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In the news: Thursday, October 30, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor-elect John Tory pays TTC chief a visit” here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Why Wynne was rooting for a Tory mayoralty all along: Cohn” here.
  • Toronto Star article, “City hall briefing for John Tory presents a huge pile of problems for Mr. Fix-It” here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • CBC News Hamilton report, “What new city councillors want: LRT, wider roads, the environment” here.



Weekend events affect transit services,
October 31, November 2



Just three events — in Hamilton Toronto and the Unionville area of Markham — affect transit services in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area this weekend.




Buses replace subway, Eglinton to Bloor:
November 1, 2



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The TTC is canceling subway service along the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line between Eglinton and Bloor Stations this weekend, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2.

Frequent, accessible buses replace the trains, serving the bus terminal at Eglinton Station and then stopping to drop off or pick up passengers at stops on Yonge Street near all other stations along this section of the line. (Unofficially, the buses likely start and end their trips in the bus terminal at Wellesley Station.)

All trains serving the line will operate between Finch and Eglinton Stations and between Downsview and Bloor Stations only.

Davisville, St Clair and Rosedale stations remain open for passengers connecting with TTC buses and streetcars. Summerhill Station will be closed. Davisville, St Clair and Rosedale stations remain open for passengers buying fares Saturday, but only St Clair and Rosedale stations remain open for fare transactions Sunday. Wheel-Trans buses will be available both days to accommodate passengers who use wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility aids.

TTC crews will upgrade the tracks while the subway is closed, working on a project to repair tracks and switches at Davisville Station.

They’ll also work on a long-term project to replace signals along the line. The TTC must replace its signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment, much of which is nearly 60 years old, since their frequent failure significantly impacts service. The TTC says that “This necessary signal and track work will result in a more reliable service.”

Regular subway service resumes Monday, October 20.


The TTC previously closed the line between the same two stations to work on one or both of the two projects Saturday, May 31, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24 and Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. It will again close the same section of the line next Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9.

It also closed the line between Lawrence and Bloor Stations Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7.


Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday and Sunday to avoid stress and crowds, if you’re intending to travel by TTC between Eglinton and Bloor. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.

While shuttle buses between the two stations will operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Consider traveling along the University - Spadina branch, instead of the Yonge branch, this weekend, when traveling to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely.

Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University - Spadina branch, instead of boarding the subway on the Yonge branch:

  • Ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West route and board the subway at Downsview Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.
  • Ride trains operating along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.



Bathurst Street construction (phase 3)
November 3 to 21



From Tuesday, October 14 until Friday, November 21, the City of Toronto and the TTC will carry out major construction work at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West and on Bathurst Street at Wolseley Loop, just north of Queen Street West.

Starting Monday, November 3, the City is completely closing the intersection of Bathurst and Dundas West to all traffic. also closing parts of Bathurst Street from south of Dundas Street West to north of Queen Street West to all through traffic. The TTC replaces streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses and detours the buses around the construction zone. It’s also detouring buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight route and streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route.

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, for which the the City and TTC have scheduled three phases.

Phase 1: From Tuesday, October 14 until Sunday, October 19:
  • the City reduced northbound traffic on Bathurst Street to just one lane at Wolseley Street, except during rush hours.
  • the TTC closed Wolseley Loop.
  • the TTC repaired the tracks and roadway and upgrading the landscaping in the loop.
  • the TTC replaced streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
Phase 2: From Monday, October 20 until Sunday, November 2:
  • The City is fully closing the intersection of Bathurst and Wolseley Streets to traffic in all directions.
  • the City is also closing Bathurst both ways to all traffic between Robinson and Willis Streets.
  • the City is converting Wolseley to serve two-way traffic between the loop and Ryerson Avenue.
  • the City and TTC are repairing concrete on the northbound track margin between Dundas Street West and Wolseley Street.
  • the TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
  • the TTC is detouring buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight and 511 Bathurst routes around the construction zone.
Phase 3: From Monday, November 3 until Friday, November 21:
  • The City is fully closing intersection of Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street for about 50 meters (150 feet) in all directions from the intersection.
  • The City is also closing Bathurst Street between Dundas West and Carr Street.
  • The City and TTC are maintaining access to Toronto Western Hospital, businesses, homes and sidewalks.
  • The City is repairing the roadway and sidewalks and connecting a water-main.
  • The TTC is replacing the tracks, curbs and switches in the intersection.
  • The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route around the construction zone.
  • the TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
  • the TTC is detouring buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight and 511 Bathurst routes around the construction zone.
  • A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.


