The TTC has updated the Presto card machine system by enhancing screen readers on all buses, streetcars and inside stations.
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.”
The chair of a panel exploring options for improved transit service along Sheppard Avenue East has refuted the mayor’s argument in favour of subways. Councillors are due to choose between the subway option or the light rail transit (LRT) option, later today.
Scarborough has turned into a battlefield for Toronto politics. “This was a win for Scarborough,” said Councillor Raymond Cho after the recent political showdown in City Hall revived Transit City and handed Mayor Rob Ford the biggest defeat of his term. However, the mayor shot back by defiantly insisting that the vote was devoid of any true meaning as it would have only expressed the opinion of a few councillors out of touch with the their constituents.
This is the biggest item that will come across the desk of a councillor and the most important issue facing Toronto
It was just over a year ago that Scarborough citizens helped vote in Rob Ford as our mayor. The day he took office, we regretted it.
Toronto can hope again, as the revival of Transit City is back on track. With a petition in circulation, and with just under 1,800 signatures within a few days, let it be heard: Mayor Rob Ford, Transit City cannot be ignored.
When East York resident Trish O’Reilly-Brennan posted a petition online to get the Transit City plan back, she had no idea how quickly it would spread. With minimal promotion, it gathered over 1,600 signatures within a week.
It took a couple of months but Mayor Rob Ford finally unveiled his transit vision, one that replaces the Transit City plan, finding “common ground” with Premier Dalton McGuinty.
There may not be any special perks in it specifically for Scarborough but the Ontario budget announced last week is good “in general”, a couple of local councillors agree.