Author Archives: Mark

QQ Streetcar accident TWICE

QQ streetcar accident TWICE Twice, first I was on it, then a year later (today) I was watching. It’s QQ, and westbound streetcars hitting westbound left turning traffic. Today I just happened to be waiting on the south side of … Continue reading

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King Street Pilot

Jan 29 2018 My comments on King Transit Pilot submitted to City/TTC.   Congratulations on getting this thing up and running so quickly. Such speed is what we, the taxpayer, expect and rarely get.   King Street is wonderful to … Continue reading

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Trucks on Trains – Humanize the Highway

Heading back to town from Guelph Tuesday evening on the 401 I passed the wreckage of what looked like a bad accident involving a truck or two and at least one car bent to an almost un-recognizable shape. In the miles … Continue reading

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Another Look at a Downtown Congestion Charge

Tolls are out says the Premier, so time for another look at a Downtown Congestion Charge. Now that the province has kiboshed the city’s highway tolling plan, it is a good time to take another look at a ‘Congestion Charge’ … Continue reading

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UPX Fare Ideas

Emulating the high fares of the Heathrow Express was the agenda of the provincial government from the beginning, and despite doubts and criticisms from just about all corners, the service opened last summer with the high fares. Now, 8 months … Continue reading

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Mid Block Crossings Kill

The death of a 79 year old pedestrian, crossing Sheppard Avenue ‘mid block’, and who would have to have walked at least 500m to use a controlled crossing, and 500m back, as reported in Metro newspaper Jan 19, 2016, highlights … Continue reading

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Scattered Presto Card Readers

Have you ever wondered why the GO Transit’s Presto card readers are installed all over the place, “scattered” to every nook in a very inconsistent manner, whether at Union or suburban stations? At Union, readers are found literally throughout the … Continue reading

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UPX Statistics Elusive

UPX is struggling to become a success, with the two car trains carrying little more than a handful of passengers. Contrary to all the hype for the last several years about getting cars off the road and reducing emissions, Metrolinx … Continue reading

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The missing link

The missing link is a plan to route CP freight traffic via the CN line that roughly follows the 407 across the top of Toronto instead of via CP’s midtown line which is close to Dupont. A new line of … Continue reading

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Reduce Congestion? Charge for it.

The City is considering tolling the Gardiner and DVP for the purposes of reducing downtown congestion and raising funds to maintain those highways. I believe a highway toll is unlikely to significantly reduce downtown congestion. A toll may well persuade … Continue reading

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