Read the daily “on schedule” posts to find news and other information that affects your daily commute. You’ll learn about public meetings, special events and construction projects that affect transit services today.
Union Pearson Express crews are performing routine maintenance on one side of the spur line, overnight starting tonight, Saturday, August 29.
Crews work overnight nightly from 11 p.m. tonight until 4:30 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, August 30. Trains operate along the line every 30 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes while crews are working on the spur.
UP Express has also scheduled crews to work overnight from 11 p.m. Sunday, until 4:30 a.m. Monday, August 31, from 11 p.m. Saturday, September 5 until 4:30 a.m. Sunday, September 6 and from 11 p.m. Sunday until 4:30 a.m. Labour Day, Monday, September 7.
Crews also work Wednesday, September 2 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. so they can inspect the tracks in natural light. UP Express trains also operate every 30 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, during those hours that day.
From 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 28 until 5 p.m. Sunday, August 30, westbound trains operating along the Union Pearson Express line stop to pick up passengers at Bloor Station’s Platform #1, the north platform.
Westbound trains operate along track 1, instead of track 2, to allow rail infrastructure crews to improve the signals along the line.
Eastbound trains continue to stop at platform #3.
Signs at the station will guide passengers to the appropriate platform. The north platform will be ready for passengers with an operating elevator and the station building entrance will have functioning PRESTO fare-card and ticket-vending devices.
The public-address system, Wi-Fi display terminals and the clock on platform #1 will not be available until mid-September
- Brampton Guardian article, “September decision on Brampton LRT unlikely”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton adds 14 new off-peak train trips”, here.
- Caledon Enterprise column, “Parnaby Talks: What to expect as summer winds down”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Star website), “Trudeau says Liberals would run modest deficits to kickstart economy”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC Chair pushes transit funding as an election issue”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “More GO trains, buses between Brampton and Toronto”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC employee ‘Bus Driver Al’ charged with sexual assault involving 15-year-old”, here.
- CP24 report, “High occupancy toll lanes won’t take over existing open highway lanes, Del Duca says”, here.
- CP24 report, “Mayor Tory welcomes Trudeau’s promise of billions in new infrastructure spending”, here.
- CP24 report, “Toronto man gets free Metropass for a year for being TTC’s 30 billionth rider”, here.
- CP24 report, “TTC operator accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old that he met on his streetcar”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “PHOTO: Crosstown Construction”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “GO Transit adds train trips in Brampton, bolsters bus service to Pearson”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “‘Enough excuses, we need streetcars’: TTC chair to Bombardier”“, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC welcomes 30 billionth customer at Davisville Station”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Liberals promise $10-billion yearly deficits to kick-start economy”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Three questions to ask about Liberals’ deficit promise”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Weston GO train riders to benefit from additional trips”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx to delay environmental assessment for proposed Davenport Diamond rail bridge until November”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: After 94 years, TTC marks 30 billion transit trips”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Mayor John Tory says all three federal leaders now promise funding for SmartTrack transit plan”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Woman sexually attacked while waiting for TTC bus”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TUFF to screen on TTC subway station platforms for what could be the last time”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Party positions on infrastructure projects”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Harper swings hammer at Liberal building plan”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Reflection on jets and Billy Bishop Airport”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Toronto council set to approve downtown East Bayfront LRT stop”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Google recommends taking the Union-Pearson Express, omits price tag”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Metrolinx CEO weighs in on LRT project”, here.
- National Post article, “How Union Station went from ‘transportation tomb’ to destination. And, yes, you can get a beer (for now)”, here.
- National Post article, “TTC driver accused of luring and sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl on streetcar”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “Mayor responds to Trudeau’s infrastructure promise”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC streetcar operator charged with sexual assault”, here.
- NOW article, “Train wreck: Why Toronto doesn’t get the transit it deserves”, here.
- NOW article, “Other times we’ve build the wrong kind of transit”, here.
- Oshawa Express article, “New train station on the way”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Metrolinx Adds Train Trips For Brampton”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Tory Welcomes Trudeau’s Infrastructure Plan”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Operator Charged With Sexually Assaulting 15 Year Old”“, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC service gets a big boost after Labour Day”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Fear of the car-driving rabble holds us back from real solutions”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Pearson train frequencies slowed for maintenance”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Business groups press federal parties to spend on infrastructure”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Pedestrian crossing button needs a permanent home: The Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “McGill student creates TTC ringtones for commuters”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Police charge TTC operator with sexual assault”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Province warming to HOT lanes”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Trudeau would run deficits to double infrastructure spending”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory welcomes Trudeau’s vow to spend billions on infrastructure”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC marks 30 billionth rider”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “London Underground delays plans for 24 hour service”, here.
- YorkRegion.com editorial, “Yeah, thanks for the notice, politicians”, here.
- AM 900 CHML report, “Charges laid after GO Station theft”, here.
- Bullet News Niagara column, “Straight Talk: I’m for GO, are you?”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Copper wire thieves at West Harbour GO Station caught on camera”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Copper thieves captured on surveillance at West Harbour GO Station”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “HSR fare hike: What do you get out of it?”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek article, “Niagara ‘still in the game’ for GO rail expansion: Mayor”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek editorial, “Transit review worthy venture”, here.
- Orangeville.com article, “Super Burger’s antique TTC streetcar to vanish from Shelburne intersection”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “No shortage of Niagara GO train reports collecting dust”, here.
This weekend, the TTC is canceling subway service along the 1 Yonge - University line between Downsview and St Clair West Stations, while crews work in open-cut sections along this section of the line.
