Subways

If Doug Ford is elected, will he actually be able to build all those subways? If Doug Ford is elected, will he actually be able to build all those subways?

THE IDEA If Doug Ford’s transit plan has one thing going for it, it’s simplicity. He wants to do one thing, and one thing only: build subways. In the first phase of his Toronto Subway Expansion Plan, a scheme originally advanced by his brother, he proposes not only following through with the Scarborough subway, but… Read more »

Could Doug Ford really sell city real estate to fund his subway plan? Could Doug Ford really sell city real estate to fund his subway plan?

THE IDEA Doug Ford, like his brother Rob before him, is busy promoting a $9-billion, 32-kilometre subway plan that, according to him, would come at no extra cost to taxpayers—even though experts agree that the scheme is, for a huge number of reasons, completely unrealistic. Late last month, Doug offered the public a glimpse into… Read more »

Doug Ford makes yet another subway promise he can’t possibly keep Doug Ford makes yet another subway promise he can’t possibly keep

At a press conference this afternoon, according to the Star, Doug Ford made a major adjustment to the transit plan he inherited when Rob Ford dropped out of the mayoral race last month. Rob had promised to prioritize subway lines on Sheppard and Finch avenues—a crowd-pleasing pledge, but one he had no workable way of… Read more »

Gridlocked: how incompetence, pandering and baffling inertia have kept Toronto s... Gridlocked: how incompetence, pandering and baffling inertia have kept Toronto stuck in traffic

By Philip Preville Getting around the city, by public transit or by car, has become a perpetual nightmare of sardine-tin crowds, endless queues and construction bottlenecks. Gridlock is the lightning-rod issue of this mayoral race, with candidates sparring over which transportation fix—underground subways, surface subways, LRT, more buses, more bike lanes, no bike lanes, more… Read more »

Rob Ford had some trouble staying upright on the subway on Monday Rob Ford had some trouble staying upright on the subway on Monday

This Globe and Mail video of Rob Ford riding the Sheppard subway during his public-transit photo-op on Monday is curious for a few reasons. For one, it shows the mayor bobbing and weaving a little more violently than the average train passenger. For another, the 57-second video was quietly uploaded by someone at the Globe to… Read more »

Scarborough’s subway hopes just got slightly more remote Scarborough’s subway hopes just got slightly more remote

Considering all the political chicanery that went into getting Scarborough’s subway extension approved in the first place, it’s easy to take grim satisfaction in the project’s setbacks. Speaking of which, here’s one: the Globe reports that the city’s planning division is taking a more assertive role in the new subway line’s environmental assessment.

VIDEO: the TTC teaches you more than you really need to know about subway signal... VIDEO: the TTC teaches you more than you really need to know about subway signalling

For most commuters, the fact that the TTC’s subway trains don’t collide with one another is good enough—no additional explanations are required. Recently, though, the TTC has been shutting down portions of the Yonge-University-Spadina line on weekends so workers can upgrade the signalling systems responsible for the daily no-deaths-or-maimings miracle, leading to some curiosity about… Read more »

QUOTED: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi on Toronto’s decision to build a Scarb... QUOTED: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi on Toronto’s decision to build a Scarborough subway instead of light rail

“I, for the life of me, cannot understand the decision on the Scarborough subway and maybe I’m missing something. I don’t understand why you’d not spend less to serve more people…Clearly I’m missing something, I’m not that bright.” —Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, speaking during a Toronto Region Board of Trade luncheon. In October, city council… Read more »

Mayoral candidate David Soknacki says he’ll reverse the city’s cours... Mayoral candidate David Soknacki says he’ll reverse the city’s course on the Scarborough subway, again

Well, that didn’t take long. Two weeks in, the 2014 mayoral election has already produced its first sweeping policy announcement, and it’s this: former city budget chief David Soknacki says that, if elected, he’ll scrap Rob Ford‘s beloved two-or-three-stop Scarborough subway extension in favour of the seven-stop light-rail line that was originally planned for the… Read more »

The Spadina Subway Extension is behind schedule—but at least it’s actual... The Spadina Subway Extension is behind schedule—but at least it’s actually being built

Here’s a phrase you never want to hear from TTC CEO Andy Byford: “The project is facing a serious schedule challenge.” Byford, known for his level-headedness and his willingness to admit his agency’s mistakes, wrote those words in December’s edition of his monthly report to the TTC board. He was talking about the Spadina Subway… Read more »

PHOTO: How Bloor-Yonge station will look if the TTC renames its subway lines PHOTO: How Bloor-Yonge station will look if the TTC renames its subway lines

TTC spokesman Brad Ross posted a pair of images last night showing the Bloor-Yonge station’s current signage (top), and a spiffy mock-up of a new design featuring numbered subway lines. At a meeting today, the transit agency’s board will consider a report suggesting that the Yonge-University-Spadina line become “line 1” and the Bloor-Danforth, “line 2”—an idea that has transit… Read more »

The five weirdest metaphors Toronto city councillors used to describe the Scarbo... The five weirdest metaphors Toronto city councillors used to describe the Scarborough subway

After four years, countless political squabbles and at least six competing proposals, Rob Ford’s Scarborough subway dream is finally coming true. The mayor fist-pumped heartily yesterday evening after the crucial vote for a three-stop subway extension to replace the Scarborough SRT. Queen’s Park and Ottawa will contribute $1.48 billion and $660 million, respectively, which leaves Toronto taxpayers on the… Read more »

Six common reactions to the proposal to rename Toronto subway lines Six common reactions to the proposal to rename Toronto subway lines

In two weeks, the TTC board will consider replacing the names of Toronto subway lines  with numbers to make things less confusing for tourists and occasional users. If the proposal is accepted, the awkwardly named Yonge–University–Spadina Line will become 1; the Bloor-Danforth Line will be 2; the Scarborough RT will be 3; the Sheppard Line will be 4; and some future line… Read more »

Philip Preville: Why Kathleen Wynne needs Rob Ford Philip Preville: Why Kathleen Wynne needs Rob Ford

If Kathleen Wynne is to achieve anything for Toronto—and transit is top of the list—she needs Rob Ford to knock around By Philip Preville | Illustration by P.J. McQuade Back in mid-June, when the crack scandal had brought Rob Ford to his knees, it was Premier Kathleen Wynne who, with a few carefully chosen words,… Read more »

Tim Hudak does his best Rob Ford impression for the Toronto Board of Trade Tim Hudak does his best Rob Ford impression for the Toronto Board of Trade

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak sounded eerily like his good buddy Rob Ford yesterday in a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Hudak outlined his three-point plan for expanding Toronto’s transit system: (1) root out waste (one of Ford’s favourite pastimes); (2) subways, subways, subways, especially in Scarborough; and (3) no new taxes or tolls to pay… Read more »