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Waterfront Transit Reset Team Reviews Link to Union Station

Rendering of APM at the future Union Station loop
March 12, 2019 5:38 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
A light rail transit (LRT) line to Toronto's eastern waterfront is very much in the news these days. The proposed line has become key to a proposal by Google sister-company Sidewalk ... read more

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

Photo of TTC subway train
February 14, 2019 6:28 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 5:55 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

Build Relief Line, Then Extend Yonge Subway, Metrolinx Says

February 1, 2019 10:25 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 7:30 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

Ontario Government Considers Uploading TTC Subways

December 11, 2018 5:22 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
Toronto’s ever twisting transit saga has seen numerous shocks, but few are larger than the ever-growing possibility that the TTC will be partially or entirely taken over by the provincial ... 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 4:33 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

TTC Gearing Up For Electric and Hybrid Electric Bus Fleet

The first of the TTC's 255 new Hybrid Electric buses
November 26, 2018 6:21 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Last week the TTC received its first ever Hybrid Electric bus. This bus represents just the first of 55 to be received by the end of 2018, with another 200 arriving by the end of 2019. The TTC ... 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 6:40 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 2:05 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 12:58 pm | 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

Previewing Mount Dennis LRT Station and Maintenance Facility

Exterior of maintenance and storage facility at Mount Dennis
August 30, 2018 5:10 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

SmartTrack Advances to the Next Stage, But...

A map of the original SmartTrack plan for rapid-transit on GO rail corridors
August 7, 2018 12:00 pm | 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

TTC Buying Electric Buses to Support Clean Air Targets

New Flyer electric bus features
June 27, 2018 4:18 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Electric buses are not new. They're not even new to Toronto. The TTC operated electric buses along central Toronto streets briefly in the 1920s and then again continuously from 1947 until ... read more

Contract Awarded for Building Finch West LRT Line

Rendering of Finch West LRT station
May 8, 2018 11:55 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 12:10 pm | 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

Governments Helping TTC, Other Agencies Improve Bus Services

Governments funding new environmentally friendly buses
April 24, 2018 11:54 am | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
They're not as sexy as streetcars or GO trains. They don't have as much media appeal as subways or LRTs. But they're the backbone of all transit systems and they're coming soon to a neighbourhood ... 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 5:16 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

Closer to Reality: Relief Line Advances with Contract, Website

TTC, Metrolinx, City of Toronto advance plans for Relief Line subway
March 26, 2018 4:42 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The Relief Line subway project has long been a slow train coming down the tracks for Toronto commuters. The City of Toronto has proposed building such a line—in one form or another—since 1910. A ... read more

Metrolinx Board Approves 2041 Regional Transportation Plan

Metrolinx approves Regional Transportation Plan 2041
March 9, 2018 5:54 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