Episode 002: Very Special Episode: The Effects of COVID-19 on Transit

A very special episode that examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected transit in three Canadian cities: Toronto, Windsor, and New Westminster.

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.

Show Notes & Links for Episode 001: The Ontario Line

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).

Links:

Ontario Line Subway Proposal (Metrolinx)

Summary of Ontario Line (City of Toronto)

City of Toronto and TTC Assessment of the Ontario Line (PDF)

Doug Ford’s Ontario Line headed down the wrong track (NOW Magazine, February 2020)

Ontario Line: Many Questions, Few Answers (stevemunro.ca, February 2020)

Episode 001: The Ontario Line

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.