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Ontario Considering Fuel Cells to Electrify GO trains

Ontario Government announces electrification transit assessment process
June 16, 2017 11:53 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Ontario's Minister of Transportation, Stephen Del Duca, delivered some electrifying news at a media event yesterday. The minster told a gathering of reporters at GO Transit's Willowbrook ... read more

Metrolinx Issues RFQ for Barrie GO Corridor Expansion

Phase 1 of the Barrie Line double tracking in October 2016
June 13, 2017 1:08 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
It's been a busy few weeks for GO and Metrolinx. Last week, they announced that all-day two-way GO Train service is coming to the Stouffville Line. Yesterday, they announced a Request for ... read more

Two-Way All-Day GO Train Service Coming to the Stouffville Line

Stouffville RER Frequencies
June 8, 2017 11:00 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Yesterday, Metrolinx officially announced that two-way all-day (commonly abbreviated as 2WAD) GO Train service will be coming to the Stouffville GO line, commencing on Monday, June 26th. The train ... read more

GO Transit: What's Next After 50 Years?

GO Transit, Metrolinx, Toronto
May 24, 2017 5:24 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Yesterday marked a major milestone for GO Transit in the celebration of their 50th anniversary, and held at Roundhouse Park in Downtown Toronto. Home of the Toronto Railway Museum, representatives ... read more

Celebrating 50 Years of GO Transit

A restored Hawker Siddeley RTC-85SP/D at Roundhouse Park
May 23, 2017 9:30 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
It was 50 years ago today, on May 23, 1967, that GO Transit first began operations. Originally conceived as a three-year pilot project by the Government of Ontario (hence the acronym 'GO'), it has ... read more

Ontario Advances High-Speed Rail Between Toronto and Windsor

May 19, 2017 2:42 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
High-speed trains could be barrelling between Toronto and Southwestern Ontario within the next 10 years, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today in London and Kitchener. Ontario's Deputy Premier ... read more

TTC renaming Downsview Station as "Sheppard West" in May

April 21, 2017 11:06 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 1:00 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 11:40 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, Cities To Proceed With Kipling Regional Bus Terminal

Province moves ahead with Kipling Regional Bus Terminal
April 3, 2017 6:52 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

Lakeshore East Rail Corridor Expanding for GO RER, SmartTrack

Track diagram of Lakeshore East, showing the 4th Track
March 27, 2017 3:51 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On March 22, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the addition of a third track on the Lakeshore East corridor between Beechgrove Drive (east of ... read more

Fare Integration: Comparing the Options for Better Transit Fares

Beijing's fare payment machine, using a map-based user interface
March 9, 2017 6:15 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In parts 1 through 4 of this series on fare integration for transit riders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), we first presented the options, and then analyzed the modified status ... read more

Fare Integration: Creating a 'Fair' Transit Zone System

Fare Zone Map featuring larger zones
March 7, 2017 4:30 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Throughout this fare integration series, we have looked at the various options that Metrolinx is proposing, one of which is fare by zone. One of the issues that we touched on briefly in the fare ... read more

Fare Integration: The Balancing Act—Keeping Fares Attractive

Short (Green), Medium (Blue), Long (Red) trip distances from Queen station
March 1, 2017 5:55 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In parts 1 through 4 of this series on fare integration for transit riders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), we first presented the options, and then analyzed the Modified ... read more

Fare Integration: Option 4 - Fare by Distance

Presto reader mounted at the rear doors of a TTC bus, uncommon on other GTHA sys
February 23, 2017 6:27 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Following our introductory article which outlined the four options that Metrolinx is considering for transit fare integration in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), ... read more

Fare Integration: Options 2 & 3 - Zone and Hybrid Fare Systems

Current GTHA transit providers and potential future fare zone boundaries
February 22, 2017 5:40 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Following our introductory article which outlined the four options that Metrolinx is considering for transit fare integration in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and Part 2 ... read more

Fare Integration: Option 1 - Modifying the Status Quo

February 21, 2017 6:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Following our introductory article which outlined the four options that Metrolinx is considering for transit fare integration in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Part 2 of the series ... read more

Fare Integration: Metrolinx Considers the Options

Cross-border fares between the TTC and neighbouring transit systems
February 16, 2017 5:27 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While Torontonians continue to debate what transit infrastructure to build where, there's an equally contentious exchange happening now between Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of ... read more

The Missing Link: Shaping the Future of the GTHA Rail Network

GO, CN, and CP rail configuration with the Missing Link in place
February 9, 2017 12:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While major transit expansion projects like the Relief Line, Scarborough Subway Extension, and Crosstown LRT get most of the attention in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA), there's one ... read more

GTAA Unveils Vision For Multi-Modal Transit Hub at Pearson

GTAA, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Union Pearson Express, Finch West LRT,
February 7, 2017 6:27 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
It's only a fantasy for now, but one day—maybe, not so long from now—passengers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport will have multiple transit options to reach destinations in ... read more