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In the news: Friday, August 1, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Man who filmed TTC bus going through red light ‘remorseful’ after driver lost job”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “How Toronto mayoral candidates transit plans stack up”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Tory says SmartTrack plan would boost Liberty Village business”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC bus driver caught on video running red light pens apology letter”, here.
  • CodeRedTO.com post, “Finch West residents need the full 10km of rapid transit as planned”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Caribbean Carnival: Road closures, increased TTC service in place”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC driver who ran a red light says she couldn’t have stopped safely”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Business groups push Ontario government on traffic congestion”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “‘I want to help’, McNeil says of SkyTrain woes”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Scarborough BIA members want Sheppard East light rail transit line canceled”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Police campaign aimed at drivers who text”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “All mayoral candidates need to get serious about improving TTC bus service”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Toronto’s hopelessly helpless transit system justifies our cynicism”, here.
  • National Post article, “Watch Rob Ford go for a low-speed, high-caffeine coffee run with deadmau5”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC union says dismissed bus driver deserves another chance”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Go home, bench installer, you’re drunk”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “The UP Express train looks like a derpy insect wearing a winter toque”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Queens Quay Reconstruction 2014 (Updated July 29, 2014), here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Reconstruction of Dundas & Spadina (Updated)”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Another TTC worker blamefest ends in pathos”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “UPS Express fare to include fee in lieu of airport parking”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “The Pulse: Bus bunching the problem for North York residents”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC driver letter recounts her run through a red light”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Posting TTC red light video was a mistake, says man who posted it on YouTube”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Award-winning former GO Transit boss to lead SkyTrain probe”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “No talks to end strike at Bombardier’s streetcar plant”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “U.S. rediscovering its love for the streetcar — but not without critics”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Man who shot TTC red-light video wants driver to keep job”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Weekend events affect transit services,
August 1, 2, 3, 4



The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival in Toronto dominates the list of special events affecting transit services this weekend.

Other special events take place in Barrie, Brampton, the Downsview area of Toronto, the Galt area of Cambridge, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Newmarket and Waterloo.




TTC adds extra buses, streetcars
for Caribbean Carnival Parade, August 2



This Saturday, August 2, the TTC is adding extra buses and streetcars to its regular service for customers passengers traveling to and from the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Parade.

The TTC is offering extra service along these routes: 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway, 2 Bloor - Danforth subway, 29 Dufferin, 35 Jane, 47 Lansdowne, 80 Queensway, 108 Downsview, 504 King, 509 Harbourfront, 511 Bathurst.

It’s also providing Caribbean Carnival express shuttle buses between Keele, Lansdowne and Union Stations and the lakeshore.


This is the fifth year in a row that a TTC bus appears in the Grand Parade with former Toronto Raptors star, Jamaal Magloire and the Toronto Revellers marchers.




GO operates trains on all lines,
for Caribbean Carnival Parade, August 2



Saturday, August 2, Toronto’s waterfront bursts with the sounds and colours of the annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Parade. To help parade-goers get to and from the event, GO Transit is operating trains along the 21 Milton, 31 Kitchener, 61 Richmond Hill and 71 Stouffville lines.

GO’s also operating its regular half-hourly service most of Saturday along the 01 Lakeshore West and 09 Lakeshore East lines with all trains stopping to drop off or pick up passengers at Exhibition GO Station. It’s also providing its seasonal Saturday service along the 12 Niagara Falls and 65 Barrie lines.

GO is not operating extra buses to connect with the extra trains on most lines. However, it has scheduled extra buses to carry passengers from Kitchener, Guelph and Acton to meet trains operating along the 31 Kitchener line.




August 4 holiday service



You may call it Civic Holiday or Simcoe Day. Hamiltonians call it “George Hamilton Day”, Guelphites dub it “John Galt Day and, if you live in Peterborough, you may even talk about “Peter Robinson Day” — but 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.




In the news: Tuesday, July 29, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Rob Ford touts Scarborough subway plan in mayoral debate”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Union asks for lesser penalty after TTC fires driver who ran red light”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TransLink taps GO Transit head after SkyTrain gaffe”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Gas line repair causing port lands traffic disruption”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Toronto is a city of cynical, gridlocked grumps”, here.
  • National Post article, “Fracas between Ford brothers and organizers overshadows mayoral debate”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Transit wars: How John Tory, Olivia Chow are selling their plans”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC driver dismissed after running a red light” (updated), here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



In the news: Monday, July 28, 2013



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



In the news: Saturday, July 26, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Spadina / Dundas construction (phase 2):
TTC detours, July 28 to August 10



From Monday, July 14 until Saturday, August 30, the City of Toronto and the TTC is carrying out major construction work at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West.