All day Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, trains operate along the line only between St Clair West and Finch stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service between Downsview and St Clair West, while the subway line is closed.
While the line is closed, crews are:
- replacing about 275 metres of rail (902 feet) just north of Yorkdale Station;
- tamping the “ballast” — the stone between and under the tracks — just north of Yorkdale Station to improve track reliability.
- installing an underground duct bank and conduits at the north end of Wilson Yard;
- installing hardware to support communication and messenger cables between Yorkdale and Eglinton West stations;
- replacing electrical components, install wiring and upgrade signals in various locations; and
- continuing to replace fences on the centre median of William R. Allen Road.
Crews start working early Saturday morning, shortly after Friday subway service ends. First, they’ll deliver some materials for these activities to the area on subway work-cars. Then they’ll work “around-the-clock” to make sure they finish before subway service starts Monday morning. Expect noise when equipment is fully operating.
The TTC is assigning Wheel-Trans vehicles to operate between Downsview and St George stations for passengers requiring a station with an elevator.
Update — Saturday, August 29, 8:41 a.m.: GO is adding extra trains from Exhibition GO Station late tonight / early tomorrow. The TTC has confirmed detour routing for buses operating along the 53 Steeles East route for Tamil Fest.
Buskers are a feature of the annual Canadian National Exhibition, but this weekend, you’ll also find them front and centre at another special event in downtown Toronto.
Events in Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, central Hamilton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, the Malvern area of Toronto, Richmond Hill, central Toronto and the Winona area of Hamilton affect transit services this weekend.
Today, Thursday, August 27 and tomorrow, Friday, August 28, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews continue paving along Davis Drive. Today and tomorrow, they’re concentrating on the Davis Drive and Patterson Street /Roxborough Road area, paving the north curb lane from 655 Davis [KFC] to 713 Davis, including part of Patterson Street, just north of Davis.
- intermittently closing access to 655 Davis [KFC, east entrance], 665 Davis, 665A Davis and 713 Davis [west entrance] as they pave a layer of asphalt across each entrance.
- reopening access to the properties, once the asphalt has cooled;
- paving a small portion of Patterson just north of Davis:
- They’re staging the paving to keep the intersection open during the operation.
- Driveways off Patterson will not be impacted by this work.
- Expect delays as crews move equipment through the intersection.
- A “paid-duty” York Region Police officer is onsite to manage traffic at the intersection.
As of tomorrow, Friday, August 28, traffic lanes on Highway 7 West at Jane Street will be in their final set-up after months of construction on the rapidway project. The roadway now includes a median in the centre of the road, east and west of Jane Street.
To prepare for reconfiguring the lanes, crews are painting lines overnight from 6 p.m. tonight until 8 a.m. tomorrow on the west side of the intersection with Jane.
They’re reducing traffic lanes on Highway 7 to just one lane in each direction between Edgeley Boulevard and Maplecrete Road. After 4 p.m., traffic signals will flash red and “paid-duty” York Region Police officers will be on site to help direct traffic.
Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, the intersection with Jane will have a left-turn traffic signal. Drivers can only turn left when the left-turn arrow is illuminated, and left turns are not permitted when through traffic proceeds.
To access mid-block entrances on opposite sides of the road between Edgeley and Creditstone Road, you can U-turn at Jane or Creditstone Road. Today’s right-turn lanes will be for both through and right-turning traffic tomorrow.
Since intersections are wider with new signals, pedestrians need to cross Highway 7 in two stages. A countdown signal will indicate how many seconds you have left to safely cross the street. At a pedestrian waiting area in the middle of the crosswalk, you can stop, push the “walk” button and wait for the next walk signal to safely cross the second half of the street.
Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks and traffic delays in this area.
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.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Broadview Avenue from Erindale Avenue to south of Danforth Avenue,
this weekend to accommodate an ongoing construction project to replace the watermains
During this work, the City’s contractor will shift all traffic to the east side of Broadview Avenue, with both north- and southbound traffic occupying the two east lanes.
The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating along Broadview Avenue and Queen and King Streets East between Broadview Station and Parliament Streets.
Passengers can also expect delays near Broadview Station for buses operating along these routes:
- 8 Broadview;
- 62 Mortimer;
- 87 Cosburn;
- 100 Flemingdon Park;
- 300 Bloor - Danforth overnight;
- 303 Don Mills overnight; and
- 322 Coxwell overnight.
The City previously closed this section of Broadview — and the TTC detoured streetcars — from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 1 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, from 3 a.m. Friday, August 15 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 17 and from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 22 until 5 a.m. Monday, August 24.
Another phase of the project and detour routing continue next weekend
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, September 4 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, September 8.
In addition to the City’s watermain work, the TTC will also upgrade the overhead wiring on Broadview Avenue overnight, from about 1 until 6 a.m. Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29. The crews are upgrading the wiring to support future service by the new Flexity accessible streetcars. (Over the past two years, electrical crews have been upgrading the overhead wire system along streetcar routes across the TTC network.)
- south- and northbound wiring on Broadview Avenue between Dundas and Queen Streets East;
- northbound wiring between Gerrard and Dundas Streets East.
Crews will maintain traffic in each direction through the moving work zones with lane restrictions.
On average, they’ll use two to three overhead trucks with hydraulic equipment to carry out this work. Expect to hear beeping sounds from back-up alarms on the TTC trucks and see lights from the equipment overnight.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Lower Jarvis Street between Lake Shore Boulevard East and Queens Quay East and
- Queens Quay East between Lower Sherbourne and Yonge Streets
to accommodate an overnight film shoot.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed: