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In the news: Saturday, February 27, 2016



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “TTC celebrates Bloor line’s 50th birthday”, here.
  • Beach Metro News article, “Celebrating Toronto’s 506 streetcar”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “What the TTC would look like if Toronto stuck to plans”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC’s Bloor - Danforth subway turns 50 years old”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “How do TTC fares stack up against other cities in 2016?”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Metrolinx to slash fares on the Union Pearson Express”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “How Bay Street came to be in Toronto”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, (from the CBC News Toronto website), “Man gets 87 days in jail for threatening TTC operator with knife”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Happy birthday to the Bloor - Danforth subway”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Union Pearson Express fares slashed from $27.50 to $12 “, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Man, 36, facing charges after woman sexually assaulted on GO bus”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Does Metrolinx ticket ‘parking hogs’ at GO station lots?”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Man serving 87 days in jail for threatening TTC operator with knife”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “600 TTC workers investigated in $5.1 M benefits scam: AG report”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC union boss wants public inquiry into Metrolinx after about-face on UP Express fares”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Man sentenced to 87 days in jail after threatening TTC employee with a knife”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Up to 600 employees may have participated in benefits scam: Auditor General”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Metrolinx to slash fares on Union Pearson Express”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Officials investigating 600 claims made by TTC employees in alleged benefits scam”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Mississauga’s bus-only road a unique GTA feature”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “$137 billion over ten years for infrastructure: Ontario budget”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Ontario budget 2016: No new funding for housing, infrastructure projects”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Union Pearson Express fares being slashed after poor performance”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC fires 12 employees in connection with health benefits fraud investigation”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Man given 87 day sentence for threatening TTC operator with knife”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “How Toronto’s fragile transportation system is struggling to cope”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Key Toronto transit projects absent from provincial budget”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Union Pearson Express raises questions for larger transit projects”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Ontario confirms price cut for Toronto airport train”, here.
  • Globe and Mail editorial, “UPX train fiasco: Hey Ottawa are you paying attention?”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Union Station’s ‘Pedestrian-Friendly’ Street is Anything But”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Delayed Burlington GO Station upgrades to cost at least $20 million, Metrolinx says”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC commissioners want more communication from the city”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Open house in Scarborough for light rail transit line”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Province announces fares slashed to help resuscitate UP express”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, MILLENNIAL MIND: Still waiting for rapid transit to reach Malvern”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Of the UP Express and Don Valley gondolas”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Then and now: 50 years on the Bloor - Danforth subway”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto left to ‘fend for ourselves’ in Ontario budget”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Finch LRT contract to be awarded next year”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Metrolinx under fire after UPX fare ‘fiasco’”, here.
  • National Post article, “Fares on Toronto’s struggling Union Pearson Express train to be slashed from $27.50 to $12 in effort to boost ridership”, here.
  • National Post article, “Ontario budget 2016: Rising debt, free university tuition for some — 31 things you need to know”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Metrolinx construction crews abandoned site of noise barrier”, here.
  • NOW article, “Metrolinx blames you”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “Sexual assault on a GO Transit bus”, here.
  • Railway Gazette article, “Finch West LRT requests for proposals issued”, here.
  • Railway Tracks and Structures post, “Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx [request] Finch West LRT bids from three companies”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “The Modernist Bloor - Danforth Line at 50”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Where Should A Relief Line (East) Go?” here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Demand Projections for Relief Lines” here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “UPX Fares are Falling Down, Falling Down”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday, March 27, 2016”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Streetcar Track Plans 2016 - 2020”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “There’s a New Subway on the Way (7)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “There’s a New Subway on the Way (6)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “There’s a New Subway on the Way (5)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “There’s A New Subway on the Way (4)”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “What the 2016 Provincial Budget Means for Toronto”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How Ontario’s Cap-And-Trade Initiatives Could Impact Toronto”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “TTC Passes Motion to Consider Improved Cycling Facilities Along Transit Routes”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Vast scope of coming transit plans eludes councillors”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “A word to politicians: Don’t get mad, pay attention”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Let’s celebrate a Union Pearson Express for everyone”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Union Pearson price drop proof Metrolinx not trustworthy: TTC union”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “How to avoid the next UP Express debacle”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx hopes riders flock to half-off UP Express”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Union Pearson train’s overpriced reputation was growing: Forum poll”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “TTC Yorkdale Station entrance is a wet and trashy mess: The Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Police owe answers to passengers left on GO bus with alleged murderer”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC wants to integrate WheelTrans into the rest of transit”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “600 TTC workers embroiled in benefits fraud investigation”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Don Valley gondola: Don’t build just one”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Why does everyone feel compelled to tell me how to live my life?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Is this the future of Toronto transit?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC’s Bloor - Danforth line turns 50”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC’s Bloor - Danforth line turning 50”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Inquiry needed into Metrolinx ‘fiasco’, transit union head says”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “$5.1 million in TTC benefits probed: Auditor”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Man gets jail for threatening TTC operator”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “We forced Metrolinx to lower its fares on the UPX, but the fight isn’t over yet”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Toronto Transit Plans: In the End What We Get is Up to Us”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Hostility to Crosstown West LRT Voiced at Etobicoke Consultation”, here.
  • Yonge Street post, “Central Toronto saw 93 new development proposals last year”, here.
  • Yonge Street post, “Gardiner would move north if city accepts ‘Hybrid 3’ Option”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Worries, hope expressed at GO train service improvement open house in Aurora”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Cheap gas prices take their toll on public transit in York Region”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe