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  1. At today's Port Lands Flood Protection & Lake Shore Boulevard East Public Meeting, there were some images shown of the reconfigured Lake Shore Blvd E. It appears that the rail spur ROW is being protected for. Some quick screenshots I got below. I believe the full deck will be posted here soon: https://portlandsto.ca/august-2021-public-information-centre/
  2. Announced today: $69 million from the feds, $58 million from the province, and $46 million from the City for the Brampton Transit Third bus garage. https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2021/04/canada-and-ontario-invest-in-public-transit-infrastructure-for-residents-of-brampton.html
  3. At today's Toronto Region Board of Trade Recovery Summit Series on transportation, on a panel (screenshot below) the President and CEO of VIA Rail provided some remarks that touched on HFR. Here is the audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x_Da_AQ4NYMwOCS_MOfr6x6uzrB37q62/view?usp=sharing Quick summary (my paraphrasing): VIA had its best year in 2019 and hit a revenue high and experienced 5 years of ridership growth leading up to 2019; Despite the challenges of the blockade and COVID-19, we can't lose sight of modernization; VIA is reaching the limit of its potential and frequency potential, and needs modernization; Modernization includes: 1) new reservation system; 2) refurbishment of the existing fleet; 3) the new fleet coming online in 2022; and 4) HFR is the "flagship" and the "heart of the future"; $71 million was allocated by the feds in 2019 to study 2019. The Joint Project Office (JPO) report should be available "shortly" and they hope for a decision by the end of the year [it wasn't clear who is making the decision but I assume the Minister]; HFR: it's about frequency and connectivity, creating service for new places, improving reliability/on-time performance, getting passenger trains away from freight trains, environmental sustainability, and there is an opportunity to electrify the network [route]. It was noted that it's a large-scale project that aligns with the government's goals on job creation and aligns with green goals; and SW Ontario - there was a question on more SW Ontario service. Here is the audio of the response: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yhOz5jJ1-oKlQ607wswoMMuB4sbLotVx/view?usp=sharing
  4. https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2020/07/canada-and-ontario-invest-in-sustainable-public-transit-for-brampton-residents.html
  5. Podcast covering Brampton Transit. Sean Marshall, the GM of Brampton Transit, and the Mayor of Brampton are interviewed. https://www.thenextstop.ca/2020/07/24/episode-003-the-miracle-of-brampton-transit/
  6. https://www.facebook.com/WhitePassRailroad/videos/286196722496177/ "The wait is over! Two new locomotives arrived early this morning in Skagway. Each has the new White Pass black and red paint scheme. Welcome to the fleet #3003 & #3004!"
  7. Latest LRV spotting: https://www.facebook.com/groups/637053120098571/permalink/881648152305732/
  8. Written deputation submitted to the Metrolinx board meeting from Brampton's CAO includes a map of future Zum routes that mostly aligns with the routes in the "Advancing Transit Priorities" map. http://www.metrolinx.com/en/docs/pdf/board_agenda/20200220/Letter-from-City-of-Brampton-dated-Feb-19-2020-re-FRTN.pdf Here's a rough comparison (feedback welcomed) between the last slide from the City of Brampton's presentation in the above-noted letter, and the Brampton portion of the map from the Advancing Transit Priorities presentation.
  9. Article from today. Text below the map.
  10. Staff presentation to Brampton Council on the 2020 budget.
  11. I'm not sure if the image properly displayed so here's what CP Rail tweeted:
  12. https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/early-a-m-train-through-maple-ridge-cancelled-until-further-notice/#
  13. Tweet from the City of Brampton about electric buses. https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1219643689657606144
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