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In the news: Friday, July 25, 2014



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Barrie Examiner article, “Barrie Transit system improvements to start July 27”, here.
  • Simcoe.com article, “Barrie Transit route changes coming”, here.
  • Simcoe.com article, “Transportation on new Barrie MPP Anne Hoggarth’s radar”, here.



In the news: Thursday, July 24, 2014



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Street Carnag-Oh! I Get It!”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The Toronto airport link will be epic, apparently”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Transit App is voted best TTC app”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Metrolinx acquires CN station in Brampton”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “All-day, two-way GO? Not yet, says new station owner”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Trinity Common Transit Terminal will close temporarily”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “New in town? Take a bus tour”, here.
  • Caledon Citizen article, “Possible GO rail determines Bolton expansion plans”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Concerns about pedestrian safety raised over Eglinton LRT construction”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Ford, Byford clash over subway tunnel-boring machines”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC investigating after bus runs red light, swerves to avoid pedestrian”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Video shows TTC bus running red light, narrowly missing pedestrian; TTC investigates”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Rob Ford, TTC CEO in conflict over sale of tunnel machines”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx employees to get pay hike under pre-election deal”, here.
  • Globe and Mail column, “Toronto’s summertime roadwork fest the start of a noisier — but sounder — future”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto board of trade president Carol Wilding leaving for new job”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “The case against asbestos: Accidental exposure is entirely preventable”, here.
  • The IFP ([Georgetown] Independent and Free Press) article, “Roads play a role”, here.
  • The IFP ([Georgetown] Independent and Free Press) article, “Acton man charged with indecent act on GO bus”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Completion of Burlington GO Station upgrades pushed to spring 2015”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington City Hall notebook for June 30”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Use Spadina tunnel-boring machines for Scarborough subway, says Mayor Ford”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Leslie and Commissioners intersection closed to one lane”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Eastern and Leslie closure postponed until further notice”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “Derailing old arguments for getting rid of streetcars”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “BRT behind schedule and over budget”, here.
  • National Post article, “Toronto waiting for somebody — anybody — to come up with a good idea to improve streetcar service”, here.
  • National Post graphic, “Toronto’s streetcar blues”, here.
  • National Post article, “Rob Ford says transit tunnel-boring machines should be reused instead of sold for less than a quarter their cost”, here.
  • National Post article, “Intersection where 7-year-old was killed filled with problems that could spur more accidents, expert says”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Crime of opportunity at Burlington GO Station”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Transit in Toronto needs an expert. Not Rob Ford”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Parenting — signs you’ve done it wrong”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “This your car? It is?! Oh you mad that it’s on the Internet? Too bad. You don’t own the parking lot”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Why we don’t licence the seeing-impaired”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “You stay classy, Whitby - I’m fingering daytrippers for this one”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Remembering the Rogers Road streetcar”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca: It’s Time for Building, Not Planning”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto transit experts: ‘Surface subways’ only part of the solution”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Transit’s no trauma where I come from”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC investigates after bus caught on video nearly hitting pedestrian”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC tunnel-boring machine deal falls through”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor Rob Ford wants to keep old subway tunnel machines”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Teen killed by GO Train had passion for scooters”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “City hall inundated with complaints over Ford Fest”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Carol Wilding to leave Toronto Board of Trade”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC CEO shocked at red-light runner video”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC selling tunnel-boring machines ‘doesn’t make sense’: Ford”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx pay hike needs GO fare increase: PCs”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Wynne’s pay freeze is a mirage”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “High-tech hub hopes to help Toronto traffic”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Spadina / Dundas construction (phase 2):
TTC detours, July 28 to August 10



From Monday, July 14 until Saturday, August 30, the City of Toronto and the TTC is carrying out major construction work at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West.

The City and TTC intend the project to bring the water-main and streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.

As with all construction projects, expect noise, dust and other temporary inconveniences.

