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TTC 5-Year Plan

Posted on: August 10th, 2023

The TTC is consulting riders on its 5-Year Service Plan and Customer Experience Action Plan. CodeRedTO was part of early stakeholder discussions, and we encourage all riders to participate in TTC’s survey to influence priorities, funding, service changes, and making transit a more seamless and comfortable experience. You can learn more at

The TTC’s survey will run until August 27. It is available online at and in hard copy by request.

The TTC will be hosting Pop Ups to provide feedback at six locations across the city:

Humber College North Campus Transit Hub
Wednesday, August 16
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Don Mills Station
Thursday, August 17
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Scarborough Centre Station
Friday, August 18
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Finch West Station
Monday, August 21
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Kipling Station
Tuesday, August 22
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Bloor-Yonge Station
Wednesday, August 23
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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StudentMoveTO Symposium 2022

Posted on: May 17th, 2022

Research collaboration group StudentMoveTO is holding a two-day symposium and seminar event June 3 at York University and June 4 at Toronto Metropolitan University, on student travel in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). This event will feature conversations, presentations, debates, and panel discussions from a diverse body of researchers, academic leaders, policy makers and advocates, to discuss insights from the StudentMoveTO study and their implications for creating better transportation services in this region, and improving student well-being. CodeRedTO will be moderating a discussion panel on June 4th, on linking learning to mobility and vice versa.

This event is open to anyone interested in transportation planning in the GTHA. Researchers, students, urban planners, policy makers, transportation advocates, and the broader public are welcome to attend. Registration is free – space is limited.


EVENT SEPTEMBER 27: Christof Spieler, author of “Trains, Buses, People”

Posted on: August 30th, 2021

CodeRedTO welcomes back Christof Spieler, author of “Trains, Buses, People, Second Edition: An Opinionated Atlas of US and Canadian Transit“, to speak with our community September 27th about lessons Toronto and the GTHA could learn from other cities’ experiences. If we want to learn, that is.

Register to join us September 27th at 8pm via Zoom link.
(Use code CODEREDTO2021 for 20% off preorders at and stick around for some “door” prizes!)

Book cover for the second edition

Trains, Buses, People, Second Edition: An Opinionated Atlas of US and Canadian Transit

Christof Spieler is an engineer and planner, a senior lecturer at Rice University in the architecture and engineering schools, and spent eight years on the board of Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO). He’s also a member of the American Public Transit Association’s Sustainability and Urban Design Working Group, which drafts national standards on transit and urban design, a contributor to NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide, a member of the Central Houston Transportation Committee, and a board member at TransitCenter in New York.

Christof Spieler presented at a CodeRedTO event in 2019 and we are thrilled to welcome him back (virtually!) to launch “Trains, Buses, People, Second Edition: An Opinionated Atlas of US and Canadian Transit“, which now covers every rail transit and bus rapid transit system in the United States and Canada!

“For all of their hardcore infrastructure, urban transit networks are essentially human creations, and understanding what makes them successful is essential for building successful cities. Supported by urban histories and incisively presented data, Christof Spieler sets the rules of engagement for effective transit and offers a roadmap for achieving it.” — Janette Sadik-Khan, former NYC Transportation Commissioner

Register to join us September 27th at 8pm via Zoom link.

February Public Meetings

Posted on: February 3rd, 2019

Eglinton East LRT Public Meetings

  • Wednesday February 20, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm – St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, 230 Morningside Avenue
  • Wednesday February 27, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm – Malvern Community Centre -30 Sewells Rd

Public Meetings on Draft Policy Updates on Transit, Cycling, Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility, and Street Related Maps/Schedules

  • Monday, February 11, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm – Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, 86 Montgomery Road, Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm – Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 3rd Floor, Room 308
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm – Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive, Committee Room 1
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm – North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street,  Committee Room 3

Interested in meeting with your Councillor, MPP, or MP?
CodeRedTO continues to meet with our elected representatives throughout the winter and spring, and we always like to bring local transit users with us to share their experiences. If you’re interested contact us!

Upcoming public meetings

Posted on: September 26th, 2017

For those interested in SmartTrack and/or Regional Express Rail (RER) development in Toronto and the GTA, early October has several public meetings that may be of interest to you.

Proposed new stations for GO and SmartTrack: (source report PDF)

Metrolinx Lakeshore East Expansion in Toronto-Danforth

(Hosted by Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns)
Wednesday October 4th, 7pm to 8.30pm
Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. East

(Hosted by the City of Toronto and Metrolinx)

Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Presentation begins at 7:00 pm

(Hosted by the City of Toronto and Metrolinx)
Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard Street East
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Presentation begins at 7:00 pm

(Hosted by the City of Toronto and Metrolinx)
Bloor Street Collegiate Institute, 1141 Bloor Street West
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Presentation begins at 7:00 pm

#TOcore and Future Changes in Toronto’s Transit

Posted on: October 4th, 2016

Guest post by CodeRedTO volunterer Thomas Dybowski

With Toronto’s downtown core experiencing persistent growth, it is important to address outstanding issues in preparing the city for future growth. TOcore strategy is a City of Toronto plan created to address such issues by introducing seven areas of focus to improve the current function of the city. Meetings are held regularly by the City of Toronto, where stakeholders from local organizations and BIA’s provide feedback in improving the planning process. Opinions are raised over a wide array of topics, ranging from sustainable development, to mixed use development; with a common goal of creating a more welcoming and livable city in the future.

Current changes in Toronto’s downtown core, including adjustments in mobility, transit and infrastructure development will serve as a major influence on how the city will function in the future. One of TOcore’s primary strategies is creating an accessible and mobile downtown core, with a focus directed towards surface transit such as LRT’s (Light Rail Transit). Accommodations are also made for alternative modes of transportation through development of bike lanes, parking, and bike sharing programs. This program would provide relief to highly congested streets such as King Street, which will be undergoing redevelopment starting 2017.


