Search Transit Toronto

Powered by GOOGLE.

Finally! Gas Tax Money Arrives

Toronto mayor David Miller was all smiles as he lugged a $24.45 million novelty cheque on the subway back to his office at City Hall.

The money was the first installment of $48 million the federal government has promised the TTC this year. The funds, totalling $407 million over the next five years, will help the commission purchase new buses and streetcars. An additional $197 million has been promised thanks to the recently passed NDP amendments to the federal budget.

The money is especially welcome after years of delays and broken promises. There was some concern that the funds would not materialize this year, due to questions over Ottawa’s surplus, but with the cash finally in hand, Toronto and other transit agencies across Canada can look forward to some much needed renewal, just in time to take on board new passengers stranded by high gas prices.

The Toronto Star has more details here.

York University Subway a “When” not an “If”

Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara is promising movement on the Spadina subway extension to York University. The $1.5 billion project, which should be ready to start construction as early as this December, needs only sources of funding in order to go forward. Construction would take seven years and, if started today, the new line would open in 2012. Again, the Toronto Star has more details.

VIVA Has Teething Pains

Despite problems with scheduling and broken air conditioning systems, the response from riders on York Region’s VIVA rapid transit routes is generally positive. Most riders concede that, when the glitches get worked out, VIVA will offer an attractive and speedy means of getting around York Region. The Globe and Mail’s John Barber describes VIVA’s first day gitters and rider reaction here.

Grand River Transit started its iXpress on the same day as VIVA. The new service thus far boasts 13 unfinished stops, 15 remote-controlled intersections, standard Nova buses repainted with a splashy “iXpress” logo on each side, and a reliable service that cuts the travel time between south Cambridge and north Waterloo in half. VIVA’s features, including satellite scheduling and flashy shelters, will be added throughout the remainder of the year, but the service has already won rave reviews from local residents, many of whom say they will be leaving their cars at home more often.

Support us on Patreon Button

Welcome to Transit Toronto! This is an information site dedicated to public transportation in Toronto, maintained by transit enthusiasts for transit enthuasiasts. This is NOT the official website of the Toronto Transit Commission, Metrolinx or any other transit provider or government agency. To access the official websites of these agencies, consult this page here.