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Bingham Loop construction: TTC detours, December 10, 11

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:59:28 -0500

The TTC is temporarily closing Bingham Loop, near Victoria Park Avenue and Kingston Road, this weekend, while its contractor replaces the passenger shelters with two new shelters that meet accessibility guidelines. By replacing the shelter, the crew follows up a project it completed in early October to expand the passenger platform to accommodate an accessible path on the platform.

The crew generally works Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. If it needs more time to complete the project, the contractor will return at a later date.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the loop is closed:

  • 12 Kingston Rd;
  • 22A Coxwell via Kingston Rd;
  • 302 Kingston Rd - McCowan overnight;
  • 322 Coxwell overnight via Kingston Rd;
  • 324 Victoria Park overnight.



In the news: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:29:33 -0500

Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public tranit issues today. Greater Toronto Area 24 Hours Toronto article, “TTC: Stylin’ on the tube!”, here. Beach Metro News article, “East Enders finding transit has become the bitter way”, here. BlogTO post, “This is what the TTC will look like in 2021”, here. BlogTO post, “Watch what happens when the TTC shuts down the subway in Toronto”, here. BlogTO post, “The faded grittiness of Toronto streets in the 1970s”, here. Business News Network report, “Ontario auditor accuses CN Rail, CP Rail of overcharging transit agency”, here. Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Sun website), “PCs want Wynne to reject Toronto road tolls”, here. Canadian Press article (from the Canadian Manufacturing website), “Ont. Liberals blasted for mismanaging road infrastructure by auditor general”, here. Bulletin article, “York St. median lane closes for two weeks”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto road tolls, championed by Mayor John Tory, OK’d at executive committee”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “Mayor John Tory tours future York University subway station to push road tolls”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “Patrick Brown says Toronto road toll proposal will start ‘a war of tolls’ in the GTA”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “GO Transit unveils new station in Richmond Hill”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “City of Toronto preliminary 2017 budget unveiled”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “Bombardier sends Eglinton Crosstown, Finch West LRT test car to Kingston, Ont. for trials”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx making ‘significant investments’ to protect PRESTO from hackers”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx launches Twitter service for 7 GO train lines”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “Union head slams TTC’s random drug testing measure as ‘feel-good measure’”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “TTC shouldn’t cover artwork with advertising, commuter complains”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “Student comes up with a way to stop drivers from taking his reserved parking spot”, here. CBC News Toronto report, “TTC launches new line of transit-themed merchandise”, here. report, “2 arrested after teen stabbed at Kennedy Station”, here. CityNews Toronto report, “Toronto’s proposed 2017 budget calls for 2% property tax hike”, here. CityNews Toronto report, “Low-income TTC users to get discount in 2018”, here. CityNews Toronto report, “Five TTC commuter lots to be shut down”, here. CP24 report, “Tory makes case for tolls as he tours subway extension”, here. CP24 report, “TTC rider satisfaction cooled amid AC issues on Line 2 this summer”, here. CP24 report, “Mayor John Tory says he’ll ‘fight against’ any proposal to bring tax rate in line with the rest of the GTA”, here. CP24 report, “TTC merchandise available on transit agency’s new on-line shop”, here. CTV News Toronto report, “Toronto city manager tables budget with 2 percent property tax hike”, here. CTV News Toronto report, “Gormley GO Station officially opens in Richmond Hill”, here. Daily Commercial News article, “Oversight, accountability enhanced, says Metrolinx”, here. Daily Commercial News article, “Metrolinx announces $17.1 million for Don Yard expansion as part of rail corridor improvements”, here. Downsview Advocate article, “No Plans for Parking Lot at New Downsview Park GO Station”, here. article, “Pickering pedestrian bridge ran into trouble early on”, here. article, “Pickering wants Via Rail stop at GO station”, here. Finan[...]

Metrolinx board of directors meets, December 8

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:22:24 -0500

The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting today, Thursday, December 8.

As usual, the agenda for the meeting contains both public and confidential items. The board will discuss the confidential items in a private session that starts at 8 a.m. The board then meets in public to discuss the other items on the agenda at 11:35 a.m. At the end of the public session, the board again meets privately.

