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Old November 19th, 2018, 01:46 PM   #2281
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City of Toronto Creating Transit Expansion Coordination Office



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The City of Toronto is establishing a new office that will lead and direct how the municipal government participates in long-term, multi-billion-dollar projects to expand the transit network. The City is also starting to search for the new Transit Expansion Office's first executive director.

"We are building a connected transit network that will help people move around our city. We are reorganizing the City government to ensure we have an office focused on getting our major transit projects built as soon as possible," said Mayor John Tory. "Council has approved Toronto's transit network plan, voters have endorsed it and this office will be tasked with making sure every project in that plan, including the Relief Line, is completed on time and on budget."
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Old November 23rd, 2018, 09:05 AM   #2282
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The future of Toronto's public transit system is at risk





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The next time you're stuck on a subway in Toronto going nowhere fast, you might want to give the TTC a break — it gets less of its money from the government than any other transit system in North America.

In fact, a new report from the non-partisan transit advocacy group CodeRedTO shows that nearly 70 per cent of the system's operating budget is paid for by fares.

With few other dedicated revenue sources, an overly simplistic rail network, and a politicized administrative structure unlike anything else seen in North America, that's a dangerous place to be.

"Nothing is more crucial than resolving decades of underfunding and poor network design," said CodeRedTO Executive Director Cameron MacLeod in a release announcing his organization's latest report.

"Tangible increases to service levels, improvements to passes and fares, and funding to build a more complete network all demand our immediate attention."

Anyone who follows local transit news can agree with that, but CodeRedTO's reasons for the urgent call to action are particularly striking when laid out in the new report, which is aptly titled Mixed Signals: Toronto Transit in a North American Context.
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Old November 23rd, 2018, 05:32 PM   #2283
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It stuns me as absurd how governments at every level especially conservatives have been crippling Toronto through shortchanging transit investment. Toronto could be generating so much more wealth than it does not to mention improving the mood of Torontonians. Let's hope this conservative premier fulfills promise to take over capitalization of TTC by province...not holding my breath.
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Old November 28th, 2018, 03:30 PM   #2284
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Majority of transit users in favour of expanding King Street pilot project to Queen Street: survey



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It’s been over a year since the launch of the King Street pilot project and a new study reveals that some people would like to see the transit project replicated on another high traffic street.

The study, conducted by POTLUC, found 51 per cent would be in favour of bringing the controversial transit project — which gives priority to streetcars and limits driving traffic — to Queen Street.

The idea won over transit users, cyclists and pedestrians with “yes” winning in all three categories.

However, drivers overwhelmingly were against the idea, with 91 per cent saying the project should not be brought to Queen Street.

The pilot project, which started in November 2017, restricts vehicle traffic to driving the length of one block on King Street both ways from Jarvis Street to Bathurst Street.

The study found the project has meant a much improved experience for transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians.

Seventy-six per cent of respondents said they actually visit the businesses along King Street as often or more often since the launch of the pilot project in November 2017 — with 32 per cent saying they visit multiple times a week.

The study found people using public transportation and those who walk on King Street West are the area’s most frequent visitors.

On the flip side, car users were the least frequent visitors of the shops and services in the area since the transit pilot was put in place — 25 per cent visit less than once a month and 31 per cent never visit, compared to 13 per cent and 11 per cent, respectively, before the pilot started.

The most common reasons behind drivers abandoning the area were “difficult to drive there” and “hard to find parking.”

The data was compiled from 2,062 surveys completed by Toronto residents, conducted from August 17 to September 10, 2018. The company did not provide a margin of error for the survey.
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Old January 2nd, 2019, 05:28 AM   #2285
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Old January 6th, 2019, 12:39 AM   #2286
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Hmm, so this is interesting. A few months back there was some discussion in another thread on whether or not the numbers the TTC reported to the APTA were actually unlinked (as the APTA site states) linked. It turns out that the TTC had incorrectly been reporting linked trips as unlinked and now as of 2018 have started reporting the stats accurately. At the start of the year the numbers for the subway have risen dramatically (942.9k Q1 2017 vs 1280.5k Q1 2018 or a 36% increase) now the APTA actually has unlinked trips. This was publicly confirmed by Toronto transit expert Steve Munro via Twitter.


