TRANSIT REVIEW: TTC named best transit agency in North America

News Jun 28, 2017 by Rahul Gupta York Guardian

BEST IN NORTH AMERICA

The TTC was named the best transit agency in North America. No, really.

Some transit riders are having a tough time accepting this new reality where the TTC is, gasp, considered world class. Reactions to the honour bestowed by the American Public Transit Association (APTA) ranged from derision to outright denial.

For the TTC it is well-deserved vindication for growing pains experienced modernizing its operations.

FARE INCREASE

In a somewhat unusual move, Metrolinx voted for a fare increase to take effect, as of September.

The approval from the agency’s board of directors at its June meeting means fares costing more than $5.65 will jump by about 3 per cent. Considering most trips on GO cost exceed that, it likely means much of the service’s 70 million annual riders will soon pay more.

Normally fare increases are approved in February, but the agency says the money is needed earlier to help fund service improvements.

WALKWAY TO CLOSE

Attention Bloor GO station users, the pedestrian walkway leading from the station platform to nearby Dundas Street is closing for good as of July 3.

Riders will soon have to walk under the station rail bridge to get to Dundas. Metrolinx says its lease with the property which houses the walkway has expired, and the owner has new plans for the space. 

Metrolinx has run into difficulties constructing a pedestrian tunnel linking Bloor with Dundas West subway station, which is supposed to open in 2017.

TEEN TRESPASSER

A young girl was caught hanging out on a subway train last week. Not in the train mind you, but on top of it. 

The 13-year-old managed to scale the fence at Davisville station unawares before clambering on top of the train, which was thankfully not in use. She was soon spotted and taken into custody.

Needless to say, don’t climb on trains people!

Rahul Gupta is Metroland Media Toronto’s transportation and infrastructure reporter. Reach him on Twitter @TOinTRANSIT

EDITOR'S NOTE: A reference in this story to TTC CEO Andy Byford’s contract status was removed as he is in fact a permanent employee of the TTC.  June 30, 2017

TRANSIT REVIEW: TTC named best transit agency in North America

Running down the notable transit stories in Toronto this week.

News Jun 28, 2017 by Rahul Gupta York Guardian

BEST IN NORTH AMERICA

The TTC was named the best transit agency in North America. No, really.

Some transit riders are having a tough time accepting this new reality where the TTC is, gasp, considered world class. Reactions to the honour bestowed by the American Public Transit Association (APTA) ranged from derision to outright denial.

For the TTC it is well-deserved vindication for growing pains experienced modernizing its operations.

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FARE INCREASE

In a somewhat unusual move, Metrolinx voted for a fare increase to take effect, as of September.

The approval from the agency’s board of directors at its June meeting means fares costing more than $5.65 will jump by about 3 per cent. Considering most trips on GO cost exceed that, it likely means much of the service’s 70 million annual riders will soon pay more.

Normally fare increases are approved in February, but the agency says the money is needed earlier to help fund service improvements.

WALKWAY TO CLOSE

Attention Bloor GO station users, the pedestrian walkway leading from the station platform to nearby Dundas Street is closing for good as of July 3.

Riders will soon have to walk under the station rail bridge to get to Dundas. Metrolinx says its lease with the property which houses the walkway has expired, and the owner has new plans for the space. 

Metrolinx has run into difficulties constructing a pedestrian tunnel linking Bloor with Dundas West subway station, which is supposed to open in 2017.

TEEN TRESPASSER

A young girl was caught hanging out on a subway train last week. Not in the train mind you, but on top of it. 

The 13-year-old managed to scale the fence at Davisville station unawares before clambering on top of the train, which was thankfully not in use. She was soon spotted and taken into custody.

Needless to say, don’t climb on trains people!

Rahul Gupta is Metroland Media Toronto’s transportation and infrastructure reporter. Reach him on Twitter @TOinTRANSIT

EDITOR'S NOTE: A reference in this story to TTC CEO Andy Byford’s contract status was removed as he is in fact a permanent employee of the TTC.  June 30, 2017

TRANSIT REVIEW: TTC named best transit agency in North America

Running down the notable transit stories in Toronto this week.

News Jun 28, 2017 by Rahul Gupta York Guardian

BEST IN NORTH AMERICA

The TTC was named the best transit agency in North America. No, really.

Some transit riders are having a tough time accepting this new reality where the TTC is, gasp, considered world class. Reactions to the honour bestowed by the American Public Transit Association (APTA) ranged from derision to outright denial.

For the TTC it is well-deserved vindication for growing pains experienced modernizing its operations.

Related Content

FARE INCREASE

In a somewhat unusual move, Metrolinx voted for a fare increase to take effect, as of September.

The approval from the agency’s board of directors at its June meeting means fares costing more than $5.65 will jump by about 3 per cent. Considering most trips on GO cost exceed that, it likely means much of the service’s 70 million annual riders will soon pay more.

Normally fare increases are approved in February, but the agency says the money is needed earlier to help fund service improvements.

WALKWAY TO CLOSE

Attention Bloor GO station users, the pedestrian walkway leading from the station platform to nearby Dundas Street is closing for good as of July 3.

Riders will soon have to walk under the station rail bridge to get to Dundas. Metrolinx says its lease with the property which houses the walkway has expired, and the owner has new plans for the space. 

Metrolinx has run into difficulties constructing a pedestrian tunnel linking Bloor with Dundas West subway station, which is supposed to open in 2017.

TEEN TRESPASSER

A young girl was caught hanging out on a subway train last week. Not in the train mind you, but on top of it. 

The 13-year-old managed to scale the fence at Davisville station unawares before clambering on top of the train, which was thankfully not in use. She was soon spotted and taken into custody.

Needless to say, don’t climb on trains people!

Rahul Gupta is Metroland Media Toronto’s transportation and infrastructure reporter. Reach him on Twitter @TOinTRANSIT

EDITOR'S NOTE: A reference in this story to TTC CEO Andy Byford’s contract status was removed as he is in fact a permanent employee of the TTC.  June 30, 2017