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Old May 26th, 2019, 03:35 AM   #2341
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Presto card balances could be coming to TTC vehicles soon
TTC spokesperson confirms talks with Metrolinx, but no timeline confirmed
CBC News Excerpt
May 23, 2019

If you ever find yourself nervously wondering if you have enough money in your Presto account to pay for your TTC trip, your daily scare may soon be a thing of the past.

Toronto's transit agency is in talks with Metrolinx staff to change the card readers across the city's transit system so they can display Presto balances.

But it's still unclear when that change will happen.

The two sides are discussing logistics, "but no definitive timeframe has been identified for when this will be available," TTC spokesperson Heather Brown said in an email to CBC Toronto.

Presto card balances are already visible when riders tap on GO Transit and the UP Express.

"Presto staff can make it happen for TTC as well upon request," Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said in an email. She added that including the fare-display feature has always been available, but it's at the discretion of each transit agency.

The TTC had previously cited privacy concerns among its reasons for not showing riders their balance.

However, TTC Chair Jaye Robinson said many riders have been asking for that ability as more and more people begin using the cards.

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Old June 1st, 2019, 02:00 AM   #2342
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Liberal leadership candidate would cut transit fares, take over Gardiner and DVP
22 May 2019
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The front-runner for the leadership of Ontario's Liberal Party says he would upload responsibility for the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway to the province and introduce half-price TTC and GO Transit fares at off-peak hours.

Steven Del Duca, who served as transportation minister from 2014 to 2018, also said a government led by him would restore a planned doubling of provincial gas tax revenue for municipalities, which was recently cancelled by the Progressive Conservatives.

"The most important thing we can do for commuters ... is to provide urgent relief to both their commutes and their bank accounts as soon as possible," Del Duca said Wednesday.

Styling himself in contrast to Conservative Premier Doug Ford, the Liberal hopeful said Queen's Park must work with local communities instead of imposing its will upon them.

"What I'm pushing forward is what we can produce when we're working in partnership with municipalities," he said.

Asked why the Liberals did not take over maintenance of the highways and slash TTC fares when they were in office, Del Duca said "we actually achieved a lot," including the extension of the subway to Vaughan.

"But the bottom line is progress never stops, progress never ends," he said.

Under his plan, all transit systems in Ontario could provide a 50 per cent discount for off-peak fares - with peak hours being defined solely as one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon on weekdays.

All other times and all weekend and holiday transit would be considered off-peak.

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Old June 5th, 2019, 03:07 AM   #2343
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Old June 11th, 2019, 05:52 PM   #2345
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Been quiet about transit plans for a while, has government realized there isn't enough money in the coffers for such a massive upload?
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Old June 18th, 2019, 02:22 PM   #2346
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TTC, Metrolinx strained by Raptors parade crowd
Transit agencies scrambled to accommodate huge turnout celebrating city's first NBA title
17 June 2019
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Toronto's public agencies struggled to cope on Monday as hundreds of thousands of basketball fans descended downtown to join in the Raptors' victory parade.

Transit providers were overwhelmed as crowds inundated surface routes and rail stations, and while emergency services initially reported the situation was challenging but manageable, a shooting near the parade's end point at Nathan Phillips Square caused momentary panic to which police and paramedics scrambled to respond.

In the early afternoon, three TTC subway stations - Queen, Osgoode and Dundas - were temporarily closed due to what transit agency spokesperson Stuart Green said were concerns about crowding at street level.

"People were finding it difficult to exit the station and we didn't want crowds filling stations," he said.

At one point, the agency announced online it had cut overhead power in the area of Queen St. W. and University Ave. "due to unsafe behaviour and people climbing #TTC infrastructure." The power cut affected the 504 King and 501 Queen streetcar routes, and although the TTC later restored power, the routes continued to be disrupted by the crowds.

"As awesome as today is, it has put additional strain on our service. We planned as best we could with additional subway service and staff to monitor crowding," Green said.

Green couldn't put a number on how many people took the TTC Monday, but said ridership was much higher than usual. As many as two million people were expected to attend the parade.

Green said many fans would have taken the TTC, which on a normal weekday moves 1.7 million people across the entire city.

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A big number': 550 Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay to lose their jobs Nov. 4
Union calls on federal, provincial governments to help plant secure new contracts
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Jul 10, 2019

The president of the union local representing Thunder Bay's Bombardier workers is calling on the provincial and federal governments to "get together soon" and help the local plant secure more contracts as the company announced it would lay off nearly half of its workforce in the city.

Bombardier confirmed Wednesday it would lay off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay plant effective Nov. 4. The news was also delivered by the company to employees at a town hall Wednesday morning.

"Today's announcement is not an easy one. However, we remain hopeful that we can secure new work to ensure the commercial viability of the important presence of a northern manufacturing plant," Eric Prud'Homme, Bombardier's head of public relations and communications for the Americas region, said in a statement issued Wednesday morning.

Prud'Homme said the layoffs are the result of the "cyclical nature" of the company's business, and the winding down of two major contracts: the creation of bi-level cars for the Metrolinx GO Transit service, and streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

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Wish government would hurry up with transit projects to keep those jobs alive. Happy to see streetcars have survived obsolete now plans to rip them up and make more room for cars.
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Let subway workers use face masks, unions say
1 August 2019
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Toronto's public transit unions are demanding that their workers be allowed to use face masks after rejecting a recent TTC report on the subway's air quality.

In a news release Wednesday, the unions called on the TTC to do more research on a fine particulate matter called PM2.5, create parameters to reduce exposure to all known pollutants and to permit the use of face masks until a permanent solution is in place.

The unions said the TTC did not address the cumulative effects of these pollutants or the high levels of PM2.5. Researchers linked PM2.5 to the metallic "rail dust" that is generated when a train's wheels rub against the tracks.

"If we had any reason to believe the conditions posed a risk to employees, they would be addressed," TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said.

The TTC said it treats the health and safety of its employees with the utmost importance, and that the study and analysis were more than a year in the making and involved employees on the health committee.

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Community group doesn’t want Ontario Line trains going by every 90 seconds
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Aug. 19, 2019

It could be almost a decade until the Ontario Line is up and running, but already some residents along its proposed route are opposing the plan to have trains operate 90 seconds apart on an elevated track through their neighbourhoods.

A community group in the east downtown Riverdale area says in addition to the high frequency of the trains, they’re worried about the impact the construction of the $11-billion provincial transit project will have on their community.

In an Aug. 9 letter to Metrolinx, the Lakeshore East Community Advisory Committee, an arms-length group set up to communicate with the provincial transit agency and the City of Toronto about transit projects, warns that if constructed as planned, the Ontario Line “will harm the quality of life of the very people it’s meant to serve.”

The letter cites construction noise, vibration and dust, as well an “unprecedented increase in train activity” on the Lakeshore East GO corridor as major sources of concern.

Riverdale resident Darcie Garand, acting vice-chair of the committee, said in an interview many locals supported the previous plan for the relief line subway, which also would have served her neighbourhood but run entirely below ground.

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The Ford proposal is for an elevated line? Somehow I assumed it would be underground.
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