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Spadina overhead wiring repairs:
Buses replace streetcars, early February 22



The TTC says it’s repairing the overhead wiring on Spadina Avenue from 2 until 4 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 22.

It’s also replacing streetcars with buses north of King Street West.

Streetcars operate along these routes between King West and Union Station:

  • 310 Spadina overnight; and
  • 510 Spadina.

Buses operate between Spadina Station and King. Buses start and end their trips in the bus terminal at Spadina Station and drop off or pick up passengers at stops beside the curb, instead of the centre-road “island” streetcar stops.

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No subway service, St Clair West to Union,
February 23 and 24



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This Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, the TTC is closing the Line 1 Yonge - University subway between St Clair West and Union stations, as crews continue installing the automated train-control (ATC) signal system. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan and Spadina stations and between Finch and Union stations this weekend.

Shuttle buses operate, stopping on the street near each station along the closed section of the line. Most stations along this part of the line remain open to passengers so you can buy fares or access connecting buses, streetcars and subway trains. However, Museum and Dupont stations are closed.

The TTC says it’s also adding extra streetcars along the 510 Spadina and 512 St Clair routes to help passengers get around while part of the subway system is closed.

Wheel-Trans is available at each station along the closed section of the line throughout the weekend. You can speak with a TTC staff member to ask about the accessible service and its frequency.

According to a TTC news release, “When ATC is fully installed on Line 1, it will provide a more modern and reliable signal system that will help the TTC improve capacity by allowing for increased trips on the line. While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend closures to complete critical infrastructure and ATC upgrades… [and] work on the Eglinton Crosstown” light rail transit project.

Full subway service along Line 1 resumes by 6 a.m. Monday, February 25.


The TTC has already closed this section of Line 1 four times earlier this year:

The TTC also expanded the closure to extend between St Clair West and King stations after 10 p.m. February 3.


Although the TTC has not yet announced its complete schedule of weekend subway closures for 2019, it is planning to close this section of Line 1 several times more this year:

  • Monday, March 4 until Thursday, March 7 - early closures - St Clair West to Union.
  • Monday, March 18 until Thursday, March 21 - early closures - St Clair West to Union.
  • Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 - weekend closure - St Clair West to Union.

The TTC is also planning to close the short stretch between St Andrew and Union Stations early as part of a longer closure between Bloor - Yonge and St Andrew from Monday, March 25 until Thursday, March 28.



MiWay revises services, February 25



MiWay is making minor changes to its services, starting Monday, February 25.



Eglinton East LRT: Public meetings,
February 20, 27



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City of Toronto, Metrolinx and TTC staff continue to plan the future Eglinton East light rail transit line. The line extends the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (the TTC’s “Line 5”) deeper into Scarborough to the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus and beyond.

Last May, City Council approved the team’s recommendations for:

  • an LRT tunnel in the area of Kingston Road / Lawrence Avenue East / Morningside Avenue;
  • a street-level route through the campus along Ellesmere Road and a re-aligned Military Trail; and
  • an extension from the campus to Malvern Town Centre along Morningside, Sheppard Avenue East and Neilson Road.

Since then staff have been working to confirm the sites for future LRT stops in Malvern, update the cost estimates and complete the business case for the project. They’ve also launched a planning study to identify the opportunities for the LRT to enhance public space, improve social and economic development and improve access to the future LRT stops.

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They’re holding a second round of public meetings for this study to update residents about the project, focussing on the full extent of the LRT corridor from Kennedy Station to Malvern Town Centre.

The team has scheduled the events:

Events take place in:



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Keelesdale:
Concrete pour, lane closures, February 21



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


From 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Thursday, February 21, crews are delivering and pouring cement at the site of the future Keelesdale Station. Concrete trucks will be entering and leaving the site every three to four minutes

  • at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue West with Trethewey Drive / Keele Street.

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For transit passengers

  • 32A Eglinton West (Renforth);
  • 32C Eglinton West (via Trethewey);
  • 32D Eglinton West (Emmett);
  • 41 Keele;
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight;
  • 341 Keele overnight; and
  • 941 Keele express.

For pedestrians

  • The sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton West west of Trethewey Drive remains closed. A temporary walkway is available to the north of the work zone at the secondary entrance site.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton West east of Trethewey remains closed. A temporary walkway is available on the roadway. Safety barriers protect you from traffic.
  • The sidewalk on the east side of Trethewey Drive north of Eglinton remains closed. A temporary walkway is available on the roadway. Safety barriers protect you from traffic.
  • The sidewalk on the east side of Yarrow Road south of Eglinton remains closed. You must walk on the west side of the street.

For motorists

  • Work zones block curb lanes on both sides of Eglinton West east and west of Keele / Trethewey.
  • Work zones block curb lanes on the west side of Keele / Trethewey north and south of Eglinton.
  • Just one lane is available for traffic in both directions on Eglinton West **west of Keele / Trethewey.
  • Two lanes are available for eastbound traffic on Eglinton east of Keele.
  • Two lanes are available for southbound traffic on Keele / Trethewey north and south of Eglinton. Just one lane is available for northbound traffic.
  • You cannot turn left from eastbound Eglinton to northbound Trethewey or Keele.
  • Yarrow Road remains closed to traffic at Eglinton.
  • The laneway behind the buildings on the north side of Eglinton between Trethewey and Keele remains closed to traffic.


