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[URBAN NOTE] “Yonge subway relief will last only about 15 years: Metrolinx”

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The Toronto Star‘s Tess Kalinowski looks at the grim future facing the TTC, even in the context of predicted technological and organizational improvements. We need something new.

In 15 years, the TTC will again reach a tipping point where the spine of its system won’t be able to handle the crowds, according to a Yonge Relief Network Study by Metrolinx.

It shows that the GO electrification program, called regional express rail (RER), won’t divert enough ridership from the Yonge line to negate the need for a separate relief line. Although Metrolinx hasn’t studied SmartTrack separately, that finding isn’t expected to change.

“There will be increments to SmartTrack — whether there are additional stations — but we don’t consider that it would dramatically alter the impact because so much of SmartTrack is already embedded in RER,” said chief planning officer Leslie Woo.

Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack plan is based on adding more stations to the Stouffville GO line and building a spur west along Eglinton from the Kitchener line from Mount Dennis to near the airport corporate centre. Since much of the Yonge subway crowding comes from riders boarding to the north and east, that western spur wouldn’t divert many riders, said Woo.

Regional express rail, which would run on the GO tracks around Toronto at frequencies of up to 15 minutes, is projected to reduce Yonge St. demand by about 4,200 rides in the peak period in 2025. By then the subway will have capacity for about 38,000 riders per peak hour in the peak direction.

The Yonge line south of Bloor is already operating about 11 per cent over its capacity of 28,000 passengers per hour. But the TTC’s new computerized signaling system, automatic train control, which will allow it to run more trains closer together, will increase capacity by about 20 per cent when it’s up and running by 2021.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 29, 2015 at 10:41 pm

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[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • James Bow describes his recent visit to California.
  • City of Brass’ Aziz Poonawalla argues that orthodox Muslims in the United States should celebrate nation-wide same-sex marriage out of their own enlightened self-interest.
  • Centauri Dreams features a guest post from J.M. Nielsen looking at the “zoo hypothesis”.
  • Cody Delistraty examines, with photos, Audrey Hepburn’s lifelong love of Paris.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper noting that very young star MWC 758 seems to be forming planetesimals.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on a woman with a cyborg arm, and examines the history of Mars’ atmosphere loss.
  • Geocurrents maps the relationship between Turkey’s HDP and the Kurds.
  • Kieran Healy looks for sleeping beauty papers in philosophy.
  • Imageo examines the New Horizons‘ photos of Pluto and Charon.
  • Language Hat notes a comparative dictionary of Siouan languages and notes the dynamics of swearing in Québec French.
  • Language Log notes the contribution of an American missionary to the development of Korea’s hangul script.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that low rates of poverty amogn Scandinavians and descendants in the United States has to do with culture not policy, and is scathing about Greece.
  • Peter Rukavina looks inside a hard drive.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog maps Kazakhstan by ethnicity.
  • Torontoist looks at the 1899 Canadian National Exhibition.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World looks at the shared interests of Britain and Australia in Asia.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russians are moving away from identifying Ukrainians as part of their nation, looks at the collapse of the Russian world, and looks at disasters in Sochi.

[PHOTO] Roses at the AIDS Vigil, Barbara Hall Park

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Roses at the AIDS Vigil #toronto #pride #aidsvigil #flowers #roses #aidsmemorial #barbarahallpark

Daily Xtra has more about this year’s event.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm

[PHOTO] Absolut Vodka at the LCBO

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Absolut Vodka at the LCBO #toronto #lcbo #pride #absolutvodka #manulifecentre

Happy Pride!

Written by Randy McDonald

June 28, 2015 at 4:21 am

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[CAT] Shakespeare, celebrating

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Shakespeare, celebrating #shakespeare #pride #cats #catsofinstagram #caturday #rainbow

Written by Randy McDonald

June 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

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[URBAN NOTE] “Free tours of Toronto’s Graffiti Alley on this summer”

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blogTO’s Derek Flack reports on some exciting news.

Tours of graffiti alley in Toronto are nothing new, but there’s extra incentive to explore one of the city’s hot spots for street art as the local BIA has ponied up to make them free this summer. Each weekend, TourGuys will lead walks through the colourful haven on Saturdays starting on July 4th at 1pm.

I know what I hope to achieve this summer.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Kathleen Wynne says she’ll sign waivers to allow documentary’s release”

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The affair of the TVO documentary of Kathleen Wynne strikes me as needless. What could there possibly be in it so damaging? That it will be released, as the Toronto Star notes, is for the best.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday she expects to soon sign release forms that will enable some version of a controversial documentary about her to be broadcast.

“We have wanted this documentary to be released,” she said, adding her “motivation” for participating was that she wanted to show Ontarians the inner working of their government and that she is not trying to exert editorial control over the project.

She said she expects to sign the waivers as early as next week, saying she has not seen the footage.

The original documentary that was set to air on TVOntario was to offer a behind-the-scenes look at Wynne and her government in the lead-up to the 2015 provincial budget. It hit a roadblock last month after director Roxana Spicer quit the project in protest after Wynne’s office refused to sign release forms.

The film also depicted Wynne under siege during February’s Sudbury byelection scandal, when Wynne, her deputy chief of staff Pat Sorbara and local Liberal activist Gerry Lougheed urged to step aside to pave the way for former NDP MP Glenn Thibeault.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 26, 2015 at 10:33 pm


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