Public Transit

Understanding Toronto's Transit Future

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

On an average weekday, 1.6 million people use public transit to navigate Canada's largest city, relying on the Toronto Transit Commission's four subway lines, 11 streetcar routes, and more than 140 bus routes to reach their destinations. Writer Dominic Ali spoke with University of Toronto expert Matti Siemiatycki about where Toronto's transit has been and where it's heading.

These Politicians' Random Maps Are Not Transit Plans

Murtaza Haider | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

For a sophisticated city like Toronto, it is embarrassing to see the leading candidates passing random lines drawn on a map for transit plans. These so-called plans lack research, engineering cost and ridership estimates, and transit revenue forecasts. At best, one could call these plans the transit dreams of mayoral hopefuls. However, given the underestimated costs and overestimated benefits of these proposals, it is likely that the politicians' dream would become taxpayers' nightmare.

China Is On Speed. What's Canada On?

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada
Joseph Soares

China has pursued this technology leadership goal for 20 years. Back in the 1990s, it began importing technology from Germany, the Siemens Velaro model; from France, the Alstom New Pendolinos. And, guess what? The Zefiro 250 type, made right here in Canada by Bombardier. In 2008, investment in high-speed rail projects shot up to $88 billion with plans to open 42 new lines.

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.

How Hudak's TTC Reform Could Work

Steve Lafleur | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

Three principles would need to govern the new transit agency: 1) Decision-making should be vested with management rather than politicians; 2) Capital costs should not be financed by general government revenue; 3) Fares should cover 100 per cent of operating costs.

5 Reasons Why I Love TTC (and You Should Too)

Hannah Jack | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

I have a serious crush on the TTC. Before we all get our transit passes in a twist I want to remind all of my fellow Torontonians of just a few of the amazing things about the TTC!

North Van Mayor Proposes Way Out Of Transit Rreferendum Quagmire

Eric Doherty | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Eric Doherty

One innovative plan that has been considered for about a decade, but has never been funded, is a system commonly used in Europe called "headway operations." This means buses depart at regular intervals keeping the headway (time between buses) even and avoiding bunching, instead of trying vainly to stay on a fixed schedule in widely varying conditions. This is how most rapid transit systems including SkyTrain operate.

6 Things That Would Make Toronto Better, Ford or No Ford

Jon Packer | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jon Packer

Rob Ford smoked crack. So what? Oh, and he plans to run for a second term as Mayor of the Greater Toronto Area in the Fall 2014 election. Really? Here is a prescription for six actions that would be good for Toronto in 2014, even if by default they result in four more years of Mayor Rob Ford.

A Big Idea For Public Transit

David R. Miller | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Politics
David R. Miller

Here's a question for you: what's the only G8 country that doesn't have a national transit strategy? The free-wheeling, car-loving U.S., perhaps? Hardly. It's right here in Canada -- where we continue to operate a patchwork system of transit funding that ebbs and flows as political leaders come and go and economic conditions rise and fall.

LOOK: Every Subway Line In North America

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.11.2013 | Canada

What if you could take a train from Boston to Montreal or hop on in Toronto and end up in Vancouver. Popular webcomic XKCD ignores pesky things li...

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...

High Hospital Parking Costs Add Insult to Injury

Phil Froats | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada
Phil Froats

During cancer treatments there are other, often less thought of expenses, that can really add up. Take hospital parking. Over a course of treatments this really adds up. Full parking charges, twice a week for six weeks can cost you up to $276 at Sunnybrook on top of the cost of getting your car to the hospital.

Public Transportation: People at Their Worst

Kelsey Malenchak | Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada Living
Kelsey Malenchak

Walking the streets of a big city, you begin to notice how there is a lack of common sense around you. Or maybe it's the lack of everyday respect and kindest in our modern world. I'm not a bitter person but there are some things that have really begun to irritate me. I've noticed a significant decline in people's kindness and respect for others.

The Queen: She's Just Like Us! HRH Takes Train With Commoners

The Daily Mail | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada Living

Clutching her handbag and wrapped up against the chilly weather in headscarf and dark green coat it could have been any elderly lady carefully steppin...

Mayor Ford -- Don't Forget Who the Customer Is

David Turner | Posted 02.02.2012 | Canada Politics
David Turner

There are thousands of commuters pouring into the city every day, and I suspect many of them would vie for public transit if it were accessible, reliable and seamless. But initiatives always seem to get shelved for the same reasons -- there's no funding, or one level of government points to another as the unwilling partner.

Commuters Of The World More Cranky Than Ever

CBC | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada

Canadian motorists may growl at traffic congestion and other commuting woes, but a new survey suggests that at least two cities rank among...

Canadians View Public Transit As 'Inconvenient': StatsCan

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - A new study suggests the vast majority of commuters remain reluctant to use public transit, despite public campaigns encouraging people of it...

McGuinty Promises Refund On Late GO Trains

CP | Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2011 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Commuters in the Greater Toronto Area will get a refund if their trains are more than 15 minutes late, under a revised promise by Premier Da...

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.

Public Transit in Canada: A Bigger Idea

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 09.13.2011 | Canada
Andreas Souvaliotis

The carbon crunch and the sudden change in expectations and priorities across our major cities now represent a serious new challenge for our urban administrators. How do we shift millions of Canadians from cars to transit if we don't have the spare capacity or the spare funds to quickly expand?