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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.




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



The annual Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon totally disrupts all transit services in downtown and central Toronto Sunday morning and afternoon. It also dominates the list of special events affecting transit services in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area this weekend.

Other, smaller events interrupt regular transit services in Barrie, Brampton Guelph and the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes.



TTC closing Queen Station this weekend
for PRESTO construction, October 20, 21, 22



Crews continue installing new, PRESTO-enabled fare-gates at Queen Station this weekend.

The TTC is closing the station to passengers and trains operating along Line 1 Yonge - University must bypass the station in both directions from 11 p.m. Friday, October 20 until 5:30 a.m. Monday, October 23.

Earlier this week, the TTC starting closing the station at 11 p.m. each night. After this weekend, it continues to close the station early until it finishes working on the new fare-gates in late November. The TTC says that “Because Queen Station is one of the TTC’s busiest, with tighter fare lines, closing early and for the weekend is necessary to complete the construction.”

This work is part of the TTC’s final wave to install the new paddle-style fare gates in 25 stations and more than 50 entrances over the next eight months.

According to the TTC, “The new gates, which improve customer flow and provide an unobstructed path [into] and out of stations, are a key piece of the TTC’s overall modernization plan. The new gates are in place today at 45 stations and 77 entrances.”



No subway service, Sheppard West to St George
this weekend, October 21, 22



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The TTC is closing the Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Sheppard West and St George stations this Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22.

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.”

During this particular closure, the TTC continues getting ready to open the Line 1 extension between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Sheppard West Stations Friday, December 17.

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

  • 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 is the 11th of 13 weekend closures affecting this part of Line 1 this year, mostly resulting from TTC crews installing and testing ATC. The TTC previously closed parts of line 1 between Sheppard West (formerly Downsview) and St George:

Upcoming weekend closures for this part of the line:

  • 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.



No Barrie line GO trains this weekend,
October 21, 22



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

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, GO is replacing trains with buses, while contractors work on the tracks and install a pedestrian tunnel at Rutherford GO Station, part of the larger project to provide two-way, all-day service along the Barrie Corridor.

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.

You can review the temporary schedule for the buses this weekend here (.pdf).


GO has previously closed all or part of the line several times this year as crews improve the tracks:

It plans to close the line at least once more this year:

  • Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5.


Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
YRT detour during paving, October 20 to 23



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue building a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.


From 7 p.m. Friday, October 20 until 6 a.m. Monday, October 23, the Region and the City of Vaughan are closing:

  • Highway 7 West between Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way and Jane Street,

while the contractors pave the roadway.

York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the highway is closed:

  • 77 Highway 7.

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TTC installing PRESTO fare gates
at Queen Station, starting October 18



The TTC continues to install new PRESTO fare gates at more stations.

Queen Station is next.

Starting Wednesday, October 18, TTC crews are removing turnstiles and high gates and replacing them with new, PRESTO-enabled, paddle-style fare gates. The new gates provide easier access and improve the flow of passengers into and out of stations.

The TTC is closing the collector booth at the north entrance (Albert Street) October 18. You have to buy tickets, tokens and passes at the south entrance (Queen Street), while the north entrance is closed.

The TTC is closing the station to passengers from Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 at 11 p.m. each night. It’s closing the station after 11 p.m. Friday, October 20 and all day Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22. The station reopens to passengers 5:30 a.m. Monday, October 23. The TTC again closes the station after 11 p.m. each evening from Monday “until the end of November”, or until November 30.

Whenever the TTC closes the station early or for the entire weekend, trains operating along the 1 Yonge - University line do not stop in the station. You must walk to Dundas or King stations to board the trains.

During construction, you can only enter the station through a temporary fare-collector aisle. The TTC is setting up a temporary PRESTO-card reader beside the fare collector.

The TTC is also assigning customer-service representatives to help guide you during construction.

To buy a PRESTO card, visit the Gateway Newstand in Queen Station or prestocard.ca.



Crane blocks Wellesley West,
TTC detour, October 21



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Wellesley Street West between Bay and Yonge Streets

from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, October 21, as contractors lift a crane at a construction site.

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

  • 94 Wellesley.

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Ontario college faculty labour disruption:
Transit agencies detour buses, October 16



Ontario college faculty who are members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) are on strike against their employers, today, Monday, October 16.

Transit agencies do not allow their buses to cross picket lines during a labour dispute. Buses that operate to and from colleges are detouring until the strike is over.

