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In the news: Friday, March 11, 2016



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Beach Metro News article, “Get your creativity rolling with 506 Project writing contest”, here.
  • BetaKit post,”PWC, Uber, City of Toronto and Metrolinx partnering to host hackathon”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The 5 most dangerous bus routes on the TTC”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Cheaper Union Pearson Express fares start…”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “McLaughlin Road back on the table as LRT route option”, here.
  • CanIndia News article, “Brampton councillors kill LRT tunnel option”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the CP24 website), “Man, 70 dies weeks after being hit by TTC bus in Parkdale”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “New SmartTrack plan unanimously approved by Mayor John Tory’s executive committee”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Crews break ground on first of 25 Eglinton Crosstown stations”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Swiftly app finds 53% of TTC vehicles not arriving on time”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC denies Swiftly report that 53% of vehicles not arriving on time”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC calls for patience amid planned weekend closures”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Smoke, flames, but no injuries in TTC streetcar fire”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Union Pearson Express launches reduced prices… “, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC bus snaps Jane Street hydro pole”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “The next 40 years of Toronto’s transit future brought closer to reality by city council”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Finch West among 5 most dangerous TTC bus routes”, here.
  • CP24 report, “More than 320 crimes occurred on 36 Finch West bus over last five years: data”, here.
  • Digital Signage Today post, “New digital signage video wall pulls into Toronto’s Union Station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Wynne, Tory celebrate ground-breaking on 1st Crosstown LRT station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “The next 40 years of Toronto’s transit future brought closer to reality by city council, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Reduced Union Pearson Express fares come into effect”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Is the UPX a better option for residents of west-end Toronto?”, here.
  • Globe and Mail column, “Toronto’s transit deal not done until the wheels go round and round”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Planning for changes to major Parkdale intersection must include residents: community association chair”, here.
  • Mississauga News blog post, “Cooksville will establish its new identity… in due course”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “John Tory pleads ‘guilty’ as SmartTrack and other transit lines chug closer to reality”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “All aboard Liz May’s subsidy express”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Man with a knife on board a bus at Davisville Station”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “‘Important budget for Durham Region and Oshawa’”, here.
  • Railway Tracks & Structures post, “Ontario breaks ground on first Eglinton Crosstown LRT station”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Kitchener commuters get the shaft”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Transit relief is a long way down the road”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Transit Network Analysis, SmartTrack and the Mysteries of Future Growth”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “What is the TTC Policy on Fares?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Memo to Toronto Planners”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Reviewing the New Schedules on 501 Queen for January 2016 (Part II)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Charlotte Street Reconstruction”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “What Does the TTC Do During Weekend Subway Closures?”, here.
  • Toronto Life post, “A look at one man’s Lego tribute to TTC streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor John Tory’s executive endorses next steps in building transit network”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “New transit plan is as good as we’re going to get”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Subway closures painful, but ‘worth the wait’”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Sorry, York, the Yonge subway is full”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Fraud, assault top list of crimes on TTC buses”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC vs car vs UPX: What’s the better way downtown Toronto?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Voice of the TTC fades to retirement”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Time for councillors to ask tough transit questions”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Why Vaughan should stay out of Toronto transportation planning”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “What every TTC streetcar would look like as Lego”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC streetcars, buses don’t usually run on time: report”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Why Toronto transit always runs late”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “What you need to know about Eglinton Crosstown”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Lower fares lure riders to UP Express”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “GTHA awash in transit projects”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory defends scaled-down SmartTrack”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Transportation minister hammered over Metrolinx ‘slush fund’”, here.
  • Toronto Sun report, “Metrolinx doled out $1.3 million in grants”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Transit Plan Inches Towards Reality at Executive Committee”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Relief Line: Are the Public Consultations Really Just Briefings?”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Report Give Hope for VIA Rail Connections to Montreal, Ottawa”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Yard Work”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com column, “On the contrary, there’s plenty of room in Vaughan for Toronto transit”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe