Find Beauty in a Packed Street Car

Dana Wagner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Dana Wagner

So the next time something happens on the streetcar -- because it will -- find something beautiful to see. No, it won't solve the communication and planning problems that create unannounced short turns and painful detours, or the management and electoral problems that make Queen Street at rush hour possible. But it might ease a few things onboard, while we wait.

John Tory Will Say Anything To Finally Win

Jamey Heath | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Jamey Heath

Mr. Ford and Mr. Tory share something else. Neither wants to work to the plan we have, preferring instead to draw new lines on maps. It's never easy to decipher what, precisely, Mr. Tory believes today, but it seems he no longer supports the Sheppard or Finch LRT's. And he certainly no longer supports the subway relief line that is the TTC's top priority, which is odd because getting it built allegedly propelled him to run.

The Hard Truths About Public Transit in Canada

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.30.2014 | 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.

So You Want to Be Toronto's Mayor? What's Your Transit Plan?

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

While the leading candidates for Toronto's mayoral elections -- Olivia Chow, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz, and John Tory -- were unanimous in realizing that mobility was the number one issue for the City. The transit plans they revealed had one thing in common: they only have partial solutions and pet projects for Toronto's mobility troubles.

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.

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!

40 Signs You've Been Taking The TTC Way Too Long

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Living

A Toronto public transit user's life can be unfortunate. You deal with annual fare hikes, packed subways, and of course, you have to put up with de...

Changing TTC Names To Numbers is a Waste of Time and Money

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Could you envision Toronto City Council changing the name of Yonge Street to 1 Street? Well, this is what the TTC is doing to our subway lines. Subway lines are underground routes for trains carrying people just like streets are routes for cars or bikes or buses carrying people. Main route names are rarely if ever changed because of their history and because it would cause major confusion.

Andrea Horwath's Fairy Dust Is No Transit Solution

Grant Gordon | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
Grant Gordon

The reality is that the Ontario NDP caucus has publicly declared their support for raising revenue to fund transit. Their leader is going against the express, public declarations of her caucus. Andrea Horwath isn't just abdicating the legacy of the NDP, reneging on the Party's long-standing commitment to transit -- she's asking her MPPs to break public pledges and go along with her abdication of leadership.

Transit Worker Goes On Epic Retirement Party Rant

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

This is what you get after working for the Toronto Transit Commission for nearly 31 years. Sad. ...

Streetcar Driver Refused To Help Lost Child, Says Mother

CBC | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada

A TTC streetcar driver allegedly refused to help an eight-year-old boy who got lost while on a field trip yesterday, according to the boy and his moth...

WiFi Comes To Toronto Subway, No Thanks To Big Telecom

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Welcome to the 21 Century, Toronto — sort of. Riders on the country’s busiest subway system can now use free, ad-supported WiFi at the two busi...

WATCH: What It Looks Like When Toronto Actually Gets Something Done

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada

Torontonians are pretty depressed about the state of transit in the city. Amid all the debate over subways and light rail, it seems like nothing ever ...

The TTC Has a Branding Problem

Grant Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Grant Gordon

The TTC has a branding problem. Let me explain. One morning, Premier Kathleen Wynne was late for question period. Why was she late? Well, why are any ...

The Problem With By-Elections

Steve Lafleur | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

Two sitting Toronto city council members faced off against each other in Wednesday's Ontario by-election, and a former councilor is running in another riding. Each is representing a different party. While this may seem banal, it is highly problematic.

Why Harper Should Help Fund the Proposed Toronto Scarborough Subway

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Harper and his conservatives providing additional funding to build the new Scarborough Subway (the extension of the Bloor-Danforth line from Kennedy Station to the Scarborough Town Centre) is a "complete no-brainer." Let me elaborate.

Why a Subway Makes More Sense for Scarborough Than an LRT

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

This post originally appeared on Shireen Jeejeebhoy's political blog at talk talk talk. Suddenly, the picture changes. For years, we're going to get a...

Wynne Government and Metrolinx to Scarborough Residents: "You're Second Class Citizens"

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

I don't pride myself on being an urban mass transit expert. I know for the longest time that our Mayor Ford has been pushing "subways, subways, subwa...

How Rob Ford Could Lead Again

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Politics
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford didn't get his $50 million, but Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne may have given him the next election instead. Politics is a game. The ones who know how to play it rise to the top and usually don't underestimate their opponent.

'Sheer Terror': 4-Year-Old Falls Into Toronto Subway Gap

CBC | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada

Four-year-old Ava Buckareff is hardly aware, but her mother Julie is holding her little girl a little tighter after a terrifying experience on the sub...

Bandits Pull Off HUGE Toronto Transit Cash Heist

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada

Two bandits, one wielding a gun, made off with "at least $750,000" in TTC cash fares collected by a third-party contractor from the public transport p...

Discount Transit Passes Proposal Turns Into Squabble

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A proposal to introduce discount TTC passes for low-income Torontonians was sidetracked Monday by the ongoing debate over funding for transi...

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.

8 Toronto Transit Officials FIRED

CBC | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Politics

Five TTC enforcement officers have been accused of skipping work and falsifying provincial-offence tickets against homeless people, allegations which ...