The extension of the TTC subway up to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre opened Dec. 17 and was accompanied by much fanfare. And while the project’s completion means an important piece of the transit puzzle for York Region — and the GTA — is in place, one can’t help but wonder if another vital component, the Yonge Street subway...
Fare collectors have begun disappearing from TTC stations, beginning with the permanent closure of collector booths at Wilson and Sheppard West (formerly Downsview) stations over the weekend. And when the six new stations on the Line 1 subway extension on Dec 17 were opened, it was also without collectors sitting...
The second of Toronto's three White Elephant Lines opened this week, and although the new subway fails to address the city's most pressing transit needs, its six stations sure are pretty. The extension, which joins York Region and Vaughan to the city, will make the already crowded metro more congested than ever...
With today's weather a lot of people may have left the car at home and opted for public transit. And people living north of the city had good reason now that the TTC's subway extension into vaughan is up and running. Today was the first real test of the line...
It’s out with the old and in with the new on the TTC, as collector booths will soon be a thing of the past at subway stations – starting with Sheppard West and Wilson stations on Sunday. Efforts to eliminate tokens, tickets and collectors were announced back in 2015. The TTC says closing collector booths is part of...
The line one subway extension taking TTC riders from Union Station to Vaughan officially opened December 17. In celebration of the six new stops including Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village, Highway 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, the TTC was free of charge all Sunday. Many took the opportunity...
Many commuters are testing out their new route to work and school this morning on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. The Line 1 extension, which features six new stops, including Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village, Highway 407, and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, officially opened...
Transit riders expect to see shorter commutes with the new subway extension but some outside of the city are being forced to pay double fares. Marianne Dimain explains...
It is a snowy first test for this new line and bought a lot of people coming in getting dropped off this morning or hopping off a YRT bus to stream into the new station, they have got big smiles on their faces, they are excited to test it out considering it was shaved off up to half an hour on their regular commute...
The ribbon was cut on Friday the subway started running yesterday. Today's the first rush hour commute on the new underground extension into York Region. 6 new stations that take the TTC's line one from Shepherd and the Allen out to Vaughan, near Highway 7 and Jane, it's going to take...
The new six stop York subway extension has not only connected the 416 to the 905 but it's also led to unprecedented growth north of Highway 401 and helped to create a brand new urban development in Vaughan...
Ride on toronto's transit system today to celebrate the latest extension to it's subway system. This is the first train that was pulling out this morning from the end of the line, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The 13 kilometre extension cost $3.2 billion, but today riding it will not cost...
When trains carrying the first passengers on the Spadina subway extension start rolling this morning, it will mark the opening of the first addition to Toronto’s rapid transit network in more than a decade. But while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory and...
It's a free ride on the TTC today in celebration of the official opening of the Line 1 subway extension. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca made the announcement at Sheppard West Station Saturday morning. You will be able to ride the entire TTC network including subways, streetcars and buses from...
After years of waiting, the Line 1 expansion opened Sunday morning allowing riders to travel to Downsview Park, York University and all the way to Vaughan. The first expansion of Toronto's subway route in 15 years started at 8 a.m. from Sheppard West Station (formerly Downsview Station) and took travelers...
TTC riders on Line 1 can officially begin to use the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. The new subway will take commuters from Vaughan to Union Station in an estimated 42 minutes. Shallima Maharaj reports...
It took 13 years and more than $3 billion to complete, but toronto now has a subway extension and it's finally ready. Six new subway stations opened this weekend, the new stations will take riders to York University and beyond to the city of Vaughan. This is the first subway extension since 2002...
Subway station today and a free ride for everyone tomorrow >> get up to see these new stations, use the system, buses streetcars, trains to come and see this subway expansion. >> the city and ttc are inviting everyone to ride the rocket as no charge to celebrate the 6 new stations on...
The entire TTC network will be free to ride on Sunday to celebrate the official opening of the Line 1 extension into York Region. "I encourage everyone to take the TTC tomorrow to see the city and to come up to this impressive six-stop extension. We want to celebrate this rapid transit expansion,"...
TORONTO - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand today to cut the ribbon on the first Toronto subway extension in 15 years. The six-stop line in the city's northwest has about 8.6 kilometres of new track. The line stretches from the edge of Toronto through York University into Vaughan...
This morning, the Prime Minister, Premier, and other dignitaries toured the shiny new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre before boarding a train to the new York University Station. It is the first new subway extension in Toronto in 15 years, but it's not without problems...
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory took part in the ribbon cutting this morning. They rode the new line one extension, starting at Vaughan Metropolitan Station. This is one of six new subway stops, which also includes Downsview Park and York University stations. The 8.6 kilometre extension was funded by all three levels of government...
Today is a great day for Toronto and I am determined that there'll be many more great days and grand openings in this city's future...
We got on the bus at about 3:38 so that was almost an hour. the new subway station is just a few traffic lights down that way. going east. >> so here it is, the new subway station in vaughan, now today it took us two hours to get here, and no doubt with the new subway station should shave time...
The public won't be able to ride it until the morning of Dec. 17, but the ribbon-cutting got the royal treatment for the new TTC subway extension to Vaughan the morning of Dec. 15, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on hand to do the honours...
Commuters, plan your route accordingly as York Region Transit will have a number of changes starting Dec. 17. York Region Transit will undergo service changes to coincide with the opening of the new TTC Line 1 subway extension. In addition, more connections to new stations will be provided...
The TTC's new subway line opens this weekend. prime minister justin trudeau will cut the ribbon at vaughan metropolitan station this morning...
The ribbon will be cut on the ttc's new line 1 subway extension, and our transit specialist mika midolo is inside transit control with more on the extension. good morning. it's got to be an exciting day down at transit control. >> mika: it is, everyone is excited about the new extension...
After more than a decade of debate, planning and construction, the TTC is ready to open the new six-stop Line 1 subway extension that will see trains go to Vaughan from north-end Toronto. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne were among the high-profile dignitaries participating...
Commuters have waited years but finally, on Friday, the ribbon was cut on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne were among those on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre — the first subway station...
Construction on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) started in 2008, and at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the dream will become a reality. Line 1 has been expanded 8.6 kilometres and six stations past Sheppard West Station, to York University and north to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The six new subway...
A plan is moving forward to find a fare for a TTC Universal Transit Pass for post-secondary students. At this week’s TTC board meeting, staff were directed to report back with a final U-Pass proposal, which will include a business case analysis following stakeholder consultations in the first quarter of 2018...
The two years late and over-budget, the York-Spadina subway line will be extended by six stops this weekend with a grand, long-awaited opening. On Friday, politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will celebrate with a ribbon cutting. But behind the scenes CityNews has learned there is...
Every TTC subway station is now equipped for cellphone service, allowing transit users to chat and text while they wait for their next train. But while the TTC is hailing it as a milestone with the potential to significantly improve the travel experience of millions of customers, the country’s three...
After years of waiting, the city’s 8.6-kilometre Line 1 extension will finally open this week, adding six new stops to the city’s subway system. Starting Sunday morning, riders will be able to travel all the way to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, near Jane Street and Highway 7, with stops at Downsview Park...
As York Region continues to grow and become popular for new residents and businesses, many have noticed significant changes occurring regularly to accommodate the growth. Which adjustments are being made by the area towns and cities compared to those undertaken...
Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown came to Toronto City Hall Friday, Dec. 1 to talk with Mayor John Tory – and after they met, for about an hour, they came out talking largely one thing: Subways...
Greater Toronto and the entire region have big transit problems, and to tackle them properly we’re going to have to think big. The Toronto Region Board of Trade has come up with just such a big idea — creating a new provincial agency that would take over the planning, financing, construction and operation...
We’ve all been there before: You’re heading to work on the TTC and all of a sudden it stops dead in its tracks. You’re forced to wait in agony as you watch the time slowly pass by and you quickly become later and later for your morning meeting...
We all know that transit needs to be fixed—but what are the problems, and how do we solve them? Last week, the Ryerson City Building Institute hosted “Breaking Transit Governance Gridlock,” an all-star panel to discuss the problems—and opportunities—facing regional transit governance...
More members of the workforce are cramming the country's buses, subways and highways each day, adding precious minutes to the daily commute, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday in its sixth and final batch of numbers from the 2016 census...
You'll be able to park once the subway starts running from the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre on Dec. 17, but it will cost you. Two lots totalling 900 parking spaces will be available for commuters to use near the subway station...
York Region is a safe place to live, according to a Maclean's list of Canada's 229 most dangerous places to live in Canada. The national magazine broke down the country's municipalities based on a crime severity index, which looks at a mix...
Users of the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station will have to find an alternative way to get to the station as there will be no commuter parking available #CityCommute...
The new TTC subway extension from Downsview Park Station in Toronto to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in York Region will open on Dec. 17, just 29 days from today. The new subway extension will provide subway service that moves beyond regional boundaries in Ontario for the very first time...
On Friday, transportation minister Steven Del Duca, Mayor John Tory and other officials were given a tour of the brand new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Downsview Park stations. As of Dec. 17, it will mean subway service beyond regional boundaries in the province for the first time ever...
In exactly one month, the long awaited Toronto-York Spadina TTC subway extension is set to open, promising faster and more convenient service to commuters. To mark the 30-day countdown, Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, Mayor John Tory and other dignitaries were given a tour of the brand new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Downsview Park stations...
The countdown to the opening of the city’s first new subway in more than 15 years has begun. Officials from all three levels of government were on hand at the new Downsview Park Station on Friday morning to celebrate hitting the 30-day mark from the official opening of the new 8.6 kilometre Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension...
