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Read these 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.




In the news: Friday, January 20, 2017



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Ottawa report, “OC Transpo bus blaze strikingly similar to 2016 fire”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Lack of commuter parking causing ‘total chaos’ at TTC stations, councillor says”, here.
  • CBC News Torontoreport, “Suicides on subway tracks driving up employee absenteeism, TTC says”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Father and son file $4M lawsuit against TTC over Union Station brawl”, here.
  • CP24 report, “City councillor calls commuter parking shortage ‘absolute chaos’”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Lower than expected ridership in 2016 may cost TTC $46 million”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Man struck by bus, car in Whitby”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Bombardier streetcar schedule has more ‘credibility’ with new management: TTC head”, here.
  • Globe and Mail column, “Gripes about the TTC are well-founded, but the future looks brighter”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Weekend subway closures eating into TTC’s bottom line: Colle”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Subway extension to Vaughan on track for completion in 2017: TTC”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: What is Metrolinx?”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Toronto Police identify TTC sex assault suspect”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “The pros and cons of commuter parking in Toronto”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “TTC adds special constables to bus routes as driver abuse escalates”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “TTC service has improved. Now let’s have more, please, and faster”, here.
  • NOW article, “Two-tiered policing coming to Toronto?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “All passengers safe after Ottawa double-decker catches fire (same buses GO Transit owns)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Subway shutdown plans for 2017”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC vehicle reliability”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Analysis of 514 Cherry Service for December 2016”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Reasons to Look Forward to York University’s New Subway”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “The Economist Doesn’t Really Understand Toronto Transit”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “No more printed schedules for TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “City watchdog asked to investigate misleading briefing note on Scarborough subway”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC ridership flatlines, officials warn agency may not make 2017 goal”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Failing Presto fare gates madden passengers”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Father and son in TTC brawl suing transit agency, officers”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Hovercraft service from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake proposed”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “UP Express fiasco should serve as a ‘wakeup call’ for Wynne”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Parking at TTC lots under microscope”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “East Harbour: A Transit Hub in the Making for Toronto”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Rezoning Application Outlines Vision for East Harbour Site”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe


TTC revises service in Exhibition Place,
starting January 20



The TTC has diverted services from Exhibition Loop since January 3, 2016. While the loop has been closed, TTC and Metrolinx contractors have been upgrading the tracks in the loop and improving nearby Exhibition GO Station.

The TTC has been further detouring buses and streetcars since Tuesday, September 27, 2016, due to the large number of events taking place in Exhibition Place last fall and early this winter.

Starting Sunday, November 20, 2016, the TTC replaced streetcars operating along the [511] Bathurst route with buses. The buses operated to and from Princes’ Gate Loop.

Starting Friday, January 20, it’s resuming buses through Exhibition Place, although the loop remains closed for the ongoing construction projects.

It’s revising service, or continuing to detour service, along these bus and streetcar routes:

  • 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gates);
  • 307 Bathurst overnight;
  • 329 Dufferin overnight;
  • 363 Ossington overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 511 Bathurst.

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Construction in Exhibition Loop and the TTC detours continue until March 25. Bus and streetcar service through the loop resumes Sunday, March 26.



Confederation Parkway construction:
MiWay detours, January 21, 22



The City of Mississauga is closing:

  • Confederation Parkway, southbound lanes, between Burnhamthorpe Road West and Webb Drive

this Saturday and Sunday to accommodate crews repairing the sanitary sewers.

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

  • 28 Confederation; and
  • 6 Credit Woodlands.

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No subway service, January 21 and 22:
Downsview to St George



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The TTC is closing its Line 1 (Yonge - University) subway between Downsview and St George stations this Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22.

Line 1 subway trains operate only between Finch and St George stations this weekend.

While this part of the line is closed, TTC crews continue their ongoing work to test and install the new automatic train control system. According to a TTC news release, “When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.”

The TTC is operating shuttle buses to partially replace subway service — but only between Downsview and Lawrence West stations. Three construction projects delayed shuttle buses when the TTC operated them south of Lawrence West station during last year’s closures. Instead, the TTC is encouraging passengers to ride connecting routes to stations on the Yonge arm of Line 1 or to Line 2 (Bloor - Danforth) stations. It will double regular service along nine bus and streetcar routes Saturday and Sunday:

  • 7 Bathurst;
  • 14 Glencairn;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 52 Lawrence West;
  • 84 Sheppard West;
  • 96 Wilson;
  • 109 Ranee;
  • 127 Davenport; and
  • 512 St Clair.

