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Huge Expansion Coming for Fast Electric Car Charging Points

Electric vehicle charging station
April 29, 2016 11:13 am | by David Brake | Comments
The Ontario government has announced that by March 2017 it will have funded the installation of around 200 of the fastest electric car charging points in a network across the province, ... read more

No Recommendation for Council on Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot

cycle plan
April 25, 2016 8:12 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure committee split on recommending a pilot project to put bike lanes on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) and Avenue Road ... read more

Poll Confirms Relief Line as Torontonians' First Transit Priority

Yonge Station
April 22, 2016 4:45 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A new poll released by the Toronto Relief Line Alliance reveals the breadth of support for the TTC's Relief Line among Torontonians. Not only do more than half favour it over the Scarborough ... read more

Mississauga Looking for Public Input on Dundas Corridor Plan

Dundas and Hurontario, Dundas Connects, Mississauga, Google Street View
April 18, 2016 3:48 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
The City of Mississauga is seeking input on the Dundas Connects project, an upcoming Master Plan that will shape Dundas Street's land use, transit and public realm. read more

Contra-flow: Waterfront Trail in Etobicoke Could be Improved

Waterfront Trail, Etobicoke
April 18, 2016 11:15 am | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
Dating back to 2012, plans have been in the works to improve cycling conditions along the Waterfront Trail which spans the Toronto waterfront from Etobicoke to Scarborough. While the central, ... read more

Ryerson City Building Institute Students Retrofit the Suburbs

Ryerson City Building Institute, urban planning, toronto
April 15, 2016 4:24 pm | by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet | Comments
With a population expected to reach 10 million in the early 2040s compared to 6.6 million in 2011, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is experiencing a tremendous demographic growth. While ... read more

Could the Toronto Zoo Really Get a Levitating Train?

April 13, 2016 4:55 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The Toronto Zoo's management board has unanimously opened the door to a magnetic levitation (maglev) train proposal that would run around the park along the 5km route a monorail once ... read more

More Public Consultations Coming For GO Viaduct in Ward 18

Metrolinx public square Davenport
April 13, 2016 10:30 am | by David Brake | Comments
Following a presentation by Metrolinx of its latest designs for a $570m bridge through Toronto's Davenport neighbourhood to the city's Design Review Panel on Tuesday, April 5, (they ... read more

Three Levels of Government Unveil Presto Gates at Main Street

MP Adam Vaughan celebrates the new Presto fare gate, image by Stefan Novakovic
April 8, 2016 1:24 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Representatives of Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments converged this morning for an announcement about Toronto's transit future. Gathering at the Bloor-Danforth Line's Main Street ... read more

Metrolinx's Davenport Diamond Plan Assessed by Design Review

A 'skylight' runs beneath the bridge (column designs rendered are placeholders f
April 6, 2016 11:56 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"I sense a certain tension in the room." This is how one of Toronto's Design Review Panel's (DRP) members characterized the situation before them on Tuesday, April 5th. Assessing Metrolinx's plan ... read more

Streamlined Gardiner Off-Ramp to Begin Construction in July

April 4, 2016 12:15 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The Gardiner Expressway's York/Bay/Yonge off-ramps are set to be replaced by a more streamlined structure, with construction expected to begin in July this year. The current off-ramps—which ... read more

John Tory's SmartTrack Rebranded as Bike Racks on GO Trains

SmartTrack, Toronto, SmartRack
April 1, 2016 11:00 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Following a lively debate over Toronto's Transit Network Plan at yesterday's City Council meeting, John Tory's ever-changing SmartTrack vision has undergone yet another evolution. From its ... read more

TTC Considers Finch West and Crosstown LRT Link at Pearson

finch eglinton lrt map
March 30, 2016 4:30 pm | by David Brake | Comments
As City of Toronto and Metrolinx planners consider the latest round of public feedback to their 15 year master plan for new rapid transit in Toronto and the GTHA, their plans for new ... read more

City Issues RFP for Bathurst Street Bridge Rehabilitation

The bridge's Warren truss span as it appears now, image by Vik Pahwa
March 30, 2016 3:50 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
South of the mid-rises on Front and Wellington, and north of the towers at CityPlace, the Bathurst Street Bridge spans a much longer stretch of Toronto history. First built in 1903—and moved to ... read more

Having Your Say on Toronto's Transit Master Plan

March 29, 2016 5:10 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The first round of public consultations about Toronto's new 15 year transit plan is over, but this is just the start of a lengthy process. If you want your voice to be heard about any aspect of ... read more

Re-Imagined Berczy Park Begins to Take Shape Downtown

Breezy Park Revitalization, Toronto, by City of Toronto, Claude Cormier
March 23, 2016 4:52 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Since our update in October of last year, the revitalization of Downtown Toronto's Berczy Park has continued as construction work has cleared away the fountain and paving that had long defined the ... read more

Toronto and GTHA Transit Get a Boost in the Federal Budget

Morneau budget
March 23, 2016 4:30 pm | by David Brake | Comments
As was anticipated in the 2016 federal budget, one of its major features unveiled on Tuesday was a boost to transit spending, and Toronto and the surrounding region look set to be among the ... read more

How Might the Federal Budget Help Toronto's Transit?

March 22, 2016 9:32 am | by David Brake | Comments
Increased infrastructure spending was a cornerstone of the Liberals' election platform - but how soon might help come for Toronto's transit and and how much might the city expect? What will Justin ... read more

Report Gives Hope for VIA Rail Connections to Montreal, Ottawa

viarail train
March 11, 2016 4:48 pm | by David Brake | Comments
VIA Rail President and CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano hopes to have major improvements funded to the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal "Corridor" in the federal budget due the 22nd, after the recent tabling ... read more

Transit Plan Inches Towards Reality at Executive Committee

The new 15-year transit, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
March 10, 2016 5:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In a marathon meeting on March 9th, Mayor John Tory's Executive Committee endorsed City Planning's comprehensive 15-year transit plan, bringing an impressive web of subways, LRTs and ... read more