The meeting takes place in the Peter R. Smith Boardroom, Union Station, West Wing, 4th Floor, 97 Front Street West.

You can view the agenda for the meeting here.


Dufferin overhead cabling upgrades: TTC detours, December 6

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:56:02 -0500

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6, TTC overhead crews install new cabling on Dufferin Street between Queen Street West and Dufferin Gate Loop. They’ll complete the work in one day but remove the old cable at a later date.

They’re installing the cable from pole to pole along the west sidewalk of Dufferin Street. They’ll use three TTC overhead trucks to string up new cable — one truck will be stationary on Dufferin Street at the exit from Dufferin Gate Loop, one truck will be stationary on Dufferin at Queen West and the third truck will move along Dufferin Street as crews pull the cable from one truck to the other.

Crews may temporarily block traffic lanes while they work. They’ll also place yellow caution tape along the west curb between Queen and the loop.

The TTC is detouring buses and streetcars operating along these routes, while the work proceeds:

  • 29 Dufferin; and
  • 514 Cherry.


The TTC previously scheduled this work Thursday, November 17.


Highway 407 transitway open houses: Hurontario to Highway 400 section - December 6, 8

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:58:55 -0500


Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is conducting a planning, preliminary design and environmental assessment of the proposed 407 Transitway between west of Hurontario Street at the boundary between Brampton and Mississauga and east of Highway 400 in Vaughan.

This section of the fully separated transitway extends along the Highway 407 corridor on an exclusive right-of-way (in most cases, on the south side of the highway) for 23 kilometres. It includes several stations with parking and other amenities. Depending on the results of its study, the ministry intends to start operating the 407 Transitway as bus rapid transit with the possibility of converting the line to light rail transit in the future.


This 23-kilometre segment forms part of a 150-kilometre-long high-speed inter-regional transit line that the ministry plans to eventually build on a separate right-of-way that parallels Highway 407 from Burlington to Clarington.

Ontario legislation requires the ministry to consult with members of the public at various stages of the environmental assessment process. It’s now ready to host the first of these consultations at two open houses next week:

Events take place:

These public information centres are informal drop-in events. Ministry staff are displaying the results of their planning study, including forecasting the number of passengers and potential service plans and identifying potential alignments (or routes) and station locations. Staff and their consultants will be available to answer your questions and to receive your comments.

The ministry will host a second series of public information centres later to present the final results of its study, including the route alignments and stations that it’s recommending.

The ministry has already completed an environmental assessment of this segment of the transitway:

It has an environmental assessment study underway for this segment:


Weekend events affect transit services, December 2, 3, 4

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:01:06 -0500

Santa Claus is coming to town — or, at least, to 14 towns in the Greater Golden Horseshoe — this weekend.

He’s a busy man as parades welcome him to Burlington, the Courtice area of Clarington, the Elmira area of Woolwich Township, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Jackson’s Point area of Georgina, the Long Branch and New Toronto areas of Toronto, Peterborough, the Port Perry area of Scugog Township, the Sutton area of Georgina, the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton, Stouffville and Whitby affect transit services this weekend.

Other events — some seasonal, some not — disrupt transit services in the Bowmanville area of Clarington, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, Oakville and the Unionville area of Markham.


