Public Transit

North Van Mayor Proposes Way Out Of Transit Rreferendum Quagmire

Eric Doherty | Posted 02.24.2014 | 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?