news | infrastructure

Work on York-Bay-Yonge Ramp Replacement Now Underway

Construction equipment now on site, image by Craig White
September 7, 2016 10:25 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
After several years of planning, the long-anticipated replacement of the Gardiner Expressway's York-Bay-Yonge off-ramps are now officially underway. The existing 1960s-built exit—consisting of a ... read more

Union Station: Finding a Way—and a Place—in Transit

Union Station Revitalization, Toronto, by City of Toronto, Metrolinx, NORR
September 6, 2016 4:35 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
For some of us, memories of Toronto's Union Station are filtered through the smell of Cinnabon that wafted through the corrall of passengers in the Bay Concourse's nauseatingly yellow ... read more

Pearson Airport Enhances Passenger Experience in Terminal 3

Toronto Pearson International Airport, GTAA
September 6, 2016 2:12 pm | by Larry Leung | Comments
Fuelled by increased passenger volumes at the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) continues to report strong growth. With a record 20.8 million ... read more

Construction Ramps Up as Berczy Park Opening Looms

Berczy Park, Toronto, Claude Cormier + Associés
August 31, 2016 12:43 pm | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
Construction on Toronto's re-imagined Berczy Park has ramped up in anticipation of the park's much-awaited opening on October 31st. With exactly two months to go, construction of the Downtown park ... read more

Metrolinx Time-Lapse Captures Kodak Building's 'Big Move'

August 30, 2016 9:30 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Despite the fact that the move lasted almost three full hours, it's tempting to call it Toronto's 'Kodak Moment.' On Thursday, August 25th, some 200 people gathered at the site of Mount Dennis ... read more

How Will Toronto Find Nearly $500m For Better Transit, Cycling?

TTC bus
August 26, 2016 9:10 am | by David Brake | Comments
We learned on Tuesday 23rd that no fewer than 89 projects in Toronto will receive part funding from the first $474m phase of the federal government's Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. But as we ... read more

Metrolinx Makes Big Move with Kodak Building at Mount Dennis

Metrolinx, Mount Dennis Station, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Crosslinx, Toronto
August 25, 2016 2:58 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
When Metrolinx staff generally talk about "The Big Move", they're referring to their regional transportation plan for Toronto. Today, they could use the term specifically to describe a key part of ... read more

Canada, Ontario Sign Agreement to Fund Transit Infrastructure

August 23, 2016 2:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
At an event in Barrie this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, announced an agreement to provide more than $2.97 billion in combined funding—by the ... read more

Inside the TTC's Will Alsop-Designed Pioneer Village Station

Pioneer Village Station, Toronto, by TTC, aLL Design, IBI Group
August 19, 2016 2:35 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
We're standing outside in the blistering full-sun heat, touring what's now called Pioneer Village Station, and squinting up at the weathered steel that embraces the main entrance in a rusty ... read more

Construction of Avenue Station Progressing for Crosstown LRT

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Avenue Road Station, IBI Group
August 18, 2016 12:33 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Yesterday's news of the completion of tunnelling for Toronto's Crosstown LRT marked the end of a lengthy and complex stage for the major public transit infrastructure project. With the tunnelling ... read more

Tunnelling Completed on Crosstown LRT at Yonge & Eglinton

Tunnel boring machines 'Humber' and 'Don' at their September 2015 launch, image
August 17, 2016 10:05 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Yet another major construction milestone has been met for Metrolinx's Crosstown LRT, a 19-kilometre light rail transit line that includes a 10-kilometre stretch under Eglinton Avenue ... read more

Province Moving Ahead with Dufferin Street Bridge Widening

The Dufferin Street Bridge, viewed from the south, image via Google Maps
August 12, 2016 4:26 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following this morning's official launch for the 2.6-kilometre Bloor Street bike lane pilot project, the Province of Ontario is commencing an expansion of Toronto's Dufferin Street Bridge, ... read more

Morning on Bloor Street: Optimism Launches Bike Lane Pilot

The crowd gathers for the announcement, image by Stefan Novakovic
August 12, 2016 10:41 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
It wasn't yet 8:30 AM, but the crowd already spread across both sides of Toronto's Lippincott Street. Donning helmets and safety gear, the gathering spilled out onto Bloor Street as cycling ... read more

Province Announces New Funding for Hospital Repairs, Upgrades

 Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, image by Lori Whelan
August 5, 2016 10:07 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
To meet the needs of a gradually increasing population in Ontario, the provincial government has announced a new round of funding for hospitals around the province, including notable Toronto ... read more

Berczy Park: Fountain Installed as Fall Completion Targeted

Berczy Park, City of Toronto, Claude Cormier + Associés
August 4, 2016 11:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Though the one-of-a-kind park's planned summer opening has been pushed back to October 31st, there has been plenty of construction progress at Toronto's Berczy Park in recent weeks. With the 'dog ... read more

Tory Announces Plan for 21-Acre "Rail Deck Park" Downtown

August 3, 2016 2:20 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Standing at the northwestern edge of Concord CityPlace's Block 36 North, Mayor John Tory announced a plan to create a 21-acre park above the rail corridor that cuts through an area that has ... read more

Poll Asks Public to Help Name New Park at 11 Wellesley West

City Poll Asks Public to Help Name New Park at 11 Wellesley West
July 26, 2016 3:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The City of Toronto wants your help naming the new 1.6 acre park coming to Toronto's Yonge and Wellesley area! With a shortlist of three names, voting is now open to name the L-shaped park bounded ... read more

Council Vote Brings Kipling Mobility Hub a Step Closer to Reality

The current plan (click for a closer view), image via the City of Toronto
July 18, 2016 3:23 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last week, Toronto City Council approved the sale of lands adjoining Kipling Station to Metrolinx, paving the way for a long-awaited GO/MiWay transit hub at Line 2's western terminus. Following ... read more

Berczy Park Rebuild Progresses in the Field and in the Workshop

Berczy Park, Toronto, Claude Cormier + Associés, Robinson Iron
July 18, 2016 11:15 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
In what has recently become a monthly series of updates on the rebuilding of Toronto's Berczy Park, new elements in the Downtown park's playful Claude Cormier + Associés design ... read more

Toronto City Council Plays 'Fantasy Transit Network' Once Again

Mayor John Tory
July 14, 2016 3:28 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Yesterday, Toronto City Councillors voted for a transit network plan that would have much to recommend it—if there were any likelihood that it would be built. The Mayor and City Staff did not ask ... read more