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Digging deep for a bigger, better Union Station

Rendering of the glass canopy over the Union Station moat, image supplied by NOR
June 14, 2011 10:59 am | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
Canada’s most important transport hub is finally getting the attention it deserves as a series of ambitious projects designed by NORR Architects will transform Union Station's interior space at a ... read more

Doors Open on the TTC's new Toronto Rocket

Toronto Rocket interior, straight and curved stanchions throughout the new car
May 30, 2011 12:19 pm | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
The new Toronto Rocket was officially unveiled to the public on Sunday attracting large crowds at Davisville station to experience the sights and sounds of the TTC's newest addition to the fleet. ... read more

Doors Open: A tale of two carhouses

Streetcars await maintenance at Roncesvalles Carhouse, image by Adam Hawkins
May 30, 2011 10:59 am | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
On Saturday the TTC showcased Roncesvalles and McCowan carhouses as part of Doors Open, and Urban Toronto was on site to take a rare peak at the two facilities. RoncesvallesRoncesvalles is ... read more

Three Reasons to Open the Doors of the Library this Weekend

Portico at Robarts Library at U of T, image courtesy of Diamond + Schmitt
May 27, 2011 4:52 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Every year Doors Open presents a mix of new and favourite sites for the avid architourist (that's not a registered trademark, is it Dave?), and this year, with what's on display at Robarts ... read more

Doors Open to Reveal the TTC's New Toronto Rocket to the Public

Toronto Rocket Unveiling - October 2010 (Image by interchange42)
May 27, 2011 2:56 am | by Arik Day | Comments
The TTC is nearly ready to put their new Bombardier-designed Toronto Rocket fleet of subway trains into service. Over the past few weeks, the shiny new articulated trains have been spotted ... read more

Waterfront Toronto Set to Transform Don Valley Overpasses with Underpass Park

Underpass Park Toronto By Waterfront Toronto
May 25, 2011 1:38 pm | by Arik Day | Comments
Waterfront Toronto's highly anticipated Underpass Park is set to begin construction on Thursday, May 26, 2011. Image by Waterfront Toronto read more

Toronto Rockets add more elbow room for Yonge-University-Spadina riders, but long-term relief remains elusive

New Toronto Rocket Subway Train, image by APTA-2048
May 24, 2011 10:59 am | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
After years of waiting, the new Toronto Rocket subway cars will enter service in just a few weeks, and they’re stuffed with new features designed to make riders’ lives easier. Articulations! ... read more

Fort York Bridge and Opportunity Cost

Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Proposal by Montgomery Sisam Architects an
May 17, 2011 5:30 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The Fort York Bridge project is becoming a battle ground over what will drive city development, needs of the community or speculation on opportunity costs? read more

Eglinton-Scarborough-Crosstown LRT Preparing for Construction

This is a map depicts the new subway lines of for Toronto.
May 6, 2011 1:37 pm | by Michael Ventresca | Comments
On April 26, 2011 at St. Clement's School, TTC Chair Karen Stintz hosted a public meeting on the Eglinton‐Scarborough Crosstown LRT project. In attendance were Ontario’s Minister of Transportation ... read more

Toronto's Bixi Bikeshare Launched Tuesday on Gould Street

This photos shows the Bixi Toronto bike station at Ryerson University.
May 4, 2011 11:11 am | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
With allies left and right Bixi’s future looks bright Cold, rainy weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm as Bixi Toronto brought bike sharing to Toronto on Tuesday. Bixi officials, city ... read more

Bixi: Bike sharing is back in Toronto

This photo shows a row of Bixi bikeShare bicycles on a Paris street
May 3, 2011 8:42 am | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
Bike sharing is back, but what’s different this time? Text by Adam Hawkins Cycling in Toronto is taking a big leap forward today as the launch of Bixi Toronto brings the bike sharing revolution ... read more

Bremner Transformer Station To Modernize Toronto's Downtown Electrical System

An aeriel view of the new Bremner Station project and The Rogers Centre
April 29, 2011 11:49 am | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
Lights On Toronto! We’re getting a new subterranean transformer station. The current Windsor transformer station at the corner of Wellington and John Streets is rapidly becoming obsolete and in ... read more

Spadina Subway Extension Updates

Toronto's Spadina Subway Extension Photo Updates
April 8, 2011 4:59 am | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto has some construction shots, taken March 26th, of work underway to extend the Spadina Subway line north from its current terminus at Sheppard Avenue West in North York as far as ... read more

A New $12.4 Billion Transit Plan For Toronto

New Toronto Transit Plan
April 1, 2011 9:30 am | by Edward Skira | Comments
Yesterday Premier McGunity and Mayor Ford announced the successor to Mayor Miller’s Transit City plan. The $8.15 billion in funding provided by the province for Transit City was slated to provide ... read more

The Spadina Subway Extension: Vaughan Centre Station

Vaughan Centre Station Rendering (Metrolinx)
March 25, 2011 10:55 am | by Craig White | Comments
Can you tell me where in Toronto this TTC subway station is? No points for those who have been following our series (or reading the title): this isn't in Toronto, this is how planners see the ... read more

Rocket Riders Rejoice: A Quick Exit Has Never Looked Better

Spadina Extension Emergency Exits (Stevens/IBI Group/TTC)
March 18, 2011 3:25 pm | by Craig White | Comments
If you have been following UrbanToronto over the last five weekends, there is a good chance that you are expecting us to wrap up our look at the new Spadina line stations this week, as we have ... read more

Downsview Park Station to Connect Spadina Subway to GO

Downsview Park Station from the air (Courtesy of TTC / Aedas)
March 11, 2011 2:14 pm | by Craig White | Comments
This weekend UrbanToronto, in our continuing series of articles looking at the Spadina Subway extension moves on to Downsview Park Station. Downsview Park? Not Sheppard West? Since the planning ... read more

Sweeping Lines To Grace Highway 407 Station on the Spadina Subway Extension

Highway 407 Station Rendering
March 4, 2011 3:30 am | by Craig White | Comments
This week our visit to the Spadina Subway Extension takes us to Highway 407 Station. The station and associated 600-spot commuter parking lot will be situated within the greenbelt on the south ... read more

Will Alsop Bringing Panache To Keele and Finch

Finch West Station Main Entrance, image courtesy of TTC / Stevens Group Architec
February 25, 2011 9:30 am | by Craig White | Comments
Urban Toronto continues south through the station designs for the extension of the Spadina line. This week: Finch West, designed, like Steeles West, by Will Alsop and Richard Stevens Architects. ... read more

Steeles West Station on the Spadina Subway Extension Rethought

Steeles West Subway Station is part of the Spadina Subway Extension project.
February 11, 2011 10:54 am | by Craig White | Comments
Work on the extension of the Spadina subway line from its current terminus at Downsview as far as Vaughan's City Centre by Highway 7 and Jane Street is underway, with the opening of the line ... read more