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John Thompson was born and grew up in Toronto, the city that, in the 1950s, bucked the trend and kept its streetcars. After high school, he took various courses in journalism and writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and Centennial College. In 1974 he joined a community newspaper in the Collingwood area as a reporter/photographer, subsequently being promoted to News Editor. Returning to Toronto in 1975, he worked for two years for a government agency as a Public Relations Officer. John's goal of working for the Toronto Transit Commission was reached in early 1977, when he joined the staff as Assistant Editor of the Commission's employee magazine, Coupler. Now retired and living in Hamilton, John is pursuing a career as a freelance writer, concentrating on transit subjects for trade publications.
Old Wentworth Street Transportation Centre May Become New LRT Facility - The appeal of WSTC is that it already exists and is centrally located. The downside is the complexity and cost of converting it to rail use. Published February 18, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail
Parochial Politics and Modern City Building - It's time that some of our Councillors put their car-dominated thinking behind them, and realized that transit is more important to a modern city than cars. Published December 22, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane
A Newcomer's View of the Hamilton LRT Debate - It is to be hoped that a decision on Hamilton's LRT line will be made based on all of the facts, rather than emotion, half-truths, misunderstanding, and political expediency. Published December 16, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail