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The TTC is expanding its proof-of-payment (or “POP”) system to streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina routes this Sunday, August 31.
You can board all streetcars operating along the route through all doors, with the start of service Sunday. However you must prove that you have paid a fare if one of the TTC’s new fare inspectors asks you to do so. A proof of payment includes a pass, transfer or POP receipt. An inspector may issue summons if you cannot produce proof of payment may apply even stiffer penalties if you are a repeat offender.
You can use new fare-vending machines and ticket-validators on board the TTC’s new low-floor streetcars, which also make their debut Sunday, or at the eight busiest stops on the route. If you’re riding an older streetcar, you continue to pay at the farebox, if you don’t have a Metropass or transfer.
Here’s how the fare-payment system will work on Spadina, starting Sunday:
- If you’re boarding a new streetcar, you can use coins or tokens to buy a single-ride POP ticket from one of two on-board vending machines. Your must keep your POP ticket as proof of payment and for transferring to other routes or for entering subway stations. The POP ticket acts as a regular transfer ticket. You may also use an on-street vending machine to buy your fare before boarding.
- If you’re a senior, student or child and you’re boarding one of the new streetcars, you must validate your fare at one of the two smaller, validator machines beside each fare-vending machine. The validator stamps the ticket and a stamped (or “validated”) ticket is your proof of payment and transfer. You then deposit the validated ticket in a farebox when you transferg to another TTC route. You also can validate your tickets at an on-street machine before boarding.
- If you’re boarding the new streetcars with a transfer or pass, keep them handy as your proof of payment. Fare inspectors, and extra customer-service staff will help you with the new fare-payment process.
At a media event Thursday, we watched as TTC staff demonstrated the new vending machines, which took about nine seconds after the staff member inserted a token to issue a ticket. While that may seem like a long time, passengers will already be aboard and won’t be delaying other passengers boarding at the front doors when they pay their fares as is the case now. Streetcars will already be moving as passengers pay their fare and each new car will have two of the machines. Hopefully, many passengers will choose to buy their POP tickets on platforms, while they’re waiting for the cars.
The TTC estimates that about 60 percent of passengers boarding transit vehicles in Toronto use passes or transfers when they board, so only 40 percent of passengers may have to use the new machines.
In November, when the TTC starts to roll out the PRESTO fare-card system on its new cars, it will replace these vending machines and validators with machines that also accept the PRESTO card as a method of paying fares.
POP has been in effect on streetcars operating along the 501 Queen, 502 Downtowner, 503 Kingston Rd and 508 Lake Shore routes for many years. However, passengers can only use POP when the cars are operating along Queen Street, The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard West.
The TTC has proposed expanding the POP system to all streetcars by early 2015. This would eliminate confusion among riders as to when and where they may board cars by the rear doors.
Fare collection machine in TTC LRV 4400 streetcar. Photo by Roman Fomin.
The TTC resumes streetcar service along the 510 Spadina route between Spadina Station and Spadina / Queens Quay Loop this Sunday, August 31. The TTC resume service on Queens Quay West along the 509 Harbourfront route Sunday, October 12.
Crews are installing the final section of track between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane. TTC crews will finish pouring concrete to permanently set the rails in this area. The crews also completed final concrete work last week between Shoppers Drug Mart and the Peter Slip Bridge.
Crews also continue installing new streetcar platforms this week:
- 401 Queens Quay West: They have formed the eastbound platform at Lower Spadina Avenue in time for streetcar services to resume this weekend. They’ll install the handrail and permanent TTC shelter at a later date. In the meantime, they’ll install a temporary barrier for safety purposes.
- Lower Spadina Avenue: They finished re-installing the glass partitions in shelters for streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route last week.
- between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: Last week, crews continued placing new cantilevered poles to support overhead streetcar cabling in this area. They’ll continue this work this week.
- at Rees Street: They have formed and poured concrete for the eastbound platform. They’ll install new curbs beside the TTC corridor this week.
Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:
- Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street: Crews continue digging out the north side concrete curb cradles and placing new granite curbs beyond the 260/270 Queens Quay properties. To prepare for asphalt paving, crews will work to complete the city standard brick gutters and TTC concrete buffers, and adjust all utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins in this area.
