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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.