Category Archives: Infrastructure

Subways don’t always last 100 years

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford liked to claim that subways would last one hundred years, while other “inferior” forms of transit, like light rail systems, would last only thirty. At the time, Ford was pushing for a subway extension to … Continue reading

Posted in History, Infrastructure, Transit, Travels | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A tale of two university campuses

Site of Brampton’s new Ryerson/Sheridan campus Last week, the provincial government announced two new post-secondary educational campuses in Toronto‚Äôs fast-growing western suburbs, due to open in 2022. Wilfrid Laurier University will be partnering with Conestoga College on a new facility … Continue reading

Posted in Brampton, Development, Infrastructure, Ontario, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Toronto’s Zero Vision and the folly of Seniors Safety Zones

Eglinton Avenue East near Brimley Road, one of twelve Seniors Safety Zones in the City of Toronto Despite its status as a global city, a city that’s often ranked as one of the world’s safest, a city that likes to … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Roads, Toronto, Walking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The trouble with those “cyclists dismount” signs

Recently, I wrote about inconsistent, misleading, and problematic signage at road construction sites. Too often, cyclists are instructed to dismount and walk when a bike lane or general traffic lane is closed for construction. But these signs also exist where … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, Infrastructure, Roads | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

New TTC subway stations have great architecture, but they may not attract enough riders

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station On Saturday, October 28, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) held open houses at three of the six new subway stations set to open on December 17, 2017 when the Line 1 subway is extended to York … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Toronto, Transit, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some answered questions about Toronto’s next subway extension (updated)

York University Station, August 2017 Updated October 10, 2017 Ten months ago, I wrote about some of the unanswered questions about the Toronto Transit Commission’s Line 1 subway extension to York University and Vaughan. At the time, I was concerned … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Transit | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The ravine run around

While trail closures frustrate pedestrians and cyclists, the city spends millions of dollars to speed up road work Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, Infrastructure, Parks, Toronto, Walking | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments