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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.

Streetcars returned to Main Street Station,
July 26

Yesterday, Wednesday, July 26, the TTC officially ended its various streetcar infrastructure projects on Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street East that have resulted in detours for streetcars since Sunday, July 9.

Starting 11 a.m. yesterday, streetcars resumed regular service east of Coxwell Avenue to Main Street Station along the 506 Carlton route.

The TTC no longer operates streetcars along the 506C Carlton shuttle-bus route.

The TTC continues to detour streetcars in the west end of the 506 Carlton route during construction on College Street. Shuttle buses operate between Lansdowne and Spadina Avenues.

Buses continue to operate along the entire 306 Carlton night route due to the ongoing west-end construction project.

Weekend events affect transit services,
July 27, 28, 29, 30

Special events in Barrie, Brampton, the Galt area of Cambridge, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, Kitchener, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Milton, Oakville and Toronto affect transit services this weekend.

TTC relocating bus platforms at Wilson Station, opening temporary terminal, July 30

Earlier this month, TTC contractors started a project to rehabilitate the upper bus loop at Wilson Station.

Crews are completely removing the concrete roadway and waterproofing the structure. To maintain regular transit service, the TTC has built a temporary bus loop in the main parking lot at 50 Wilson Heights Boulevard.

Starting Sunday, July 30, buses operating along these routes pick up and drop off passengers in the temporary terminal:

  • 29 Dufferin;
  • 104 Faywood; and
  • 160 Bathurst North.

Crews have also installed temporary bus shelters to protect you from inclement weather. Customer-service representatives and signs will help direct you between the temporary bus loop and the subway station. You can enter the station through the main entrance on Wilson Avenue.

Also starting July 30, buses operating along other routes that also usually serve passengers in the upper-level bus terminal, pick up and drop off passengers in the lower-level terminal, instead. The buses follow a revised path to access the lower level, but continue to serve all regular on-street stops along these routes:

  • 96 Wilson (westbound);
  • 118 Thistle Down;
  • 119 Torbarrie;
  • 165 Weston Rd North (westbound); and
  • 186 Wilson rocket (westbound).

The TTC is also relocating the stop in the lower-level terminal for buses operating along this route:

  • 120 Calvington.

Construction in the upper bus terminal at Wilson Station continues until December 31.

TTC partially closing Tippet Road parking lot
at Wilson Station, starting August 1

The TTC intends to partially close the south parking lot for Wilson Station on Tippet Road, starting Tuesday, August 1. It closes the lot completely Tuesday, September 5.


The TTC recently declared the lot as surplus to its needs and, over the course of two transactions, Build Toronto, the City of Toronto’s development agency, has sold the land to Shiplake Properties.

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Aerial view of the Tippet Road site. Image, Build Toronto.

Shiplake intends to create a new pedestrian-focused community on the site. It will transform the site into a four-building, 900-unit development which will also offer a new community services, a new 465-square-metre (5,000-square-foot) daycare centre, a new 0.15-hectare (0.38-acre) park and a gathering piazza, all while connecting to the Wilson subway station through new walkways. The transit-oriented development includes 100 affordable rental and 100 affordable ownership homes.


Rendering of future parkland on the Tippet Road site from the south. Image, Build Toronto.

Shiplake is staging construction and occupying the lot as it requires to build the project, the necessary roadways and infrastructure to serve the new developments.

From its studies, Build Toronto has determined that about 70 percent of the parking-lot users at Wilson Station commuted from outside of Toronto, with most coming from the Woodbridge and Kleinburg areas of Vaughan. The City and TTC are building 2,800 parking spaces as part of the project to extend the Line 1 Yonge - University subway to Vaughan to accommodate large numbers group of the passengers who usually park at Wilson.

New lots will be available when the subway extension opens this December at Finch West, Pioneer Village and Highway 407 stations.

In the meantime, more than 650 parking stalls are still available for passengers driving to the station. More than 1,000 parking stalls are available at nearby Yorkdale Station and more than 600 are at Sheppard West Station.


Rendering of future condominium and rental building on the Tippet Road site. Image, Build Toronto.

