Read these 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.
The TTC is making fairly minor changes to its services, starting Sunday, March 27.
In particular, it’s reorganizing the various branches of the 73 Royal York route, to operate extra rush-hour service further north along the route.
It’s also revising service levels along three streetcar routes to continue to provide a reliable service during upcoming construction projects (although it also cancelled one of those projects after it drew up the schedules for this service period.
Metrolinx contractors continue working to build the future Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line.
The contractors have removed one of two tunnel-boring machines from an extraction shaft on Eglinton Avenue East at Holly Street.
Tonight, Wednesday, March 22, crews operate a crane to lift parts of the machine onto a truck to haul them away to storage.
The City of Toronto is closing
- Eglinton Avenue East between Dunfield Avenue and Holly Street
from 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, to accommodate the evening work.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
- 34 Eglinton East;
- 51 Leslie;
- 54 Lawrence East;
- 56 Leaside;
- 332 Eglinton West overnight;
- 334 Eglinton East overnight; and
- 354 Lawrence East overnight.
Most of these buses are already detouring to accommodate other work on the project.
Metrolinx contractors continue working to build the future Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line.
Starting tonight, Monday, March 20, the Crosstown team is hosting four “tele town halls”. (These events complement an ongoing series of station open houses.) These live and interactive phone meetings are similar to radio call-in shows. The tele town halls provide you and other residents living near the Eglinton corridor the opportunity to join the conversation to ask the team questions about the project.
- Monday, March 20 - Bathurst to Yonge
- Tuesday, April 4 - Jane to Bathurst
- Wednesday, April 12 - Don Mills to Kennedy
- Tuesday, April 18 - Yonge to Don Mills
If you live in these areas, the team will be calling you, and if you’d like to participate or listen in, all you have to do is stay on the line when they call.
If you are interested in participating, but don’t have a landline, you can still join. Connect to the call from your cellular phone by dialing 1-877-229-8493, ID Code: 112697 at 7 p.m. each of the four evenings. Alternatively, you can tune into The Crosstown Facebook page to link to a web audio stream.
The Toronto Transit Commission meets this Wednesday, March 22 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.
This weekend, Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, the TTC is closing Line 2 (Bloor - Danforth) between Warden and Kennedy stations, while crews replace tracks and maintain switches on that part of the line.
It’s operating frequent express shuttle buses between the two stations.
Both stations are open so you can buy passes, tokens, tickets and other fare media and connect with buses. Line 3 (Scarborough) trains continue to operate with their regular weekend schedules.
The TTC has assigned Wheel-Trans buses to operate between Victoria Park and Kennedy stations for passengers requiring an accessible connection. (Victoria Park station has an elevator.) Speak to any TTC employee to ask for Wheel-Trans.
Regular subway service resumes 6 a.m. Monday, March 20.
The TTC is not planning to close this section of Line 2 during another weekend this year.
According to the TTC, “Maintaining subway infrastructure in a state-of-good-repair is critical to ensuring a safe, reliable transit system. While the TTC does much of its maintenance work on the subway at the conclusion of service each night, it will continue to require weekend closures to complete improvements to infrastructure and signals, such as automatic train control. One weekend of work during a subway closure equals about five weeks of nightly work.”
In this video, the TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford and executive director of corporate communications, Brad Ross, further explain why the TTC closes parts of its subway network weekends:
In Toronto (and probably most other places), the most you ever hear from people about their bus or streetcar driver… is usually a complaint.
Today, Friday, March 17, is the day to change that during the annual Transit Driver Appreciation Day.
Consider this: For hours on end, transit drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, transit drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.
Today, celebrate the contributions of your hard-working bus and streetcar drivers and train operators! That could be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train and a “thank you” when you leave. You can also print out and personalize any of the thank-you cards here to show your appreciation in person and you can help spread the word using the sharing links. And, don’t forget to submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your transit agency can formally recognize your drivers for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)
OK, so maybe it’s not an official holiday… yet. Here’s your chance to help us spread the word and make it a tradition!
School bus drivers have their day to shine, and so do truck drivers. Some riders in Seattle conceived Transit Driver Appreciation Day in 2009 and we think it’s a great way to honour the many hard-working men and women who keep us all moving every day.
March 18 is usually Transit Appreciation Day, but most transit agencies are marking the occasion on the nearest weekday, which is today. Why March 18? That’s the day in 1662 that Blaise Pascal — mathematician, inventor, physicist, philosopher, author and general savant — started operating an omnibus service in Paris.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Electric buses to hit Brampton roads by 2018”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Bar gathering on eve of Brampton LRT vote raises questions about council transparency”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Tunnel boring machines resurfacing for Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “It won’t be ‘business as usual’ until province funds Toronto’s needs, Tory warns Sousa”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “City’s relationship with province significantly impacted after road tolls nixed: Tory”, here.
