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The City of Guelph has posted two surveys that are focused on expanding Guelph Transit‘s Community Bus service and adding a route into the Hanlon Creek Business Park. Both online surveys are looking for feedback from residents and are available until the end of May. Guelph Transit currently operates two Community Buses that travel throughout the city. Unlike […]

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As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, transportation is one of the most important issues affecting the people in Etobicoke Centre. If passed, the Getting Ontario Moving Act — which was introduced in the legislature earlier this month — will keep our roads safe, protect front-line workers, schoolchildren, and motorcyclists, upload authority for new subway projects […]

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A cache of internal documents is providing a rare glimpse into the planning process at Metrolinx, the bureaucratic provincial agency that wields considerable power over public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area — and could soon be granted influence over the TTC subway system by the Ontario Progressive Conservative government. The documents show Metrolinx […]

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Lawrence J. Hanley, the international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and a longtime presence in New Jersey politics, has died. He was 62. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the untimely death of my dear friend and our ATU International President Larry Hanley,” said John Costa, ATU International vice president. “The ATU […]

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This coming Tuesday, May 14, at 10am Local time we are asking all our Locals and members to pause for a moment of silence to remember International President Larry Hanley as his funeral is taking place in his hometown of Staten Island, NY, at Our Lady of Pity Church at 161 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, […]

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WATERLOO — Ontario’s finance minister says he’s heard the demand for improved transit links between Waterloo Region and Toronto “loud and clear.” In a wide-ranging luncheon address in Waterloo on Tuesday, Vic Fedeli said the promise of two-way, all-day GO train service is clearly front and centre on the minds of business and community leaders […]

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Mayor John Tory said Wednesday that the city has not been briefed on legislation that is expected to enable the first phase of a provincial upload of the subway system, but said the city remains engaged in “constructive” discussions about the process with provincial officials. The provincial government announced Wednesday that it will introduce legislation […]

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The President of Amalgamated Transit Union Canada says the budgetary priorities of the Conservative government of Ontario that were announced yesterday are grave threats to transit operations. “Any municipality that was promised an increase in gas tax revenue will be reeling from yesterday’s broken promise in the budget. Local governments were promised a doubling of […]

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Barrie is rolling on with a fare increase for its transit system. Council approved a series of changes to Barrie Transit fare rates April 29. Under the plan, the cash fare rate for students and adults increases from $3 to $3.25. Monthly passes will cost $87, up from the current $86. Barrie also plans to […]

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Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday that the Ontario government will be spending $28.5 billion dollars to improve the Greater Toronto Area’s subway system. He hinted at the announcement earlier in the week, during a speech in Burlington on Tuesday. This announcement comes at a time where there is tension between the City of Toronto and the […]

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An Ontario government budget decision to quash a promised increase in gas tax revenue given to municipalities may slow transit growth, says London’s transit boss. But Kelly Paleczny, general manager of the London Transit Commission, said losing the increase – which had been promised by the previous Liberal government – didn’t come as a total […]

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Premier Doug Ford made an astounding commitment to improve public transit across Toronto and the GTA in last week’s Ontario budget, with one key qualification. That is that an astounding plan is still just a plan. It does nothing to make the lives of public transit commuters better, nor improve traffic congestion now costing our […]

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Near the end of a brilliantly-executed package of stories on the redrawing of Toronto’s transit map, Star reporter Tonda MacCharles recorded this gem from Toronto MP Adam Vaughan, federal representative for downtown Toronto: “He’s created a bottleneck of impossibilities that the price for which is beyond calculation.” Read full article >

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The provincial government’s decision to scrap previous plans to double the city’s share of gas tax funding means Ottawa will lose $1 billion for its mass transit plans over the next 30 years. The announcement that the Progressive Conservative government is cancelling plans to double the funds — which are expected to total more than $36 million for Ottawa in 2019 — appeared on page […]

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With high-speed rail from Toronto to London on ‘pause,’ what, if anything, is coming to our region to move people? The Doug Ford government stopped capital funding for the project in Thursday’s budget. But, it also promised to review the existing rail corridor and busing options to southwestern Ontario over the summer. Transportation Minister, and […]

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The 2019 Provincial Budget offered up $28-billion in public transit money for Toronto — and one line about GO transit in Niagara — but Regional Chair Jim Bradley says not to worry. “It’s true Niagara’s GO expansion was not mentioned as part of the 2019 budget,” Bradley said. “But we have no expectations that the […]

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York Region’s No. 1 transportation priority got the green light from the government of Ontario, as part of a $28.5-billion transit network expansion announced today. The province is committing $5.6 billion over the next 10 years for the Yonge North subway extension project, expected to be open “soon after” the $10.9-billion Ontario Line is delivered by 2027, […]

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Winnipeg city hall’s internal probe into the workplace habits of its building inspectors seems to be having a ripple effect across the administration. The transit union complained Thursday its contract talks had been impacted, after the city’s chief bargainer was tasked last week to head up the internal probe into planning, property and development department […]

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The Ford government has been promising that they can build subways in Toronto faster and cheaper than the city can — and they will unveil the details on Wednesday. It’s a big promise by the province, claiming it will deliver the downtown relief line two years earlier and $2.1 billion cheaper than the city’s plan. […]

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Premier Doug Ford says that while the province hopes the federal government, the City of Toronto and York Region will chip in more than half of a $28.5-billion transit project, Ontario is willing to foot the whole bill. Ford and Transport Minister Jeff Yurek outlined the government’s $28.5 billion expansion of Ontario’s transit network in Etobicoke Wednesday […]