Gridlock

Toronto's Traffic Department Couldn't Be More Wrong About Lane Widths

Murtaza Haider | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

While the City's traffic department sounds confident in its assertions, its recommended guidelines on lane widths are in stark contradiction to what we know from traffic engineering and safety studies. Narrower lane widths by default have higher accident rates. Even more disconcerting is the City's backgrounder on lane width guidelines, which states that traffic "throughput is independent of speed." Nothing could be more wrong about traffic flow than this statement.

The TTC Isn't Pulling its Weight

Murtaza Haider | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

The Yonge-University-Spadina (YUS) subway line carries 34 per cent fewer passengers during rush hour than its design capacity. Whereas the decision to...

Politicians Should Leave Transit Planning to the Experts

Murtaza Haider | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Unlike the past, when professionals led transport planning in Toronto, transport planning today has become the exclusive purview of poorly informed politicians. To have any chance of addressing gridlock, transit planning has to start with professionals who actually understand real needs and alternative solutions before political choices are made.

Why Toronto Needs a Transportation Czar

Karen Stintz | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Karen Stintz

Anyone who has been down to the Harbourfront recently knows that Queens Quay is under construction. The streetcar tracks are being replaced and Waterfront Toronto is building a new tree-lined promenade that will be spectacular once complete, but creates traffic chaos in the meantime. Although I expected the construction on Queens Quay, nothing prepared me for the trifecta of traffic interruptions that followed. Traffic was already heavy because it was the season home opener for the Argos. That would have been fine, if the rest of the transportation network had been working.

The Hard Truths About Public Transit in Canada

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Some transit experts argue that commute times by high-speed rail transit are shorter. It is true for individual trips, but not for the entire communities. Commuters in transit-dependent communities, with ready access to subways, can take faster transit to their destinations, however shorter duration trips are enjoyed only by those whose trip lengths are shorter. With $29 billion in transport infrastructure spending already earmarked for Ontario, Steven Del Duca and Kathleen Wynne, will receive tons of unsolicited advice. They should, however, base their investment decisions on sound analysis rather than conjecture.

You Don't Hate Your Commute, You Hate Your Job!

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

You don't hate your commute, it's your job. A Statistics Canada survey revealed that workers who disliked their jobs were much more likely to hate their commutes than those who liked their jobs. Our hatred of the morning commute may be driven by our unsatisfactory jobs. Extensive surveys of workers in Canada have revealed that our love-hate relationship with daily commutes is much more nuanced than what we had believed it to be.

Are Torontonians Spending Too Much Time Commuting?

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Murtaza Haider

Toronto's long commute times have become a constant refrain dominating the public discourse. Many believe that the commute times are excessive. However, if the laws of physics and common sense were to prevail, Toronto's 33-minute one-way commutes make perfect sense.

Great Public Transit Makes for a Great City

David Suzuki | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

When it comes to urban sustainability, cities in the U.S. and Canada are employing innovative programs and policies to improve the health and well-being of residents and their local environments. But (with some notable exceptions, such as Vancouver and Calgary) no successful rapid transit infrastructure projects have been built in Canadian cities for decades.

Our Economy Needs Public Transit To Tackle Gridlock

Mike Schreiner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Mike Schreiner

Ontario has followed the same basic transportation strategy for decades. We build more roads, traffic congestion increases. The result? Longer commute...

Bike Lane Infrastructure Pays Dividends

David Suzuki | Posted 10.10.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

In some European cities, planners are finding that making life more difficult for drivers while providing incentives for people to take transit, walk, or cycle creates numerous benefits, from reducing pollution and smog-related health problems to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and making cities safer and friendlier.