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Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Caledonia:
Overnight concrete pour, early November 19



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


From 1 until 10 a.m. Monday November 19, crews pour concrete at the site of the future Caledonia Station. A concrete pump will be on site and concrete trucks will queue

  • on Eglinton Avenue West, centre lane, east of Blackthorne Avenue.

To ensure the quality of the pour and minimize the impact to TTC passengers and road users, the contractors must perform this activity overnight.

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For transit passengers:

  • Expect delays aboard TTC buses along these routes:
  • 32A / 32B / 32C Eglinton West; and
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight.

For motorists:

  • Trucks occupy the centre lane of Eglinton West, so expect delays when travelling through the intersection.
  • Crews may also block one westbound lane on Eglinton.

For nearby residents and business people:

  • Expect to hear noise overnight from concrete trucks, equipment and see bright site lighting.


Runnymede Station "Easier Access" program:
Elevator construction starts "late November"



The TTC is continuing its “Easier Access” program to install elevators in its subway stations, making the subway system accessible for everyone. The program supports the government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The provincial legislation commits the TTC to achieving a barrier-free transit system by 2025.


By “late November” (perhaps as early as Monday, November 26), crews start building a barrier-free path from the main entrance to all levels of Runnymede Station by installing:

  • three elevators to access the east- and westbound platforms;
  • automatic sliding station-entry doors (on Kennedy Avenue); and
  • better signs and closed-circuit television (CCTV) security cameras along the accessible pathway.

During construction of this project, crews also repair the masonry and upgrade the fire alarms.

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By “late November” (perhaps as early as Monday, November 26), crews start building elevator E1 between the concourse and street level.

They’ll start working in the laneway to the south of the station for elevator E3 in late January, 2019 (by Thursday, January 31, 2019). The western part of the laneway will house the work zone for the elevator 3 shaft “for approximately one year” (or until January 31, 2020). The work zone blocks through-traffic in the laneway between Kennedy Avenue and Runnymede Road. After crews have finished building elevator E3, the contractor will rehabilitate the south masonry wall of the station. Crews will set up scaffolding on northern half of the laneway during this work for “approximately one to three months” (or until April 30, 2020). The contractor will repave the laneway after finishing the project.

In the bus roadway, crews will set up a lay-down area throughout the project until 2020. They’ll start building elevator E2 in the bus roadway in fall 2019 (or by November 15, 2019). The work zone requires the TTC to close the entire bus roadway for three months (or until February 15, 2020), and then partially close the roadway for another six months (or until July 15, 2020). While the bus roadway is closed, TTC passenger will board buses on the street.

Protective construction hoarding will be in place around the work zones and construction vehicles and equipment will access these work zones from both Kennedy Avenue and Runnymede Road.


The TTC will also install public art in Runnymede Station as part of its public art program.

Anonymous Somebody by Elicser Elliott captures the snippets of bustling Bloor West Village lives while standing still. The artworks aims to communicate the story of individual spirt as fresh and relevant to the metabolism of the neighbourhood. The images work as an anchor to a thought or memory for the person viewing it - to commemorate, celebrate, provoke and heal. Not unlike Runnymede, a house that became a community, Anonymous Somebody welcomes all passengers to reframe the characters’ experience as they pass or wait, fluidly transitioning from past lives to present, making the artwork their own.

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Since graduating from Sheridan College’s animation program, Elicser Elliott has amassed a collection of murals and public artworks that have come to help define Toronto’s cityscape. Moving beyond notions of the streets being his only canvas, Elliott has exhibited works at The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum, and LE Gallery. Elliot’s most notable works are a highly improvised collages of soft characters and organic shapes, layered and blended through transparencies. His character work is often mediated by past experiences and relationships while also drawing on the likeness of passers-by to complete his community-based murals.



TTC revises routes and services, November 18



The TTC continues to rebrand its express buses as it revises its routes and services, starting Sunday, November 18. It’s identifying most of these services with a “900” series route number.

This month, it rebrands these express bus routes:

  • 41E Keele express becomes 941 Keele express;
  • 95E York Mills express becomes 995 York Mills express;
  • 131E Nugget express becomes 903 Kennedy - Scarborough Centre express;
  • 188 Kipling South rocket becomes 944 Kipling South express; and
  • 192 Airport rocket becomes 900 Airport express.

The TTC is also slightly revising the path of the 81 Thorncliffe Park route so that buses operate counterclockwise along Thorncliffe Park Drive at all times except overnight.


Sources:

  • TTC: “Service changes”, here.
  • TTC: “Service Summary, October 7, 2018 to November 17, 2018”, here (.pdf).
  • Steve Munro: “TTC Service Changes, Effective November 18, 2018 and December 23, 2018”, here.


Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Pharmacy:
Crosswalk closing, November 19



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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, November 19, crews are expanding the work zone

  • at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East with Pharmacy Avenue,

to provide safe and adequate space for crews to install catch basins and upgrade the boulevard.

The larger work zone blocks the west-side north-south crosswalk near the future Pharmacy stop.

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

Catch-basin and boulevard work at Eglinton East and Pharmacy continues “for approximately five (5) weeks” or until December 21.


For transit passengers:

  • The TTC may temporarily relocate bus stops. Also expect delays aboard buses along these routes:
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 67 Pharmacy;
  • 70 O’Connor; and
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The north-south crosswalk on the west side of the intersection is closed during this phase of the project.
  • The east-, north- and south-side crosswalks remain open.


Less frequent Lakeshore East GO trains,
November 16, 17, 18



Metrolinx says it’s working on “critical upgrades to our network”, requiring GO Transit to significantly revise train service along the 09 Lakeshore East line this weekend and other weekends this fall.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Friday, November 16

Hourly service starting with the eastbound train that leaves Union Station at 8:13 p.m. and the westbound train that leaves Oshawa GO Station at 7:38 p.m.

