Thursday, January 27, 2011

CBC News - Toronto - TTC could lose a quarter million rides due to cuts

CBC News - Toronto - TTC could lose a quarter million rides due to cuts: "The TTC says it will lose a quarter of a million rides if proposed service cuts to 48 bus routes take effect.

The cuts are slated for what the TTC calls underused routes — those carrying fewer than 15 people per hour. The transit agency estimated the changes would save about $7 million, which would go into busier routes."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Studies suggest urban areas are less risky for children

Baby & Hood: Studies suggest urban areas are less risky for children: "'It was a beautiful house, but we just ended up living in our car,' she says. 'We lived by [a busy road]. If anything happened, if we left the fence open, my child was literally on a road where traffic was like 80 kilometres an hour.'

...Their arguments are bolstered by a growing body of research showing that the traditional family dream home -- a large house on a big lot in a quiet suburb -- may actually be more dangerous for children than many inner-city neighbourhoods."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Messages - An Important Discussion on the Future of GTA Transit

Messages - An Important Discussion on the Future of GTA Transit: "Hello Transit Supporters,

You are invited to join public transit expert Steve Munro in an important discussion on the future of transit in the GTA, hosted by Post Carbon Toronto. (http://www.postcarbontoronto.org/)

The event is $2 or PWYC at the Bahen Centre at U of T, 40 St. George St., Room 1190 starting at 7:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan 26th)

For more information visit http://www.postcarbontoronto.org/2011/01/16/the-future-of-gta-transit/

To RSVP go to www.meetup.com/PostCarbonTorontoMeetup"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Toronto’s transit at a crossroads | Pembina Institute

Toronto’s transit at a crossroads | Pembina Institute: "... — the Transit City plan would bring a variety of benefits for Toronto commuters which Pembina presents in a new report released today, Making Tracks to Torontonians , for example:
  • Nearly 150 kilometers of new rapid transit lines
  • An additional 600,000 people and jobs would be within 500 meters of rapid transit
  • Over 100,000 low-income residents over the age of 15 would be within a six-minute walk of at least one of the Transit City lines
  • Over 325,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, with 224 million rides per year on the new lines"

Monday, January 10, 2011

Expect more traffic congestion

Mayor Rob Ford has declared the war on the car (if it ever existed) is over. But here at Worst Intersections, we know the skirmishes won’t abate any time soon. While transit ridership in 2010 hit a record high (480 million riders), Toronto’s roads will continue to become ever more congested as the city-region expands, the economy recovers, and vehicle ownership grows.
Globe and Mail

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Take 144,000 cars off the road - Save Transit City

Breathe Toronto: "RALLY FOR TRANSIT CITY! Come together on Sunday, January 9th to demand loud and clear that City Council save Transit City, and proceed with the biggest TTC expansion in recent history as planned. As the last Council unanimously endorsed (including Ford!) Event posting: CLICK HERE"

Activist Communique: The melting Arctic - a threat to Indigenous land and culture. | rabble.ca

Activist Communique: The melting Arctic - a threat to Indigenous land and culture. | rabble.ca: "Climate change in the circumpolar region has had and will continue to have devastating effects on the Indigenous peoples who consider the region to be their homeland. These people include the Inuit, the Saami, the Komi, the Yakut, the Nenets, the Samoyed, the Altaic, the Buryat, etc .... who live in the North."