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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: Monday, February 27, 2017

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Beach Metro News column, “You can get there from here, but…”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC customer satisfaction back up after brutal summer”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto’s worst intersection is about to be completely rebuilt”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton City Hall to host Hurontario LRT open house”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the National Post website, “Toronto transit delayed after car gets stuck in streetcar tunnel because driver was following his GPS”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC board votes ‘no confidence’ in Bob Kinnear after court reinstates him”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “A sick boy on stalled GO train brings out the ‘helpful’ Canadian spirit”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Will East Harbour be the city’s hot new business hub?”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Hamilton woman, 32, dies after she was hit by a GO bus at Union Station”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC to find out how much it’s losing from broken Presto readers”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Driver claims GPS led him into streetcar tunnel to Union Station”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Kinnear asks judge to jail rival leader as struggle for control of TTC union continues”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Tow truck removes SUV stuck inside TTC tunnel”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Police renew calls for info on shooting that left TTC collector with lasting injuries”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Woman dead after being hit by a bus at Bay and Front: police”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “RFP issued for Highway 401 rail tunnel”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Caisse de dépôum;t CEO says he hopes Bombardier contract dispute is resolved out of court, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Police seek public’s help in unsolved shooting of TTC fare collector in 2012”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC union leader Kinnear seeks contempt order for rival Sforza”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: We need to know more about fare integration”, here.
  • column, “EDGES OF TORONTO: Scarborough’s subway, still so insecure”, here.
  • article, “Renew Scarborough ‘partners’ with group lobbying for Scarborough subway extension”, here.
  • Metro Toronto column, “Three ways to make sure Toronto’s King Street overhaul doesn’t get screwed up”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “The Presto sideshow: A timeline of Ontario’s transit card rollout”, here.
  • National Post article, “Toronto transit delayed after car gets stuck in streetcar tunnel because driver was following his GPS”, here.
  • Railway Tracks and Structures post, “IO, Metrolinx issue RFQ for Toronto Union Station project”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “GO Train Schedules Displayed for Commuters? So… how’s that going?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “It’s like a black hole, isn’t it?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board Meeting, February 21, 2017”, {here](
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Metrolinx Board Meeting Wrapup, February 17, 2017”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Metrolinx Fetish for Fare By Distance”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Metrolinx Fetish for Fare By Distance (II)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Metrolinx Fetish for Fare By Distance (III)”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “SUV pulled from streetcar tunnel at Queens Quay”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC wants report on fares lost because of malfunctioning Presto readers”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier opens doors to reveal factory building Eglinton Crosstown LRT for Metrolinx”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Keep your feet off the subway seat and don’t sit on strangers”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Woman in feet-on-subway-seats video denies sitting on passenger’s feet”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Why you shouldn’t get caught lying down on the TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx apologizes for office poll calling TTC ‘a cesspool’”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Major power failure strands thousands of GO train passengers”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Councillor wants TTC to step away from ‘lemon’ Presto system”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Ousted TTC union boss Bob Kinnear back in court Thursday”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC union boss Bob Kinnear back at helm, but for how long?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Cops seek hooded attacker in sexual assault investigation”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Previewing the TTC’s Future York University Station”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Fare Integration”, “Metrolinx Considers the Options”, here.
  • post, “Fare Integration: Option 1 - Modifying the Status Quo”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Fare Integration: Options 2 and 3 - Zone and Hybrid Fare Systems”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Fare Integration” Option 4 - Fare by Distance”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

MiWay revises routes and services, February 27

MiWay is increasing the frequency of service along the 45 / 45A Winston Churchill route at most times of the week, starting tomorrow Monday, February 27.

Buses operating along the route also start dropping off and picking up passengers in Winston Churchill Transitway Station tomorrow.

On Dundas Street, MiWay is reallocating its resources to increase service along the 101 / 101A Dundas express route Monday-to-Friday midday and evenings. MiExpress buses also operate along the route later — as late as 10:30 p.m. — weekday evenings. At the same time, MiWay is decreasing MiLocal service on Dundas along the 1 / 1C Dundas route.

MiWay is also making several other changes to its services tomorrow.

Highway 7 West rapidway:
Creditstone, Keele vivastations open February 26

Starting tomorrow, Sunday, February 26, York Region Transit opens the new Keele and Creditstone vivastations on the first section of the Highway 7 West rapidway.

It’s revising two routes so that buses operate on the rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway.

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East- and westbound buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 route drop off or pick up passengers at both vivastations. Eastbound buses operating along the Viva purple route also serve both stations. Westbound Viva buses continue to serve the curbside vivastation on Keele Street south of Highway 7.

Cross at the signals at each intersection to use the rapidway stations in the centre of the roadway and then walk onto the platform ramp. Board or exit from the buses on the platform.

If you’re traveling aboard regular YRT buses along the 77 Highway 7 route, continue paying at the farebox on the bus. If you’re traveling aboard Viva buses along the Viva purple route, buy or validate your fare at the fare machines on the platform.

