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Toronto Transit Commission meets, January 24



The Toronto Transit Commission meets Thursday, January 24 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room #1, 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.



TTC proposes raising fares by ten cents



In a report to the TTC’s board of directors, staff are proposing raising fares — in most cases by ten cents — starting Monday, April 1.

They recommend increasing all fares, except cash fares for adult passengers, which would remain at $3.25.

In the report, TTC staff claim that “a key goal of the 2019 Operating Budget process was to preserve service improvements and initiatives introduced and / or reinstated over the past five years including:

  • Two-hour Transfer (Introduced in 2018 with a 2019 annual cost of $20.5 million)
  • Capacity Improvement Initiatives (Introduced in 2018 with a 2019 annual cost of $13.5 million)
  • Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension
  • 10 Minute Network
  • All-Day Everyday Bus Service Restored
  • Expanded Express Bus Network
  • Expanded Blue Night Network
  • Early Sunday Opening
  • Free Child Rides
  • Subway Resiliency
  • PRESTO implementation.”

The report adds,

“The recommended 2019 Operating Budget ensures the TTC is able to build on its 2018 service accomplishments, including the capacity to deliver 100% of all planned service. Among other actions to achieve this, an additional 5 subway trains, 87 buses and 56 streetcars / buses were put into service during the year.

“When staff began developing the 2019 Operating Budget, budget pressures of $182.8 million were initially identified ($177 million for TTC and $5.8 million for Wheel-Trans). Extensive budget and line-by-line reviews were conducted to eliminate, reduce or offset this but $96.4 million in pressure remained…

“As a final measure to balance the 2019 Operating Budget while preserving all service gains achieved over the past five years, TTC staff are recommending a 10 cent fare increase effective April 1, 2019 to provide $25.8 million in anticipated additional Conventional and Wheel-Trans revenue net of PRESTO commissions…

“Of note, the $25.8 million in revenue from the recommended fare increase is lower than the $34.0 million full year costs of enhancements approved as part of the 2018 Budget (Two-hour transfer - $20.5 million & Capacity Improvements $13.5 million).”

You can read the complete staff report about the 2019 TTC and Wheel-Trans operating budgets here (.pdf).

The Toronto Transit Commission will consider the report and its recommendations during its meeting this Thursday, January 24.

City Council will review — reject, revise or approve — the TTC’s operating and capital budget recommendations and the entire City of Toronto budget for 2019, during its meeting in February.

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City funds to shorten timeline for Relief Line, Mayor Tory says



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Mayor John Tory speaks to TTC staff at Pape Station, Thursday, January 17. Image: @johntory

Toronto Mayor John Tory journeyed to the TTC’s Pape Station Thursday, January 17 to announce a plan to shorten the timeline for construction of the Relief Line subway, linking Pape with Queen and Osgoode stations.

The plan would allow the southern part of the line to open two years earlier — in 2029, instead of 2031.

Chris Fox explains in a post on the CP24 website:

“Mayor John Tory has announced a $325 million plan to accelerate construction of the southern portion of the relief line…

“Tory told reporters at Pape Station on Thursday morning that the investment would go towards the cost of speeding up planning and design work and property acquisitions along the route as well as allow the TTC to begin work on acquiring the equipment needed for construction, such as tunnel boring machines.

“He said that staff have told him that by doing much of the planning work now, the target completion date of the relief line can be moved up two years to sometime in 2029.

“In order to move ahead with the work, though, both the TTC board and city council will have to sign off on an additional $162 million in capital costs in 2019. Approval will also be required for another $163 million in additional costs in 2020, according to a TTC spokesperson.

“‘Instead of taking the approach that has been taken in the past where you did everything in sequence we will be doing things in parallel now,’ Tory said. ‘Normally until you reach the 30 per cent design stage you wouldn’t be proceeding with land acquisition, getting boring machines and utility relocates but we are going to move ahead with that work now on the theory that we know we have to build the relief line.’”

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According to the Toronto Star’s transportation writer, Ben Spurr,

“The TTC said that [the $325 million] is money that would have been spent on the project anyway and doesn’t represent an increase to its budget.

“‘I know while the date that we’re talking about here in the late 2020s still sounds far away, the bottom line is that the faster you get on with these projects and everything you can do to speed them up, the sooner people are going to be able to ride on that transit, the sooner we’re going to have real relief that people have talked about for decades,’ [Tory] said…

“He said ideally, the provincial and federal governments would share in the cost of accelerating the project.

“The first phase of the relief line… is considered critical to relieving crowding pressure on the existing network. Early estimates indicate the 7-kilometre line would cost at least $6.8 billion.

