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Old April 26th, 2014, 09:29 AM   #1381
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Construction of detour tracks as part of new South Blair St underpass at Whitby. This underpass will remove level crossing on the street, providing benefits both for cars and GO trains on Lakeshore East line. Map link:

1. Construction of the new south detour track is underway; looking west. by Metrolinx, on Flickr

2. Looking east at the new south detour track and track surfacing equipment. by Metrolinx, on Flickr

3. Construction of the new south detour track is underway; looking east. by Metrolinx, on Flickr

4. Installation of spikes in the new south detour track. by Metrolinx, on Flickr
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Old April 27th, 2014, 10:19 PM   #1382
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nice to see transit improvements in the outlying GTA. step by step we'll get there.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 06:33 AM   #1383
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http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clip...ylistPageNum=1

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Old May 1st, 2014, 10:22 PM   #1384
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Union Station bus terminal renovation works:


May 2014 - Union Station Bus Terminal by Metrolinx, on Flickr


May 2014 - Union Station Bus Terminal by Metrolinx, on Flickr


May 2014 - Union Station Bus Terminal by Metrolinx, on Flickr


May 2014 - Union Station Bus Terminal by Metrolinx, on Flickr


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Old May 2nd, 2014, 02:57 AM   #1385
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$14 billion in Toronto transit expansion funding over the next 10 years was announced by the Province today, though the money still needs to be approved by the legislature. This requires opposition support in the minority government's position, and there are many rumours swirling of an incoming provincial election. We should know whether the money will be approved or not in the coming days.
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 05:01 AM   #1386
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With the renovations at Union Station Bus Terminal, it makes me wonder why they didn't have the overhead covering run the entire length of the station so that all the platforms get coverage. The poor passengers on the Route 71 to Markham, Stouffville and Uxbridge have had to wait exposed to the elements since the station opened.

The enclosed area could have been a little bigger too. There's all that room left over. They should have just enclosed everything from the East Teamway all the way to the existing station building. More ticket windows, bigger washrooms and probably room for another retail or fast food outlet.
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 04:30 PM   #1387
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the bus terminal is insanely over capacity, when it was built in the early 2000's it was barely used as off peak GO bus service was very limited. Its since exploded in use and is underbuilt. The 71 route bus bay isn't technically a bus bay, they just stuck up a digital sign and let the buses pull up to the curb, it doesn't have a curb indent like all the other bays do.

It was fine for when the built it, and the bus terminal likely won't even be needed in a decade anyway. I expect it to just become progressively more over capacity until they can introduce off peak train services on a new line in 2 or 3 years.
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 09:14 PM   #1388
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$14 billion in Toronto transit expansion funding over the next 10 years was announced by the Province today, though the money still needs to be approved by the legislature. This requires opposition support in the minority government's position, and there are many rumours swirling of an incoming provincial election. We should know whether the money will be approved or not in the coming days.
sadly an election has been called, although Liberals are leading, if the right wing conservative party of Tim Hudak wins, there will be no money for transit in Toronto. existing projects may or may not be completed, there is a chance the eglinton crosstown might be halted just like Harris did in late 90's. For sure there will be no more transit projects. Let's hope a Lib majority or atleast a coalition with NDP wins and then we'll make some real progress.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 07:43 PM   #1389
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From Railway Gazette:

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Waterloo ION light rail PPP contract signed
15 May 2014


The Region of Waterloo has ordered 14 from Bombardier Transportation five-section 100% low-floor Flexity Freedom light rail vehicles

CANADA: The Region of Waterloo and the GrandLinq consortium of Keolis, Plenary Group, Meridiam, Kiewit and Aecon have achieved financial close on the 33-year public-private partnership contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain Stage 1 of the ION light rail project.

GrandLinq was selected as preferred bidder in March, with financial close announced on May 9. Construction of the 19 km Stage 1 from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener with 16 stops is scheduled to start this month for completion in 2017.

The region is providing C$253m, the province of Ontario C$300m, and the federal government one-third of eligible costs up to C$265m. Financing was arranged by Alberta Treasury Branches as lender and CIBC World Markets as senior bond underwriter. The region said favourable interest rates meant final construction financing costs were C$2·5m lower than had been expected in March, and the 30-year financing costs have been reduced by C$11·5m.

The project includes a three-year construction phase, with the GrandLinq Contractors partnership of Aecon and Kiewit to undertake the work. Aecon's share of the construction contract is expected to be C$250m. The GrandLinq consortium will then operate and maintain the line for 30 years.

The Region of Waterloo will own the infrastructure and vehicles, set fares and service frequencies, be responsible for customer service and system-wide integration, receive all fare revenue and monitor performance. In August 2013 it ordered 14 five-section 100% low-floor Flexity Freedom light rail vehicles from Bombardier Transportation at a cost of C$66m.

Keolis values its share of the PPP contract at C$550m. ‘We are very proud to have been chosen by Region of Waterloo and we look forward to developing a strong partnership,’ said Bernard Tabary, CEO, International at Keolis. ‘Bringing the operator’s perspective from the design and construction phase is essential to delivering an efficient and sustainable system. By using our “think like a passenger” approach we will bring a new travel experience to local citizens.’
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Waterloo ain't Toronto, you would probably be better off creating a Waterloo transit thread.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 08:59 AM   #1391
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Waterloo ain't Toronto, you would probably be better off creating a Waterloo transit thread.
I don't know, but when I published this in Toronto Streetcar forum, Suburbanist said that I could publish this news here
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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:55 PM   #1392
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It is kindof in the Greater Toronto Area or the Golden Horseshoe so may we could change thread title to Greater Toronto Area....in the spirit of Metrolinx
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Old May 17th, 2014, 09:41 PM   #1393
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except Metrolinx doesn't have control over Waterloo. Waterloo is an independent city of 500,000 people over 50km from Toronto.
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Old May 19th, 2014, 06:26 AM   #1394
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50 km from the outskirts of Toronto at that. Waterloo is as far (and as removed) from Toronto as Milwaukee is from Chicago. That said, the LRT proposal is great news for Waterloo.
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Latest progress on Toronto Union station upgrade - this photo shows last steel piece that was installed on the new roof:

May 2014 - Union Station Revitalization Train Shed by Metrolinx, on Flickr

And roof itself:

May 2014 - Union Station Revitalization Train Shed by Metrolinx, on Flickr
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At night:

May 2014 - Union Station Revitalization Train Shed by Metrolinx, on Flickr
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Toronto will finally have a railway gateway befitting it's greatness. Those old sheds have always been an embarrassment, our actual Union Station is very impressive, not like Penn Station that was demolished sadly in NYC but on a Canadian scale.
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It's starting to come together. Airports and major rail terminals are often a travelers first impression of a city, and we finally have a rail shed that sets the right tone. What's the time line on the green roofs on either side of the glass atrium?
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Old May 26th, 2014, 07:03 PM   #1399
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Progress on rebuilding of Bloor Go station, in prepared of Union Pearson Express:


Rebar for stair foundation Bloor by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Adding more shelters Bloor station by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Adding more accessibility elevator shaft at Bloor by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Progress in the excavation pit Bloor by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Excavation pit from east side by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Excavation pit at Bloor GO station almost the length of a GO train. by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Excavation pit and GO train Bloor by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Looking south to Union from Bloor by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Below the lightbox Bloor by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Bloor St entrance and feature lightbox by Metrolinx, on Flickr
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some arial pictures of the new BRT that opened in Markham last year (suburb of Toronto), the second phase is later this year.



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