The City will impose parking, traffic and some pedestrian restrictions in and around the work area during the six-week project by:

  • partially closing the intersection: Construction will reduce traffic to just one lane in all directions, restricting some turns for three to four weeks.
  • fully closing the intersection: Construction will prevent any vehicles from passing through the intersection for two to three weeks.
  • reducing parking: Construction will block motorists from parking in the active work zone and the City may temporarily ban on-street parking in the neighbouring area.

The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.

Phase 1 is already underway, from Monday, July 14 until Sunday, July 27:

  • The City is partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses, but the buses operate through the intersection.

Phase 2 starts next week, from Monday, July 28 until Sunday, August 10:

  • The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
  • The TTC is continuing to detour streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but splits the route into two.

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Stage 3 takes place from Monday, August 11 until Saturday, August 30:

  • The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • TTC streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route resume regular service through the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but the buses resume regular service through the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)

Starting Sunday, August 31, the TTC plans to restore streetcar service to the 510 Spadina route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West — and provide service entirely with its new low-floor streetcars!

Streetcar service along the entire route, including along Queens Quay West and through the tunnel to Union Station, resumes Sunday, October 12, the TTC says.


Work typically takes place Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. However, to meet project timelines and to ensure that streetcar service resumes as soon as possible, TTC crews may work late evenings and overnight at the end of the project as they install new rails.

TTC workers will bring rail panels on flatbed trucks and other equipment and material onto the work site and temporarily store them until they’re ready start installing the rails. They’ll then move the rails into position, then install, weld and grind the rails. They’ll install the rails overnight to support daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.

While buses operate, TTC crews will also retrofit the streetcar platform at Spadina Station to accommodate the new streetcars.


The TTC has produced a video with its Chief Executive Officer Andy Byford and Executive Director of Corporate Communications Brad Ross to explain what’s going on at Spadina and Dundas.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • a history of the 505 Dundas streetcar route, by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the 510 Spadina streetcar route, by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the 77 Spadina bus route (1948 - 1997) by Jeffrey Kay and Peter Coulman, here.



Weekend events affect transit services,
July 24, 25, 26



Special events affect transit services in Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Kitchener, Milton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Oshawa and Toronto this weekend.




Brampton Transit closes terminal building
at Trinity Common, starting July 25



Brampton Transit is closing its terminal building at Trinity Common to get ready for launching the new Züm Bovaird bus rapid transit service in September.

It will close the building from from Friday, July 25 until Friday, August 29. Passengers may visit another Brampton Transit terminal or facility to buy fares.

Brampton Transit is currently detouring some of the buses that usually start and end their trips at Trinity Common Terminal, so that buses drop off or pick up passengers on Great Lakes Drive, instead of in the terminal.

Those buses resume service to the terminal Monday, July 28.




