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Highway 7 East rapidway construction:
Work continues, August 4 to 7



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Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to work on the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway.


This week, crews will be paving red asphalt along the rapidway at:

  • the rapidway lanes on South Town Centre Boulevard, Cedarland Drive and Warden Avenue;
  • the intersection of Highway 7 and Town Centre / South Town Centre Boulevards; and
  • the rapidway lanes on Highway 7 at or near Woodbine Avenue, Allstate Parkway and Saddlecreek Drive.

They’ll work overnight from 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, August 4 until 5 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5 and continue overnight nightly until 5 a.m. Friday, August 7.


First, crews are grinding and paving the roadway in the intersection of Highway 7 with Town Centre Boulevard / South Town Centre Boulevard.

  • they’ll shift traffic to the north side of the intersection while they’re paving the south side of the intersection early Wednesday August 5.
  • they’ll shift traffic to the south side while they’re paving the north side of the intersection early Thursday, August 6.
  • they’ll restrict Highway 7 to just one lane for east- and westbound traffic in each case.
  • they’ll temporarily block the east side of South Town Centre Boulevard from 1 until 5 a.m. Wednesday between Highway 7 and Clegg Road and shift traffic shifted to the west side of the road. They’ll keep one lane open for traffic in each direction.
  • they’ll temporarily block Town Centre Boulevard between Cox Boulevard and Highway 7 from 10 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

Second, crews are grinding and paving the rapidway lanes on South Town Centre Boulevard, Cedarland Drive and Warden Avenue.

  • they’ll keep traffic lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks open on Cedarland and Warden.
  • they’ll close Cedarland vivastation overnight from 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 4 until 1 a.m. Wednesday, August 5 and nightly until 1 a.m. Friday, August 8.

Third, crews are grinding and paving small areas of roadway near intersections with Woodbine Avenue, Allstate Parkway and Saddlecreek Drive.

  • they’ll temporarily close traffic lane and restrict turns the intersections.
  • they’ll use heavy equipment to grind and pave the road — expect noise.

Sidewalks and crosswalks remain open through all parts of this work and and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers and traffic-control staff will be on site to guide pedestrians and drivers.


During this phase of the project, York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route:

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Throughout Highway 7 rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • TTC buses operating along the 24 Victoria Park, 68 Warden and 224 Victoria Park North routes; and
  • YRT buses operating along the Viva green, Viva pink, Viva purple, 1 Highway 7, 224B Woodbine, 300 Business express and 302 Unionville express routes.

Also, YRT continues to detour buses operating along the 302 Unionville express route, during ongoing construction on South Town Centre Boulevard and Cedarland Drive.


Sources:




Davis Drive rapidway construction:
August 4 to 8



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.

This week, crews “make significant strides” in developing the centre lane rapidway between Alexander / Huron Heights and Roxborough / Patterson, at Main Street and between Longford / Parkside and Yonge.


Between Longford / Parkside and Yonge

Crews started paving as early as 6 a.m. today, Tuesday, August 4 west of Yonge Street and will progress eastward along Davis to Parkside Drive / Longford Drive. They work from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day until Saturday, August 8.

During this phase of the project, they’ll block intersections at George Street, Barbara Road and Parkside / Longford Drives intermittently to north- and southbound through traffic as crews pave across each intersection, one at a time.

While they’re blocking the intersections:

  • Motorists on Davis can’t turn left onto the side streets and must proceed to the next intersection and then u-turn to get to their destinations.
  • North- and southbound motorists on each of the side streets must turn right onto Davis, proceed to the next intersection, u-turn, and then continue to their destinations.
  • “Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers follow the paving crews to manage traffic at each of the intersections.
  • Pedestrians can’t use the north / south crosswalks at the intersections. Security guards or police officers will direct you to the nearest intersection where you can cross Davis.

Crews may prepare before they start working at each site by setting up and dropping off materials and machinery outside of regular work hours — for example, overnight. Expect construction-related noise.

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At Main Street

Crews started paving the centre lanes of Davis near the intersection with Main Street as early as 6 a.m. today, Tuesday, August 4. They work from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day until Saturday, August 8.

During this phase of the project, they’ll close the intersection to north- and southbound through traffic as they’re paving.

While the intersection is closed:

  • Motorists can’t turn left from Main onto Davis or from Davis onto Main.
  • Temporary access lanes at Superior and Vincent streets will be open for you to u-turn around the closure and get to their destinations.
  • Pedestrians can’t use the north / south crosswalks at Main and Davis during paving. You can only cross Davis at the Tannery.

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Between Alexander / Huron Heights and Roxborough / Patterson

Crews will pave the south side of Davis between just east of Alexander Road and Roxborough Road from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day Friday, August 7, Saturday, August 8 and Monday, August 10.

