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TTC equips 178 buses with PRESTO devices

The TTC has now installed PRESTO fare-card readers on all buses operating to and from its Queensway garage. One hundred and seventy-eight TTC buses serving passengers traveling along 22 routes in the west end of the city now have the devices. Queensway is the first of the TTC’s seven bus garages to outfit its entire fleet with PRESTO.

If you travel aboard buses along these routes, you can now pay your fare tapping your PRESTO card:

  • 15 Evans;
  • 30 Lambton;
  • 37 Islington;
  • 40 Junction;
  • 44 Kipling South;
  • 45 Kipling;
  • 48 Rathburn;
  • 49 Bloor West;
  • 50 Burnhamthorpe;
  • 66 Prince Edward;
  • 73 Royal York;
  • 76 Royal York South;
  • 80 Queensway;
  • 110 Islington South;
  • 111 East Mall;
  • 112 West Mall;
  • 123 Shorncliffe;
  • 145 Downtown / Humber Bay express;
  • 168 Symington;
  • 188 Kipling South rocket;
  • 192 Airport rocket;
  • 300 Bloor - Danforth overnight (many, but not all, buses);
  • 315 Evans - Brown’s Line overnight; and
  • 337 Islington overnight.

If you use your PRESTO when boarding these buses, but plan to connect with other TTC services, make sure you take a transfer since buses that come from other garages may not have PRESTO readers yet. PRESTO card users travelling by bus in other areas of the city must carry tokens or exact cash as the TTC rolls out PRESTO to all of its buses over the next eight months. By the end of 2016, all TTC buses will have PRESTO.

With the end of the roll-out at Queensway, staff at two more TTC garages — Arrow Road and Wilson — will start installing PRESTO in buses serving the northwest part of Toronto.

Staff at Arrow Road garage maintain buses operating along these routes:

  • 35 Jane (many, but not all, buses);
  • 36 Finch West;
  • 46 Martin Grove;
  • 59 Maple Leaf;
  • 60 Steeles West;
  • 84 Sheppard West;
  • 96 Wilson;
  • 99 Arrow Rd;
  • 101 Downsview Park;
  • 108 Downsview;
  • 118 Thistle Down;
  • 119 Torbarrie;
  • 120 Calvington;
  • 165 Weston Rd North;
  • 186 Wilson rocket.
  • 191 Highway 27 rocket;
  • 195 Jane rocket;
  • 335 Jane overnight;
  • 336 Finch West overnight (many, but not all, buses);
  • 339 Finch East overnight (many, but not all, buses);
  • 384 Sheppard West overnight; and
  • 396 Wilson overnight.

Staff at Wilson garage maintain buses operating along these routes:

  • 5 Avenue Rd;
  • 7 Bathurst;
  • 10 Van Horne;
  • 11 Bayview;
  • 28 Bayview South;
  • 29 Dufferin;
  • 33 Forest Hill;
  • 42 Cummer;
  • 51 Leslie;
  • 56 Leaside;
  • 61 Avenue Rd North;
  • 74 Mt Pleasant;
  • 82 Rosedale;
  • 75 Sherbourne;
  • 78 St Andrews;
  • 88 South Leaside;
  • 90 Vaughan;
  • 95 York Mills (many, but not all, buses);
  • 97 Yonge;
  • 98 Willowdale - Senlac;
  • 104 Faywood;
  • 105 Dufferin North;
  • 103 Mt Pleasant North;
  • 106 York University;
  • 107 Keele North;
  • 109 Ranee;
  • 115 Silver Hills;
  • 117 Alness;
  • 124 Sunnybrook;
  • 122 Graydon Hall;
  • 125 Drewry;
  • 142 Downtown / Avenue Rd express;
  • 160 Bathurst North.
  • 162 Lawrence - Donway;
  • 169 Huntingwood;
  • 193 Exhibition Rocket;
  • 196 York University rocket;
  • 310 Bathurst overnight;
  • 320 Yonge overnight (many, but not all, buses); and
  • 329 Dufferin overnight (many, but not all, buses).