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To improve bus service, the City of Toronto will temporarily ban parking on

  • Lawrence Avenue West between Lawrence West and Lawrence stations;
  • Eglinton Avenue West between Eglinton West Station and Spadina Road; and
  • Bathurst Street between Barton Avenue and Bloor Street West.

The TTC is also operating extra subway service along the rest of Line 1 during the closure and along Line 2 from 3 until 11 p.m. to accommodate fans heading to and from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors games.

Wheel-Trans buses operate to and from Downsview, Lawrence West and St George stations, if you use a wheelchair or mobility device or otherwise need accessible service. Ask TTC staff at these stations for Wheel-Trans.

Dupont and Glencairn stations will be closed. All other stations will be open so you can buy tokens, tickets, passes and other fare media and connect with buses and streetcars.

This weekend, crews are testing the new ATC system between Wilson and Spadina stations and working at Downsview Station to get ready for extending the line northwestward to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre by the end of the year. The TTC also expects to have finished all ATC work on Line 1 north of Dupont Station by the end of 2017.


This is the first of 14 weekend closures affecting this part of Line 1 this year, mostly resulting from TTC crews installing and testing ATC.

Upcoming weekend closures for this part of the line:

  • Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 - Downsview to Lawrence West - track and switch work;
  • Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 - Downsview to Wilson - ATC;
  • Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 - Downsview to St George - ATC; and
  • Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 - Downsview to Wilson - ATC.


Exhibition Place concrete pour:
TTC detour, January 18, 19 and 20



From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20, Exhibition Place is closing:

  • Manitoba Drive east of Nova Scotia Avenue

to accommodate contractors who are pouring concrete at a construction site.

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

  • 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gate).

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New Toronto area crane activity:
TTC detour, January 19



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Garnett Janes Road between Ninth and Eighth Streets

Thursday, January 19 morning to accommodate contractors who are lifting a crane at a work site.

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

  • 110C Islington South.

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Sunnybrook road construction:
TTC detours, January 19, 20



Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is closing:

  • Hospital Road near the building’s “M” Wing

from 11:59 p.m. Thursday, January 19 until 5 a.m. Friday, January 20 to accommodate road work.

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

  • 11 Bayview;
  • 124 Sunnybrook;
  • 352 Lawrence West overnight.

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In the news: Tuesday, January 17, 2017



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe


Good news / bad news: TTC closing rapid transit lines
during 35 weekends in 2017



Update — Tuesday, January 17, 8:03 a.m.: The Toronto Star’s article about the subway closures details the locations where the lines are closed. We’ve added this information to this post.


First the good news:

According to a report (.pdf) to this week’s meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission, the TTC is closing parts of rapid transit system during 35 weekends in 2017.

That’s three fewer weekends that parts of system are off-line than in 2016.

More importantly, the closing of the lines — inconvenient though it may be — shows that the TTC is taking full advantage of the unprecedented interest in public transit of all three levels of government in improving infrastructure. The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto are putting their money where their interest is by funding many TTC capital projects.

While the principle of “short-term pain for long-term gain” isn’t helpful when you have to shuffle onto a shuttle bus, instead of boarding a train, to get where you’re going to weekends, it helps to remember that the weekend closures may assure that you continue to reach your destination (mostly) reliably every day for years to come.

Why the weekend? Not surprisingly, fewer passengers travel aboard subway and RT trains — and on all TTC vehicles — Saturdays, Sundays and holidays than ride Mondays to Fridays. So, by scheduling these closures over a weekend, instead of, say, a Tuesday during rush hours, the work affects far fewer people.

Since TTC staff have just two hours each night between the end of one day’s subway service before the next day’s starts to engage in regular maintenance activities, weekend closures make even more sense. According to the TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford, “Big jobs that need to be done must take place on the weekend, when we can effectively get the equivalent of five weeks’ worth of nights done in one weekend.”

While the TTC must work many weekends to maintain its tracks, signals, stations and buildings in a “state of good repair”, a major project requiring the TTC to close the subway is installing automatic train control (ATC) on Line 1 (Yonge - University). This requires crews to replace the old signal system and install a new control system. The new system will allow the TTC to operate more trains along the line more frequently.

During subway closures, crews working on the ATC project typically install new cables, track-side signalling equipment or special track work in the tunnels. This work is labour-intensive and can’t all occur during the normal maintenance window each night.

Here’s a video in which CEO Byford and the TTC’s director of Corporate Communications Brad Ross explain why weekend closures are necessary.

