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Toronto to Share Costs for SmartTrack, Other Transit Projects

Metrolinx, Toronto, SmartTrack, GO Transit, Regional express rail, Crosstown LRT
November 9, 2016 3:02 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
This week, Toronto Mayor John Tory's signature SmartTrack transit plan started heading down the line from drawing board to reality. Although the plan is now less "smart" than when Tory originally ... read more

TYSSE: On Site at Vaughan's Highway 407 Station

Highway 407 Station, Vaughan, by TTC, Aedas, AECOM, Parsons
November 3, 2016 5:10 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"It's like something out of Star Trek," the TTC's Joanna Kervin remarks, looking up at the sinuous form taking shape above us. Located southwest of the Highway 407 and Jane interchange in Vaughan, ... read more

Touring the Soon-To-Be Weston Rail Deck Park & John St. Bridge

John St. Bridge, Weston, Toronto
November 2, 2016 5:20 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
In a city where park space has become a critical issue in relation to Toronto's growing population, initiatives have been undertaken to alleviate some of these constraints. Back in August, John ... read more

City: SmartTrack To Bring 2-3% Property Tax Increase?

map of SmartTrack/RER combined plan
October 31, 2016 3:34 pm | by David Brake | Comments
According to a report prepared by the City for Council's Executive Committee, a property tax increase will be required to fund even the reduced SmartTrack proposal which has emerged (an LRT for ... read more

Landscaping (and Feline) Animating Downtown's Berczy Park

Berczy Park, Toronto, Claude Cormier + Associés
October 31, 2016 2:48 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The grass is green but the fountain isn't flowing yet at Toronto's Berczy Park. Although Halloween Day was expected to herald the unveiling of the revamped Downtown park, ongoing construction ... read more

Metrolinx, Mississauga Firm Up Plans for the Hurontario LRT

City of Mississauga, City of Brampton, Metrolinx, Hurontario LRT, Construction,
October 28, 2016 10:45 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Port Credit residents glimpsed their past and their future at an open house about the Hurontario light rail transit line Tuesday evening. The City of Mississauga hosted the event in Clark Memorial ... read more

A Bit Awkward? PRESTO Enters Adolescence on the TTC

PRESTO card and reader, image courtesy of Metrolinx
October 20, 2016 4:04 pm | by Alex Gaio | Comments
With some of the TTC now accepting PRESTO and other parts of it not yet, it's in a bit of an awkward phase in Toronto at the moment, but the green fare payment cards from Metrolinx are "growing ... read more

Public Transit: Service, Fares, Governance in Paris and Montreal

Transit, Toronto, Metrolinx, Montreal, Paris, Funding, Governance
October 19, 2016 5:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Transportation experts from France and Canada shared their insights in planning regional transit systems, integrating fares, and developing new governance models for transit during an October 18th ... read more

City Marks Steps to Reclaim—and Re-Imagine—Don River Valley

The Pottery Road Bridge as conceived in the 2013 Master Plan, image courtesy of
October 18, 2016 6:12 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Above the streets, Toronto's Rail Deck Park concept has captured the city's imagination, with the project immediately hailed as "Toronto's Central Park." So far, it exists as an idea, but not as a ... read more

GO Transit's Parking Problem: Are Garages The Answer?

Steven Del Duca Ontario's Minister of Transportation station announcement
October 17, 2016 2:45 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Maple and Rutherford GO Transit stations on the Barrie line will be the next on the Toronto regional rail system to get multi-level parking garages, holding 1,200 more cars each, doubling their ... read more

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