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Metrolinx & City of Toronto Officially Ink LRT & PRESTO Deals

Toronto LRT, Metrolinx, TTC, City of Toronto, Karen Stintz, Bob Chiarelli
November 28, 2012 2:12 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Metrolinx and the City of Toronto have finally signed off on the $8.4 billion LRT deal for the city that will see four new rapid transit lines constructed in an effort to ease congestion and ... read more

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About TTC's New 'Leslie Barn'

The most-recent image of The Leslie Barn, image courtesy of the TTC
November 23, 2012 12:30 pm | by Nigel Terpstra | Comments
This fall has been an exciting time for transit geeks in the GTA. In September, the TTC announced that articulated busses would once again ply Toronto's streets. At the beginning of October, ... read more

Ground is Broken on Waterfront Toronto's Queens Quay West Revitalization

November 19, 2012 4:49 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Over the past few decades, our central waterfront has been de-industrialized, gentrified, and more or less transformed into a mixed-use, family friendly community. The area known today as ... read more

Official Launch of New TTC Streetcars

New Streetcars, Toronto Transit Commission, City of Toronto, Karen Stintz, Metro
November 15, 2012 2:56 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Today, the Toronto Transit Commission and all three levels of government officially announced the arrival of the city's new streetcars. Surrounded by four generations of Toronto's streetcar fleet, ... read more

TTC Begins Construction of York University Station

TYSSE Subway Expansion, York University Station, York University, TTC
November 2, 2012 3:00 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
In spite of the recent announcement that the opening of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension would be delayed by one year to 2016, work is ongoing as the project begins to take shape. ... read more

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