Being around long enough to see the way things really work is a huge advantage both for a blogger like me, and for professionals who have a long, if somewhat jaundiced, view of the evolution of transit plans in Toronto.
Ed Levy has just released “Rapid Transit in Toronto”, a webbook tracing the history of a century of transit schemes for our city. This was produced with the support of the Neptis Foundation.
The online version of the book covers a wide range of topics and is filled with maps, history and observations about the evolution of transit plans (much more so than actual construction) in Toronto. The book is downloadable in chapters sized either for email circulation or full resolution (see the PDF page).
I have only quickly browsed the chapter outlines so far, but there is a lot of material here, and it is so good, finally to see all of this in one place. If nothing else, it will save those of us with shelves full of studies having to actually pull out the hard copies whenever we need to check something!
Congratulations to Ed, a fellow advocate for better public transit, on publishing such a major overview of our history.