Gary Webster is the general manager for the Toronto Transit Commission
. Last year, Mayor Rob Ford (previously
), after cancelling the Transit City light rail expansion in favour of a subway into Toronto's east end (also previously
), asked Webster to prepare a report on the viability of such a subway line. Webster did so, and gave his honest opinion, which was that the Sheppard subway was not economically viable. Ford buried the report
, and after the Toronto Star
discovered its existence, Ford then requested that Webster speak to City Council about the pros and cons of subways and light rail. Webster advised against subways as City Council overruled Ford
and reinstated a light rail-based transit plan. Ford's allies on the Toronto Transit Commission then petitioned for a special meeting
to fire Webster (despite severance clauses that could cost the city more than a million dollars).
They voted 5-4 to fire Gary Webster this afternoon
. (Torontoist's liveblog
of the meeting.)
posted by mightygodking
on Feb 21, 2012 -
If you're planning a visit to Stockholm, Munich, Bilbao, Shanghai, Dubai, Tokyo, Prague, Moscow, Toronto, and/or Barcelona, don't miss the chance to check out some of these amazing subway stations.
posted by brain_drain
on Dec 8, 2009 -
Trains of Russia
, photos from Pavoroz.com
, a site about the railways of Russia, the Baltics and the C.I.S. (Commonwealth of Independent States
). More than 50 000 pictures of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, EMU and DMU trains, draisines, stations, tracks, etc. The collection is updated daily. The Turkestan-Siberian railway
. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Oct 6, 2008 -
Google Map NYC Subway Hack!
Like most New Yorkers, I do most of my intra-city travel via subway. Back when Google Maps
debuted, I sent in a request to have subway info added to the NYC maps.
The MTA's subway map
focuses on the train lines, with very little street info. But you need a map that shows both subway and street data to figure out which train(s) to take to a given destination... and while you can buy printed maps of this kind, I've never found one online -- until now.
Something called Google Transit
is in the works, but it only seems to cover Portland, OR at the moment. Thankfully, OnNYTurf has stepped into the breach with a beautiful, practical Google Maps hack
posted by Artifice_Eternity
on Dec 12, 2005 -
The “Stop Motion Studies”
are a series of experimental documentaries that chronicle my interaction with subway passengers in cities around the world. Begun in the fall of 2002, the project currently includes 13 installments from countries including Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, and Japan.
posted by onkelchrispy
on Feb 15, 2005 -
NYC Subways and then some.
This has been one of my favorite sites for a long time. It's amazingly comprehensive, and not just being content with New York, it covers nearly every other subway in the world as well. If you're not into the technical details, just enjoy the thousands of pretty pictures.
posted by The Michael The
on Sep 26, 2002 -
The New York City I first saw in 1985 has partially disappeared, and vanishes more everyday. The New York of 50 years ago, the veneer of daily life in the city, is but a memory. The city of 100 years ago is a shadow, remembered by no one. But the past remains
, if not in direct human memory, in "lampposts, advertisements, bridges, buildings, signs, and things you pass every day in the street that bear silent witness to the NYC that once was.
" What lies forgotten below the streets
? The decaying splendor of an bygone age
, as well as the deep roots
that have sprouted and nourished the present, living city...
posted by evanizer
on Mar 22, 2002 -