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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.




No Barrie line GO trains this weekend, May 27, 28



GO Transit is cancelling train service along the entire 65 Barrie line between Allandale Waterfront GO Station and Union Station this weekend.

Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 29, GO is replacing trains with buses, while contractors install a new pedestrian tunnel at Maple GO Station.

GO is operating regular bus service both days. It’s also operating extra buses, dropping off or picking up passengers at all Barrie line GO stations, except York University, along these routes:

  • 63 King City / Toronto;
  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
  • 68 Barrie / Newmarket.

GO says that this work is part of the first phase of construction to provide two-way, all-day service along the Barrie Corridor.



May 23, 2017: 50 years of GO Transit



Rising housing costs…

Commuters living further and further away from the core…

Congested highways…

In some respects, the Toronto region of 50 years ago wasn’t all that different from the region today, except for one thing: the GO train.

Exactly 50 years ago today, Tuesday, May 23, 1967, the first GO Transit trains headed down the tracks from Oakville and the Dunbarton area of Pickering towards Union Station, carrying the first of many hundreds of thousands of train-loads of commuters into downtown Toronto.

Since that Tuesday after Victoria Day in Canada’s centennial year, GO has continued to grow into the extensive train and bus-route network it is today. In its first year of operation, GO Transit carried 2.5 million riders, exceeding its projected ridership for that year in just six months. Today, GO accommodates about 70 million trips per year on seven rail lines, connecting to 15 GO bus terminals and 17 municipal transit systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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William Mewes captured this image of GO train led by cab car 9855 at Bronte GO station in 1971. He writes, “This historic building was located on the east side of Bronte Road, south of the tracks, and not at the same location as the present GO station.” The image used in accordance with his Creative Commons license.

Daniel Garcia and Transit Toronto’s webmaster and resident historian, James Bow, write elsewhere on this site:

“Passenger trains, including commuter trains, had been serving Toronto’s Union Station and the towns and villages along the shores of Lake Ontario for decades, but the history of GO Transit goes back to 1967, and has roots which take us back farther, to the early 1950s…

“Villages such as Port Credit and Streetsville were seeing an influx of people who commuted to work in Toronto. A number of planners and politicians called for Metro’s boundaries to be expanded to encompass this new growth, but the provincial government of the day was leery. Metropolitan Toronto was already a powerful government in its own right; making it bigger could cause it to rival the provincial government in prominence. As a result, the provincial government vetoed the idea of expanding the boundaries of Metropolitan Toronto.

“With the provincial government ensuring the Metropolitan Toronto could not fully control the development of the sprawling services surrounding it, the same provincial government realized it had no choice but to manage that growth itself. The province knew that unrestricted growth could put pressure on area infrastructure, increasing costs that could put pressure on local and provincial taxes. A clear example of this was the provincial highway network, including Highway 401 and the Queen Elizabeth Way. Without a regional government to create a managed transportation grid, the province realized that their highways would likely receive the brunt of the area’s new car traffic, and that the increased costs of maintaining and possibly expanding these highways would fall to it.

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GO Transit single-level cab car #755 pulls out at the back of a train leaving Oakville station, while another train of single-level cars awaits to depart in this May 1967 shot. The service is barely days old. The photographer is unknown.

“In response, around 1965, the provincial government commissioned a number of reports, including the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Transportation Study (MTARTS for short). These reports confirmed that provincial highways were likely to see a significant increase in traffic, and they noted that expanding these highways to fill expected demand would be costly. One alternative to unrestricted highway expansion was the creation of parallel commuter rail services to act as a relief valve for overburdened highways.

“…one legacy of these slew of mid-1960s reports was the creation of a commuter rail service operating parallel to the Queen Elizabeth Way and the shore of Lake Ontario from Oakville to Dunbarton (today better known as Pickering). The service, which opened in May 1967, was designed to take pressure off the Queen Elizabeth Way in the west and Highway 401 to the east. The rest, as they say, is history.

Speaking about that history, GO Transit has assembled an informative “virtual museum” about its past, present and future. You can check it out, here. And, be sure to head over to Urban Toronto, where Andrew Johnston has provided a good historical overview of the service, here.