The TTC also continues to install PRESTO in more subway stations. Bay Station is the latest to receive the TTC’s new fare gates with PRESTO. Crews will finish construction at Sherbourne Station soon, bringing the total number of subway stations with PRESTO to 30.

You can learn more about PRESTO on the TTC

Exhibition Place filming:
TTC detours, May 31

Exhibition Place is closing:

  • Canada Drive between Manitoba Drive and Princes’ Boulevard

to accommodate a film shoot today.

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

  • 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gates); and
  • 509 / 511 Harbourfront / Bathurst shuttle bus.


Toronto Transit Commission meets, May 31

The Toronto Transit Commission meets this Tuesday, May 31 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room #1, Second Floor, 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.

No subway service, May 28 and 29:
Downsview to St Clair West


The TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Downsview and St Clair West stations this weekend, 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 St Clair West stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service north of St Clair West. The buses do not serve passengers at Glencairn Station. Instead, buses drop off or pick up passengers traveling to and from the area of the station at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Glencairn Avenue.

Glencairn Station will be closed to all passengers. All other stations along the closed section of the line will be open so that you can buy tickets, tokens or passes or connect with TTC buses.

Regular subway service resumes 6 a.m. May 30.

Wheel-Trans buses will be available at St Clair West, Eglinton West and Downsview stations for passengers who need accessible transit.

You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at the stations. If you’re traveling northbound and require an elevator, exit at St George Station and speak to a supervisor to ask for the Wheel-Transit bus.

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, or remaining aboard, eastbound buses and street cars to connect with the Yonge branch of the subway line. This applies not just to the closed section of the subway, but to stations south of the closure, so you can avoid the University branch entirely.

At the closed section of the subway:

  • ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West or 196 York University rocket routes to Sheppard - Yonge, instead of Downsview Station; or
  • ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes to York Mills Station, instead of Wilson Station.
  • ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route to Lawrence, instead of Lawrence West Station;
  • ride buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route to Davisville, instead of Glencairn Station;
  • ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton, instead of Eglinton West Station;
  • ride streetcars operating along the 512 St Clair route to St Clair, instead of St Clair West Station.

South of the closed section of the subway

  • ride buses operating along the 26 Dupont route to St George, instead of Dupont Station.
  • ride buses operating along the 127 Davenport route to Spadina, instead of Dupont Station.
  • ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to College, instead of Queen’s Park Station;
  • ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas, instead of St Patrick Station;
  • ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Queen, instead of Osgoode Station; or
  • ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route to King, instead of St Andrew Station.

You can also ride the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line from Spadina or St George Stations to connect with the Yonge branch at Bloor - Yonge Station.

The City of Toronto is restricting parking on both curb lanes of Bathurst Street between Lawrence Avenue West and Ava Road (south of Eglinton Avenue West) to help significantly speed transit and vehicular traffic through congestion points along the shuttle-bus route this weekend.

Crews will lay as much as 14,173 metres (46,500 feet) of cable for the TTC’s new automatic train control signal system and install other related equipment, including beacons and junction boxes). They’ll also complete other state-of-good-repair work, including maintaining tracks and replacing tiles in stations.

They’ll mostly work during the daytime to upgrade the signals in the open areas between Wilson and Eglinton West stations. Crews will reduce noise overnight.

The TTC previously closed some of this part of the subway several times this year already:

TTC detours off Queen East, May 27 to 30,
during streetcar infrastructure upgrades

The TTC is upgrading its streetcar infrastructure at two sites on Queen Street East this weekend, starting tonight, Friday, May 27 and continuing until early Monday, May 30.

TTC crews are working:

City of Toronto contractors are also working:

To accommodate all three projects, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes from late today until early Monday:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Connaught Avenue and between Parliament and Church Streets. The buses operate between Neville Park Loop and University Avenue.


