news | infrastructure

The Rising Cost of Rapid Transit Construction

A Madrid Metro station. Source: FCC Construction
July 27, 2012 5:15 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 4:00 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 12:30 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 3:45 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 4:00 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 9:30 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 10:33 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 10:03 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

BIA Considers Improvements To Queen Street West

Pedestrian Simcoe Street Canada Life Tower Toronto Jane's Walk
May 9, 2012 10:00 am | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
This past weekend UrbanToronto had the opportunity to go on a Jane's Walk hosted by the Queen West BIA focusing on a the section of Queen Street West between Simcoe and Bathurst streets. ... read more

A glimmer of hope for the Downtown Relief Line

Metrolinx proposal for new downtown GO station and downtown rapid transit line,
February 23, 2012 10:00 am | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
Twenty-seven years after the TTC proposed the Downtown Relief Line major players are beginning to give the project the attention it deserves. read more

Toronto's Transit Future Changes Following City Council Debate

Transit Plan advocated last year by Mayor Ford, rejected by Toronto City Council
February 9, 2012 10:02 am | by Sean Marshall | Comments
Yesterday, Toronto City Council debated, at length, the future of Toronto’s rapid transit network at a special meeting of council. The vote last evening was to approve a plan presented by TTC ... read more

Eglinton Up in the Air: City Council Discusses Transit

Map of the original Transit City plan depicting all eight proposed lines.
February 8, 2012 8:00 am | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
In the past five years plans for transit on Eglinton have changed a number of times. Here’s how we got to where we are today. read more

Getting A Better Look At The Pan Am Village

Groundbreaking ceremony for the PanAm Village in the West Don Lands, Toronto
January 13, 2012 4:56 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Pan Am Village marks the start of construction for a whole new neighbourhood for Toronto, one which will be the product of many companies' and agencies' ... read more

Details of the PanAm Village in the West Don Lands Released

Looking west along Front St towards Downtown Toronto through the PanAm Village
January 12, 2012 4:08 pm | by Craig White | Comments
This morning at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District, the Provincial Government, Waterfront Toronto, and the City of Toronto announced to a packed house that ... read more

The Interview: Councillor Mark Grimes talks up burgeoning Humber Bay

Councillor Grimes speaking at the opening of Birmingham Street Skateboard Park
December 8, 2011 3:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto took the opportunity to talk with local city councillor Mark Grimes at a recent topping off event for Star Tower at Empire Communities' Beyond The Sea complex in Etobicoke's ... read more

TTC shows off mock-up of new High-Tech Streetcars to the Public

The new articulated TTC streetcar or LRV
November 11, 2011 2:35 pm | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
Toronto’s new streetcars won’t hit the rails for years, but transit junkies can get a taste of the future this weekend. Visitors to the TTC’s Hillcrest facility will be able to venture inside a ... read more

PATH Master Plan Study - A Look at the Future Vision for the Pedestrian System.

PATH system growth Toronto
November 8, 2011 12:00 pm | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
Last week, the City hosted a PATH Master Plan public meeting to present the lastest updates and invite the public to contribute their thoughts before the study is complete and its guidelines are ... read more

The TTC Wants You To Help Name Subway Stations!

Bus Terminal at Steeles West Station on the TTC's Spadina Subway Extension
September 27, 2011 1:51 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The Toronto Transit Commission is seeking public input into the names of the stations on the extension of the Spadina Subway, under-construction from Downsview Station to York University ... read more

KPMB's Vaughan City Hall Opens This Sunday

Vaughan City Hall by KPMB Architects, image by Tom Arban
September 23, 2011 11:09 am | by Craig White | Comments
In UrbanToronto's relentless push to capture every rebar-reinforced concrete column formed in the GTA, some inevitably are overlooked… well, for a while at least. We have uncovered some real ... read more

Spadina Subway Storefront Opens at York University

Buses near the new York University station on the TTC Spadina subway extension
September 20, 2011 9:00 am | by Craig White | Comments
An information centre has opened at the east end of York University's York Lanes very close to where a new subway station will open in four years' time. The TTC's new Project Information Centre at ... read more