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Intercity Rail Ontario Transit Travels

A transit tour of central Ontario

A round trip from Toronto via Guelph, Owen Sound, and Barrie is the longest trip one can take using only local and regional transit services. Despite these new links, there is room for improvement.

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Architecture Canada History Intercity Rail

You can’t get there from here: Union Station’s lost cities

Union Station’s Great Hall is one of Toronto’s great indoor spaces. The station was constructed during Toronto’s first great building boom, in an era that began with E.J. Lennox’s Old City Hall (completed in 1899), and concluded with the completion of the Bank of Commerce Building, opened in 1931. Work on Union Station, built for […]

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Canada Intercity Rail Maps

The slow decline of Canada’s passenger rail network

A new interactive map depicts Canada’s passenger rail networks in 1955 and in 1980

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Canada History Intercity Rail Maps Ontario

What Canadian passenger rail looked like in 1955

An interactive map depicting intercity rail services in Ontario and Quebec in 1955

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History Intercity Rail Ontario

The world’s smallest Union Station

Ontario’s other Union Station is a charming reminder of a once-proud electric railway in Southwestern Ontario

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Intercity Rail Ontario Transit

Mapping Ontario’s transit connections

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several new inter-community transit services launched in Ontario during the last few months.

Every interurban transit connection in Ontario is included in an interactive map, which I will update regularly.

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About me Intercity Rail Ontario Transit

Transit Summit in Guelph this Saturday, November 9

Coach Canada bus to Hamilton, September 2009 This Saturday, I will be joining fellow transportation advocates and experts in Downtown Guelph for the First Annual Transit Summit & Town Hall organized by Transit Action Alliance of Guelph (TAAG).  I’ll be speaking about the gaps in regional and intercity transit in Guelph and Southwestern Ontario. In the 1980s, […]

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Intercity Rail Ontario Travels

Trekking across Northern Ontario

VIA RDC train about to depart Sudbury for White River Last month, I embarked on a journey from Toronto to Thunder Bay, a distance of over 1,300 kilometres. My journey took me nearly three days as I opted to travel by bus and rail, rather than by car or by air. Though I had to […]

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Canada Intercity Rail Ontario Travels

Passenger trains of Northern Ontario

Southbound Northlander train arriving at Gravenhurst, March 2012 In a few weeks, I will travel from Toronto to Thunder Bay by bus and by train, stopping at cities and towns like Sudbury, Chapleau, White River, Marathon, and Schreiber. I expect to write about the experience and the challenges of getting around Northern Ontario without a […]

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Infrastructure Intercity Rail Transit

Filling the gap in Southwestern Ontario

While there’s GO train service between Toronto, Guelph, and Kitchener, it’s inadequate for the regions’s transportation demands  Earlier this year, I took a ride on Wroute, a new service connecting Guelph, Kitchener, and Burlington that has some characteristics of a bus service, a taxi company, and ride-hailing app. With a fleet of Tesla Model X […]