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No subway service, Lawrence to St Clair,
March 23



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The TTC is closing part of its Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Lawrence and St Clair Stations all day Saturday, March 23. Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Lawrence stations and between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations Saturday.

Frequent shuttle buses replace the trains, operating along Yonge Street and stopping near each station along the closed section of the line. At Lawrence, Eglinton and Davisville stations, passengers can exit from or board buses on the street. At St Clair Station, passengers exit on St. Clair Avenue East beside the station, but can board inside the bus terminal off Pleasant Boulevard.


This Saturday, crews continue installing the automatic train control system (ATC) in the closed section of the line. 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.”


Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Lawrence and St Clair stations. Passengers can ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans service. Because Lawrence Station is not yet accessible, passengers travelling southbound along Line 1 towards Lawrence Station who require an elevator should exit the train at York Mills Station and ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans.


Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.

While shuttle buses operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider travelling along the University branch, instead of the Yonge branch, to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely this weekend. Or board buses along the 97 Yonge route to travel to and from stops on Yonge north of Davisville Avenue / Chaplin Crescent.

Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch:

  • Buses along the 84 Sheppard West or 984 Sheppard West express routes and board the subway at Sheppard West Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Buses along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Buses along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Streetcars along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.
  • Trains along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Streetcars along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Buses along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Streetcars along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Streetcars along the 504 King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.

Parking restrictions improve shuttle-bus service

On previous occasions when the TTC has closed this section of Line 1, it has worked with the City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service to temporarily restrict street parking on the southbound lanes of Yonge Street between Lawrence and St Clair Avenues and other nearby streets. On those occasions, according to the TTC, “Parking restrictions on shuttle bus routes across the system help keep traffic in the city moving as smoothly as possible during subway closures.” The same restrictions likely apply this Saturday, March 23, too.

  • Parking is available:
  • on the northbound side of Yonge Street between Lawrence and St Clair Avenues East all day (east curb lane).
  • Parking is not available:
  • on the southbound side of Yonge Street between Bedford Park Avenue and St Clair Avenue West** 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (west curb lane).
  • on the northbound side of Yonge Street between Lawrence Avenue East and Wanless Avenue from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (east curb lane).
  • on both sides of Avoca Avenue and Pleasant Boulevard all day.

During this closure as with other occasions when the TTC has closed this section of Line 1, northbound shuttle buses likely drop passengers off outside of Lawrence Station, then head to the York Mills area to loop back southbound.

To loop back southbound, shuttle buses operate northbound on Yonge to an on-street loop along Old York Mills Road, York Mills Road, back to Yonge Street, southward to Lawrence Station to pick up passengers, then proceed southward toward St Clair Station.

Expect a large number of TTC buses in the York Mills area during this subway closure.


The TTC has closed this section of Line 1 just once previously this year:

It is planning to close this part of the line at least once more this year:

  • Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 — Lawrence to St Clair - ATC.


Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Surface section:
Traffic-lane closures at Don Valley Parkway



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


“As early as” Monday, March 25, crews start getting ready to widen the roadway and building the LRT “guideway” — the transit-only lanes in the centre of the roadway, including tracks and passenger amenities

  • on Eglinton Avenue East at the Don Valley Parkway

and between the future Wynford and Aga Khan stops.

That day, to accommodate upcoming changes to traffic lanes, crew start building a temporary east-bound off-ramp from the northbound DVP to eastbound Eglinton East.

After completing the temporary ramp, crews then work near the Parkway / Eglinton interchange in two stages. They also work every day from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.


Stage 1 — starting “as early as” Monday, April 1

During Stage 1, crews widen, rebuild and repave the roadway.


For transit passengers

  • The TTC is relocating the westbound stop at the off-ramp from the southbound DVP to a temporary platform beside the work zone on the roadway. Safety barriers protect passengers from traffic.
  • Expect delays aboard buses along these routes:
  • 34 Eglinton East; and
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians

  • The sidewalk on the north side of Egliinton is closed west of the ramps to and from the northbound DVP.
  • The sidewalk in the south side of Eglinton is closed east of the ramps to and from the northbound DVP.
  • Crews may intermittently block the north-south crosswalk on Eglinton at the ramps to and from the southbound DVP.

For motorists

  • Crews have built a temporary off-ramp from the southbound DVP to eastbound Eglinton slightly east of the permanent ramp. The permanent ramp is closed.
  • Work zones block centre lanes west of the ramps to and from the southbound DVP.
  • Work zones block curb lanes on the north side of Eglinton between the DVP ramps.
  • Work zones block curb lanes on the north and south sides of Eglinton east of the northbound DVP ramps.
  • Two lanes are available for traffic in both directions on Eglinton east and west of the Parkway.