During this phase of the project, they’ll

  • block Alexander Road to traffic while they pave the intersection of Davis with Alexander Road and Huron Heights Drive.
  • intermittently block driveways on the south side of Davis between Roxborough to Alexander to pave the road. They’ll reopen driveways as soon as the asphalt cools.
  • block the south sidewalk on Davis between Home Hardware at 808 Davis and Newmarket Gospel Hall at 736 Davis. Pedestrians must cross Davis at Roxbrough Road / Patterson Street or Carlson Drive.

Crews may prepare before they start working at the site by setting up and dropping off materials and machinery outside of regular work hours — for example, overnight. Expect construction-related noise.

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During Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:

  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto.

Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • 44 Bristol;
  • 50 Queensway;
  • 54 Bayview;
  • 55 / 55B Davis Drive;
  • 58 Mount Albert;
  • 223 Newmarket GO shuttle; and
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.

Source: vivaNext.




Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
More construction, August 2 to 15



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue getting ready to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.


From Sunday, August 2 until Saturday, August 15 and from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, crews are blocking north- and southbound centre lanes on Keele Street at Highway 7. They’ll also restrict the left-turn lanes for motorists turning from Highway 7 onto Keele.

  • Crews are installing streetlight pole bases on the north and south medians of Keele.
  • They’re temporarily blocking the centre lane on Keele just south of Highway 7 and just north of Highway 7 one after the other.
  • Expect noise and traffic delays.

Twenty-four hours a day until Wednesday, August 12, crews are blocking traffic lanes at the northwest corner of Highway 7 and Creditstone Road.

  • Crews are installing new curb and sidewalks.
  • They’re temporarily blocking the southbound right-turn lane on Creditstone.
  • Expect noise and traffic delays.

During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, also expect delays for:

  • Brampton Transit Züm express buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route;
  • TTC buses operating along the 35D Jane and 107 Keele North routes; and
  • York Region Transit Viva express buses operating along the Viva orange route and YRT local buses operating along the 20 Jane and 77 Highway 7 routes.

Source:




Main Street Markham construction:
TTC detour, August 5 to 14



The City of Markham is closing

  • Main Street South Markham between Highway 7 and James Scott Road

starting 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5 to accommodate paving crews working on the city project to reconstruct the street.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the bridge is closed:

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Construction continues until August 14.

The TTC previously detoured buses to accommodate the project Friday, June 27 until Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

York Region Transit is operating a shuttle service service for passengers traveling to and from the area during construction.

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In the news: Tuesday, August 4, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



In the news: Sunday, August 2, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Cambridge Times article, “Cambridge builds momentum for GO train service”, here.
  • CHCH News report, “Riders react to Hamilton’s new West Harbour GO Station”, here.



Ontario using federal funds to improve
infrastructure on Lakeshore GO lines



The Government of Ontario says it’s partnering with the Government of Canada to help improve railway infrastructure at key rail and road crossings along GO Transit’s 01 Lakeshore West and 09 Lakeshore East lines in Toronto and Halton Region.

It’s building “new road-under-rail grade separations” in Burlington, Oakville and Scarborough. (Grade separations allow vehicles to by-pass over or under railroads.)

It’s building new over- or underpasses:

  • at Burloak Drive on the 01 Lakeshore West line; and
  • at at Scarborough Golf Club Road, Galloway Road and Morningside Avenue on the 09 Lakeshore East line.

According to an Ontario government news release, the projects also support Ontario’s plans to establish regional express rail service on these two and other GO lines for faster, more frequent service. Ontario says it also plans to “electrify” core segments of GO’s rail network.

It’s funding these projects jointly with the federal government’s New Building Canada Fund. Ontario’s share of the funding is about $200 million.

The Oakville Beaver’s David Lea attended an event announcing the Burloak project. As he explains on the InsideHalton.com news site,

“Oakville MP Terence Young and Pickering-Scarborough East MP Corneliu Chisu announced Friday that the federal government and the province would invest around $35-million to pay for the construction of an underpass, which will carry traffic underneath the Lakeshore West GO Train line.

“With GO trains currently blocking traffic on Burloak Drive every 30 minutes and plans in place to eventually have GO trains on the line running every 15 minutes, Young noted this is an important infrastructure investment to make.

“‘I drive by here everyday, once or twice. As I understand it, this is one of the busiest level crossings in Canada,’ said Young.

“‘Sometimes I’ve counted 100 cars here waiting for a train to go by during the morning or evening rush hour. I am very pleased this is happening. It means improved safety for commuters and lets people get around more easily.’”




16th Avenue Markham construction:
YRT detours, August 1, 2



The City of Markham is closing:

  • 16th Avenue east of Markham Road / Main Street North

this weekend, while railway crews maintain the railway crossing. (The tracks carry trains operating along GO Transit’s 71 Stouffville line.)

York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 16 16th Avenue; and
  • 41 Markham local.



Weekend events affect transit services,
August 1, 2, 3



The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival in Toronto dominates the list of special events affecting transit services this weekend.

