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 not operating subway trains along the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Broadview and Main Street stations this Sunday, July 24, as crews upgrade the tracks and perform other maintenance in the closed section of the subway
That same day, the TTC is not opening the line until 10 a.m. between Broadview and St George stations. Crews are working replacing beams under the Prince Edward Viaduct that morning.
All day, trains operate along the east end of the line only between Kennedy and Main Street stations. In the west end, they operate only between Kipling and St George Stations before 10 a.m. and only between Kipling and Broadview Stations after 10 a.m.
Shuttle buses replace subway service. From about 8 until 10 a.m., the buses operate between Main Street and St George stations along Danforth Avenue, Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West. After 10 a.m. they operate along Danforth Avenue between Main Street and Broadview stations. The buses drop off or pick up passengers in the terminals at Main Street and Broadview or St George stations. They stop on the street near all other subway stations. The TTC has scheduled 35 buses to provide the shuttle-bus service.
The TTC has not yet equipped all buses with PRESTO fare card devices. Remember to carry tokens, tickets or cash in case the bus that stops to pick you up is ready for PRESTO.
The TTC is also assigning Wheel-Trans buses to operate between St George and Main Street stations from 8 until 10 a.m. and between Broadview and Main Street stations for the rest of the day. You can speak to any TTC staff member to ask for Wheel-Trans accessible service.
Regular subway service resumes July 25.
To reduce congestion and help improve travel times for TTC passengers and all road users on Danforth Avenue while the subway is closed, the City of Toronto is restricting parking on both sides of Danforth between Main Street and Broadview Avenue from 3:30 a.m. Sunday until 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 25.
The TTC and the City conducted a pilot restricting on-street parking on Danforth Avenue when between Broadview and Pape Avenues when the TTC closed Line 2 Sunday, June 12. During the pilot, bus travel time improved and traffic congestion on Danforth decreased significantly. Travel times for TTC passengers were as much as 44 per cent less than during the previous subway closure, Sunday, June 4, when on-street parking was available for motorists on the Danforth.
One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.
Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.
Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. If you’re traveling between the east end and downtown Toronto, by-pass the crowds and consider boarding:
- streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route between Main Street and College stations.
After 10 a.m. and you’re traveling between the west end or downtown Toronto and the east, try:
- buses operating along the 62 Mortimer or 87 Cosburn routes between Main Street and Broadview stations.
The TTC has previously closed the subway between Pape and St George Stations several times this year:
- Sunday, April 17 - open late; and
- Saturday, April 30 - closed early;
- Sunday, May 12 - opened late;
- Sunday, June 4; and
- Sunday, June 12.
- Sunday, June 26 - opened late.
It plans to close the same section of the subway on several more occasions this year:
- Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14;
- Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4 and Labour Day, Monday, September 5;
- Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25;
- Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8 and Thanksgiving, Monday, October 9; and
- Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6.
The City is completely closing:
- the intersection of College Street and Lansdowne Avenue
from 6 a.m. Monday, July 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, August 8 to all traffic.
While the intersection is closed, TTC crews are replacing the streetcar tracks, curves and switches. City contractors are repairing the sidewalk and roadway on Lansdowne between College and Dundas Street West. Toronto City Council approved this project as part of its 2016 capital works program. The City has scheduled three years of work at the College / Lansdowne / Dundas West triangle.
Construction at Lansdowne and College affects transit services along several routes. The TTC is already detouring buses and streetcars that usually operate along these routes due to other nearby construction projects, so, starting Monday, July 25, it’s revising the detour routings:
This map shows detour routings Mondays to Fridays before about 2 a.m.
This map shows detour routings Mondays to Fridays overnight and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
For this project, crews are:
- removing streetcar overhead wiring infrastructure;
- removing the old, and installing new, concrete and streetcar track;
- repairing sidewalks to improve accessibility; and
- restoring the roadway and sidewalks.
The first few days of completely closing an intersection closure and require crews to break and remove concrete in streetcar track areas. They’ll stop breaking and removing concrete by 11 p.m.
Rebuilding the tracks requires crews to work some late evenings and overnight, when they’re installing the new rail. Overnight, crews may move new rail into position and install, weld and grind the new rail. After-hours work by TTC crws supports the daytime construction and helps the TTC to complete the project as quickly as possible.
The City will reopen the intersection with just one lane in all directions available for traffic at 6 a.m. Monday, August 8. The TTC will resume transit services through the intersection at the same time, although buses continue to detour from their regular routes due to other construction projects in the area.
The City will remove all restrictions on all traffic lanes by Friday, September 2.
This weekend, crews are repaving the south side of Highway 7 on both sides of Jane Street after a long period of construction to build the future rapidway. They’re working continuously, 24 hours each day, from 6 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 23 until 6 a.m. Monday, July 25.
York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes to accommodate the work:
Passengers riding buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 route should also expect delays.
- Jane Street between Highway 7 and Doughton Road.
However, motorists traveling to and from #7685-7695 Jane Street can drive along that section of Jane Street between Doughton and the plaza.
Crews are shifting eastbound traffic on Highway 7 to the north side of the roadway to allow contractors to pave the southern part of the intersection.