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Stage 1 of construction starts “as early as” Monday, April 1 and continues “for approximately six (6) weeks” or until about May 12.


Stage 2 — starting “as early as” Monday, May 13

During Stage 2, crews build the guideway, including:

  • cutting and removing asphalt;
  • excavating;
  • installing “subgrade materials”;
  • installing duct banks, the track drainage system and the track slab.

(“Subgrade materials” generally refers to compacted soil that has been previously excavated and is now re-installed on-site to support upcoming construction.)


For transit passengers

  • Expect delays aboard buses along these routes:
  • 34 Eglinton East; and
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians

  • The north-south crosswalk on Eglinton at the ramps to and from the southbound Parkway is closed.

For motorists

  • Crews have built a temporary off-ramp from the southbound DVP to eastbound Eglinton slightly east of the permanent ramp. The permanent ramp is closed.
  • Work zones block centre lanes from west of the ramps to and from the southbound Parkway to east of the northbound DVP ramps, except for gaps to allow traffic on the ramps to exit onto Eglinton.
  • Two lanes are available for traffic in both directions on Eglinton east and west of the DVP.

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Stage 1 of construction starts “as early as” Monday, May 13 and continues “for approximately eight (8) weeks” or until about July 7.



Weekend event affects transit service,
March 25



In Toronto, events, festivals, road races or parades occur most weekends from early April until late October, generally resulting in the City closing streets and the TTC and other transit agencies detouring services.

This weekend, just one special event — the Greek Independence Day Parade affects transit services in Toronto.

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Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill:
Overnight water-main construction continues



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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.


From 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24 until 7 a.m. Monday, March 25 and continuing overnight nightly, crews resume installing water-main infrastructure

  • on Yonge Street, west side, from just north of Edgar Avenue to just north of Carrville Road

The work zone restricts traffic on Yonge Street to just one lane in each direction during work hours. “Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers and traffic-control staff will be on-site to guide motorists during this work.

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

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 98 / 99 Yonge late-night; and
  • 99 Yonge.

Water-main installation south of Carrville Road — and the resulting GO and YRT service changes — continue Sundays to Fridays “for approximately 8 weeks” or until about May 17.


From 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24 until 7 a.m. Monday, March 25, crews continue installing a water main

  • on Yonge Street, west side at Oak Avenue.

The work zone blocks through traffic on Oak Avenue from entering or exiting from the street at Yonge Street. It also restricts traffic to just one lane in each direction during work hours.

Detour signs will be in place to guide motorists and pedestrians around the closure.

Expect noise, dust and vibration from GO Transit may 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 relocate bus stops near the work zone. Passengers aboard buses along these routes can also expect delays:

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 98 / 99 Yonge late-night; and
  • 99 Yonge.


TTC introducing "Family of Services"
accessible bus and streetcar routes



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Starting Monday, March 18, the TTC is introducing “Family of Services” bus and streetcar routes to expend the family of accessible service available to all TTC passengers.

According to the TTC, “A Family of Services Trip takes place when a Wheel-Trans customer uses the TTC’s conventional transit for a part of their journey.”

The transit agency is designating these routes as part of the Family of Services program:

  • 12 Kingston Rd;
  • 16 McCowan;
  • 25 Don Mills;
  • 29 Dufferin;
  • 35 Jane;
  • 45 Kipling;
  • 63 Ossington;
  • 81 Thorncliffe Park;
  • 84 Sheppard West;
  • 85 Sheppard East;
  • 95 York Mills;
  • 96 Wilson;
  • 97 Yonge;
  • 100 Flemingdon Park;
  • 133 Neilson;
  • 186 Wilson rocket;
  • 512 St Clair;
  • 900 Airport express;
  • 925 Don Mills express;
  • 935 Jane express;
  • 945 Kipling express.

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Wheel-Trans (door-to-door service) is part of the TTC’s Family of Services, which includes conventional bus, community bus, subway and accessible streetcar routes. Depending on a passenger’s abilities and the type of service they are eligible for, Wheel-Trans passengers may be able to use Family of Services.

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The TTC says that Wheel-Trans passengers who use Family of Services have more independent and flexible travel options. If you would like to book a same-day or an in-advance trip, you can book your trip with:

  • The Family of Services phone line: Call or access “reservationists”, who will personally plan your trip from start to finish, at 416-397-5852 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Mondays to Fridays; or
  • The self-booking website: Use the Wheel-Trans self-booking website to book a Family of Services trip by visiting https://mywheel-trans.ttc.ca/. The self-booking website is available 24 hours a day every day.