But, as always, Transit Toronto is the best place for you to explore and learn about the story of GO Transit and, of course, other transit history of Toronto and area.

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GO train led by locomotive #606 enters Port Credit station in this July 1968 shot. The photographer is unknown.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • “GO Transit’s Lakeshore lines”, by Daniel Garcia and James Bow, here.
  • “GO Transit’s Kitchener line” (formerly Georgetown), by Daniel Garcia and Sean Marshall, here.
  • “GO Transit’s Richmond Hill line”, by Daniel Garcia, here.
  • “GO Transit’s Milton line”, by Daniel Garcia and James Bow, here.
  • “GO Transit’s Barrie line” (formerly Bradford), by Daniel Garcia and James Bow, here.
  • GO Transit’s Stouffville line”, by Daniel Garcia and James Bow, here.

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A GO train led by locomotive #600 enters the original Danforth station on July 1, 1967. The photographer is unknown.


To learn about the GO Transit that was — or might have been or may be — also read:

  • “The GO-ALRT Program”, by Peter Drost, here. (GO-AlRT was an early regional express rail proposal using articulated light-rail vehicles, similar to the TTC’s Scarborough rapid transit line.)
  • “GO’s Dial-a-Bus Experiment”, by Pete Coulman and James Bow, here.
  • “GO’s future Midtown Corridor”, by Daniel Garcia and James Bow, here.

Visit our Regional Transit Photo Gallery to view more pictures of GO trains and buses, here.

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GO Transit GP40TC locomotive #602 leads a train of single-level coaches through Scarborough station on September 5, 1967. The photographer is unknown. This photo is from the John Knight collection.



