Read the 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.
TTC crews are maintaining the tracks of the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line this Sunday, September 21.
Trains won’t operate along the line until 1 p.m. that day, instead of the usual 9 a.m. opening.
Frequent shuttle buses will operate between Kennedy and McCowan Stations. The TTC will assign extra Wheel-Trans buses to the area for passengers who need an accessible connection. TTC staff will be at each station to help passengers find their way to their destination.
TTC crews are upgrading the streetcar power supply this weekend, requiring the TTC to cancel streetcar service along these routes, serving Queen Street East east of Kingston Road:
Frequent shuttle buses replace the cars, operating between Neville Park Loop and Coxwell Avenue all day Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21.
Regular service resumes Monday, September 22 at 4:30 a.m.
(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)
The contractors have scheduled crews to work this weekend, tomorrow, Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., when they’re:
- working on the northwest corner of the intersection of Leslie with Eastern. Flag people will help direct pedestrian traffic. The contractors will restore access after work hours.
- upgrading utilities at the intersection of Leslie with Commissioners.
The contractors plan to reopen the intersection of Leslie with Eastern for east-west traffic Tuesday, September 23 morning. They’ll make a northbound lane available on Leslie Street from Eastern Avenue to provide access to the Marigold Gardens Condominium parking garage.
Next week,crews start the next phase of the project on Leslie Street **between the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard East and the entrances into the Loblaws / Burger King and Tim Horton’s / Wendy’s / FreshCo parking lots. While this section of Leslie, north of Lake Shore East is closed, crews will upgrade the utilities and install tracks.
Motorists will not be able to access northbound lanes of Leslie from Lake Shore.
Motorists can still travel east-west through the entrances to the two plazas or access the stores from Lake Shore at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Mosley Street.
Pedestrians may still cross Leslie on the north side of the plaza entrances.
Buses operating along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route may resume their regular route after Tuesday, September 23 if the Eastern / Leslie intersection reopens, but the TTC hasn’t confirmed this.
The City of Toronto is temporarily closing York Street between Harbour Street and Queens Quay West until Friday, October 3.
While the street is closed, crews are connecting the newly installed storm-water infrastructure on Queens Quay West to the infrastructure on York Street.
South- and northbound traffic will have no access to or from Queens Quay from York Street. Westbound traffic on Queens Quay West will continue through the intersection.
The City is also closing Harbour Street between York and Bay Streets, while contractors install a pedestrian bridge to extend the PATH network of walkways southward from 1 a.m. Saturday, September 20 until 5 a.m. Monday, September 22.
Crews continue installing new streetcar platforms, overhead wiring and street furnishings this week:
- Platforms and shelters: They’ve completed most of the new streetcar platforms and have installed the shelters. They’ll start building the final platform, **west of Lower Spadina Avenue, late next week.
- Overhead cabling: They’re finishing install overhead cabling in two final sites — between York and Bay Streets and between Robertson Crescent and Rees Street — to get ready for streetcar service to resume Sunday, October 12.
Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:
- Between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: Crews start pouring the concrete road base this week.
- Between Rees Street and Rees Parkette: They continue digging out the **north-side concrete curb cradles and placing new granite curbs near 260 and 270 Queens Quay West. They’re also working to finish the city standard brick gutters, TTC concrete buffers and adjust all utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins in this area.
The contractors have crews working this weekend, Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21.
- York Street area: Crews are connecting storm sewers.
- Radisson Hotel area: Hydro crews are removing primary overhead poles.
- Between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: installing concrete for the new roadway.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route with buses during this project.
Contractors have scheduled crews to work on various components of the project Saturday, September 13 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Here’s what else is going on this week:
Contractors plan to close Main Street North next week to start building the new vivastation and complete as much road construction as possible before winter. To accommodate necessary work to install storm sewers and water mains and widen the road, the street will be closed overnight and during the weekend to reduce disrupting traffic.