“Although the federal and provincial governments have announced almost $9 billion combined to fund Toronto’s priority transit projects over the next decade, as of yet no level of government has formally allocated money to the construction of the relief line.”

You can read the TTC staff report about the TTC’s 15-year capital investment plan and 2019 to 2028 capital budget here (.pdf).

The Toronto Transit Commission will consider the report and its recommendations during its meeting this Thursday, January 24.

City Council will review — reject, revise or approve — the TTC’s operating and capital budget recommendations and the entire City of Toronto budget for 2019, during its meeting in February.



Hurontario LRT - Station Gate Road:
Construction affects GO bus terminal



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Metrolinx continues to prepare for upcoming construction on the Hurontario light rail transit line in Mississauga and Brampton.


Starting Monday, January 21, Alectra Utilities crews are relocating hydro services to prepare for future construction of the LRT

  • on Station Gate Road north of Rathburn Road West.

The work affects service in GO Transit’s Square One GO Bus Terminal.

GO is relocating platforms 10, 11 and 12 from their usual site on the west side of Station Gate north of Rathburn West to Centre View Drive west of Station Gate.

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Buses may temporarily drop off or pick up passengers at different platforms than usually. Also expect delays aboard all buses entering and leaving Square One GO Bus Terminal along these routes:

  • 19 Mississauga / North York;
  • 21 Milton / Toronto;
  • 25 Waterloo / Mississauga;
  • 29 Guelph / Mississauga;
  • 40 Hamilton / Pearson / Richmond Hill;
  • 45 Mississauga / Highway 407;
  • 46 Oakville / Highway 407;
  • 47 Hamilton / Highway 407.

Construction may also affect MiWay buses dropping off or picking up passengers at Platform O for City Centre Terminal, which is on the north side of Rathburn Road West west of Station Gate along these MiExpress routes:

  • 100 Airport express; and
  • 109 Meadowvale express.

Utility relocation on Station Gate Road and the GO and MiWay changes and delays continue “until the week of February 4” or until February 8.



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Mount Pleasant:
Water-main restoration at Taunton Road



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


In “mid-January 2019” (possibly as early as Monday, January 21), crews return to a site

  • on Taunton Road at Eglinton Avenue East

to restore the water main east of the site of the future Mount Pleasant Station. (They cut and capped the main last year as part of ongoing work to install storm sewers.)

They’ll work in the southbound lane of Taunton Road between the commercial driveway on the west side of the street and Eglinton East Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The work zone will continue to block access to Taunton Road from Eglinton during working hours. However, motorists can now access Eglinton from Taunton. At the end of each shift, crews plate the work zone and restore Taunton Road to two lanes.

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Water-main restoration on Taunton Road continues “for approximately three weeks” or until February 10.


For transit passengers

  • During ongoing construction of the future Mount Pleasant Station, TTC passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 51 Leslie;
  • 54 Lawrence East;
  • 56 Leaside;
  • 74 Mt Pleasant;
  • 142 Mt Pleasant / Downtown express;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight; and
  • 354 Lawrence East overnight.

For pedestrians

  • The north-south crosswalk on the east side of Mount Pleasant remains closed.
  • A work zone blocks the east end of the east-west crosswalk on the south side of Eglinton. A temporary walkway guides you southward around the work zone.

For motorists

  • Work zones block traffic lanes on the south side of Eglinton East between Taunton Road and Brownlow Avenue.
  • Another work zone blocks traffic lanes on the east side of Mount Pleasant south of Eglinton.
  • Just one lanes remains available to traffic in both directions on Eglinton.
  • Just one lane remains available to traffic in both directions on Mount Pleasant.
  • The City of Toronto continues to prohibit turns in all directions at the intersection of Eglinton East and Mount Pleasant.
  • Starting 7 a.m. Monday, January 20, the City continues to prohibit left turns for northbound traffic on Taunton to westbound Eglinton, but only Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • The City continues to prohibit left turns for westbound traffic on Eglinton onto southbound Taunton at all times.
  • The City continues to prohibit left turns for northbound traffic on Brownlow to westbound Eglinton and for westbound traffic on Eglinton onto Brownlow; and
  • Rawlinson Avenue remains closed to traffic at Eglinton.

For nearby residents and business people

  • Expect to hear noise from construction equipment, including hydro-vacuum trucks, concrete trucks, dump trucks, loaders, excavators, pumps, water trucks and generators.
  • Expect to see nighttime site lighting.
  • Crews may store material and equipment in the work zone.


Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill:
Vivastation construction starts January 21



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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.


Monday, January 21, crews reach a project milestone when they start installing caissons [the structural support for a type of foundation wall] for the first vivastation platform

  • on Yonge Street at Scott Drive.