I think for most people it was pretty obvious that the previously reported figures were linked trips but hopefully this clarifies things for those who were less certain.





Thanks to nfitz who posted the update on ssp.
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Old January 6th, 2019, 01:52 AM   #2287
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Unlinked trips give a false idea. We should be tracking the number of people (or trips) who use the subway instead of counting them separately when they change trains.
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Old January 7th, 2019, 01:07 PM   #2288
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Old January 13th, 2019, 03:26 PM   #2289
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Old January 18th, 2019, 10:48 AM   #2290
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Mayor Tory unveils plan to speed up completion of downtown relief line



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Speaking to reporters at Toronto's Pape Station Thursday, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the completion of the Downtown Relief Line is expected to be completed by 2029, not 2031.

Mayor John Tory announced on Thursday an accelerated plan to have the downtown relief line completed two years earlier than anticipated.

“I’m confident that Toronto residents want to move forward and they want transit built as soon as possible, including the relief line,” Tory said during a news conference at Pape Station.

Tory said construction of the relief line, which was initially slated to start in 2020 and will now end in 2029, will be sped up by completing the design, planning and acquisition work in parallel.

Tory said $162 million will be added to the 2019 TTC capital budget for the accelerated plan, which would include moving ahead with utility relocation and acquiring technical equipment such as boring machines.

The subway line, which would connect Pape Station on Line 2 with Osgoode Station on Line 1, is expected to provide relief for the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line due to overcrowding.

“When we reach the 30 per cent stage of design work, because of this investment, we’re going to keep going because before we were stopping ourselves at each stage along the way and waiting to do things and we’re not waiting,” Tory said.

The second phase of the Relief Line, which is still under consideration, would link Pape Station north to Line 4 (Sheppard).

The downtown relief line is estimated to cost at least $6.8 billion.
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Old January 18th, 2019, 12:36 PM   #2291
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Why didn't they send the alignment through the Portlands? I thought they wanted to make a big mini-city out of it, as they have announced over and over again these past few decades.
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Portlands is an upcoming area with future demand. Where DRL is supposed to pass through already has a demand and does not need to wait for future developments to generate traffic. It will also pass close to East Harbour which is a future mega commercial and residential development with millions of sq. ft. and 50,000 jobs.
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Old January 19th, 2019, 10:33 AM   #2293
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They also should fully automatise the two subway lines with platform screen doors to increase capacity and improve service.

The new line(s) must already be built fully automatised with platform screen doors.

And as the mayor candidate runner up (Jennifer Keesmaat) pointed during the election, what Toronto needs is a completely integrated planning for its transit system and stop thinking line by line. Sadly the municipality lacks of ambition and planing for the transit system.
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Old January 19th, 2019, 10:43 AM   #2294
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The Portlands will also be served by a new RER station.

It`s good to see that the initial DRL will go all the way to Osgoode on the Spadina line as opposed to ending at Queen on the Yonge line.
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Old January 26th, 2019, 02:55 AM   #2295
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TTC board approves 10-cent fare hike to take effect April 1
The budget now goes to Toronto city council for final approval
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The same day that Toronto transit riders faced major delays on their morning commute, the TTC board voted in favour of a 10-cent fare hike.

If the budget is approved by city council, starting on April 1, the increase will apply across the board with the exception of adult cash fares, which would stay at $3.25.

That means tokens and adult fares paid by the PRESTO e-purse will cost $3.10, up from $3. Seniors' cash fares, tickets and PRESTO payments would also rise, along with student fares and monthly passes.