Overnight from 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 24 until 9 a.m. Thursday, September 25, they’ll close Main north of Davis to all traffic. They’ll also close the street from 8 a.m. Saturday, September 27 until 8 p.m. Sunday, September 28.
Metrolinx and York Region are advising commuters — especially those traveling to Newmarket GO Station — to plan on adding extra time to your trip to avoid delays. Consider boarding trains at East Gwillimbury or Aurora GO Stations.
During Davis Drive rapidway construction expect delays for:
- GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
- York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community routes.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- St. Clair Avenue West, westbound lanes** between Lansdowne Avenue and Caledonia Road
tomorrow, Saturday, September 20 morning, afternoon and early evening.
The TTC is detouring northbound buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:
- 47B Lansdowne via Caledonia and Bridgeland.
The work will not affect southbound buses. Buses operating along the 47A Lansdowne (St. Clair) branch of the route and streetcar operating along the 512 St. Clair route continue to provide regular service during the closure.
Brampton Transit is closing its Downtown Terminal from 9 p.m. tonight Friday, September 19 until 5 a.m. Monday, September 22 as crews repair and repaint the terminal building. The terminal store remains open during its regular hours.
The terminal, part of a complex of transit facilities at Brampton GO Station, serves both Brampton Transit and GO Transit buses.
Buses operating along these routes drop off or pick up passengers on streets near the terminal:
- 31A / 31E / 31F / 31J / 31L Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;
- 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York;
- 34 Brampton / Pearson / North York; and
- 35 Brampton / Humber College / North York.
You can view a map of the temporary bus stops here (.pdf).
Brampton Transit will close the terminal again next weekend, from about 9 p.m. Friday, September 26 until 5 a.m. Monday, September 29.
Many cities and towns in the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe areas are enjoying special events this weekend. With the start of fall, some communities like are enjoying their annual fairs and local transit agencies offer special services to take residents to and from the festivities. Festivals and parades take over the streets of Burlington and downtown Toronto.
The events take place in the Ancaster area of Hamilton, Brampton, Burlington, the Downsview area of Toronto, Essa Township, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Galt area of Cambridge, Guelph, central Hamilton, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, Kitchener, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Milton, the North York area of Toronto, Peterborough, the Thornhill area of Markham and Vaughan, downtown Toronto and Whitby.
Ongoing work requires it to completely close the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line between Union and St. Andrew Stations this weekend.
All day Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, subway trains operate between Downsview and St. Andrew Stations and between Finch and Union Stations.
Since you can’t travel by subway between Union and St. Andrew Stations, the TTC advises you to to exit the University - Spadina leg of the subway further north than St. Andrew to avoid crowds. If you are traveling as far south as Union, transfer at Queen’s Park, St. Patrick or Osgoode Stations to eastbound streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton, 505 Dundas or 501 Queen routes, then transfer again at College, Dundas or Queen Stations to the Yonge leg of the subway.
Of course, streetcars operating along the 504 King route continue to connect St. Andrew with King Station.
You can also transfer from streetcars operating along any of those routes to buses operating along the 6 Bay route to travel to Union.
If you’re paying by cash or ticket, make sure you get a paper transfer where you pay your fare to show the streetcar or bus driver when you board.
Regular subway service resumes Monday, September 22.
For passengers who require accessible transit between Union and St Andrew stations, an accessible Wheel-Trans vehicle will be available. Ask any uniformed TTC employee at either station for directions on where you can board Wheel-Trans.
While closing the subway is a short-term inconvenience to passengers, the result of the project will be better service for the thousands of passengers that board or exit from the subway Toronto’s major transit hub at Union Station. (Many of you also connect with GO Transit trains and buses at Union.)
This is the latest in this series of weekend closures to disrupt service in the same stretch of the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway as the TTC worked towards opening the second platform and finalizing the project. This year, it’s already closed this part of the line Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9 and Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23. More recently, it closed this section of the line Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, just before opening the new platform and just last weekend, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14.
During earlier parts of the project, it also previously closed the subway between St. Andrew and Union Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2012, Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 23 and Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 2013.