To install the caissons, crews work in the west-side centre lane on Yonge from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. every day. The work zone may temporarily restrict traffic to just one southbound lane. It also blocks the sidewalk on the west side of Yonge between Scott and Mackay Drives during this phase of the project.

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

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

  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto.

York Region Transit may also temporarily relocate its bus stop near the work zone. YRT passengers aboard buses along these route can also expect delays:

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

Caisson-installation for the new vivastation at Scott Drive and the GO and YRT delays continue “for approximately 4 weeks” or until February 24.


Crews also start installing caissons for the second vivastation platform next week on Yonge Street at Gamble Road.



Locke Street South Hamilton:
HSR detour, starting January 21



From 7 a.m. Monday, January 21 until 7 p.m. Friday, January 25, the City of Hamilton is closing:

  • Locke Street South between Charlton Avenue West and Melbourne Street,

as crews repair the sewer lining.

The Hamilton Street Railway is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 7 Locke.

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The City previously closed the street for the same project — and the HSR detoured the buses along a different path — from Thursday, January 10 until Friday, January 18.



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Forest Hill:
Overnight traffic change, January 21, 22



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


Note that Metrolinx and its contractors no longer propose closing Bathurst Street between Wembley Road and Eglinton Avenue West. Instead, their crews will reconfigure the traffic lanes several times this year, maintaining at least one lane for traffic in all directions on Bathurst and Eglinton West at all times. They will also ask the City of Toronto to completely close the intersection to all traffic over four weekends to facilitate construction of the roof of the future Forest Hill Station and installing and removing a traffic bridge.


Overnight, starting 9 p.m. Monday, January 21 and continuing until early January 22, crews reconfigure the traffic lanes near the future station. They’ll shift the traffic lanes to the east side of Bathurst, while keeping traffic on the south side of Eglinton.

They’ll temporarily close the north-south crosswalk on the west side of Bathurst at Eglinton and temporarily re-open the north-south crosswalk on the east side.

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The new traffic-lane set-up near the future Forest Hill Station and the resulting TTC delays continue “until early February” or until February 8.


For transit passengers

  • The TTC continues to detour buses along the 33 Forest Hill route.
  • It has also already relocated bus stops near the work zones. It may also temporarily further relocate stops during this stage of the project.
  • Expect ongoing delays aboard buses along these routes:
  • 7 Bathurst;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 307 Bathurst overnight; and
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The sidewalk on the south side of Eglinton West between Peveril Hill Road North and Bathurst Street remains closed. A temporary walkway guides you through the laneway south of Eglinton around the work zone.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton West at the future secondary station-entrance site remains closed. A temporary walkway guides you to the north around the work zone.
  • Starting 9 p.m. Monday, January 21, the north-south crosswalk on the east side of Bathurst at Eglinton remains reopens.
  • Starting 9 p.m. Monday, January 21, the north-south crosswalk on the west side of Bathurst at Eglinton closes.
  • A work zone blocks the east end of the east-west crosswalk on the north side of Eglinton West at Bathurst. A temporary walkway guides you along the roadway to the north around the work zone. Safety barriers protect you from traffic.
  • A work zone blocks the east end of the east-west crosswalk on the south side of Eglinton West at Bathurst. A temporary walkway guides you along the roadway to the south around the work zone. Safety barriers protect you from traffic.

For motorists:

  • Work zones block traffic lanes on the north side of Eglinton east and west of Bathurst.
  • The north-side work zone on Eglinton west of Bathurst partially extends into the intersection, also blocking southbound traffic lanes on Bathurst.
  • One lane for traffic in each direction is available on Eglinton east and west of Bathurst.
  • One lane for traffic in each direction is available on Bathurst north and south of Eglinton.
  • The City of Toronto is prohibiting turns in all directions at Bathurst and Eglinton.
  • Peveril Hill Road North remains closed to traffic at Eglinton West.

For nearby residents and business people:

  • Expect to hear noise and see bright lights overnight.
  • Crews are maintaining access to all property.


Women March On: Toronto -
TTC detour, January 19



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Queen’s Park between Queen’s Park Crescent and College Street; and
  • University Avenue between College and Armory Streets

Saturday afternoon to accommodate Women March On: Toronto.

The TTC is detouring buses along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 5 Avenue Rd.

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Chapman Drive Ajax construction:
DRT detours, starting January 21



Starting 7 a.m. Monday, January 21, the Town of Ajax is closing

  • Chapman Drive between Singleton Lane and Kingston Road West

to accommodate Region of Durham contractors installing a new water main.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 225 Audley North.

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DRT is also detouring buses along this route to partially replace route 225 service during construction:

  • 215 Salem North.

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Construction on Chapman Drive and the DRT detours continue until 7 a.m. January 28.