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[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Toronto Coach Terminal, Metrolinx, TTC and subways, tech

  • Christopher Hume at the Toronto Star writes movingly about the neglect of the beautiful Toronto Coach Terminal. This building deserves better.
  • Ben Spurr at the Toronto Star notes the willingness of Metrolinx to turn customers’ Presto data over to the police, even without warrants.
  • Transit Toronto notes that surveying for the extension of the Yonge subway line north from Finch has begun.
  • Metrolinx has gone on the record as saying that the Downtown Relief Line, relieving pressure on the Yonge line, must open before a northwards extension of Yonge into Richmond Hill. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The Globe and Mail reports that, after rising numbers of suicide attempts, the TTC is going to redouble anti-suicide measures.
  • Toronto is becoming a growing centre of the tech industry, the Toronto Star reports, tech sector growth driving the wider provincial economy.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: winter, TTC, Regent Park, Scarborough

  • Toronto has been intensely cold this weekend past, continuing today. I can say, from my fortunate position, that it has at least been beautiful, bright blue skies and clean white snow. CBC reports.
  • Transit Toronto examines the press reports about plans for accelerating Downtown Relief Line construction.
  • CBC Toronto reports on how parents in Regent Park find local community rec programs are being overwhelmed by non-residents, people from other neighbourhoods.
  • Aparita Bhandari at The Discourse writes about problems with the Scarborough Health Network.
  • CBC interviews TTC users in Scarborough to see what they would want from the TTC. Do they even want a subway, and why?
  • Jennifer Pagliaro at the Toronto Star seems skeptical of the idea that land sales above the Scarborough subway extension could provide a substantial contribution to funding, given construction patterns and land prices.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: marijuana, Presto, Downtown Relief Line, police, Jennifer Keesmaat

  • Toronto Life shares some photos showing Toronto scenes from 10/17, the day of marijuana legalization.
  • The Presto system continues to underperform, with among other things a high–even worsening!–failure rate. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The Downtown Relief Line, arcing east and north from Osgoode station on the Yonge line to Pape on the Danforth, has finally gotten approval following the completon of an environmental assessment. CBC reports.
  • In the aftermath of the Church and Wellesley serial killer scandal, Toronto Police has finally assembled a permanent Missing Persons Unit. CBC reports.
  • Enzo DiMatteo at NOW Toronto interviews mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat, letting her make the case that her vision makes her uniquely qualified to become the next mayor of Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: budgets, mass transit, Google, public space, cherry blossoms

  • Steve Munro at Torontoist notes the serious medium-term budget problems likely to face the city of Toronto.
  • Oliver Moore notes the new federal/provincial partnership that will make $C 9 billion available for mass transit in Toronto, including a priority for funding the Downtown Relief Line. The Globe and Mail has it.
  • There are risks that come with inviting Google to become part of the infrastructure of Toronto. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Gilbert Ngapo notes that people have until the end of the month to send proposals to the Public Space Initiative. More places like the Bentway would be lovely. Metro Toronto has it.
  • I will, of course, be there in High Park to watch the cherry blossoms. blogTO reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: crowding on the TTC, Downtown Relief Line, Eglinton, Ontario Place

  • At Spacing, John Lorinc wonders what will happen when someone gets killed in an accident related to crowding on the TTC.
  • Edward Keenan considers crowding on the TTC to be a crisis, one justifying the Downtown Relief Line, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO notes how temporary closures of Eglinton station will make Yonge and Eglinton commuting even more nightmarish.
  • Torontoist calls for the King Street transit experiment to be applied elsewhere, to midtown, even.
  • blogTO shares some impressive photos of the abandoned Wilderness Adventure Ride at Ontario Place.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC and safety, Downtown Relief Line, crime, G20

