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TTC Line 2 Bloor - Danforth trains by-passing
Yonge Station during afternoon rush hour

Toronto Police continue to investigate a tragic death at Yonge Station this morning, Monday, June 18, impacting TTC service for the rest of the afternoon and through this afternoon’s rush hour.

TTC Line 2 Bloor - Danforth trains will continue to operate east- and westbound through Yonge Station, but will not stop. Passengers will not be able to access the Line 2 platform at Yonge Station. The investigation does not impact service on Line 1 Yonge - University and all trains will stop at Bloor Station.

The TTC is providing options for passengers who normally travel east- or westward through the Bloor - Yonge interchange:

  • Board Line 2 trains at Bay or Sherbourne stations. Wheel Trans buses will be available for those requiring accessible transfer to Line 2.
  • instead of traveling northward to Bloor-Yonge, consider taking Line 1 southward through the downtown U or board westbound streetcars at King, Queen, Dundas and College stations to St Andrew, Osgoode, St Patrick or Queen’s Park station on the University branch of Line 1. You can then transfer to Line 2 at St. George or Spadina stations.

Customer Service Agents wearing red smocks and other TTC staff will be at stations on the Yonge branch of Line 1 and both inside and outside the Bloor-Yonge interchange to guide passengers.

The TTC’s GO Transit protocol is in effect at Union Station allowing passengers to travel to GO stations in Toronto on a TTC fare.

In a news release, the TTC says:

“The TTC joins all Torontonians in mourning this loss of life. While still under investigation, incidents of this nature are incredibly rare on the TTC. But the TTC will learn from this tragedy and will review any measures that could further reduce the chances of it happening again.

“The TTC takes great pride in offering its customers one of the safest transit experiences in the world. Over the years, the TTC has introduced numerous safety measures including cameras in all stations and on vehicles, the yellow emergency alarm strip and the SafeTTC app.

“As always, the TTC will continue to co-operate with police throughout their investigation.”

Summer-break transit breaks for kids

Updated — Wednesday, June 20, 6:54 a.m.

Starting next week, kids are out of school and travelling around by public transit to the beach, to the mall, to summer jobs or just to hang out with their friends.

Local transit agencies in Barrie, Burlington, Durham Region, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, St. Catharines and Waterloo Region are offering fare breaks to elementary and secondary school students who want to ride the bus to get around this summer.

Queen Street Brampton transit master plan:
Public meetings, June 21, 25


Queen Street is a major east-west street through Brampton — it becomes Highway 7 in York Region. The City of Brampton wants to revitalize the street over the long term and intensify the urban character of the street. Transit service will play a critical role in developing this area.

Part of the City’s vision for rapid transit in the Queen Street corridor is to evolve rapid transit from current Brampton Transit Züm bus service operating in regular traffic to a transit-only route between downtown Brampton and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. This future rapid transit service will connect passengers with GO Transit’s Kitchener train line and Züm bus rapid transit services in the west and York Region Transit’s Viva bus rapid transit and the TTC subway in the east.

When the City has finished studying the corridor, the Queen Street Transit Master Plan will recommend a transit technology — light rail transit, bus rapid transit or a combination of both — for Queen Street between McLaughlin Road and Regional Road 50. Building on work that Metrolinx completed in 2013, the study will also examine land use, urban design, active transportation and traffic.

You can learn about planning for Queen Street Rapid Transit, speak with the project team and provide your feedback during two upcoming public meetings:

Meetings take place in:

Humber Loop reopens

The TTC has announced that it has completed most construction at Humber Loop, so streetcars and buses have returned to the terminal for the first time since Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Until Saturday, June 23:

  • Streetcars again operate along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen route between Humber and Neville Park loops.
  • Buses continue to operate along the 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch shuttle route between Long Branch Loop and The Queensway at Windermere Avenue.
  • Buses operating along the 66A Prince Edward route again operate into Humber Loop, dropping off or picking up passengers at all times of the week, except overnight.
  • Buses along the 80B Queensway route again operate into Humber Loop, dropping off or picking up passengers Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays before about 10 p.m. and all day Sundays and holidays.

Passengers can transfer between buses and streetcars along the 301 and 501 routes on The Queensway at Windermere or Ellis Avenues.

Starting Sunday, June 24, streetcars resume along Lake Shore Boulevard West between Long Branch and Humber Loops and the TTC cancels the 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch shuttle route.

TTC contractors continue to replace the roof of the Humber Loop building, but regular transit service operates, while crews work on this last phase of the project.