- Ann Tindal Park: The contractors will close the park entrance after the Labour Day long weekend to accommodate excavating for the new roadway.
The contractors have multiple crews working this weekend, Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31.
- Between Yo Yo Ma Lane and Lower Spadina Avenue: finish pouring concret to set the last section of rails in this area.
- Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: making final preparations before streetcars resume service through the loop.
- Between 250 Queens Quay West and Rees Street: continuing to prepare the roadway for laying asphalt.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route with buses during this project.
(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)
The contractors have scheduled crews to work tomorrow, Saturday, August 30 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
- installing storm sewers in the intersection of Leslie with Eastern Avenue; and
- preparing track foundations on Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Mosley Street.
While the Eastern / Leslie intersection is closed, it’s also detouring buses operating along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route.
As work progresses, expect new ways to enter and exit businesses and residences along Davis. Starting today, Friday, August 29, eastbound vehicles can only turn right from Davis into the 446 Davis Drive plaza. Vehicles can no longer turn left into the plaza from Davis.
Traffic may only flow one-way around the north side of the building. Signs are in place to direct drivers. Drives now must exit the plaza from the Superior Street driveway, but contractors will maintain two-way traffic through the plaza’s Superior Street driveway. More parking is available at the back of the building.
Niagara Street remains closed from Mondays at 7 a.m. until Fridays at 5 p.m. It reopens Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Today Friday, August 29, crews finished paving the base layer on the newly widened segments along Davis and around Main Street. They continue to widen the north side of Davis between Patterson Avenue and west of Bayview Parkway. They’ll temporarily close Lundy’s Lane and Bolton Avenue one at time over the next few weeks, as they widen them.
During Davis Drive rapidway construction expect delays for:
- GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
- York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community routes.
This year, it’s working on three bridges in the west end of the city, including the bridge that carries the expressway over the streetcar tracks connecting Lake Shore Boulevard West with Humber Loop. The work prevents the TTC from operating streetcars along that stretch of track.
Buses replace streetcars along the 301 Queen overnight, 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore routes between Humber and Long Branch Loops, starting Sunday, August 31. Because the construction also blocks the pedestrian tunnel between Humber Loop and Lake Shore West, the TTC will also operate more shuttle buses between the loop and Marine Parade Drive.
Passengers must transfer between buses and streetcars at Humber Loop to continue their journeys further east- or westward along the routes. If you pay your fare with tickets, tokens or cash, you’ll have to pick up a paper transfer when you pay. Show the drivers your transfer when boarding buses or streetcars at Humber Loop.
Construction continues until December 21.
Work on the City bridge project previously required the TTC to replace the streetcars from Sunday, March 30 until Saturday, May 10.
TTC crews are winding up the project to upgrade the overhead wiring and tracks along Broadview Avenue between Broadview Station and Queen Street East tomorrow, Saturday, August 30.
Regular streetcar service along the 504 King and 505 Dundas routes resumes Sunday, August 31.
Construction started Sunday, July 20 and also affected service along the 62 Mortimer, 87 Cosburn and 100 Flemingdon Park bus routes.
GO Transit’s summer weekend train service along the 12 Niagara Falls and 65 Barrie lines ends Labour Day, Monday, September 2.
GO is also ending connecting bus service along the 11 Niagara-on-the-Lake / St. Catharines Monday.
GO will temporarily resume trains to Niagara Falls and buses to Niagara-on-the-Lake during the Thanksgiving long holiday weekend, Friday, October 10, Saturday, October 11, Sunday, October 12 and Monday, October 13.
GO Transit is making several major changes to its routes and services starting Saturday, August 30.
It’s adding more service along several bus routes, including:
- more late-night / early morning services along the 18 Lakeshore West, 21 Milton / Toronto and 90 Lakeshore East routes;
- a new branch of the 25 Waterloo / Mississauga route, linking the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University with York University;
- a new branch of the 92 Oshawa / Yorkdale route, adding extra service along the route between Scarborough Centre and Ajax;
- more weekend service along the 52 Oshawa / York U route; and
- more Monday-to-Friday trips along the 54 Markham / York U route.