GO is cancelling the eastbound trains that usually leave Union at 43 minutes after the hour and the westbound trains that usually leave Oshawa at eight minutes past the hour.

Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18

Trains operate hourly both days. Eastbound trains leave Union at 13 minutes past the hour. They end their trips in Oshawa at eight minutes past the hour. Westbound trains leave Oshawa at 41 minutes past the hour. They end their trips in Union at 40 minutes past the hour.

GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Union at 43 minutes past the hour and Oshawa at 11 minutes past the hour.


GO is also warning passengers to expect delays of as much as 15 minutes behind schedule all weekend.

Also, crews are replacing rack switches east of Whitby GO Station Saturday, November 17. The first westbound train from Oshawa leaves at 10:41 a.m. The first eastbound train to Oshawa leaes Union at 9:13 a.m. GO is providing shuttle-bus service between Whitby and Oshawa GO stations until full service resumes.


GO has already operated with less frequent service seven previous weekends this fall:

GO is similarly revising service or decreasing the frequency of service along the line four more weekends this fall:

  • Friday, November 23, Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25;
  • Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2;
  • Friday, December 7, Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9; and
  • Friday, December 15, Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16.


No TTC Line 3 Scarborough service, November 17



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The TTC is closing all of Line 3 Scarborough this Saturday, November 17. Shuttle buses operate on nearby streets to replace the rapid transit line. The buses stop near all stations along the line between McCowan and Kennedy Stations.

Buses operate along Progress and Midland Avenues and Eglinton Avenue East, stopping on Midland at Ellesmere Road for passengers travelling to and from Ellesmere Station and on Midland at Lawrence Avenue East for Lawrence East Station.

McCowan, Ellesmere and Midland stations are closed this weekend. You may buy fares at Scarborough Centre, Lawrence East and Kennedy stations.

Wheel-Trans buses operate between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy stations. Ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans accessible service.

While the line is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tracks and signals on the line. The TTC continues its program of rehabilitating Line 3 tracks and vehicles to provide a more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. It will close the line when it extends Line 2 Bloor - Danforth to Scarborough Centre.


The TTC has closed Line 3 twice before this year:

This is the last weekend this year that it’s planning to close the line.


Line 3 opened March 24, 1986, so the tracks, stations and vehicles are now more than 32 years old.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:



Weekend events affect transit services,
November 16, 17, 18



Santa Claus is coming to town — or, at least, to 23 cities and towns in the Greater Golden Horseshoe — this weekend.

He’s a busy man as parades welcome him to the Acton area of Halton Hills, Barrie, the Beaverton area of Brock Township, the Bowmanville area of Clarington, Bradford, Brampton, Cambridge, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, Hamilton, the Keswick area of Georgina, Kitchener, the Newcastle area of Clarington, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Orangeville, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, St. Catharines, Toronto, Uxbridge and Waterloo.

Other seasonal events also disrupt transit services in Brampton, Newcastle, Newmarket and Toronto.



Queen East track, wiring repairs:
TTC detour, November 17, 18



From Saturday, November 17 until 4 a.m. Monday, November 19, TTC crews are repairing the rails and concrete for the streetcar tracks at several sites

  • on Queen Street East between Leslie and Morse Streets.

Crews will also upgrade the overhead streetcar wiring

  • on Queen Street East at De Grassi Street.

The TTC is detouring streetcars along these routes to accommodate the projects:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Broadview and Coxwell Avenues.

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Crews work only in the track area to:

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

The TTC says, “Rail work of this nature is required around-the-clock to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete. While the majority of the excavation will be done between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., overnight activity will occur.”

Starting 3 a.m. Saturday, the track crew sets up the work zones. At 8 a.m., they’ll start excavating and chipping the concrete to expose the rail. They’ll work until Sunday morning. Then, they replace the old rail, by cutting, welding and grinding the new rail. They’ll place new concrete in the track areas later Sunday and set it to cure. Traffic resumes over the new concrete 5 a.m. Monday.

The work zone blocks traffic lanes in the centre of the roadway and restricts motorists to just one curb lane in each direction. The City of Toronto may temporarily prohibit parking and restrict turns in the area.


Crews work on the wiring overnight from 11:30 p.m. Saturday, November 17 until 7 a.m. Sunday, November 18. They’re cleaning pigeon droppings from the top of the trough that covers the overhead wire and installing pigeon deterrent on the trough.

The work zone blocks one traffic lane in each direction.



Mississauga Road construction:
MiWay detours, weekends, starting November 17



The City of Mississauga is closing

  • Mississauga Road south of Eglinton Avenue West

for three weekends starting Saturday, November 17 to accommodate a construction project.

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

  • 44 Mississauga Road.

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The construction project blocks Mississauga Road and MiWay is detouring buses:

  • Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18;
  • Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25; and
  • Saturday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2.


Woodbine Station bus terminal upgrades:
TTC detours, November 17 to 20



The TTC is continuing its “Easier Access” program to make the subway system accessible for everyone. The program supports the government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The provincial legislation commits the TTC to achieving a barrier-free transit system by 2025.


As part of the program, TTC crews are building a new ramp

  • at Woodbine Station.

From 7 a.m. Saturday, November 17 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, the TTC is closing the bus terminal so they can safely complete the work. Crews work daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily with longer work hours Monday, November 19.

Buses drop off and pick up passengers on Strathmore Boulevard beside the station terminal and loop along nearby streets while the terminal is closed, affecting service along these routes:

  • 91 Woodbine;
  • 92 Woodbine South; and
  • 93 Parkview Hills.

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