In the news:
Victoria Day, Monday, May 22, 2017



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “King Street pilot project will give streetcar priority”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto is getting streetcar safety murals”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “10 quirky things you might not know about the TTC”, here.
  • Bloomberg post, “Ontario Snubs Bombardier on Heels of Fracas with Key Investors”, here.
  • Bulletin post, “Financial District BIA answers King St. pilot project questions”, here.
  • Bulletin post, “Metrolinx will inspect your property ahead of Jarvis, Sherbourne construction”, here.
  • BuzzBuzzNews post, “Would a 250km/hr train to Windsor east Toronto’s housing-affordability issues?”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, “‘We’ve got to do it’: High-speed rail line to be a reality, premier says” (from the CTV News Kitchener website), here.
  • Canadian Press article, “Ontario to buy 61 light-rail vehicles in shot against Bombardier” (from the CTV News Toronto website), here.
  • Canadian Press article, “Deadline looms for Via to respond to order to change wheelchair policy” (from the CBC News Toronto website), here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “King St. pilot project makes transit riders top priority”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Plan to fix ‘horrible’ King Street gets mixed reviews from community”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Service resumes after damaged Scarborough RT train results in evacuation, line closure”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Someone stole a TTC bus and left it in Whitby”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “King Street pilot project will give streetcar priority”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Scarborough RT service resumes after train evacuation”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Subway workers should be allowed to wear masks amid air quality concerns: union”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “High-speed rail line between Toronto-Windsor will boost economic activity: Wynne”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Alleged TTC stink bomber charged with mischief”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Arrest made after women sexually assaulted on TTC bus”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “GTAA moves ahead with Pearson transit hub”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map? post, “Ontario wants to ‘Modernize’ intercity bus service… what the heck does that mean?”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Whitby man, 32, charged wiith stealing TTC bus and driving to his Durham Region”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Man assaulted woman on Durham-bound GO bus, police say”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “High-speed train between Windsor and Toronto ‘an interesting project’ for infastructure bank, Ottawa says”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Kathleen Wynne rolls out high-speed rail plan”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC union demands right for subway workers to wear masks following air quality study”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC subway track fire outside Islington station temporarily halts service on Line 2”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Pregnant Ontario woman calls for expectant mother parking spaces at GO stations”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Making the streetcar king”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Ontario high-speed rail could be on track for 2025, adviser says”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx signs $528 million deal with Bombardier rival in ‘creative’ solution”, here.
  • Globe and Mail editorial, “The infrastructure bank’s boondoggle breeding program”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “OMB challenges to be barred within 500 metres of transit stations”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Ontario Municipal Board changes will stifle new housing: developers”, here.
  • insauga post, “Hurontario LRT team to hold telephone information sessions”, here.
  • insauga post, “Major Questions and Concerns about Dundas Connects Project”, here.
  • insauga post, “Should Mississauga Transit Enforce Routine Drug Testing for Drivers?”, here.
  • insauga post, “Metrolinx finds alternative manufacturer for Mississauga’s LRT vehicles”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington council approves keeping U.S. consultant on for transit plan”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Milton’s first Master Transportation Plan in the works”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Fire destroys Milton Transit bus”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Proposed King Street pilot project would restrict car travel”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: TIFF shutdown spells chaos for transit riders”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Uncertain times ahead for the TTC”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, ‘TO Transportation Review: TTC repairs air conditioning on old trains”, here. +InsideToronto.com article, “Train bells troublesome for residents: MP Julie Dzerowicz”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: John Tory shifts tactics in long scold of Premier Wynne”, here
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Man charged after alleged reported TTC sexual assault in North York”, here.
  • International Railway Journal post, “Metrolinx switches to Alstom for Toronto LRV order”, here.
  • Maclean’s article, “Uber wants into public transit. Cities should proceed with caution”, here.
  • Marshall’s Musings post, “A need for high-speed rail reality”, here.
  • Marshall’s Musings post, “GO Transit’s 404 error”, here.
  • Metro Toronto column, “Why is our boom town such a bust?”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Property expropriation underway for Hurontario LRT”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Mississauga supports Metrolinx deal with Bombardier competitor, Alstom”, here.
  • National Post article, “Man steals TTC bus from Toronto transit garage and drives it to his Whitby home”, here.
  • Post City Toronto commentary, “Sewell on City Hall: Tory loses way on one-stop subway”, here.
  • Railway Age post, “Metrolinx Orders 61 More Alstom Cars”, here.
  • Reuters article (from the NASDAQ website), “Toronto transit agency buys 61 cars from Alstom, spurning Bombardier”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “You know summer is just around the corner when the elusive barefoot rider comes out of hibernation”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, In late Spring, the construction worker can be seen busying himself as he prepares his den for summer”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “My Presto card broke again…”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Presto pulls through… thank you”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Police arrested a man brandishing a knife at Oakville GO Station last week”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “Virtual Sidewalk Supers can read about Laird excavation”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Reconstruction of Dundas and Parliament Streets”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Reliable Unreliability of TTC Service”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Standards Update”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Metrolinx to Buy LRVs from Alstom”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “May Council Preview: Relief Lines, Budget Directions, Pride Motions, Cricket”, here.
  • Toronto Life post, “The Urban Diplomat: Is it okay to cycle past open streetcar doors?”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “Train rescuer, transit historian slams $4B one-stop Scarborough subway plan”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Drivers take a back seat in proposed King St. pilot project”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “King St. streetcar plan is a cautious first step with room to grow”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx to buy vehicles from Bombardier competitor”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Province had no choice but to seek Bombardier substitute for Eglinton LRT: Del Duca”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Good news and bad news at Bombardier”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “How do Toronto’s light rail vehicles compare? It’s Bombardier versus Alstom”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC urges City to stop TIFF closure of King St.”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Chill out, TTC says, we’re dealing with ‘hot cars’”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Dundas and Parliament intersection closed for construction”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Kathleen Wynne is all aboard $21B high-speed-rail Toronto-London-Windsor project”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Anti-sprawl plan for the GTA and beyond gets an update”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC’s chief customer officer stepping down”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “504 to become traffic king”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Congestion? It’s the streetcars, stupid”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Council transit vote will send message to province: Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx orders backup LRT vehicles, in case Bombardier fails to deliver”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Toronto health board seeks subway air quality study”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory’s subway to success”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Opposition sharpens attack on ‘reverse Robin Hood’ infrastructure bank”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Toronto’s gridlock is out of control”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “King Street Pilot Gets Mixed Reactions at Second Consultation”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Ontario Advances High-Speed Rail between Toronto and Windsor”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Alstom: Metrolinx’s ‘Plan B’ for Crosstown LRT”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Ontario Issues Barrie Corridor Expansion Notice”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Metrolinx Invites Bids for New Public Artworks Throughout the GTHA”, here.
  • YorkRegion.ca article, “York Region politicians gain John Tory co-operation”, here.
  • YorkRegion.ca article, “Expanded service coming to Stouffville GO passengers”, here.
  • YorkRegion.ca article, “Fate of future 400 series highway through Vaughan still up in the air”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe


