It’s a critical time for transit in Canada. Unprecedented investments in urban mobility are being made across the country, a new minister of infrastructure has been appointed, and each day brings us closer to the 2019 federal election. As MPs, senators and key stakeholders began a busy fall sitting of Parliament, the Canadian urban transit industry came together on Parliament Hill and spoke with a single voice on issues important to the mobility and sustainability of Canadian communities.
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The Ontario government says it’s expanding GO Transit service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The Ministry of Transportation said that starting next week, the Lakeshore line in and out of Toronto will see an additional 220 trips per week – an increase of about 18 per cent.
It said the Kitchener line will see an additional morning rush hour trip from Malton to Toronto’s Union station.
via Global News
In a symbolic move, London city councillors have voted to endorse in principle an electric bus rapid transit system.
The motion passed 9 to 5 at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting on Monday and will head to full council for an official vote to endorse the plan in principle.
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A new, expanded “Fit For Duty” policy outlining drugs and alcohol standards for Metrolinx employees is expected to go into effect next month.
The policy says that all Metrolinx employees must be able to “safely and acceptably perform assigned duties without limitations resulting from (but not limited to) alcohol, drugs, and/or medications; the misuse or failure to take medications as director; and/or extreme fatigue.”
When three GO Transit special constables started their shift Aug. 5, they had no idea they would be forced to intervene in an armed robbery and ultimately be honoured for their bravery.
Stephan Fahel, 37, Brent Strachan, 32, and Arjun Kapadiya, 25, were recognized Friday at a Metrolinx board meeting for their "heroic" actions.
Over the past seven years, Kingston Transit has seen significant improvements in its public transit services. Between 2011 and 2017, revenue service hours increased from 160,255 to 238,688 annually and ridership increased by 72% to a record 6.1 million passenger trips. Catalyzing the growth in service was an express route introduced in 2013, which became so successful that three new express routes were introduced over the next five years.
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Edmontonians and visitors may have to pinch themselves next month when they see a shuttle go by — with no driver.
The city will test electric autonomous shuttles at four closed-off sites in Edmonton in a two-month pilot project starting in October.
The public will be able to take one-kilometre, six- to seven-minute rides and tell the city what they think.
Children between age six and 12 should have a Presto card while riding Toronto Transit Commission subways, streetcars and buses — although they can already hop on and off for free without the card, the transit agency says.