Apr 29, 2006
* implement the GTA fare card to allow transit users to travel on systems from Durham to Hamilton;
* integrate municipal and regional transit planning;
* coordinate the purchase of transit vehicles to save money;
* manage GO Transit;
* develop and submit an annual capital plan and investment strategy, and;
* create a five-year integrated transportation plan for local transit, GO Transit and major roads.
At first it sounded so good. Now I am not so sure. The part that scares me the most is that the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority (GTTA) be allowed to borrow money to pay for infrastructure improvements, but the province didn't say how the board will pay the money back. Continued…
Apr 25, 2006
The foundation to unite transit from Hamilton to Oshawa and north through York Region was laid today.
Ontario Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar announced this morning at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto that he is introducing legislation later today to create the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority (GTTA) -- legislation Durham chairman Roger Anderson said could provide an opportunity for Durham Region Transit (DRT) to operate better. Continued...
Apr 21, 2006
On April 19, 2006, Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar announced that all transit vehicles in the province will be able to use technology to improve the efficiency of their travels along Ontario's roads.
With the traffic signal pre-emption technology, buses, streetcars and other transit maintenance vehicles can shorten a red, or lengthen a green traffic signal to their advantage when approaching an intersection. This technology is currently used only by emergency vehicles. Continue…
When the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto was formed in 1954 the Toronto Transit Commission had the duty of taking over all of the bus companies in the area. The outline areas (Scarborugh, North York etc.) had to pay more for their transit, than the City of Toronto. This was done with introduction of “zone fare system”. Passengers travelling into Toronto, were subjected to an additional fare payment when they crossed from one zone to another. This zone system, after many years of operation was merged into one zone for the entire Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto.
What I am getting at here is that when alamagamation first takes place there are losers and winners. This should be accepted by the Council members of Oshawa. Yes they more than likely did get the shaft when Durham Region took over all of the public transit within it’s boundaries. Really its about time that we move on and get this new transit system working.
Apr 20, 2006
Apr 19, 2006
Apr 16, 2006
It looks like the TTC is about to screw up the service on King Street. What I mean is make it more inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect. I remember Bloor Danforth before the subway opened. They used to run multiple unit streetcars along those roads and the service had the same problems. In fact people used to jam into the lead car leaving the trailer with plenty of space. Toronto needs more subways and less streetcars.
Apr 15, 2006
GO Transit calls premier's bluff Passes 10-year expansion budget, but will only pay this year Municipalities object to raising property taxes for service. In a power play designed to get the attention of Premier Dalton McGuinty, municipal politicians who hold a majority on GO Transit's board passed a $1.7 billion, 10-year expansion budget while saying they won't pay for it beyond 2007.
Apr 14, 2006
Apr 12, 2006
SCUGOG -- Ridership levels show there's very little public interest in the current system, so Durham transit officials plan on ditching their scheduled bus routes for the Township.
Instead, they are shifting their focus to individual requests and moving people out of town. Continued…
Apr 9, 2006
Apr 5, 2006
DURHAM -- Just when it seemed the Region had missed the Province’s transit funding bus, Durham has been awarded $10.6 million.
The dollars are much needed by Durham Region Transit (DRT), says Nester Pidwerbecki, vice-chairman of the transit commission and an Oshawa regional councillor.
Outsourced system will enable better bus tracking, management of maintenance
The Greater Toronto Transit Authority is rolling out a Web-based vehicle tracking system that will allow it to better monitor its approximately 300-unit bus fleet. GO Transit inked a five-year, $500,000 deal last November with Toronto-based Grey Island Systems International Inc. to install Grey Island's real-time, Internet-based GPS/AVL and telematics information systems, called InterFleet. Continued...
Apr 3, 2006
Apr 2, 2006
Apr 1, 2006
When Durham was largely ignored in last week's provincial budget it didn't come as a surprise to anyone who's lived here for any length of time. In fact, it's become an expectation for the hundreds of thousands living in the eastern shadow of Toronto. When Dwight Duncan announced transit funding and subway links for Toronto, it was in homage to the sea of Liberal red that is Metropolitan Toronto. With a provincial Liberal government in power it's always "Miller time" as the city spends, spends, spends and anticipates more provincial bail-out money next year to ease the municipal tax burden. Continuued