Eglinton Crosstown LRT - O'Connor:
Overnight traffic diversion, February 20, 21



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


From 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 20 until 6 a.m. Thursday, February 21, crews are installing the conduits for the permanent traffic signals

  • at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East with Eglinton Square.

The work supports construction of the LRT “guideway” — the transit-only lanes in the centre of the roadway, including tracks and passenger amenities — near the site of the future O’Connor LRT stop.

Crews are setting up a temporary work zone on the south side of Eglinton East between Pharmacy and Victoria Park Avenues, restricting traffic to just one lane for each direction on the north side of the roadway. They’ll also restrict traffic on Eglinton Square to only a single lane just east of Victoria Park. Motorists may only drive along that single lane to enter the Eglinton Square [mall] property.


For transit passengers

  • The TTC is detouring buses along the 70A O’Connor route.
  • The TTC may also temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone.
  • Passengers aboard buses along these routes can also expect delays:
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 70A O’Connor;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For motorists:

+* A work zone blocks Eglinton Square to all traffic, except for a single lane to the mall on the south side (also called Eglinton Square). + *Work zones block two traffic lanes on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East and one lane on the north side. + The work zones restrict east-west through traffic to just one lane in each direction on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East between Pharmacy and Victoria Park. + Access to the mall property on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East will be available through the work zone.



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Surface section:
Swift Drive closure, starting February 22



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


Crews continue widening the roadway and **reconstructing the surface near and in

  • the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East with Swift Drive and Credit Union Drive.

The work supports construction of the LRT “guideway” — the transit-only lanes in the centre of the roadway, including tracks and passenger amenities — between the future Sloane and Wynford stops.

Starting “as early as” Friday, February 22, the work zone blocks access between Swift and Eglinton East. Motorists can only access Swift and Ecclestone Drives from Sloane Avenue.

Crews work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day.

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The closure of Swift Drive to traffic and the resulting TTC delays and service changes continue “for up to six (6) weeks” or until about April 5.


For transit passengers

  • the TTC is temporarily relocating its eastbound stop east of its current location during this stage.
  • Expect delays aboard buses along these routes:
  • 34 Eglinton East; and
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians

  • The only north-south crosswalk — on the east side of Credit Union / Swift is mostly open throughout this stage. Occasionally, crews may temporarily block this crosswalk. You may have to cross at the next intersection east at Bermondsey Road / Sloane Avenue.

For motorists

  • The work zone blocks traffic lanes on the north side of Eglinton East west and east of Swift and through the intersection.
  • Swift Drive is closed to traffic north of Eglinton.
  • At least two traffic lanes in each direction remain available on Eglinton at all times.
  • The City of Toronto is temporarily prohibiting left turns onto westbound Ecclestone from southbound Elvaston Drive, Larksong Court and Trophy Drive.


Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill:
Storm-sewer installation near Yonge / Harding



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Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill between 19th Avenue / Gamble Road and Highway 7.


As part of ongoing activity to widen the roadway, Wednesday, February 20, crews start installing storm sewers

  • on Yonge Street between Hopkins Street / Elmwood Avenue and Harding Boulevard.

Crews start at Hopkins / Elmwood and work southward toward Harding and work first on the west side of Yonge and then the east.

The work zone restricts Yonge Street to just one lane for traffic in each direction during off-peak hours.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers and traffic-control personnel will be on-site to guide motorists for the duration of this work.

At times, crews may temporarily expand the work zone on the east of west side of the street to block sidewalks. Directional signs will guide pedestrians to the nearest available sidewalk.

Crews work from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day.

GO Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone. Passengers aboard buses along this route can also expect delays:

  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto.

York Region Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone. Passengers aboard buses along these routes can also expect delays:

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 25 Major Mackenzie;
  • 99 Yonge;
  • 240 Mill Pond GO shuttle; and
  • 589 / 590 Richmond Hill community bus.

Storm-sewer installation on Yonge between Hopkins / Elmwood and Harding — and the resulting GO and YRT delays — continue “for approximately one week” or until about February 27.



Yonge North subway extension:
Geotechnical surveying continues, February 20



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Two transit agencies and two municipalities are starting the preliminary planning, design and engineering phase of a project to extend the Yonge branch of the TTC’s Line 1 Yonge - University subway into York Region.

Yonge subway extension map.jpgMetrolinx, the TTC, the City of Toronto and the Region of York are planning to extend the line 7.4 kilometres (4.6 miles) through the Thornhill area of Markham and Vaughan to Richmond Hill. The four partners expect this phase of the project to continue for about a year.


With the preliminary planning, design and engineering phase underway, crews continue geotechnical testing

  • on Yonge Street between Highway 7 and Finch Avenue.

The crews work at various locations on Yonge over the next several months.

Geotechnical surveyors investigate underground soil conditions to help engineers design the project.


Starting 7 a.m. Wednesday, February 20 and continuing Mondays to Fridays, crews work

  • on Morgan Avenue just east of Yonge Street.

The crews use a drill rig to bore holes and extract samples. The work zone blocks the westbound curb lane through the area from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. It restricts traffic on Morgan to a single shared east- and westbound lane on the south side of the roadway. At the end of each of work day, crews remove the work zone and restore the roadway.


Expect construction-related noise and dust from equipment and trucks.

Geotechnical surveying on Morgan east of Yonge continues “for approximately two weeks” or until about March 8.

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Family Day holiday service, February 18



The TTC, GO Transit and other transit agencies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area are adjusting their schedules this Monday, February 18Family Day.