The City and TTC intend the project to bring the water-main and streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.

As with all construction projects, expect noise, dust and other temporary inconveniences.

The City will impose parking, traffic and some pedestrian restrictions in and around the work area during the six-week project by:

  • partially closing the intersection: Construction will reduce traffic to just one lane in all directions, restricting some turns for three to four weeks.
  • fully closing the intersection: Construction will prevent any vehicles from passing through the intersection for two to three weeks.
  • reducing parking: Construction will block motorists from parking in the active work zone and the City may temporarily ban on-street parking in the neighbouring area.

The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.

Phase 1 is already underway, from Monday, July 14 until Sunday, July 27:

  • The City is partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses, but the buses operate through the intersection.

Phase 2 starts next week, from Monday, July 28 until Sunday, August 10:

  • The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
  • The TTC is continuing to detour streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but splits the route into two.

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Stage 3 takes place from Monday, August 11 until Saturday, August 30:

  • The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • TTC streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route resume regular service through the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but the buses resume regular service through the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)

Starting Sunday, August 31, the TTC plans to restore streetcar service to the 510 Spadina route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West — and officially launch service on its new low-floor streetcars, with at least one production car operating in service.

Streetcar service along the entire route, including along Queens Quay West and through the tunnel to Union Station, resumes Sunday, October 12, the TTC says.


Work typically takes place Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. However, to meet project timelines and to ensure that streetcar service resumes as soon as possible, TTC crews may work late evenings and overnight at the end of the project as they install new rails.

TTC workers will bring rail panels on flatbed trucks and other equipment and material onto the work site and temporarily store them until they’re ready start installing the rails. They’ll then move the rails into position, then install, weld and grind the rails. They’ll install the rails overnight to support daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.

While buses operate, TTC crews will also retrofit the streetcar platform at Spadina Station to accommodate the new streetcars.


The TTC has produced a video with its Chief Executive Officer Andy Byford and Executive Director of Corporate Communications Brad Ross to explain what’s going on at Spadina and Dundas.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • a history of the 505 Dundas streetcar route, by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the 510 Spadina streetcar route, by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the 77 Spadina bus route (1948 - 1997) by Jeffrey Kay and Peter Coulman, here.



Eglinton Crosstown LRT -- Allen Road:
Revised pedestrian access, starting July 21



eglinton crosstown logo.pngStarting Monday, July 21, Metrolinx contractors for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line are rerouting pedestrian access to Eglinton West Station during construction of the extraction shaft near the southbound ramp to Eglinton Avenue West from William R. Allen Road.

(The contractors will use the extraction shaft to remove tunnel-boring machines when they reach Allen Road. They’ll then install them into a launch shaft east of Allen Road, where the machines will begin their tunneling journey toward Yonge Street. Tunnels for the TTC’s 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line block the machines from tunneling through the Allen Road area without stopping.)

West of Eglinton West Station, pedestrians may walk from Park Hill Road on the pedestrian walkway north of the construction site and back to Eglinton Avenue, where they may cross at the traffic signal to Eglinton West Station.

East of Eglinton West Station, work will block the pedestrian crossing at the northbound ramp for long-term construction and pedestrians can’t cross the ramp. Instead, pedestrians may walk to the south side of Eglinton West to access the subway station.

Use the pedestrian traffic signal between Flanders Road and Glenarden / Westover Hill Roads when crossing Eglinton.

The work also blocks access to Eglinton from the pedestrian walkway parallel to Allen Road on the east side south of Wembley Road.

Metrolinx says that “it has been working closely with the City of Toronto, the TTC, elected officials and Toronto Police Services to monitor the situation and to consider modifying the current arrangement that allow Crosstown construction to continue on schedule, alleviate some of the traffic congestion and, ensure the safety of pedestrians along Eglinton Avenue”.

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During LRT construction on Eglinton Avenue West at Allen Road, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:

  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 63 Ossington; and
  • 109 Ranee.



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