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Archive for 'public transportation'

Gridlock as an Election Issue?

The Globe and Mail published an article on making gridlock /congestion /traffic a federal election issue through the use of social media, using #CutMyCommute. Burdened by long drives from home-to-work, home-to-shop, home-to-wherever, commuters believe they should be heard, and they have the support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Gridlock isn’t the issue. The issue […]

“Get on the buses, you’ll see all your friends next year…”

As with many of my friends, I went to summer camp up in Ontario. We were on a private lake, we walked everywhere, had wide open fields, no pollution, sunny days, blue skies, great friends … it is some of the best days of my life. Camp would end on the third Thursday in August […]

Toronto's Clean Air Commute Week 2009

That is the slogan for the 2009 Pollution Probe Clean Air Commute Week; contribute nothing to pollution. It is an attempt to get individuals to re-think how they travel to work everyday. Instead of driving, carpool, drive a hybrid, bike, walk, take transit or telecommute. I started my week off by riding my bike to […]

Toronto Transit: Vision 2030

Thanks to my bf I was directed to the ‘ultimate’ TTC Map on torontoist.com. Dreamed up by Dieter Janssen, an architecture professor at the University of Toronto this map adds new lines, extends existing ones and tries to capture the GTA audience. Below vs. Above Ground Streetcar or Subway? Economically it just doesn’t make sense […]

Transportation Planning Workshop

Friday I had the opportunity to attend a seminar put together by the OTC (Ontario Traffic Conference) on Transportation Planning. The day covered various southern Ontario initiatives from bicycle routes, to public transit, to planning for long-term projects. Here is a summary on the presentations I enjoyed: Transit City: Planning for Light Rail in Toronto […]

GO Transit and Metrolinx to Merge

On March 30th the provincial government announced that GO Transit would merge with Metrolinx in an attempt to better manage the transit in the Toronto-Hamilton corridor. According to Metronauts the proposed bill was read in the House of Commons on Monday morning and passed it’s first reading. By Merging GO Transit and Metrolinx Ontario should […]

The Future of GO Transit

If you go to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s website and click on News (it’s on the right hand side about two-thirds of the way down) you’ll find this article, GO Transit is Expanding!Awesome, does that mean more trains? More buses? New rail lines? New bus routes? More parking lot space? No, once you […]

20 Minutes Max!

On Monday the TTC announced it was increasing service across the routes. Their goal is to have a maximum waiting time on routes of 30 minutes or less, following the subway hours of operations. The goal is to reduce this to 20 minutes over the next five years. This is an attempt by the TTC […]

TTC Safety

When I took my new job in the spring one of my goals was to use my car less frequently and travel by ‘green’ means, whether that was by public transportation, carpooling, biking, etc. Lately  it has become more challenging with the weather, but more importantly because I’m beginning to fear my own personal safety. […]

The End of the Adult TTC Ticket

As of September 29th adult tickets were no longer valid on the TTC, one must now either pay the cash fair of $2.75  or purchase tokens in quantities of 4, 5, 8  or 10 for $2.25 (it depends if you buy them from a machine or a vender). The TTC decided to abolish tickets because […]