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Toronto Transit Has a Blogosphere

The recent debate on the St. Clair private right-of-way has helped to bring transit issues to various blogs talking about the Toronto scene. A number of interesting posts have surfaced.

The Torontoist points me in the direction of 69 Stations, Greg Smith’s blog about visiting each and every station on Toronto’s subway and RT network and coming back with proof (usually in the form of a transfer).

I joined the Every Station Club back when I was attending high school (around 1990) and I have the transfers to prove that as well (I added Downsview and the Sheppard stations to my list as they opened), but Greg is trying to do one better. Visiting the stations is one thing, but it’s hardly worth a trip unless you visit the neighbourhoods around the stations, although that’s quite a challenge:

“As the project progresses, I think I’ll have to contrive a few trips specifically to check-off certain stations, but I’ll make a point of strolling around the neighbourhood and spending some time in each station’s environs. Even so, I think that’s still compatible with my goal because it’ll spur me to explore parts of the city I’ve never been to before and otherwise might never have seen. Once you’ve had a chance to absorb and appreciate the little idiosyncrasies of each place, you’re left with all sorts of reasons to come back again.”

Torontoist also mentions that Spacing Magazine will soon be updating its popular subway buttons to include the Sheppard stops and the Scarborough RT. So collectors: complete your collection today!

Speaking of Spacing Magazine, they’ve responded to our earlier tip about Bombardier’s public display this coming Monday with a post containing comment and photographs of what might be “sliding” along Toronto’s streets in the near future.

Quick Notes

DVP Closure This Weekend

The Don Valley Parkway will be closed this weekend, from 2 a.m. tomorrow until 5 a.m. on Monday morning. The closure affects both directions, from Highway 401 all the way down to the Gardiner Expressway, and is being done to allow crews to perform autumn maintenance.

The closure will, of course, move traffic onto adjoining streets, especially Bayview, Don Mills, Leslie and Victoria Park. Transit passengers on these streets should expect delays. Indeed, there could be delays and crowding throughout the system. Please leave yourself extra time and, where possible, take public transit.

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