Photo By Myke Waddy, Sept 5th 2006. Health Sciences LRT Station, Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Explaining different modes of transit in the G.T.A; removing political spin and disinformation
Found a great article on transit through “What happens to public opinion when LRT is explained”. It is a great piece, which is quite informative. Take some time to read the article. Cherise Burda takes to time to explain the differences between subways, light rail, GO Trains, rapid bus and right-of-way streetcar modes of transit.
April 28, 2012 in GTA Issues, politics, Public Transit, Toronto, TTC, Viva
Tagged BRT, Buses, Cherise Burda, Edmonton, eglinton LRT, expansion, finch lrt, GO Trains, gta, Light Rail Transit, Light-rail, LRT, public relations, Public Transit, rob ford, sheppard lrt, Streetcars, Subway, Toronto, trains, trams, Transit City, transportation, TTC, Viva, wikipedia
The Toronto Transit Commission's bus #1303, a Daimler Buses North America/Orion Bus Industries Orion 07.501 "VII" NG HEV, travels west along St. Clair Avenue East on the 102 Markham Road route in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Greater Toronto Area supports a local sales tax dedicated to public transit and other infrastructure by 74%. Just when you though the transit debate was over in Toronto, we may be in for another round. In one corner Mayor Rob Ford who wants subways without taxes and on the other side council who wants taxes but no subways. As I said before there must be some compromise, but so far egos are prevailing. Both sides want to win, at the expense of others. If we plan on creating subways, with taxes, we should first look into a Downtown Relief Line and get something to help the Yonge line. I remember a while back wondering why council never looked into sending the Sheppard line south, through the Don Valley overground and running express to downtown; connecting at possibly York Mills, Lawrence, Eglinton and then express downtown. It should be interesting to see what debate turns up in Toronto council regarding this poll. Maybe we should forget Toronto and just fund transit initiatives in Peel, York and Durham region. It should be another interesting month in the G.T.A.
Posted in politics, Public Transit, TTC, Viva, YRT
Tagged Don Valley, downtown relief line, DRT, Eglinton, Greater Toronto Area, rob ford, Sheppard, Sheppard Line, Taxes, Toronto, transportation
Need For Speed
I am not sure why anyone would want to change the speed limit, but we should just leave things as they are and get police to enforce the current law; ensuring that drivers respect the speed. Making the speed limits faster will simply allow those who break the law go faster. Also, if they are too slow, get off the highway. We should also get our politicians to build more roads like the 407 to ease traffic. If there are people who want to pay let them pay.
Note: I do not even think drivers know that trucks are limited to 100 KM. If you cut off a truck and they hit you, guess who walks away.
By Andy MJ.
Read more from the Toronto Sun article below.
Need for Speed in Toronto
Speed limits on Ontario’s highways are too low, according to an Oshawa-based group. Stop100.ca is calling on the provincial government to boost existing maximum limits from the current 100 km/h by as much as 30 km/h.
April 18, 2012 in Automotive, News, politics, Toronto
Tagged 100 km, 400, 401, 407, 407etr, accidents, Andy MJ, auto-bond, autobahnen, drinking and driving, driving, fast, Kylie Minogue, MADD, need for speed, Ontario, Oshawa, police, Recreation, Road Safety, Roads and Highways, speed, speed limit, Stop100.ca, Toronto, Toronto Sun, traffic act, transportation
Qatar Airways keen to expand in Canada
The CEO of Qatar Airways has said he is struggling to secure more landing rights to boost services to Canada.
Akbar Al Baker said in a speech in Montreal that Canadians deserved a better airline service to the Middle East but government restrictions were hindering progress.
“Qatar is of course interested in forging even closer ties with Canada but we are struggling with being granted additional landing rights,”
April 14, 2012 in Airlines, Airports, Canada, The Economy
Tagged Airline, Akbar Al Baker, canada, middle east, Montreal, Qatar, Qatar Airways, transportation, wikipedia
With the over 3 month old strike finally over commuters in York region will receive almost 2 months of free transit. The move comes in response to York Region residents, who have endured a long protracted strike and no transit service. I don’t think Torontonian’s would have accepted such a long strike in the past. The strike showed that transit was not as much of an issue in York Region. The car is definitely still king throughout the region. However this is not to say that it did not adversely affect residents; who had to find alternative modes of transportation. YRT hopes to bring users back to public transit in York Region. It will be interesting to see if York Region councillors attempt to enact the same legislation, which finally made the TTC an essential service.
For more information please go to the York Region Transit website.