Transit detours affect bus services to and from:

If a strike occurs, expect these transit agencies to detour buses:

This post is under construction, since not all agencies have yet announced detour-routing information. Transit Toronto will update the post as more information becomes available.



TTC revising services, October 15



The TTC makes mostly minor changes to its services, starting Sunday, October 15.


Sources:

  • TTC: “Service changes”, here;
  • TTC: “Service Summary, September 3, 2017 to October 14, 2017”, here (.pdf);
  • TTC: “Service Summary, October 15, 2017 to November 25, 2017”, here (.pdf); and
  • Steve Munro: “TTC Service Changes Effective October 15, 2017”, here.


Queen West / McCaul construction:
TTC detours start October 15



Sunday, October 15, City of Toronto and TTC contractors start a project to replace the streetcar tracks and sidewalks at the intersection of

  • Queen Street West with McCaul Street.

This project brings the track infrastructure to a state-of-good-repair and improves the sidewalks to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the intersection is closed:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Buses operating along the temporary 501J Queen / Jarvis route replace streetcars along regular the 501 Queen route between Spadina Avenue and Church Streets.

The TTC is extending the path for buses operating along the temporary 301L Queen / Long Branch overnight route. Starting early Monday, October 16, the buses drop off or pick up passengers as far east as Victoria Street, instead of operating to and from Dufferin Gate Loop.


Crews work in two phases at the intersection of Queen West with McCaul.

  • Phase 1: from 5 a.m. Sunday, October 15 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 16: Crews start setting up a work zone in the centre lanes of Queen Street West. The TTC starts detouring streetcars. Buses operate through the intersection.
  • Phase 2: from 5 a.m. Monday, October 26 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 6: The City of Toronto is completely closing the intersection to all traffic. Buses and streetcars detour.

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^ Map of detour routing for streetcars and shuttle bus routes Sunday, October 15.

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^ Map of detour routing for streetcars and shuttle bus routes Monday, October 16 until Monday, November 6.

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^ Close-up map of bus and streetcar detour routings near Queen Street West and McCaul Street Monday, October 16 until Monday, November 6.

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^ Close-up map of bus and streetcar detour routings west of Roncesvalles Avenue until further notice.


The TTC continues to replace streetcars with buses west of Roncesvalles Avenue due to ongoing construction on Lake Shore Boulevard West and The Queensway and in Humber Loop.

Buses operating along the temporary 501L Queen / Long Branch shuttle route continue to drop off or pick up passengers between Long Branch and Dufferin Gate loops.

Buses operating along the temporary 501M Queen / Marine Parade route continue to drop off or pick up passengers between Park Lawn Road and Windermere Avenue.


Track work on Queen Street East at Coxwell, Pape and Empire Avenues ends 5 a.m. Sunday, October 15. Streetcars resume regular service in east-end Toronto.

Buses no longer operate along the temporary 301R / 501R Queen / River shuttle route.


The City of Toronto is closing:

  • McCaul Street between Renfrew Place to Queen Street West and
  • Queen Street West between John and St. Patrick Streets

to all traffic from Monday, October 16 to until Monday, November 6. Motorists can only gain local access to the limits of the work zone.

The city is maintaining access to sidewalks at the intersection, although crews may occasionally barricade the walks with fences, when they install new concrete. During those occasional closures, pedestrians and cyclists must walk a short distance around the intersection.

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During the first few days of the track work, crews break and remove concrete from the streetcar tracks until about 11 p.m.

Afterwards, they start installing the new rail. This part of the project requires the crews to work late evenings, overnight and weekends. Overnight, they move rail into position, install new rail and weld and grind the new rail. After-hours work supports daytime construction activity and helps make sure crews complete the project as quickly as possible. Rail Delivery

Other TTC crews pre-assemble rail panels, load them on flat-deck trailers and deliver the trailers to the work site from 6 a.m. until midnight during the first week of construction. They’ll temporarily store the trailers in the track allowance near the work area. By pre-assembling the rail panels, the TTC can speed up the process of installing the new track, reducing the amount of overnight work.

Crews park the trailers each of the northern, eastern and western work limits:

  • Two trailers on Queen Street West east of University Avenue;
  • Two trailers on McCaul Street north of Renfrew Place; and
  • Two trailers on Queen Street West west of John Street.

They’re locating staff trailers on Duncan Street just north of Richmond Street West.