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City Age: Transportation's Impact on City-Building

Crowds now ride the Union Pearson Express, Union Station, Toronto
October 13, 2016 1:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The transportation industry is facing its most profound shift in a century, with planners forecasting that as many as 1.5 million more cars will clog the Greater Toronto Area's roads in the next ... read more

Runnymede Fire Station Reopens with New Purpose

A crowd gathers in front of Fire Station 424, Toronto, Runnymede
October 13, 2016 10:48 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
In 2013, budget cuts silenced the blaring sirens originating from Fire Station 424 on Runnymede Road just south of Annette in Toronto's West End. While the community worried about the possible ... read more

City Age: City-Building Amid Rapid Population Growth

CityAge conference, Toronto
October 12, 2016 3:12 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Governments are planning for an steady influx of people into the Greater Golden Horseshoe over the next 25 years. They expect the region's population to jump from 9 million today to 13.5 million ... read more

CityAge: Jay Walder Talks Bike Sharing and Urban Complexity

CityAge, Jay Walder, Motivate, Bike Share, Toronto, Transit
October 7, 2016 2:10 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
Jay Walder does not want you to sell your bike. Nor, for that matter, does the CEO of the bike sharing company Motivate plan to replace rail and bus lines. The former New York City, London, and ... read more

CityAge: Regional Infrastructure Key to Building Innovation Hub

CityAge, Toronto, Mississauga, Transit, Kitchener
October 7, 2016 11:10 am | by David Rudin | Comments
As growth in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area moves outside of Downtown Toronto, and manufacturing gives way to other forms of economic activity, the regional planning debate has less to do ... read more

Ryerson University Unveils New Public Realm Plan

Ryerson University, public realm plan, Toronto
October 6, 2016 1:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Taking cues from the great universities of the world and building on a 2008 Campus Master Plan, Ryerson University has embarked on a long-term plan to upgrade the institution's public spaces. To ... read more

TTC to start One-Person Train Operation on Sheppard Line 4

Driver's Cab, One-Person Train Operation, Sheppard Subway, Toronto
October 5, 2016 12:02 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Toronto Transit Commission passengers aboard Line 4 (Sheppard) trains may notice a distinct difference when they board this Sunday, October 9. That's when the TTC starts its "one-person train ... read more

Demolition of Former Eglinton Station Bus Terminal Underway

Former Eglinton bus terminal, image by Jack Landau
September 30, 2016 5:18 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
A relic from Eglinton Station's past days as the Yonge subway's original northern terminus, the station's earlier bus terminal has been slowly deteriorating since its replacement entered service ... read more

Bathurst Adelaide Intersection Could be Improved for Bikes

September 26, 2016 5:00 pm | by Alex Gaio | Comments
As outlined in a City of Toronto report, considerations are underway to redesign how the bike lane on Adelaide Street interfaces with Bathurst Street. Upwards of 50 cyclists have been ... read more

Financial District BIA Releases PATH Map Beta, Seeks Feedback

#PATH360 pilot project concept map, image courtesy of Financial District BIA
September 26, 2016 3:17 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto's (mostly) subterranean PATH system of pedestrian concourses, tunnels, and bridges has long suffered from navigability issues. Though pieces of the system have existed in some form from as ... read more

Last Mile Forum Targets Weak Spots of Toronto Transit Networks

Last Mile, Ryerson City Building Institute, Transit, Toronto
September 21, 2016 3:55 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
Toronto’s transit network would, in an ideal world, funnel people from their disparate homes to larger, shared vehicles and from transit hubs to their disparate workplaces. The challenge in this ... read more

Spotlight on Wheel-Trans and AODA at TTC Accessibility Forum

September 19, 2016 4:27 pm | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
On September 15, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) held the ninth annual TTC Public Forum on Accessibility at the Allstream Centre at ... read more

Lee Lifeson Art Park Opens in North York

Lee Lifeson Art Park, Willowdale, Toronto, North York, Art, Rush
September 19, 2016 3:22 pm | by Salena Barry | Comments
On Saturday, September 17, Lee Lifeson Art Park opened in North York's Willowdale neighbourhood. The park is named after iconic musicians Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, two childhood residents ... read more

Reimagining Yonge Study Proposes Major Changes in North York

Reimagining Yonge, North York Centre, Yonge Street, Toronto
September 19, 2016 12:12 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Major upgrades may be coming to the stretch of Yonge Street from Sheppard Avenue north to the Finch Hydro Corridor as the Reimagining Yonge Street study is closing in on a preferred option for the ... read more

Metrolinx Releases RFQs for Two Transit Expansion Projects

September 15, 2016 12:21 pm | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
Metrolinx, in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario, has released two Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) relating to the construction of new projects that form part of the ongoing electrification ... read more

Funding Announced for Port Lands Flood Protection and 40 Other Water-Related Projects

Tory, Chiarelli, Sohi, and Fleissig, image by Jack Landau
September 14, 2016 4:52 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of a $1.1 billion bilateral agreement, the Federal and Ontario Provincial governments have announced $99 million funding for 41 projects that will improve clean water and wastewater ... read more

Construction for the Mississauga Transitway Continues

Mississauga Transitway, City of Mississauga, Metrolinx, GO Transit, MiWay, Steve
September 12, 2016 4:45 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Toronto spends years debating subway versus light rail transit in Scarborough—and even more years waiting for contractors to finish building a subway to York University and Vaughan. Brampton ... read more

Work on York-Bay-Yonge Ramp Replacement Now Underway

Construction equipment now on site, image by Craig White
September 7, 2016 11:25 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 5:35 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