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Toronto Must Find Ways To Pay For New Transit Infrastructure

Relief Line map
June 24, 2016 5:42 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A flurry of new reports, aimed at the June 28th meeting of Toronto's Executive Committee, are making clearer the costs of the City's ambitious transit network plan and they make grim reading when ... read more

SmartTrack: What Will It Cost To Build, Operate, and Ride?

Metrolinx Smarttrack map
June 23, 2016 4:40 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Three new reports released on Tuesday are making the shape of SmartTrack clearer. Metrolinx' SmartTrack GO-RER business case endorses the least ambitious of the four options for ... read more

Liberty Village: Exploring the Location of a SmartTrack Station

Looking towards Downtown from Liberty Village, image by Craig white
June 23, 2016 3:20 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of Tuesday, June 21st's GO Transit announcement, the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto revealed that a new SmartTrack / GO RER station is planned for Liberty Village. Of the eight ... read more

Four New SmartTrack Stations Announced for Toronto's East End

The new Toronto-area stations are highlighted in blue, image courtesy of Metroli
June 22, 2016 6:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Today, it's the east end's turn. Following Yesterday's introduction of four new GO stations in Toronto's west end, new transit was announced for the city's east end earlier today. Joined by Mayor ... read more

Claude Cormier + Associés' Berczy Park Rebuild Progressing

Berczy Park Revitalization, Claude Cormier + Associés, Toronto
June 22, 2016 3:25 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The ongoing rebuilding of Toronto's Berczy Park has made a fair amount of progress since our most recent update in May. Designed by landscape architects Claude Cormier + ... read more

Union Station Revitalization Continues at Bay and Front

Union Station Revitalization, Toronto, Metrolinx, GO, Osmington Inc.
June 22, 2016 12:22 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Almost exactly six years since the start of Toronto's Union Station revitalization, work continues on several remaining elements of the highly complex project. Since our last update ... read more

Province Announces Four New GO Stations in West Toronto

John Tory addresses reporters in Liberty Village earlier today, image by Craig W
June 21, 2016 1:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This morning, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto announced intentions to build four new GO stations in west Toronto. As part of the SmartTrack and GO RER initiatives, Metrolinx's ... read more

GO Lakeshore East Line to Extend from Oshawa to Bowmanville

GO Lakeshore East expansion, Bowmanville
June 20, 2016 4:25 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Earlier today, Premier Kathleen Wynne appeared in Bowmanville to announce the expansion of GO Tranit's Lakeshore East corridor from the line's current terminus in Oshawa, 20 kilometres to the ... read more

TTC Starts Streetcar Service on Cherry, Updates Bus Routes

TTC map cherry street
June 17, 2016 5:30 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The first extension of Toronto's streetcar network in 16 years will open on Saturday, June 18th with the launch of the 514 Cherry Streetcar service. The new line runs mostly along King Street but ... read more

Toronto's Traffic Safety Plan Coming Under The Microscope

Toronto pedestrian collision injuries and deaths 2005-2015 source: City of Toron
June 16, 2016 5:25 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The announcement of a new Toronto road safety plan on Monday which would more than double the existing budget for the next five years has been overshadowed by controversy over whether its ... read more

Big Boost for Kitchener-Waterloo & Brampton GO Transit Service

Wynne Kitchener Waterloo announcement
June 14, 2016 5:06 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Starting this fall, GO Transit commuters between Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto will have more trains and buses to choose from, a promised agreement with CN should bring two way, all-day GO train ... read more

East End of Mississauga's Bus Transitway Progressing

Etobicoke Creek Transitway station
June 13, 2016 3:15 pm | by David Brake | Comments
The Mississauga Transitway, a $259m dedicated 18km bus-only roadway through the city west of Toronto continues to build towards its completion in Spring 2017. Twelve kilometers of the ... read more

Ten Year Bike Lane Plan Passed but Corridor Studies on Hold

Downtown ten year cycle plan
June 13, 2016 11:00 am | by David Brake | Comments
Both the city council and the province announced improved funding for Toronto cyclists last week read more

City of Toronto Moves to Build New Street in Liberty Village

The preliminary urban design concept (east side) included in the City Staff Repo
June 8, 2016 5:17 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Thirty years ago, the post-industrial Liberty Village area hardly seemed poised to become a high-rise residential community. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, "commercial and industrial tenants left ... read more

Rails Complete for the TTC Subway Extension to Vaughan

Ceremony to celebrate completion of track for TTC subway to Vaughan.
June 6, 2016 3:33 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A last tap of the hammer from Premier Kathleen Wynne and other dignitaries earlier today marked the completion of the rails for the long-awaited northwest extension of the Toronto Transit ... read more

SmartTrack / GO RER: New Station Profiles Advance Planning

GO Train and the Toronto skyline, image by Sean Marshall via Flickr
June 3, 2016 1:38 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of this week's transit planning updates, the eventual scope of SmartTrack / GO RER (regional express rail) service is coming under closer inspection through a series of station studies. ... read more

Tory Backs Scarborough Subway Despite Low Ridership Numbers

June 2, 2016 4:05 pm | by David Brake | Comments
New ridership projections unveiled this week  for the Scarborough subway extension are about half of previous estimates, though both Mayor John Tory and Chief Planner Jennifer ... read more

Province Pledges $55 Million for Yonge Subway Extension Planning

TTC Subway train interior, image by Peter Crock via Flickr
June 2, 2016 11:05 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following the Ontario government's announcement of over $150 million in funding for planning work on Toronto's Relief Line, the Province has just announced that another $55 million will go towards ... read more

Relief Line: Preferred Alignment Now Includes Unilever Stop

The new corridor, image courtesy of the City of Toronto / TTC
June 1, 2016 3:42 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Step by step, the scope of Toronto's Downtown Relief Line is taking shape. This week, a new round of transit consultations is revealing an evolved alignment for the future subway, with a Queen ... read more

Reimagining Yonge: Improved Public Realm in North York Centre

Reimaging Yonge, Sheppard, Finch, Yonge, Revitalization, Toronto
May 31, 2016 3:45 pm | by Salena Barry | Comments
Yonge Street is one of Toronto's oldest streets, it is the city's dividing line, a bridge connecting a variety of neighbourhoods and, of course, a major thoroughfare, at one time claimed as the ... read more