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Glazing Installation Begins Over Union Station Front Street Moat

Union Station Revitalization, Toronto, Front Street moat
October 13, 2017 2:53 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
In the few weeks since we last checked in on construction for Union Station's massive multi-year revitalization, progress has been made on what will be among the project's most visible elements to ... read more

Toronto Receives Over $30 Million in PTIF Transit Funding

Rendering of the proposed land bridge over Lake Shore Blvd
October 13, 2017 1:19 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Today the Federal Government announced that it has approved $30,549,000 in PTIF funding (Public Transit Infrastructure Fund) for projects within the City of Toronto. PTIF was created by the ... read more

Harbour Street Rebuild Progressing in Toronto's South Core

Lower Simcoe Ramp and New Park, Gardiner Expressway, Toronto
October 11, 2017 4:42 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The sound of jackhammers and squeaky construction vehicle treads cut through the relative nighttime silence in Toronto's South Core area over the Thanksgiving long weekend, as crews worked on a ... read more

City, Metrolinx Reveal Early Plans for 6 SmartTrack Stations

Mayor John Tory, SmartTrack, GO regional express rail, Construction
October 11, 2017 12:37 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Remember SmartTrack, the key transit plank in candidate John Tory's platform during his campaign to become mayor? Tory proposed a rapid transit line with frequent service two ways, all day, every ... read more

Streetcars Make Their Return to Detroit After a 61 Year Absence

The QLine in Downtown Detroit
September 29, 2017 2:33 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
April 8, 1956 was the last day a streetcar ran on Woodward Ave in Detroit, Michigan. The city had a population of 1.8 million in 1950, and at one point had the second largest streetcar system in ... read more

Just Another D(el)ay: Updating Toronto's New Streetcar Saga

LFLRV #4446 makes its way down from Thunder Bay
September 28, 2017 3:42 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
The saga of Toronto's new streetcars keeps moving along (slowly, albeit). When the TTC placed the order in 2009, it specified that Bombardier Inc would deliver 204 Low-Floor Light Rail Vehicles ... read more

Waterfront Transit 'Reset' Consultation Reveals New Details

The Study Area for the Waterfront Transit Reset
September 25, 2017 10:58 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In November 2015, Toronto City Council directed City Staff, the TTC, and Waterfront Toronto to work together on a unified vision for Toronto's waterfront. Unlike previous attempts at a transit ... read more

Behind the Hoarding: Union Station Construction Progress

Bay Retail under construction, Union Station Revitalization, Toronto
September 20, 2017 3:56 pm | by Craig White | Comments
In a city full of construction projects, there are always a few that stand out from the crowd, and in Toronto right now, one of the most meaningful for the city's future is the ongoing ... read more

Reviewing the Status of The Big Move's 15-Year Plan

Extents of electrification and GO RER service
September 19, 2017 5:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
As UrbanToronto covered last week, Metrolinx officially released the draft version of its 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, which serves ... read more

Metrolinx Releases RFP to Study Hydrogen-Powered GO Trains

Map of proposed infrastructure associated with electrification of the GO network
September 15, 2017 4:10 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Today, September 15, Metrolinx issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for what it calls "Bi-Level Electric Multiple Unit Concept Design Services". In a press release, the Ontario Government describes ... read more

Metrolinx Adopts Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan

The updated 2041 frequent rapid transit network
September 14, 2017 12:45 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
At its Board meeting today, Metrolinx officially released the draft version of its 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, commonly referred to as the Big ... read more

TTC's Five New Express Bus Routes Are A Hit With Riders

The TTC's 5 new Rocket express bus routes
August 31, 2017 12:26 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In March 2016 the TTC introduced five new express bus routes along major corridors across Toronto, adding to the six already in operation. The ridership numbers are in, and four of the five routes ... read more

Open House Highlights Design, Progress at Fairbank LRT Station

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Fairbank Station, Metrolinx, Toronto
August 25, 2017 1:20 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Since the completion of the 9 kilometres of tunnels for Metrolinx's Crosstown LRT under Eglinton Avenue in Midtown Toronto, the first tracks have been laid, construction has begun on the ... read more

Good News / Bad News for Scarborough Transit

Extension of TTC Line 2 subway to Scarborough Centre
August 25, 2017 9:07 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Scarborough transit observers received both good and bad news this week. Determining which is good and which is bad, however, depends on your point of view and whether you're a member of Team ... read more

TTC Fare Gates Coming to Eight Downtown Stations this Fall

Fare gates at Bay Station, image via screenshot of TTC news release video
August 24, 2017 2:15 pm | by Eric Chen | Comments
The TTC has released details on the first part of their final push to place new paddle-style presto-enabled fare gates into the remaining 25 station entrances which still have traditional ... read more