Steve Munro

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Steve Munro
Steve Munro, transit activist
Born 1948 (age 69–70)
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Author, Computer systems manager (retired)

Steve Munro is an author and transit advocate, from Toronto, Ontario.[1][2][3] Munro is credited in playing a lead role in the grass-roots efforts to convince the Toronto City Council to reverse plans to abandon Toronto's remaining streetcars.[4]

Munro has written several technical reports on transit. [5] Since 2006, he has written a blog that is frequently quoted by other transit commentators, and he has written a regular column for Spacing magazine and Torontoist blog.[6]

In 1986, Munro was critical of the decision to build a subway on Sheppard Avenue rather than a light rail vehicle line as professional transit planners recommended.[7]

In 2005, Munro was recognized for his long advocacy for improved public transit with the Jane Jacobs Prize.[3][8][9]

In 2010, while he was serving as a member of an advisory board on a proposed transit museum, Munro went public with complaints that the outgoing members of the Toronto Transit Commission were inappropriately rushing to solidify plans for the museum to bolster their personal legacies.[10]

In 2015 Munro conducted a detailed analysis of wait times on the Harbourfront route, following reconstruction of the street that took several years.[11] He found that changes to the route had increased the time to transit the route by 25 percent. In citing Munro's analysis Edward Keenan of the Toronto Star referred to Munro's website as his "highly detailed blog" Keenan said that Munro's analysis attributed the delay to additional traffic lights, and poorly implemented and ineffective transit prioritization at those traffic lights.


  1. Crystal Luxmore (2009-08-23). "Toronto Through the Eyes of Steve Munro". Blog TO. Retrieved 2013-10-29. A proud trainspotter, Munro's been riding the rocket for kicks since he was a kid. He parlayed that love into a life of transit activism, crafting a reputation at City Hall for his reasoned ideas and ability to recall any streetcar on the line. It also makes him Yoda to up-and-coming urban planners and transit fans in the city, penning columns for Spacing Magazine and getting phone calls from reporters and city planners hours after publishing his latest blog post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Light Rail Transit: New System Successes at Affordable Prices : Papers Presented at the National Conference on Light Rail Transit, May 8-11, 1988, San Jose, California, Issue 221. National Conference on Light Rail Transit, 1988. 1989. ISBN 9780309047135. Retrieved 2013-10-29. The vice-chairman was Steve Munro, a computer programmer.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "People That Matter: Jane Jacobs Prize Recipient, Steve Munro". Ideas that matter. Retrieved 2013-10-29. The “Streetcars for Toronto” Committee was formed in 1972 to fight for the retention and expansion of the streetcar system as a way to provide low-cost rapid transit service to growing suburban areas. As a student at the University of Toronto, Steve was part of that Committee and subsequently became its chair.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Tess Kalinowski (20 December 2008). "Jolly old revered transit activist; Three decades after Steve Munro saved city's iconic streetcars, his influence continues". Toronto Star. Retrieved 10 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Margaret, Daly (29 March 1979). "Let 'transit fan' sit on TTC board, Sewell urges". The Globe and Mail. ProQuest. Retrieved 10 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Taras Grescoe (2012). "Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile". HarperCollins. ISBN 9781443411431. Retrieved 2013-10-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Mike Smith (1986-02-08). "A subway surprise: The Sheppard line". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-10-29. Transit critic Steve Munro, on the other hand, says the TTC has a "bias toward subways" and hasn't completely explored all other forms of rapid transit. "They didn't look at putting an LRT underground, for instance," Munro said. Munro is spokesman for Streetcars for Toronto, a lobby group that often battles and occasionally supports the TTC.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Gray, Jeff (5 April 2005). "Streetcar activist wins Jacobs prize". The Globe and Mail. ProQuest. Retrieved 10 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "TRANSIT PLANNING: A TALE OF TWO CITIES" (PDF). Rogers TV. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-10-29. In 2005, Steve was awarded the Jane Jacobs Prize in recognition of his sustained advocacy and vision for public transit in Toronto.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Tess Kalinowski (2010-08-24). "Transit fans critique museum plans". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-29. Longtime transit observer Steve Munro says the TTC is rushing the $5.5 million project to help justify a new head office at Yonge St. and York Mills Rd., being developed by Build Toronto.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Edward Keenan (2015-09-15). "Streetcars are our neglected stars: Keenan". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2015-09-15. The transit expert and streetcar activist Steve Munro recently studied, on the highly detailed blog he keeps, the travel times of streetcars on the newly reopened Queens Quay Boulevard. Turns out that after all the rebuilding and reconstructing the street as a primarily transit-and-cycling-and-pedestrian corridor, streetcars now take longer to travel the length of that line than they did before construction began.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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