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Union Station: Big Changes Are Coming

December 13, 2018 4:56 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
Big changes are coming to Union Station. In a short interview after Metrolinx’s December 7 board meeting, Phil Verster said that the station’s platforms will need to be substantially rebuilt to ... read more

GTAA, Metrolinx Working Together on Pearson Transit Plan

Toronto Pearson International Airport Transit Terminal
December 11, 2018 12:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Here's a pop quiz for regular UrbanToronto readers: What is Canada's second-largest employment zone? If you guessed downtown Montreal or Vancouver, you haven't been paying enough careful attention. read more

New MiWay Express Service Boosts Pearson Transit Terminal Plan

Map illustrating how Pearson could link to LRTs, trains and busways
November 28, 2018 3:33 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
"When my ship comes in...", the old joke goes, "I'll be at the airport!" Joking aside, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) wants to turn that cliche-twister further around so that, one ... read more

City of Toronto Creating Transit Expansion Coordination Office

Map of the proposed new SmartTrack and GO stations in Toronto
November 9, 2018 11:58 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The City of Toronto is establishing a new office that will lead and direct how the municipal government participates in long-term, multi-billion-dollar projects to expand the transit network. The ... read more

Board of Trade Poll Supports Cross-Regional Agency for Transit

Map of the proposed service area for the Superlinx regional transit agency.
November 2, 2018 2:46 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Seventy-four per cent of Torontonians who responded to a survey support the idea of a developing a super regional transit agency to oversee planning, building and operating both regional and local ... read more

Previewing Mount Dennis LRT Station and Maintenance Facility

Exterior of maintenance and storage facility at Mount Dennis
August 30, 2018 4:10 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
October 1, 2018, and October 1, 2021. Mark both dates on your calendars, if you're an observer of Metrolinx's mammoth Crosstown Light Rail Transit project. The 2018 date—just six weeks away—is ... read more

Plans for Expanding Agincourt GO Station Submitted to City

Rendering of the platform area of the future Agincourt GO Station
August 13, 2018 3:20 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Five months after Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) awarded it a contract for expanding Agincourt GO Station, EllisDon Transit Infrastructure (EDTI) has submitted its plans to the City of ... read more

New Funding To Advance Several Rapid Transit Projects

Mayor Tory, Premier Wynn sign transit memorandum of understanding
May 7, 2018 11:10 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Last year, Mayor John Tory famously declared, "It is time that… I stop being treated, as a little boy going up to Queen’s Park in short pants to say, ‘Please, could you help me out with ... read more

Better Public Transit Key to the Future of 'The 905'

Transit links to employment zones in "the 905"
April 23, 2018 12:30 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
When it comes to public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, "Not everything is about Toronto". With that bold statement last week, Signe Leisk, a partner at Cassels Brock and member ... read more

Construction Underway for New Kipling GO & MiWay Transit Hub

New Kipling Transit Hub designed by Strasman Architects for Metrolinx, Toronto
April 18, 2018 4:16 pm | by Nathan Petryshyn | Comments
A new bus terminal and Kipling GO station renovation are underway, connecting the subway, regional rail and inter-regional bus services via a major new transit hub. A ground breaking ceremony held ... read more

Electrified Road-over-Rail Bridges to get DRP-Screened Barriers

Metrolinx, GO Transit, Electrification, Toronto, Road-over-Rail, Bridge Barrier
April 11, 2018 4:50 pm | by Jorge Quesada | Comments
With the electrification of all GO Transit's rail networks in Toronto, Metrolinx reveals a proposal to outfit bridges with a range of barrier designs so bridges meet new safety regulations. read more

Metrolinx Board Approves 2041 Regional Transportation Plan

Metrolinx approves Regional Transportation Plan 2041
March 9, 2018 4:54 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
You may be surprised to learn that Metrolinx supports extending the TTC's Sheppard subway. In fact, it supports building more than 100 rapid transit projects to improve connectivity ... read more

Metrolinx Advancing New GO and SmartTrack Stations

Metrolinx, GO, SmartTrack stations proceed to next stage of design
February 27, 2018 11:25 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Maybe you thought that controversy over the Metrolinx process of choosing future station sites meant that construction wouldn't proceed on those stations. Maybe you thought that Toronto Mayor John ... read more

Confederation GO: East Hamilton's New Station Opens in 2019

Rendering of Confederation GO Station
February 26, 2018 11:42 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Earlier this month, a collection of politicians from all 3 levels of government ceremonially broke ground on the new $35 million Confederation GO Station, to be built along the existing CN tracks ... read more

Public Consultations Coming for new GO and SmartTrack Stations

SmartTrack, GO, City of Toronto, TTC, Metrolinx
February 20, 2018 10:16 am | by Jorge Quesada | Comments
Public consultation meetings to be held in March, to discuss environmental effects of six new SmartTrack Stations, and two new GO stations in the City. read more

Mississauga Transitway 'Complete' — For Now

Mississauga Transitway construction ends
December 19, 2017 6:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The Mississauga Transitway is now 'complete', according to a recent Ontario Government news release—but is it really? Last week, Ontario's Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca journeyed out ... read more

All-Day-Every-Day, Two-Way GO Trains to Aurora Start Soon

Metrolinx expanding service on GO Transit Barrie corridor
December 13, 2017 2:16 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
By the end of this month, GO Transit train commuters travelling along the Barrie line from stations south of Aurora can enjoy hourly train service in both directions every day. This week, ... read more

Hydrogen Powered Trains Attracting Attention World-Wide

Alstom's pilot hydrail train on a test track in Germany
December 5, 2017 5:12 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Canada, especially Ontario, should be a leader, not a follower, in using hydrogen fuel cells to operate trains. That was a key message during the recent Metrolinx symposium, "Hydrail in ... read more

Ontario PC, TO Board of Trade Transit Proposals Cause a Stir

The proposed coverage area of "Superlinx"
November 28, 2017 5:35 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In the past few days two influential political and economic bodies, the Ontario PC Party and the Toronto Region Board of Trade, have independently released transit proposals that call for big ... read more

Metrolinx Issues RFP for Lakeshore East RER Works

Rendering of the proposed underpass at Scarborough Golf Club Rd
November 20, 2017 3:55 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On November 17th, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Lakeshore East - East Corridor Expansion project. Specifically, this RFP is for a series of ... read more