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Don't hold your breath for electric GO rail lines

Posted by Derek Flack / September 2, 2014

go railA new report from Metrolinx raises questions as to the possibility of electrifying GO rail corridors over the next 10 years. That's not good news if you're John Tory, who has staked much of his transit vision, the so called SmartTrack plan, on running high frequency inner city rail service along existing rail lines.

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House of the week: 31 Bernard Avenue

Posted by Isabel Ritchie / September 2, 2014

31 Bernard AvenueThis Annex home located at 31 Bernard Avenue has lots of curb appeal with a great location. Just steps from the subway and also adjacent to Yorkville for upscale amenities, it's a reminder why this is such a desirable neighbourhood, not mention it's an excellent example of an old Annex residence. The house has a beautiful brick exterior, with well-maintained windows and doors and large trees adding charm to the landscaping.

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New TTC streetcars hit the road on Spadina

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 31, 2014

toronto new streetcarFor the first time in 35 years, a new generation of streetcar is on the road in Toronto. Following years of design and construction and months of conspicuous road testing, two of the 204 new cars entered service on the 510 Spadina route this morning.

Several hundred people turned out for the occasion, some of whom had been waiting more than three hours. "I was here at 7:00, I came out to be the first one," said Adam Weston, who was third in the line-up of about 100 people. "It's fun. I call myself Mr. First. I do a lot of things first."

Metallica's Enter Sandman thumped over the loudspeaker as the first streetcar, number 4403, broke through a banner strung across the track at Spadina station. The song "seemed right," said TTC spokesman Brad Ross.

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What open streets used to look like in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / August 31, 2014

Open Streets Toronto HistoryThe second edition of Open Streets TO takes place today, so what better time than now to recall what Toronto's first pedestrian takeover looked like. We've already traced the history of the Yonge St. Mall, but these photos bring something new to the table. Can you believe how packed the streets are. Alas, this is a far cry from the diminished version of the event that's takes place today, limited as it is between the hours of 8am to 12pm before most businesses are open.

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Carlton from Fresh Prince posted all over Carlton St.

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 30, 2014

carlton fresh prince torontoRight now, that big, fancy Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens is the second-most awesome thing about Carlton St. Some wonderful anonymous person, looking to bring joy and mirth to all of our lives this Labour Day long weekend, has papered telephone polls along Carlton St. with photos of Carlton, stodgy conservative cousin to "Will Smith" and No. 1 Tom Jones fan of all time on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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A loner's guide to the 5 least used TTC subway stations

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 30, 2014

toronto subwayFinding peace and quiet on the Toronto subway is a difficult task--and that's a good thing. Without people to crowd its platforms, pack its streetcars and stuff its buses, the TTC wouldn't exist, at least not as we know and (mostly) love it today.

There are, however, places on the subway and Scarborough RT where riders are more likely to find themselves alone, or at least part of a very small crowd. (In fact, there's one stop in particular where passengers are almost certain to be alone, save for the fare booth attendant, outside of rush hour.)

Here's a loner's guide to the quietest stations on the TTC.

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