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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    Without the regular traffic, the subway and some TTC routes, particularly the 501 and especially the 505 streetcars, have become rolling shelters for maskless, non fare-paying bums, who will often beg for money, lie down on seats, and cause minor disturbances. I had to take Line 2 recently, and...
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    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    All the railways figured out that they can put billboards along their ROWs, despite MTO regulations prohibiting third-party signs close to 400-series highways. Metrolinx is really bad for this, but CN and CP figured it out too.
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    Mayor John Tory's Toronto

    He's been a Jimmy K staffer for well over a decade, going back to his days as an isolated, social conservative in the nosebleed section of the Liberals' backbenches. With that kind of loyalty - and little experience doing anything else in his life, expect more of the same.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Saving you a click: - Starting Jan. 23, Barrie, Stouffville and Kitchener line GO trains will be temporarily replaced by GO buses during weekday evenings and weekends. - The adjusted weekday Stouffville schedules will have buses temporarily replacing trains first thing every weekday morning and...
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    Toronto | Grand Hotel Redevelopment | 160.8m | 50s | Amexon | Core Architects

    A piece of the top floor being lowered down. I really had thought the concrete superstructure was being retained, given the care given so far compared to a traditional demolition.
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    VIA Rail

    Though CN still has mainline track into Thunder Bay, it only has the old Canadian Northern line through Fort Frances and northwestern Minnesota left. It abandoned the route through Nipigon and Geraldton twenty years ago, and the route between Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay at least ten years ago...
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    Toronto | Ivy Condos | 102.41m | 32s | Dream | RAW Design

    And that's that.
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    PM Justin Trudeau's Canada

    Bains has been one of the Liberal's most capable MPs. I can see why he'd want to bow out now, giving the party plenty of time to nominate a new candidate. Perhaps something came up in his personal life? Being a minister can be a hell of a lot of work if you're actually committed to it. I'm not...
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    Bramalea Road EA (City of Brampton)

    That's a minor tributary of Etobicoke Creek. It also passes under taxiways and runways at Pearson Airport before joining the main creek itself. The rail spur was laid out in the very early 1960s, when Bramalea was just getting started, and it was always there (and so was Steeles, which was a...
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    Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

    This is why the older Dundas Street winds its way well north of High Park - it avoided most of the ups and downs farther south, while hooking up with other roads such as Weston Road.
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    Toronto Bike Share

    They have their own - PBSC - but it means downloading it, and it doesn't have route planning like Transit does. It's like when yet another retailer decides that they want to launch their own separate loyalty card to clog up your wallet.
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    So that passengers from Brampton, Guelph, and Kitchener have a logical point to transfer without backtracking? With frequent GO train service, the Weston stop can be cut.
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Main Station's size has a lot to do with its location on the edge of the old Zone 1/Zone 2 fare boundary, with a larger-than-average bus terminal and fare gates in the mezzanine level, instead of street level, because some routes (like the Dawes, Gerrard East and Danforth Road buses) were...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    The Bloor-Danforth Subway was planned in the late 1950s and built in the early and mid 1960s to replace an overcrowded streetcar line and feed suburban buses into a rapid transit network. Meanwhile GO Transit was only conceived in 1963-1964 as a way to mitigate the need for provincial highway...