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In the news: Monday, June 29, 2015



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Streetcars collide on Queens Quay”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC streetcars collide near Toronto waterfront”, here.
  • CP24 report, “UP Express hitting ridership targets: Metrolinx”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Pan Am Games guide: what you need to know to get around”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “GO bus still rolls through downtown Newcastle”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Tory wants TTC Sunday subway service to start much earlier”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Photo Captures Universe’s Eternal Hatred of Toronto Transit Users”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Tory calls on TTC to start subway service earlier on Sunday mornings”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Yonge subway relief will only last about 15 years: Metrolinx”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Milton GO service could get a boost from a ‘missing link’ freight rail route”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Old versus new streetcar collision at Spadina Ave. and Queens Quay”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Some kinks as free transit starts for Pan Am volunteers”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Urban activist Bill Freeman wants to help Toronto get it right”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory pushes for earlier Sunday subway service”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Time to make SmartTrack a reality”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Karygiannis questions bus garage price tag”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “The Way We Were: Transit strikes of Toronto’s past”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory hopeful T.O. will avoid Pan Am traffic chaos”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Car still the better way”, here.
  • Treehugger post, “Airports need good transit connections and Toronto just got one”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Road realignment eyed near Markham GO train station”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Newmarket seeks presentation from Metrolinx on rail plans”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Crash between York Region Transit bus and tanker truck closes stretch of Green Lane west of Yonge Street”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



YRT revises routes and services,
June 28



Starting today, Sunday, June 29, York Region Transit is making minor changes to its services by decreasing the the frequency of service along some routes for the summer and canceling extra services to and from high schools.

It’s also making three minor routing changes.




GO revises services, June 27



GO Transit is increasing train and bus service along several lines and routes, starting Saturday, June 27.

GO’s also resuming its seasonal weekend train services along the 65 Barrie line, starting Saturday and along the 12 Niagara Falls line, starting Friday, July 3.




Metrolinx construction on King overpass:
TTC detours, May 27, 28, 29



Metrolinx contractors for the project to upgrade the Georgetown South Rail Corridor are working on or near the overpass that carries the GO Transit tracks over King Street West this weekend.

The TTC is powering off the overhead streetcar wiring while work proceeds. It’s also detouring streetcars operating along this route:

It’s operating shuttle buses to replace partially replace streetcar service west of Strachan Avenue.

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Part 1--
In the news: Thursday, June 25, 2015



Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.


Continued in Part 2.




Part 2 --
In the news: Thursday, June 25, 2015



Continued from Part 1.


Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.

  • National Post article, “As we sit with six new streetcars, instead of 50, one must wonder why Bombardier’s bottom line is anything the TTC should care about”, here.
  • National Post article, “Pan Am Games set to cripple an already congested region for events in near-empty stadiums”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC union concerned about PRESTO revenue distribution”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “I went and thanked all these smokers for their co-operation before I boarded the bus”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Some further commentary about last night’s 17:20 disaster (5:20 pm LSE)”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Service Guarantee Claims - The system struggles to be ‘up to date’, so you should always call if you are denied”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “It’s true! GO Transit allowing smokers to smoke on platform at Oshawa GO Station”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Will GO Transit wait for a serious injury to happen before policies are enforced?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “I guess it will take more than a bus driver to make the designated smoking area at Oshawa a success”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Designated smoking area opens up today at Oshawa. Bus driver takes lead to set an example”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Totally done on purpose”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “York Concourse finally getting some ‘fud’”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “And you thought we could have nice things”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Please stand well behind the yellow line. Or, in the case of Whitby, behind the yellow dots”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Meow”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Gardiner East: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Megacity”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “We were promised Tory the consensus-builder”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Struggles to Handle Bus Demands”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Yonge Relief Network Study: June 2015 Update”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Announces The End for Tokens, Tickets, Transfers”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Infrastructure or Operations? A Big Debate?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Queens Quay West Reopens as a Grand Boulevard”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Subway and Streetcar Plan Updates”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Summer 2015 (Updated June 21, 2015)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC (Re-)Announces Ten-Minute Network”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Joint Metrolinx, City, TTC Consultation on Transit Studies (Updated June 21, 2015)”, here.

