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TTC votes for widespread service improvements

Posted by Derek Flack / August 19, 2014

TTC service improvementsA key series of improvements to TTC service inched closer to reality this afternoon as the Commission board voted in favour of a a report titled Opportunities to Improve Transit Service in Toronto. Some of the highlights include the roll out of timed transfers (yay!), express bus service on additional routes, all buses and streetcars running 24/7 at no more than 10 minutes apart, the expansion of the Blue Night bus network, and all-door boarding on streetcars across the system.

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What Front and Spadina might look like in five years

Posted by Derek Flack / August 19, 2014

2014819-well-alt.jpgBack in January, we learned of a massive development proposal for the current site of the Globe & Mail at Front and Spadina. A partnership between RioCan, Allied Properties, and Diamond Corp., The Well has been characterized as one of the city's largest mixed use developments, where residential, retail, and office space will exist in close quarters on the roughly eight acre site. The news was all very exciting when it broke, but it was difficult to get a good sense of what everything was supposed to look like.

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Toronto ranked 10th most influential city in the world

Posted by Derek Flack / August 19, 2014

toronto influential cityToronto has something of a complex when it comes to being considered a world class city, this despite numerous high rankings in terms of livability and economic stature. A new study out from Forbes might help to quell this self consciousness or make it worse, depending on how ambitious one's conception of the city's global position is. According to Forbes, Toronto is the 10th "most necessary" city in the world, a spot it shares with San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Blue hour shuffle

Posted by Derek Flack / August 19, 2014

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What the new platform at Union Station looks like

Posted by Derek Flack / August 18, 2014

Union Station second platformThis morning was a whole lot different for TTC passengers using Union Station. As reported last Wednesday, the second platform was unveiled to start the work week, and it immediately helped to ease congestion at the transit hub. There's twice the space now, with those headed north to Finch enjoying the brand new boarding area. There was some confusion when many riders first exited trains in the morning, but it was short lived, and there were a lot of staff on hand to provide direction.

Overall, the new platform looks great -- and for $137 million it should. But it's worth noting that there are some rather narrow sections in the middle where the standing area is only about 10-12ft wide. This poses a bit of an issue when the station is packed, but is easily solved by funnelling riders to the wider areas at the ends.

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Sports & Play

10 things to do in Toronto before the summer is over

Posted by Derek Flack / August 18, 2014

summer torontoSummer events and activities in Toronto aren't winding down just yet. Technically there's over a month of summer left, and there's no reason to lament the cool mornings and nights. To some, this is the best weather of the year, and it's definitely well-suited for getting outdoors and doing stuff. The CNE has started, of course. August plays host to lots of good live music, and food trucks are still out in full force.

Here are 10 things to do in Toronto before the summer is over.

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