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.
- 680 All News Radio report, “TTC chair to Bombardier: ‘I just want our damn streetcars’”, here.
- 680 All News Radio report, “TTC defies its own staff report, votes in favour of closing King Street during TIFF”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC streetcar shipments delayed again”, here.
- Bloomberg Business post, “Bombardier Keeps Focus on Fourth Quarter for Rail-Unit IPO”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Replay of LRT decision possibly slated for September”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Mayor shifts focus away from LRT fight”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the CTV News Toronto website), “Investigation into TTC collector booth robberies ends in 140 charges”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Terminating Bombardier streetcar contract on the table, TTC says”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “John Tory announces restoration of 33 bus routes cut under Rob Ford”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx rail bridge plan angers Davenport residents”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto police arrest 10 in string of TTC ticket booth robberies”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “TTCriders questions transportation minister on empty UP express at transit town hall”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “10 arrested after series of armed TTC robberies”, here.
- CP24 report, “TTC chair says he’s ‘disappointed’ by delivery delays for new streetcars”, here.
- CP24 report, “TTC to increase off-peak service on 33 of the city’s busiest bus, streetcar routes”, here.
- CP24 report, “Trains halted on Barrie GO train line after fatality on tracks”, here.
- CP24 report, “Multiple people arrested in connection with robbery ring that targeted TTC”, here.
- CP24 report, “Suspect sought after alleged sexual assault at downtown TTC stop: police”, here.
- CP24 report, “Woman dragged, sexually assaulted after stepping off bus”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC considers barring Bombardier from future bids”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC to improve 33 bus, streetcar routes this fall”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Advocacy group wants UP Express fares lowered”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “Eglinton Crosstown reaches financial close”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com post, “Pickering man charged in ‘Project Castle’ probe into TTC collection booth robberies”, here.
- Financial report, “Bombardier Wins Contract to Provide 30-Years of Vehicle Maintenance for the New Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Line in Toronto”, here.
- Financial Post article, “Raising capital for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the largest P3 project in Ontario”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC ‘put the pressure on Bombardier’ on new streetcar delivery”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC to improve service on 33 bus and streetcar routes in the GTA”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “‘Project Castle’ nabs 10 suspects in TTC collector booth robberies”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Toronto officials delay Bombardier debate until September”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Bombardier - Siemens merger ‘would make a lot of sense’, analysts say”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “GO train briefly stopped at Oakville’s Bronte GO Station after alleged sexual assault on train”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “How long will you wait for a bus, Burlington Transit asks”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “‘I just want our damn streetcars’, says TTC chair of latest Bombardier delay on delivery”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC board weighs possibility of penalties for further Bombardier streetcar delays”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC pledging better off-peak rides on 33 busy bus and streetcar routes”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “McNicoll Bus Garage gets green light from province”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Oak trees with links to Vimy Ridge growing near site of proposed McNicoll bus garage”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Davenport residents demand more travel options from Transportation minister Del Duca”, here.).
- InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Pondering a new role for UP Express route”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOINTRANSIT: Transit service back to normal after Pan Am Games”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Car crash helped Toronto police solve a string of armed robberies across the city”, here.
- Interior Design post, “Style On Rails: Toronto Has A New High-Speed Air-Rail Link, Union Pearson Express”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Your Ride: Toronto post, “Toronto politicians need to stop telling the city what transit it ‘wants’ and start listening”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Want to cancel the Scarborough subway? Convince Queen’s Park”, here
- Ottawa Citizen column, “The one thing that might make a Toronto Olympic bid worthwhile”, here.
- rabble.ca post, “As an MP, Chow was a passionate advocate for public transit”, here.
- Railway Age post, “A Siemens - Bombardier merger in play?”, here.
- Railway.Technology.com post, “Bombardier wins $308m vehicle maintenance contract for new Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
- Reuters article, “Bombardier says not in talks with Siemens”, here.
- South Bayview Bulldog post, “Blame Bombardier, but Toronto owns the streetcar scandal”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Colle on Bombardier Delay: ‘I Just Want Our Damn Streetcars’”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Improvements to Busiest TTC Routes Coming”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Potential ‘Sun Kinks’ means slower GO Trains”, here.
- TB News Watch post, “Tired of ‘excuses’, TTC chair says they want their ‘damn streetcars’”, here.
- Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal article, “Bombardier ramps up production”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Bombardier’s Revised Streetcar Schedule Sees One-Year Delay”, here.
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post,
- Toronto Star article, “TTC chair: ‘I just want our damn streetcars’”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC to mull hiking cash fares in 2016”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “HOV lanes a boost for GO bus commuters”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC doesn’t have money-back guarantee on late Bombardier streetcars”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Toronto hires its first sustainable transport director”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “10 charged in ‘Project Castle’ probe into TTC collection booth robberies”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC holds off on taking action against Bombardier”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Possibility of TTC fare hike ‘looming’”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory announces TTC service improvements”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC board backs King closure for TIFF”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Alleged bandits arrested for TTC robberies”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Newmarket looking for bronze plaque supporters”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Stouffville teen charged in TTC collection booth robberies probe”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener - Waterloo report, “Mayor Doug Craig confident that GO trains will come to Cambridge”, here.
