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Council Vote Brings Kipling Mobility Hub a Step Closer to Reality

The current plan (click for a closer view), image via the City of Toronto
July 18, 2016 4:23 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last week, Toronto City Council approved the sale of lands adjoining Kipling Station to Metrolinx, paving the way for a long-awaited GO/MiWay transit hub at Line 2's western terminus. Following ... read more

Berczy Park Rebuild Progresses in the Field and in the Workshop

Berczy Park, Toronto, Claude Cormier + Associés, Robinson Iron
July 18, 2016 12:15 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
In what has recently become a monthly series of updates on the rebuilding of Toronto's Berczy Park, new elements in the Downtown park's playful Claude Cormier + Associés design ... read more

Toronto City Council Plays 'Fantasy Transit Network' Once Again

Mayor John Tory
July 14, 2016 4:28 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Yesterday, Toronto City Councillors voted for a transit network plan that would have much to recommend it—if there were any likelihood that it would be built. The Mayor and City Staff did not ask ... read more

Toronto Council Backs Key Aspects of City's 15 Year Transit Plan

Scarborough funding map
July 13, 2016 11:09 pm | by David Brake | Comments
After an at-times rancorous day-long debate dominated by debate over the Scarborough subway, Toronto's Council voted by sizeable majorities for several of the key planks of the City's transit plan ... read more

Entertainment District Site Identified for New Ward 20 Park

The site, looking northeast from Nelson Street, image retrieved via Google Maps
July 12, 2016 4:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
No, it's probably not going to be a condo. Following weeks of speculation, the vacant lot at 229 Richmond Street West has been identified as the potential site of a new Toronto Ward 20 park. ... read more

Metrolinx Takes First Steps Towards Stouffville GO Line Upgrades

GO RER Stouffville weekday service map
July 6, 2016 2:20 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Metrolinx is looking for contractors to design and build infrastructure for improved GO service on the Stouffville rail corridor, Ontario has announced. The projects include the following changes ... read more

20 New Bicycle Repair Stations Installed at TTC Subway Stations

20 New Bicycle Repair Stations Installed at TTC Subway Stations
June 30, 2016 4:05 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
One of the most common issues facing public transit riders is the "last kilometre" problem. While rapid transit is frequent, not all of the bus or streetcar routes leading from the stations are, ... read more

Ward 20 Community Celebrates Grange Park Progress

Grange Park Revitalization, Toronto, by City of Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario
June 28, 2016 11:36 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On June 27, 2016, a year ahead of the project's expected completion, members of Toronto's Trinity-Spadina community gathered at Grange Park. Framed by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and OCAD U's ... read more

Major Expansion of Bike Share Toronto Network Starting

Bike Share Toronto, Toronto Parking Authority, Metrolinx
June 27, 2016 11:25 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Following last week's extended outage of the Toronto Bike Share network, the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA)—the new operator of the system—and the provincial transit agency Metrolinx are ... read more

Toronto Must Find Ways To Pay For New Transit Infrastructure

Relief Line map
June 24, 2016 5:42 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A flurry of new reports, aimed at the June 28th meeting of Toronto's Executive Committee, are making clearer the costs of the City's ambitious transit network plan and they make grim reading when ... read more

SmartTrack: What Will It Cost To Build, Operate, and Ride?

Metrolinx Smarttrack map
June 23, 2016 4:40 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Three new reports released on Tuesday are making the shape of SmartTrack clearer. Metrolinx' SmartTrack GO-RER business case endorses the least ambitious of the four options for ... read more

Liberty Village: Exploring the Location of a SmartTrack Station

Looking towards Downtown from Liberty Village, image by Craig white
June 23, 2016 3:20 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of Tuesday, June 21st's GO Transit announcement, the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto revealed that a new SmartTrack / GO RER station is planned for Liberty Village. Of the eight ... read more

Four New SmartTrack Stations Announced for Toronto's East End

The new Toronto-area stations are highlighted in blue, image courtesy of Metroli
June 22, 2016 6:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Today, it's the east end's turn. Following Yesterday's introduction of four new GO stations in Toronto's west end, new transit was announced for the city's east end earlier today. Joined by Mayor ... read more

Claude Cormier + Associés' Berczy Park Rebuild Progressing

Berczy Park Revitalization, Claude Cormier + Associés, Toronto
June 22, 2016 3:25 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The ongoing rebuilding of Toronto's Berczy Park has made a fair amount of progress since our most recent update in May. Designed by landscape architects Claude Cormier + ... read more

Union Station Revitalization Continues at Bay and Front

Union Station Revitalization, Toronto, Metrolinx, GO, Osmington Inc.
June 22, 2016 12:22 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Almost exactly six years since the start of Toronto's Union Station revitalization, work continues on several remaining elements of the highly complex project. Since our last update ... read more

Province Announces Four New GO Stations in West Toronto

John Tory addresses reporters in Liberty Village earlier today, image by Craig W
June 21, 2016 1:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This morning, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto announced intentions to build four new GO stations in west Toronto. As part of the SmartTrack and GO RER initiatives, Metrolinx's ... read more

GO Lakeshore East Line to Extend from Oshawa to Bowmanville

GO Lakeshore East expansion, Bowmanville
June 20, 2016 4:25 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Earlier today, Premier Kathleen Wynne appeared in Bowmanville to announce the expansion of GO Tranit's Lakeshore East corridor from the line's current terminus in Oshawa, 20 kilometres to the ... read more

TTC Starts Streetcar Service on Cherry, Updates Bus Routes

TTC map cherry street
June 17, 2016 5:30 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The first extension of Toronto's streetcar network in 16 years will open on Saturday, June 18th with the launch of the 514 Cherry Streetcar service. The new line runs mostly along King Street but ... read more

Toronto's Traffic Safety Plan Coming Under The Microscope

Toronto pedestrian collision injuries and deaths 2005-2015 source: City of Toron
June 16, 2016 5:25 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The announcement of a new Toronto road safety plan on Monday which would more than double the existing budget for the next five years has been overshadowed by controversy over whether its ... read more

Big Boost for Kitchener-Waterloo & Brampton GO Transit Service

Wynne Kitchener Waterloo announcement
June 14, 2016 5:06 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Starting this fall, GO Transit commuters between Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto will have more trains and buses to choose from, a promised agreement with CN should bring two way, all-day GO train ... read more