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In the news: Thursday, February 4, 2016



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Subway raccoon delays transit but delights passengers”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC customer satisfaction reaches all-time high”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Raccoon takes a ride on the TTC”, here.
  • BlogTOpost, “What the Gardiner Expressway might have looked like”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Sun website), “Feds to speed up infrastructure approvals as millions left unspent”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the National Post website), “‘We’ll put this down to cuteness’: Lone raccoon hitches ride downtown on Toronto subway”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC plans to reduce subway delays by 50 per cent, says Mayor John Tory”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Raccoon tries to catch the subway at Spadina Station”, here.
  • CleanTech Canada post, “Ontario issues second $750M green bond to help fund infrastructure projects”, here.
  • CodeRedTO.com post, “Transit projects and events update”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Subway service saw fewer delays in 2015: Tory”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Raccoon spotted trying to hop a ride on TTC at Spadina Station”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Transit delays down 13 percent in 2015: TTC”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Commuters struggle with lack of GO Transit park and ride spots”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Province issues second round of ‘green’ bonds”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Subway bandit: Raccoon spotted on TTC train”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Suspect charged after alleged sex assault on subway train”, here.
  • Daily Mail Online post, “What are we waiting fur? Hilarious moment: Subway brought to halt, RACCOON boards train”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Durham commuter life getting longer, more time consuming”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Much work needs to be done to curb the number of commuters leaving Durham Region”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Toronto to invest $50 million more in TTC, reduce budget delays by 50 percent”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Cops praise citizen’s arrest in alleged subway sex assault, caution on delayed arrests”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “My commute with the Toronto subway raccoon”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Chill Raccoon Rides Toronto Subway During Rush Hour”, here.
  • insauga post, “UPDATE - Hurontario light rail transit project”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TOinTRANSIT: TTC receives $56 million for the city of Toronto for improving transit, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Your TTC tokens can change a homeless youth’s life in Etobicoke”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “ROCKET RACCOON: Courageous critter joins Toronto commuters at Spadina station subway”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Documents show Queen St. route for Downtown Relief subway”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “TTC subway service improving, but maintenance program must wait”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Urban Etiquette column, “The rules of transit etiquette, for those who still don’t get it”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Metrolinx finalizing plans for Port Credit Mobility Hub”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “[DRT] U-Pass price up for vote”, here.
  • railway-technology.com post, “Ontario’s second green project benefits two transit projects”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “All this for $9.65 a trip”, here.
  • post, “Really? There is no North American company that can do this? Double-deckers are awful for regional transit (no comfort / passenger safety) and can’t support the summer season in Niagara”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “Resident concerned for pedestrians at Bayview and Soudan”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Memo to John Tory: Where’s the $50 Million?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “GO Transit electrification study public meetings”, here.
  • Time article, “Raccoon Gets on Subway in Commute to End All Commutes”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “City Council Preview: February 2016”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Video: Raccoon rides the rocket during morning rush”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “John Tory’s ‘evidence-based’ decision on transit still lacks proof”, here.
  • Toronto Star letter to the editor, “Byford: TTC service: it’s getting better all the time”, here.
  • Toronto Star letter to the editor: “McCuaig: Metrolinx isn’t thinking small”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Subway touted as a way to waken Scarborough’s downtown dream”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO double-deckers to roll out of Vaughan plant”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Electric shock for Metrolinx shows how thinking small can cause big pain”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Who decides which transit shelters will be a billboard for ads?: The Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “‘Green’ Gardiner proposal includes a park over eastern end of the highway”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Fatality disrupts service on GO Transit Kitchener line”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Raccoon hops subway at morning rush hour”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Budget to give TTC $50 million boost: Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Feds to speed up infrastructure approvals as millions left unspent”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Raccoon rides subway, causes TTC delay”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “Mayor Tory, increasing the TTC budget through fare hikes is not investing in transit”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: The 509”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: GO Willowbrook Yard”, here.
  • Varsity article, “Tory: ‘The civil war is over’”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Markham moves closer to silencing train whistles”, here.
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