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.
Santa Claus Parades and other seasonal events in the Bowmanville area of Clarington, Burlington, the Jackson’s Point area of Georgina, the Long Branch area of Toronto, the New Toronto area of Toronto, Peterborough, the Sutton area of Georgina, the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton, Stouffville, the Unionville area of Markham and Whitby affect transit services this weekend.
Torkie broke through near the future Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station, south of Highway 7 and west of Jane Street, Friday, November 8.
As part the TTC’s project to extend the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway northwest to Vaughan, the tunnel-boring machine, “Torkie”, completed the tenth and final tunnel drive, marking the end of tunneling for the project, Friday, November 8.
Torkie started tunneling again Friday, September 13 from the northern launch shaft near the future Highway 407 Station — south of Highway 407 and west of Jane Street. In this final drive, Torkie tunneled 938 metres (3,077 feet) northward toward the extraction shaft near the future Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station, south of Highway 7 and west of Jane Street. During this drive, the machine placed 625 liners in the tunnel.
You can check out this video for an inside look at the machines working on the subway project. The video includes new footage of the inside operation of the machines and four separate “breakthroughs” — when the machines finished digging to emerge from the tunnels they just bored — in York Region.
You can view other videos and photos of tunnel-boring action here.
Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to prepare for building 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.
As crews continue moving underground telecommunications along Highway 7 West, they’re starting to work on the second segment at the intersection with Keele Street, starting Monday, December 2 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. They may temporarily block traffic lanes in all four directions at the intersection from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day.
Wherever possible, sidewalks will remain open. If crews block a sidewalk, directional signs will to guide pedestrians around the construction zone. All driveways in work areas remain open.
The TTC and YRT may have to temporarily relocate bus stops. If the work affects bus stops, signs will guide passengers to the nearest available stop.
Traffic control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to direct traffic, if necessary.
Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks. Work may continue through weekends.
Work on this segment of the project continues for about 11 weeks, or until February 14, 2014.
Passengers on Brampton Transit buses operating along the 501 / 501A Züm Queen, TTC buses operating along the 107 Keele North route and York Region Transit operating along the 22 / 22A King City, 77 Highway 7 and Viva purple routes should expect delays.
Barrie Transit has an early Christmas present for passengers — you can ride free of fare all day this weekend, Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8.
The free rides will help seasonal shoppers get around to malls and the downtown shopping district, thanks to the sponsorship of the Downtown Barrie Business Improvement Area, Park Place, RioCan Georgian Mall and Smart Centres.
The City of Barrie also wanted to thank its passengers for their patience since Barrie Transit totally reorganized its routes and services in August. (It’s also making more changes to the routes this Saturday.)
The free rides also apply to B.A.C.T.S., the Barrie Accessible Community Transportation Service.
The TTC’s ongoing project to build a second platform at Union (subway) Station requires it to totally close the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway between Union and St. Andrew Stations this weekend.
All day Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, subway trains operate between Downsview and St. Andrew Stations and between Finch and Union Stations only.
Since you can’t travel by subway between Union and St. Andrew Stations, the TTC advises you to to exit the University - Spadina leg of the subway further north than St. Andrew to avoid crowds. If you are traveling as far south as Union, transfer at Queen’s Park, St. Patrick or Osgoode Stations to eastbound streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton, 505 Dundas or 501 Queen routes, then transfer again at College, Dundas or Queen Stations to the Yonge leg of the subway.
Of course, streetcars operating along the 504 King route continue to connect St. Andrew with King Station.
You can also transfer from streetcars operating along any of those routes to buses operating along the 6 Bay route to travel to Union.
If you’re paying by cash or ticket, make sure you get a paper transfer where you pay your fare to show the streetcar or bus driver when you board a second or third vehicle to continue your trip.
Regular subway service resumes Monday, December 9 at 6 a.m.
The TTC previously closed the subway between St. Andrew and Union as part of the same construction project Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2012 and Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, and Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2013.
