Dec 11, 2008

Transit news

Metrolinx has recommended construction funding for the Sheppard East LRT and York Region’s VIVA system to launch the regional plan. According to Metrolinx these two projects could deliver 17,000 construction jobs just in its first year.

Reported by the The Oshawa Worker (CAW Local 222) DRT has run into delays with the start up of the Bus Rapid Transit that would operating along King's Hwy 2. It was originally to to start operating on January 1, 2010.

The Ajax bus garage needs an expansion to to facilitate, the storage and maintenance of the BRT buses. The shovels still have to be place into the ground. There is no mention of when the BRT might be up and running.

GO Transit is adjusting service during the holiday season with special early-afternoon trains and buses on December 24 and 31; and free late-night service on the 31st (New Year's Eve), starting at 7:00 p.m. Some New Year's Eve service will be adjusted. For details visit website at:

Effective Monday January 5, 2009, a new Eastbound train trip will depart Union Station at 17:10 and will operate EXPRESS to Pickering then make all stops to Oshawa (17:55). The UNION 17:13 - OSHAWA 18:07 train trip will be departing at 17:20.

Mayor David Miller has asked the Toronto Transit Commission to freeze public transit fares next year as the city braces for an economic slump. This will force the review of a plan to decrease bus service to a maximum of 20 minute headways.

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