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Old Posted Dec 3, 2011, 5:44 PM
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Any transit news in the GTA or Toronto Hamilton region should go here.
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http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/lo...own-open-house

Bathurst station plans unveiled in Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown open house

FANNIE SUNSHINE|Nov 29, 2011 - 3:02 PM


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"Not all stations will look exactly the same, but they will have consistency," said Anna Pace, director of strategic partnerships with the Toronto Transit Commission. "They will pretty much all be the same size, but the architecture treatment will be different."
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Bathurst station will be located at the northeast corner of Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue, with a secondary entrance located on the north side of Eglinton, just west of Bathurst.

The small plaza at the northeast corner, which houses several businesses including a coffee shop and convenience store, will be demolished to make way for the station. To allow for the secondary entrance, Israel's Judaica and House of Chan, which has been a staple in the area for more than 50 years, will also be knocked down. A third property, Halleluia Restaurant, which is situated between House of Chan and Israel's Judaica and is now vacant, will also be torn down.
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According to Metrolinx and the TTC, properties are required for the secondary entrance because shafts must connect to the end of the station box, which is directly under these properties. Moving the station box east or west and relocating the secondary entrance would not reduce property requirements and would create greater construction impacts in the area and higher costs. Placing the secondary entrance on the south side of Eglinton Avenue would interfere with an existing condo application.
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Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown is a 25-kilometre transit project connecting riders from Black Creek Drive to Scarborough City Centre.

The $8.4-billion project is funded by the province and owned by Metrolinx, a provincial agency created to co-ordinate and integrate all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The TTC is developing the project on behalf of Metrolinx and will be responsible for project management, planning, design, engineering and community relations. The line will be underground from Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Road.
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Construction work related to Bathurst station tunneling is scheduled to begin in 2013. Construction for the station itself will begin in 2014 and will last three to four years.
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Old Posted Dec 3, 2011, 8:04 PM
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BlogTO article with video showing preliminary designs of the proposed Eglinton Crosstown stations:

http://www.blogto.com/city/2011/11/c...will_build_it/

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http://www.slideshare.net/fullscreen...on-10372587/1#

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The chair of York Region says he won't intervene in a six-week-old transit strike, though he wants both sides to reach a deal.

Speaking at a news conference in Newmarket, Ont., on Friday, Bill Fisch said the negotiations are up to the striking unions and the private companies that York Region contracts out its transit to.

"The contractors and the unions need to get together, have those discussions. There are offers on the table that have not been reviewed, and our position is that they need to go back to the table," Fisch said.

"At least talk! For six weeks, no one's even said a word. The people who are supposed to be doing that are not doing that…. That's what we are very, very upset about."

Nearly 600 drivers and maintenance staff at have been off the job since Oct. 24, affecting 50,000 commuters on more than 80 routes in Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and northern York Region. The employees are from three contracted companies: First Student Canada, Miller Transit and Veolia Transportation, which runs York Region's Viva bus rapid transit service.
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At Tuesday’s council meeting, councillors were presented a report on well-being.
And it was apparent, some of Caledon isn’t doing so well.
Ron Munro, vice chair of the Headwaters Communities in Action Group, and Sylvia Cheuy of Mandala Associates, consultants to the Headwaters Communities in Action, shared statistics that attacked the idea of complete communities and live/work in Caledon.
The Headwaters Community well-being report shows Caledon has a 75 per cent commuter rate.
But while some praised the report, Caledon’s mayor went on the defensive and questioned its accuracy.
“I had some questions,” said Mayor Marolyn Morrison. “I’m not positive some of it is correct.”
Asked to clarify, Morrison said Caledon showed more positive results in the Region of Peel comparators, and that led her to believe some of the Headwaters report may be inaccurate.
Ward 1 Area Councillor Doug Beffort called the report great and said other prominent politicians in Ontario have given it a resounding thumbs up.
“Through the work we’ve done on visioning in Caledon Village, a lot of the same issues kept coming up,” he told Cheuy. “I spoke with John Tory (former MPP for Dufferin-Caledon) about it, and he worked with it, and he said he felt it was one of the best reports he’d seen.”
Beffort went on to say he is excited to continue to work with a report that isolates so many of Caledon’s issues with Caledon specific statistics.
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As promised, striking transit workers are intensifying their efforts, picketing and slowing buses at three locations this morning.
The seventh week of a strike that has shut down 60 per cent of York Region Transit service kicked off with picketers slowing YRT and GO buses at Richmond Hill Centre, Finch Station and the Veolia transit garage in Vaughan.
They also picketed YRT headquarters, just across from Richmond Hill Centre, in the region’s south services building.
Earlier, the picketers allowed about one bus to leave every five minutes. This morning, however, buses were often waiting twice as long.
Transit officials tried to keep the wheels turning, loading Finch-bound buses on Yonge Street and Richmond Hill buses on nearby High Tech Road.
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The City of Toronto is closing

