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August 2000 Notes

Say goodbye to the openings in the roof of the tunnel between Sherbourne and Castle Frank Station. The tunnel (actually, a bridge over the Rosedale Valley) will be renovated shortly to fill in those holes. In November 1999, a cable insulator failure in the eastbound tunnel just west of Sherbourne Station caused a serious smoke incident. By closing the roof openings, the local fans will do their jobs more effectively… …The Scarborough RT will add another trainset to the line during the afternoon rush hour. The required cars are now available now that the rebuilding program for these cars is finished… …Two trains are to be added to the Yonge-University-Spadina line after Labour Day, further increasing the line’s capacity. The Bloor-Danforth line will see ‘step back operation’ starting Labour Day, wherein crews are positioned at the terminals to board the train immediately and take it into service. This will increase capacity by two percent without adding any new trains.

Now that the 509 Harbourfront streetcar is open, the 510 Spadina run closes temporarily. From July 23 until Labour Day, the City of Toronto will be revamping the private right-of-way along Spadina from College to Front Street, replacing the ugly temporary barriers with permanent ones of concrete, stone, trees and other landscaping. The project is designed to restore the tree-lined boulevard that used to run up Spadina when streetcars operated there in the 1920s. Buses will provide service along Spadina to Queens Quay in the meantime, and 509 Harbourfront streetcars will be the only streetcars entering Union Station until that time…

The TTC continues to rebuild its buses, extending the life of these vehicles by another six to twelve years. GMs from the 8700, 8800 and 8900 series are routinely being sent to Hillcrest Shops and emerging renumbered into the 2200, 2300 and 2400 series. A comprehensive rebuilding program will ensure that all buses in the TTC fleet are within six years of purchase or rebuild, improving safety and the quality of the passenger’s ride.

The expanded GO Train service began May 1st, with all-day service reinstated between Burlington and Oshawa on the Lakeshore line, and additional trains on the Richmond Hill and Stouffville lines. These services are being paid for entirely from increased revenues derived from a recent fare hike. The suburban municipalities welcome the improvements but want more. GO’s reply is that further improvements have to come through increased tax funding. Rumours persist that improvements to the Milton GO line may be in the offing, however.