To book a Family of Services trip, simply know the date and time that you want to travel along with your starting location and final destination, and the system will calculate an accessible route with Wheel-Trans service. When you book a Family of Services trip, TTC staff say they will do their best to alert you to any service-related incidents that arise on your day of travel and suggest alternative routes or stops.

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TTC staff have specifically chosen accessible transfer stops along every Family of Services route where you can transfer between your Wheel-Trans vehicle and a conventional TTC bus or streetcar. The TTC says it’s made sure that these transfer points are right for Wheel-Trans riders. All stops meet or exceed City of Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines or Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requirements.

Each Family of Services route has a number of transfer points. Your connecting Wheel-Trans ride can pick you up or drop you off at these stops. Most of the transfer points have a shared stop pole featuring a Wheel-Trans decal with a blue No-Show Ticket Posting attached to a regular stop pole.

Some stops have their own individual Wheel-Trans pole, placed in view of the stop shelter. Customers should always look for the blue No-Show Ticket Posting when waiting for a Wheel-Trans connection.

Shared Wheel-Trans stops:

  • are accessible;
  • include a shelter and bench and
  • are paired so that you can select in which direction your would like to travel along each route. For example, eastbound Family of Services stops are across the street from westbound stops.

While many passengers transfer at subway stations or designated bus stops, access hubs are modified bus shelters in key locations to provide ample shelter to passengers with disabilities. Access Hubs are accessible, dry, spacious, well-lit and heated with next vehicle displays and motion-activated doors so you can wait for your connections comfortably.

The first access hub is at Meadowvale Loop (northeast corner of Sheppard Avenue East and Meadowvale Road), connecting you with the 85 Sheppard East and 86 Scarborough bus routes.

The next access hub will open at Humber College North Campus this month. It will connect you to the 96 Wilson, 186 Wilson rocket and 927 Highway 27 express bus routes and Brampton Transit, MiWay and York Region Transit services.

Images: TTC.



Oakville Transit relocating stop
to accommodate gas-main upgrades



Union Gas is replacing a gas main on Trafalgar Road.

Starting Wednesday, March 20, Oakville Transit is temporarily closing its northbound stop

  • on Trafalgar Road at White Oaks Boulevard [south]

to accommodate the gas-line work.

Buses along the 5 / 5A Dundas route continue to drop off or pick up passengers at the next stop on the route:

  • on White Oaks Boulevard east of Trafalgar Road.

Buses along the 24 South Common Centre route continue to drop off or pick up passengers at the next stop on the route:

  • on Trafalgar Road at Lynnwood Drive.

Gas-line construction on Trafalgar Road and the Oakville Transit stop closure continue until further notice.



Hurontario LRT - Metrolinx "revising scope"
of the project, eliminating City Centre loop



Today, Thursday, March 21, Metrolinx issued a statement from its chief executive officer, Phil Verster, announcing changes to the Hurontario light rail transit project.

The statement reads, in part:

“In order to offer passengers a more convenient route and alleviate potential budget pressures on… the project, changes to the scope of the project, recommended by Metrolinx, have been approved by the Government of Ontario.

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“These changes include:

  • Removing the Mississauga City Centre loop and creating a direct in-out access route between Hurontario Street and the Rathburn stop, located next to the MiWay Transit Terminal;
  • Deferring the pedestrian bridge at the Cooksville stop to be included in a future Transit Oriented Development between the stop and the GO station;
  • Changes to street-scaping along the corridor.

“These changes have been designed to reduce project costs while still achieving the project goal of providing fast, reliable and seamless customer service between the new Hurontario transit line, the GO Transit network [and] local transit systems.

“There are provisions in the contract language to adapt to future changes or additions to the LRT, including completion of the Mississauga City Centre loop and / or a potential extension into Brampton.

“Under the revised scope, the Hurontario LRT will provide 18km of reliable rapid transit with 19 stops in a dedicated right-of-way. The Hurontario LRT will link the GO stations at Port Credit and Cooksville, the Mississauga Transitway, Square One GO Bus Terminal, Brampton Gateway Terminal and key MiWay and Züm routes.”



Yonge North subway extension:
Geotechnical surveying continues, March 25



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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. Monday, March 25 and continuing Mondays to Fridays, crews work

  • on Yonge Street, east side, north of Grandview Avenue and
  • on Yonge Street, west side, south of Glen Cameron Road.

The crews use a drill rig to bore holes and extract samples. The work zone blocks the southbound curb lane through the area from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. It restricts traffic on the connector road 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.

GO Transit passengers can expect delays aboard buses along this route:

  • 32 Brampton / Trinity Common / North York.