TTC vintage PCC cars on Queens Quay,
Sundays, May 21 until September 3



Starting this Sunday, May 21, and every Sunday until September 3, TTC passengers can step back in time aboard a vintage Presidents’ Conference Committee or PCC streetcar along the 509 Harbourfront route. You can board the classic burgundy-and-cream streetcar from about noon until 5 p.m. Sundays only. Rides on the PCC are free of fare.

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While walking on Gould Street in the late afternoon of November 27, 2005, Alex Soloviev was lucky enough to catch TTC A15-class PCC #4549 during a training run, heading southbound on Church through the Ryerson campus. This is one of the two cars TTC staff have restored and likely one of the two you’ll see on Queens Quay this summer.

The PCC car will travel between Union Station and Fleet Loop, providing a scenic view along Queens Quay West. It stops at many tourist destinations on Toronto’s waterfront, such as the Ferry Docks, Toronto Music Garden, HTO Park, York Quay Centre, Stage in the Round, The Power Plant and many other attractions.

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George McCormick shot this view of the TTC’s second restored PCC, #4500, on Broadview Avenue south of Dundas Street East, Saturday, March 13, 2016.

Some facts about the PCC cars:

  • The Presidents’ Conference Committee was a group North American transit industry experts that developed specifications for new-era streetcars in 1930.
  • The PCC streetcar era in Toronto began in 1938 when the first PCC rolled into service along the St Clair route.
  • The TTC’s original 140-car order of PCCs (the largest order in North America in 1938) cost $3 million. By 1951, more than 550 “streamliners” were running on most routes in Toronto.
  • By 1957, after acquiring more than 200 second-hand PCCs from various United States cities, the TTC owned 744 PCC cars (745 purchased, but one scrapped in 1947), which was the biggest PCC fleet in the world. The TTC gradually retired the PCCs from service after it opened the Bloor-Danforth Subway in 1966 and started to operate its Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) and Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV) streetcars — the fleets in service today — in the 1980s.
  • The TTC rebuilt 173 PCC cars in the early 1970s, prolonging the useful life of 25-year-old cars until the manufacturers delivered the CLRV fleet. The TTC retired its last 19 PCC cars from service in 1995.
  • Today, the TTC has two PCC cars it uses for special occasions and charters.
  • Length: 14.2 metres (46.6 feet). Height: 3.1 metres (10.1 feet). Weight: 16,964.4 kilograms (16.7 tons). Seats: 46.

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Inside view of restored PCC #4500. Photo: George McCormick.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • A history of Toronto’s Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) cars (1938-1995) by James Bow with John F. Bromley and Dave Imrie, here.
  • The pre-War, air-electric PCC cars (Classes A1-A5 and A10), by James Bow, here.
  • The all-electric PCC cars (Classes A-6, A-7 and A-8), by P.C. Kohler, here
  • The post-War, used PCC cars (Classes A-9 to A-14), by P.C. Kohler, here.
  • Red Rocket Renaissance: The A-15 class PCC cars, by P.C. Kohler, here.
  • The Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (the CLRVs), by James Bow, here.
  • The Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (the ALRVs), by James Bow, here.


Bay Street filming: TTC detour, May 21



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Bay Street between King and Wellington Streets West

Sunday morning to accommodate a film shoot.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 6 Bay.