No subway service, December 3 and 4: Pape to St George

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:27:52 -0500

All day Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, the TTC is closing the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Pape and St George stations, as its crews maintain and repair the tracks on this section of the line. All Line 2 trains operate between Kennedy and Pape stations and between Kipling and St George stations tomorrow. It’s replacing subway service with shuttle buses between the two stations. The shuttle buses start and end their trips in the bus terminals at Pape and St George Stations, then operate along Danforth Avenue, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West. They drop off or pick up passengers at the intersections nearest to subway stations: at Chester and Broadview Avenues, Castle Frank Road, Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets. PRESTO fare-card devices may not be available on all shuttle buses. If you’re a PRESTO user, carry tokens or exact cash, in case the bus that arrives at your stop does not have PRESTO. All stations remain open so you can buy fares or connect with buses and streetcars. To reduce congestion and help improve travel times for TTC passengers and all road users, the City of Toronto is restricting parking on both sides of Danforth Avenue from 3:30 a.m. Saturday until 12:01 a.m. Monday: on the south side - west and east of Broadview Avenue for about two bus lengths; and west of Chester Avenue for about two bus lengths. on the north side - east of Broadview Avenue for about two bus lengths; and east of Chester Avenue for about two bus lengths. If you need accessible transportation, Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Pape and St George stations. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at these stations. Shuttle-bus alternatives One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going. Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded. Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider boarding, buses or streetcars east or west of the closure to by-pass the crowds, if you’re traveling to and from downtown. ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route at Dundas West station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Andrew or King stations. ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route at Dundas West station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Patrick or Dundas stations. ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route at Main Street Station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at Queen’s Park or College stations. ride buses operating along the 94 Wellesley route at Ossington Station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at Wellesley Station. The TTC has previously closed this section of the subway several times this year: Sunday, April 17 - open late; Saturday, April 30 - close early; Saturday, June 4; Sunday, June 26 - open late; Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14; Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4 and Labour Day, Monday, September 5; Saturday, October 8, Sunday, October 9 and Thanksgiving, Monday, October 10; and Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6. This is the last time this year that the TTC is planning to close parts of Line 2 over a weekend.[...]

No subway service, December 3 and 4: Downsview to Wilson

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:07:43 -0500


The TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Downsview and Wilson stations this weekend, Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 11, while crews upgrade the signal system and maintain the tracks.

While this section of the subway is closed, Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Wilson stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service north of Wilson. Since PRESTO fare-card devices are not yet available on all buses, be sure to carry tokens, tickets or cash in case the bus that picks you up is not yet PRESTO-ready.

Regular subway service resumes 6 a.m. December 5.

Wheel-Trans buses will be available at Lawrence West Station for passengers who need accessible transit. Northbound passengers needing accessible service should exit the subway at Lawrence West, which has an elevator. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at Downsview or Lawrence West stations.

Crews are working on the TTC’s new automatic train control signal system (or ATC), while this part of the subway is closed. According to a TTC news release, “When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.”

The TTC previously closed this part of the subway this year :

This is the last time this year that the TTC is planning to close parts of Line 1 over a weekend.


Less GO bus service to colleges and universities, starting December 4

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:45:38 -0500

As the fall term at local colleges and universities winds down, fewer passengers travel by GO buses to and from campuses.

GO Transit is decreasing some of its college-and-university services starting Sunday, December 4.

GO is decreasing service along these routes: 25 Waterloo / Mississauga, 29 Guelph / Mississauga, 45 Mississauga / York U, 47 Hamilton / York U, 48 Guelph / York U, 51 Pickering / York U, 52 Oshawa / York U, 54 Markham / York U, 88 Peterborough / Oshawa.


Sneak preview of new Gormley GO Station, December 4

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:33:29 -0500

GO Transit trains and buses start picking up and dropping off passengers in the new Gormley GO Station this Monday, December 5.

You can enjoy a sneak preview of the new station as GO hosts a community event Sunday, December 4 from noon until 2 p.m.

You can ride a train free of fare to and from Gormley from 1 until 1:45 p.m. You can also check out the new station, view one of GO’s newest buses, meet GO’s mascot, GO Bear, and hang out with transit safety officers.

GO trains operating along this line serve the new station, starting Monday:

  • 61 Richmond Hill.

GO buses operating along this route serve the new station, starting Monday:

  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto.

Less frequent GO trains along Lakeshore East line, December 2, 3, 4

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:57:45 -0500

GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of trains along the 09 Lakeshore East line Friday, December 2 evening until Sunday, December 4 due to construction at Guildwood GO Station.

Friday, December 2:
  • Westbound trains operate hourly, starting with the train that leaves Oshawa GO Station at 7:38 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Oshawa at 8:08, 9:08 and 10:08 p.m.
  • Eastbound trains operate hourly, starting with the train that leaves Union Station at 6:13 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Union at 6:43, 7:48, 8:43, 9:43 and 10:43 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 4:
  • West- and eastbound trains operate hourly all day.
  • Westbound trains leave Oshawa only at 41 minutes past each hour. GO is canceling all trains that usually leave Oshawa at 11 minutes past each hour.
  • Eastbound trains leave Union Station only at 13 minutes past each hour. GO is canceling all trains that usually leave Union at 43 minutes past each hour.

