We take the Scarborough RT and visit all six stations on Line 3: Kennedy, Lawrence East, Ellesmere, Midland, Scarborough Centre, and McCowan.
After an extended break, we return to chat about transit safety on the TTC, narratives of transit versus driving as dangerous activities, and looking ahead to 2023.
We ponder the downtown shopping experience, art versus embellishment, and constant activity at Dundas station.
We talk about the gaping void of intercity bus maps in Ontario, and interview two transit advocates who filled that void with their own maps: Shaun Cleaver and Sean Marshall.
A visit to the very utilitarian transfer station between Line 1 and Line 2.
We welcome back veteran transit advocate Steve Munro for a critical look at the updates to the Ontario Line subway plan.
Exploring the western terminal station of the Line 2 subway, and the new GO Transit/MiWay regional transit hub across the street.
A super-sized episode about free transit: what it means, how to do it, where it’s been tried, and its successful implementation in Kansas City, Missouri. Guests: Jason Prince (urban planner & co-editor, Free Public Transit), Matt Staub (Kansas City transit advocate), Robbie Makinen (president & CEO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority)
The next instalment of Station Shorts takes us to Dundas West subway station, where we encounter Vincent Loop, a two-way McDonald’s, and go on an adventure to find the Union-Pearson Express.
A feature interview with Fenton Jagdeo Jr., the newest and youngest person to serve on the board of the Toronto Transit Commission.
Fun coincidence: we released episode 007 on the same day that the TTC released its own report on racial disparities in transit enforcement. (Toronto Star)
Accompanying video of AG report (YouTube)
We tackle the thorny issue of TTC fare enforcement: its recent origins, why we don’t like it, and what the TTC should be doing instead of fixating on fare evasion. Adriel Smiley shares his Transit Story of being fare inspected at Spadina subway station.
The next installment of our Station Shorts miniseries takes us to Bessarion station, the infamously isolated station of Line 4.
A look back at the U.S. anti-racism protests in May-June 2020, and the unprecedented transit shutdowns in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Minneapolis. Part 2 of 2: Miami and Minneapolis. Guests: Laurie Scop (Miami transit rider) & Adam Burch (Minneapolis Metro Transit bus driver)
A look back at the U.S. anti-racism protests in May-June 2020, and the unprecedented transit shutdowns in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Minneapolis. Part 1 of 2: New York City and Los Angeles. Guests: Terry Nguyen (Vox Media) & Laura Nelson (Los Angeles Times)
First in our Station Shorts miniseries: A profile of Chester subway station, the most unassuming station on Line 2.
A feature episode on the city of Brampton, Ontario, a car-centric suburb that’s achieving and sustaining impressive ridership growth through its “Transit First” approach to planning, operations, and policy.
Guests: Sean Marshall, urban geographer; Alex Milojevic, General Manager of Brampton Transit; Mayor Patrick Brown, City of Brampton.
Guests: Carlos Santos, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113; Councillor Rino Bortolin, City of Windsor; Councillor Nadine Nakagawa, City of New Westminster; Petros Kusmu, SaveTransit.
Glossary of Terms:
LRT (Light Rail Transit) – Rapid transit that has similar capacity and speed of a subway, but more cost-effective due to being above ground.
Metrolinx – The regional transit planning agency of the Government of Ontario that is overseeing the Ontario Line subway proposal.
P3 (Public-Private Partnership) – Contract between the government and private sector to build public infrastructure.
Example: Crosslinx is the P3 contract for the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (or Line 5) in Toronto.
Scarborough RT (or Line 3) – Six-stop rapid transit line between Kennedy subway station and McCowan station in Scarborough.
TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) – The public transit system of the city of Toronto, consisting of buses, streetcars, subways, the Scarborough RT, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (opening 2021).
Ontario Line Subway Proposal (Metrolinx)
Summary of Ontario Line (City of Toronto)
Doug Ford’s Ontario Line headed down the wrong track (NOW Magazine, February 2020)
Ontario Line: Many Questions, Few Answers (stevemunro.ca, February 2020)
In the pilot episode of The Next Stop, Helen Lee and Vincent Puhakka share why they want to explain and demystify transit in Toronto and beyond.
Vincent takes a first look at the proposed Ontario Line subway in an interview with veteran transit advocate, Steve Munro. Helen introduces the ongoing series, My Transit Story.