Public Transportation

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.

Canada's Car Culture Isn't as Bad as the Danish Tourists Think

Mark D. McGuire | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Mark D. McGuire

This week, two European tourists complained about the Canadian car culture after a brief stint in the 10 million square kilometer nation of over 35-million people. The British and Danish complainers now reside in Aarhus, Denmark. While I support criticizing a country, it is also good to have the facts in order. To that end, here are some stats Chabowski should have taken into account before making rush judgments on Canadian society.

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.

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.

Is Toronto Ready To Be Accessible?

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Sam Fiorella

The 2015 Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games are fast approaching. Is Toronto ready? A recent blog written by Paralympic athlete and Canadian wheelchair tennis champion Joel Dembe suggests there is reason for concern.

Purpose-Built Accessible Vehicles Re-Introduced to Canadian Marketplace

Sam Fiorella | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Sam Fiorella

Earlier this summer, a wave of anxiety spread across the community of people with disabilities and their caregivers. VPG Autos, the creator of the MV-...

Why the Public Transit Debate Is Misguided

David R. Miller | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Politics
David R. Miller

On the editorial pages of Toronto's newspapers, there is a great debate about how to pay for the public transit expansion Toronto and the Toronto region desperately needs. The commentary is ernest, debating the merits of tolls, sales taxes, and other so-called revenue tools. But I think the debate is misguided.

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.

Commando Parenting My Independent Daughter

Jeni Marinucci | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living
Jeni Marinucci

I turn to my daughter. She is 14, and busy perfecting the act of looking at once both pensive and haughty. Finally she admits something. "I'm thinking about the bus. You said you wanted to teach me to ride the public bus. That I need to be more independent." I did say that...

Toronto Transit: Build It -- And They Will Come

David R. Miller | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Politics
David R. Miller

Gridlock in the Toronto region costs the economy billions of dollars a year, harms our environment, and leaves lower income people literally sitting on the bus for hours each day. If I were advising the new Premier of Ontario today, my advice would consist of one simple statement: Get the shovels in the ground now. Build the transit lines that we already have funding for -- then speak to the people about how to pay for the remaining lines. We must seize the moment when the funding and political will exist if we are to meet the needs of our residents and businesses and overcome decades of inertia.

In Defence of Strollers on the TTC

Charlotte Singmin | Posted 03.28.2013 | Canada Living
Charlotte Singmin

The latest news about potentially restricting strollers on the TTC upsets me not only as a mom, but also as a proud Torontonian, and as a fellow human being. Imagine if this stroller limit were to pass, what kind of Pandora's box would we be opening, what "inconvenience" would be next? People in wheelchairs, or on crutches? Women carrying numerous grocery bags?

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...

Haiti's Young Men on Motorbikes

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 10.15.2011 | Canada
Elizabeth Abbott

Upon returning to Haiti, the contingent that really caught my eye was the army of young males on motorbikes, riding with the cockiness of immaturity exacerbated by the frustration of travel on Haiti's miserable roads.

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?