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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

What Will Driverless Cars Mean for Transit and the Urban Realm?

How will driverless cars change the city? image by UT Flickr contributor Greg's
February 16, 2017 6:48 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The highway flows smooth and gentle as a river, sleek cars moving in sync; passengers are reading, elegantly sipping coffee, speaking face to face, or tapping away on the next-next generation of ... read more

Durham BRT: New Transit Infrastructure East of Toronto

Typical Cross-Section of Phase 1 of the Durham BRT
February 15, 2017 5:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects in the western half of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are still in the planning and design phases, their equivalents in York Region to the ... read more