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Under Gardiner: UrbanToronto Voters Get More Options

Under Gardiner, looking east from Strachan Avenue, image by Public Work
May 26, 2016 3:40 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 5:48 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 5:30 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 1:52 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 12:10 pm | 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 11:42 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 4:58 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 3:10 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 9:42 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 11:13 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 8:12 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 4:45 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

Mississauga Looking for Public Input on Dundas Corridor Plan

Dundas and Hurontario, Dundas Connects, Mississauga, Google Street View
April 18, 2016 3:48 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
The City of Mississauga is seeking input on the Dundas Connects project, an upcoming Master Plan that will shape Dundas Street's land use, transit and public realm. read more

Contra-flow: Waterfront Trail in Etobicoke Could be Improved

Waterfront Trail, Etobicoke
April 18, 2016 11:15 am | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
Dating back to 2012, plans have been in the works to improve cycling conditions along the Waterfront Trail which spans the Toronto waterfront from Etobicoke to Scarborough. While the central, ... read more

Ryerson City Building Institute Students Retrofit the Suburbs

Ryerson City Building Institute, urban planning, toronto
April 15, 2016 4:24 pm | by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet | Comments
With a population expected to reach 10 million in the early 2040s compared to 6.6 million in 2011, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is experiencing a tremendous demographic growth. While ... read more

Could the Toronto Zoo Really Get a Levitating Train?

April 13, 2016 4:55 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The Toronto Zoo's management board has unanimously opened the door to a magnetic levitation (maglev) train proposal that would run around the park along the 5km route a monorail once ... read more

More Public Consultations Coming For GO Viaduct in Ward 18

Metrolinx public square Davenport
April 13, 2016 10:30 am | by David Brake | Comments
Following a presentation by Metrolinx of its latest designs for a $570m bridge through Toronto's Davenport neighbourhood to the city's Design Review Panel on Tuesday, April 5, (they ... read more

Three Levels of Government Unveil Presto Gates at Main Street

MP Adam Vaughan celebrates the new Presto fare gate, image by Stefan Novakovic
April 8, 2016 1:24 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Representatives of Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments converged this morning for an announcement about Toronto's transit future. Gathering at the Bloor-Danforth Line's Main Street ... read more

Metrolinx's Davenport Diamond Plan Assessed by Design Review

A 'skylight' runs beneath the bridge (column designs rendered are placeholders f
April 6, 2016 11:56 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"I sense a certain tension in the room." This is how one of Toronto's Design Review Panel's (DRP) members characterized the situation before them on Tuesday, April 5th. Assessing Metrolinx's plan ... read more