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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

Del Duca Sets Up Conversation on Hydrogen Fuel Cell GO Trains

Metrolinx symposium on using hydrogen fuel cells to power GO trains
November 29, 2017 2:48 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Are hydrogen fuel-cells really an option for powering GO Transit trains? That's the central question that Metrolinx—the organizers of recent symposium on hydrail technology—asked participants to ... 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

Next Steps for SmartTrack, Eglinton West LRT Projects

Map of the future St. Clair SmartTrack station
November 23, 2017 5:42 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Next week, the City of Toronto's Executive Committee will consider a City staff report recommending the next steps for two linked projects; SmartTrack, and the westward extension of the ... 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

Metrolinx Expanding Stations on GO's Milton Corridor

Metrolinx expanding stations on Milton GO corridor
November 17, 2017 10:00 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
A nice lead to this news article would have been to report that Ontario's Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca rode the GO train from Toronto out to Milton and Meadowvale one morning this ... read more

TTC Issues 30% Tunnel Design RFP for Relief Line South

Roadheader advances in mining Ottawa's Confederation Line LRT tunnel
November 14, 2017 6:06 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Yesterday the TTC formally released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for tunnel design work of the Relief Line South. More specifically, the RFP is to "complete the Concept Design Report and ... read more

Toronto City Council Makes Park Lawn GO Station a Priority

Demolition of the Mr Christie's plant
November 10, 2017 5:31 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
At the November 7th-9th meeting of Toronto City Council, a motion was put forward by Etobicoke Lakeshore Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes which stated that "a new Park Lawn GO Station is a priority ... read more

Metrolinx Continues Hydrogen Fuel Cell Study to Power Trains

Hydrogen fuel cells, GO Transit, Trains, Electrification, Regional express rail
October 27, 2017 3:42 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Metrolinx is continuing to examine the potential of using hydrogen fuel cells to power GO and UP Express trains, its board of directors learned this week. Mark Ciavarro, the regional transit ... read more

Metrolinx Planning Lower Fares to Transfer Between GO and TTC

Metrolinx, GO, TTC, Fare integration, PRESTO
October 27, 2017 10:00 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
A Lakeshore GO train waits to pick up passengers in Union Station, image, James Bow, Transit Toronto This week, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved a plan to reduce fares for passengers ... read more

City, Metrolinx Reveal Early Plans for 6 SmartTrack Stations

Mayor John Tory, SmartTrack, GO regional express rail, Construction
October 11, 2017 12:37 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Remember SmartTrack, the key transit plank in candidate John Tory's platform during his campaign to become mayor? Tory proposed a rapid transit line with frequent service two ways, all day, every ... read more

Reviewing the Status of The Big Move's 15-Year Plan

Extents of electrification and GO RER service
September 19, 2017 5:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
As UrbanToronto covered last week, Metrolinx officially released the draft version of its 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, which serves ... read more

Metrolinx Releases RFP to Study Hydrogen-Powered GO Trains

Map of proposed infrastructure associated with electrification of the GO network
September 15, 2017 4:10 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Today, September 15, Metrolinx issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for what it calls "Bi-Level Electric Multiple Unit Concept Design Services". In a press release, the Ontario Government describes ... read more

Metrolinx Adopts Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan

The updated 2041 frequent rapid transit network
September 14, 2017 12:45 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
At its Board meeting today, Metrolinx officially released the draft version of its 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, commonly referred to as the Big ... read more

GTHA Transit Fare Integration: Metrolinx Delves Into First Steps

A summary of the four fare integration options presented back in February
September 11, 2017 4:42 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On Thursday, September 14th, Metrolinx will hold its fall board meeting, at which one of the items that will surely attract a significant amount of attention is the issue of fare integration, a ... read more

Good News / Bad News for Scarborough Transit

Extension of TTC Line 2 subway to Scarborough Centre
August 25, 2017 9:07 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Scarborough transit observers received both good and bad news this week. Determining which is good and which is bad, however, depends on your point of view and whether you're a member of Team ... read more

"The First Spike": Metrolinx Laying Tracks for Crosstown LRT

Metrolinx laying tracks for Eglinton-Crosstown LRT project
August 9, 2017 5:45 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Most Canadians have probably seen Alexander J. Ross's famous photograph of the Canadian Pacific Railway's chief financial backer, Donald Smith, pounding the last spike of the railroad at ... read more