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Streamlined Gardiner Off-Ramp to Begin Construction in July

April 4, 2016 12:15 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The Gardiner Expressway's York/Bay/Yonge off-ramps are set to be replaced by a more streamlined structure, with construction expected to begin in July this year. The current off-ramps—which ... read more

John Tory's SmartTrack Rebranded as Bike Racks on GO Trains

SmartTrack, Toronto, SmartRack
April 1, 2016 11:00 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Following a lively debate over Toronto's Transit Network Plan at yesterday's City Council meeting, John Tory's ever-changing SmartTrack vision has undergone yet another evolution. From its ... read more

TTC Considers Finch West and Crosstown LRT Link at Pearson

finch eglinton lrt map
March 30, 2016 4:30 pm | by David Brake | Comments
As City of Toronto and Metrolinx planners consider the latest round of public feedback to their 15 year master plan for new rapid transit in Toronto and the GTHA, their plans for new ... read more

City Issues RFP for Bathurst Street Bridge Rehabilitation

The bridge's Warren truss span as it appears now, image by Vik Pahwa
March 30, 2016 3:50 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
South of the mid-rises on Front and Wellington, and north of the towers at CityPlace, the Bathurst Street Bridge spans a much longer stretch of Toronto history. First built in 1903—and moved to ... read more

Having Your Say on Toronto's Transit Master Plan

March 29, 2016 5:10 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The first round of public consultations about Toronto's new 15 year transit plan is over, but this is just the start of a lengthy process. If you want your voice to be heard about any aspect of ... read more

Re-Imagined Berczy Park Begins to Take Shape Downtown

Breezy Park Revitalization, Toronto, by City of Toronto, Claude Cormier
March 23, 2016 4:52 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Since our update in October of last year, the revitalization of Downtown Toronto's Berczy Park has continued as construction work has cleared away the fountain and paving that had long defined the ... read more

Toronto and GTHA Transit Get a Boost in the Federal Budget

Morneau budget
March 23, 2016 4:30 pm | by David Brake | Comments
As was anticipated in the 2016 federal budget, one of its major features unveiled on Tuesday was a boost to transit spending, and Toronto and the surrounding region look set to be among the ... read more

How Might the Federal Budget Help Toronto's Transit?

March 22, 2016 9:32 am | by David Brake | Comments
Increased infrastructure spending was a cornerstone of the Liberals' election platform - but how soon might help come for Toronto's transit and and how much might the city expect? What will Justin ... read more

Report Gives Hope for VIA Rail Connections to Montreal, Ottawa

viarail train
March 11, 2016 4:48 pm | by David Brake | Comments
VIA Rail President and CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano hopes to have major improvements funded to the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal "Corridor" in the federal budget due the 22nd, after the recent tabling ... read more

Transit Plan Inches Towards Reality at Executive Committee

The new 15-year transit, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
March 10, 2016 5:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In a marathon meeting on March 9th, Mayor John Tory's Executive Committee endorsed City Planning's comprehensive 15-year transit plan, bringing an impressive web of subways, LRTs and ... read more

Information Session Offers Closer Look at Don Valley Cable Car

Artwork by Andrew Alfred-Duggan, Don Valley Cable Car, Gondla, Bullwheel
March 9, 2016 4:52 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Back in February, news broke about a private company's venture that would see a cable car—also known as a gondola—connect busy Danforth Avenue near Broadview subway station with the ... read more

Relief Line: Are the Public Consultations Really Just Briefings?

The preferred 'B1' corridor, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
March 8, 2016 6:47 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Following decades of virtually no progress on building a Relief Line to alleviate congestion on the Yonge Subway, recent months have seen Toronto City Planning spring into action. City Planning's ... read more

Transit Expansion: Yonge Line Will Need All The Relief It Can Get

March 4, 2016 4:18 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A recent report prepared for Toronto about transit ridership predicts that even with both the 'Relief Line' (running from the Danforth and Pape south and west to University at King or Queen) and a ... read more

Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Project Proposed for Summer 2016

Bloor Street, bike lanes, City of Toronto
March 4, 2016 12:40 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
The cycling community is rejoicing and Ford Nation is likely fuming in light of the City of Toronto's proposed pilot project to install a bike lane along Bloor Street West stretching from Shaw ... read more

Making the Case for a Multi-Modal Hub at Pearson Airport

March 1, 2016 1:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
With a working population of nearly half a million, Toronto's burgeoning Downtown is the premier economic region in Canada, with the greatest output of prosperity generated in the heart of the ... read more

Toronto Releases 2015 Environmental Progress Report

The 'green city' from above, image by UT Flickr pool contributor Yitian Frederic
February 26, 2016 1:43 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The City of Toronto has released its 2015 Environmental Progress Report, announcing a major reduction in greenhouse emissions between 1990 and 2012, alongside a number of ongoing sustainability ... read more

Toronto Transit Plans: In The End What We Get Is Up To Us

February 24, 2016 3:50 pm | by David Brake | Comments
With the TTC and Metrolinx unveiling maps earlier in February showing an extensive network criss-crossing the city by 2031, transit supporters could be forgiven for heaving a sigh of relief. An ... read more

Hostility to Crosstown West LRT Voiced at Etobicoke Consultation

crosstown airport eglinton
February 23, 2016 6:36 pm | by David Brake | Comments
At the TTC and Metrolinx transit consultation meeting on Feb 20th in Etobicoke, local speakers voiced their opposition to the part of the newly-unveiled overall transit plan that calls for an ... read more

A Toronto Gondola: Cable Car Proposed Over Don Valley

A 'postcard' for the project, image courtesy of
February 19, 2016 4:08 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
With plans for a cable car system announced today, Toronto's Don Valley could be the site of the city's next major tourist attraction. The privately funded $20-25 million gondola would run from ... read more

Under Gardiner: A Look at What Is Now and What Could Be

Claude Cormier, under gardiner, waterfront toronto, public work, Ken Greenberg
February 17, 2016 4:33 pm | by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet | Comments
In November 2015, the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto announced the creation of a new public space underneath the Gardiner Expressway, thanks to a donation of $25 million from Judy and Wil ... read more