Thoughts on a transit terminal

Last week the Mohawk College Transit terminal opened on the northeast corner of the campus, and I must say that it has really improved access for students (like myself, for the next month) using Hamilton Street Railway to get to class. But, there are some issues that are worth mentioning, and they go to show that improving transit isn't just about putting more buses on the road. Sometimes, making something transit adjacent doesn't necessarily make it transit oriented. (more…)
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Thoughts on busways

One day we will have achieved the dream of all-day, two-way service GO train service on all lines. I'm not talking about a train every hour - I'm talking about trains at subway-like frequencies with VIA Rail-type services on hourly schedules extending beyond. You might be thinking "why would anyone need 15 minute service to Barrie?", but remember that this isn't about the two endpoints. This is about ons and offs at the intermediate stops. In that example, it would be places like Newmarket, Au...
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Google, now!

Those who know me know that I have an Android phone and prefer the platform over the iPhone, but there's a bit more too it than that. I've gone all in to the Google ecosystem. Gmail (Inbox, actually) and Google Calendar windows are almost always open on my computer, and I've even set Google Keep to remind me when the last buses leave Hamilton on days when I have evening classes at Mohawk College (I don't really use Google Plus, though). While that means that I give Google a lot more personal inf...
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Bad Information = Complaints

One of the reasons why I started this blog was because society is very quick to declare #epicfail without offering any suggestions on how to improve transit. So, when I saw this terrible sign replacing a handwritten one inside Hamilton GO Centre next to the schedules, I felt that the responsible thing to do would be to help improve it. So, here we go: (more…)
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Halton politicians to Metrolinx: Beef up our transit if you want us to pay – Toronto Star

As Metrolinx prepares to begin a large-scale public consultation effort to find supportable ways to pay for transit expansion across the region, officials in Halton are telling the provincial agency that they should expand transit service before asking citizens to pay for more. [Note: The Toronto Star tends to re-use URLs for related stories as the event unfolds. At the time if writing, the URL led to the story I am discussing.] Looking at Halton's argument for a moment, I must point out tha...
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Where two lines meet

Almost as soon as I published my post about the plans for rapid transit along Broadway in Vancouver, city staff made a presentation to council stating their position that an underground Skytrain line is the only solution that will meet the demand. I share this position, but I feel that west of Arbutus Street - where the first phase of the subway would end - the development patterns and ridership levels change such that a subway is not the only technology which can handle the ridership. Since con...
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