During the multiple weekend subway shutdowns in 2016, crews:

  • replaced 5,044 metres (16,549 feet) of running rail on Lines 1 and 2;
  • replaced 500 metres (1,640 feet) of power rail on Lines 1 and 2;
  • conducted major maintenance on eight crossovers on Lines 1 and 2 (crossovers allow trains to move from one track to another, often to change direction.);
  • rehabilitated 180 train stops (a train stop or tripper would automatically stop a train that passes a signal prohibiting its progress);
  • replace 24 train stops;
  • ground 6,500 metres (21,325 feet) of southbound track on Line 3;
  • replaced 950 metres (3,117 feet) of power rail on Line 3;
  • replaced track fasteners, ties and communication cables on Line 3;
  • installed 181,000 metres (593,832 feet) of cabling for ATC on Line 1;
  • upgraded 250 track circuit locations on Lines 1 and 2
  • replaced 24 switch point heaters and 56 train-stop heaters on Lines 1 and 2;
  • replaced skylights, painted station ceilings, replaced platform edge tiles, cleaned drains, inspected structures, replaced and relamped lights in stations, installed PRESTO fare-card equipment, upgraded electrical panels;
  • rehabilitated escalators rehabilitation, repaired fencing along rights-of-way, repaired floors, installed and removed signs and removed asbestos.

While some on-line chatter during closures usually suggests that the TTC must be a “third-rate” transit system due to these weekend shut-downs, in fact, most major transit agencies frequently undertake similar weekend projects to keep service running. For example, this weekend, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is closing parts of the 4 and E lines for construction projects while long-term work continues to close stations along the F and N lines. Transport for London (TfL) is closing parts of the Jubilee and Metropolitan underground lines and part of the London Overground, too, this weekend. Meanwhile over in Paris part of the RĂ©gie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP) Line 14 is off limits to passengers this Saturday.

More good news:

By improving its power infrastructure at Broadview Station, the TTC has reduced four scheduled Line 2 closures between Pape and St George Stations to just between Broadview and St George. By including service to Broadview, TTC shuttle buses avoid congestion along Danforth Avenue between Pape and Broadview Avenues. Perhaps more important, Broadview offers more travel options for subway passengers who may wish to travel operating along the 504 King or 505 Dundas routes to travel to and from downtown.

The TTC says it’s also developed special special operating procedures to reduce a planned closure between Bloor and St Andrew stations just King and St Andrew, drastically reducing or eliminating the need for shuttles.

Even more good news:

The TTC plans to continue working with the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services to improve shuttle services by modifying signal timing along shuttle routes. It also plans to continue hiring Toronto Police Service “paid-duty” officers to help direct traffic to allow shuttles buses to quickly make turns and move into and out of station terminals.

It will also ask the City to continue restricting on-street parking during subway closures to improve trip times for shuttle buses. The City restricted parking along shuttle route during 21 of last year’s 38 closures. As a result, trip times improved for shuttle buses improved considerably, getting passengers to their destinations more quickly. Buses were less crowded and the TTC needed fewer buses to provide the service.

Now the bad news:

The TTC is closing parts of rapid transit system during 35 weekends in 2017.

The first weekend closure takes place this coming weekend, Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, when the TTC shuts Line 1 between Downsview and St George Station, for work on the ATC project.

In fact, Line 1 passengers face the bulk of the closure pain this year, especially those who travel along the Downsview-to-St George section. The TTC intends to stop trains along this part of the line 11 weekends in 2017 — eight closures for commissioning and testing the ATC system and three more for trial operations.

TTC planners hope an alternate plan for operating shuttle buses to replace subway service during these closures will improve things for passengers — and for the TTC itself. In 2016, with three construction sites affecting traffic along the route an average shuttle-bus trip between Downsview and St George required about an hour to complete. The TTC had to supply about 100 buses for the service.

In 2017, the TTC intends only to operate shuttle buses between Downsview and Lawrence West Stations. It’s encouraging passengers to ride connecting buses and streetcars to stations on the Yonge branch of the line or directly to Line 2 (Bloor - Danforth) stations and it will enhance service along these connecting routes.

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In total, Line 1 riders face 20 weekends without service along part of the line in 2017. Line 2 riders can expect 10 shut-down weekends. The TTC closes all of Line 3 during four weekends and Line 4 on just one weekend.

The list of closures by line and by date follows.



Bay streetcar tunnel roof repairs:
TTC detours, early January 16 and 17



Early next Monday and Tuesday, TTC track crews are repairing the roof of the Bay streetcar tunnel.

The TTC is revising service along this route to accommodate work in the tunnel:

  • 317 Spadina overnight.

Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Spadina / Queens Quay Loop.

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