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Hamilton comes second-last in index ranking city's attractiveness to youth

Hamilton comes second-last in index ranking city's attractiveness to youth

Hamilton, the steel capital of Canada, has ranked second-last out of 13 cities measured by YouthfulCities for how well they accommodate young people, including for things like public transportation, free-to-use WiFi, access to healthcare, employment levels, affordability and more. Youth in Hamilton make up 19.5 percent of the population.

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Saskatoon Transit is a confusing mess, but BRT could help fix it

Saskatoon Transit is a confusing mess, but BRT could help fix it

Saskatoon Transit is expecting new high-frequency routes in the northeast part of the city to have major impacts on how people move around. New routes are being introduced which will offer 10 minute service and limited stops on Preston Avenue and Attridge Drive to the intersection of Nelson and Lowe Roads, but during evenings, weekends and holidays service will be reduced to 30 minute frequencies.

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Bus ridership in New York City is falling, but the MTA has a plan to fix it

Bus ridership in New York City is falling, but the MTA has a plan to fix it

New York City bus service, which is already the slowest in the country according to a 2017 report, causing the MTA to lose out on an estimated 100 million trips. There have been moves to better the services in the city through Select Bus Service, bus lanes and transit signal priority, but these improvements are being implemented halfheartedly and slowly, the report concludes.

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Mini Metro will show you the science behind designing a subway

Mini Metro will show you the science behind designing a subway

For city-goers, the New York subway map as it is today might be easy to read, but for tourists and foreigners, it's a mess that's in need of a redesign. This is where Mini Metro comes in, allowing players to plan subway systems across a variety of cities including New York, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Mumbai and more. Each line has a different colour, making it incredibly easy to distinguish from separate subway services, especially those that run on the same tracks. The game is minimalist and elegant, while easy to understand, and teaches some basic concepts like overcrowding and building transfer options into a system.

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SmartTrack, Toronto's surface subway transit proposal, is nothing like what was promised originally

SmartTrack, Toronto's surface subway transit proposal, is nothing like what was promised originally

SmartTrack was originally proposed as a major part of John Tory's 2014 mayoral campaign, bringing rapid and reliable commuter rail service to 22 stations across 53 kilometres of track. The concept for the transit line has since been pared down drastically to only six new stations, but will still extend from the airport lands to Markham.

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Cities should look to Seattle on how to stop the transit ridership crisis

Cities should look to Seattle on how to stop the transit ridership crisis

There's some strange objection most people have to riding buses, but those same people are fine with riding other forms of transportation, like streetcars, subways and commuter rail. It's evident that this is happening in the 35 top United States transit markets, where ridership has fallen in all but four of them.

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Shelter usage in Toronto is on the rise

During the winter officials in the city opened up temporary homeless shelters to cope with the additional demand on the shelter system from the cold weather, but it sheds a light on the city's housing crisis. Homelessness, after all, is caused by a lack of housing, and cities like Montreal, Edmonton and Hamilton have avoided this sort of emergencies by putting more effort into finding housing for the homeless.

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With Metrolinx' new Bombardier contract, streetcars are oddly more expensive than before

With Metrolinx' new Bombardier contract, streetcars are oddly more expensive than before

Toronto's regional transportation planning agency, Metrolinx, is cutting its order of low-floor streetcars from Bombardier Transportation in more than half. The initial order for 182 vehicles has been lowered to to 76, a reduction of 106 vehicles that were intended to run on the Eglinton Crosstown, Finch West and other light rail transit lines throughout Toronto.

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GO Transit's fare-by-distance pricing isn't really fair

GO Transit's fare-by-distance pricing isn't really fair

Pricing for GO Transit is calculated with a fare-by-distance method, with the intention that people who travel further on the network should be the ones to pay more than those who travel shorter distances. In theory, it's meant to be a fair system where people only pay for the resources they use. Unfortunately that's not exactly how it works.

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New York's subway system is shitty by design

New York's subway system is shitty by design

The subway system in New York City is in deep crisis. People can't get to work on time because trains are systematically late. The MTA says that overcrowding is the main reason why trains are always delayed and while that's technically true, it's not the actual truth. When a train is delayed, a reason must be imputed and when none can be determined, "crowding" is used as the catch-all reason.

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