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Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle today announced service improvements to 61 bus and streetcar routes that will make it convenient and viable for all Torontonians to count on transit at any time of the day or night for their travel. These improvements, which will be recommended to the TTC Board at its May 27 meeting, are funded under the $90-million investment in transit that was approved in the 2015 City Budget.
The TTC Board will be presented with recommendations for new and restored off-peak bus services and new and expanded overnight bus and streetcar routes starting in September 2015. These improvements to service make the TTC a more available, predictable and consistent travel option for a great number of Torontonians, in particular shift workers and people working non-traditional hours. The expanded coverage of the overnight network will result in 99 per cent of Toronto residents living within a 15-minute walk of overnight bus and streetcar service.
“These service improvements are the type of sensible and caring investments expected by Toronto residents. We need a reliable transit system so people can get to work on time and get home faster to spend more time with their families,” said Mayor John Tory. “The ability to move in this city is fundamental to economic opportunity, to an active family and personal life and to uniting a city.”
The recommended changes to off-peak services, where 57 per cent of TTC trips are made, are expected to attract 1.3 million additional riders a year. The enhancements to the Blue Night Network would increase annual overnight ridership to approximately 5.2 million from 4.7 million riders.
“With the funding commitment made by City Council, the TTC is busy making historic levels of investments to public transit in the city,” said TTC Chair Josh Colle. “Those are real and tangible investments that are right around the corner.”
Highlights: More Off-Peak Service - Expansion of All-Day, Every-Day Network
- Additional off-peak periods of operation would be introduced during 122 operating periods on 43 bus routes. Most of the service improvements are the restoration of periods of service that were cut in May 2011. Twenty of the 122 service improvements, on five routes, are new periods of operation that have never been operated before. With these changes, 133 of the TTC’s 144 regular will operate all day, every day.
- If approved by the TTC Board, the service changes would start on September 6, 2015. The cost to run the service from September to December is $1.7 million. The annual cost is $5.5 million.
- The TTC estimates that approximately 1.3-million customer-trips would be made each year on the recommended new services. Many of these trips would be made by new riders attracted by the new service.
- All-day-every-day means that service is provided from approximately 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., from Monday to Saturday, and from approximately 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays.
Highlights: Improvements to Overnight Service (Blue Night Network)
- Seven new overnight services would be introduced, along with route changes or extensions to 11 existing overnight services. The newly expanded overnight network will consist of 31 routes (currently 24 routes), running every 30 minutes or better. The proposed changes to the overnight network will expand and improve overnight transit throughout Toronto.
- The TTC estimates approximately 5.2 million customer-trips would be made each year on the expanded overnight network, up from 4.7 million trips.
- The Blue Night Network is the TTC’s overnight bus and streetcar service that operates between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., after the regular daytime and evening services have ended. This service is an important part of the TTC’s commitment to maximizing the mobility of people in the city of Toronto and meeting all of their diverse travel needs.
- Ridership on the overnight network has increased steadily. Over the last decade, annual ridership on the overnight network has increased by 68 per cent, from 2.8 million in 2005 to 4.7 million in 2015. Routine service improvements have been made to the overnight network over the years, but the coverage of this network has remained largely the same over the last decade.
- If approved by the TTC Board, the service changes would start on September 6, 2015.
- The cost to run the service from September to December is $800,000. The annual cost is $2.4 million.
- These service proposals will expand the coverage of the overnight network so that 99 per cent of Toronto residents will be within a 15-minute walk of overnight service.
This week, MiWay is hosting a series of public information centres to showcase, “MiWay5”, its five-year service plan. Since April 2014, MiWay staff have been consulting with passengers through surveys, focus groups and by reaching out to various stakeholder groups to develop the palan.
Now it’s hosting this series of events to present you with its final plan to provide you with another opportunity to review the proposals and provide your feedback and comments.
