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Reduced GO Transit prices in Toronto are coming, but might not help with overcrowding

Reduced GO Transit prices in Toronto are coming, but might not help with overcrowding

Just last week the government announced new plans to make transit more affordable, including discounts for GO Transit trips within the GTA. Included in the 2018 budget is $3 trips for GO Transit and the UP Express anywhere in Toronto, as well as 10 kilometer trips anywhere on the GO network, beginning in 2019. The fares will only be available to PRESTO card holders.

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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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Chinese bike shares are flooding the streets, but people aren't using them

Chinese bike shares are flooding the streets, but people aren't using them

In China, bike shares are all the frenzy. They're convenient since in the internet-connected nation, all you need is a phone to access them. Renting out a bike only costs cents and is as easy as entering a code on your phone, but throughout the country, city streets are being piled high with unused bikes.

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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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