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue working to finish this section of the rapidway, in time for the TTC to open its subway extension to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre later this year.

At that terminal subway station, YRT / Viva will also open another new vivastation, where passengers can descend by elevator, escalator or stairs to connect with TTC trains operating Line 1, or transfer to other YRT services at the “Smart Centres Bus Terminal”, north of the station.

The two partners are also getting ready to extend the rapidway further west to Helen Avenue (west of Pine Valley Drive) and east to Yonge Street and Richmond Hill Centre Terminal. They’re planning to open those sections of rapidway in December 2019.

No subway service, February 25 and 26:
Downsview to St George


The TTC is closing its Line 1 (Yonge - University) subway between Downsview and St George stations this Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26.

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.

This TTC video provides more information about ATC and explains the alternate service plan that the TTC is using to move passengers during this closure.

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 ten bus and streetcar routes Saturday and Sunday:

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


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

  • Lawrence Avenue West between Lawrence West and Lawrence stations; 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.

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. 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 second of 14 weekend closures affecting this part of Line 1 this year, mostly resulting from TTC crews installing and testing ATC. The TTC previously closed the line between Downsview and St George Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22.

Upcoming weekend closures for this part of the line:

  • 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 29 and Sunday, July 30 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 - Downsview to Lawrence West - track and switch work;
  • 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.

Learn how to get around during the closure if you’re traveling to or from Yorkdale.

In the news: Sunday, February 19, 2017

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “This unfunded TTC program could significantly improve your commute”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “There’s now WiFi at 54 TTC stations”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “10 fascinating secrets of the TTC”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, “TTC dismisses 73 people over alleged multimillion dollar benefits fraud scheme” (from the CBC News Toronto website), here.
  • CBC News report, Are shields the answer? Fatal stabbing has bus drivers calling for safety barriers”, here.
  • CBC News report, “Conservative MPs laugh at Amarjeet Sohi’s past as [Edmonton] bus driver”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Here are 3 different futures for King Street”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto’s auditor general to probe Scarborough subway complaint”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx to consider fare based on distance travelled”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Tory not ruling out sales, gas tax for Toronto, if he can get province on board”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Should GO Transit abandon its York U stop? For 1 student, it would be a ‘disaster’”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “From TTC commute to wedding bells - how a bus driver and rider fell in love”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Metrolinx considers fare by distance for GTHA transit users”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC delays in 2016 amount to 26 days of lost service”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Neethan Shan wins Ward 42 byelection”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “GTAA reveals plans for Pearson transit centre”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx rejects Bombardier’s claims of laxity in wake of court filing”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Rethinking King Street: Is Toronto ready to move forward?”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “No tolls? Tory wants provincial money for DVP, Gardiner”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Liberal MP accuses Tories of Laughing atAmarjeet Sohi’s Past as a Bus Driver”, here.
  • insauga post, “Some changes to MiWay services are coming”, here.
  • article, “All-day, two-way GO train service won’t come to Milton until 2041”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx challenges story about all-day, two-way GO train service in Milton”, here.
  • article, “War of words between Bombardier and Metrolinx escalates”, here.
  • article, “A transit-first pilot project coming to King Street”, here.
  • column, “TOINTRANSIT: Don’t believe the budget hype”, here.
  • article, “Search for female suspect as women beaten, thrown into TTC bus”, here.
  • article, “Love is on the bus: TTC driver finds future wife on temporary route”, here.
  • article, “Brock councillors trying to improve transit”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “Province doubling gas tax funds”, here.
  • Railway Tracks and Structures post, “IO, Metrolinx move forward with RFP for rail tunnel project”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Metrolinx Fetish for Fare By Distance”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Metrolinx Fetish for Fare By Distance (II)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “2017 TTC Budget Smoke and Mirrors at City Hall”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Transit First For King Street?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Exhibition Loop Reopens for Streetcars”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Cars Take Up Too Much Space on King Street”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Wake up Toronto and tackle transportation”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx to Bombardier: ‘Stop blaming others’ for your mistakes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “$80M TTC budget hike not quite at ‘record’ level”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Taxpayer-funded transit report kept secret by city”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Hundreds attend to talk about King St. Transit proposal”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “King St. plans still leave room for cars”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Time to create a TTC transit museum, councillor says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “73 TTC employees fired so far in ongoing benefits fraud scandal”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “With urbanity denied in North York, what is Scarborough’s fate?”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “In what world is it laughable to drive a bus for a living?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Toronto needs a war on the streetcar”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Transit, pedestrians will be given priority with new King Street traffic flow project”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “73 TTC employees fired since benefits-scam probe began in 2015”, here
  • Toronto Sun article, “Kinnear will have to wait for judge to see if he’ll be restored to power”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC denies report Andy Byford is leaving for Australia job”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “The Way We Were: Historic radial streetcar barn destroyed”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Mayor on transit: Keeping Toronto on the move”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “What Will Driverless Cars Mean for Transit and the Urban Realm?”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Durham BRT: New Transit Infrastructure East of Toronto”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Streetcar Reflection”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

King Street transit-priority corridor:
City staff present three pilot options

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TTC streetcars and buses operating along King Streets East and West between River and Dufferin Streets serve the busiest surface transit corridor in Toronto. They carry as many as 65,000 passengers every Monday to Friday.

