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City, Metrolinx Reveal Early Plans for 6 SmartTrack Stations

Mayor John Tory, SmartTrack, GO regional express rail, Construction
October 11, 2017 1:37 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

Scarborough Subway Extension Inches Closer To Reality

Extension of TTC Line 2 subway to Scarborough Centre
March 29, 2017 10:52 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Rob Ford would be happy to know that Scarborough is a bit closer to getting "what it deserves", since Toronto City Council has again voted to proceed with a subway to Scarborough Centre. (The late ... read more

Toronto to Share Costs for SmartTrack, Other Transit Projects

Metrolinx, Toronto, SmartTrack, GO Transit, Regional express rail, Crosstown LRT
November 9, 2016 3:02 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
This week, Toronto Mayor John Tory's signature SmartTrack transit plan started heading down the line from drawing board to reality. Although the plan is now less "smart" than when Tory originally ... read more

City: SmartTrack To Bring 2-3% Property Tax Increase?

map of SmartTrack/RER combined plan
October 31, 2016 3:34 pm | by David Brake | Comments
According to a report prepared by the City for Council's Executive Committee, a property tax increase will be required to fund even the reduced SmartTrack proposal which has emerged (an LRT for ... read more

Metrolinx Takes First Steps Towards Stouffville GO Line Upgrades

GO RER Stouffville weekday service map
July 6, 2016 2:20 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Metrolinx is looking for contractors to design and build infrastructure for improved GO service on the Stouffville rail corridor, Ontario has announced. The projects include the following changes ... read more

Toronto Must Find Ways To Pay For New Transit Infrastructure

Relief Line map
June 24, 2016 5:42 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A flurry of new reports, aimed at the June 28th meeting of Toronto's Executive Committee, are making clearer the costs of the City's ambitious transit network plan and they make grim reading when ... read more

SmartTrack: What Will It Cost To Build, Operate, and Ride?

Metrolinx Smarttrack map
June 23, 2016 4:40 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Three new reports released on Tuesday are making the shape of SmartTrack clearer. Metrolinx' SmartTrack GO-RER business case endorses the least ambitious of the four options for ... read more

Liberty Village: Exploring the Location of a SmartTrack Station

Looking towards Downtown from Liberty Village, image by Craig white
June 23, 2016 3:20 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of Tuesday, June 21st's GO Transit announcement, the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto revealed that a new SmartTrack / GO RER station is planned for Liberty Village. Of the eight ... read more

Four New SmartTrack Stations Announced for Toronto's East End

The new Toronto-area stations are highlighted in blue, image courtesy of Metroli
June 22, 2016 6:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Today, it's the east end's turn. Following Yesterday's introduction of four new GO stations in Toronto's west end, new transit was announced for the city's east end earlier today. Joined by Mayor ... read more

Province Announces Four New GO Stations in West Toronto

John Tory addresses reporters in Liberty Village earlier today, image by Craig W
June 21, 2016 1:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This morning, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto announced intentions to build four new GO stations in west Toronto. As part of the SmartTrack and GO RER initiatives, Metrolinx's ... read more

SmartTrack / GO RER: New Station Profiles Advance Planning

GO Train and the Toronto skyline, image by Sean Marshall via Flickr
June 3, 2016 1:38 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of this week's transit planning updates, the eventual scope of SmartTrack / GO RER (regional express rail) service is coming under closer inspection through a series of station studies. ... read more

Tory Backs Scarborough Subway Despite Low Ridership Numbers

June 2, 2016 4:05 pm | by David Brake | Comments
New ridership projections unveiled this week  for the Scarborough subway extension are about half of previous estimates, though both Mayor John Tory and Chief Planner Jennifer ... read more

Transit Line Studies Advance With New Round of Consultations

City Planning's 15-year transit plan, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
May 19, 2016 5:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
With multiple transit plans underway at the City of Toronto, Metrolinx, and the TTC, City staff have planned a number of consultations to provide updates and gather public feedback. Dates have ... read more

Transit Plan Inches Towards Reality at Executive Committee

The new 15-year transit, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
March 10, 2016 5:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In a marathon meeting on March 9th, Mayor John Tory's Executive Committee endorsed City Planning's comprehensive 15-year transit plan, bringing an impressive web of subways, LRTs and ... read more

Transit Expansion: Yonge Line Will Need All The Relief It Can Get

March 4, 2016 4:18 pm | by David Brake | Comments
A recent report prepared for Toronto about transit ridership predicts that even with both the 'Relief Line' (running from the Danforth and Pape south and west to University at King or Queen) and a ... read more

Toronto Transit Plans: In The End What We Get Is Up To Us

February 24, 2016 3:50 pm | by David Brake | Comments
With the TTC and Metrolinx unveiling maps earlier in February showing an extensive network criss-crossing the city by 2031, transit supporters could be forgiven for heaving a sigh of relief. An ... read more

Hostility to Crosstown West LRT Voiced at Etobicoke Consultation

crosstown airport eglinton
February 23, 2016 6:36 pm | by David Brake | Comments
At the TTC and Metrolinx transit consultation meeting on Feb 20th in Etobicoke, local speakers voiced their opposition to the part of the newly-unveiled overall transit plan that calls for an ... read more

Toronto Unveils 6 and 15 Year TTC and GO RER/SmartTrack Plans

ttc transit LRT TYSSE 2022 crosstown finch
February 16, 2016 8:17 pm | by David Brake | Comments
This story has been UPDATED and clarified following a public consultation held on February 21, 2016. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ... read more

Metrolinx Studies Options for GO RER / SmartTrack Integration

A GO train rushes past Toronto's St. Joseph Hospital, image by Vik Pahwa
February 10, 2016 4:38 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In advance of Metrolinx's February 10th Board of Directors meeting, the provincial transit agency released a report outlining the options for integration of the GO RER network with SmartTrack. ... read more

City Releases SmartTrack Ridership Projections

SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail, image by the City of Toronto
January 19, 2016 5:30 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Ridership projections released today by the City and the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute suggest one of Mayor John Tory's key platform planks, SmartTrack, could have a ... read more