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Rails Complete for the TTC Subway Extension to Vaughan

Ceremony to celebrate completion of track for TTC subway to Vaughan.
June 6, 2016 2:33 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A last tap of the hammer from Premier Kathleen Wynne and other dignitaries earlier today marked the completion of the rails for the long-awaited northwest extension of the Toronto Transit ... read more

SmartTrack / GO RER: New Station Profiles Advance Planning

GO Train and the Toronto skyline, image by Sean Marshall via Flickr
June 3, 2016 12:38 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of this week's transit planning updates, the eventual scope of SmartTrack / GO RER (regional express rail) service is coming under closer inspection through a series of station studies. ... read more

Tory Backs Scarborough Subway Despite Low Ridership Numbers

June 2, 2016 3:05 pm | by David Brake | Comments
New ridership projections unveiled this week  for the Scarborough subway extension are about half of previous estimates, though both Mayor John Tory and Chief Planner Jennifer ... read more

Province Pledges $55 Million for Yonge Subway Extension Planning

TTC Subway train interior, image by Peter Crock via Flickr
June 2, 2016 10:05 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following the Ontario government's announcement of over $150 million in funding for planning work on Toronto's Relief Line, the Province has just announced that another $55 million will go towards ... read more

Relief Line: Preferred Alignment Now Includes Unilever Stop

The new corridor, image courtesy of the City of Toronto / TTC
June 1, 2016 2:42 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Step by step, the scope of Toronto's Downtown Relief Line is taking shape. This week, a new round of transit consultations is revealing an evolved alignment for the future subway, with a Queen ... read more

Reimagining Yonge: Improved Public Realm in North York Centre

Reimaging Yonge, Sheppard, Finch, Yonge, Revitalization, Toronto
May 31, 2016 2:45 pm | by Salena Barry | Comments
Yonge Street is one of Toronto's oldest streets, it is the city's dividing line, a bridge connecting a variety of neighbourhoods and, of course, a major thoroughfare, at one time claimed as the ... read more

Planners Weigh Options for Downtown Waterfront Transit Link

union underground line
May 27, 2016 10:45 am | by David Brake | Comments
An upgraded transit network along the waterfront is among the top five transit projects Toronto's planning department would like to see funded, but much remains to be decided before a transit ... read more

Under Gardiner: UrbanToronto Voters Get More Options

Under Gardiner, looking east from Strachan Avenue, image by Public Work
May 26, 2016 2:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following reports of "ballot box stuffing," Waterfront Toronto has announced that the renaming campaign for Project: Under Gardiner has been partially re-set. As quoted in the Toronto Star, a ... read more

2,000,000 Users: Presto Card Adoption Up 25% In A Year

presto network map
May 24, 2016 4:48 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Metrolinx has announced its two millionth Presto card holder, a figure that is up by around 500,000 in the last year. In Toronto, the rollout of Presto readers to buses has begun, all streetcars ... read more

Transit Line Studies Advance With New Round of Consultations

City Planning's 15-year transit plan, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
May 19, 2016 4:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
With multiple transit plans underway at the City of Toronto, Metrolinx, and the TTC, City staff have planned a number of consultations to provide updates and gather public feedback. Dates have ... read more

Timelapse Video Highlights Dowling Avenue Bridge Removal

Dowling Avenue Bridge demolition, Toronto
May 19, 2016 12:52 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Following the fall 2015 demolition of the Dowling Avenue bridge over the Metrolinx rail corridor, the City of Toronto has completed the demolition of the second half of the aging two-part bridge, ... read more

Playful Paving Pattern Materializing at Berczy Park

Berczy Park Revitalization, Claude Cormier + Associés, Toronto
May 13, 2016 11:10 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Several weeks after the completion of grading work for the re-built Berczy Park, the first design elements are now apparent at the public space bounded by Front, Scott, and Wellington Streets ... read more

Tunnelling Complete for Western Leg of the Crosstown LRT

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Toronto
May 10, 2016 10:42 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
After three years of hard work, the Province of Ontario has announced the completion of tunnelling for the western leg of the Crosstown LRT project earlier today. The milestone was reached when ... read more

$840m Transit "Promise" Raises More Questions Than It Answers

greenwood TTC Trudeau meeting
May 9, 2016 3:58 pm | by David Brake | Comments
In the wake of previous announcements about increased federal spending on public transit, Trudeau's visit to the TTC's Greenwood rail yards on May 6th prompted speculation by Relief Line activists ... read more

Council Approves Bloor Bike Lanes by Surprising 38-3 Margin

Bloor Bike Lane Pilot, Toronto, City of Toronto
May 5, 2016 2:10 pm | by David Brake | Comments
After years of lobbying and studies, an inconclusive committee debate, and several hours of council deliberation, Toronto's full council endorsed the introduction of protected bike lanes ... read more

Presto Card Use Expands to First Buses on TTC, More Stations

presto reader
May 4, 2016 8:42 am | by David Brake | Comments
Toronto's days of using an antiquated fare medium—the token—on its public transit system are coming closer to an end, as the first nineteen of the TTC's 1900 buses to be Presto-enabled began to ... read more

Huge Expansion Coming for Fast Electric Car Charging Points

Electric vehicle charging station
April 29, 2016 10:13 am | by David Brake | Comments
The Ontario government has announced that by March 2017 it will have funded the installation of around 200 of the fastest electric car charging points in a network across the province, ... read more

No Recommendation for Council on Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot

cycle plan
April 25, 2016 7:12 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure committee split on recommending a pilot project to put bike lanes on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) and Avenue Road ... read more

Poll Confirms Relief Line as Torontonians' First Transit Priority

Yonge Station
April 22, 2016 3:45 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A new poll released by the Toronto Relief Line Alliance reveals the breadth of support for the TTC's Relief Line among Torontonians. Not only do more than half favour it over the Scarborough ... read more