The Ontario government’s investment of more than $160 billion over 12 years, coupled with developers’ investment in residential and commercial real estate will help the GTA’s projected growth in the next 25 years. A report from Avison Young says that there is significant opportunity for development and investment created by the growth areas around transit nodes in the GTA where there is a confluence of residential and commercial demand...
Toronto Council has voted to press for a single-fare for transit within Toronto – whether on Metrolinx-operated commuter trains and buses, or on TTC vehicles – as a part of its negotiations with Metrolinx on fare integration as the Presto electronic payment system moves closer to replacing tokens and other fare media in Toronto...
Hundreds of people, including families, dignitaries and future riders, got a chance to take a look at Vaughan much heralded new TTC subway station and plans for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The event was held on Oct. 28 at the new subway station and allowed those keen to see the new digs a chance to venture into the station that will be open for business on Dec. 17...
People were able to look at the vaughan metropolitan centre station. it has passier pick up and drop off as well as connections to the york region bus terminal and viva transit. it's one of the stations set to open in december...
6 new TTC subway stations are taking shape after more than 10 years of construction future transit riders got a glimpse of 3 of the new stations that are part of the line one extension up to highway 7 once completed project director keith sibley says he'll be able to get from Vaughan one to union station in 42 minutes ...
The public was invited to preview the new northerly editions to the line 1 extension. people got a firsthand look inside the pioneer village station on steeles avenue west, the 407 station on jane street and the vaughan metropolitan centre station on highway 7 west which got rave reviews from area residents. ...
Six new stations will be added to the spadina line with the final stop all the way in vaughan. and that is where our natalie nanowski is live tonight. natalie, give us a sense of what's new there. >> reporter: take a look at this: it's very bright, very airy, and this is probably the coolest thing. if you look up here, there is a mirrored ceiling. it kind of reminds you of that awesome giant statue in chicago. this station is very centrally located. just at the corner of jane and highway 7...
Located at Highway 407 north of Toronto, Highway 407 Station is a multi-modal transportation hub for the TTC, YRT/VIVA and GO Transit, and provides accessible bus service and space for a future 407 Transitway. Outside of the station, customers can soak in the coloured and textured concrete of the landscaping. Inside, the station’s...
Located inside Downsview Park on the south side of Sheppard Ave. W., Downsview Park Station is the first stop northbound on the Line 1 extension. The station will provide access to Downsview Park and will allow for more transit-oriented development...
Here’s some good news for those in York Region. You will soon be able to take the Subway to and from Vaughan. The TTC has announced that service on the Toronto – York – Spadina Subway Extension...
Just in time for Christmas, you'll be able to ride the subway from Vaughan to downtown Toronto.
The Toronto Transit Commission has announced that service on the Toronto York Spadina Subway...
On Thursday, September 14th, Metrolinx will hold its fall board meeting, at which one of the items that will surely attract a significant amount of attention is the issue of fare integration...
The extension of the Yonge Street subway from Finch subway station to Richmond Hill is another step closer...
Ding ding! It’s the latest round in the Yonge subway extension fight and don’t look now but change may be in the air...
As the Toronto Transit Commission’s Spadina subway extension nears its completion, the city’s northern suburbs have taken to building up instead of spreading out...
The line stretched through the lobby of the new KPMG Tower at 100 New Park Place, winding and folding over itself before spilling out into the building's Claude Cormier + Associés-designed plaza and beyond into the parking lot...
Road work isn’t the only thing construction going to slow you down this year. Construction activity is gearing up on a number of vivaNext rapid transit projects in Vaughan, Newmarket, Richmond Hill and Markham. Projects include...
Traveling the Region’s roads at rush hour can be challenging, but at least it’s going to get a bit smarter.
York Region residents should expect increased construction on local roads this summer. As vivaNext rapid transit projects are underway, several areas in Vaughan, Newmarket, Richmond Hill and Markham will experience increased traffic and construction activity.
A 55-storey, residential tower that will be the tallest landmark on Vaughan’s emerging skyline, is being touted for bringing a distinctly urban vibe to that city’s ambitious downtown plans. CentreCourt Developments’ Transit City condos will be the first residential building in SmartREIT’s 100-acre Vaughan Metropolitan Centre development called SmartCentres Place.
Transit decisions of all kinds, including this week’s city council vote to push ahead with the Bloor-Danforth line extension to the Scarborough Town Centre, provide further evidence that you can’t fight city hall.
The Greater Toronto Area is on the cusp of an unprecedented population explosion, and while that signifies a healthy, prosperous region, concerns about its preparedness abound. Top of the list is an efficient transit system, and as urban planners at a CityAge conference learned recently, in Toronto, there is much work to be done.
York Region’s job growth is far outpacing the national, provincial and Greater Toronto Area rates, a new report says.
Although the TTC's future York University Station sits on the campus of one of Canada's largest post-secondary institutions, a visit to the station provides a lesson in basic high-school geometry.
An inter-regional transit terminal has broken ground at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre that will play a key role in the intermodal transit hub to support this burgeoning urban community adjacent to Toronto.
An inter-regional transit terminal has broken ground at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre that will play a key role in the intermodal transit hub to support this burgeoning urban community adjacent to Toronto.
The five most dangerous intersections in York Region are, for the most part, directly related to volume of traffic, according to Brian Titherington, the region’s director of road and traffic operations. Statistics show between 90 to 95 per cent of all North American crashes are due to driver error.
If you build it without permanent parking, will they still come to ride the Vaughan subway?
That's the question that will be answered in just over a year's time at the Vaughan subway at Hwy. 7 and Jane Street.
Yonge Street road construction is still in its early stages, but local transit officials are already bracing for project delays.
After initially pegging December 2018 as the potential completion date for construction on the $430-million Yonge reconstruction, it appears timelines are already “under pressure” and work will likely continue into 2019, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation president Mary-Frances Turner told Newmarket’s committee of the whole Nov. 7.
It looks like York Region public transit riders will be paying more to ride the bus over the next three years.
Regional councillors will look at boosting YRT/Viva fares at a committee meeting Thursday. Any decision to would have to be endorsed by council Nov. 17.
In the face of the growing need, York Region and the United Way Toronto have partnered up to deliver essential services to the region’s most vulnerable populations.
Newmarket’s public transit bus rapidway has significantly boosted travel times on Davis Drive, York Region chair Wayne Emmerson said at an event Friday to mark the official completion of the project.
Regional Municipality of York has launched its “Yonge Subway Now” campaign in an effort to pressure the provincial and federal governments to expedite the controversial Yonge subway extension into Richmond Hill.
Change often comes incrementally and when you least expect it, but a few of the big issues I have discussed in this space over the past year have seen significant and even surprising progress in recent months.
Your editorial fails to recognize that we are in the midst of the largest transit infrastructure build out in Ontario’s history, and by doing so, allows for rhetoric to deafen the reality that results are being delivered in every corner of this city and across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
While the Scarborough subway circus is in full bloom, you may miss the hullabaloo surrounding another suburban plan, the Yonge North Extension. It would take the Yonge subway seven kilometres north from its current terminus at Finch, across Steeles Avenue and into York Region.
Ontario is building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across the province with hopes they will encourage more residents to use electric vehicles.
Fun in the sun may be one of the best ways to recharge your batteries — literally.
Newmarket unveiled its first Soofa bench, which is equipped with a solar-powered charging station for portable devices such as smartphones and tablets, at Riverwalk Commons Wednesday morning.
Electric car drivers will soon be able to extend their trips more easily in York Region thanks to a grant from the Ontario government.
Toronto City Council has again thrown its support behind a subway expansion deeper into Scarborough, a vote that promises to end the divisive debate that has roiled council for years.
A $3.2-billion (for now) subway extension from Kennedy to Scarborough Town Centre took a big step toward reality Wednesday, with city council voting 28-15 in favour of one of Mayor John Tory’s key campaign promises — albeit in the form of a one-stop “express” line.
On Wednesday, Amarjeet Sohi acknowledged that the process has been slow in the past, but he said the pace of funding is set to pick up considerably.
I ruffled some feathers in a column June 2, when I suggested plans to expand the Yonge subway north into York Region without first building the Downtown Relief Line will pour thousands more commuters onto an already overburdened subway system.
The Yonge Street subway extension to Richmond Hill is a step closer to reality, thanks to a funding announcement made by Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca at a media conference this morning.
If we buy into the myths about out-of-control housing costs, we can’t get the right solutions. Rising housing prices continue to make headlines in the Greater Toronto Area. Nary a day goes by without some new record set, exciting homeowners at dinner parties and worrying young families saving for their first home.
Dave Kerwin is fuming over the number of “empty buses” he said are running along Newmarket’s Davis Drive these days... However, signs do point to increasing bus ridership along Davis since the rapidway opened in mid-December. There are about 1,000 boardings on the Viva Yellow (Davis) line, while 300 to 400 hop on the other routes that run along the road, each weekday, YRT/Viva general manager Ann-Marie Carroll said.
The future is going to be a lot of fun in Ontario. Just a few years from now, millions of us will be liberated from our evil fossil-fuelled transportation network. Millions of government-subsidized electric cars will whisk us silently to work. Our buses will run on biofuels. Our retrofitted geothermal-powered homes will keep us warm at prices much higher than today’s natural gas (which would be banned). Vast tracts of land will be diverted to solar panels, which will transform the sun’s rays into clean, green, righteous energy – as soon as we can figure out how to store it and attach it to the grid. Unicorns will frolic in our gardens, and pigs will fly.
