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Cycling Travels

Cycling the Greater Golden Horseshoe

You never know who you might meet when you ride through Toronto’s ravines Spring is here! One of my favourite things to do is go for a ride, either within town, or on a day trip or an overnight excursion. Toronto’s ravines are a treat; and the further away from Lake Ontario you get, the […]

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Transit

Suburban stations for urban needs: accessing GO Transit’s proposed new stations

GO Transit train from the Pape Avenue footbridge, near the proposed site of Gerrard Station At its last board meeting on December 8, Metrolinx presented an update on the status of twelve new GO Transit rail stations, all located on existing lines. Eight of these proposed new stations are located in the City of Toronto; […]

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Brampton Transit

Unanswered questions about Toronto’s next subway extension

The TTC subway extension to York University will open a year from now. What will happen to transit passengers once their buses no longer serve the campus?

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Intercity Rail Transit Urban Planning

GO Transit’s Grimsby problem

Grimsby’s a great place to go for a hike, but GO Transit passengers aren’t well served.

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Toronto Transit Urban Planning

Ridership has tripled on UP Express, but we can do even better

When UP Express — Toronto’s rail link to Toronto Pearson International Airport – -launched on June 6, 2015, the one-way fare between Union Station and Pearson Airport was set at $27.50, or $19.00 with a Presto card. At the time, Metrolinx, the provincial agency charged with planning and integrating transportation services in the Greater Toronto […]

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Cycling Travels

A ride from Peterborough to Uxbridge (Day 2)

Looking west on Doube’s Trestle, between Peterborough and Omemee After riding the Lang-Hastings trail on Sunday July 30, I cycled from Peterborough to Uxbridge on Monday, August 1, stopping at Trent University. This is one of my favourite rides in Ontario, having done this route twice before. But this was the first time I rode west towards Uxbridge, […]

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Brampton Transit Urban Planning

Shortsighted short-turns at Bramalea GO

Bramalea GO Station Earlier this week, I took a train from Union Station to Bramalea, as I was preparing for a walk that I will hosting on Sunday exploring Canada’s first satellite city. Bramalea Station opened in 1973 when the Georgetown GO train service — GO Transit’s second commuter rail line — was inaugurated. The station is located at the […]

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Toronto Transit Urban Planning

The TTC’s disappearing parking lots: why this isn’t a bad thing

New office development at the TTC York Mills Station parking lot I’ve written several times on my blog about GO Transit’s problems with free parking. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) also operates many parking lots — 11,000 parking spots located at 13 of its 69 subway and RT stations — but has declared many of its lots […]

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Brampton Transit Urban Planning

GO Transit and the high cost of “free” parking, Part II: Brampton Boogaloo

GO and VIA Trains meet at Brampton Station September 20, 2016 update: Metrolinx has begun the process of demolishing its newly-acquired Downtown Brampton properties. It has applied for a demolition permit for 28A and 28B Nelson Street West, two semi-detached dwellings that were built in 2001. In the  City of Brampton, demolition permits for residential properties must be […]

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Toronto Transit

The many challenges of creating a transit hub at Pearson Airport

Sign in Terminal 1 at Pearson Airport. Whether we realize it or not, Pearson Airport is already a transit hub.  Updated April 7, 2016 Lester B. Pearson International Airport is Canada’s busiest airport, handling 41 million passengers a year. It is not the busiest transportation hub in the Greater Toronto Area, though; Union Station is considerably busier (GO […]