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A Bit Awkward? PRESTO Enters Adolescence on the TTC

PRESTO card and reader, image courtesy of Metrolinx
October 20, 2016 4:04 pm | by Alex Gaio | Comments
With some of the TTC now accepting PRESTO and other parts of it not yet, it's in a bit of an awkward phase in Toronto at the moment, but the green fare payment cards from Metrolinx are "growing ... read more

Public Transit: Service, Fares, Governance in Paris and Montreal

Transit, Toronto, Metrolinx, Montreal, Paris, Funding, Governance
October 19, 2016 5:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Transportation experts from France and Canada shared their insights in planning regional transit systems, integrating fares, and developing new governance models for transit during an October 18th ... read more

City Marks Steps to Reclaim—and Re-Imagine—Don River Valley

The Pottery Road Bridge as conceived in the 2013 Master Plan, image courtesy of
October 18, 2016 6:12 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Above the streets, Toronto's Rail Deck Park concept has captured the city's imagination, with the project immediately hailed as "Toronto's Central Park." So far, it exists as an idea, but not as a ... read more

GO Transit's Parking Problem: Are Garages The Answer?

Steven Del Duca Ontario's Minister of Transportation station announcement
October 17, 2016 2:45 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Maple and Rutherford GO Transit stations on the Barrie line will be the next on the Toronto regional rail system to get multi-level parking garages, holding 1,200 more cars each, doubling their ... read more

City Age: Transportation's Impact on City-Building

Crowds now ride the Union Pearson Express, Union Station, Toronto
October 13, 2016 1:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The transportation industry is facing its most profound shift in a century, with planners forecasting that as many as 1.5 million more cars will clog the Greater Toronto Area's roads in the next ... read more

Runnymede Fire Station Reopens with New Purpose

A crowd gathers in front of Fire Station 424, Toronto, Runnymede
October 13, 2016 10:48 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
In 2013, budget cuts silenced the blaring sirens originating from Fire Station 424 on Runnymede Road just south of Annette in Toronto's West End. While the community worried about the possible ... read more

City Age: City-Building Amid Rapid Population Growth

CityAge conference, Toronto
October 12, 2016 3:12 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Governments are planning for an steady influx of people into the Greater Golden Horseshoe over the next 25 years. They expect the region's population to jump from 9 million today to 13.5 million ... read more

CityAge: Jay Walder Talks Bike Sharing and Urban Complexity

CityAge, Jay Walder, Motivate, Bike Share, Toronto, Transit
October 7, 2016 2:10 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
Jay Walder does not want you to sell your bike. Nor, for that matter, does the CEO of the bike sharing company Motivate plan to replace rail and bus lines. The former New York City, London, and ... read more

CityAge: Regional Infrastructure Key to Building Innovation Hub

CityAge, Toronto, Mississauga, Transit, Kitchener
October 7, 2016 11:10 am | by David Rudin | Comments
As growth in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area moves outside of Downtown Toronto, and manufacturing gives way to other forms of economic activity, the regional planning debate has less to do ... read more

Ryerson University Unveils New Public Realm Plan

Ryerson University, public realm plan, Toronto
October 6, 2016 1:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Taking cues from the great universities of the world and building on a 2008 Campus Master Plan, Ryerson University has embarked on a long-term plan to upgrade the institution's public spaces. To ... read more

Decision Day for $5 Billion Green Line LRT Proposal

Green Line LRT, Calgary Transit, Calgary, Alberta
October 5, 2016 3:30 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
When the first phase of the CTrain opened back in 1981, the modern LRT project represented a public consensus, however tenuous, about what type of city Calgary would be going into ... read more

TTC to start One-Person Train Operation on Sheppard Line 4

Driver's Cab, One-Person Train Operation, Sheppard Subway, Toronto
October 5, 2016 12:02 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Toronto Transit Commission passengers aboard Line 4 (Sheppard) trains may notice a distinct difference when they board this Sunday, October 9. That's when the TTC starts its "one-person train ... read more

Demolition of Former Eglinton Station Bus Terminal Underway

Former Eglinton bus terminal, image by Jack Landau
September 30, 2016 5:18 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
A relic from Eglinton Station's past days as the Yonge subway's original northern terminus, the station's earlier bus terminal has been slowly deteriorating since its replacement entered service ... read more

Bathurst Adelaide Intersection Could be Improved for Bikes

September 26, 2016 5:00 pm | by Alex Gaio | Comments
As outlined in a City of Toronto report, considerations are underway to redesign how the bike lane on Adelaide Street interfaces with Bathurst Street. Upwards of 50 cyclists have been ... read more

Financial District BIA Releases PATH Map Beta, Seeks Feedback

#PATH360 pilot project concept map, image courtesy of Financial District BIA
September 26, 2016 3:17 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto's (mostly) subterranean PATH system of pedestrian concourses, tunnels, and bridges has long suffered from navigability issues. Though pieces of the system have existed in some form from as ... read more

Last Mile Forum Targets Weak Spots of Toronto Transit Networks

Last Mile, Ryerson City Building Institute, Transit, Toronto
September 21, 2016 3:55 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
Toronto’s transit network would, in an ideal world, funnel people from their disparate homes to larger, shared vehicles and from transit hubs to their disparate workplaces. The challenge in this ... read more

Spotlight on Wheel-Trans and AODA at TTC Accessibility Forum

September 19, 2016 4:27 pm | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
On September 15, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) held the ninth annual TTC Public Forum on Accessibility at the Allstream Centre at ... read more

Lee Lifeson Art Park Opens in North York

Lee Lifeson Art Park, Willowdale, Toronto, North York, Art, Rush
September 19, 2016 3:22 pm | by Salena Barry | Comments
On Saturday, September 17, Lee Lifeson Art Park opened in North York's Willowdale neighbourhood. The park is named after iconic musicians Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, two childhood residents ... read more

Reimagining Yonge Study Proposes Major Changes in North York

Reimagining Yonge, North York Centre, Yonge Street, Toronto
September 19, 2016 12:12 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Major upgrades may be coming to the stretch of Yonge Street from Sheppard Avenue north to the Finch Hydro Corridor as the Reimagining Yonge Street study is closing in on a preferred option for the ... read more

Metrolinx Releases RFQs for Two Transit Expansion Projects

September 15, 2016 12:21 pm | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
Metrolinx, in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario, has released two Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) relating to the construction of new projects that form part of the ongoing electrification ... read more