- CP24 report, “Some proposed SmartTrack stations may not result in ridership boost: Metrolinx analysis”, here.
- report, “Provincial budget ‘has to help Toronto’, Tory says after meeting with Sousa”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com post, “Man accused of sexually assaulting girl, 15, on Pickering-bound GO train”, here.
- Financial Post column, “The case against Toronto transit workers’ human rights versus rider safety”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Tory tells Ontario’s Finance Minister Toronto needs increased transit, housing funding”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Eglinton Crosstown tunnel boring machines begin their departure this week”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Tory’s SmartTrack transit plan would cause surge in suburban driving, analysis shows”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “The waiting is the hardest part: Tracking the Scarborough subway debate”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “What went wrong since ‘the golden age’ of Toronto transit?”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Filings show Bombardier warned Metrolinx to ‘tread lightly’ in nixing transit contract”, here.
- insauga post, “Could all-day, two-way GO be delayed until 2041?”, here.
- insauga post, “Mississauga pushes for more infrastructure investment”, here.
- insauga post, “You Could Face Stiff Fines for Misbehaving on Mississauga’s MiWay buses”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Community can raise concerns at third annual transit users’ forum in Burlington April 1”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Kellie Leitch’s threat to withold transit funding an empty threat”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Mayor John Tory prepares for ‘war’ over the Scarborough subway”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Mayor John Tory shows that Toronto is no city to be trifled with”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “How Presto’s costs stack up globally”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Residents protesting termination of Mississauga’s affordable transit program”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “GO Train Schedules Displayed for Commuters - an Update”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Bombardier’s bribery problems in Europe hurt Toronto”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Scarborough Subway Cost Rises Again (III)”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Scarborough Gets Screwed by Subway Promises”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Kelly Leitch Dogwhistles to Racists When Pledging to Deny Transit Funding to ‘Sanctuary Cities’”, here.
- Toronto Life post, “TTC riders irate over chronically malfunctioning Presto readers”, here.
- Toronto Observer article, “Trauma by the tracks”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Development appears to be central to John Tory’s transit plans”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Some Smart Track stations could lower transit use and create more drives, Metrolinx report says”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “Time for fact-based decision-making on the Scarborough subway”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Work starts on stations, tracks for Eglinton-Crosstown LRT”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Tory encourages Scarborough residents to support single subway stop extension”, here.
- Toronto Stararticle, “Metrolinx using Presto fees to gouge 905, councillors say”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Province cannot ignore Toronto’s financial needs, Mayor John Tory warns”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Transit construction creates greenhouse gases that take decades to offset, study says”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “John Tory demands more provincial cash for transit and housing”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Scarborough subway opponents waging ‘war’: Mayor”, here.
- TVO report, “When politicians quit before their job is done”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Less Boring News: Metrolinx Removing Crosstown Tunnel Borers”, here.
- Urban Torontopost, “Highway 427 Expansion: $6.16M Design-Build Contract Signed”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Aurora residents could be on the wrong side of GO train tracks”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Hamilton councillors about to cast major vote on LRT’s environmental assessment”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “[Councillor] calls for audit of Hamilton LRT project”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Hamilton LRT design, environmental report goes public ahead of crucial vote”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Selling LRT not easy: report”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Presto hike adds to HSR budget woes”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator commentary, “Traffic and money problems on a collision course”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek article, “Enhanced GO bus service opens college doors for west Niagara students”, here.
- Orangeville Banner article, “Orangeville mayor casts cloud over Ontario gas-tax pledge”, here.
- Raise the Hammer article, “Evaluating success conditions for Hamilton Light Rail Transit”, here.
Brampton Transit is hosting its annual public information centres acorss the city. You can learn about proposals to revise BT service and share your feedback about the plans with transit staff.
(The proposals will be on-line soon.)
Staff have scheduled events:
York Region Transit hosts annual public information centres to listen to what you have to say about its plans. According to YRT, “Your feedback helps us complete our annual review of transit services, which is intended to help us build an innovative, reliable and customer-focused transit system for York Region.”
YRT intends these events to help you better understand YRT and Viva operations and its plans for the upcoming year. You can also ask questions and discuss the proposals directly with YRT / Viva staff.
YRT / Viva staff have scheduled the open houses:
- Tuesday, March 21;
- Thursday, March 23;
- Tuesday, March 28;
- Wednesday, March 29;
- Tuesday, April 4;
- Wednesday, April 5;
- Thursday, April 6;
- Tuesday, April 11; and
- Wednesday, April 12.
Events take place in:
You can review the YRT / Viva service plans for 2017 here.
The 2018 proposals will be available on-line by Tuesday, March 21.