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

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 03.24.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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 ...

What Will it Take to Make Subways Safer in Toronto?

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As I often wait for my subway trains, I always worry about freak accidents that I am convinced will happen instantly. What will the next person do or act when the subway is pulling at the station? Can the New York incidents happen in Canada as well? Do I look "too ethnic" perhaps too much like a "muslim"? We should not let death to force us to act.

WATCH: Toronto Subway Christmas Sing-A-Long

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada

It's one of the least cheerful places in Toronto: the subway. At this time of the year, TTC passengers are usually overly warm from winter coats, a...

Thank You Oroc, For Acting on Potential Harassment

Colleen Westendorf | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada
Colleen Westendorf

Many people in Toronto right now have opinions about the actions of TTC driver Dino Oroc stopping his streetcar and chasing someone who allegedly sexually assaulted a passenger of his on the 501 route. I was glad to hear that he has been reinstated as a driver after being placed on temporary suspension.

Streetcar Driver Tries To Help Alleged Sex Assault Victim, Gets Suspended

CBC | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada

The Toronto Transit Commission has suspended one of its streetcar drivers after he tried to chase down a man who had allegedly sexually assaulted one ...

Toronto Approves Transit Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.01.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Toronto city council voted 30-11 on Thursday to follow through with a light rail transit deal between the Toronto Transit Commission and Met...

Why "Trying" Is Different Than Having Sex

Natalie Karneef | Posted 12.08.2012 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

There is nothing less romantic or erotic than getting busy with the end goal of producing something that wears poopy diapers. "Trying" is really, well, trying. Anyone who thinks it's "the fun part" has never had to turn it into work -- relentless, scheduled, no-matter-how-tired-you-are, get-up-at-5:30a.m.-before-you-go-to-work, work -- which is then charted on graph according to basal body temperature.

Not Matter Of Bikes vs. Cars

Brent Toderian | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Brent Toderian

There's too much pitting of self-described "drivers" and "cyclists" against each other. Most North American families are actually multi-modal - they drive, walk, and probably take transit and bike in at least certain circumstances, if not routinely. Certainly many who cycle, also drive, and visa versa. We need a more sophisticated discussion about how we get around in cities, and it starts with this -- it's not about loving your bike. It's about loving what biking does for cities.

A Tour of TTC Transit Control

Mary Warner | Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada
Mary Warner

Andy Byford and me at TTC Transit Control Tour background: As a follow-up to my lunch with TTC CEO Andy Byford and my extreme transit nerdiness that...