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Strong Media Response to “Are We There Yet? The state of transit investment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area”

The Move the GTHA report “Are We There Yet?  The state of transit investment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area”, released on August 16, 2016, was broadly covered by the Toronto and regional media, including at least 12 different print, radio and...
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“Are We There Yet? The state of transit investment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area”

The Move the GTHA collaborative, of which Transport Action Ontario is a key core member, has released its long-awaited report “Are We There Yet?  The state of transit investment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)”.   The report  details the progress...
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Panel Struck to look at Alternatives to GTA-West Expressway (Highway 413)

  Ontario has been conducting an Environmental Assessment on this $4B proposed new 6 lane expressway, running from Vaughan to Milton, since 2007.  Transport Action Ontario (TAO) has been participating in the public discourse.  Our position has been to emphasize that...
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Transport Canada Backs Away from Commitment to Sault Ste. Marie – Hearst Passenger Train

It has been over a year since the Algoma passenger trains stopped running.  The Algoma Passenger Train Working Group, including rail advocacy groups,  has come up with a proposal to run the service as a not for profit venture led by the Missanabie Cree First Nation...
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Toronto Debate on Scarborough Subway Extension is Over

  After years of public and political debate, Toronto Council has voted to extend the Bloor-Danforth subway in Scarborough by 1 stop (6 kilometers) at a staggering capital cost of $3.2B.  The extension is part of a proposed network in Scarborough including improved GO...
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Input Provided on Multimodal Transportation Strategy for Northern Ontario

    The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) & the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development & Mines (MNDM) are currently developing a Multimodal Transportation Strategy for Northern Ontario (NOMTS). This initiative will define the improvements...
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Province-Wide Consulations on Modernizing Ontario Intercity Bus Regime

    Intercity bus service is a key component of a connected intercity public transportation network in Ontario.  For example, our Network Southwest Integrated Passenger Rail and Bus Action Plan proposes a strong network of buses connected to a rail “spine”. ...
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Intruiging Agreement between CN and Province of Ontario

    The busy CN mainline between Bramalea (Halwest) and Georgetown (Silver) has long been a bottleneck for increasing GO and VIA service to Kitchener and points further west like Stratford and London.  On June 14, Ontario announced that the province has...
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State of Transit Investment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

    Transport Action Ontario is a core member of the Move the GTHA (MTGTHA) collaborative, a diverse group of organizations from health, labour, business, policy, environmental and citizen advocacy working together to build awareness, engagement and...
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Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan – Transport Action Ontario comments

  Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) was released in June, 2016.   TAO has been actively involved, both through the Move the GTHA collaborative and as an individual organization.   TAO supports much of the CCAP.  However, we have identified...
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Submission to Transport Canada Consultation on “The Future of Transportation in Canada”

  Transport Canada is undertaking an on-line consultation on the future of transportation in Canada.  A series of questions were posed, with space provided for answers.   The submission made on behalf of Transport Action Ontario can be viewed here: ...
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Transport Action Ontario urges Toronto Council to re-examine Scarborough Express Rail in lieu of Subway Extension

    The following press release was sent to media in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area on June 1. 2016 – – – – – –     Media Release   Transport Action Ontario urges Toronto Council to re-examine Scarborough...
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Proposed New Ontario Land Use Policies in Greater Golden Horseshoe are Significant

   In 2015, the Province of Ontario initiated a coordinated review of four key land use plans, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) and the Greenbelt Plan.   In December, the Crombie Advisory Panel released its recommendations on how...
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Auditor General’s Special Examination Report on VIA Rail

  The article below was originally prepared for the March/April version of “Ontario Report”.  To make it more readily available to website readers, it is reproduced here. – – – – – – – –          ...
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Toronto Council will be without Reliable Fare Information for Key Transit Network Decision

    Toronto Council will be voting in July to approve a new rapid transit network.  A cautionary note was sent to key Councillors indicating that the decision should be deferred until Metrolinx-lead work on fare integration is complete.   The letter is...
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Board of Directors Meeting – Transport Action Ontario, May 26, 2016

  The Board of Directors will be meeting on Thursday,  May 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Ave. Toronto, Room B.    At these meetings, the board typically reviews all major advocacy projects, as well as other matters related...
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Dragging Equipment Detectors and Automatic Equipment Identifiers for Rail Safety

    Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau was the key-note speaker at a well-attended public forum on rail safety held in Toronto on April 27.   Several members of Transport Action Ontario spoke, particularly about the need for Positive Train Control,...
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National Post commentary on VIA Rail, May 5, 2016

    The National Post’s Barbara Kay published a useful commentary on May 5, 2016 describing reasons why VIA Rail needs to be enhanced and become a federal priority.  The article is pasted below: Commentary in National Post, May 5, 2016 Barbara Kay: At...
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Essay on Demise of Passenger Rail in Canada – CBC Radio

    Michael Enright of the CBC Sunday Morning radio show presented a poignant essay on the decades-long decline of passenger rail in Canada, the current challenges faced by VIA Rail and the need for significant federal investment.   The essay can be...
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“New Directions – Advancing Southwestern Ontario’s Public Transportation Opportunities”

    Oxford County has developed an advocacy approach to advance Southwestern Ontario public transportation opportunities.  To support this, they have released a “New Direction” public transportation tool kit summarizing the key components...
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