The TTC says it plans to reopen part of the site to commuter parking in January 2018, but that may depend on the progress of the construction.

TTC maintaining tracks between Kipling and Islington Stations

The TTC plans to close the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line between Kipling and Islington stations Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 and Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 to allow crews to carry out a number of maintenance tasks. One of the major activities during those weekends is to replace the rails and wood ties in this open-air section of the line.

They’ll replace the ties and rails between the Bloor Street West bridge and Islington Station over the August weekend and between the bridge and Kipling Station over the September weekend.

To make sure that TTC crews can finish replacing the rails and ties while this part of the subway is closed, crews need to start early to prepare for the closure.

After regular subway service ends early Thursday, July 27, track crews start removing ballast (stones) along a section of the track.

They use two subway work-cars nightly at track level to vacuum-remove the old ballast and expose the wood ties that support the mainline tracks. This method of removing the ballast from the track area is quick and less likely to damage underground cabling and possibly disrupt subway service.

Crews have to work as long as two weeks after the first weekend closure — until about Friday, September 1 — to tamp the new ballast and stabilize the track system into place.

Crews can only work overnight when the subway is not in service from about 2 until 5:30 a.m. Mondays to Fridays, Saturdays and holidays and until 7:30 a.m. Sundays and continue nightly until the weekend closure. Regular subway service resumes each morning.

Trains operate at a lower speed than usual both ways through the work area for during the project.

TTC maintaining tracks at Queen East / Leslie,
starting July 23

Starting Sunday, July 23, the TTC is conducting preventative rail maintenance to the streetcar tracks at

  • the intersection of Queen Street East and Leslie Street.

During this project, crews weld rail components and rail joints over a one-week period. They won’t be breaking or removing concrete from the area. However, you can expect to hear noise when some equipment is operating.

Welding and grinding rail at intersections helps extend the life of the rail components and makes sure that streetcars can continue to operate safely.

The crews work overnight from 11:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. when traffic volumes are at their lowest and they can establish a safe work zone. They clear the area traffic-management signs and pylons by 6 a.m. each day.

Through traffic can continue through intersection although the crews may temporarily block some lanes or prevent motorists from turning.

Since the TTC is currently operating buses, instead of streetcars, along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes, the work does not affect regular transit service. Streetcars entering and leaving service from the Leslie Barns can continue through the work area.

Rail maintenance at Queen East and Leslie continues until 6 a.m. July 28.

Field investigation near Lansdowne Station
for future "Easier Access" project

The TTC is continuing its “Easier Access” program to install elevators in its subway stations, making the subway system accessible for everyone. The program supports the government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The provincial legislation commits the TTC to achieving a barrier-free transit system by 2025.

The TTC continues to plan and design future elevators at Lansdowne Station. It started assessing soil conditions near the station early last December. During this process, crews obtained ground samples by drilling two holes in the Toronto Parking Authority (“Green P”) lot just north of Bloor Street West between Lansdowne Avenue and St. Clarens Avenue. The crews will drill and core for two more samples in the lot Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.

The crews work only from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday with a drilling unit and hydro-vacuum truck. The hydro-vacuum digs a guide hole to make sure that drilling does not disturb underground utilities.

You can expect to hear noise when the equipment is fully operating.

The work does not disrupt subway service.

Early work starts at Chester Station
for "Easier Access", second-exit projects

The TTC is continuing its “Easier Access” program to install elevators in its subway stations, making the subway system accessible for everyone. The program supports the government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The provincial legislation commits the TTC to achieving a barrier-free transit system by 2025.

It’s also building second exits from stations with just one exit to increase passenger safety during emergencies.

At Chester Station, TTC crews and contractors are working on both projects at the same time to decrease the project timelines and disrupting the neighbourhood.

Contractors delivered generators to the area in front of the main entrance on Chester Avenue Wednesday, July 19. The generators will be on site until crews complete this early phase of the project by about Friday, September 1. These particular generators are the quietest model available.

