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Hamilton's LRT Plan: Hanging by a Pantograph

B-Line buses in Downtown Hamilton
April 24, 2017 10:00 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Last week, Hamilton City Council debated for over 12 hours on the future of Hamilton's LRT plan, one of Metrolinx's Big Move transit infrastructure projects to get people moving more easily in the ... read more

TTC renaming Downsview Station as "Sheppard West" in May

April 21, 2017 10:06 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
"What's in a name?", Shakespeare let Juliet poetically wonder aloud. More prosaically, we wonder whether the TTC's Downsview Station will smell--or, at least, seem--the same with a new name. The ... read more

Increasing Transit Usage: Making the 'Last Mile' an Active One

A Bike Share Toronto station
April 20, 2017 12:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Earlier this week Urban Toronto posted an article outlining the missed opportunity for the urbanization of GO Transit's parking lots. While GO and Metrolinx have outlined their goals for modifying ... read more

GO Station Parking Lots: Missed Opportunities To Urbanize

Massing example of Appleby GO's north parking lot, showing retail & residential
April 17, 2017 10:40 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Last week, Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca held a press conference at Oakville GO Station to announce that Tim Hortons kiosks will be introduced at four GO stations (Oakville, ... read more

Province Issues RFQ for 18 km Highway 401 Widening

The widening of Highway 401 at Hurontario St
April 11, 2017 12:30 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On April 10th the Province announced that it had issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to widen an 18 km stretch of Highway 401 through Peel and Halton Regions. The ... read more

New Preferred Relief Line Alignment Identified Under Leslieville

Comparison of the depths of the Bloor-Danforth, Sheppard, & Relief Line tunnels
April 10, 2017 3:48 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In July 2016, the City of Toronto approved its preferred alignment for Phase I of the Relief Line (RL) project, also known as the Downtown Relief Line (DRL). While the alignment was generally well ... read more

Gardiner Off-Ramp Closure To Pave Way for South Core Upgrade

Lower Simcoe Ramp and New Park, Toronto, by City of Toronto, DTAH
April 10, 2017 3:24 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In the works since 2008, preparatory work for the removal of the Gardiner Expressway's eastbound York-Bay-Yonge off-ramp is well underway, with the busy double-ramp set to be permanently closed as ... read more

New Eaton Centre Bridge Begins Construction This Month

CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Cadillac Fairview, Wilkinson Eyre, Toronto
April 10, 2017 10:42 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
The Summer 2015 announcement of a Saks Fifth Avenue at Cadillac Fairview's Toronto Eaton Centre came with news of plans to replace the shopping centre's aging pedestrian bridge spanning ... read more

Past the Fence: A Peek Into the World of Construction Security

Daniels Waterfront is one of LivePatrol's clients, image via UT Forum contributo
April 6, 2017 4:05 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Throughout Downtown Toronto, cranes and concrete pours are now an established fixture of the street-level experience. With construction continuing to re-make much of the urban core, updates of ... read more

Replacing the Scarborough RT: A Tortuous Timeline

April 4, 2017 4:17 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Last week Toronto City Council voted (again) to support the detailed planning and design of the Scarborough Subway extension as a replacement for the aging Scarborough RT. The vote was the latest ... read more

Province, Cities To Proceed With Kipling Regional Bus Terminal

Province moves ahead with Kipling Regional Bus Terminal
April 3, 2017 5:52 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The Government of Ontario is partnering with the Cities of Toronto and Mississauga to build a new regional bus terminal at the Toronto Transit Commission's Kipling Station. Ontario Minister of ... read more

TTC: Accessibility Upgrades Coming to St Patrick Station

St Patrick Station, TTC, Accessibility, Toronto
March 31, 2017 12:28 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
As part of its efforts to meet the Province's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005, the TTC's Easier Access Plan is in the process of improving accessibility across ... read more

Trudeau Announces $1.8 Billion of Funding for GO RER

The Prime Minister and Premier arrive, image via
March 31, 2017 10:55 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Arriving at Etobicoke's Williwbrook GO yard by train, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne chose a purposeful location to announce funding for transit in the Greater ... read more