- CTV News Barrie report, “GO Train incidents delay hundreds of passengers on Barrie line”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “LRT: Now the difficult part begins”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, “HOT lanes are worth a try”, here.
- Peterborough Examiner article, “Consultant critical of railway plan, but Shining Waters railway president still optimistic”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “Innisfil councillors poke holes in transit plan”, here.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Broadview Avenue from Erindale Avenue to south of Danforth Avenue,
this weekend to accommodate an ongoing construction project to replace the watermains
During this work, the City’s contractor will shift all traffic to the west side of Broadview Avenue, with both north- and southbound traffic occupying the two west lanes.
The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating along Broadview Avenue and Queen and King Streets East between Broadview Station and Parliament Streets.
Passengers can also expect delays near Broadview Station for buses operating along these routes:
- 8 Broadview;
- 62 Mortimer;
- 87 Cosburn;
- 100 Flemingdon Park;
- 300 Bloor - Danforth overnight;
- 303 Don Mills overnight; and
- 322 Coxwell overnight.
The City will continue various phases of the project — and the TTC will detour streetcars — over various weekends in August and September:
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 15 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 17;
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 22 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 24;
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 29 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 31; and
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, September 4 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, September 8.
Update — Friday, *July 31, 2:31 p.m.: PRESTO has confirmed that services are off-line from 11:59 p.m. July 31 until 6 a.m. August 1.
Note: PRESTO has not confirmed the time when it’s shutting down on-line services Friday and the time when it’s restoring services Saturday. We will update this post as we learn more.
Later this week, PRESTO is upgrading its system to enable a pilot project that will allow passengers to use the fare cards when boarding paratransit vehicles.
PRESTO will temporarily interrupt on-line services overnight from Friday, July 31 to Saturday, August 1. During this time:
- You can still travel using your PRESTO card;
- You can tap and pay for your trips;
- You can load funds on your card or buy a new card at a PRESTO Customer Service Outlet; and
- Autoloads will continue to process as normally.
But, you can’t activate new cards. Make sure you have enough funds to travel July 31 to August 1 by performing any necessary on-line transactions on the PRESTO website by Thursday, July 31.
PRESTO says it will restore all of its on-line services the morning of Saturday, August 1. However, you may notice a delay in updating your on-line transaction history.
The City of Toronto is repairing sidewalks, curbs and roadways in the neighbourhood of Greenwood Station. The work may prevent TTC buses from accessing the bus loop at the station Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while work proceeds:
- 31 Greenwood.
You may call it Civic Holiday or Simcoe Day — Hamiltonians call it “George Hamilton Day”, in Peterborough it’s “Peter Robinson Day and, if you live in Guelph, you may even call it “John Galt Day”. (Maybe we should just call it “Founders’ Day”?) Whatever you call it, you’re probably getting a holiday this Monday, August 3.
Transit agencies throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe are adjusting their service and schedules.
Mayor John Tory and the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Josh Colle, showed up at the bus terminal in Finch Station yesterday, Monday, July 27 to announce that the TTC would improve service “on 33 of the city’s busiest bus and streetcar routes” starting in September.
This results, Tory and Colle said, in “more frequent, less crowded and more comfortable service” along the routes during ‘off-peak’ hours”, meaning at all times of the week, except during rush hours.
But, wait… didn’t Tory and Colle already announce they were improving off-peak service to 61 routes? This announcement actually bolsters off-peak service even more and largely re-establishes services that the TTC cut in February 2012 to meet City of Toronto targets for all City agencies to reduce their budgets.
Yesterday’s event to announce these changes was latest in a series by the mayor and chair about how the TTC would improve service this fall, including:
- Toronto City Council approves budgets, enhancing TTC services.
- TTC to rollout 61 new and improved bus routes across the city to all-day-every-day and overnight bus service
- “Ten-minute-or-better” service along 52 TTC routes or lines.
- More “off-peak” TTC service starting in September;
- TTC expanding overnight service, starting in September.
All these improvements stem from City Council investing more than $95 million in transit services, when it approved the 2015 budget. TTC staff had proposed many of these improvements in August 2014.
According to the mayor and TTC chair, by improving these 26 bus and seven streetcar routes across the city, the TTC can provide better “service quality, resulting in shorter wait times, less crowding and a better chance for customers to get a seat.”
Passengers enjoy 55 million trips on transit vehicles serving these 33 routes each year. Staff expect these improvements to attract another 1.8 million new customer-trips each year. They’ll present a report outlining the improvements, “Improvements to Off-Peak Services - More Frequent and Less-Crowded” to the Toronto Transit Commission at its meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29. The board will likely approve the report’s recommendations.
In 2012, the TTC responded to the City’s demand for service cuts by revising its crowding standards. These standards help staff determine acceptable levels for the numbers of passengers that each transit vehicle can carry. They also help staff figure out when they need to schedule more or fewer vehicles to meet the needs of passengers using services along each route.