Here’s good news if you’re planning on putting your house up for sale any time soon. The average price of a resale home in York Region increased by 13.5 per cent in 2015 to $777,927, Paul Bottomley, York Region’s manager of policy, research and planning in the economic development department, said during a presentation on the state of the region’s economy
The era of sprawling suburban build-out across much of the GTA might finally be over. With 3.5 million people set to move into the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area over the next 25 years, the province is promising sweeping changes to manage smart growth and curb urban sprawl that’s crippling the region.
Canada is at a turning point. Plummeting oil prices, lacklustre economic performance, a petrodollar, pernicious climate change and structural youth unemployment illustrate the need for a shift from a resource economy appropriate for the industrial age to an innovation economy
appropriate for the digital age.
The front entrance of Southlake Regional Health Centre is even busier than usual these days.
Construction crews have begun building a permanent sidewalk on the south side of Davis Drive, from the Southlake entrance to Roxborough Road. Planters will be put in place, then concrete will be poured and interlocking paver stones, installed.
OTTAWA — The federal government on Monday released funding numbers for projects in cities and municipalities to backup the Liberal Party’s campaign promise to make infrastructure a major component of its economic policy.
OTTAWA — The federal government promises new money for provinces and cities to upgrade aging water and sewer pipes, and to pay for design and construction costs of new projects. Here is the total amount each province will receive through the community water and wastewater fund:
OTTAWA — Provincial governments are being told the first phase of the Liberal infrastructure program will cover the cost of new projects, as long as they are completed in three years.
SmartTrack always was, and continues to be, a great idea to move people around Toronto. It proposes to expand existing GO rail lines and corridors to serve commuters inside the city, not just those riding in from the outer suburbs.
York Region’s employment growth is outpacing the national and provincial labour markets, a new employment industry report says. Between mid-2014 and mid-2015, the region’s employment growth increased by 2.4 per cent, the report said.
The City of Toronto is now studying whether the Scarborough subway could be built above ground. Amid a slew of transit planning measures approved by city council Thursday. Councillor Josh Matlow got council to agree to having city staff and Metrolinx study the feasibility of running the subway extension “at-grade” entirely or in portions.
The time to extend the Yonge subway north from Toronto’s Finch Station to Richmond Hill is now. To be more specific, the time to begin the preliminary engineering and design work is now. Consider this, a project of this scope and magnitude will take at least 10 years to complete — so when the ribbon is cut to officially open the Yonge north subway extension, the new segment of the Spadina subway (which isn’t open yet) will have been in operation for at least a decade and Regional Express Rail/SmartTrack will be servicing thousands of commuters daily
The group will lobby for:
• Extending the Yonge Street subway north from Finch Avenue to Richmond Hill’s Langstaff urban growth centre, which would help remove many of the 2,400 buses serving the route every day;
•Completing the final four Viva rapidway segments, including along Yonge from Richmond Hill to Newmarket, east from Unionville station to Cornell, along Hwy. 7 west from Islington Avenue to Hwy. 50 and at Yonge Street and Green Lane;...
It won't be quick in coming, but the broader, busier, more integrated transit system we need is being envisioned at city hall right now, writes Royson James. But it has to be fought for.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says Ottawa will cover a greater share of infrastructure projects than the conventional three-way split with provinces and cities – a formula he said is unfair to municipal governments that have a limited ability to raise taxes.
VANCOUVER -- The federal infrastructure minister is pledging to disburse a "fair share" of new funding to every region of the country, even while some provincial economies flag and others project growth.
TORONTO - Are we on the right track for regional express rail? Metrolinx unveiled the four options it is considering in the push to roll out regional express rail across Toronto. The options will be presented to city council for consideration in March.
York Region is considering Aurora’s request to fund a shuttle bus service for GO train commuters after the town suggested bankrolling the service from an additional $15 million the region received in gas tax revenues from the provincial government.
Say what you will about Ontario’s Liberal government: if it follows through on its infrastructure commitments, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s (GTHA) public transit system will in a decade’s time be a reasonable approximation of what any comparable city would have demanded two decades ago. That’s a compliment. On Wednesday, the Metrolinx board heard presentations on major elements of this slow-brewing revolution.
OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is promising a new relationship with Canadian municipalities to give them more funding and a greater voice in Ottawa. Trudeau has dusted off the “new deal for cities” initiative — formally launched by former prime minister Paul Martin — to revive Ottawa’s dealings with towns and cities as the new Liberal government prepares to go on an infrastructure spending spree
Big-city mayors are calling on Ottawa to bypass the provinces and send new money directly to municipalities to get infrastructure projects started for the impending construction season. That was one of the messages delivered to Justin Trudeau on Friday in a rare meeting between mayors and the Prime Minister. The gathering provided an opportunity for cities to make their case directly to senior ministers as the federal government works out the details of a $60-billion infrastructure plan that will be outlined in the coming federal budget
PICKERING -- A new park and ride and carpool lot in Pickering could make life easier for commuters to take transit in Durham Region. The governments of Canada and Ontario, along with Metrolinx, recently announced the new lot on Brock Road at Hwy. 407
OTTAWA—Ottawa’s point man in charge of infrastructure says he is keen to quickly roll out billions of dollars in funding for urban projects in time for this summer’s construction season. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the past two summer seasons have been “lost” and between $7 billion and $9 billion of infrastructure funding allocated by the previous Conservative government has gone unspent
OTTAWA — The federal infrastructure minister says his government is willing to cut the strings on new infrastructure cash to help cities repair and build roads, bridges, sewers and public transit facilities. The Liberal government has been under pressure from big city mayors to loosen restrictions on promised infrastructure dollars so that cities can spend the money where they feel they need it most
The Regional Municipality of York in Ontario and CPATT at the University of Waterloo are working to find innovative and sustainable surface treatments for bus rapid transit lanes.
After having to pitch in an additional $92 million last spring toward the over-budget and delayed extension of the Spadina subway, York Region could now have to contribute another $160 million, according to a TTC report on the project released last Friday.
The additional funds are needed to cover a variety of extra costs such as known claim settlements, identified changes in scope that have not been finalized with the contractors, under-estimated budget for the remaining project scope, co-ordination of the work, risk mitigation strategies, litigation management costs and the forecasted cost exposure for unresolved claims and litigation matters.
The Liberal cabinet is looking at fast-tracking infrastructure projects and enacting measures to spur energy-efficiency retrofits of buildings and homes to kick-start an economy beset by collapsing oil prices and a tumbling Canadian dollar.
Patricia Willman had easy access to Davis Drive — now she wants it back. The Newmarket resident has been circulating a petition calling on the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation/vivaNext to rectify a situation she says it created between 250 and 260 Davis several months ago. The corporation replaced a staircase between the buildings, which feeds onto Davis, as part of the $260 million reconstruction project
The sister condo towers sprout out of south-central Vaughan like the first shoots of spring.
Many major projects in Newmarket were delayed in some capacity this year.
While construction will end on one major Newmarket road next year, it is ready to truly ramp up along another.
Canada’s new infrastructure minister says projects that are shovel-ready and meet the Liberal government’s national objectives will get some of the billions in new federal cash being made available. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says those big objectives are threefold: grow the economy, create jobs and make the country more sustainable.
Liberal pledges of major new infrastructure spending will start to roll out “very soon” and the federal Infrastructure Minister says there is no question of scaling back the $60-billion program over deficit concerns. In an interview with The Globe and Mail at his government office in Ottawa, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the Liberals actually have billions in additional cash to spend because the previous government was slow to devote promised infrastructure money to specific projects. “We are committed to making $60-billion in additional investments over 10 years,” he said.
Newmarket's Davis Drive has undergone a major transformation in recent years, with the street now reconfigured as a Viva bus rapidway which entered into service on November 29th. Although cosmetic elements of York Region Transit's $261 million project are still taking shape—with widened sidewalks and new plantings expected to be completed by May 2016—the 2.6 kilometre right-of-way provides a significantly faster connection across one of Newmarket's main arterials.
The Viva Yellow bus route is up and running, meaning the bulk of the road construction on Davis Drive is complete. While the streetscape is already greatly improved, work will continue into next year to add greenery and other decorative elements. Even when all that is finished, however, the transformation of Davis Drive isn’t complete. You may have noticed concept art of a transformed Davis in the paper or on yorkregion.com over the last few years when we reported on the project. That art includes buildings that don’t currently exist, often in place of existing buildings. While there’s no guarantee those existing buildings will be replaced, there’s no question part of the reason behind the new bus rapidway is to encourage redevelopment along Davis.
As of today, those centre lanes along Davis Drive — that took some four years to build — will now have an occupant. Viva Yellow took its first ride along the new rapidway lanes, leaving at 6:52 this morning from the Newmarket GO Terminal off Eagle Street, and zipped across Davis Drive over to the new GO Park and Ride lot at Hwy. 404 and Davis. All in minutes flat – 14 to be exact
After years of pain, Newmarket is finally about to gain the Davis Drive rapidway. The 2.6-kilometre Viva Yellow route will begin operation along Davis Drive at 6:52 a.m. Sunday morning. The bus will travel in the rapidway from Yonge Street to Roxborough Road, and then continue in mixed traffic with curbside stops and a turn-around at a new $4 million Hwy. 404 park and ride facility
The next transit wave will be inter-regional, with more focus on connectivity. Earlier this week, YRT/Viva presented its 2016 strategic plan as well as plans up to 2020 to Markham city officials.
The province is giving 95 Ontario municipalities a total of $332.9 million this year for public transit projects, an increase of $11.4 million from last year. Ontario generates about $2.4 billion a year from its 14.7 cents-a-litre tax on gasoline, and gives two-cents-a-litre to cities and towns to expand public transit.
