read more

West Toronto Railpath Extension Could Feature Mix of Solutions

West Toronto Railpath, Toronto
January 15, 2016 3:33 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
West-end cyclists will be interested to know that the City of Toronto has concluded its Environmental Assessment Study for the long-awaited West Toronto Railpath Extension. To run more-or-less ... read more

Metrolinx Finalizes Station Names for Crosstown LRT

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Toronto
January 14, 2016 4:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Aiming to avoid potentially confusing duplicates of existing station names, Metrolinx set out in 2015 to finalize station names on the new Crosstown LRT, now under construction, based on a ... read more

Union Station Taking Shape with New Retailers and TD Partnership

Union Station Revitalization, City of Toronto
December 21, 2015 5:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"2016 is going to be a very big year for Union Station," Osmington Inc. CEO Lawrence Zucker tells us. As head of the company selected by the City of Toronto as the head lessee of Union Station's ... read more

Toronto Incentivizing Eco-Roof Conversions

Eco-Roof Incentive Program, City of Toronto
December 17, 2015 5:18 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Though relatively little-known, the City of Toronto's Eco-Roof Incentive Program has been helping fund the installation of new, eco-friendly roofs throughout the city. In place since 2009, the ... read more

Demolition, Excavation, Restoration Continues at Union Station

Union Station Revitalization, Toronto, Metrolinx, GO
December 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Since the mid-August closure of the GO Transit Bay Concourse at Union Station, work has been proceeding behind the hoarding to transform and modernize the space as part of the transit hub’s ... read more

Design Finalized for Grange Park Revitalization and Expansion

Grange Park, PFS Studios, Thinc Design, Earthscape, Toronto
December 11, 2015 6:12 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
Following nearly two years of planning and public consultation, the Grange Park Advisory Committee (GPAC) in conjunction with the City of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and with the ... read more

City Could Expropriate for York/Bay/Yonge Ramp Replacement

York/Bay/Yonge Off-Ramp Replacement, Toronto
December 10, 2015 6:18 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Over seven years after Toronto City Council's July 2008 authorization of an environmental assessment to study the replacement of the York/Bay/Yonge off-ramps from the Gardiner Expressway, the City ... read more

Viva's Davis Drive Rapidway Now Open in Newmarket

Davis Drive Rapidly, Newmarket, York Region Transit
December 10, 2015 3:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Newmarket's Davis Drive has undergone a major transformation in recent years, with the street now reconfigured as a Viva bus rapidway which entered into service on November 29th. Although cosmetic ... read more

Crosstown LRT Station Names to be Finalized in the New Year

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Toronto
December 4, 2015 2:55 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
When the original Eglinton West Subway was filled in by the Mike Harris-lead Provincial Tories back in 1995, many wondered how long it might be until rapid transit would once again be a reality ... read more