To gain access to the transformers in the station, Toronto Hydro crews, trucks and equipment are on site on Tuesday, July 25, Tuesday, August 8, and from Tuesday, August 22 until Thursday, August 31. The crews are temporarily blocking the walkway beside the station those days.

Hydro mostly works from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, although they may work longer some days to complete the work as quickly as possible.

TTC contractors are accessing an underground work area generally from 2 until 5 a.m. daily. For safety, they’ll set up and remove the access area overnight through the main entrance doors of the station.

In the news: Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Beach Metro News article, “East Toronto residents seek solution to rail corridor noise concerns”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the 680 All News Radio website), “Metrolinx abandons court appeal, but won’t let Bombardier bid to operate GO trains”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx bows out of legal battle with Bombardier, but won’t let it bid to operate GO trains”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Construction shuts down section of Dundas Street downtown”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Old Mill bridge transformed into canvas for indigenous art”, here.
  • CP24 report, “12 now charged in $5M benefits fraud involving TTC workers”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Police say woman sexually assaulted after falling asleep on GO bus, suspect sought”, here.
  • article, “Future Clarington GO train neighbourhoods should bring new places to live, work, play”, here.
  • article, “Oshawa man throws concrete blocks off downtown GO bus station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “12 facing criminal charges in alleged $5M TTC benefits fraud investigation”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Toronto woman, 71, dies after being struck by TTC bus in Scarborough”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx drops appeal of court decision over Bombardier contract”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “How a 73-year-old is hoping to link the GTA through water-based transportation”, here.
  • column, “TRANSIT REVIEW: How expensive are Toronto’s taxis?”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: Farewell to time-based transfers”, here.
  • article, “Beach Hill residents want say in GO Transit line expansion”, here.
  • article, “Suspect arrested after boy sexually assaulted at Ossington TTC station”, here.
  • article, “Photos of suspect released after woman sexually assaulted on TTC bus”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Pearson airport operators seeking bidders for regional transit mega hub”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Oshawa GO throwing some serious shade at Burlington GO”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “You ready to pay more for this come September? It’s bad enough we got coaches without functioning A/C, now this”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Automated announcements survey? No, what I want is schedules… “, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “GO took away schedules (train and bus) and replaced them with fluff (Note the word: ‘information’)”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “So many passenger charter violations!”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Oh, look! Some kind of confirmation that I’ll be riding the GO train out of Courtice in 2024”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes, Effective Sunday July 30, 2017”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Dundas and Victoria Reconstruction”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “It’s Not Me, It’s You, Metrolinx”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx drops appeal of Bombardier court decision”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Region and travellers best served if airport a public asset”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “10 TTC workers charged in alleged multi-million-dollar insurance scam”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC worker compensated for lost wages after being arrested, suspended”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory to provincial parties: Show me the money”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “GO Transit probing claim of erratic bus driver on Highway 401”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “10 TTC workers face charges in alleged $5-million benefits scam”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Senior killed by TTC bus in Scarborough”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Wider Dufferin Overpass Opens, Ready for Rail Path, GO RER”, here.
Elsewhere in Southern Ontario

Extra Barrie line train service, July 22 and 23

GO Transit is operating extra trains along the 65 Barrie line this weekend to accommodate a significant number of advanced GO train ticket bookings.

Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, a special southbound train leaves Allandale Waterfront GO Station at 6:42 a.m., drops off or picks up passengers at all stations along the line and ends its trip in Union Station at 8:20 a.m.

The 5:41 p.m. northbound train from Union, which usually ends its trip in Aurora GO Station, continues, instead, to Allandale Waterfront, serving all stations along the line, arriving at 7:18 p.m. The bus that serves the 68 Barrie / Newmarket route and that connects to the 5:41 p.m. northbound train at Aurora operates as usually. If you’re traveling to a GO station north of Aurora, however, stay on the train.

GO buses serving the 63 King City / Toronto, 65 Newmarket / Toronto and 68 Barrie / Newmarket routes continue to operate to and from GO stations with their regular schedules. Connecting Barrie Transit, York Region Transit and TTC buses continue to operate with their regular schedules.

This weekend other GO buses and trains in the Barrie corridor may be busier than usual.