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Metrolinx wants to sell naming rights to key stations — but this hasn't worked well for other cities

Metrolinx wants to sell naming rights to key stations — but this hasn't worked well for other cities

The Government of Ontario — via its Metrolinx subsidiary — is looking into the sale of naming rights for GO Transit stations, parking lots and washrooms throughout the GTA in an effort to find new funding sources for the regional transit system. There are GO train stations and bus stops located from Kitchener to Peterborough and from Barrie to Niagara Falls.

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The GTHA still doesn't have harmonized fare payments and it's hurting commuters

The GTHA still doesn't have harmonized fare payments and it's hurting commuters

The rollout of PRESTO has inarguably been a bumpy ride — with consistently unreliable machines leading to an estimated million free rides to calls from the transit union and mayor for the issues to be fixed, a website dedicated to hating it and even a 1.5 star review on Yelp — things certainly haven’t gone to plan. But with one payment device working in each vehicle 99.5 percent of the time, things are certainly getting better for the technology, which is laying the groundwork for an improved system that could allow for a regionally integrated fare system.

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A few questions that Toronto's SmartTrack project brings up

A few questions that Toronto's SmartTrack project brings up

The City of Toronto, Metrolinx and the TTC have been working on their GO Regional Express Rail and SmartTrack projects since 2015, with them blending with each other to offer not much differentiation between the two. Even though the latter has been pared down significantly since it was proposed by John Tory as part of his campaign for mayorship in 2014, it’s still going strong and remains a centrepiece of his second term.

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The company building the Eglinton Crosstown has sued Metrolinx for more time and money

The company building the Eglinton Crosstown has sued Metrolinx for more time and money

Metrolinx is being sued by the group of companies building the $5.3 billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT line in Toronto, who are looking for more time and money to complete the already-delayed project. The consortium working on the project filed a notice of motion, accusing Metrolinx and other stakeholders of delaying their work, giving the public insight into the failed talks that were meant to settle the dispute. Metrolinx has yet to respond to the claims and has 30 days to do so (as of the legal filing on July 11), but has remained firm on its commitment to open the line in the fall of 2021.

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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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Metrolinx’ Eglinton Crosstown project disrupts businesses in the area

When construction of the line began, nobody was sure how it would impact their businesses, homes, or commutes. Metrolinx hoped to limit the impact on people in the area by creating the Disruption Management Plan which was put in action to help businesses cope with a loss of customers in their store. But businesses are beginning to wonder if the plan is actually working.

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