  • Ben Spurr argues that building the Downtown Relief Line is not only a matter of improving public transit, but rather of public safety as crowding increases, over at the Toronto Star.
  • A man, Toronto Police announced today, has been arrested in the case of the murder of Tess Richey in Church and Wellesley late last year. The Toronto Star has it.
  • CBC reports on yesterday’s vigil at the Metropolitan Community Church for the victims of the Church and Wellesley serial killer.
  • Trevor Dunn of CBC reports on the civil lawsuit lodged by Luke Stewart against the Toronto Police Services Board for the behaviour of Toronto police in 2010 during the G20 summit.
  • Nicole Thompson’s Canadian Press article noting how the repeated recent failures of the TTC undermine the credibility of Toronto as a burgeoning international centre is true. The National Post a href=”http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/issues-with-toronto-subway-raise-questions-about-citys-position-as-major-hub”>has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: crime, politics, mass transit, Old City Hall, renters

  • Florin from G+ was the first person to share the news that someone has been arrested for first-degree murder in the case of the disappearances of two queer men. This is shocking news; I am so sorry for the people affected by these losses. CBC reports.
  • Doug Ford is continuing to campaign for the mayoralty, despite an official warning that he should not start campaigning before the campaign legally starts. Ford Nation lives yet. The Toronto Star has the news.
  • Global News reports on a new tactic by pro-transit groups to try to get people behind the Downtown Relief Line. Good; we need it.
  • Controversy over a bike lane on Yonge Street in North York continues. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO reports on the appealing suggestion that Old City Hall might be turned into a library and a museum. I would quite like this, actually.
  • Tess Kalinowski reports on how rising rents in Toronto are pushing more people to the 905 region, to Toronto suburbs like Mississauga and Vaughan, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing is harshly critical of an Ontario affordable housing policy that actually does little to ensure affordable rent, giving developers and municipalities effective vetoes over development.

[URBAN NOTE] Six links about GTA transit: Bombardier, Line 1 expansion, Scarborough, York Region

  • As Bombardier announces further delays, Metrolinx announced it was halving the number of Bombardier cars it was planning to buy. The Toronto Star reports.
  • It’s a shame that the TTC didn’t figure out a way beforehand to deal with the potential for misuse of the new art installation at Pioneer Village station. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Might the NDP stop the feckless Scarborough subway expansion? One can hope. Martin Regg Cohn speculates in the Toronto Star.
  • I substantially agree with Christopher Hume’s argument in the Toronto Star that, though the Line 1 expansion is beautiful, it should not have been the first thing the TTC built. (Downtown Relief Line, say?)
  • Transit Toronto notes how York Region Transit is adapting to the Line 1 extension.
  • Tricia Wood at Torontoist takes another look at the exceptionally regional nature of commuting, with relatively few commuters crossing municipal boundaries.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO looks at the history of the Kingston Road.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers the birth of carbon planets.
  • Language Log notes that a speaking parrot may well be used as evidence in an American court.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the aftermath of Brexit.
  • Marginal Revolution considers Brexit from the perspective of a Japan-style isolationism.
  • Steve Munro looks at plans for the Downtown Relief Line.
  • Peter Rukavina examines Stan Rogers’ Barrett’s Privateers.
  • Understanding Society examines systems management as applied to the war on poverty.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy takes issue with Posner’s criticism of Scalia.
  • Window on Eurasia warns that health care reform in Russia will undermine small communities.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at Chuck Tingle’s Brexit porn.

[URBAN NOTE] “City, province nudge relief line closer to reality”

From Transit Toronto’s Robert MacKenzie:

This week, both the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto and nudged the relief line subway project a few millimetres along its journey from the drawing board to reality.

On the provincial side, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Stephen Del Duca and Metrolinx’ chief executive officer Bruce McCuaig met Toronto Mayor John Tory and the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission Councillor Josh Colle at the TTC’s Greenwood subway yards to announce that the province would help fund planning and designing the route and station locations.

According to an Ontario news release, “Ontario’s transit agency Metrolinx will be receiving more than $150 million to work with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on advancing the planning and design work that will ensure the proposed line is shovel ready…”

The future line would link the east end of the TTC’s 2 Bloor – Danforth subway line more directly with downtown Toronto and, the news release explains, “help manage congestion on the Yonge Subway line.”

Meanwhile, at a public information meeting this week, City planners presented what may be the final alignment for the future line — or at least the alignment they prefer the most.

There is much more at the Transit Toronto blog.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 6, 2016 at 8:45 pm