Continued in Part 3.




Part 3 --
In the news: Thursday, June 25, 2015



Continued from Part 2.


Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Weekend events affect transit services,
June 26, 27, 28



The Pride festival in downtown Toronto dominates the list of events affecting transit services this weekend.

However, Ajax, the Bramalea and central areas of Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Hamilton, the Keswick area of Georgina, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham; Newmarket and Stouffville are also hosting events this weekend, resulting in detours for transit services.

You can learn how events celebrating Canada Day affect local and regional transit services in an upcoming Transit Toronto post.




In the news: Wednesday, June 24, 2015



Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.

  • Metro Toronto article, “TTC upgrading some streetcars, crushing others”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto’s waterfront about 20 per cent complete: CEO”, here.
  • Metro Toronto ‘s Your Ride: Toronto post, “Upcoming federal election threatens to derail Toronto transit… again”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Metro Q&A: Finance Minister Joe Oliver talks money for Toronto transit”, here.
  • Mississauga News report, “Ride public transit for free with Pan Am Games tickets”, here.
  • National Post article, “TTC tokens going away as Toronto says hello to the new Presto smart fare cards”, here.
  • National Post article, “TTC vows shorter wait times with new 10-minutes-or-better standard for bus, streetcar routes”, here.
  • National Post article, “Stephen Harper announces $2.6 billion in funding for John Tory’s SmartTrack plan”, here.
  • National Post article, “Relief coming for TTC riders on overcrowded Yonge line, but it might not last: Metrolinx report”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “John Tory’s honeymoon may be over, but critics too quick to blame too much on the mayor”, here.
  • NOW article, “Aboard the UP Express”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “City set to pass first Transportation Master Plan”, here.
  • Progressive Railroading article, “Toronto unveils ‘10-minute or better’ transit service plan”, here.
  • Progressive Railroading article, “Canadian government unveils Public Transit Fund Details”, here.
  • rabble.ca post, “Gardiner Expressway debate exposes disarray at Toronto City Hall”, here.
  • Railway Age article, “Toronto’s train to the plane”, here.
  • Railway Gazette article, “Federal funding for Toronto RER”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “Presto card: TTC to eliminate tickets and tokens by 2017”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “Success! 28 Bayview bus to run 7 days a week in 2015”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Pledges Better Service on Street Routes”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Harper to Provide $2.6 Billion Towards SmartTrack Funding “, here.
  • TBNewsWatch.com post, “Bombardier at risk of losing future TTC contracts”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Wind Mobile: The TTC’s first mobile carrier”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post,
  • Toronto Star article, “Tokens give way to PRESTO starting next year on TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC looks at its options to put the heat on Bombardier for late streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier working to fix streetcar lag: TTC boss”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC announces 10-minute or better service network”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Hazards for TTC bus drivers include knives and fruit”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Brampton LRT battle begins”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Do transit planners really want to hear community objections?”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “On the dumb track to never-never land”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Federal SmartTrack money is a big win for Mayor John Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Should Pearson be the Union Station of the west GTA?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “The Leader: Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Why is John Tory playing to Rob Ford’s base?”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “New Queens Quay a redesign for everyone”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Don’t let anti-poverty study gather dust”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Presto! TTC says tokens will disappear in 2017”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC vows 10-minutes-or-better on dozens of routes”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Harper pledges $2.6B for Tory’s SmartTrack”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “What’s next for SmartTrack?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Capital crimes at City Hall”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “GO Transit weekend train service on Barrie line returns June 27”, here.



Metrolinx board of directors meets,
June 25



The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting this Tuesday, June 25.

As usual, the agenda for the meeting contains both public and confidential items. The board will discuss the confidential items in a private session that starts at 8 a.m. The board then meets in public to discuss the rest of the items on the agenda at 10 a.m.

The meeting takes place in the Peter R. Smith Boardroom, Union Station, West Wing, 4th Floor, 97 Front Street West.

You can view the agenda for the meeting here.




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