Marine Parade Drive

to accommodate contractors who are lifting a crane onto a work site tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along the 66D Prince Edward route, while the roadway is closed.
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Mayor Rob Ford supports a public-private partnership to build the Eglinton LRT. But transit advocates worry about higher fares and more complicated commutes if the private sector ends up running the line, too.

Ford believes the TTC should get out of the construction business and focus on service delivery, his policy advisor told reporters on Wednesday.

“The mayor thinks the minister (of transportation) has been a quick study on the file. He’s on the same wavelength,” said Mark Towhey.

But former TTC vice-chair Joe Mihevc said “balkanizing” Toronto transit “will serve no one.”
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Any transit news in the GTA or Toronto Hamilton region should go here.
GTA municipality transit (York Region, Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, Oakville, Ajax-Pickering, Durham, TTC and GO is fair, but HSR should go to the Hamilton sub-forum).
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GTA municipality transit (York Region, Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, Oakville, Ajax-Pickering, Durham, TTC and GO is fair, but HSR should go to the Hamilton sub-forum).
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The Bathurst Station looks nice. Function over form.
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Crosstown transit line may be delayed until 2022 as Scarborough RT set to close for four years beginning 2015

Megan O'Toole Dec 6, 2011 – 8:08 PM ET


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A looming transit squeeze in Scarborough came under scrutiny at City Hall Tuesday, as the TTC warned the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown may not be up and running until 2022, a full two years later than planned.

The news comes as a significant portion of Scarborough residents brace for four years without any local rapid transit options, with the existing Kennedy-McCowan RT line falling out of service in 2015 for a massive, four-year upgrade. The RT will ultimately be part of the seamless Crosstown, running from Black Creek Drive in the city’s west end to Scarborough City Centre.
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Earlier in the day, Mr. Webster suggested transit riders in the affected area of Scarborough were actually facing seven years without any form of rapid transit, indicating the RT would remain out of service until the full Crosstown was complete by 2022. But he corrected the record later Tuesday, noting the plan was being phased in to ensure the RT could reopen by 2019.

Metrolinx disputed Mr. Webster’s contention that the overall timeline for the Crosstown would have to be extended, maintaining the $8.4-billion project was still targeted for completion by late 2020.
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Today, the Scarborough RT, which is fast approaching the end of its useful life, has six trains that operate every four minutes. At peak hours it moves between 4,500 and 5,000 people each hour; Mr. Webster estimated it would take about 30 buses, running more frequently, to move the same number. The TTC has budgeted for the additional buses, he said.
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How in hell is it going to take 4 years to upgrade a puny little 6km transit line?! Wish I was bidding on that contract.
How is it that Vancouver is going to be building a new 11km SkyTrain line with 6 new stations including 2km of tunneled section in just 30 months and Toronto will take 4 years to lay new track? No land to buy, no inderground infrastructure to move, no stations to build but is still going to take 4 years. Calgary's new 6km West LRT line which is nearly completely grade separated using tunnels and huge elevated sections if taking just 3 years to build.
4 months I could accept but 4 years is an obscene waste of time and money.
Heads should be rolling over this!
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How in hell is it going to take 4 years to upgrade a puny little 6km transit line?! Wish I was bidding on that contract.
How is it that Vancouver is going to be building a new 11km SkyTrain line with 6 new stations including 2km of tunneled section in just 30 months and Toronto will take 4 years to lay new track? No land to buy, no inderground infrastructure to move, no stations to build but is still going to take 4 years. Calgary's new 6km West LRT line which is nearly completely grade separated using tunnels and huge elevated sections if taking just 3 years to build.
4 months I could accept but 4 years is an obscene waste of time and money.
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Its a Toronto thing, it always takes forever here.