King Street is one of few streets in Toronto which is seen as having insufficient transportation, through limited methods of mobility and lacking transportation services containing major delays. Changes are being implemented in terms of improving services, with busses being available more frequently, alongside increased parking restrictions, where liming street parking to allow greater flow of traffic. These are some of the changes presently being worked on, with further studies taking place in analyzing the regulation of traffic and how these changes may influence the area.

The plan also focuses on mixed use development, where areas with low and medium density are focused on becoming more walkable and accessible; with close access to local stores, services, and amenities. Further improvements in transportation would also lead towards greater accessibility towards the provision of services.


High density areas such as the downtown financial district are directed on providing walkable distances to Union Station and the PATH network. Additionally, creating more business centers in other parts of the city would provide easier mobility and accessibility to jobs. This also prevents further clustering of particular land use types in specific parts of the city and provides relief towards congestion by spreading development through different uses.

The goal of the TOcore strategy is to be fully implemented by 2041. Consultations will continue to take place into the future with updates on TOcore’s progress, as well as feedback from local residents and organizations. Plans and studies will progress, with different divisions of the City of Toronto working alongside organizations and residents, with a common goal of making Toronto a healthier, better transit oriented and more accessible city.

Thomas Dybowski is a student at the University of Toronto in the Urban Geography and City Studies program.

CodeRedTO Meets with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Steven Del Duca

Posted on: October 14th, 2014

Today CodeRedTO’s Executive Director, along with several members of our partner organization Move The GTHA, met for over an hour with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca.


The meeting was a frank, wide-ranging, and engaging discussion of transit goals, priorities, and advice, including our hopes to see both short- and medium-term “wins” to bring better transit to more GTHA residents sooner. Topics discussed included governance, current projects, future project decision-making, public education, and potential future revenue streams. We were pleased to have significant give-and-take, and to make clear our interest in continuing to push for better transit and less political interference.

Members of the Move The GTHA collective and CodeRedTO look forward to continuing our discussions with the provincial government.

Free Event: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom

Posted on: January 13th, 2014

UPCOMING FREE EVENT:  Thurs, Jan 23, 7:00 pm.

As part of the City of Toronto’s Feeling Congested campaign, featuring international transit planning expert Jarrett Walker and Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, in discussion about major transit planning projects around the world. Hosted by Metrolinx and the City of Toronto.

LOCATION: St. Paul’s Church, 227 Bloor Street East.

Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom

Posted on: June 23rd, 2013

Spearheaded by passionate local transit advocate/guru and prolific blogger Steve Munro, on June 19th Spacing Magazine, CodeRedTO, the ITE, and the Cities Centre welcomed Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives, for a lecture on improving our thinking on transportation.


Titled “Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom”, Walker took the crowd of over 120 through important concepts in transportation, and discussed how some of the least visible attributes of a transit service can be the most important.

Walker’s opening defined his topic for the audience:

“Abundant Access means
as many people as possible…
able to reach as many destinations as possible…
as quickly as possible..
so they have as many real choices as possible…
are therefore truly…

The principles of good network design lead to finding appropriate technology, whereas choosing a technology first can lead to implementing the wrong transit. Walker encourages us to determine our values, so decisions can flow from them. As you are likely aware, Toronto has a bad habit of getting hung up on technology choice! Regularly asked how he feels about a specific type of transit mode, Walker said that it is “very much like asking a poet for their favourite vowel.”

He also discussed the challenge that transit planners face in creating useful transit. Too often, new lines are unintentionally restricted to less useful operation, reducing their likelihood of success. The most common examples are standalone loops, which visit every required location and therefore seem like a tidy solution. “But very few of us wish to travel in circles,” Walker reminds us. Another example is separating each direction of travel onto different streets. This seems to help traffic flow or bring a larger population into the catchment area, but in fact it reduces the usefulness of a service as now fewer people are within walking distance of both directions of travel – a requirement should they wish to actually use the service!


The key messages shared by Walker were to consider how accessible and abundant transit truly creates choice, and that you can’t actually design based on predicting where people will go. Planning based on seniors like to go here, this neighbourhood goes to that temple, etc cannot succeed, because in reality “everybody is always going everywhere.”

For this reason, Walker said, he is far more excited about Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT than he is about the Finch West or Sheppard East lines. They are stub lines near the outside of the system, which he said translates into “transferring to keep going in the same direction,” whereas the Eglinton line cuts across almost the entire city and touches multiple subway lines and many major bus lines, vastly multiplying its impact. The grid approach to transit service allows much greater flexibility and ease of use, and “Toronto should be very proud of its grid,” said Walker.


Walker also made a point that will resonate in some way with nearly everyone familiar with transit issues in the GTHA: it doesn’t matter whether it’s on rails or wheels (i.e. LRT or BRT), but rather it’s the service design (the “RT” part) that has the impact. Rails that can’t move due to mixed traffic blocking its way, or buses that can’t move due to mixed traffic blocking their way, are equally poor service offerings, and don’t create real choice through revolutionizing the transit available. A poor design is inefficient, and therefore is not providing the goal: Abundant Access.

To learn more about Jarrett Walker, visit His book, Human Transit, can be found at Chapters, Amazon, and Island Press

Spacing and CodeRedTO present Jarrett Walker, author of “Human Transit”, June 19

Posted on: June 10th, 2013

Register here! Only 17 tickets remain as of 9:30am Monday! The pre-sale has ended already, but there are 60 seats available at the door – arrive early to guarantee a seat!

Learn more about Jarrett Walker here:

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