In the news: Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Man accused of sexually assaulting women on subway”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC set to fix most annoying feature of Rocket trains”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the Day: Passing Jilly’s”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Newstalk 1010 website), “Metrolinx drivers, ticket collectors getting a pay hike”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Young man struck, killed by GO train in Toronto”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC bus runs red light, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Dashcam captures TTC bus running red light, nearly striking pedestrian”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “2hurt in crash between car and TTC bus in North York”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Man struck and killed by GO train”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Male victim dies after being struck by GO train”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Driver suffers head injury after crash involving TTC bus”, here
  • Global News Toronto report, “Community group says TTC garage will ‘put lives at stake’”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Economic crosscurrents buffet Ontario’s Liberal government”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Queen Street and Broadview Avenue intersection re-opens”, here.
  • National Post article, “Chinese company pulls offer to buy TTC’s four mammoth tunnel-boring machines for $9.2 million”, here.
  • National Post article, “Ride TTC free between 6 and 7 a.m., Toronto mayoral candidate David Soknacki proposes”, here.
  • National Post article, “Ugly, loud and dangerous: Streetcars a symbol of everything wrong with Toronto”, here.
  • National Postarticle, “Streetcars are not the problem, too much automobile traffic is”, here.
  • National Post column, “Streetcars nothing but outdated technology kept alive by political forces”, here.
  • National Post article, “Inside the TTC’s Harvey Shops — where aging streetcars undergo a flurry of fixes to keep them chugging along”, here.
  • National Post video, “Peter Kuitenbrouwer on the response to Streetcarnage: Readers ‘absolutely flabbergasted’ by rides”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “A ‘free’ ride on the TTC?”, here
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Soknaki’s early-bird TTC freebies would cost $20 million a year”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Tories warn of GO fare hikes or service cuts”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Minister claims awareness campaign can help stop rail deaths”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Pan Am officials say budget on track despite venue and transportation plan delays”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “July 19, 1974: The End of the Line on Rogers Road”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Unreliable Is My Service? (Updated July 18, 2014)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board Meeting, July 23, 2014”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Get a Piece of Transit History at the TTC’s New Online Store”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Scarborough residents say new TTC bus garage may literally destroy their neighbourhood”, here
  • Toronto Stararticle, “Can mayoral candidates deliver transit promises?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Big Ideas: Mayoral hopefuls divided on TTC zone pricing”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Transit fixes will hurt, but no fixes will hurt more”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Soknacki says he’s telling it as it is on transit: This is going to hurt”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Make transit free for early risers, Soknacki says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC bus garage plan prompts concerns about traffic, fuel concerns, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO Transit wage hikes won’t change services, Matthews says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “The Pulse: Streetcars a no-go say east-end residents”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Why the stakes are high at Bombardier’s strike-bound Thunder Bay plant”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Big Ideas: Solar panels already appearing on city-owned buildings”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “$92M sale of TTC tunnel-boring machines falls through”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Councillor wants TTC to look at Sheppard West subway line”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx agrees to raises for Amalgamated Transit Union workers”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx will have to fund pay hike itself: Matthews”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Teens ‘partying’ near track before GO fatal: witness”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Disabled man reports ‘hurtful’ comments to TTC”, here.
  • Town Crier article, “Chow offers relief to midtown”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Downsview Station”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Update -- King East bridge repairs:
TTC detours continue until November



The City of Toronto closed the King Street East section of the bridge that carries Queen Street East across the Don River and Don Valley Parkway to streetcar traffic, since Monday, September 9, 2013.

While this part of the bridge is closed, City contractors have been repairing the bridge structures. Starting Wednesday, October 2, 2013, they closed the King section of the bridge to all traffic.

The City and TTC have now announced a new date for the end of construction — “the end of November”.

While the bridge is closed, the detour is detouring streetcars operating along these routes:

  • 503 Kingston Rd tripper; and
  • 504 King.

It’s also detouring buses operating along this route:

  • 303 Don Mills overnight.

TTC streetcars operating along the 504 King route are further detouring during construction at Broadview and Danforth Avenues. That detour continues until August 30.

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Toronto Transit Commission meets, July 23



The Toronto Transit Commission meets tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.




Grandravine / Keele construction:
TTC detours start July 21



The City of Toronto is closing

  • Grandravine Drive just west of Keele Street

to accommodate a project to upgrade the water mains, starting Monday, July 21.

While work on the project blocks the street, the TTC is detouring buses operating along this route:

  • 108A Downsview via Grandravine.

The detour continues until August 2.

The same water-main project closed the intersection of Grandravine with Sentinel Road in 2013, resulting in TTC detours from Monday, September 23 until Friday, December 13.

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Williamson Drive Ajax construction:
DRT detours start July 28



The Town of Ajax is closing

  • Williamson Drive West between Ravenscroft Road North and Atherton Avenue

to accommodate a project to install new sanitary sewers, starting Monday, July 28.

While the street is closed, Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 219 Ravenscroft; and
  • 219D Ravenscroft / Village.

Detours continue until August 29.




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