Feel like you spend way too much time in your car driving to work? It’s not your imagination. York Region has the highest car ownership rates and the longest commute times in the Greater Toronto Area.
A potential GO Transit train station at Mulock Drive is being considered by Metrolinx, says a representative from the provincial transportation authority. Metrolinx chief planning officer Leslie Woo said the site is among more than 50 being considered for new stations. A shortlist of potential sites will be created over the next few months and a recommended slate of new stations will be determined in the spring
Add the daily commute to a list of places where people are now shopping online. The 14 per cent of Canadians regularly engaged in so-called “commuter commerce” on the bus, streetcar or commuter train are spending an average of $529 per month on goods and services, and according to a new survey from Ipsos Reid and PayPal, and it’s predicted that will grow quickly.
Kentucky coffee trees line the road along Highway 7 and East Beaver Creek Rd., with the simple goal of growing into large majestic trees their planters would be proud of.
Boredom is the most universal of traffic’s downsides; it’s nowhere close to being the most costly or socially deleterious.
We are on the cusp of a transportation revolution in our cities. Traffic congestion is reaching intolerable levels and the people who suffer through it every day have pushed gridlock to the forefront of the political agenda. At the same time, new and disruptive technologies are emerging — responding to demand, and challenging traditional views about transportation.
A coalition of prominent Canadian economists is the latest group to endorse tolling roads in the Toronto region.
You’ll have to forgive regional chairperson Wayne Emmerson for his high hopes these days.
Citing traffic congestion as the No. 1 concern of York Region residents, the region is investing $1.5 billion in road construction during the next 10 years.
York Region is putting down roots, which is improving the health of trees planted along regional roads.
If you're expecting Davis Drive construction to be complete this year, think again.
A subway to Richmond Hill, high levels of community involvement and The Hub housing project for youth and seniors were key themes of Mayor Dave Barrow’s annual update speech at the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce luncheon Friday.
You can expect to see a pedestrian connection between the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and York Region Transit/Viva terminal.
Construction of dedicated bus lanes along one of Vaughan’s busiest east-west roads — which has clogged up traffic for the past two years — is expected to continue until 2020.
My first public transit memory is my first unlimited bus pass. Ever since, I've always cared more about where transit goes than about finding tokens and tickets to pay for it. No matter where I am, I want the unlimited transit option.
The work resumes in the lead up to the opening of the Davis Drive rapidway. Over the next few days, construction crews will continue to pave and fill tree planters between Yonge and Niagara streets
It will be a bit of a balancing act, but northern York Region’s population should grow substantially in the coming decades.
#mydavisdrive hashtag with photo enters you in contest - Take a pic with items purchased at a Davis Drive business and you could win some swag.The Town of Newmarket, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and vivaNext have teamed up to host the #mydavisdrive selfie contest, which runs Aug. 17 to Sept. 20.
Vehicles automatically say their destinations when the front doors open. Talking buses and forward-facing dashboard cameras, already in use in York Region, and other North American transit systems, were among the measures the TTC said it would test in the wake of the death of Amaria Diljohn, 14, last December.
Carol Coffey is visually impaired and requires the use of a cane to walk. As a 79-year-old cancer survivor, the Mount Albert resident has regular medical appointments at offices located along Davis Drive, between Southlake Regional Health Centre and The Tannery Mall — right in the heart of the ongoing $260-million road reconstruction project.
Gridlock and traffic congestion are always a concern to our community — residents and businesses, alike. I’d like to bring you up to speed on transit projects in Richmond Hill that are certain to help. In June, Metrolinx announced it will move forward with the Yonge North Subway Extension project. Metrolinx’s Yonge Relief Network Study recommended the project be advanced to 15 per cent preliminary design and engineering.
The Viva Rapidway is coming along as we can see from the flurry of activity on Davis Drive. As the transformation starts to unfold, it comes with some challenges such as traffic, construction and businesses that are feeling the pinch.
After something of a false start in April, a new $135-million York Region Transit/Viva transit facility has officially opened in Richmond Hill.
Using data from Toronto, researchers find having 10 more trees on your block has health benefits akin to $10,000 raise or being seven years younger.
It might not be pretty, but the VivaNext bus rapidway construction occurring on Hwy. 7 through Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill and along Davis Drive in Newmarket is a case of short-term pain for long-term gain.
Calling transportation the number one challenge facing York Region, council established a task force in May to tackle the issue. Meanwhile, with gridlock costing the economy of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area $11 billion a year, the provincial and federal governments are pouring historic levels of funding into transportation infrastructure.
Metrolinx has recommended moving ahead with plans to build the Yonge Street subway north to Richmond Hill, a step heralded by councillors from York’s southern municipalities. “This is an important moment for both this project and transit development in the GTA,” said Vaughan Councillor Alan Shefman.
Vaughan's long-awaited hospital project is finally coming to fruition.
The city announced last week that it has struck a deal that will allow Infrastructure Ontario to begin to receive proposals for construction of the new hospital in the next few weeks.
In a move that could create hundreds of skilled-trade apprenticeships and construction jobs in priority neighbourhoods, Queen’s Park is poised to enact legislation this week that will require contractors to hire apprentices and develop local recruitment programs if they want to bid on large infrastructure contracts, such as transit projects.
Subterranean London is a crowded environment, home to a tangled tapestry of tunnels, sewers, foundations, power lines and abandoned stations that excite archaeologists and send a shiver down the spine of anyone who has to actually build anything down there. Which makes it all the more remarkable that engineers have managed to construct 26 miles of fresh tunnels for the underground section of one of the world’s biggest engineering schemes: London’s showcase public transport project, Crossrail.
An annual list of the best places to live in Canada keeps adding fuel to the friendly rivalry between Newmarket and Aurora. This year, Newmarket ranked as the best place to live in York Region, according to MoneySense magazine, placing 23rd in Canada out of 209 communities listed.
Six months after municipal politicians got an earful from voters fed up with the impact of traffic congestion on their lives, York Region has launched a transportation task force. “Transportation has been the biggest issue [facing the region],” regional chairperson Wayne Emmerson said after the task force’s inaugural meeting Thursday afternoon.
The flight from suburban cores to the fringes of bedroom communities creates a mass transit mismatch.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are like car insurance, says Infrastructure Ontario CEO Bert Clark. It costs more up front but when things go wrong you don’t have to worry about paying for the repairs.
"Stay calm, we're on it." That's the message from Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen to residents after finding out Davis Drive placed second in the Halton-Peel-York-Durham area in the 2015 CAA Worst Roads campaign this week. "Davis has been recognized for decades as being problematic for our community, in terms of congestion, capacity and safety," Van Bynen said. "That's one of the reasons why we've made Davis a priority going forward. We'll see substantive change in the very near future."
York University is coming to Markham. Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities made the official announcement during a press conference Wednesday at the future site of the new campus at Markham Centre.
The bellwether in terms of advanced rail technology is the extensive, ultra-modern and truly impressive transportation system enjoyed in Japan; unsurprising given their 22 billion annual passenger trips, and being home to 44 of the world’s 50 busiest train stations.
Eight years ago — before it was even known as Metrolinx — the newborn Greater Toronto Transportation Authority promised a region-wide, web-based transit trip planner. The idea was to provide a tool that would help riders plan a journey beginning-to-end, even if it required using multiple municipal transit services and GO
The Star's Eric Andrew-Gee set off at Union Station to discover how the other commuting half lives.
Ridership studies show that the case for a Sheppard East LRT is actually stronger than the Finch West line scheduled to be built first. But ridership projections for both fall squarely in the range suited to light rail.
Mississauga, Brampton and Ajax mayors say an integrated transportation system is critical to helping the Toronto region compete globally.
Construction crews will pave three sections of Davis, between Barbara Road and Charles Street, from May 12 to 15. Paving takes place from Barbara to Longford Drive May 12 and 13, and from the GO Transit rail track to west of Charles (excluding Keith Bridge) May 13 to 15. A portion of Longford will also be paved during this time.
Citizens of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, unite! You have nothing to lose but your gridlock! Hemmed between the ocean and the mountains, the Lower Mainland is choking now. The traffic contributes to Greater Vancouverites being Canada’s least happy people, according to a recent survey by Statistics Canada.
Landscape architecture matters more than ever and Toronto has sterling examples to spare: Trinity Bellwoods, University Avenue, the waterfront. Leading architects want to open our eyes to why the city is a world leader in designing and shaping urban outdoor spaces.
Work continues on the Spadina subway extension that is now over budget and scheduled to open in 2017
The Concept: The Xoupir (the X is pronounced like an S) is a futuristic four-wheel drive city bus powered by wireless electricity and designed with today’s users in mind. It features smartglass tinted windows, free WiMAX ultra-high speed internet access, and you don’t need to buy a ticket or a pass to get onboard.
In Ontario, politicians are the self-anointed experts on transit, ever used as a vote-buying exercise.
The GTA is plagued by “dead zones” along many of its major streets that could become affordable new family-friendly neighbourhoods and vibrant shopping areas if rezoned for desperately needed mid-rise condo projects. Whole stretches of prime real estate — especially along key transit routes like the Bloor-Danforth subway — are hobbled by outdated zoning and low-rise buildings that would make ideal spots for five- to 11-storey condo complexes and new walkable, transit-oriented neighbourhoods, notes a new report being released Friday.
...It’s no secret the entire GTA has undergone a fundamental shift from demands for the traditional suburban dwelling to a more urban direction over the past several years. Just look how Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill have morphed into thriving urban centres with intensified growth, boosts in transit investment and added high rises and condos...
Hefty transportation improvements announced in the provincial budget Thursday can’t come soon enough for York Region transit riders.