York Region Transit passengers can expect delays aboard buses along these routes:

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • Viva pink;
  • 2 Milliken (north of Grandview only);
  • 5 Clark;
  • 77 / 77A Highway 7;
  • 98E Yonge express; and
  • 99 Yonge.

Geotechnical surveying on Yonge south of Woodward and Glen Cameron and the resulting GO and YRT delays continue “for approximately two weeks” or until about April 5.

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Queen East / Berkeley track repairs:
TTC detours, March 23 to 25



Starting 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23, TTC crews are repairing the streetcar tracks

  • on Queen Street East at Berkeley Street.

The TTC is also detouring streetcars along these routes, while the crews work on the tracks:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating between River and York Streets.

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TTC track repairs on Queen Street West and the streetcar service changes continue until 5 a.m. March 25.


TTC track crews work in the track area to:

  • break and remove concrete to expose the rail;
  • replace a section of old rail with new rail; and
  • place new concrete.

They’ll set up a work zone on the tracks in the centre lanes of the roadway, restricting traffic to just one lane in each direction. The City of Toronto may restrict left turns and prohibit on-street parking near the work zone.

The TTC says, “Rail work of this nature is required around-the-clock to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete.”

Starting 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23, the track crew set up the work zone. Shortly afterwards, they start excavating and chipping concrete to expose the old rail. After replacing the rail, they’ll cut, weld and grind the new rail.

Sunday, they’ll place concrete in the track area and leave it to cure overnight. The new concrete requires curing time before crews can remove the work zone and traffic can resume flowing over the centre lanes.



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Sunnybrook Park:
Telecommunications relocation resumes



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


Starting “as early as” Thursday, March 21, crews resume relocating telecommunications infrastructure

  • across Leslie Street at Eglinton Ave East,

near the site of the future Sunnybrook Park stop.

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

Telecommunications-infrastructure relocation near the future Sunnybrook Park and the resulting TTC service changes continue “for approximately one (1) week” or until about March 27.


All stages

For transit passengers

  • The TTC has already relocated bus stops in the area. It has also removed the eastbound stop on the south side of Eglinton East across from Leslie. Southbound passengers on Leslie must ride their bus westward to Brentcliffe Road to transfer to eastbound buses along Eglinton.
  • Passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 51 Leslie;
  • 54 Lawrence East;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight; and
  • 354 Lawrence East overnight.

For pedestrians

  • The sidewalk on the south side of Eglinton remains closed west of Leslie.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton remains closed east of Leslie.

For motorists

  • Work zones block traffic lanes on both sides of Eglinton east and west of Leslie. West of Leslie, crews have gradually widened the work zone so that it occupies all but the two southernmost lanes on Egliinton.
  • Just one lane is available for traffic in each direction on Eglinton west of Leslie.
  • Just one lane is available for westbound traffic on Eglinton east of Leslie.
  • Two lanes are available for eastbound traffic on Eglinton east of Leslie.
  • West of Leslie, traffic mostly flows on the north-side centre lanes at the intersection, gradually shifting to the south-side curb lanes as it flows further westward. One lane is available in the north-side curb lane for traffic to flow from southbound Leslie onto westbound Eglinton.
  • East of Leslie, traffic flows in north-side curb lanes and the north centre lanes, gradually shifting completely into the centre lanes.

Stage 1

  • Work zones block the east-centre lanes on Leslie.
  • Just one lane is available for southbound traffic on Leslie, which flows on the west-side curb lane. It also flows through the right-turn channel to connect with westbound traffic on Eglinton.
  • Southbound traffic on Leslie turning left onto eastbound Eglinton flows on the west-side lane beside the curb lane.
  • Just one lane is available for northbound traffic. It flows in the east-side curb lane.

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Stage 2

  • Work zones block the centre lanes on Leslie.
  • Just one lane is available for southbound traffic on Leslie, which flows on the west-side curb lane. It also flows through the right-turn channel to connect with westbound traffic on Eglinton.
  • Southbound traffic on Leslie turning left onto eastbound Eglinton starts flowing on the west-side lane beside the curb lane, but gradually shifts to the east-side lane beside the curb lane, cutting through the centre-lane work zone diagonally.
  • Just one lane is available for northbound traffic. It flows in the east-side curb lane.

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Stage 3

  • Work zones block the west-centre and right-curb lanes on Leslie.
  • Just one lane is available for southbound traffic on Leslie, which flows on the west-side curb lane. It also flows through the right-turn channel to connect with westbound traffic on Eglinton.
  • Southbound traffic on Leslie turning left onto eastbound Eglinton flows on the west-side lane beside the curb lane.
  • Just one lane is available for northbound traffic. It flows in the east-side centre lane.

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