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In the news: Friday, April 8, 2016



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Beach Metro News article, “Main Street Presto gates officially opened”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Metrolinx buys land downtown [Brampton] to address GO parking shortage”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, “Trudeau reveals that transit funds to roll out this year, Ontario could receive half” (from the Toronto Star website), here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto transit plans get boost as council approves key recommendations”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Eastern Gardiner redevelopment chosen by Council also the priciest”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “GO Transit targets loud-talkers, feet on seats with etiquette campaign”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Union Station congestion: Hackers to take a crack at it”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC special constables accused of writing fake tickets were under pressure to meet quota, lawyer says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC investigator tracked officers accused of writing false tickets with GPS, trial told”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto driver who hit young streetcar passenger wants to say sorry”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Boy, 13, arrested for setting teen girl’s hair on fire on TTC bus”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC to get estimated $850 million of federal budget’s transit money”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Five people in hospital after TTC bus crashes on Hwy. 427”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Etiquette fail? GO Transit launches new campaign to crack down on rude riders”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Man has life-threatening injuries after being hit by TTC bus in Etobicoke”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC passenger may have set woman’s hair on fire: police”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Man pinned under TTC bus suffers life-threatening injuries”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC launches new express bus routes”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “New upgrades at Square One Bus Terminal”, here.
  • Gizmodo post, “Toronto Tells Pedestrians to Fix Their Clothes, Instead of Fixing Its Streets”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “GO Transit launches etiquette campaign to eliminate bad behaviour”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “PRESTO card usage now available at Main Street Station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “How much money does Bombardier owe Canadians? It’s a secret”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Milton Transit rolls out schedule and service changes”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Study on building all of Scarborough subway extension above ground sought by Toronto council”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Crosstown LRT can be serving East Scarborough by 2021, says Councilor Mihevc”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx considers scrapping $60 GO Transit sticker for TTC Metropass holders due to low uptake”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Chimes and announcements from new TTC streetcars causing sleepless nights”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Leslieville residents shocked to learn construction liens placed on their homes”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Landscaping to start at TTC’s Leslie Barns”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Toronto police search for suspect after man places hand on woman’s lap on Etobicoke-bound TTC subway”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto core must adapt with ‘mini baby boom’: Keesmaat”, here.
  • Metro Toronto column, “Gardiner East: Infrastructure from the past will hurt Toronto’s future”, here.
  • National Post article, “Toronto police release image of a potential subway sex offender, ask for assistance”, here.
  • National Post article, “Toronto police change 13-year-old with lighting ‘pure stranger’s’ hair on fire on TTC bus”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “13-year-old boy accused of lighting girl’s hair on fire aboard a TTC bus”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “We Made More Useful Posters for the TTC’s Next Pedestrian Awareness Campaign”, here.
  • Toronto Life post, “How the TTC keeps tiny delays from turning into giant transit disasters”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “TTC boss Andy Byford revels in the chaos: James”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC and Metrolinx to hold joint board meeting”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mississauga moves to make transit competitive with the car”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Controversial Davenport rail bridge ‘wonderful’, design experts say”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO bus terminal opens at Mississauga’s Square One”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “SmartTrack has its merits, but TIFs were never the means”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Hydro One’s new share offer should raise $1.7B”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Marathon commutes affecting quality of GTA university students’ education, report says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO Transit targets commuters most irksome etiquette violations”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto’s chief planner is a new breed of [City official]”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Boy charged after girl’s hair burned on TTC bus”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “MTO upping oversight of Metrolinx”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Critics blast Metrolinx review”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Next stop for Toronto subway? Above-ground?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Presto gates roll into Main St. Station”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “School traffic is 20% of morning gridlock: study”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Father, son get restorative justice in TTC fight case”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Leslieville residents have liens put on home after dispute: TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Defense lawyer takes TTC to task in bogus tickets trial”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Fired transit cops say they’ll blow the lid off TTC enforcement system”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Senior transit enforcement officers fired but not charged”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Former transit cop claims to be victim of a witch hunt”, here.
  • Treehugger post, “Why are car makers and bus drives out to ruin walking?”, here.
  • U of T Engineering News article, “Eric Miller reports from the trenches of Toronto’s transit wars”, here.
  • U of T News article, “Fewer kids walking or biking to school U of T research finds - and that hurts everyone”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Metrolinx’s Davenport Diamond Plan Assessed by Design Review”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Three levels of government unveil Presto gates at Main Street”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Proposed Micro Retail Could Enliven High Park Station Bus Bay”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Brant News article, “Passenger rail service critical to Brantford’s future, says advocate”, here.
  • CBC News Hamilton report, “New HSR transit terminal at Mohawk College officially opens”, here.
  • CHCH News report, “Lonely GO Station”, here.
  • Simcoe.com report, “Two sites in the running for Innisfil GO Station”, here.