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GO Transit's Willowbrook Maintenance Facility Expansion

GO Transit's Willowbrook Maintenance Facility, image courtesy of Wikimedia
November 1, 2012 12:15 pm | by Nigel Terpstra | Comments
Not all of GO Transit's projects get equal publicity. UrbanToronto takes a closer look at one of the lesser-known pieces of GO's current strategy: the Willowbrook Maintenance Facility ... read more

Puente de Luz Opens at Concord CityPlace

Detail of Francisco Gazitua's Puente de Luz at Concord CityPlace, Toronto
October 26, 2012 12:15 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Puente de Luz, a pedestrian connection spanning the rail tracks halfway between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue, opens to the public today at 4:30 PM. The $8 million bridge fulfills ... read more

Union Station Behind The Walls: Update On Construction Progress

Union Station Revitalization Project Replacement, Toronto
October 17, 2012 6:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Every weekday people pass through Toronto's Union Station a quarter of a million times. That makes it Canada's busiest transport hub, and with all of the improvements coming to GO Transit and the ... read more

New Streetcars Reach Toronto

The front of Toronto's new Bombardier Flexity Outlook Streetcar
October 1, 2012 2:45 pm | by Nigel Terpstra | Comments
The first of Toronto's new streetcars has been delivered by rail from Thunder Bay to Toronto. UrbanToronto went by to have a look. read more

Going To School: A Transit Summit Connects Education, Development & Transportation in GTHA

Going to School, York University, TTC Subway Extension, Toronto Condos
October 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Going To School: A Transit Summit took place on September 28th at York University, and gathered post-secondary representatives, planners, politicians, transit agencies and leading academics to ... read more

Metrolinx Invites Private Firms to Build and Operate the Eglinton-Crosstown LRT

The Canada Line
September 21, 2012 11:00 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
September 20, 2012, Metrolinx announced its decision to proceed with an alternative financing and procurement model for the new Eglinton Crosstown LRT. read more

CityRail In Depth: Corridor Capacity

August 28, 2012 4:30 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
Toronto is facing a transportation crisis. We have more people using every form of transportation than any of the systems were designed to accommodate. Our best chance to expand rapid transit ... read more

Pearson AirRail Link Construction Underway

Construction of columns proceeds for the new Pearson-Union AirRail Link
August 27, 2012 5:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Metrolinx plans to have it open in 2015: a new dedicated train, the AirRail Link, which will connect Canada's busiest air transportation hub to Canada's busiest transportation hub of any kind. ... read more

'Celebrate Yonge' Gives Pedestrians More Of Toronto's Main Street

Celebrate Yonge takes over Yonge Street in Downtown Toronto
August 21, 2012 8:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Several blocks of Toronto's legendary main drag, Yonge Street, have been partially reclaimed from the car for a four week long installation of patio space and greenery. We met up with Evan ... read more

CityRail In Depth: Union Station

Union Station Revitalization Column Replacement, Toronto
August 18, 2012 4:15 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
This is the first in a series of CityRail In Depth articles, which explore detailed aspects of the CityRail concept and rail service in the Greater Toronto Area. This article is shared with the ... read more

$60 million "Icepark" proposed for Mississauga

August 14, 2012 6:30 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
A non-profit group based in Mississauga wants to bring a park specially aimed at getting people outside during the wintertime to somewhere around the Mississauga City Centre area. Their concept ... read more

UPDATED: Rob Ford Tests The Equipment at Newly Opened Underpass Park

Rob Ford tests the equipment at Underpass Park, Toronto
August 2, 2012 11:16 am | by Craig White | Comments
Waterfront Toronto has officially opened Underpass Park at River Street in the West Don Lands, a key piece of their West Don Lands development project. The event had a number of notable photo-ops, ... read more

The Rising Cost of Rapid Transit Construction

A Madrid Metro station. Source: FCC Construction
July 27, 2012 6:15 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
This post is shared with the blog Transit Futures. Nearly every North American who travels to Europe returns with awe at the extent of their subway and intercity rail networks. Part of the ... read more

The Transit Planning Process in Toronto and the GTA

The Current Metrolinx/TTC Plan
July 21, 2012 5:00 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
The OneCity plan flamed out as suddenly as it emerged, but it leaves in its wake a renewed discussion about transit expansion in Toronto and how to pay for it. As a collection of routes, OneCity ... read more

Work Progressing at Stations on the Spadina Subway Extension

Future Downsview Park station on the Spadina Subway extension, Toronto
July 16, 2012 1:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Work is fully underway on the tunnels and at all six stations on the Spadina Subway extension to York University and on to Vaughan's future downtown. Today we have a quick photo update on work at ... read more

Fate of 11 Wellesley Street West "Green Space" Comes to the Fore

11 Wellesley Street West in Toronto
July 11, 2012 4:45 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Amidst the clamor of construction along Bay Street there's been one site that has been eerily quiet for all too long; 11 Wellesley Street West, located between Bay and Yonge on the south side has ... read more

Updated - The CityRail Concept: Real Regional Rail for the GTA

CityRail Plan for Toronto, cartography by Craig White
July 6, 2012 5:00 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
Jonathan English's new column on transit continues following last week's inaugural article on the OneCity transit plan. This week we look at CityRail, a concept which would bring rapid transit to ... read more

The OneCity Plan and the Shifting Transit Landscape

Map of the OneCity plan
June 30, 2012 10:30 am | by Jonathan English | Comments
This post also serves as the inaugural post of Transit Futures, a new blog that will focus on transit and rail issues in Toronto and other Canadian and international cities. Torontonians awoke ... read more

Spadina Extension: Holey and Moley Reunite at Keele and Finch

TTC Subway Extension by the TTC in Toronto
June 13, 2012 11:33 am | by Anonymous | Comments
Amidst the constant fluctuations we continue to witness regarding the future of transit development in Toronto, it's reassuring to see construction is successfully moving ahead on the extension of ... read more

Infrastructure Ontario Moves Forward With St. Michael's Redevelopment

St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto by Infrastructure Ontario, Diamond and Scmitt
May 11, 2012 11:03 am | by Anonymous | Comments
Infrastructure Ontario has announced plans to move forward with the redevelopment of a new construction project at St. Michael's Hospital downtown. Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. ... read more