Near Jarvis Street

Since yesterday, Thursday, May 26, TTC track crews have been working in the area, getting ready to replace worn rails at the westbound streetcar stop.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. yesterday, a TTC track crew has occupied the westbound curb lane on Queen East, east of George Street to weld new rail into longer strings. This will reduce parking on the north side of Queen.

After 7 p.m. tonight, the TTC starts detouring streetcars, so that the track crew can start milling the concrete from the track area to expose the old rail.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 28, the crews will remove the old rail and install, weld and grind new rail. They’ll also place new concrete in the track.

Sunday, May 29, crews will allow the new concrete time to cure before traffic can again operate over that section of the track. They’ll remove the work zone and streetcars will resume regular service by 5 a.m. Monday, May 30.

To reduce disrupting streetcar service during most of this project, the TTC is using a different method — “milling” — of removing the concrete from the track area to expose the old rail. The process removes just enough of the concrete to allow crews to remove the old rail. Often workers then use bits of the old concrete in preparing new cement to install the new rail. The TTC’s usual method of breaking concrete from the track area affected streetcar service for as long as seven days. Milling decreases the time for disrupting regular streetcar service to just three days.

The City of Toronto is restricting traffic to one lane in each direction to create a safe work zone during the rail work. It’s also temporarily prohibiting street parking through the work zone.

In Neville Park Loop

Starting at 11 p.m. tonight, Friday, May 27, TTC overhead crews are installing new streetcar overhead contact wire in the loop and a nearby section of Queen Street East. They’re upgrading the wire to keep it in a state of good repair and to prepare to operate the TTC’s new low-floor streetcars through the loop in the future.

Crews use two to three overhead trucks with hydraulic equipment during this project. You may hear beeping sounds when the trucks are reversing. You may also view bright lights from the equipment overnight.

This work requires both day and overnight shifts due to the complexity of work, the high of daytime traffic and to make sure that the TTC can resume regular streetcar service by 5 a.m. Monday.

Work at the loop continues until 8 a.m. May 29.

At Coxwell Avenue

The City of Toronto has not officially announced what work it is undertaking near the intersection with Queen Street East, but its contractors continue to work on a project (.pdf) to upgrade the watermains under Coxwell between Gerrard and Queen Streets East.

TTC, GO taking part in "People in Motion",
May 27, 28

people in Motion logo.jpgThe TTC has an information booth at People In Motion 2015, “Canada’s largest disability exhibition”, today, Friday, May 27 and tomorrow, Saturday, May 28.

You can drop by the booth to give your feedback on the TTC’s integrated accessible network. Pick up a copy of the new TTC accessible transit guide. You can meet the TTC’s chief executive officer Andy Byford Friday from 3 until 4 p.m. You can also speak with members of the the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) then.

Book your trip with Wheel-Trans by visiting This is an external site so it will open a new window so you can book your ride on-line. Or, call the RideLine at 416-397-8000.

For accessible transit service, board buses operating along the 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gate) route between Wilson or Dufferin Stations and Exhibition Place. The buses stop on Manitoba Drive, just east of Saskatchewan Road, beside the Queen Elizabeth Building. New low- floor streetcars operate along the 509 Harbourfront route between Union Station and Exhibition Place, but some cars serving this route are not accessible.

The TTC is also providing a Wheel-Trans shuttle bus from Bathurst Station every half hour both days. The first bus leaves Bathurst Station at 9:30 a.m. each day, while the last bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. The first bus leaves the Queen Elizabeth Building at 10 a.m., while the last bus leaves Bathurst Station at 5:30 p.m.

The event takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Building in Exhibition Place both days from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Metrolinx and GO Transit are also participating in the show with an information display.

GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line stop near the venue. Trains in both directions serve Exhibition GO Station every 30 minutes or better today and tomorrow.

Leslie Barns, other transportation sites,
open doors for Doors Open, May 28, 29

Several transit-related sites are open to the public Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 during Doors Open Toronto, the one weekend, once a year, when more than 130 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.

The City of Toronto program allows visitors free access to look inside properties that are usually not open to the public.

