Transit

With $200 million already spent, Doug Ford is still interested in changing Toronto transit plans

With $200 million already spent, Doug Ford is still interested in changing Toronto transit plans

The provincial government is prepared to fund major transit projects in Toronto — including a three stop Scarborough subway extension, Eglinton West extension, Relief Line South and Yonge subway extension to Richmond Hill — but only if it has control over them. This is according a letter sent to TTC Chief Executive Officer Rick Leary and City Manager, dated March 22, and a follow-up letter dated March 26. The letters outlined some large differences between the city and province when it comes to major transit projects.

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This is what is happening when the TTC is experiencing "signal delays"

This is what is happening when the TTC is experiencing "signal delays"

It's an occurrence that happens regularly on the Toronto Transit Commission, happening at any time — the dreaded “Line 1 is delayed due to signal issues” message over the PA system. The TTC runs mainly on an outdated backend system and because it cost so much to replace it, it could be decades before the whole system has it installed. In a nutshell, the important thing to remember is delays generally happen because of all the moving parts that make up the traditional signalling systems — once ATC is implemented systemwide and computers are controlling the signals, this should cease to be an issue.

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Boston is embracing public transportation with a 25-year investment plan

Boston is embracing public transportation with a 25-year investment plan

Massachusetts state officials are looking to the future of public transit, with the DoT and MBTA publishing a draft 25-year investment plan positioning the region to meet the needs of the population by 2040 titled Focus40. The report "reflects what the region will need to be sustainable, livable, equitable, and economically competitive," and is meant to be a framework for changes that will help the agency adapt to a more technological era and withstand the worsening New England winters.

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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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The TTC board wants the transit agency to become a integrated mobility agency

The TTC board wants the transit agency to become a integrated mobility agency

The Toronto Transit Commission board has passed a motion exploring a move to give the transit agency new, broader responsibilities over taxi permits, the city's bike share program, the Toronto Island ferries and more. Studying the feasibility and cost of this move is the next step for the city manager, but the changes would help turn the TTC into an agency more akin to Transport for London, the UK capital's integrated transit authority that is responsible for all forms of transportation within the city and suburbs.

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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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When is it worth it for you to purchase a transit pass?

When is it worth it for you to purchase a transit pass?

Purchasing a pass for the train or bus can be really expensive, especially with most monthly passes ringing in at the mid-hundred dollar range. It can be really hard to figure out each month if you're better off buying a pass or paying for each ride individually, which can save you a lot of money in the long run if you take a few minutes to think about it.

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Train crash in South Carolina highlights the need for positive train control

Train crash in South Carolina highlights the need for positive train control

In another incident, an Amtrak train was diverted to a side track and crashed into an empty freight train in South Carolina, injuring 116 people and killing two employees. Had positive train control been turned on, this accident could have been avoided.

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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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You could be overpaying for the TTC if you're using PRESTO and are a college student

You could be overpaying for the TTC if you're using PRESTO and are a college student

Someone aged between 13-19 can pay for the student fare and students aged 16 or over need to carry identification with them, which includes a driver's license. Essentially, if you're a 19-year-old college student with a license you can still pay the $2.10 cash student fare, which can save you lots in the long-run.

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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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