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Government of Canada New Funding Partner for Finch West LRT

Government of Canada funding Finch West LRT
June 23, 2017 1:39 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Humber College's North campus may be the end of the line for the upcoming Finch West light rail transit project, but this morning, it transformed into the starting point of new funding for the plan. read more

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

MoveOntario 2020 Transit Plan Turns 10: How Has It Fared?

MoveOntario 2020, introduced in 2007
June 15, 2017 4:55 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Ten years ago today—June 15, 2007—Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced MoveOntario 2020, a package of 52 rapid transit projects across the GTHA ... 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

Transit Progress: Into the Crosstown LRT's West Tunnel Portal

Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Toronto, Eglinton
May 29, 2017 3:50 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The construction of Metrolinx's Crosstown LRT pushes on in central Toronto, as Crosslinx crews work to create a new 19-kilometre light rail transit line that includes a 10-kilometre ... 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

Alstom: Metrolinx's 'Plan B' for the Crosstown LRT

May 17, 2017 10:50 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The word 'Alstom' may start with an 'A', but it's definitely part of Metrolinx's 'Plan B' in its ongoing dispute with transit car manufacturer, Bombardier. Last week, the regional transportation ... read more

Metrolinx Issues Barrie GO Rail Corridor Expansion Notice

Downsview Park GO under construction as part of the TYSSE project
May 15, 2017 2:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On May 11th, Metrolinx issued a Notice of Commencement and Public Engagement for the expansion of the Barrie GO Rail Corridor. This notice formally begins the Transit Project Assessment Process ... read more

Metrolinx Invites Bids for New Public Artworks Throughout GTHA

Davenport Diamond Grade Separation, Toronto, by Metrolinx
May 12, 2017 1:50 pm | by Matthew Derohanessian | Comments
Metrolinx has announced opportunities for artists to enter the bidding process for the commission of new public art installations throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Open ... read more

Hamilton's LRT Plan: Hanging by a Pantograph

B-Line buses in Downtown Hamilton
April 24, 2017 11:00 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Last week, Hamilton City Council debated for over 12 hours on the future of Hamilton's LRT plan, one of Metrolinx's Big Move transit infrastructure projects to get people moving more easily in the ... 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

Crosstown LRT: Gas Plant Cancelled in Favour of Battery Power

Mount Dennis power plant for Crosstown LRT
March 29, 2017 4:06 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The efforts of some residents in Toronto's Mount Dennis neighbourhood have resulted in a greener Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. Steven Del Duca, Ontario's Minister of Transportation and Laura ... 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

407 Transitway: The Northern GTA's Express Bus Corridor

Rendering of the Mississauga Transitway's Winston Churchill Station
March 22, 2017 12:30 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In the Highway 427 expansion article UrbanToronto published last week, we touched briefly on the provision in the design for a future Transitway adjacent to the highway, and how the 407 has a ... read more

Less Boring News: Metrolinx Removing Crosstown Tunnel Borers

Extraction of east tunnel boring machines for Crosstown LRT project.
March 13, 2017 4:20 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The Crosstown light rail transit line got a lot less boring today. Metrolinx and its contractors celebrated the end of tunnel-boring for the project as they lifted the cutting head 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