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Crosstown LRT: Gas Plant Cancelled in Favour of Battery Power

Mount Dennis power plant for Crosstown LRT
March 29, 2017 4:06 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The efforts of some residents in Toronto's Mount Dennis neighbourhood have resulted in a greener Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. Steven Del Duca, Ontario's Minister of Transportation and Laura ... read more

Scarborough Subway Extension Inches Closer To Reality

Extension of TTC Line 2 subway to Scarborough Centre
March 29, 2017 10:52 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Rob Ford would be happy to know that Scarborough is a bit closer to getting "what it deserves", since Toronto City Council has again voted to proceed with a subway to Scarborough Centre. (The late ... read more

Lakeshore East Rail Corridor Expanding for GO RER, SmartTrack

Track diagram of Lakeshore East, showing the 4th Track
March 27, 2017 3:51 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On March 22, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the addition of a third track on the Lakeshore East corridor between Beechgrove Drive (east of ... read more

407 Transitway: The Northern GTA's Express Bus Corridor

Rendering of the Mississauga Transitway's Winston Churchill Station
March 22, 2017 12:30 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In the Highway 427 expansion article UrbanToronto published last week, we touched briefly on the provision in the design for a future Transitway adjacent to the highway, and how the 407 has a ... read more

Toronto's Housing Crisis: Impacts on Transportation & Transit

The now-suspended GTA West Corridor
March 20, 2017 10:53 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Late last week, my colleague wrote an article on the land use planning impacts of Toronto's housing crisis, examining both the supply and the demand factors that could be influencing the record ... read more

Public Mostly Enthusiastic for Laneway Housing in Toronto

March 16, 2017 4:34 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As Toronto home prices continue to soar, the impetus to find housing solutions has never been greater. Whether the red-hot market is driven by inflated demand or diminished supply, or some ... read more

Highway 427 Expansion: $616 M Design-Build Contract Signed

Highway 427 extension design
March 15, 2017 11:02 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Yesterday, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that the LINK 427 consortium has signed an approximately $616 million, fixed-price contract to design, ... read more

Autonomous Vehicles: Changing the Ownership Paradigm

The interior of the Mercedes Concept F 015
March 14, 2017 4:23 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Today, the discussion around Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) is centred mainly around the technology itself. With prototype vehicles only recently being allowed on public roads in Ontario, a fully ... read more

Less Boring News: Metrolinx Removing Crosstown Tunnel Borers

Extraction of east tunnel boring machines for Crosstown LRT project.
March 13, 2017 4:20 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The Crosstown light rail transit line got a lot less boring today. Metrolinx and its contractors celebrated the end of tunnel-boring for the project as they lifted the cutting head of ... read more

Fare Integration: Creating a 'Fair' Transit Zone System

Fare Zone Map featuring larger zones
March 7, 2017 4:30 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Throughout this fare integration series, we have looked at the various options that Metrolinx is proposing, one of which is fare by zone. One of the issues that we touched on briefly in the fare ... read more

Scarborough Subway: New Report Outlines $3.35 Billion Project

February 28, 2017 3:16 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In a new report, City of Toronto Staff have revealed an updated $3.35 billion cost for the preferred alignment of the Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE). Running along the McCowan corridor, ... read more

Previewing the TTC's Future York University Station

TTC, Public Transit, Subway, Stations,
February 24, 2017 5:46 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Looking up from the concourse to the glass wall beside the amphiteatre, image, Jack Landau Although the TTC's future York University Station sits on the campus of one of Canada's largest ... read more

Bloor Bike Lanes: Changes Coming After Data Hints at Impacts

The new bike lanes during the project's official launch in August of 2016, image
February 24, 2017 4:05 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Launched last August, the Bloor Street bike lane pilot project made a long-awaited piece of Toronto's cycling network a reality—at least, a temporary one. Eagerly anticipated by the cycling lobby ... read more