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York University GO Station was my local train station for many years. But for most of that time, I never used it because it was only served by two trains per weekday, which were not at useful times for me. … Continue reading
Over the past couple years, I’ve been making year-end summaries of all the commuter rail lines in Canada, identifying changes and trends. So here is a look back at the year 2016 in Canadian commuter rail. Improvements compared to January … Continue reading
This afternoon I visited Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to see the progress in one of the largest urban transformations underway in Ontario. The City of Vaughan, with a lot of help from York Region and the Province of Ontario, is turning … Continue reading
When people find out I have a working knowledge of traffic signals, this is often the first question they ask. “When I press the button, does it actually do anything to the signal timing?” The short answer is: sometimes. Because … Continue reading
In November 2011, City of Toronto council voted to introduce separated bicycle lanes on Richmond Street, Adelaide Street, Simcoe Street and Peter Street, creating a continuous network of bicycle routes through the core of the city. Prior to the Richmond-Adelaide bicycle … Continue reading
The Province of Ontario is taking a step toward more intuitive and less cluttered roadways, exempting bicycle signals from the requirement to be circular and instead permitting bicycle-shaped signal lenses. Ontario is now inching toward the convention of virtually every other jurisdiction, where each … Continue reading
In most jurisdictions in Ontario, the convention is that left turns will precede the straight-ahead (through) movements in the same direction. Why is this the case? There’s actually more to it than meets the eye.