Other special events take place in Barrie, Brampton, the Downsview area of Toronto, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Hamilton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes and Milton.




In the news: Thursday, July 30, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “TTC chair to Bombardier: ‘I just want our damn streetcars’”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “TTC defies its own staff report, votes in favour of closing King Street during TIFF”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC streetcar shipments delayed again”, here.
  • Bloomberg Business post, “Bombardier Keeps Focus on Fourth Quarter for Rail-Unit IPO”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Replay of LRT decision possibly slated for September”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Mayor shifts focus away from LRT fight”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the CTV News Toronto website), “Investigation into TTC collector booth robberies ends in 140 charges”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Terminating Bombardier streetcar contract on the table, TTC says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “John Tory announces restoration of 33 bus routes cut under Rob Ford”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx rail bridge plan angers Davenport residents”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto police arrest 10 in string of TTC ticket booth robberies”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTCriders questions transportation minister on empty UP express at transit town hall”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “10 arrested after series of armed TTC robberies”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC chair says he’s ‘disappointed’ by delivery delays for new streetcars”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC to increase off-peak service on 33 of the city’s busiest bus, streetcar routes”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Trains halted on Barrie GO train line after fatality on tracks”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Multiple people arrested in connection with robbery ring that targeted TTC”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Suspect sought after alleged sexual assault at downtown TTC stop: police”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Woman dragged, sexually assaulted after stepping off bus”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC considers barring Bombardier from future bids”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC to improve 33 bus, streetcar routes this fall”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Advocacy group wants UP Express fares lowered”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Eglinton Crosstown reaches financial close”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com post, “Pickering man charged in ‘Project Castle’ probe into TTC collection booth robberies”, here.
  • Financial report, “Bombardier Wins Contract to Provide 30-Years of Vehicle Maintenance for the New Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Line in Toronto”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Raising capital for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the largest P3 project in Ontario”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC ‘put the pressure on Bombardier’ on new streetcar delivery”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC to improve service on 33 bus and streetcar routes in the GTA”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “‘Project Castle’ nabs 10 suspects in TTC collector booth robberies”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto officials delay Bombardier debate until September”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Bombardier - Siemens merger ‘would make a lot of sense’, analysts say”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “GO train briefly stopped at Oakville’s Bronte GO Station after alleged sexual assault on train”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “How long will you wait for a bus, Burlington Transit asks”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “‘I just want our damn streetcars’, says TTC chair of latest Bombardier delay on delivery”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC board weighs possibility of penalties for further Bombardier streetcar delays”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC pledging better off-peak rides on 33 busy bus and streetcar routes”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “McNicoll Bus Garage gets green light from province”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Oak trees with links to Vimy Ridge growing near site of proposed McNicoll bus garage”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Davenport residents demand more travel options from Transportation minister Del Duca”, here.).
  • InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Pondering a new role for UP Express route”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOINTRANSIT: Transit service back to normal after Pan Am Games”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Car crash helped Toronto police solve a string of armed robberies across the city”, here.
  • Interior Design post, “Style On Rails: Toronto Has A New High-Speed Air-Rail Link, Union Pearson Express”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Your Ride: Toronto post, “Toronto politicians need to stop telling the city what transit it ‘wants’ and start listening”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Want to cancel the Scarborough subway? Convince Queen’s Park”, here
  • Ottawa Citizen column, “The one thing that might make a Toronto Olympic bid worthwhile”, here.
  • rabble.ca post, “As an MP, Chow was a passionate advocate for public transit”, here.
  • Railway Age post, “A Siemens - Bombardier merger in play?”, here.
  • Railway.Technology.com post, “Bombardier wins $308m vehicle maintenance contract for new Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
  • Reuters article, “Bombardier says not in talks with Siemens”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “Blame Bombardier, but Toronto owns the streetcar scandal”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Colle on Bombardier Delay: ‘I Just Want Our Damn Streetcars’”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Improvements to Busiest TTC Routes Coming”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Potential ‘Sun Kinks’ means slower GO Trains”, here.
  • TB News Watch post, “Tired of ‘excuses’, TTC chair says they want their ‘damn streetcars’”, here.
  • Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal article, “Bombardier ramps up production”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Bombardier’s Revised Streetcar Schedule Sees One-Year Delay”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post,
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC chair: ‘I just want our damn streetcars’”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC to mull hiking cash fares in 2016”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “HOV lanes a boost for GO bus commuters”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC doesn’t have money-back guarantee on late Bombardier streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto hires its first sustainable transport director”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “10 charged in ‘Project Castle’ probe into TTC collection booth robberies”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC holds off on taking action against Bombardier”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Possibility of TTC fare hike ‘looming’”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory announces TTC service improvements”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC board backs King closure for TIFF”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Alleged bandits arrested for TTC robberies”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Newmarket looking for bronze plaque supporters”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Stouffville teen charged in TTC collection booth robberies probe”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



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