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In the news: Wednesday, December 7, 2016



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 24 Hours Toronto article, “TTC: Stylin’ on the tube!”, here.
  • Beach Metro News article, “East Enders finding transit has become the bitter way”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “This is what the TTC will look like in 2021”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Watch what happens when the TTC shuts down the subway in Toronto”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The faded grittiness of Toronto streets in the 1970s”, here.
  • Business News Network report, “Ontario auditor accuses CN Rail, CP Rail of overcharging transit agency”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Sun website), “PCs want Wynne to reject Toronto road tolls”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Canadian Manufacturing website), “Ont. Liberals blasted for mismanaging road infrastructure by auditor general”, here.
  • Bulletin article, “York St. median lane closes for two weeks”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto road tolls, championed by Mayor John Tory, OK’d at executive committee”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Mayor John Tory tours future York University subway station to push road tolls”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Patrick Brown says Toronto road toll proposal will start ‘a war of tolls’ in the GTA”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “GO Transit unveils new station in Richmond Hill”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “City of Toronto preliminary 2017 budget unveiled”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Bombardier sends Eglinton Crosstown, Finch West LRT test car to Kingston, Ont. for trials”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx making ‘significant investments’ to protect PRESTO from hackers”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx launches Twitter service for 7 GO train lines”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Union head slams TTC’s random drug testing measure as ‘feel-good measure’”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC shouldn’t cover artwork with advertising, commuter complains”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Student comes up with a way to stop drivers from taking his reserved parking spot”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC launches new line of transit-themed merchandise”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “2 arrested after teen stabbed at Kennedy Station”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Toronto’s proposed 2017 budget calls for 2% property tax hike”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Low-income TTC users to get discount in 2018”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Five TTC commuter lots to be shut down”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Tory makes case for tolls as he tours subway extension”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC rider satisfaction cooled amid AC issues on Line 2 this summer”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Mayor John Tory says he’ll ‘fight against’ any proposal to bring tax rate in line with the rest of the GTA”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC merchandise available on transit agency’s new on-line shop”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Toronto city manager tables budget with 2 percent property tax hike”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Gormley GO Station officially opens in Richmond Hill”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Oversight, accountability enhanced, says Metrolinx”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Metrolinx announces $17.1 million for Don Yard expansion as part of rail corridor improvements”, here.
  • Downsview Advocate article, “No Plans for Parking Lot at New Downsview Park GO Station”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Pickering pedestrian bridge ran into trouble early on”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Pickering wants Via Rail stop at GO station”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Toronto’s Pearson Airport wants to be a mega-hub, but high costs, congestion stand in the way”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Poor oversight of Ontario road and transit contracts cause for concern: auditor general”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Concerns raised over capacity of Exhibition GO station tunnel due to BMO Field events”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC forging ahead with random drug testing of employees”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC buses to receive updated paint scheme similar to new streetcars”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Tibetan student group outraged over China tourism ad on TTC”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto transit: How to make ‘the better way’ the viable alternative way”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Accept road tolls or make big cuts, Toronto city manager warns”, here.
  • Globe and Mail column, “Shame on the road toll critics - Tory needs all the support he can get”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto voters will pass judgement on road polls, Mayor Tory says”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Auditor general’s report reveals cracks in Ontario’s services”, here.
  • The IFP ([Georgetown] Independent and Free Press article, “Town of Halton Hills earns Employer of the Year award from Metrolinx”, here.
  • insauga post, “Major Changes Ahead for MiWay in Mississauga”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “$2 road toll fairest way to generate money for Toronto: John Tory”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Etobicoke group fears Gardiner road toll will create traffic havoc”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Davenport group seeks ‘pedestrian overpass’ into Earlscourt Park”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC closes Wilson Station’s west parking lot today”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Mayor John Tory promises tax increases at or below inflation”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “City still needs to find $91 million to fill Toronto’s budget deficit”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Photo released of suspect in reported sex assault on TTC subway train”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Woman reportedly followed, assaulted at Victoria Park subway station”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “East York group concerned about Woodbine / O’Connor congestion, lack of transit”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Plans underway to move MiWay buses to Kipling Bus Terminal”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Auditor General reveals astonishing details of the Ontario Liberals’s infrastructure incompetence”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “AG reveals Ontario’s Curly Larry and Moe school of government stoogery”, here.