York—a rapidly growing suburb north of Toronto—is another great example of advancing TOD around bus rapid transit (BRT
). The city has plans to build 80 kilometers of rapid transit using buses, and will invest in 20 kilometers of light rail development. The project, called VIVANext
, is becoming a standard for good quality BRT in North America.
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals will invest $49.8 billion in Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area public transit, highways and bridges over the next decade, the Star has learned.
The Ontario budget unveiled Thursday by Finance Minister Charles Sousa includes $11.9 billion in funding for infrastructure and public transit projects in 2015-16. Here are 10 projects:
All of the $4 billion netted from the sale of 60% of the Hydro One transmission will go toward transportation infrastructure, premier says.
As pleased as the chairperson of York Region’s transportation committee is to see Ottawa investing in a multi-year program for transit in Canadian cities, he calls it a delayed pittance. “It’s a serious problem. We need (more) investment in transit infrastructure,” Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora said yesterday.
“A new transit operations, maintenance and storage facility is complete in the Town of Richmond Hill that will support transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area,” Transport Canada said in a press release Thursday.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s pre-election juggling act takes centre stage on Tuesday with a budget highlighted by billions of dollars in new spending and tax breaks for families, business and public transit in Toronto and other big cities.
OTTAWA — The Harper government is set to promise up to $1 billion a year to Canada’s biggest cities for transit projects in this year’s federal budget, municipal sources suggest.
The Liberal government’s pledge of 15-minute service across the GO Transit rail network is going to have a slow start, with many trains coming much less frequently at first, The Globe and Mail has learned.
He’ll have to find some more money but Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard)’s SmartTrack transit plan has received another little push down the track from Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Expect even more construction along the Davis Drive corridor over the next few months. The expansion of the Ministry of Transportation carpool lot near the Davis Drive and Hwy. 404 overpass is scheduled to get underway. Once complete, it will feature separate platforms and covered shelters for use by YRT/Viva and GO Transit bus riders.
The engineering firm will manage the last 30 per cent of the project, now slated to open two years late at the end of 2017.
The Toronto Transit Commission has hired the engineering firm Bechtel to take over project management of the troubled Spadina subway extension in a contract worth up to $80-million.
Newmarket’s employment number may be slightly rosier than York Region suggested last month but the town still attracted fewer jobs over the past five years than any other York Region municipality.
Just as the city has become an extension of its inhabitants, so has public transit. Riding the TTC can be like spending time in a stranger’s living room, kitchen and sometimes even their bathroom.
We’re up there, but Whitchurch-Stouffville is not the fastest growing place in Canada.
Close. But our puberty-like growth spurt during the past decade isn’t even the largest in the GTA.
That distinction, honourable or otherwise, falls to Milton, the Halton region community on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, which may be best known as the home town of all-world astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Sanitary and storm sewers will be installed along the south side of Davis, between Keith Bridge and just east of Prospect Street, during that time. The road will also be widened.
The provincially funded reconstruction of Davis Drive is expected to cost about $261 million.
That’s the number floated in a project status report issued recently by the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation.
Despite qualms from some that they were being railroaded into making a quick decision, York Region councillors have agreed the region is on the hook for as much as $92 million in additional funding to complete the extension of the Spadina subway.
A transit vision for the future is a hard sell in a car-friendly town where the buses pass by empty.
Moviegoers in Markham will soon be able to experience VIP treatment complete with snack service, licensed areas and motion seats.
After Greater Toronto Area mayors and chairpersons met with Premier Kathleen Wynne Tuesday to discuss collaborating on a number of issues, they are now looking to the upcoming provincial budget for new “revenue tools” to bankroll roads and transit, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said at a York Region transportation symposium yesterday.
Transportation Minister Steve Del Duca says he has faith GTA commuters will take public transit and carpool in groups of three during the Pan Am Games.
Transit agency says that will keep cost overrun to $150 million. The TTC is recommending a third party take over the management of the overdue, over-budget Spadina subway extension into Vaughan.
Toronto Mayor John Tory mused last week — following reports the Spadina subway extension to Vaughan could run as much as $400 million over budget — that perhaps the red rocket could initially run only as far as York University. But that’s a non-starter for local politicians. Transportation Minister and Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca has repeatedly said he expects the subway to run all the way to York Region, as promised by the TTC when the province invested $870 million into the $2.5 billion project
Toronto Mayor John Tory mused last week — following reports the Spadina subway extension to Vaughan could run as much as $400 million over budget — that perhaps the red rocket could initially run only as far as York University. But that’s a non-starter for local politicians. Transportation Minister and Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca has repeatedly said he expects the subway to run all the way to York Region, as promised by the TTC when the province invested $870 million into the $2.5 billion project
Metrolinx officials are defending the cost of riding the soon-to-launch Union-Pearson Express, arguing the service will appeal to anyone who wants to get to Pearson International Airport in a reasonable amount of time. While no date has been set for the Union Station-to-airport service to begin, reporters were provided Monday with a ride on the express train.
The TTC has failed to pursue a public-private partnership that would protect the city from cost overruns like those on Spadina, says Josh Matlow.
The agency wants to raise the Barrie GO tracks near Davenport Rd., but is inviting residents to talk about how to use the freed-up space.
The TTC’s unfinished Spadina subway extension from Downsview Station through York University and up into Vaughan is about $400 million over-budget.
Ten months after the most recent decision by York Region councillors to move forward with a $212.8-million administrative annex building adjacent to the Newmarket headquarters, two councillors now want the project moved to Richmond Hill to serve the growing population in the three southern municipalities.
Group develops ideas for how the Milton-Vaughan route could include cyclists and pedestrians.
York Region could be on the hook for more money for the extension of the Spadina subway to Vaughan, according to reports, which say the project is over-budget and taking longer than expected to complete. The extension of the line from Downsview to York University and up to Vaughan is about $400 million over budget.
After decades of studying, designing, building and advocating, Ed Levy can be forgiven a rant or two about the state of transit building in his hometown.
A new proposed route for the Scarborough subway would promote development and save taxpayers money.
Toronto is being asked for a $95-million payment by the province’s regional transit agency to cover a part of the price of building its new airport express line – a cost that bureaucrats are warning could be the “start of many.”
Starting yesterday, trees along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and Newmarket will be marked with spray paint and ribbons before being removed for construction of the VIVAnext Yonge Street Bus Rapidway.
The concept of a rapid transit line looping down from Bloor through downtown has been around a lot longer than the politicians debating it.
TORONTO - There was a time in our city when there was a great flurry of subway construction and openings.
When you focus on what really matters—service—much of the difference actually disappears.
“People lined up overnight to buy a unit,” recalls Marco Filice about the first condo building that went on sale a decade ago at Thornhill City Centre.
Stretching from Oakville to Ajax and north to Newmarket, metropolitan Toronto has surpassed a significant milestone, but is struggling to pull together as a region.
One of Toronto’s most stubborn myths is the notion that the suburbs never get any rapid transit.
Canada is an urban country. Though the national mythology speaks of canoes and ancient forests, the daily reality for most Canadians is defined by SUVs and traffic jams.
Work on rail line - between Agincourt and Milliken GO stations - expected to start in the spring
Metrolinx is tendering the first phase of construction to expand the Stouffville track, a key piece of plans for all-day service — and of Mayor John Tory's SmartTrack plan.
Council voted to put something underground on Tuesday — a request for information. Councillors opted to bury Councillor Josh Matlow’s push for more information about the Scarborough subway extension rather than inch closer to restarting the debate over the transit project
Toronto’s transit picture became clearer Tuesday as city council approved spending an additional $1.65-million on a feasibility study for Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack rail plan, while voting down an attempt to reopen the Scarborough subway debate.
At the second meeting of the Tory’s council, on the debate over the mayor’s designated key item (his SmartTrack transit plan), Ford rose to ask a question. It was partly about whether Tory had told the people of Toronto during the campaign about spending money to study the plan
Only a bit late for Groundhog Day, the biggest transit battles of Toronto’s last council term are about to pop up again.
Transit union balks at cameras and other monitoring technology, but YRT has found such tools often prove drivers aren't to blame in crashes.
The Toronto Transit Commission has signalled that the Spadina subway extension could be delayed once again
Questions over the real cost of the Scarborough subway and what the city owes for cancelling an LRT alternative will resurface at Mayor John Tory’s second city council meeting next week.
The controversial Scarborough subway project will be back on the docket at city council next week, with one of the project’s opponents demanding answers to key questions about ridership and financial viability.
Canada’s big city mayors are starting the new year with a renewed effort to put urban issues on the national agenda.
Public consultations on the proposed Scarborough subway extension begin this weekend, giving residents a taste of the difficult decisions the city faces as it weighs options for the controversial project.
It’s a thought that crosses every driver’s mind while sitting bumper to bumper in the middle of Highway 401
Expert says rush-hour tolls encourage transit use and prompt many drivers to adjust route and time of travel, making the commute a little easier for all.
Research in cities around the world suggests that if you build it, the cars will come. And sooner than you’d think.
Cancel non-essential travel, police advise
Increasingly, buyers say they’d choose a walkable, transit-oriented location over a larger home, if cost weren’t an issue, says a study for the Pembina Institute and RBC.
Forum poll finds 72% approve of new Mayor Bonnie Crombie, but only 34% think the city can afford her massive transit construction promises.
She’s probably richer than you think. She also tends to use tokens, ride the subway and avoid rush-hour travel.
Transportation Tomorrow Survey reveals surprising truths about who’s going where in the GTA — and hints at where we’d really get the most bang for the buck.
Tory and TTC chair Josh Colle announce $95 million in proposed changes to the transit system.