The TTC is participating in the event at just one site — the new Leslie Barns streetcar storage and maintenance site — but other venues that have played significant roles in Toronto’s public transit and transportation history are also opening their doors.

In the news: Thursday, May 26, 2016

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “Someone is trying to save the lost relics of the TTC”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Now you can buy fresh produce at TTC subway stations”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian editorial, “Monkey see, monkey do”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Canadian Manufacturing website), “Bombardier shifts Toronto streetcar production to speed up deliveries”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx seeks public’s advice on how to fix East Lakeshore GO line”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Grab Some Good pop-up food markets come to TTC stations”, here.
  • Chronicle Journal article, “(Bombardier) Layoffs to start soon”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC offering free rides on vintage streetcar this summer”, here.
  • CP24 report, “More than a year late, Bombardier eyeing fall delivery for Eglinton Crosstown test vehicle: Metrolinx”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Suspect images released following subway train sex assault”, here.
  • article, “Clarington council decides to purchase land for future Courtice GO train station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Police seek to ID suspect who sexually assaulted woman on subway, later threatened her”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Where have all the transit riders gone?”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx exploring alternatives to natural gas power plant initially planned for the Eglinton Crosstown in Mount Dennis”, here.
  • article, “City of Toronto wants residents’ ideas on transit plan for the waterfront”, here.
  • column, “EDGES OF TORONTO: Malvern’s chance for better transit is now”, here.
  • Kitchener Post column, “Rail trails need a national network”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Pop-up fresh food markets coming to subways”, here.
  • Mississauga News editorial, “The party is over”, here.
  • NOW article, “Mayor Tory tries to wrap his head around the City’s financial woes”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “A Messy ‘Reset’ for Waterfront Transit Planning”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “‘Waterfront reset’ examines way to extend transit to new neighbourhoods along the lakeshore”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Amid development boom, Queens Quay East LRT running late”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Transit shelter ads create big blind spot for people inside: Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Toronto’s top bureaucrat tries to instill some budgeting reality”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Man sought in alleged TTC sex assault”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Nannyville wants us to eat healthier”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “2,000,000 Users: Presto Card Adoption Up 25% In A Year”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “The Dirt: Province Moves to Regulate Excavated - and Toxic — Soils”, here. +Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: PCC Streetcar”, here.
  • article, “Aurora won’t allow 15 parking permits for GO Transit commuters at Town Park”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Weekend events affect transit services,
May 26, 27, 28, 29

Special events in the Ancaster area of Hamilton, Brampton, Kitchener, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Milton, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, Newmarket, the Port Weller area of St. Catharines and Toronto affect transit services this weekend.

On-line petition to return heritage transit vehicles
to Toronto

The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa currently holds in its collection of artifacts, but does not display, several historic transit vehicles from Toronto. (The museum is closed to the public — for now.)

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Trevor Parkins - Sciberras — who recently found fame as a builder of Lego replicas of TTC streetcars and trains — has organized an on-line petition as the first step in returning these vehicles to Toronto. If the petition gathers enough support, Trevor hopes to set up a crowdfunding campaign to bring them home — perhaps as part of a transit museum or for the TTC to use for special events and tours.

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The vehicular artifacts include:

  • an early horse-drawn ominbus that carried passengers between Toronto and its remote suburb of Yorkville from 1849 until 1861;
  • one of the first Toronto Street Railway horse-drawn cars from 1861;
  • a replica of TSR horse-drawn streetcar / sleigh — for winter transit trips — from 1861;
  • a replica of a TSR horse-drawn omnibus serving Toronto-to-Richmond-Hill passengers in 1880;
  • a Toronto Railway Company streetcar from 1892;
  • a Toronto Transportation Commission double-decker bus from 1921; and
  • a TTC single-decker bus from 1922.

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You can learn more about these vehicles here.

You can ‘sign’ the on-line petition here.

In the news, read:

  • BlogTO post, “Someone is trying to save the lost relics of the TTC”, here.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read, “A History of the TTC’s Ex-TRC cars”, by James Bow, here

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Older Transit Toronto News Postings

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