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Eaton Centre pedestrian bridge removal:
TTC detours, May 19, 20, 21, 22



Starting 11 p.m. tonight, Friday, May 19, the City of Toronto is closing:

  • Queen Street West between Bay and Yonge Street

to accommodate contractors who are removing the pedestrian bridge linking CF Eaton Centre with the Hudson’s Bay Company Queen Street store.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 301 Queen overnight;
  • 501L Queen / Long Branch; and
  • 501P Queen / Park Lawn.

Construction to remove the pedestrian bridge and the TTC detours continue until 5 a.m. **Victoria Day, Monday, May 22.

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Weekend events affect transit services,
May 20, 21, 22



Update — Saturday, May 20, 9:04 p.m.: Due to inclement weather, the City of Hamilton is rescheduling its fireworks event from Sunday, May 21 to Victoria Day, Monday, May 22.


Things are booming throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe area as Canadians celebrate Victoria Day and the first long holiday weekend of the spring and summer with fireworks displays and other special events.

Events take place in Barrie, the Dundas area of Hamilton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Milton and Toronto affect transit services this weekend.



King Street transit priority corridor:
Staff present "preferred" option to pilot



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TTC streetcars operating along King Streets East and West between River and Dufferin Streets serve the busiest surface transit corridor in Toronto. They carry as many as 65,000 passengers every Monday to Friday.

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Despite the large number of riders on King streetcars, service is often slow and erratic. Streetcars share the street with other traffic and left-turning vehicles often delay the cars. In many cases at many times of the day, pedestrians can walk faster than the streetcars can travel the same distance.

King Street is also an important east-west traffic artery in downtown Toronto, connecting many neighbourhoods with the largest concentration of jobs in the city, region, and country. The King Street corridor will continue to grow significantly in population and employment in the coming decades, leading to further demand on these already heavily congested transit routes.

Moreover, even though most people travel by transit on King Street and very few by car, the design allocates the most space to motorists.

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Over the past few years, the TTC has made operational changes to improve streetcar service, including: allowing all-door loading (to become more effective with the new low-floor streetcars); adding supplemental buses; extending turning and on-street parking restrictions; optimizing transit stop locations and route running times; adding route supervisors; and improving night service.

But, staff acknowledge that operational changes can only achieve so much — King Street needs “something bigger” to truly unlock the potential of the corridor.

Since July, 2016, TTC, City of Toronto and Toronto Parking Authority staff have been reviewing options for improving King Street, and transit service in particular.

They’ve studied the street between Dufferin and River Streets to come up with ways to speed up transit service.

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They also hope to improve the overall design of the street, while continuing to support businesses on King. King pilot study goals.jpg

Streetcar speeds are erratic in this area and service reliability is unpredictable especially during the busiest time of the week, Mondays to Fridays before about 7 p.m.

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Tonight, Thursday, May 18, City, TTC and Parking Authority staff presented the option they prefer to develop on King Street as a pilot project this fall. (In February, they offered three possibilities for the pilot. The feedback they received during that event helped them narrow the choice to just one.)

Pilot projects are an efficient and cost-effective way for cities to quickly test out new ideas to learn important lessons about what works and what doesn’t. Staff can monitor and collect data to measure how the pilot meets overall objectives and adjust the plan before before the City invests in permanent infrastructure. Pilot projects also offer an opportunity to discuss outcomes and new ideas with stakeholders and the public.

Staff propose implementing the pilot project between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets. Under this plan, only streetcar passengers, cyclists and pedestrians could travel through the entire length of this section of the corridor. Motorists would share the streetcar tracks, but could only drive for one block before they would have to turn right onto a side street.

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Streetcar stops would be farside (meaning beyond intersections), instead of nearside. The City and TTC would paint murals on the street so that everyone could readily identify where transit passengers would be boarding and exiting from the cars. A “bump-out” from the sidewalk would physically separate the transit-stop area from all other traffic.

A bicycle lane would run between the sidewalk and the streetcar tracks. In some locations, street amenities such as seating, planters, patios, bike parking would expand the sidewalk closer to the bicycle lane. Each block would also contain an area for loading and unloading trucks.

