Extra, Extra: Critics Question SmartTrack Pricetag, Abandoned Bikes Finally Reclaimed, TTC Ups Security in Response to Paris Terror Attacks
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Extra, Extra: Critics Question SmartTrack Pricetag, Abandoned Bikes Finally Reclaimed, TTC Ups Security in Response to Paris Terror Attacks

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  • An editorial today by the Toronto Star calls Mayor John Tory’s hotly debated SmartTrack “the Voldemort of municipal politics.” The editorial goes on to criticize the lack of transparency surrounding the cost of the proposed western spur for the transit line, which has yet to be revealed despite an admission from Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto chief planner, that the numbers do in fact exist. Tory remains optimistic about the proposal, tweeting, “SmartTrack will provide relief for overcrowded network. It will get done relatively quickly & at reasonable cost,” earlier today.
  • You might want to polish up your bike, because there is a major bike cleanup starting today. City crews will clear out bikes that appear to have been abandoned for extended periods of time. Bikes that appear to be clearly abandoned will be removed immediately (those have missing or damaged parts, flat or missing tires and appear to be in unusable condition), and others will receive a notice that requires the bike to be moved to a new location within 14 days.
  • The TTC will introduce heightened security measures in light of Friday’s attacks in Paris. Brad Ross, spokesperson for the TTC, said in an email to the CBC that riders can expect to see uniformed patrols by TTC security personnel in the coming days, and that the agency is both increasing its security messaging and encouraging riders to report suspicious activity.

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