Broadview / Dundas East track reconstruction:
TTC detours start June 24

This summer, the City of Toronto and the TTC are rehabilitating aging streetcar track on

  • Broadview Avenue at the intersections and between Gerrard and Dundas Streets East.

The project requires the City to fully close the intersections to all traffic. The TTC will also repair the tracks and concrete on Broadview between Hogarth Avenue and Gerrard Street East and replace the rails at the curve from Broadview Station onto Erindale Avenue as part of this project.

The first phase of the project starts Monday, June 25. During this phase, crews work:

  • at the intersection of Broadview Avenue with Dundas Street East;
  • on Dundas Street East from Broadview Avenue to Hamilton Street;
  • on Broadview Avenue from just south of Gerrard Street East to just south of Dundas East;
  • on Broadview Avenue from Hogarth Avenue to just north of Gerrard East; and
  • at Broadview Station where streetcars exit onto Erindale Avenue.


During phase 1, the intersection of Broadview with Gerrard East remains open to transit vehicles and all other traffic.

The TTC is already operating buses, instead of streetcars, along the 505 Dundas route. During this project, it will also replace streetcars with buses along the east end of the 504 King route between Broadview Station and Parliament Street.

During this phase, the TTC detours the buses along these routes:

  • 304 King overnight;
  • 504 King; and
  • 505 Dundas.

Phase 1 of the project and this series of TTC detours continue until July 23.

During phase 2 of the project, from Tuesday, July 24 until Saturday, September 8, crews work at the intersection of Broadview and Gerrard East. The TTC will modify the detour routings and also detour buses operating along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes.


According to transit advocate and blogger Steve Munro, the TTC is not only detouring service along the 504 King route during the Broadview project, but reorganizing the route into several branches. It’s temporarily cancelling the 503 Kingston Rd and 514 Cherry routes and adopting their paths as part of the 504 King route.

Starting Sunday, June 24, it operates four branches:

  • 504A branch: streetcars between Dundas West Station and Distillery Loop.
  • 504B branch: streetcars between Dufferin Gate Loop and Bingham Loop (Victoria Park Avenue / Kingston Road) Mondays to Fridays before about 7 p.m.;
  • 504C branch: streetcars between Dufferin Gate Loop and Woodbine Loop (Queen Street East / Kingston Road) Mondays to Fridays after about 7 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
  • 504D branch: buses between Broadview Station and King Street East / Parliament Street, detouring around the track construction.

Similarly, it’s splitting 304 King overnight service to operate with buses and streetcars:

  • 304 branch: streetcars between Dundas West Station and Woodbine Loop; and
  • 304B branch: buses between Broadview Station and King Street West / University Avenue, deturing around the track construction.

During phase 1, crews will:

  • deliver new streetcar track / rail on flat-deck trailers overnight.
  • remove the concrete and old streetcar track;
  • replace the concrete and install new track.

The TTC will use the track area on Broadview Avenue south of Kintyre Avenue for about one week to weld new rail together. It will store newly welded rail on the track area north of Kintyre until crews can install them Gerrard East and Dundas East. It will also temporarily store rail panels that it previously assembled on flatbed trailers on the track allowance near the intersection. The City will restrict parking in these areas.

Crews typically work 24 hours a day, every day to replace TTC tracks. Excavation usually continues as late as 11 p.m. Breaking the concrete is the most disruptive part of the project and typically continues the first four to five days during intersection projects.

Crews also work on other activities over night, including:

  • moving new rail into position;
  • installing new rail; and
  • welding and grinding the new rail.

Crews repairing small sections of track and concrete between Hogarth and Gerrard block only the centre lanes.

Less parking at Whitby GO Station,
starting June 18

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is closing 250 spaces in the northeast Whitby GO Station parking lot during a project to replace the Brock Street South bridge across Highway 401.


Construction starts Monday, June 18 and continues until 2020.

GO Transit suggests that, to access the station during construction, you can:

  • Board Durham Region Transit buses and take advantage of DRT’s 80-cent cash fare to GO. Seven DRT routes connect you to Whitby GO Station:
  • 301 West Lynde;
  • 302 Baldwin / Brock;
  • 303 Garden;
  • 304 Anderson;
  • 305 Thickson;
  • 308 Whitby Shores; and
  • 910 Campus Connect.
  • Board GO buses along the 81 Port Perry / Whitby route with regular DRT fares.
  • Get dropped off, walk or bike to the station and park in one of the two covered bike shelters on the north side
  • carpool with a neighbour to use one of 35 designated spots. Get matched using
  • park in the overflow lot at Iroquois Park Community Centre or at Ajax GO Station. Just remember to change the default setting on your PRESTO card, if you decide to park at Ajax GO.