As a result of the 2012 budget cuts, the TTC established two categories of vehicle crowding standards for off-peak service, depending on the frequency of the route:
- routes which operate less than once every ten minutes at off-peak times have a crowding standard that all passengers will get a seat.
- routes which operate more frequently than once every ten minutes at off-peak times have a crowding standard that not all passengers on board will get a seat.
Staff are now recommending that the new off-peak crowding standards will be the same for all routes - including ones with frequent service - so that all passengers riding buses and streetcars along these 33 routes can expect to find a seat on all transit vehicles during off-peak hours.
In September, the TTC is implementing these better crowding standards, improving off-peak service along these routes
- 7 Bathurst
- 22 Coxwell
- 24 Victoria Park
- 25 Don Mills
- 34 Eglinton East
- 35 Jane
- 36 Finch West
- 38 Highland Creek
- 39 Finch East
- 42 Cummer
- 44 Kipling South
- 52 Lawrence West
- 53 Steeles East
- 54 Lawrence East
- 60 Steeles West
- 63 Ossington
- 84 Sheppard West
- 89 Weston
- 95 York Mills
- 100 Flemingdon Park
- 106 York University
- 133 Neilson
- 191 Highway 27 Rocket
- 192 Airport Rocket
- 198 U of T Scarborough Rocket
- 199 Finch Rocket
- 501 Queen
- 504 King
- 505 Dundas
- 506 Carlton
- 509 Harbourfront
- 511 Bathurst
- 512 St Clair
If you regularly drop by Transit Toronto just to read the news posts — well, we’re certainly glad you visited us, but you’re missing the transit treasure trove that lies beneath.
These news items are merely the tip of a massive iceberg of historical and contemporary information on this site — about transit routes, transit history and transit vehicles in Toronto and surrounding areas.
Recently, our team passed a milestone in our journey to archive and detail the history of the TTC and other area transit providers. We completed(*) the very last of our 298 TTC bus route histories, detailing everything you need to know about TTC bus service.
We thank regular contributors Peter Coulman and Jeffrey Kay and our webmaster James Bow for compiling this detailed look at how the TTC has operated buses over the past 94 years. John Calnan illustrated many of the histories with his maps, while many others, including Mike Vainchtein, Jelo Gutierrez Cantos, Roman Fomin and Allan Gryfe contributed information, documents and original source materials. And we thank those of you who donated photos and scans for the route histories, including Rob Hutchinson, Kevin Nicol, Bob Hussey, Robert McMann, Peter Cox and numerous others.
- The TTC started its very first bus route, Humberside, on September 21, 1921 — just three weeks after the TTC itself started serving Torontonians.
- The TTC’s two latest routes, 194 Aquatics Centre rocket and 406 Venue Shuttle Downtown operated only during the recent Pan Am Games and resume service during the upcoming Para Pan Am Games.
- You can learn the entire history of the TTC’s best-known and busiest bus routes, including, for example, 7 Bathurst, 29 Dufferin, 32 Eglinton West, 39 Finch East and 45 Kipling and, of course, many, many more on this site.
- You can also discover and explore the TTC’s more obscure routes, including Winchester, Gilbert, 1 Armour Heights, X1 Princess Margaret express, 102 Town Centre express and 163 Rustic Road.
- In the 1950s and 1960s, buses serving TTC’s 23 Dawes and 67 Pharmacy routes served wide swaths of Scarborough, dropping off and picking up passengers far away from their namesake streets.
- Similarly, in the early days, 41 Keele buses rolled along a large part of Sheppard Avenue West.
As part of the 2015 Pan American Games service, the TTC put an express shuttle service from Don Mills subway station to the Pan Am Aquatic Centre into place.
As James Bow explains on the bus pages:
“Well, [we’re finished], as far as we know. The history of the TTC is large and Byzantine. We know that we don’t have the listings for many school specials, or the many iterations of the buses going to the “RACES”, and there may have been a special route that slipped past our radar. Moreover, this is going to be an ongoing project keeping everything up-to-date as the TTC changes its services every month… Still, we have gathered a mammoth amount of information and I think we deserve to pause a little to give ourselves a pat on the back.”
Are we finished? Or do you know of some route that we missed? Let us know.
The Toronto Transit Commission meets Wednesday, July 29 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.
What happens to extra services, route diversions and other changes that transit agencies have introduced for the Pan Am Games once the Games are over?
Some temporary services continue until after the Para Pan Am Games. Some services stop today and then resume during the Para Pan Am Games. Some stop permanently.
- TTC - “Service Changes”, here;
- TTC - “Route Diversions”, here;
- TTC - “Service Adjustments During Competitions and Events”, here;
- TTC - “Service Summary, June 21, 2015 - September 5, 2015”, here. (.pdf);
- GO Transit - “2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games Service”, here;
- GO Transit - “Schedules”, here;
- Durham Region Transit;
- Hamilton Street Railway;
- Milton Transit;
- St. Catharines Transit Commission;
- Welland Transit;
- York Region Transit;
- Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games; and
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes: Summer 2015 (Updated June 21, 2015)”, here.