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The City would prohibit on-street parking on this section of King. According to staff, the 180 parking spaces currently on King represent less than three per cent of the total 7,800 spaces within a five-minute walk of the street.

This summer, staff will present the proposal first to the Toronto Transit Commission and then to City Council to consider and, hopefully, approve, so that they can implement the pilot this fall.



No subway service, May 20 and 22:
Sheppard West to St George



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The TTC is closing its Line 1 (Yonge - University) subway between Sheppard West 7and St George stations this Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

Line 1 subway trains operate only between Finch and St George stations this weekend.

While this part of the line is closed, TTC crews continue their ongoing work to test and install the new automatic train control system. According to a TTC news release, “When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.”

The TTC is operating shuttle buses to partially replace subway service — but only between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations. Three construction projects delayed shuttle buses when the TTC operated them south of Lawrence West station during last year’s closures.

This TTC video provides more information about ATC and explains the alternate service plan that the TTC is using to move passengers during this closure.

Instead, the TTC is encouraging passengers to ride connecting east-west buses and streetcars to stations on the Yonge arm of Line 1 or north-south buses to Line 2 (Bloor - Danforth) stations. It will double regular service along nine bus and streetcar routes Saturday and Sunday:

  • 7 Bathurst;
  • 14 Glencairn;
  • 26 Dupont;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 52 Lawrence West;
  • 84 Sheppard West;
  • 96 Wilson;
  • 109 Ranee;
  • 127 Davenport;
  • 196 York University rocket; and
  • 512 St Clair.

To improve bus service, the City of Toronto is temporarily banning parking on

  • Lawrence Avenue West between Lawrence West and Lawrence stations; and
  • Bathurst Street between Barton Avenue and Bloor Street West.

Wheel-Trans buses operate to and from Sheppard West, Lawrence West and St George stations, if you use a wheelchair or mobility device or otherwise need accessible service. Ask TTC staff at these stations for Wheel-Trans.

Dupont and Glencairn stations are closed Saturday and Sunday. All other stations are open so you can buy tokens, tickets, passes and other fare media and connect with buses and streetcars.

This weekend, crews are testing the new ATC system between Downsview and Spadina stations. The TTC also expects to have finished all ATC work on Line 1 north of Dupont Station by the end of 2017.


This is the fifth of 14 weekend closures affecting this part of Line 1 this year, mostly resulting from TTC crews installing and testing ATC. The TTC previously closed the line between Sheppard West (formerly Downsview) and St George:

Upcoming weekend closures for this part of the line:

  • Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 - Sheppard West to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 - Sheppard West to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 - Sheppard West to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 - Sheppard West to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 - Sheppard West to Lawrence West - track and switch work;
  • Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 - Sheppard West to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 - Sheppard West to Wilson - ATC;
  • Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 - Sheppard West to St George - ATC; and
  • Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 - Sheppard West to Wilson - ATC.

Learn how to get around during the closure if you’re traveling to or from Yorkdale.



GO decreasing Lakeshore East train service,
this weekend, May 19, 20, 21, 22



GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of service along the 09 Lakeshore East line this weekend from the evening of Friday, May 19 until Victoria Day, Monday, May 22 during construction at Guildwood GO Station.

Trains operate along the line every hour, instead of every 30 minutes.

Friday, May 19:

Westbound trains operate hourly, starting with the train that leaves Oshawa GO Station at 7:38 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Oshawa at 8:08, 9:08 and 10:08 p.m.

Eastbound trains operate hourly, starting with the train that leaves Union Station at 7:17 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Union at 7:48, 8:43, 9:43, 10:43 and 11:43 p.m.

Saturday, May 20 until Victoria Day, Monday, May 22:

West- and eastbound trains operate hourly all day.

Eastbound trains leave Union only at 13 minutes past each hour. GO is cancelling all trains that usually leave Union at 43 minutes past each hour.

Westbound trains leave Oshawa only at 41 minutes past each hour. GO is cancelling all trains that usually leave Oshawa at 11 minutes past each hour.

You may experience as much as 10 minutes more travel time on the Lakeshore East line, as crews are working on two tracks at Guildwood this weekend.