Cornwall Road construction affects
Oakville Transit service, starting June 18

This month, the Town of Oakville contractors start a major project to rebuild and widen

  • Cornwall Road between Chartwell and Morrison Roads

into a four-lane, urban roadway.

During the first phase of the project, starting Monday, June 18, Oakville Transit is relocating bus stops along this route to allow contractors to proceed:

  • 4 Speers / Cornwall.

Construction during this phase immediately impacts these westbound stops on Cornwall Road:

  • east of Morrison Road: out of service temporarily. Use the previous stop beside #1333 Cornwall Road;
  • beside Oakville Greenhouse: out of service temporarily; and
  • Chartwell Road: out of service temporarily. Use the next stop beside the Shops of Oakville South.

As the project progresses, passengers should expect more impact on transit service, including detours and delays.

Construction on Cornwall Road and the impact on Oakville Transit service continue until December 31.

This project includes:

  • widening the roadway to include two lanes in each direction. The current travel lanes will serve as the future eastbound lanes. The Town will build the two future westbound lanes.
  • installing a planted, landscaped median island.

Howard Park Avenue:
TTC grinding rails, starting June 17

As part of its program of maintaining its streetcar tracks in a state of good repair, the TTC is grinding rail along a number of sections of its streetcar network that have developed some roughness.

Starting 10:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17, a TTC contractor will be active on Howard Park Avenue between Parkside Drive and Indian Road. Contractors work until 6 a.m. Monday, June 18 and continue overnight nightly.

This work improves the condition of the rail surface, helps reduce noise and vibration levels, extends the life of the rail and provides smoother streetcar operation through those areas.

The slow-moving rail-grinding unit starts operating from about 10:30 p.m. nightly and continues until about 6 a.m. the next day. A street sweeper will clean the track area each day after rail grinding operations.

The City of Toronto will maintain regular parking and traffic regulations through the various work zones during this project. Toronto Police Services officers will be on-site each night to help with traffic flow if necessary.

The TTC is currently operating buses, instead of streetcars, along the 506 Carlton route. However, passengers aboard the buses should expect delays.

Rail-grinding on Howard Park Avenue continues until 6 a.m. June 21.

Westwood Square Terminal construction:
Brampton Transit detours, June 15 to 17

After 9 p.m. Friday, June 15 and all day Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, construction near the west end of the Westwood Square Terminal prevents Brampton Transit buses from picking up passengers at their usual platforms.

Instead, buses operating along these routes serve temporary stops on Morning Star Drive beside the terminal:

  • 5 Bovaird: Buses drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stop #1 on Morning Star Drive near the terminal entrance. They then loop through the terminal, before resuming their regular route westward along Morning Star.

5 Bovaird - WWM June 15-17.jpg

  • 14 Torbram: Buses drop off route 14 passengers and pick up route 30 passengers at temporary stop #1 on Morning Star Drive near the terminal entrance. They then loop through the terminal, before resuming the regular 30 Airport Road route westward along Morning Star.

14 Torbram - WWM June 15-17.jpg

  • 30 Airport Road: Buses drop off route 30 passengers and pick up route 14 passengers at temporary stop #2 on Morning Star Drive south of the terminal entrance. They then loop through the terminal, before resuming the regular 14 Torbram route westward along Morning Star.

30 Airport Road - WWM June 15-17.jpg

Construction at the terminal does not affect MiWay service.

Weekend events affect transit services,
June 14, 15, 16, 17

The hills (and streets) are alive with the sound of music — and the aromas and flavours of Italian cuisine — this weekend. Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival and Markham’s Markham Village Music Festival offer visitors treats for the ear, while Toronto’s Taste of Little Italy offers treats for the palette. They all disrupt transit services this weekend, from Thursday, June 14 until Sunday, June 17

Two parades also top the list of events affecting transit this weeked — the annual Fiesta Week Parade through downtown Oshawa and the York PrideFest parade in Newmarket.

These events and others affect services in: Barrie; Brampton; the Bowmanville area of Clarington; Burlington; the Georgetown area of Halton Hills; Hamilton; the Hespeler area of Cambridge; the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes; Markham; Milton; Newmarket; Oshawa; and the Scarborough and central areas of Toronto.