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What Do 'Terms of Reference' Mean For Toronto's Subway?

Photo of TTC subway train
February 14, 2019 5:28 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
On Tuesday, February 12, The Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto signed terms of reference—basically an agreement that outlines the agenda for talks between the two levels of ... read more

Board of Trade Revisits, Revises Superlinx Plan

Map of the area that Superlinx would serve
February 7, 2019 4:55 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
This week, the Toronto Region Board of Trade (BofT) updated its Superlinx proposal for a massive cross-regional transit service, responding to critics who worried that the structure of the ... read more

Crosstown LRT Contractors Making Progress at Mount Dennis

Photo of the structure of the future Mount Dennis LRT station
February 5, 2019 11:55 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Last Sunday, UrbanToronto forum contributor "drum118" visited the future Mount Dennis Station and Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility for the Crosstown Light Rail Transit line to shoot some ... read more

Build Relief Line, Then Extend Yonge Subway, Metrolinx Says

February 1, 2019 9:25 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Build the Relief Line first, then extend the Yonge subway into York Region. That's the conclusion of a Metrolinx staff report (.pdf) for the regional transit agency's board to consider during its ... read more

TTC Proposes Shortening Timeline for Relief Line Subway

Photo of Mayor Tory at podium in Pape station, with other councillors behind.
January 24, 2019 6:30 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
As reported last week, Toronto commuters may get relief as much as two years earlier than they may have thought. The TTC and City of Toronto are proposing a way for the first phase of the Relief ... read more

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

Metrolinx Plans to Partner with Developers for TOD Projects

December 10, 2018 3:26 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
Last week, Metrolinx announced a new plan to cooperate with private developers to help finance construction of new transit infrastructure with profits from adjacent commercial and residential ... 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

A Look Inside the Crosstown LRT's Cedarvale Station

The Cedarvale Crosstown LRT station complex, with the primary entrance, Toronto
November 20, 2018 5:40 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Across central Toronto, deep beneath Eglinton Avenue, and hidden behind the construction hoarding that juts out into the street, lies the construction sites for the Crosstown LRT's 13 underground ... read more

Under Eglinton: Touring Progress at Keelesdale LRT station

View of track level at the future Keelesdale LRT Station
November 12, 2018 1:05 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Twenty-five metres (82 feet) below Eglinton Avenue West, I suddenly and absurdly thought, "Wow, this is actually happening!" "This" is the 19-kilometre (11.8-mile) Crosstown Light Rail Transit ... 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

Should GTHA BikeShare Systems be Uploaded to Metrolinx?

A Bike Share Toronto station
October 23, 2018 10:42 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While BikeShare programs are commonplace in Europe, the idea is a relatively recent one in Canada. The first large-scale system, Bixi, was launched in Montreal in 2009, with systems eventually ... 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

SmartTrack Advances to the Next Stage, But...

A map of the original SmartTrack plan for rapid-transit on GO rail corridors
August 7, 2018 11:00 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
In a public announcement on May 27, 2014, Toronto mayoralty candidate John Tory unveiled his "SmartTrack" plan for a “surface subway” to run on GO Transit rail corridors. The future mayor claimed ... read more

Town Hall Meetings Seeking Public Input on New Transit Stations

SmartTrack, Toronto, Metrolinx
June 11, 2018 4:00 pm | by Louis-Thomas Kelly | Comments
In July 2016, City Council confirmed its support for the locations of six new SmartTrack station and two new GO stations. As the City of Toronto and Metrolinx continue to collaborate on the ... read more

Contract Awarded for Building Finch West LRT Line

Rendering of Finch West LRT station
May 8, 2018 10:55 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The project to build the Finch West light rail transit line in northwest Toronto passed a major milestone Monday, May 7 when provincial government agencies and a successful proponent signed a ... 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