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The East Gardiner: A Chance To Get It Right

Gardiner East End demolition in January 2001, Toronto, image by Craig White
June 2, 2015 5:50 pm | by Sean Marshall | Comments
In June, 1999, Toronto City Council, after much debate, voted 44-8 to demolish the eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway. The section of elevated freeway from the Don River to Leslie Street, ... read more

UrbanToronto Tours the UP Express' Pearson Airport Station

UP Express T1 Platform, Toronto by Metrolinx, MMM Group Limited
May 28, 2015 4:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Earlier this week, UrbanToronto toured the facilities of the new Union Pearson Express service, previewing the Metrolinx airport rail link set to enter service on June 6th. We began with a ... read more

UrbanToronto Rides the Union Pearson Express

UP Express, Toronto by Metrolinx, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
May 26, 2015 2:53 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On June 6th, Toronto transit is set to reach a major milestone with the opening of the Union Pearson Express, connecting two of the foremost transit hubs in Canada with an airport rail link. On ... read more

UrbanToronto Tours the UP Express' New Union Station Terminal

UP Express Platform, Toronto by Metrolinx, Zeidler Partnership Architects
May 25, 2015 4:32 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Earlier today, UrbanToronto toured the soon-to-be open Union Pearson Express terminal at Union Station. Situated along the SkyWalk, slightly west of Union Station's central building, the new ... read more

Construction Progresses on Bergeron Centre at York University

Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Lassonde School of Engineering, York
May 22, 2015 3:07 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
Since celebrating its topping off ceremony back in November, the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, the newest addition to the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, has ... read more

Waterfront Toronto Calls for Volunteers for Queens Quay Opening

Waterfront Toronto, Queens Quay Revitalization, West 8, DTAH
May 12, 2015 3:26 pm | by Michael Bahiru | Comments
In advance of the Pan Am Games, it seems like the most of GTA is under reconstruction. One of those projects is Queens Quay Boulevard, which spans three kilometres running east-west parallel to ... read more

City Seeking Public Input for Cycling Network 10-Year Plan

Cycling Network, 10 year plan, City of Toronto
May 8, 2015 4:42 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
As the City of Toronto works to expand its network of cycling infrastructure, a survey has been released seeking input from members of the public, in an effort to help Toronto's Transportation ... read more

Metrolinx Exploring Options for Davenport Diamond Separation

Davenport Diamond grade separation, Toronto, transit, Metrolinx
May 7, 2015 5:17 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The Davenport Diamond, one of the busiest train crossings in North America, is where CP Rail’s North Toronto Subdivision intersects with GO Transit’s Barrie Rail Corridor. The at-grade, ... read more

Extension of Richmond and Adelaide Bike Lanes Could Go Ahead

Richmond-Adelaide Bike Lanes, City of Toronto
May 6, 2015 3:54 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Since last year, a pilot project has seen separated bike lanes built on portions of Richmond, Adelaide and Simcoe Streets on the west side of Downtown Toronto. The lanes' functionality and ... read more

New Provincial Emergency Operations Centre Unveiled

Dozens of computers are packed into the PEOC, image by Marcus Mitanis
May 4, 2015 4:14 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
After decades of downtown living at 25 Grosvenor Street, the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) has moved to a new home just west of Keele Street and Wilson Avenue. The new ... read more

Province Announces Intention to Move Forward on Finch West LRT

Current Metrolinx light rail projects, image courtesy of Metrolinx
April 27, 2015 11:35 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
The Giorgio Mammoliti-led battle for subways on Finch West is over as the province announced today its intention to move forward with light rail transit (LRT). The announcement comes after years ... read more

Union Station York GO Concourse Opening on Monday

GO customer service stations, image by Jack Landau
April 24, 2015 1:52 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Though Union Station continues to be swarmed by construction crews, the new York Concourse is ready for its closeup on Monday, when the facility will open to the public. The new facility means a ... read more

Time Lapse Video Shows Streetcar Track Installation Process

Streetcar track installation, College and Spadina, TTC, Toronto, Transit
April 23, 2015 12:07 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Since April 6th, the College and Spadina intersection has been closed to traffic to accommodate the replacement of streetcar tracks, the lengthening of platforms, road resurfacing and ... read more

Union Pearson Express to Enter Service on June 6th

Union Pearson Express, UPX, Toronto, Metrolinx
April 22, 2015 4:50 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Earlier today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne took a pre-opening ride on the new Union Pearson Express (UP Express), where she announced an opening date for the express service ... read more

Province to Proceed with Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit Line

Hurontario-Main LRT, Metrolinx, Brampton, Mississauga
April 21, 2015 11:25 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Yesterday we updated the RFP for the sale of the LCBO lands on Queens Quay, part of the province's plan to unlock the financial value of land assets. The sale of these assets is projected to ... read more

Crosstown LRT Tunnel Boring Machines Successfully Moved

The front of the machine is marked by its cutting head, image by Marcus Mitanis
April 20, 2015 1:00 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
This past weekend was a sight to behold for many self-described 'transit geeks' as two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) successfully made an above-ground journey outside Eglinton West Station at ... read more

Crosstown TBMs to be Moved in Elaborate Operation Starting Friday

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Aecon, ACS Dragados, Metrolinx, TTC, Toronto
April 15, 2015 6:10 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
By 2020, Eglinton West Station will be one of the many stops on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, greatly improving transit connectivity and traffic at the Allen and Eglinton intersection. Just don't ... read more

Toronto 2030 District Aims To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Toronto 2030 District
April 8, 2015 1:23 pm | by Michael Bahiru | Comments
Over the past several years there have been growing efforts to manage the climate change crisis that is impacting our world. One effort, established first in Seattle in 2010, is the implementation ... read more

Metrolinx Preparing For Massive GO Transit Service Expansion

go, upx, metrolinx, georgetown south
April 2, 2015 3:58 pm | by Cale Vanderveen | Comments
Metrolinx is just beginning its massive GO RER project, but it is already showing progress. Georgetown South, a $1.2 billion dollar rail project predating the GO RER program, is now fast sprinting ... read more

Touring The Huge New Humber River Hospital, Part Two

Humber River Hospital, Toronto
April 1, 2015 2:10 pm | by Nathan Christie | Comments
Recently we brought you the first part of our tour inside the new Humber River Hospital (or HRH), located just north of the 401 at Keele and Wilson. The 1.8 million square foot, 14-storey building ... read more