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Strange Ooze On Tracks Exposes Transit Vulnerability

CBC Toronto & Montreal | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada

The ooze that poured down onto the TTC tracks on Tuesday may have been contaminated ground water, says TTC CEO Andy Byford. The fluid started poolin...

Strange Liquid Closes Toronto Subway For Hours

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada

Part of Toronto's subway system came to a standstill Tuesday after staff found a mystery liquid leaking into a downtown tunnel. The Yonge-Universit...

Bringing My Baby on Public Transit Is Not an Invitation to Touch Him

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

People on public transit are...umm...weird. They're even weirder when you have a baby with you. I think some people believe babies are like some kind of carte blanche to interact with someone you've never met.

Is Public Transit Actually Too Cheap?

Jon Packer | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Jon Packer

Yes, that's right, cheap. To cross the 26-kilometer stretch of Toronto's core by public transit costs a meager $3. Head north on Yonge Street, the world's longest road, and a single subway fare up the 30 kilometre stretch to the city's northern reaches will still cost $3. To hop just one stop also costs $3. Twenty-five years ago the cost of the same journey by transit would be $1.20, a 150 per cent increase.

WATCH: 'Ghost Bus' Goes For a Ride

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada

OK, so maybe it's not exactly a ghost bus, but a driver was certainly not behind the wheel when a Toronto Transit Commission bus rolled several metres...

Immature Torontonians Force TTC To Remove This Totally Innocuous Map

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada

Dear Toronto, it's time to pull your collective minds out of the gutter.

The 'TTC Leprechaun' Is Back And Causing Havoc On The Bus Again

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada

A Toronto transit passenger dubbed the "TTC leprechaun" might be back, and aggravating fellow commuters once again. Last fall, a passenger on a pac...

TTC Rider Takes Manspreading To A Whole Different Level

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada

What would you even call this? Manspreading? Nerdspreading?

TTC Streetcar, Bus Collision Injures Four

CBC | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada

Four people received minor injuries after a streetcar and a bus collided head-on at Main Street and Danforth Avenue Saturday morning.  Paramedics w...

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.

The TTC Isn't Pulling its Weight

Murtaza Haider | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

The Yonge-University-Spadina (YUS) subway line carries 34 per cent fewer passengers during rush hour than its design capacity. Whereas the decision to...

Good News, Toronto Commuters

CBC | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada

The TTC says it's boosting rush-hour subway service as part of some big changes to the utility coming into effect next week. “Our customers w...

Politicians Should Leave Transit Planning to the Experts

Murtaza Haider | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Unlike the past, when professionals led transport planning in Toronto, transport planning today has become the exclusive purview of poorly informed politicians. To have any chance of addressing gridlock, transit planning has to start with professionals who actually understand real needs and alternative solutions before political choices are made.

Understanding Toronto's Transit Future

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.29.2014 | 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.

Why Olivia Chow Will Lose in October

Jordan Whelan | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordan Whelan

Chow has dangerously slipped too fast and too far in polling for a miraculous rebound in such a scant time frame. Voters are gridlocked, stranded and unapologetic in demanding expedited change from Day 1. Chow's ideas are too late, too small and too old school for this electorate. She may very well be a good-hearted, industrious politician but her efforts as a pioneer and consensus builder leave little to be lauded.

Senior Dies After Being Hit By Streetcar

CBC | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada

A 79-year-old pedestrian is dead after an accident involving a TTC streetcar. The streetcar hit the pedestrian near the Yonge Street and St. Clair A...

LOOK: Toronto's New Streetcars Hit The Streets

CBC | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada

They're here. Some of the shiny new streetcars that will be taking TTC passengers across the city for years to come have finally hit the street...

Toronto's Got New Streetcars

CBC | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business

The TTC's modernized streetcars, which feature a new way to pay fares, will begin operating Sunday morning on the 510 Spadina line. The biggest...

By 2040, We Won't Need Subways

Candice Malcolm | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Candice Malcolm

Premier Kathleen Wynne's solution to the transportation infrastructure problem is to spend a whopping $50 billion of taxpayer money over the next 25 years to build an expansive rail network. By 2040, Toronto may finally have the subways that other cities built nearly 200 years earlier. But can you imagine what the world will look like in 2040? We are on the cusp of explosive new technologies that will revolutionize how we commute. Innovative tech startups are fixing the problems we currently have with cars: that they pollute too much, are too expensive for many, and congest our overcrowded roads. Here are three notable examples of ideas and companies that will change transportation as we know it.

Find Beauty in a Packed Street Car

Dana Wagner | Posted 09.22.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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 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.

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.