However the RT closure could mean easier commutes for Scarborough riders, if our local buses that terminate at Scarborough Centre, continue onto Kennedy. Then we would not have to transfer.
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The TTC will consider adding a nickel to a proposed 10 cent fare hike as a way to maintain current service levels into next year.
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Karen Stintz and Rob Ford’s TTC problem: there are too many riders


December 6th, 2011

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In 2002, the average Toronto resident paid $128.71 on their property tax bill to support TTC operations. In terms of net funding, transit came sixth, lagging behind Police, Housing, Fire, Debt Charges & Social Services. Per capita, transit’s level of financial support was barely above Transportation Services — the department responsible for building roads and maintaining highways. Annual ridership that year was 415 million, down four million from the year before. By 2011, that same average Toronto resident was now paying $337.95 to support transit. The TTC had transformed into a top priority, now following only the police as the largest recipient of net municipal spending. Ridership this year is estimated at 497 million. The TTC has added almost 100 million annual riders over the last decade.

This wasn’t accidental, nor is it an example of out-of-control spending. In 2003, the TTC launched a Ridership Growth Strategy, which was approved by council in 2004. (Voting against: Mike Del Grande, Doug Holyday, Norm Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti & David Shiner. Rob Ford was absent for the vote.) Representing the first major public investment in transit since the 1980s, the strategy — even if never completely implemented — has seen ridership grow to levels never before seen in Toronto’s history. More notably, this ridership growth proved resilient even in the face of a weakening job market. What the RGS was successful in doing was creating a climate where more people relied on transit as a primary means of getting around the city. Last year’s TTC budget report described this phenomenon.

Over the long-term, changes in City of Toronto employment levels have tracked quite closely to to TTC ridership changes … However, starting in 2009, City of Toronto employment starting to drop but ridership continued to grow. Only in recent months (January 2011) have employment levels reflected growth over the same period in 2009. Favourable weather conditions last winter and economic uncertainty for riders have undoubtedly contributed to these strong ridership results. The large service improvements implemented in late 2008 have also prompted the growth as the service on the street more closely matches the service hours of the subway, giving riders far more choice in transit options.

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Sheppard subway partnership ‘doable,’ but up to $10-million extra needed


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The man charged with making Mayor Rob Ford’s Sheppard subway plan a reality says a private-sector partnership appears “doable,” but he’ll need as much as $10-million more for technical studies, and another year, to know for sure. Gordon Chong said his findings will be made public in February when they go to executive committee and city council. After that, his job will be done, he said, without the infusion of more money.

- “City council is going to have to decide whether it is worthwhile proceeding,” he said Monday, estimating it will take between $5-million and $10-million to complete the work required before bids are taken from the private sector. “It doesn’t matter whether it comes from the city, the province or Ottawa. We need more money,” he said.

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“City council is going to have to decide whether it is worthwhile proceeding,” he said Monday, estimating it will take between $5-million and $10-million to complete the work required before bids are taken from the private sector. “It doesn’t matter whether it comes from the city, the province or Ottawa. We need more money,” he said.

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This will be a big blow to Ford if he fails this.
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