  • Progressive Railroading post, “Metrolinx preps for new GO Transit station, Don Yard project”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “TTC’s new buses made in Quebec with mixed parentage”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC 2017 Capital Budget Update”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Who Deserves a Fare Subsidy?”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Wynne suggests she won’t stand in the way of tolls”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “What You Need to Know About Toronto’s Budget”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “City Hall Budget Terms, Explained”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How Property Taxes Work in Toronto”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Why Imposing Tolls on the Gardiner and DVP and Is a Terrible Idea”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Streetcar Murals Are A Smart and Inexpensive Idea, So Let’s Do It”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “TTC Opens On-Line Merchandise Store Just In Time for the Holiday Shopping Season”, here.
  • Toronto Life post, “Dear Urban Diplomat: Is it OK for people to let their dogs take up seats on the subway?”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “Tory calls tolls fair solution to traffic and funding woes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Council must close $91 million budget gap as staffing and services cuts recommended”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Another year of grinding it out on the budget front”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Scarborough residents back LRT, but only slightly”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx ‘not satisfied’ as Presto system hit with more technical glitches”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor’s executive approves discounts for low-income TTC riders”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Tolls for transit help those who need it most”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Tolls just the start of what needs to be done in Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC backs off Scarborough subway expropriations”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Putting Toronto on the fast lane for less congestion”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Road tolls, done the right way, needed to tackle traffic”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “New TTC bus paint jobs unveiled, Twitter responds”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Ontario auditor general’s report strikes a blow to public trust”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ontario auditor general exposes litany of government snafus in annual report”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC pushes ahead with plans for random drug testing”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Random drug testing at TTC isn’t the way to go”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ontario auditor general exposes litany of government snafus in annual report”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GTA, Hamilton greenhouse gas emissions could be slashed by shuttles, ride-sharing: report”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Person struck by GO train dies”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “No funds for suicide barriers on subway, TTC says after latest shutdown”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory vows city will spend less in 2017”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Brown slams ‘Liberal’ plan to toll Gardiner, DVP”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “News flash: There’s only one taxpayer”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Tory (the mayor), Brown (the Tory leader) clash on tolls”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC embraces random drug testing”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Time for 905ers to pay their share: Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC union against swabbing for drug use”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “New TTC buses’ colour scheme will match streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “North York mom targets Tory’s tolls”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Ontario auditor general blasts Liberals”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx rehires contractors despite bad work, AG report finds”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Controls, not firings, bring Metrolinx accountability: Del Duca”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “Driver and homeowner advocates who don’t take transit in Scarborough make already bad plans for Scarborough even worse”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “An open letter to Scarborough from a Torontonian”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Weekend GO Train Service Expanding on the Barrie Line”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “GO, TTC to Expand Bus By-pass Lanes on Don Valley Parkway”, here.
  • Varsity article, “City of Toronto Executive Committee approves low income TTC fare discounts”, here.
  • Varsity article, “TTC fare to rise by ten cents”, here.
  • Varsity commentary, “Ten smarmy cents”, here.
  • Varsity article, “Mayor John Tory recommends $2.00 toll on Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Weekend GO train service from Aurora to Union starts Dec. 31”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Woman dead after being struck by GO train on Richmond Hill line”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Barrie Examiner article, “Go-ing South?”, here.
  • Barrie Examiner article, “Long-term planning for the transportation system”, here.
  • Barrie Today post, “Year-round weekend GO service is coming”, here.
  • Bay Observer post, “GO station redundancy: fix it”, here.
  • CBC Hamilton report, “Toronto’s LRT headaches won’t necessarily be coming this way for Hamilton project: planner”, [here](http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/toronto-s-lrt-headaches-won-t-necessarily-be-coming-this-way-for-hamilton-project-planner-1.3872854
  • CBC Hamilton report, “HSR will be on Twitter by the end of December, City says”, here.
  • CBC Kitchener-Waterloo report, “Plans for 202 bus that skip University of Waterloo’s transit hub a problem for commuters, advocates say”, here.
  • CTV News Barrie report, “Year-round weekend GO train service coming to Barrie Line”, here.
  • Hamilton Spectator article, “McMaster University looking at another Cootes entrance”, here.
  • Simcoe.com article, “Year-round weekend GO trains for Barrie ‘important step’ to full service”, here.
  • Stratford Beacon-Herald article, “Local rail advocates hopeful appointment of new board chair for Via Rail will be a turning point”, here.
  • Thorold Edition article, “YESTERDAY AND TODAY: Romance of the NS&T Railway”, here.
  • Waterloo Region Record article, “Open house starts a conversation about light rail in Waterloo”, here.