Toronto’s Transit Rollercoaster

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Ever since I lived in Toronto back in 2003, I’ve always kept an eye on transit developments in the GTA. In the early days, there was David Miller’s Transit City, which promised to criss-cross the city with light rail. Then Rob Ford rumbled into office and promised the gravy train along with the light rail trains. Instead, Rob Ford planned on fewer lines, but with all of them being heavy rail subway lines. Then most recently came John Tory and his SmartTrack which was a vaunted “surface subway” that would start moving Toronto in a new way.

Three mayors with three very different visions over the past 13 years. It’s enough to make any transit follower’s eyes spin.

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James: TTC teeters on the brink of expansion – thestar.com

James: TTC teeters on the brink of expansion – thestar.com. It pains me to see what has happened in Toronto.  In the previous municipal government, there was the Transit City plan, which would have spread light rail across the city proper.  There would have been 8 light rail lines, running on surface, that would have covered most of Toronto. Now with the new Rob Ford … Continue reading James: TTC teeters on the brink of expansion – thestar.com

Now that is totally different

Steeles West subway station gets hip, downtown facade – thestar.com. 10 for creativity and being different.  I have no idea what number I’d give for liking it.  One thing for sure – it is different.  I wonder if folks out along Steeles Avenue will appreciate this one.  The new Steeles West Station is designed by Will Alsop.  The same British architect that came up with … Continue reading Now that is totally different

Select Smart Cards from around the world

TransLink and the BC Ministry of Transportation just started a Fare Card Naming Contest recently.  So I thought it would be great to take a look at some of the Smart Cards already in operation out there.  Ours won’t be available until 2013, but we can take a look at what other cities have to offer in their smart cards. Seattle – ORCA Card   … Continue reading Select Smart Cards from around the world

My top transit experiences of the decade (2000-2009)

Here’s a break from my Japan and Kansai travel posts.  This post is inspired by Jhen over at the Buzzer Blog.  In a recent post, she asked us to share our top transit moments over the past decade.  Thanks to Jhen for a great job over the past year.  The Buzzer Blog has really become a regular read for me. I rang in the new … Continue reading My top transit experiences of the decade (2000-2009)

Nuit Blanche TTC Pass

scotiabank nuit blanche – October 3, 2009 For all you lucky Torontonians, Nuit Blanche is coming up on October 3, 2009.  It’s a “free all night contemporary art thing.”  Last fall, I lucked out being in Halifax for their all night art thing called Nocturne. Toronto seems to have a lot more of these neat public art events.  Illuminato was a big event back in … Continue reading Nuit Blanche TTC Pass

The Buzzer blog » How big is TransLink’s service area?

The Buzzer blog » How big is TransLink’s service area?. I’ve always been interested to know how Toronto stacks up geographically to Vancouver.  Now I have the answer. Thanks Jhenifer. No wonder I barely ever travel to the North Shore, the Northeast, or South of the Fraser.  That’s a huge area of land to cover. It looks like from the eastern edge of Etobicoke to … Continue reading The Buzzer blog » How big is TransLink’s service area?

Maps >> How does the Greater Toronto commute?

The Star Blogs >> Map(s) of the Week: How we commute As a follow up to yesterday’s post.  This is also old news, but the map is quite an interesting tale of how the Greater Toronto Area moves around.  There is a distinct centre in Toronto’s metropolitan core.  The least motorized travel occurs in Toronto Centre and Trinity-Spadina.  The downtown area is served with not … Continue reading Maps >> How does the Greater Toronto commute?

TheStar.com | GTA | Transit City full speed ahead

TheStar.com | GTA | Transit City full speed ahead. This piece is a week or two old now, but nice to see Toronto is moving ahead on some new transit ventures.  Transit City is an ambitious plan by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to criss-cross the city with light rail corridors.  Part of the plan has been completed already.  The St. Clair streetcar was converted … Continue reading TheStar.com | GTA | Transit City full speed ahead