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In the news: Saturday, September 13, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Stupidity, not mendacity”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “The Bastards Keep Grinding”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Smart Track’s Coming Off The Rails”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Challengers To Watch XIV”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Challengers To Watch XIII”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Challengers to Watch XII”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “What Finch West Station might look like in 2016”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Waterfront LRT back on Toronto’s transit roadmap”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto getting clobbered on transit expansion”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Don’t hold your breath for electric GO rail lines”, here.
  • BlogTOpost, “New streetcars hit the road on Spadina”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The top 5 public art installations on the TTC”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “A loner’s guide to the 5 least used TTC subway stations”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “What is the worst TTC subway station in Toronto?”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “How much crime is there on the TTC?”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the day: Subway 5274”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC chaos at Yonge and Bloor”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Rob Ford releases fantasy subway plan”, here.
  • Bow. James Bow post, “The Conversation We Did Not Have”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Globe and Mail website), “Striking Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay reach contract deal”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “New Toronto streetcars hit Spadina route…”, here. report, “In Liberty Village, the desire for new streetcars continues”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC bus, SUV collide in Scarborough”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC rolls out first futuristic streetcars”, here. (The report features a brief appearance by a member of the Transit Toronto team.)
  • Financial Post article, “
  • Global News Toronto report, “Interview: TTC spokesman Brad Ross on new streetcars”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Politics and transit don’t mix: Toronto Region Board of Trade”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Scarborough wants a subway, rest of Toronto [says] LRT better: poll”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Free Wi-Fi now available at Wellesley Station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “GO Transit hits a milestone”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Driver sought after car slams into TTC bus shelter”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Depoliticize Toronto-area transit planning, head of trace board urges”, here. commentary, “What Toronto’s big transit plans are forgetting: the riders”, here.
  • Globe and Mail column, “Soknacki’s campaign was encouraging for those who hope for more honesty in politics”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Mississauga mayoral race tight after Thursday debate”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Remove political interference from transit decisions, says Toronto Region Board of Trade in report”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx CEO non-committal on timetable, costs for electrification of GO lines”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC’s new streetcar’s first official trip set… for [Spadina] route”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Crosstown LRT tunnel dig nearly at Dufferin Street”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Adjusted bus, streetcar service with new school year, “here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Rob Ford transit plan promises $9 billion worth of subways for Toronto”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Wellesley subway station gets Wi-Fi access”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “UTSC students can take new express bus to Kennedy Station: TTC”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Airport workers want meeting with Metrolinx over fares”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TORONTO VOTES: Chow questions Tory’s SmartTrack policy”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Partial opening of Commissioners and Leslie, other construction ongoing”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Construction at the Keele Yard will close Dorval Road, beginning Sept. 8”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Eglinton Avenue HOV lane requirements to drop to two passengers” between Leslie, Markham, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “StART and Metrolinx kick off public art competition”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Toronto Urban Film Festival offers entertainment to those using the TTC”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, John Tory’s greatest political threat is still John Tory”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “Rob Ford’s bad transit plan is based on illusory math”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “In defence of Toronto city council, a government that kind of mostly works”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “He’s out of the race, but David Soknacki made real contributions to Toronto politics”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Urban Compass Toronto post, “Why we should be looking to TIFF to fund Toronto transit”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Report calls for depoliticized regional transit planning”, here.
  • NOW article, “Is John Tory’s SmartTrack able to leap tall buildings?”, here article, “Want answers on transit? Now’s your chance”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “The insanity of the election-season transit debate”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “John Tory’s not-so-hypothetical Scarborough Subway problem”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “RER, UP(X), (D)RL, SmartTrack, W(W/E)LRT: The Frustration of Competing Plans”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Flexities Debut on Spadina”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes for October 12, 2014 (Preview)”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Toronto Region Board of Trade Calls For a Better Way on Transit”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Rob Ford Unveils Transit Plan”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Toronto’s New Streetcars Roll Out At Last”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “The Bells and Whistles of Toronto’s New Streetcar”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Bureaucrats Take the Fight for Waterfront LRT Straight to Higher Levels of Government”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Olivia Chow Proposes Land Transfer Tax Increase, Expanded Nutritional Programs for Kids”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Paula Fletcher Seeks Re-Election in Toronto - Danforth”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Liz West doubles down in Toronto - Danforth”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Meet a Council Candidate: Robert Spencer, Ward 36”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Joe Cressy Making Council Bid in Trinity - Spadina”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Anshul Kapoor Making Council Bid for Trinity-Spadina”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Nathan Shan Takes Second Shot at Scarborough - Rouge River Council Seat”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Meet a Council Candidate: Jennifer McKelvie, Ward 44”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Nick Di Nizio Is Back for Another Round In Ward 7”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Keegan Henry - Mathieu Setting His Sights on Ward 7 Council Seat”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Lekan Olawoye Makes Council Bid in York South - Weston”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Nick Dominelli Seeks Office in York South - Weston”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Peter Fenech Seeks Etobicoke Centre Council Seat”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Good smells, big windows and 13 other things people love about the TTC’s new streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Rob Ford’s ‘subway expansion plan’ adds to the Toronto’s growing pile of fantasy transit maps”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Rob Ford had some trouble staying upright on the subway…”, here.
  • Toronto Standard post, “Toronto has failed to adequately expand its public transit system, according to new report”, here.
  • Toronto Standard post, “The Bombardier plant workers responsible for Toronto’s new streetcars are set to go back to work”, here.
  • Toronto Standard post, “Rob Ford releases subway ‘plan’”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto loves new streetcars, puts downtown relief line first”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Should the TTC join with other transit agencies? Board of Trade report says yes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “The Pulse: Frequency of buses key issue in North Etobicoke”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Better transit tops wish list for financial firms”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Ethically speaking: Finders keepers rule has its uses”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Big Ideas: Toronto experts choose their top 10”, here.
  • Toronto Star article: A walk with a candidate: Jean-Pierre Boutros takes aim at Ward 16”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC bus, car collide overnight”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Rob? Doug? Many Scarborough residents don’t care which Ford is running”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Elderly woman dies after being hit by bus in Richmond Hill”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier rail plant strike ends”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Rare political event emerges in Mississauga: a debate”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Foreman fired after allegedly billing TTC for Jamaican house materials”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “David Soknacki’s campaign of ideas failed where it mattered”, here.
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