You may have to wait as long as 30 minutes for the next train. GO buses continue to operate along their regular schedules, including buses that usually connect with Lakeshore East trains.


Orbitor Drive construction: MiWay detours, December 2, 3

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:45:25 -0500

The City of Mississauga is closing:

  • Orbitor Drive between Skymark Boulevard and Eglinton Avenue

Friday evening and early Saturday as contractors repave the roadway.

MiWay is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 35 / 35A Eglinton;
  • 87 Meadowvale - Skymark;
  • 107 Malton express; and
  • 109 Meadowvale express.



Navigating aCrosstown... during construction of the Crosstown

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:58:19 -0500

This week, Metrolinx and Crosslinx Transit Solutions — the consortium building the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line — launched a new mobile application, aCrosstown, to help you navigate Eglinton Avenue during the construction of line. aCrosstown delivers real-time information about traffic and transit conditions along the corridor and keeps you informed about the Crosstown construction activities. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Some of the app’s key features include: Specific delay information — lane reductions, turning restrictions, the reason for the delay and the direction of traffic that it affects; Transit-stop finder, using your location; Real-time bus tracking; Built-in public Toronto Parking Authority (“Green P”) parking lot locator; and Real-time notifications as you approach delays. The user-friendly, one-stop mobile app provides you with 24/7 access to timely and accurate information about traffic and transit on Eglinton Avenue. Unlike other transit and map apps, aCrosstown is a single source of traffic, transit and parking information, specifically about Eglinton. App users can select either drive or transit mode depending on your means of transportation. And, it offers hands-free, audible features so you can keep you hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, if you’re using aCrosstown while you’re driving. Information about traffic changes resulting from building the Crosstown comes directly from Crosslinx. Crosslinx also provides the app operator with information that the City of Toronto has approved about traffic changes. The TTC is providing information about transit services and changes through NextBus. The app operator will also gather data and push updates from other sources, such as Ontario 511 — the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s traveler information service — CP24, TomTom and crowd-sourcing. The free app is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices. The 19-km Crosstown will extend under and along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis and Kennedy stations. The consortium started building the first station in March and construction is underway at most of the 15 underground stations. Metrolinx has intends to open the line in 2021. Crosslinx Transit Solutions is a joint venture of ACS-Dragados, Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin. In 2015, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario selected Crosslinx to design, build, finance and maintain the Eglinton Crosstown. Download aCrosstown: Google Play; App Store; and Blackberry World. [...]

GO, TTC expanding bus-bypass lanes on Don Valley Parkway

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:39:22 -0500

The City of Toronto, Metrolinx and the TTC are expanding dedicated transit lanes along parts of the Don Valley Parkway.

Since 2010, GO Transit buses have traveled along the centre shoulder of the freeway from just north of York Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue East to bypass other vehicles, when traffic is moving slowly.

TTC vehicles (including Wheel-Trans) will soon also operate on the special lanes. Both TTC and GO buses will also start using a new section of bus bypass lanes between the Canadian Pacific Railway overpass, just north of Wynford Drive, and the St. Dennis Drive bridge south of Eglinton Avenue East. GO vehicles will have access to the new section mid-December, while TTC vehicles start using the new lanes early 2017.

For more information, read the rest of this post on the Urban Toronto blog.


Ontario, Metrolinx expanding rail yard for regional express rail

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:25:33 -0500

Ontario and Metrolinx are taking yet another step toward implementing regional express rail service along GO Transit rail corridors. Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Metrolinx chief executive officer Bruce McCuaig visited GO’s Don Yard last week to announce that the government and its regional transit agency are upgrading and expanding the yard.

Construction at the site near Lake Shore Boulevard East and Cherry Street will result in more facilities to store and maintain GO and Union Pearson Express trains near GO’s busy Union Station hub. That means that trains will spend less time “deadheading” — traveling between the maintenance facility and the station before or after they serve passengers.

For more information, read the rest of this post on the Urban Toronto blog.