Transit

What To Look For And Avoid When Buying A Home

YPNextHome | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Buyers' criteria may vary depending on their age and location. When it comes to the value of your home, however, certain neighbourhood features have very distinct influences -- positive and negative -- that you should be aware of.

The Problem With Toronto's Accessibility Permits

Tara K. Reed | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

As a disabled person, navigating Toronto is stressful and dangerous -- not just because of potholes and construction-brutalized sidewalks, but because of transit. And people. Especially people operating or riding transit. This is largely due to the absence of inclusion of pedestrians in the Ministry of Transportation's Accessibility Permit Program, currently only issued for drivers/passengers of cars, which leaves the rest of us vulnerable to harassment and injury.

We Must Prioritize Smarter Transit Options To And From Airports

Hillary Marshall | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Business
Hillary Marshall

They are small cities that create employment for thousands of people, from air traffic controllers and baggage handlers, to pilots and taxi drivers. Without connectivity, getting to and from flights becomes an issue, but getting to and from work can be an even bigger challenge.

7 Great Reasons To Get Your Butt On A Bicycle

Melanie Nathan | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Melanie Nathan

Balancing on a self-propelled, two-wheeled mechanism is not everyone's cup of tea. Those who do it, though, agree that it's one of the most exciting experiences. Cycling is an activity that has significant social, economical and health benefits. And with all the new technologies available, it's only getting better.

Company Claims New Mark 1 Pod Can Go To Montreal From Toronto In 30 Minutes

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada

A Canadian tech startup has a dream of transporting people to different destinations at almost supersonic speeds and it seems like they are well on th...

The 2016 Federal Budget Has The Potential Strengthen Rural Canada

Federation of Canadian Municipalities | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

The upcoming federal budget has the potential to be transformative and make lives better for rural Canada. Ottawa has committed to making significant investments in infrastructure, housing, and climate change prevention and to work with municipalities to improve quality of life for Canadians.

8 Unexpected Ways You Can Save Money On Your Tax Return

Caroline Battista | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

Even after mastering the basics of tax preparation and filing, a lot of filers will often find out new things about their tax returns that end up delivering a few more benefits along the way. I call these tax "aha!" moments.

Union Station's 'Pedestrian Friendly' Street Is Anything But

Murtaza Haider | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

In the name of beautifying streets and the desire to create urban promenades, we often end up with poorly planned arterials that subject pedestrians and others to unnecessary safety risks. Look no further than the Front Street at Union Station in Toronto, where every morning a flood of commuters inundates the neighbouring streets.

Buying a Condo? Walk A Little To Save A Lot

Wayne Karl | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada
Wayne Karl

If you're planning on buying or renting a condo, here's an important lesson: purchase prices and rents will be higher the closer you are to major transit hubs such as subway stations. Sure, it's convenient to be located adjacent to a subway stop, but it'll cost you. How much? You'd be surprised.

History Shows UberHop's Transit Competition Will Cost Riders

Murtaza Haider | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

Transit agencies are able to operate at a loss during low-demand periods because they operate transit at a profit during peak periods. Regulators allow transit monopolies in exchange for the guaranteed service on low-ridership routes, which for-profit transport providers like UberHop are unlikely to consider.

Pedestrian Safety Must Be Part Of The Urban Transit Conversation

Jon Packer | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

On the morning of Oct. 28, 2015, 12 pedestrians were struck by cars in the City of Toronto. While some would say it's the result of a wet, grey day, this statistic follows an average of six pedestrians being hit each day, a stunningly high number set to increase as density intensifies and our population ages.

Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.

Cities Are Right About Uber, But Wrong About Regulating It

Mark Towhey | Posted 06.04.2016 | Canada Business
Mark Towhey

Cities and states around the world are engaged in hand-to-hand combat with mobile tech upstart Uber, a company that is rapidly disrupting the traditional taxi business everywhere. Viewed from an impartial distance, it is pretty clear that, whatever it is, Uber is providing a service traditionally provided by taxis. Complicating matters is that many cities have a chaotic and nonsensical approach to regulating public taxis. Before trying to make sense of where Uber fits into the chaos of its taxi ecosystem, cities such as Toronto would be smart to consider why it regulates the industry in the first place.

