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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.

Bingham Loop construction:
TTC detours, October 1 to 7

The TTC is expanding the passenger platform and replacing the shelters at Bingham Loop starting 7 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, October 1.

The work improves the loop near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue so that it meets accessibility guidelines and the requirements of Ontario’s Accessibility for Disabled Ontarians Act.

Crews work to expand the platform this week. They’ll install new passenger shelters late November.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while construction in the loop proceeds:

  • 12 Kingston Rd;
  • 22A Coxwell via Kingston Rd;
  • 302 Kingston Rd - McCowan overnight;
  • 322 Coxwell overnight via Kingston Rd; and
  • 324 Victoria Park overnight.

Streetcars operating along these routes continue to operate through the loop during construction:

  • 502 Downtowner; and
  • 503 Kingston Rd tripper.

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This weekend, Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, the TTC contractors are generally working from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day. They’re also working from about 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from Monday, October 3 until Friday, October 7. The loop remains closed to all buses until October 7.

Buses return to St Clair West Station, October 1

The TTC is restoring bus service to St Clair West Station tomorrow, Saturday, October 1.

Buses operating along these routes drop off or pick up passengers in the station terminal, instead of serving stops on St. Clair Avenue West beside the terminal:

  • 33 Forest Hill;
  • 126 Christie; and
  • 512 St Clair.

Buses continue to operate between St Clair West and St Clair Stations (at Yonge Street). Streetcars operate west of St Clair Station to Keele Street / Gunns Loop. Starting tomorrow, you must transfer between buses and streetcars inside St Clair West Station terminal to continue your trip east- or westward beyond the terminal.

Shuttle buses replacing streetcars along the 512 St Clair route no longer operate between St Clair West Station and Oakwood Avenue.

Buses operating along the 90 Vaughan route resumed service through the terminal Sunday, September 4.

If you pay your fare with tickets, token or cash, get a time-based transfer from a driver on the 512 St Clair route. The time-based transfer is valid until the expiry time. The transfer allows you to stop along St. Clair Avenue for as long as two hours. Time-based transfers are not available if you use a PRESTO fare card.

If you have proof of payment (or “POP”), you can board buses operating along the 512 St Clair route through any door. If you pay with tickets, tokens or cash, board through the front doors and get a transfer. Your transfer or your TTC pass is your proof-of-payment. If you use PRESTO, you’ll need a transfer if you need to connect with another bus. (The TTC has not yet equipped all buses with PRESTO devices.)

The TTC closed St Clair West Station Sunday, June 19. Crews:

  • replaced the west tracks into St Clair West Station between Bathurst Street and Tweedsmuir Avenue.
  • upgraded overhead wiring.
  • continue to install elevators.

Construction continues on St. Clair Avenue West east of St Clair West Station. Since Sunday, June 19, crews have been improving accessibility at streetcar stops by:

  • adjusting a four-metre (12-foot) section of the passenger platforms at all stops to provide enough space for TTC operators to deploy the accessibility ramps on the new streetcars;
  • installing more railings for passenger safety; and
  • installing tactile strips to guide visually impaired passengers.

Construction continue at St Clair Station. Since Sunday, June 19, crews have been:

  • replacing overhead wire;
  • replacing the passenger platform (concrete slab) and installing a new water-proofing system; and
  • removing the station roof and installing a new roof and fall-protection system.

The projects on St Clair Avenue West and at St Clair Station end and full streetcar service along the 512 St Clair route resumes in December.

Weekend events affect transit services,
September 29, 30, October 1, 2

Nuit Blanche and various Runs for the Cure — supporting breast cancer research — dominate the list of special events affecting transit services this weekend.

The events take place in Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, Hamilton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Oshawa, Peterborough, Richmond Hill and Toronto.

Downtown Brampton filming:
Brampton Transit, GO detours, September 28

The City of Brampton is closing:

  • George Street South between 25 metres north of Wellington Street West and Wellington West and
  • Wellington Street West between Park Hill Court and Main Street South

from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 28.

GO Transit is detouring buses operating along this routes, while the streets are closed:

  • 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York.

Brampton Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the streets are closed:

  • 24 Van Kirk; and
  • 25 Edenbrook.

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Map of Brampton Transit detour routing.

Angus Glen Community Centre construction:
TTC, YRT detours, September 26 until October 3

Starting Monday, September 26, construction on the grounds of the City of Markham’s Angus Glen Community Centre results in minor detours for buses starting and ending their trips at Angus Glen.

Construction affects service along this TTC route:

Construction also affects service along this York Region Transit route:

  • 18 Bur Oak.

Construction at Angus Glen Community Centre and the TTC and YRT detours continue until 7 p.m. October 3.

New bus by-pass shoulders for Highway 401

The Government of Ontario is adding bus by-pass shoulders to parts of Highway 401 to improve service and reliability for GO Transit buses.

By the end of October, Ministry of Transportation contractors will install eastbound by-pass shoulders beside the freeway between Halton Region Road 25 in Milton and Highway 407. They will remain in place until the ministry and its contractors finish a project to expand the highway, including new high occupancy vehicle (or “HOV”) lanes in both directions.

The new bus lanes improve service for eastbound commuters traveling from Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and Milton to Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto along these GO bus routes:

  • 25 Waterloo / Mississauga;
  • 29 Guelph / Mississauga;
  • 30 Kitchener / Bramalea express; and
  • 48 Guelph / York U.

Some fare-and-transfer machines on Spadina Avenue
out of service, September 26 to 30

This week, from Monday, September 26 until Friday, September 30, some TTC fare-and-transfer machines on Spadina Avenue will be out of service for as long as 24 hours various days. During this time, buy TTC fares or pick up transfers from machines in streetcars that operate along the 510 Spadina route.

The TTC has not explained why the machines are off-line.

Toronto Transit Commission meets, September 28

The Toronto Transit Commission meets Wednesday, September 28 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room #1, Second Floor, 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.

Dundas West Station track repairs:
TTC detours, September 26 to October 3

Starting Monday, September 26, the TTC is repairing the tracks in:

  • Dundas West Station terminal.

It’s detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the streetcar tracks are closed:

  • 304 King overnight;
  • 504 King; and
  • 505 Dundas.

Shuttle buses replace streetcars along the 304 King overnight and 504 King routes north of Roncesvalles Avenue and Queen Street West / The Queensway.

Streetcar track repairs in Dundas West Station terminal and the detours continue until October 3.


Harmony / Taunton Oshawa construction:
DRT detours, September 26 to 30

Starting Monday, September 26, the Region of Durham and the City of Oshawa are closing:

  • Harmony Road North (Regional Road 33), northbound lanes, north of Taunton Road East (Regional Road 4)

during a project to install a new watermain.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the lanes are closed:

  • 416 Kedron; and
  • 916 Rossland.

Construction on Harmony Road North north of Taunton Road East and the detours continue until September 30.