Eastbound motorists can’t turn right onto Jane Street.
During phase 2, from 6 a.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, July 25, crews are restricting southbound traffic on Jane to just one lane from south of Portage Pkwy to Highway 7 and blocking left-turn lanes. Southbound traffic may turn right onto Highway 7 but cannot proceed through the intersection.
They’re also restricting northbound traffic to just one lane from north of Interchange Way / Peelar Road to Doughton Road and blocking left-turn lanes. Motorists traveling to and from #7685-7695 Jane Street can drive along that section of Jane Street between Doughton and the plaza.
They’re reducing eastbound traffic on Highway 7 to just one lane from east of Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way to west of Maplecrete Road. They’re blocking the eastbound left-turn lane at Jane; however, motorists may U-turn at Creditstone Road. Eastbound traffic may turn right onto Jane.
During this phase, crews are making two open lanes available to westbound traffic on Highway 7. They’re blocking the westbound left-turn lane at Jane; however, motorists may U-turn at Edgely Boulevard / Interchange Way.
During both phases, “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers are on site to help guide pedestrians, cyclists and motorists around the construction zone.
Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.
GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of trains along the entire 09 Lakeshore East line this weekend, as contractors continue upgrading Guildwood GO Station.
Trains drop off or pick up passengers at all stations along the line every hour, instead of every 30 minutes, today, Friday, July 22, evening and all day Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24.
Westbound trains leave Oshawa GO Station only at 38 minutes past each hour. GO is canceling all trains that usually leave Oshawa at 8 minutes past each hour, starting with the 8:08 p.m. train this evening.
Eastbound trains leave Union Station only at 13 minutes past each hour. GO is canceling all trains that usually leave Union at 43 minutes past each hour, starting with the 6:43 p.m. train this evening.
Regular service resumes Monday, July 25.
GO previously decreased the frequency of service along the line for the same project two weeks ago — Friday, July 8 evening and all day Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10.
Ontario Ministry of Transportation contractors continue with a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Erin Mills Parkway over Highway 403 this weekend. At the same time, the City of Mississauga is repaving Erin Mills at the overpass.
From late Friday until early Monday, work on the project blocks buses from exiting or entering the highway to or from Erin Mills and access into and out of Erin Mills Transitway Station.
GO Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes during construction:
MiWay is detouring buses operating along these MiLocal and MiExpress routes:
You can view maps of the MiWay detour routings here. (.pdf)
Work on the project likely also affects service along this MiWay route:
- 48 Erin Mills
This phase of the construction at Highway 403 and Erin Mills and the detours continue until 5 a.m. July 25.
Construction at Highway 403 and Erin Mills previously affected GO and MiWay services from 10 p.m. Friday, July 15 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 18.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Bathurst Street at Highway 401
as Ontario Ministry of Transportation contractors repair the overpass overnight from late Friday until early Saturday.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
Construction at Bathurst Street and Highway 401 has previously affected TTC services overnight:
- Brampton Guardian article, “More parking spaces open at Mount Pleasant GO Station”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Former TTC chair Adam Giambrone tapped to lead New York City streetcar project”, here.
- Globe and Mail editorial, “Scarborough subway: Damn the cost, full speed ahead”, here.
- insauga post, “Would you like to see WiFi on MiWay buses?”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Air conditioned Toronto Rocket trains make appearance on TTC’s Line 2”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “WATCHDOG: Toronto’s long, toxic mix of transit and politics”, here.
- Media In Canada post, “Spotted! Netflix dares Toronto commuters to pick up the phone”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Mississauga mayor, councillors travel to Minneapolis to see LRT in action”, here.
- Next City post, “Toronto Settles Longest-Running Transit Debate?”, here.
- NOW article, “Racism and rage on the TTC”, here.
- rabble.ca post, “Mayor John Tory goes full austerity jacket”, here.
- South Bayview Bulldog post, “One-stop wonder is a dumb plan, but it’s Toronto’s plan”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Why transit has become Toronto’s moral hazard”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service in 1928”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Travel times on Queens Quay West”, here.
- Torontoist post, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Yonge Subway Extension”, here.
- Torontoist post, “It’s About Time the TTC Responds to Sexual Assault During Commutes”, here.
- Torontoist post, “The Toronto Sun’s Christina Blizzard is Wrong About Transit (Again)”, here.
- Toronto Star editorial, “Keep politics out of transit planning”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Now that the subway battle is over, the hard part begins”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx threatens legal action over late delivery of light rail vehicles”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “Stop the TTC’s race to the bottom”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Transit spending will add $50 billion to Ontario’s net debt”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “LRT will completely transform Mississauga”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Cash shift might revive Sheppard subway extension”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx challenges City of Toronto over Etobicoke rezoning vote”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “How public transit affects home values in Toronto”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Brampton man charged after GO bus driver assaulted”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Adam Giambrone hired as NYC transit consultant”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “The Way We Were: Transit debates of the past, present and future”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Ex-TTC chair Adam Giambrone is New York City’s new streetcar guru”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Liberals readying campaign to keep Scarborough - Rouge River”, here.