Toronto Needs to Invest in Walkable Neighbourhoods

Frank Margani | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Business
Frank Margani

In order to unlock the grand potential of Toronto's non-core markets to create affordable and vibrant communities and to ensure everyone is able to share in the economic and health benefits of walkable and livable neighborhoods, the city needs investment.

Toronto Should Embrace Innovation, Not Police It

Paul Barter | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

If Toronto and Canada really want to compete in the new global economy we need to innovate; sticking our head in the sand or relying on outdated statutes doesn't cut it. If there are legitimate concerns about specific facets of these new business models, then legislators need to meet with the firms and address them. It's time to get on with it.

The Oil Industry Doesn't Want You to Have Better Transportation Options

David Suzuki | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

American and Canadian transit opponents paint themselves as populist supporters of the common people, a tactic also used against carbon pricing. They fail to note that poor and middle class families will benefit most from public transit and other sustainable transportation options. To reduce pollution and address global warming, we must do everything we can, from conserving energy to shifting to cleaner energy sources. Improving transportation and transit infrastructure is one of the easiest ways to do so while providing more options for people to get around.

Transit Funding Will Drive Canadian Cities into the Future

David Suzuki | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Changing the way we move through cities is a critical step in reducing carbon emissions. The most direct way to accomplish this is to provide urbanites with reliable alternatives to automobile travel. A two-car household that replaces one vehicle with alternative transportation can cut its annual emissions by 10 per cent.

10 Reasons To Vote Yes In Vancouver's Transit Referendum

Kevin Elliott | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Elliott

Like it or not, this referendum is the meal that is being served on the table.

To Fix Transit, Ontario Should Look to the Private Sector

Allan O'Dette | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Allan O'Dette

The results of the recent municipal election have produced a strong mandate for renewed investment in transit and transportation. In an era of fiscal constraint, how does the Ontario government get the biggest bang for its buck out of this fund? The answer is right under its nose: trust in the made-in-Ontario Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. The government uses the AFP model as a means to leverage capital and expertise from the private sector to design, build, finance, and maintain major infrastructure projects. In doing so, the model transfers the risk of project cost increases and scheduling delays on to the private sector.

The TTC Should Only Help Fund Low-Income Riders

Steve Lafleur | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

High quality public transit costs money. Someone needs to pay for it. At the moment, riders are paying a large portion of those costs. The City shouldn't change that. Someone working on Bay Street and living in King West probably doesn't need a free ride. But maybe someone at Jane and Finch needs a break on fares. A surgical approach is preferable to a blunt instrument.

Toronto Transit Solutions No One Is Talking About

Jon Packer | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

Public transit alone will not solve our congestion problems or improve the health of our cities. Here then is a selection of transit solutions NOT making headlines in Toronto's municipal elections.

5 Easy Ways to Keep From Running Over Children With Your Car

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

I live in the city of Toronto with three young children. I am a driver and I am a pedestrian. But I am a pedestrian first. Unfortunately, many of the drivers in this city do not share my love of pedestrianism. They do not, in fact, seem to care about the safety and well-being of my children at all. So I put together a few simple rules to help them avoid running over kids with their cars.

Investing in Transit Drives Our Cities to Be Healthier and Happier

David Suzuki | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

There's growing recognition that prioritizing transit is crucial to moving a region forward. Transit-oriented cities have better air quality with lower greenhouse gas emissions and benefit from reduced traffic congestion with shorter commuting times. Evidence even shows people in cities with a range of transportation options, like Vancouver, are less sedentary, get more exercise and are happier and healthier as a result.

It's Time For a Real War on Cars

David Suzuki | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars -- but there should be. Combatting pollution and climate change, reduced dependency on private automobiles will lead to healthier people, fewer deaths and injuries and livable cities with happier citizens. And that's worth fighting for!

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.