A $60 sticker added to a Metropass allows unlimits rides to Exhibition or Danforth.
Council has already approved $750,000 in study spending for Mayor John Tory's top policy priority.
The province and chair of the TTC will make a joint announcement Friday at the Danforth GO station.
The goal is to offer a much quicker way to get to the city core, while allowing people to bypass the over-crowded subway exchange at Bloor-Yonge.
There’s plenty of ‘new’ emerging in Newmarket. From the changes along Davis Drive, the recent opening of a splash pad, the anticipated completion of Old Town Hall and the addition of unique restaurant and shopping experiences — the town’s landscape is certainly changing. First there’s Davis, which is expected to be finished in December 2015.
With a smart-card fare system still years away, Toronto’s transit system is trying to make it more convenient for passengers to buy token or tickets.
Andy Byford, the chief executive officer of the Toronto Transit Commission, said he is pushing also for a faster rollout of the Presto smart-card system. And he suggested – while refraining from comment on whether the nearly $1-billion system commissioned by the Ontario government was the right decision – that it is not always worth reinventing the wheel.
TTC CEO Andy Byford wants to move up the full launch of the electronic Presto card by a year.
The provincial electronic fare card isn't scheduled to be fully installed on all TTC buses, streetcars and subways until 2017. But Byford said he's pushing his staff and Metrolinx to get it done in 2016. The only caveat, he said, is that it must be reliable.
TORONTO - It’s all fare. Metrolinx approved both a proposed 5% fare hike and the fare structure for the Union Pearson Express train at its public meeting Thursday. Deflecting criticisms the airport shuttle paid for by taxpayer money and opening in late spring was too pricey for the average commuter at $27.50 or $19 with a Presto Card, Metrolinx president and CEO Bruce McCuaig called the fare scale “fair.”
Former Whitchurch-Stouffville mayor Wayne Emmerson is York Region's new chairperson. He won the Region's top political job, beating out Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, 16 votes to 4. M
arkham Regional Councillor Jim Jones bowed out of race, backing Emmerson. Emmerson was mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville and a member of regional council for 17 years.
Metrolinx and GO Transit officials announced this morning that the new Gormley GO station is under construction. To better meet the demand for increased service in York Region - and the Richmond Hill line that serves 10,000 riders every weekday - GO Transit is building a new station at Stouffville Road, north of the existing Richmond Hill GO station.
Roam around the suburbs ringing Toronto and one thing you notice is how much governments are investing in new transit: new buses, new bus corridors, new stations. While Toronto talks endlessly about how to build better transit, the ‘burbs are getting it done.That is surprising, because for decades the suburbs were considered a transit desert, so spread out, so thinly populated and so hooked on the private automobile that trying to create a workable transit network was futile. But times are changing in the lands of malls and freeways.
The scenery isn’t the only thing changing along Davis Drive. Beginning this month, construction crews will redo the Yonge and George streets and Barbara Road intersections. And, as the VivaNext rapidway station platforms and canopies between Yonge and Roxborough Road take shape, changes will alter how pedestrians and drivers use traffic intersections along the stretch of roadway. The rapidways are being built in the centre of the road
The Region of York could save more than $680,000 on new buses by partnering with 12 other Ontario municipalities. The joint transit purchase is being coordinated through the transit procurement initiative [TPI], a Metrolinx program that helps small and medium Ontario municipalities save money through bulk purchasing.
...In about two or three years ...there’ll be a carousel with crazy characters to straddle at the main intersection of this very new, and very urban, development in the heart of Markham, plus oodles more green space in which to run around ...
And all of this in what used to be car-dependent suburbia.
It has been nearly a decade since the Ontario government introduced Places to Grow — the provincial growth plan created to strategically accommodate future population growth, support economic prosperity and achieve a high quality of life for all Ontarians — and one doesn’t have to look far to notice the effects.
I am disappointed in the amount of negative opinions I continue to hear regarding the construction on Davis Drive in Newmarket... We cannot move forward and make improvements and upgrades to our already wonderful community without changing the existing infrastructure.
When Mitch Goldhar, owner of SmartCentres, teamed up with a few partners to buy 100 undeveloped acres at Edgeley Boulevard and Hwy. 7 nearly 20 years ago, he envisioned it as the future home of a big-box-store plaza with a sprawling parking lot. That is, after all, the type of development he’s been building for more than a decade since teaming up with retail giant WalMart to expand its presence in Canada. City council’s vision, at that time, was much different.
Public Transit Expansions Fueling Development in Vaughan’s New Downtown.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Vaughan today to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new office tower at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The government is helping to build up downtown Vaughan with smart investments in public transit
A friend of mine, who has been taking York Region Transit — and the TTC and GO less often — for the past few months has been telling me about his experiences. And, in general, it’s been a mixed bag, as you might expect. First, the good news.
York Region is updating its transportation master plan and wants your input. “We really value the feedback that our residents, our businesses and our road users provide us,” infrastructure management and project management office director Stephen Collins said. “I would encourage everyone to become involved and to provide their input...”
A new study says that the vast majority of homebuyers – 81 per cent – would choose less car-dependent neighbourhoods over big lawns and extra bedrooms if cost were not a factor. The dream of home ownership in the Toronto region is evolving, with more home buyers prioritizing a walkable neighbourhood over floor space.
Transit within Markham’s main hub is finally beginning to take shape. An announcement Monday morning marked the official opening of the next segment along the bus rapidway – now extending along Hwy. 7 from Hwy. 404 to South Town Centre Boulevard.
During his annual town hall on Tuesday, President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri delivered an insider’s guide to York University’s proposal for a new campus in York Region. Speaking to a near capacity crowd in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall on the Keele campus, Shoukri delivered a comprehensive overview about why a new campus situated in Markham, Ont., would benefit York Region and the University.
Municipal candidates with transit dreams will have to wait their turn. Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said his ministry will try to knit together the municipal wishlists across the Greater Toronto Area but intends to release its own timetable by the end of the year for when projects are built during the next decade
Are you in favour of a York University satellite campus right here in Markham? Following last week’s announcement of the proposed Markham location and funding commitments for a proposed campus, York University is asking for your support. “We need everyone’s voice to build the case that York Region should be home to a new campus,” York University president and vice-chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri said in a statement on Monday
The next steps toward a proposed York University satellite campus in the heart of Markham were revealed during a special announcement Thursday afternoon. Regional politicians, media and supporters gathered at the Remington Group Presentation Centre on Enterprise Boulevard as Mayor Frank Scarpitti spoke of the proposed campus’ location, in collaboration with academic partner Seneca College.
The bid for a York University campus in York Region took a major step forward on Thursday, Sept. 11 with the official announcement of the proposed campus location north of Highway 407 between Kennedy Road and Warden Avenue, in the City of Markham, along with significant commitments from both The Regional Municipality of York and the City of Markham.
A new $20-million GO Transit bus service and storage facility has officially opened in East Gwillimbury. York-Simcoe MP Peter Van Loan helped open the new Garfield Wright Boulevard facility Monday morning.
From the surface, it doesn't look like much. When you step on to the site of the future Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station, which will act as end-of-the-line for the Toronto York Spadina Subway extension, it doesn’t appear all that different from any number of other construction projects on the go across the GTA... All of that changes, however, as you approach the trench.
Pembina Institue latest report points to Toronto's success in bullding transit and ridership, but also the cost of underinvesting.
Shant Ghazarian is finding it hard to keep a thriving business along Davis Drive right now. Although the Mars Tire and Auto Service owner’s shop is just outside of the VivaNext construction zone, he is feeling the brunt of resident pushback over the massive project.
It's often easier to move people to jobs than vice versa. The most obvious route connecting public transit and mobility is the idea of spatial mismatch: public transit helps a person connect with a job for which they are qualified but can't reach.
Newmarket is preparing itself for the next 20 years with the passage of an urban centres secondary plan, according to several town council members. Council approved the plan, which outlines the path for growth and development in the Yonge Street and Davis Drive urban corridors.
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station serves a city centre that has yet to materialize. The station itself is expected to kick start development of a future residential and work hub that should reach a population density never before seen in York Region. Paul Raff Studio embedded their “Atmospheric Lense” artwork into the station’s entry pavilion dome to create the effect of a large, overhead low-relief sculpture.
Art will blend with architecture in the six new subway stations now taking shape along the TTC's Spadina Extension subway line, set to open in the fall of 2016. Over the next week, CBC Toronto will feature a profile on each of the new stations plans, examining both the art and architecture of the stops on the new line
Metrolinx says over the next 10 years it plans to electrify its GO trains, delivering 15-minute service for around $12 billion. In a report to the transit agency’s board on regional express rail, Metrolinx says it plans to pursue the service improvement.
It appears Markham has what York University wants – an urban centre, transit, recreation and amenities for students.
York University in collaboration with Seneca College announced today that, after a competitive process, Markham Centre has been selected as the preferred location in its bid to build a new university campus in York Region.
Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to get ready to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street. Over the next five months — or until about October 24 — crews will shift, reduce and narrow traffic lanes between Jane Street and a point east of the Canadian National Railways bridge to accommodate various work activities for the upcoming rapidway construction.
A West GTA citizens group moves beyond tired talking points to describe what a smart system would look like. Commuters living west of the city don’t just want more transit. They want transit that makes more sense.
Urban planning should encourage walking, cycling and use of public transit to battle chronic disease, public health doctors say. The top doctors for Toronto, Peel, Hamilton and Simcoe- Muskoka have joined forces to urge all levels of government to change the way communities are planned, to encourage more physical activity.