The project team will work closely with local establishments to best co-ordinate driveway access and deliveries and with hospital officials to make sure they do not disrupt access to the main entrance and emergency area. They’ll also maintain pedestrian access to businesses and walkways at all times.

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. During the first few days of construction, when crews are breaking and removing concrete, they’ll definitely continue working until 11 p.m. although crews may also stop working earlier on other days during the project schedule. However, to meet project timelines and make sure 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.

TTC crews will 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.

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From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • “Route 505 — The Dundas Streetcars” by James Bow, here.
  • “Route 511 — The Bathurst Streetcars” by James Bow, here.
  • “310 Bathurst Night” by Jeffrey Kay with Peter Coulman, here.



Davis Drive rapidway construction:
Starting October 29



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.


Over the next several weeks, crews are working on the south side of Davis Drive between east of Parkside Drive / Longford Drive to east of Niagara Street to:

  • install storm sewers;
  • widen the road;
  • install new curbs; and
  • pave the base-layer of asphalt

Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. At times, they may work overnight and weekends.

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Businesses remain open during this work. Vehicles may enter off Niagara Street to accessing 350 Davis Drive. Crews will temporarily close the sidewalk on the south side of Davis between east of Parkside to east of Niagara.

Expect crews to intermittently close Niagara Street and Lorne Avenue as they install storm sewer and widen across the road.

York Region Transit may relocate bus stops outside of each construction zone as work progresses.


During Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
  • York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community routes.

Source: vivaNext.




In the news: Wednesday, October 29, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “5 things Toronto could learn from Zurich” here
  • BlogTO post, “A streetcar named Union” here
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC bus driver charged in fatal collision with pedestrian” here
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC driver charged following death of pedestrian” here
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TRANSIT UPDATE: Crosstown construction hits Bathurst intersection” here
  • Toronto Star article, “John Tory will have to talk transit before he can build it” here
  • Toronto Star letter, “No wonder transit underfunded” here
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor John Tory’s task: unite a Toronto of real divisions: Keenan” here
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC driver charged in pedestrian death” here



Yonge Street rapidway construction:
starting October 29



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and Newmarket.


Starting Wednesday, October 29, crews are investigating underground utility locations along Yonge Street in Newmarket from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. This work will help contractors prepare for the next phase of rapidway construction.

Crews will be using a hydrovac truck — a truck-mounted vacuum — to dig potholes, where they can investigate the location of various utilities between just north of Davis Drive and Savage Road / Sawmill Valley Drive.

They’ll temporarily block alternating north- and southbound lanes on Yonge Street and temporarily close east- and westbound lanes closures at some intersections as they move along the corridor.

Expect noise from the vacuum.

Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If they block a sidewalk, they’ll place directional signs to guide pedestrians to the nearest available sidewalk.

Traffic control staff will be at each work site to guide vehicles and pedestrians.

Work continues until November 14.


  • During rapidway construction on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and Newmarket, expect delays for for GO Transit buses operating along the 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto; 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and 68 Barrie / Newmarket routes.
  • Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along the Viva blue; Viva blue “A”; 15 Stouffville; 22A King City; 25 Major Mackenzie; 31 Aurora North; 57 / 57A Mulock; 81 Inspiration; 83 / 83A Trench; 84 Oak Ridges; 86 Newkirk / Red Maple; + 98 Yonge; 99 Yonge; 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus; and 589 / 590 Richmond Hill community bus routes.

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In the news: Tuesday, October 28, 2014



Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.

  • Globe and Mail article, “Ontario’s Wynne applauds John Tory from China: ‘Hallelujah!’” here
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Some Friendly Advice For The Mayor Elect” here
  • Toronto Star article, “The challenges facing John Tory’s SmartTrack proposals” here



Downtown Whitby construction:
DRT detours start October 28



The Region of Durham and the Town of Whitby are closing:

  • the intersection of Henry Street (Regional Road 45) with Burns Street West

for two weeks, starting Tuesday, October 28 to accommodate a regional project to rebuild the intersection, including installing a new water-main, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, curbs and gutters and traffic signals and widening and paving the intersection widening.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along the 301 West Lynde / Otter Creek and 318 Garden / Otter Creek / Whitby Shores routes, while the intersection is closed.

Construction continues until about November 14.




In the news: Monday, October 27, 2014



Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.

  • Toronto Star article, “Transit tracks high as voter priority but platforms underwhelm” here
  • Toronto Star article, “Big Ideas: Your Top 10 and your Toronto mayoral candidates’ stance” here
  • Toronto Sun article, “What Chow, Tory and Ford have promised” here



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