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in the news, November 13, 2015

Ontario cities get $333 million for transit

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.

Aurora Banner,

York Region drivers have longest GTA commute

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.

Newmarket Era, November 12, 2015

Mulock GO train station being explored

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

Financial Post, November 10, 2015

‘Commuter commerce’ rising: How buses are becoming the latest mobile shopping hotspot

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.

Chris Ragan and Peter McCaffrey, National Post, November 2, 2015

Ragan & McCaffrey: Price the roads to ease congestion

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.