Discussions about building bike lanes often get bogged down in debates on the bad behaviour of some cyclists. Until we separate these issues, we won’t make progress on either one.
Queen Lower, a partially-built underground TTC streetcar station, was abandoned after the construction of the Yonge subway. Its presence is alluring to transit watchers but it’s considered an unlikely piece of the downtown relief puzzle.
And then there were three. Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Markham found out Friday they have been shortlisted as possible sites for a York University satellite campus.
Metrolinx has awarded a $260.5-million contract to York RapidLINK, a construction consortium that will build 9 kilometres of new bus lanes and 10 Viva bus stations along Yonge St. in Richmond Hill and Newmarket.
Get ready Newmarket and Richmond Hill. Work on the rapidways along Yonge Street in your communities is about to get underway. This morning, it was announced that York RapidLINK Constructors had been awarded the $260.5-million contract to design and build the VivaNext bus rapidways on two stretches of Yonge in Newmarket and Richmond Hill.
On the eve of a major announcement on public transit by Premier Kathleen Wynne, the provincial Liberals have released a progress report touting the government’s $100 billion in transit and infrastructure spending since 2003.
The stretch of the Hwy. 7 Viva bus rapidway that opened in Richmond Hill last summer received top honours from the Ontario Public Works Association this week.
Newmarket Hydro president Paul Ferguson responds to a letter to the editor regarding the cost savings of burying hydro lines on Davis Drive in Newmarket.
As more people collect in a city center, more jobs cluster there too, boosting both wages and economic productivity over time. And the key to it all, he believes, may be public transportation.
Who's going to pay the cost of fixing gridlock? That's the issue facing the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area.
As “global gridlock” looms, technology companies offer solutions.
Now that the tunnelling on the Spadina line is complete, John Musselman takes a look underground at another milestone reached in the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension [TYSSE]. The extension will open in late fall 2016.
The final segment of tunnelling was finished this week when the tunnel boring machine known as Torkie broke through the headwall at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station site, finishing the tenth and final tunnel drive for the project.
Impediments to solving gridlock are political resistance to upfront investments and our clinging to the notion that a car represents personal freedom.
The GTA's traffic woes are taking a growing toll on the city’s businesses, and their workers.
The Pembina Institute's Cherise Burda says towers aren't necessary to create density. "Density isn’t just about building highrise dorms for people in their 20s. We need midrise on the avenues,” — Toronto’s main streets — “and elsewhere. Governments need to change the rules to encourage midrise. We have lots of space in downtowns."
The commute to work is going to get worse as investments in new roads fail to keep pace with suburban growth. We take a look at two different daily drives.
The former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader and current Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance chairperson was raising awareness about CivicAction’s latest campaign and reiterating the importance of supporting new, dedicated funding for transit expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Concord/North Thornhill Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco suggested if York Region and other regional municipalities want a bigger piece of the transit pie, they need to "bark a lot louder" to make sure the message is heard.
VivaNext announced plans to begin construction along Yonge Street in 2014. Yonge portion of the VivaNext rapidway project will have three stations at Yonge at Mulock, Eagle and Davis, providing connection to Southlake Regional Health Centre and Hwy. 404.
Each mode has benefits depending on where it runs and how many people it is expected to carry. Light rail is certainly the most misunderstood of Toronto's three major transit modes. But it has definite advantages over both buses and subway lines, depending on the nature of the neighbourhoods it serves and the city's finances.
Liberty Development has made transit accessibility a key factor in its forward-focused development strategy. “Every one of our developments under construction right now is within 50 feet of a bus or potential subway line,” says the company’s senior vice-president, Marco Filice, noting that more and more buyers in the 905 are seeking condos that offer transit access.
Vishaan Chakrabarti, the architect and academic is a constant transit rider, like most of his neighbours in Manhattan, thinks we should ride the subway, too – his new book, A Country of Cities, argues that “hyperdense” cities built around mass transit, make us more prosperous and happier, too.
Metrolinx is forging ahead with its relief line study, but York Region politicians hope they won’t be kept waiting for work on the Yonge subway extension to start while the Toronto Transit Commission addresses capacity issues.
The Highway 7 Rapidway is part of a much larger “VivaNext” plan for building new rapid transit corridors and upgrading others across York Region. Rapidways are also under construction on Highway 7 in Vaughan near the terminus of the Spadina Subway extension, and on Davis Drive in Newmarket, which will see new Viva service in 2014. Further phases include Highway 7 and Centre Street in Vaughan and Yonge Street north from Highway 7 in Richmond Hill.
North of Highway 7, “rodmen” are dirty and sweaty, tying reinforcement bar to the walls of the cavernous trench that will become Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station, the future terminus of the University-Spadina subway line. Struts, which look like big steel pipes, run across the excavation, holding back the earth primeval until crews can pour concrete walls.
The tunnel to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is nearly complete and the stations are taking shape amid cranes and construction north of Downsview Station.
We’re touring the $2.6-billion Toronto-York Spadina subway extension, which is half built. By the fall of 2016, God and Metrolinx willing, travellers will be whisked in mostly subterranean comfort between the wilds of Vaughan and a reborn Union Station.
Cycling as transportation, a folly once limited to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Asia, is today a global pandemic.
The Guardian reports that "Cyclists make up an incredible 24% of vehicles in London's morning rush hour." New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his crusading transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, have crisscrossed Manhattan and Brooklyn with almost 300 miles of bike lanes, many of them protected lanes painted green. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel envisions 100 miles of green bike lanes. In Montreal and Vancouver, cyclists pedal physically separated bike lanes on major thoroughfares.
York Region Police and municipal staff launched their 20th annual United Way employee campaign today with a goal to raise a record $425,000.
When it comes to moving large numbers of people efficiently through urban areas, it’s hard to beat good old-fashioned heavy rail subways and metro lines. But these projects come at a steep price, and don’t make sense in many areas. Yet, politicians looking for cheaper options too often fall for the superficial idea that anything that runs on train tracks must be a good idea. The smarter strategy in many cases is to look instead at the numerically dominant form of mass transit — the humble bus — and ask what can be done to make it less humble.
Can high-quality bus rapid transit work in a suburban context like Montgomery County? Yes, if there's effective branding and quality infrastructure. That's the lesson from Viva, the BRT network serving York Region in suburban Toronto.
Sunday will mark the opening of the first 2.7 kilometres of what will eventually be a 36 kilometre-network of dedicated bus lanes in York Region.
Transit riders in York Region will get their first taste of rapid transit on Sunday, when York Region Transit/VIVA opens a dedicated bus-only lane on Highway 7.
The bus rapid transit (BRT) route will run between Highway 404 and Bayview Avenue and will be integrated into the existing transit network, Rick Takagi, acting director of transit operations for YRT/VIVA, tells CityNews.
Can the bus change its image?
The first segment of an improved bus service opening in York Region this weekend is trying to bury the “loser-cruiser” reputation, hoping to persuade more suburbanites to opt for public transit by promising better reliability and faster service.
The Black Creek Pioneer Village Station was originally conceived as Steeles West Station, after the street where it stops near Jane. Even though it’s about 800 metres from the pioneer village, the TTC board voted last year to honour the museum and make it easy for tourists to find the place.
Construction on the VivaNext rapidway on Hwy. 7 between Bayview Avenue and Hwy. 404 is nearing completion. The stretch is expected to open by the end of August, Viva spokesperson Dale Albers said. adding other segments of the rapidway under construction in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham and along Davis Drive in Newmarket remain on schedule.
The design and construction of the vivaNext rapidway projects includes pedestrians and cyclists as an integral part of the transit plan. Bike lanes have been incorporated along the rapidways where road width allows.
Three York Region mayors pledged their support for better transit today, although there was some disagreement among them on how best to pay for it. Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti joined members of their respective councils at the Richmond Hill Centre bus terminal to add their names to the growing list of York politicians calling on the province to implement new, dedicated revenue tools to expand the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area's transit and transportation infrastructure.
The coming of warmer weather marks the start of patio season. It also marks the beginning of construction season. So if you’re planning to take Hwy. 7 through the heart of York Region, pack some patience these next six weeks as paving work begins between Bayview Avenue and Hwy. 404.
Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray says he is revisiting a $34-billion transit blueprint for the Toronto region – a move that could reopen debate after years of provincial and municipal planning. Cities and the province’s transit agency, Metrolinx, have spent millions of dollars and several years designing the next phase of the province’s so-called Big Move – 10 big-ticket projects including Toronto’s long-awaited downtown relief line, the Yonge Street subway extension, and light-rail lines in Mississauga and Hamilton.
Metrolinx unveiled a short list of possible revenue tools to fund massive transit expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region and it includes controversial money makers such as highway tolls, a sales tax, fuel tax and parking fee.
The car may reign supreme in York Region, but three municipal councillors have banded together to demand the province get on with extending the Yonge subway north to Richmond Hill.
A fundamental tenant of a walkable community is that buses and stations/stops need to be where the people are and where they are going. Viva’s rapidway will connect my marvelously walkable Beverly Glen neighbourhood and our near neighbours south of Centre Street with the growing Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and the Richmond Hill transit hub with its connections to GO buses and trains and transit connections to downtown Toronto.
Everyone wants to love their neighbourhood. It’s about more than the streets you drive along to get home after work, more than how far you are from transit or the dentist. It’s about connecting with the place and the people. This multi-part series explores some of the many vibrant neighbourhoods in and around the GTA and what makes them thrive. Frank Scarpitti grew up exploring the brooks and brush of Milne Dam Conservation Park in Markham. Like most kids, he got a kick out of nature.
