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How Will Toronto Find Nearly $500m For Better Transit, Cycling?

TTC bus
August 26, 2016 10:10 am | by David Brake | Comments
We learned on Tuesday 23rd that no fewer than 89 projects in Toronto will receive part funding from the first $474m phase of the federal government's Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. But as we ... read more

Metrolinx Makes Big Move with Kodak Building at Mount Dennis

Metrolinx, Mount Dennis Station, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Crosslinx, Toronto
August 25, 2016 3:58 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
When Metrolinx staff generally talk about "The Big Move", they're referring to their regional transportation plan for Toronto. Today, they could use the term specifically to describe a key part of ... read more

Canada, Ontario Sign Agreement to Fund Transit Infrastructure

August 23, 2016 3:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
At an event in Barrie this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, announced an agreement to provide more than $2.97 billion in combined funding—by the ... read more

Inside the TTC's Will Alsop-Designed Pioneer Village Station

Pioneer Village Station, Toronto, by TTC, aLL Design, IBI Group
August 19, 2016 3:35 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
We're standing outside in the blistering full-sun heat, touring what's now called Pioneer Village Station, and squinting up at the weathered steel that embraces the main entrance in a rusty ... read more

Construction of Avenue Station Progressing for Crosstown LRT

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Avenue Road Station, IBI Group
August 18, 2016 1:33 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Yesterday's news of the completion of tunnelling for Toronto's Crosstown LRT marked the end of a lengthy and complex stage for the major public transit infrastructure project. With the tunnelling ... read more

Tunnelling Completed on Crosstown LRT at Yonge & Eglinton

Tunnel boring machines 'Humber' and 'Don' at their September 2015 launch, image
August 17, 2016 11:05 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Yet another major construction milestone has been met for Metrolinx's Crosstown LRT, a 19-kilometre light rail transit line that includes a 10-kilometre stretch under Eglinton Avenue ... read more

Province Moving Ahead with Dufferin Street Bridge Widening

The Dufferin Street Bridge, viewed from the south, image via Google Maps
August 12, 2016 5:26 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following this morning's official launch for the 2.6-kilometre Bloor Street bike lane pilot project, the Province of Ontario is commencing an expansion of Toronto's Dufferin Street Bridge, ... read more

Morning on Bloor Street: Optimism Launches Bike Lane Pilot

The crowd gathers for the announcement, image by Stefan Novakovic
August 12, 2016 11:41 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
It wasn't yet 8:30 AM, but the crowd already spread across both sides of Toronto's Lippincott Street. Donning helmets and safety gear, the gathering spilled out onto Bloor Street as cycling ... read more

Province Announces New Funding for Hospital Repairs, Upgrades

 Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, image by Lori Whelan
August 5, 2016 11:07 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
To meet the needs of a gradually increasing population in Ontario, the provincial government has announced a new round of funding for hospitals around the province, including notable Toronto ... read more

Berczy Park: Fountain Installed as Fall Completion Targeted

Berczy Park, City of Toronto, Claude Cormier + Associés
August 4, 2016 12:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Though the one-of-a-kind park's planned summer opening has been pushed back to October 31st, there has been plenty of construction progress at Toronto's Berczy Park in recent weeks. With the 'dog ... read more

Tory Announces Plan for 21-Acre "Rail Deck Park" Downtown

August 3, 2016 3:20 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Standing at the northwestern edge of Concord CityPlace's Block 36 North, Mayor John Tory announced a plan to create a 21-acre park above the rail corridor that cuts through an area that has ... read more

Poll Asks Public to Help Name New Park at 11 Wellesley West

City Poll Asks Public to Help Name New Park at 11 Wellesley West
July 26, 2016 4:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The City of Toronto wants your help naming the new 1.6 acre park coming to Toronto's Yonge and Wellesley area! With a shortlist of three names, voting is now open to name the L-shaped park bounded ... read more

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