TTC staff say the increase could provide roughly $26 million in added revenue. Previous decisions and "unavoidable pressures" necessitate the rise, according to a recently released budget report.
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Old February 2nd, 2019, 12:10 PM   #2296
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Bombardier misses deadline for delivering Crosstown vehicles
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Bombardier has blown a deadline for delivering vehicles for Toronto’s Crosstown LRT.

The company was supposed to supply the first six cars of the 76-vehicle order to the Crosstown maintenance and storage facility in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood by Friday.

According to Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency in charge of the Crosstown, Bombardier has only delivered three.

“Bombardier Transportation has not met its contractual obligations to Metrolinx, namely to achieve the preliminary acceptance certificate for the first six vehicles by February 1, 2019,” said Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster in a statement.

“While Bombardier’s delivery times have improved, we are holding them to account, to protect the interests of riders and taxpayers.”

More : https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/201...-vehicles.html
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Downtown relief? Or a subway to York Region? Why the GTA's next big transit project won't make everyone happy
Metrolinx planners say the downtown relief line must open before a Line 1 extension into York Region
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The simmering battle over how best to expand Toronto's subway network grew more contentious and complicated after a Metrolinx board meeting Thursday.

During the meeting, planners for the provincial transit agency said the downtown relief line must open before Line 1 is extended farther north into York Region.

The two projects are both considered integral to Metrolinx's 2041 Regional Transportation Plan. However, there are disagreements between experts and municipalities about which line should take priority.

The long-discussed downtown relief line — called the Relief Line South by Metrolinx — would run south from Pape Station and terminate at either King or Queen Stations. The proposed Yonge North Subway Extension would run from Finch Station to Richmond Hill Centre, just north of Highway 407.

A proposed extension of the relief line would also connect Pape Station to Don Mills Station on Line 4.

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, also the chair of the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, attended the meeting to push back against claims that the relief line must open first. He has been advocating for construction on the Yonge extension to begin as soon as possible.

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Finch West LRT construction begins in spring 2019.


http://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterr...hwest-lrt.aspx


https://blog.metrolinx.com/2019/02/0...n-new-graphic/
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It seems that the city of Toronto is "investing" way more in a single elevated highway than in the entire public transport system:

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Ah, the Gardiner Expressway: do we tear it down or do we keep paying hundreds of millions of dollars to repair it year after year?

Since the 1990s, the City has spent millions of dollars repairing Toronto's aging municipal highway.

From steel corrosion to falling pieces of concrete (and chairs), the deteriorating state of the Gardiner's eastern elevated area, which runs from Jarvis to the DVP, has cost the City far more than the original $103 million it took to build it in 1956.

Many have advocated to tear it down and replace it with a boulevard, most notably Jennifer Keesmaat as ex-City Planner and during her run for mayor late last year.

That proposal flies in the face of Mayor John Tory's and Waterfront Toronto's longtime Rehabilitation Strategy, which suggests a hybrid approach to fixing the Gardiner.

That plan, which appears to be going full steam ahead this year, includes replacing the entire concrete deck and all the steel girders of the Gardiner between Jarvis and Cherry Street.

If the construction moves ahead on schedule, drivers can soon expect to see overnight lane closures of the westbound lanes of Lakeshore Boulevard from Cherry to Jarvis starting Feb. 19.

But critics of the hybrid strategy still find the maintenance plan of the 1.7-kilometre stretch too costly, especially considering it's one of the least used parts of the entire highway, carrying 120,000 vehicles daily in comparison to the western portion, which carries around 200,000.

According to the City's 2019 State of Good Repair budget, Toronto plans to invest more than $2.2 billion into the Gardiner over the next nine years to eliminate the backlog of maintenace costs, which currently sits at around $2 billion.

It's the most expensive maintenance fee in the budget, costing $1 billion more than the cost of Transportation Services in Toronto and far more than the TTC.

Meanwhile, backlog for the City's housing services maintenance cost is expected to rise by nearly $1.5 billion over the next nine years.

Preserving Gardiner Expressway would cost $919M: report




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