The social, economic and environmental malady of gridlock in Greater Toronto can be cured. This week, the Toronto Region Board of Trade prescribed a treatment to raise the $2 billion a year needed to fund the Big Move regional transportation plan: a combination of small regional sales and gasoline taxes, a commercial parking levy, and paid express lanes.
Toronto region commuters already suffer some of the longest commutes in North America. Now the Toronto Region Board of Trade is recommending aggressive taxes that will add pain to their pockets.
The coming bus rapidway may take the same route as current Viva buses, but some residents are convinced it’s the road to destruction. The route in question is only a small part of the Viva bus rapidway that will stretch across Highway 7, connecting the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre with town centres in Richmond Hill and Markham. Martow and a contingent of local residents who have taken up the cause are not against the rapidway itself, but rather the planned route of the dedicated centre lanes through their neighbourhood — from Highway 7 south down Bathurst St. and west across Centre St.
Highway 7, technically Regional Road 7, could become Avenue 7. It’s the Snoop Dogg of GTA roads. When he went to Jamaica in 2012, something happened to Snoop Dogg. Whether it was a spiritual transformation influenced by reggae and Rastafarianism, as claimed, or an attention-grabbing ploy, he was “reborn” as Snoop Lion. Martine Stonehouse, a collector of licence plates, road signs and maps, points to Highway 7 on a beautiful 1927 map. The paved and “improved gravel” sections of the new highway are marked in different colours, working their way eastward.
Bill Vigars remembers the heat of that summer — thick, wet, insufferable heat that would glue a shirt to your back in minutes. He remembers the crowds, too. Everywhere they went, folks waving and grinning from the sidewalks, kids standing on tiptoes to catch a glimpse of the man skip-hop running down the highway.
When Highway 7 was still a two lane gravel road, Norman Maynard counted the cars that drove by. Maynard, a painter and decorator by trade, would drive his ’27 Chevy to the outskirts of Woodbridge. Ken Maynard, 78, guesses his father probably counted a few hundred cars in a day.
Looking to get around traffic trouble spots in York Region more easily? There will soon be an app for that.
Along this strip of seven, roughly from Locust Hill to the western edge of Brooklin, sit rolling farmlands and a string of sleepy communities.
Highway 7 is changing. When the road was designated a provincial highway in the 1920s, it was a gateway for city dwellers. For the next nine decades, the road grew with Ontario, from its rural routes to industrial highway. Now, with major investment in public transit, Highway 7 is becoming an urban thoroughfare.
Want better transit and less congestion in the GTA? Then be prepared to pay. That was one of the key messages GO Transit president Gary McNeil tried to hammer home during a roundtable discussion at the Newmarket Community Centre yesterday.
It may be winter, but construction is still taking place along Hwy. 7 this week.
York Region’s rapid transit efforts are moving full-steam ahead, with Newmarket residents about to get a taste of the road construction already seen to the south.
The idea of creating a downtown in Vaughan is something that has been kicked around for years. But that plan has shifted into fast forward now that the Spadina subway extension is under way.
While all eyes have been fixed on the subway fight in Toronto’s east end, the city of Vaughan has been quietly and quickly laying out plans to create a new downtown with the TTC’s newest piece of subway right at the heart of it.
You’ve lost that highway feeling. If York Region conducted its affairs through karaoke ballads, perhaps they might dedicate a take on the Righteous Brothers classic to their asphalt sweetheart, Highway 7.
There's no question the world is changing under your feet and while York Region has spent the last 40 years growing out, the next 40 - like a kid heading to university - will be about growing up.
The rapid transit work, on Davis Drive and along Hwy. 7 is “on schedule and advancing well,” ahead of the looming, inevitable inclement weather, Viva spokesperson Dale Albers said.
Construction of Viva’s bus lanes will heat up along Davis Drive and Hwy. 7 this summer. Things are on schedule and moving full steam ahead on both stretches, Viva spokesperson Dale Albers said.
$250-million rapid bus lanes construction approved by region.
Viva’s median bus lanes are a step closer to reality now with $250 million in construction contracts for Hwy. 7 and Davis Drive approved. Utility crews are starting their work, setting back poles and restringing lights, along a seven-kilometre stretch of Hwy. 7, from Yonge Street to Warden Avenue.
These are the official names of the four tunnel-boring machines to be used in the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension.
Amanda Persico of yorkregion.com
writes that vivaNext “plans to leave little or no garbage in its path.” In a joint venture with Habitat for Humanity York Region, 85% of building materials from homes slated for demolition will be reused and recycled, instead of ending up in a landfill. The removal of these buildings will make room for the construction of rapidways along Davis Drive in Newmarket.
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes about construction resuming on vivaNext rapid transit lanes along Enterprise Drive in Markham, after work stopped for the winter months. The dedicated bus lanes are scheduled for completion in November 2010. "The completion of this project will bring improved transit for the people of Markham," said Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan.
release highlights the proposed new funding schedule for the vivaNext rapidway projects.
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes about YRTViva’s record-setting ridership for the month of March, and reviews some factors contributing to this notable growth.
Phinjo Gombu of The Toronto Star
writes about plans to transform Langstaff Gateway into “a revolutionary, transit-dependent live-work community in Markham.” The vivaNext rapidways and Yonge subway extension play a central role in the future vision of this community. These connections will make the Richmond Hill-Langstaff transit hub “the most important in the GTA after Union Station” and are critical to achieving smart growth goals.
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes about the increase in transit ridership in York Region from 2004 to 2009, using key statistics to highlight YRTViva’s success. The new head of YRTViva, Richard Leary, believes that the next phase of Viva will help to change the public’s perception about transit. He believes that “York Region is miles ahead of everyone else” in terms of creating a transit-friendly suburban culture.
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes that Viva’s blue vehicles will soon make stops in a transit-first community in Markham that will house up to 40,000 people. This “is the development of a city centre,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti to everyone who gathered on Monday to mark the launch of rapidway construction along Enterprise Drive. Metrolinx vice-chair Peter Smith called this project “a very important first step.”
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes that the TTC will review the preliminary design for the station that will be at the newly named Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Because Vaughan changed the name of this area from Vaughan Corporate Centre, the TTC is still deciding what the official station name will be. While TTC will run the subway, York Region will run the 18-bay bus terminal at the station.
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes that York Region residents will be able to start using the Presto fare card system Jan. 17, 2011. Recently some Oakville-area residents began using the card as part of a pilot project. The system will allow for seamless transfers between the various transit systems in the GTA by simply using a single card that can be reloaded online or at machines.
Stefania Lamacchia of yorkregion.com
writes about the groundbreaking for the Spadina subway extension. Dignitaries from all three levels of government were present with gold-coloured shovels in hand to mark the beginning of construction on the $2.6 billion project. The 8.6-kilometre extension into Vaughan will eliminate an estimated 30 million car trips from Toronto and York Region roads annually.
Antonella Artuso of the Toronto Sun
writes that construction has begun for the first subway that will cross over into York Region. Toronto Mayor David Miller said the project is “an unprecedented example of co-operation between the two cities” and Ontario Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said it will remove 30 million car trips annually from Toronto and York Region roads.
Tess Kalinowski of The Toronto Star
writes about how by 2015 a subway will be running underneath the ground where dignitaries from all three levels of government dug in their ceremonial shovels. It will be the first subway to cross over into York Region and the first to allow riders to travel on a TTC vehicle into York Region for a single fare. "This is really beginning to transform Toronto,” said TTC chair Adam Giambrone. “It's not just about moving people from A to B, it's about transforming neighbourhoods.”
Kevin Misener of 680news
reports that dignitaries from all three levels of government were on hand to break ground on a project that will fill in another piece of the city’s transit puzzle. “Having the subway terminating in the City of Vaughan is a great big start to a new downtown core," said Vaughan Mayor Linda Jackson. The extension will have six new stops including one at York University. Tunnel digging is expected to begin next year and people will be able to start riding the line by 2015.
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes that “the sky’s the limit” for the first subway station that will be entirely in York Region. The Hwy. 407 station will be between Jane and Black Creek just south of Hwy. 407 and will feature large windows that will bring light into the concourse and platform levels. Because there are no columns along the platform, riders will get an open view up to the sky.
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes that the Markham Town Council is discussing how to keep the Yonge subway extension project moving forward. Council passed a motion “asking the federal government to step up to the plate with funding.”
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes that the TTC board will approve the conceptual design for the Spadina line’s Steeles West station. The station will have a futuristic look including a light cone that will bring light down to the concourse and platform levels. It will also have bus bays for YRTViva and TTC and 1,900 parking spots.
David Fleischer of yorkregion.com
writes that York Region continues to work on the Yonge subway extension plans so that everything will be ready when funding is granted. Metrolinx recently released a benefits case analysis showing that bus rapid transit would not meet the corridor’s capacity demands in the future. A firm may be hired to engage upper levels of government and lead a strategic campaign on the project.
Christopher Hume of The Toronto Star
writes that an influential architect and planner from San Francisco will be working on the design of the Richmond Hill/Langstaff Urban Growth Centre. Peter Calthorpe said this job is "the highest manifestation of transit-oriented development I have been involved in." The centre will be a new-style urban community with mixed-use development and pedestrian-friendly areas all organized around transit.
Rob Ferguson of The Toronto Star
writes that Premier Dalton McGuinty announced $9 billion worth of funding for four new transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area including the rapidways in York Region. The other three projects must first complete the environmental approvals process meaning that the rapidways are the only project that could see a construction start by the end of the year.
newspaper writes that vivaNext projects will provide York Region residents with faster and more convenient connections. The new projects are expected to cut travel time by 40% and should commence shortly after the province announces its budget.