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Despite the large number of riders on King streetcars, service is often slow and erratic. Streetcars share the street with other traffic and left-turning vehicles often delay the cars. In many cases at many times of the day, pedestrians can walk faster than the streetcars can travel the same distance.

King Street is also an important east-west traffic artery in downtown Toronto, connecting many neighbourhoods with the largest concentration of jobs in the city, region, and country. The King Street corridor will continue to grow significantly in population and employment in the coming decades, leading to further demand on these already heavily congested transit routes.

Moreover, even though most people travel by transit on King Street and very few by car, the design allocates the most space to motorists.

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Over the past few years, the TTC has made operational changes to improve streetcar service, including: allowing all-door loading (to become more effective with the new low-floor streetcars); adding supplemental buses; extending turning and on-street parking restrictions; optimizing transit stop locations and route running times; adding route supervisors; and improving night service.

But, staff acknowledge that operational changes can only achieve so much — King Street needs “something bigger” to truly unlock the potential of the corridor.

Since July, 2016, TTC, City of Toronto and Toronto Parking Authority staff have been reviewing options for improving King Street, and transit service in particular.

They’ve studied the street between Dufferin and River Streets to come up with ways to speed up transit service.

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They also hope to improve the overall design of the street, while continuing to support businesses on King. King pilot study goals.jpg

Streetcar speeds are erratic in this area and service reliability is unpredictable especially during the busiest time of the week, Mondays to Fridays before about 7 p.m.

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Last Monday, February 13, staff, led by the City’s chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, presented three options for improving the street. The City and its partners intend to develop one of these options as a temporary pilot project, hopefully, by next year.

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According to the City’s website, “Pilot projects are an efficient and cost-effective way for cities to quickly test out new ideas… to learn important lessons about what works and what doesn’t. The City can monitor and collect data to measure how [the pilot meets] overall objectives… and make adjustments before [making] a larger investment in permanent infrastructure… Pilot projects also offer an opportunity to [discuss new ideas] with stakeholders and the public.”

The three options (Option B has two sub-options):

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Since the east end of the study area has more nearby streets to handle traffic that would usually travel along King, the City has decided to pilot the project between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets — and possibly as far east as Parliament Street. This area is where streetcar ridership on the King corridor is also the highest.



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About 300 people attended the first public meeting on February 13. The City and its partners intend to consult further with residents, business owners and members of the public to narrow the three options down to just one. They expect to present a final pilot project plan to the Toronto Transit Commission and then City Council to consider late this spring. They also intend to start implementing the plan this fall.

From the Transit Toronto archives:

  • “Let’s Move on the King Transit Mall”, by James Bow, here.
  • “Route 504 - the King Streetcar”, by James Bow, here.

Exhibition Loop reopens February 18

After more than a year of construction, the TTC is reopening Exhibition Loop to transit vehicles 5 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, February 18.

Buses and streetcars operating along these routes resume regular service into and out of the loop:

  • 307 Bathurst overnight;
  • 363 Ossington overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 511 Bathurst.

The TTC continues to operate buses, instead of streetcars along the 511 Bathurst route due to a general shortage of available cars and ongoing construction at Bathurst Station.

While the loop was closed TTC and Metrolinx contractors

  • rehabilitated concrete on TTC and GO Transit properties , including the eastbound train at Exhibition GO Station);
  • replaced a 100-year-old retaining wall with a new barrier wall that separates the respective properties;
  • upgraded the drainage system; and
  • replaced tracks.

Surveying near Main Street Station:
TTC streetcar detours, February 18

Surveyors are working near Main Street Station, preventing streetcars from entering the station terminal tomorrow, Saturday, February 18, morning.

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along this route:

from 7 until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Coxwell Avenue.


Keele Station construction closes parking,
secondary entrance, February 17 to 19

TTC continues its project to upgrade Vincent or “Keele” Subway Yard so it can store more subway cars there overnight.

From 2 p.m. Friday, February 17 and from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, the TTC is closing its Keele Station parking lot on Indian Road to let crews install electrical cables along the subway bridge. The work also block the eastern secondary entrance into Keele Station off Indian Grove.

Crews use special equipment on a flat-bed truck and portable lighting to complete this work. For safety reasons, they must complete part of this work at night.

You can only enter or exit Keele Station at the main entrance while crews are working.

Toronto Transit Commission meets, February 21

The Toronto Transit Commission meets next Tuesday, February 21 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 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.