How Can We Pay For It?

Most Torontonians agree the city could use better public transit. The real question is who will foot the bill? That question was the focal point of a packed town hall meeting in midtown Oct. 22. We’re arriving at long last at a critical, but far more intelligent moment,” said Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow, who hosted the panel discussion on … [Read more...]

Mihevc Wants Tracks Gone

Ward 21 councillor Joe Mihevc is looking to remove the city’s unused streetcar tracks in hopes it will help prevent another fatal accident. Mihevc will be presenting a motion along with Ward 19 councillor Mike Layton to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Sept. 12 asking for city staff to come up with a plan for the city’s … [Read more...]

Transit Group Says TTC Failing

The road to the TTC is paved with criticism. In its first report on the state of public transit in Toronto, transit-advocacy group TTCriders slammed the TTC for what the group sees as the commission’s failures. Top of the list is that the TTC dedicates more of its fare to operating costs than any other city in North America, which the group … [Read more...]

Province Derails OneCity

The ambitious OneCity transit proposal has hit a major bump in the road after the province rejected the plan. On June 29, Ontario Minister of Transportation Bob Chiarelli told reporters the ministry would not halt work on the four previously approved LRT lines in order to give the green light to the $30-billion proposal. The plan, which that … [Read more...]

Who’s To Blame For Teen’s Death?

Two Beach parents are launching a $2-million lawsuit against the TTC and Toronto Police Service for negligence they say contributed to the death of their son in 2010. Bill Gillespie and Kathryn Wright filed the suit on May 22, alleging the bus that hit 17-year-old Alex Gillespie on Lake Shore Blvd. E. was speeding in an improper lane They … [Read more...]

Why Did St. Clair Cost So Much?

How does a $65-million project turn into a $106-million project? Ask the mayor or one of the TTC’s critics, and you’ll learn the St. Clair right-of-way is a testament to the TTC’s inability to manage and deliver a project on time and on budget. After all, it is the St. Clair Disaster. Or is it? In a 2010 report commissioned by the TTC … [Read more...]

Toronto’s Lost Transit Dreams

It’s enough to make you want to buy a car. As city council debates whether to put Light Rail Transit on Sheppard Avenue or extend the current subway line, and Queen’s Park ponders when council will make up its mind, Torontonians have been left wondering when — or if — anything will actually get built. Now industry spokespeople are saying it’s … [Read more...]

Improvements To Finch West Too Late?

A recent report on improving bus service on Finch has been met with mixed reactions by North York councillors, with some saying it’s too little, too late. The March document is a follow-up to a May 2011 report titled Opportunities for Improved Bus Service on Finch Avenue, which responded to a proposal by Ward 1 councillor Vincent Crisanti to … [Read more...]

Dining On Borrowed Time

Fans of midtown staple House of Chan will likely soon see their last days of chowing down chow mein at the restaurant’s current location. The property will need to be razed to make way for the planned Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT’s Bathurst Station. The preliminary design for the station’s secondary entrance and substation location show … [Read more...]

Scarborough’s Road To Nowhere

At Kennedy Road and Eglinton Avenue, nestled in a hub of buses, trains and transfer points, there's a 28-year-old abandoned transit loop that has never had a chance to realize its potential – much like the TTC's service in Scarborough. In many ways, the unfinished project perfectly exemplifies the TTC and the Ontario government’s failed dream to … [Read more...]