TAA hosts successful Nova Scotia members event

On Saturday, March 18th, TAA hosted the first of what we hope will be many events for our members. This event was targeted primarily towards our members in Nova Scotia, as we set out on an excursion from Halifax to Truro and back. At noon, seventeen TAA members...

New threat to the Newcastle Sub?

There’s a chance that the fight to save the Newcastle Subdivision could be back on the table sooner than expected. In 2014, the Province of New Brunswick signed an agreement with CN to provide funding to maintain the north (from Irvco, N.B. to Nepisquit Junction,...

VIA President in Halifax, discusses plans for the Maritimes

VIA Rail President and CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano was in Halifax on January 31, 2017 to deliver a talk to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Billed as “VIA Rail’s vision in the Maritimes”, Desjardins-Siciliano addressed a full banquet hall during a luncheon at the...

VIA reports positive holiday ridership

  VIA Rail is reporting positive results from the 2016-2017 Christmas/New Year’s holiday season. VIA issued a press release on Jan. 12 claiming “record” results, though it’s admittedly not at all clear what their frame of reference is to declare these records (best...

PEI shuttle ends, Maritime Bus adds more runs

After 20 years of carrying passengers to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, PEI’s Advance Shuttle has shut down. The company was purchased by Maritime Bus in 2012, who continued to operate it up until its final run on January 6, 2017. Maritime Bus had concluded that the...

John Forman Howes

Long-time Transport 2000 BC/Transport Action BC member, John Howes, died on February 4, 2017. John was a delight to chat with, always smiling and quick to praise. He was a true gentlemen and will be missed. John had a long, distinguished career in academia. He was a...

Massey Bridge Machinations (2017-03)

The B.C. government’s project to replace the George Massey Tunnel, south of Vancouver, with a mega-bridge continues to generate controversy. Two significant news items were recently published. ================================================================= B.C.’s...

BC Government has started consultations on two projects having major implications for transportation options in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and on the Sunshine Coast

By Rick Jelfs, Transport Action British Columbia The BC Government has started consultations on two projects that have major implications for transportation options in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and on the Sunshine Coast. 1) Transport Minister Stone and regional...

TransLink Plans Should Change With New Circumstances

Long time Transport 2000/Transport Action member, J. Bakker developed a rapid transit scenario for Vancouver as an alternative to the proposed Broadway SkyTrain extension to Arbutus. He based his discussion on several major infrastructure and political changes that...

Federal Transit Funding – 2

Peter Fassbender, provincial Minister Responsible for TransLink, responded to The David Suzuki Foundation’s open letter to various Metro Vancouver and provincial politicians urging them to come together to ensure Metro Vancouver receives a share of available federal...

Next BC Meeting

The next meeting of Transport Action BC will be on Wednesday June 22, 2016. Waves Coffee Shop Meeting Room 100-900 Howe St (at Smithe) Vancouver, BC 7 pm to 9...

Federal Transit Funding

The David Suzuki Foundation  is urging BC and Metro Vancouver’s political leaders to put aside their differences and create a common front to negotiate transit funding with the federal government. The Foundation sent an open letter to various politicians on May 18,...

Federal Transit Funding – 2

Peter Fassbender, provincial Minister Responsible for TransLink, responded to The David Suzuki Foundation’s open letter to various Metro Vancouver and provincial politicians urging them to come together to ensure Metro Vancouver receives a share of available federal...

Op Ed on Rail Improvements in Southwestern Ontario

Transport Action Ontario board member Ken Westcar recently published an op ed article in the London Free Press, advocating for significant, short-term improvements to existing passenger rail services in Ontario, rather than solely studying a high-speed rail service....

Transport Action Ontario featured in article on road tolls

Note to Readers:   with the approval of expressway tolls in Toronto, interest in road tolling has spiked all across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  Transport Action Ontario was featured in an article by York Region Media Group on this topic.  The article...

Toronto Mayor Opts for Road Tolls to fund Transit Expansion

The City of Toronto is facing a major budget shortfall for 2017 – both for operating costs and capital costs.  The problem is not that spending is too high, but that revenues are too low.  Following extensive research, City staff has identified a number of revenue...

Op-Ed for New Revenue Tools for Sustainable Transportation

  Transport Action Ontario has long advocated that government needs to develop new dedicated revenue tools (taxes, fees) for investment in public transportation.  As part of the Move the GTHA collaborative, we were able to publish an op-ed in the Toronto Star,...

Rail advocates outraged by Garneau announcement

“With climate change on everyone’s mind, and transportation causing a huge percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, smart solutions are needed,” says the public transportation advocacy group’s president Bruce Budd. “And the smartest solution of all is the rail network we already have. Except for a brief passing reference to a feasibility study of high frequency rail service linking Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal, why has Minister Garneau virtually ignored VIA Rail Canada in his 2030 Vision?”

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