- U of T Engineering News article, “Lessons in Leadership: U of T Engineering students tour TTC with ILead summer program”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Toronto City Council Plays ‘Fantasy Transit Network’ Once Again”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Council Vote Brings Kipling Mobility Hub One Step Closer to Reality”, here.
- YorkRegion.com post, “Province announces double-decker GO bus additions”, here
- Barrie Examiner article, “Metrolinx meeting goes off the rails in Bradford”, here.
- Brock Press article, “GO Train services to be available in St. Catharines starting in 2023”, here.
- Brantford Expositor article, “GO bus schedule is being developed”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Work begins in 2017 on GO train expansion into Niagara”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “GO train service extending to Niagara by 2023”, here.
- Hamilton Community News column, “LRT is simply a streetcar not desired”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Ontario green lights GO train service to Niagara by 2021”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Horizon working on $1.8-million capital project to service Lewis Road train layover facility in Stoney Creek”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator commentary, “Time to go all-in on Hamilton LRT”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Twenty years on, this TH&B treasure needs more trains”, here.
- Newstalk 610 CKTB report, “When the GOing is good, the good get GOing”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “GO commuter rail a ‘massive win’ for Niagara”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “GO trains will have ‘mega impact’, [Niagara Falls mayor] says”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com column, “GO trains good for Niagara - but not a magic cure for our ails”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com editorial, “One voice helps to land GO rail”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “[Grimsby mayor] welcomes GO announcement”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “GO announcement doesn’t mean work stops: [Lincoln mayor]”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “Innisfil council discusses nixing GO train whistle at crossings”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “GO news is good news”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Local work continues to ready for GO”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard column, “GO’s late arrival is no shock”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard column, “The reality of the GO timeline”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard commentary, “I’ll really applaud GO when I see it”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard commentary, “DEL DUCA: Niagarans deserve nothing less than GO”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard column, “YESTERDAY AND TODAY: NS&T Serving Port Dalhousie, 1947”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “What traffic impacts will [Hamilton] LRT create?”, here.
- Welland Tribune column, “Niagara needs to ‘retain our character’ as GO train arrives”, here.
Ossington Station is next.
TTC crews are removing turnstiles and high gates and replacing them with new, PRESTO-enabled fare gates. The new gates provide easier access and improve the flow of passengers into and out of stations.
After the new fare gates are active, you can still use tickets, tokens and Metropasses to pay your fare when you enter the station — but only at the collector booth.
The TTC is assigning ambassadors to the stations to help you figure out how to get around during construction. It will also install way-finding signs.
From Monday, July 18, crews will block the main entrance doors as they improve accessibility by installing new automatic sliding doors and an accessible ramp, and re-grading the sidewalk in front of the station.
To reduce the impact of construction on passenger, the TTC is co-ordinating work on the new PRESTO fare gates with the accessibility improvements. Crews are removing all turnstiles, installing hoarding, adding new electrical conduits and removing and replacing existing terrazzo floor tiles.
You’ll have to enter the station through a temporary walkway on the north side of the main entrance. The main entrance collector booth will be closed and you won’t be able to buy TTC fares from Tuesday, July 19 until Wednesday, July 27 and from Saturday, August 6 until mid-August, while this area is under construction. Visit Dufferin or Christie stations to buy tickets, tokens and TTC passes during the closures.
The booth will be open and TTC staff will be selling TTC fares from Wednesday, July 28 until Friday, August 5.
Work at the main entrance continues until September 30.
From Friday, July 22 until Monday, July 25, the TTC is closing the Delaware Avenue entrance. You must enter the station by the temporary walkway on the north side of main entrance off Ossington Avenue.
From Friday, July 22 until Friday, September 30, crews will complete the preliminary work for installing the new PRESTO fare gates. Crews are removing all turnstiles, installing hoarding, adding new electrical conduits and removing and replacing existing terrazzo floor tiles.
After Monday, July 25, while the PRESTO construction continues, the Delaware entrance will remain open for you to use. When construction is complete, you can no longer buy or use tokens at this entrance. You’ll have to go to the main entrance to enter the station with tokens.
At a marathon meeting of Toronto City Council last week, councillors approved the City’s 15-year transit plan, pushing several future transit proposals further along their journey from the drawing board to reality. Council also nodded in favour of several other transit schemes during the four-day session from Tuesday, July 12 to Friday, July 15.
For many of these projects the City either has no funds or not enough funds to complete them without further sources of revenue. The Councillors also approved several staff recommendations on ways to overcome this shortfall, including cost-sharing with the provincial and federal governments.
Their decisions affect:
- the Scarborough Subway;
- the Relief Line;
- the eastern extension of the Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line to the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus;
- the western extension of the Crosstown LRT to Mississauga’s Airport Corporate Centre and Toronto Pearson International Airport;
- SmartTrack, an “overground” rapid transit line that’s gradually disappearing into the Metrolinx plans for regional express rail service along GO Transit rail corridors;
- the Waterfront “Reset” — plans to introduce new and upgrade current rapid transit along the waterfront;
- miscellaneous other transit plans.