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Commuter transit service remains frustrating issue

When she was a York University student, Victoria Cooling coped with the idiosyncrasies of public transit only so long. “While in school, I used to commute from Richmond Hill to York University,” she said. “That required three busses and if the connections were not aligned, I’d automatically be late for school. Public transit is not reliable, especially in areas that are high traffic or require frequent stops.”

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High customer service standards help rail commuters GO safely

It was a bright summer day at the Oshawa GO station, Dan McDonnell remembers. A woman in her 80s was getting off the train carrying a heavy suitcase without wheels. “I would love to help you bring [your suitcase] to the parking lot,” a customer service ambassador said, then picked it up, walked it out to the parking lot and put it in the trunk of the waiting car.

Toronto MPP supports Gateway Hub plan for east-end commuters

A Toronto-area MPP endorses a Metrolinx initiative that he says would reduce east-end Toronto transit-users’ commuting time to downtown. Introduced in 2008, the “Big Move” was a 25-year plan from Metrolinx to develop and integrate elements of transit in the GTA to improve accessibility and commuting times. Under the initiative, for example, commuters could use the Danforth GO Train station (located on the east side of Main Street south of Danforth Avenue) as a “Gateway Hub” or quick connection to the TTC Bloor-Danforth subway line (just up the street at the TTC Main Street).

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Councillor says no connection between YRT and TTC hikes

A City of Vaughan councilor says York Region Transit fare increases are not tied to recent TTC fare hikes. The YRT website indicated YRT patrons will face a 25-cent fare increase in January of next year. This follows the recent announcement of fare increases at the Toronto Transit Commission. Ward 5 Coun. Alan Shefman denies there is a connection.

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Family Day in and around the City

Family Day in and around the City The third Monday of February marks Family Day. It’s observed as a statutory holiday in Ontario. What do you and your families have planned? Much of the province…

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Scarborough GO rail line considered for electrification

Electrifying GO Transit rail lines is the best way forward for Metrolinx, says Clean Train Coalition spokesperson Keith Brooks. The regional transportation authority is considering six options for GO electrification, five of which run through Scarborough, according to a recent Metrolinx study update.