The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting Thursday, December 5.
As usual, the agenda for the meeting contains both public and confidential items. The board will discuss the confidential items in a private session that starts at 8 a.m. The board then meets in public to discuss the rest of the items on the agenda at 10:35 a.m.
The meeting takes place in the Metrolinx Boardroom, Union Station West Wing, 4th Floor, 97 Front Street West.
You can view the agenda for the meeting here.
(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)
Construction crews will be working overnight from 7 p.m. tonight Sunday, December 1 until 7 a.m. tomorrow Saturday, December 2 to switch the traffic configuration on Lake Shore Boulevard East. They’ll be shifting the traffic lanes from the south to the north side of Lake Shore East.
One lane of traffic in either direction will remain open during this work. Crews will temporarily disable the traffic lights at Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East and a “paid-duty” Toronto Police Services officer will be on site to direct traffic.
After the shift has taken place, traffic will flow along two lanes of through traffic and a turn lane available in both east and west directions on Lake Shore East
Leslie Street remains closed between the north curb lane of Lake Shore East and the plaza intersection.
During the overnight work, pedestrians and cyclists can cross the street with help of the onsite paid duty officer. After the shift has occurred, the east-west crosswalk on the south side of the intersection will not be available. However, the north crossing of Lake Shore Boulevard East will again be available to pedestrians and cyclists.
The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 83 Jones route around the construction zone.
Next week, they’re starting three more parts of the project.
First, hydro crews continue working on the south side of Davis Drive between Prospect Street and the Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Davis Drive entrance to string wire and hang transformers, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, December 2.
They’ll block the eastbound curb lane between Prospect Street and Roxborough Road, but access the hospital entrance will remain open. They’ll also block the sidewalk beside the construction zone. When walking to the hospital from Prospect and Davis, use the Prospect entrance of the pedestrian bridge through the Medical Arts Building. Obey signs and cross streets at intersections with signals.
York Region Transit will temporarily close the bus stop in from of the hospital. Instead, buses drop off or pick up passengers on Davis Drive at the southwest corner of Prospect Street.
Also starting Monday, December 2 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, crews are installing new gas mains at the intersection of Main Street and Davis Drive.
They’ll be digging and drilling on the south side of Davis to install new pipes. One at a time, they’ll close all the lanes on Main Street intermittently.
All businesses remain open during construction and all entrances to the businesses on or near Main Street remain accessible. YRT and GO Transit are relocating the bus stop on the southeast corner of Main and Davis during the work. Look for signs to direct you to the nearest available bus stop.
The work also closes the northeast sidewalk on Main. Directional signs will guide you to the nearest open sidewalk.
Traffic control personnel will be on the site, if necessary to manage traffic flow.
Work continues until December 16.
Starting Wednesday, December 3, crews are temporarily closing Vincent Street just north of Davis Drive to relocate underground storm sewer pipes and drains.
This is one of a few upcoming road closures on Vincent to complete infrastructure and road work. The contractors require more short-term road closures next year to remove curbs and sidewalks, widen the road around Vincent Street and Davis Drive, install new curbs and sidewalks and pave the work area on Vincent.
Business on Vincent Street businesses are open. Only a small segment of Vincent Street will be closed. However, the work prevents vehicle through traffic accessing Vincent from Davis. Detour signs will be in place to guide motorists around the closure. Pedestrian will be able to access Vincent Street.
A portion of the north sidewalk on Davis Drive between Lorne Avenue and Vincent Street just east of Vincent Street will be closed. To safely reach the south sidewalk, please follow directional signs and cross at intersections with signals. Work hours are from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.; however, the road will remain closed overnight.
The work will not affect the westbound GO and YRT bus stop at Vincent and Davis.
Other aspects of the project continue to reduce Davis Drive to just two lanes — one westbound and one eastbound between Roxborough Road / Patterson Street and Yonge Street.
YRT passengers riding buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert and 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus routes and GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route should expect delays.