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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TTC signs up for Presto fare card – Toronto Star

Today, after officially signing the master agreement for the new LRT lines to be built across the city, the TTC signed the master agreement committing themselves to rolling out the PRESTO fare card across the system. The new streetcars will have the devices activated once they become operational in late 2013 or 2014, followed by most of the subway and bus routes serving the Pan Am Games venues by 2015, followed by the remainder of the system after that. In addition, riders will have the option o...
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Rapid-transit line along Broadway corridor favoured by many still a ways away – Globe and Mail

Earlier this month, the City of Vancouver passed their long-term transportation vision, Transportation 2040, which aims to have two thirds of all trips within the city to be made by foot, by bicycle or by transit. The city has made excellent progress towards this goal, as the 50% modal share they expected to hit in 2021 has already been reached today. But, in order to reach the 66% goal, the city will need more rapid transit lines. Given that transit is a regional responsibility, is there a way ...
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