MiWay has scheduled the events for:
Events take place in communities throughout Mississauga, including:
MiWay says “MiWay Five is its plan for evolving public transit in Mississauga over the five years from 2016 to 2020.” It comprehensively is reviewing where transit operates, when it operates, and how frequently. Eventually, the plan will define MiWay’s service standards for the next five years and set the stage for expanding transit in the future.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “The Dead Calm After Ford”, here.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Tolling Smoke And Mirrors”, here.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “The Best Evidence Is Empirical Evidence”, here.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Why Is This Even A Debate?”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Photo of the day: All aboard the ghost train”, here.
- CBC News report, “Risky business as Canadian cities turn to neighbourhood levies”, here.
- CBC News report, “Via Rail to add more southwestern Ontario trains, CEO says”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Gardiner, Don Valley tolls would be ‘chump change’, councillor says”, here.
- CP24 report, “Metrolinx launches on-line trip-planning tool for GTHA”, here.
- CP24 report, “Tory, Colle to make transit announcement at bus stop in Scarborough”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Passenger sexually assaulted on GO bus: police”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC service resumes after tree knocks down wires”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Petition calls for Ontario government to fund GO Train into Bowmanville”, here.
- Globe and Mail commentary, “Dear Toronto: Ditching the Gardiner would be world class”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Bridge, station construction continues for Mississauga transitway extension”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “7 facts about the Finch West LRT”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Metrolinx launches new transit trip planner”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Doors Open on TTC’s Greenwood Yard”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “TTC turns to tech to tame bus ‘bunching’”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “For whom the roads’s tolled: Non-resident Gardiner tolls won’t happen, so let’s drop it”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Bringing our trains into the late 20th century”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “Subway stabber sentenced to four years in prison”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “I want to blog about last night’s LSE disaster, but I’m buried at work and can only fire off this quick note”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “And now for a follow-up to last week’s ‘Dear Bus Passengers’ letter”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Oh look, a parking spot just for him (not you, not me, just him)”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “You want to bring your bike onto a rush-hour train? Go ahead… but you can stand. You didn’t pay extra fare for the bike and you certainly didn’t pay for those TWO seats”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Never be stranded again. Triplinx now available in the GTHA”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Building the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Cadillac-sized strollers and complicated commuter patterns”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “The Evolution of Service on 29 Dufferin: Weekdays, 2011 to 2015”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “The Evolution of Service on 512 St Clair (2) (Updated)”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “A Work Train on the Prince Edward Viaduct”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat on How to Think About the Gardiner”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Union - Pearson Express riders at Bloor face two-year wait for tunnel to TTC”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Is Toronto-area transit the next frontier for privatization?”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Artists take over Chester subway station newsstand for one year”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Kathleen Wynne’s failure of nerve”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Landmark date for two transit events”, here.
- Toronto Sun editorial, “Wynne’s ‘infrastructure’ means tax hikes”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “To toll or not to toll: Experts weigh in on what to do about Toronto traffic congestion”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Video showing GO bus rider masturbating posted on Twitter”, here.
- Cambridge Now article, “Change Is Focus Of Mayor Craig’s State Of The City Address”, here.
- Niagara Falls Review article, “Seasonal Niagara GO trains growing in popularity”, here.
- Peterborough Examiner article, “City is en route to two-tier transit”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Cambridge Mayor Craig’s ‘Amigos’ seek Premier’s ear”, here.
This weekend, GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of service along the 09 Lakeshore East line. From 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, May 22, until the first train Monday, May 25, GO trains drop off or pick up passengers at stations along the line every hour, instead of every 30 minutes, as crews install two pedestrian tunnels under the tracks at Eglinton GO Station to make the station fully accessible.
GO buses operate with their regular schedules. GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line also operate with regular schedules, but some passengers may have to switch trains at Union Station and wait as long as 30 minutes for the next train serving the 01 Lakeshore West line.
Trains may also be delayed by about 10 minutes leaving Union Station and Oshawa GO Station.
You can view the special schedule for the 09 Lakeshore East line this weekend here.
GO previously decreased the frequency along the line as crews work on the same project at Eglinton GO Station from 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 until the first train Monday, May 11. It will again decrease the service from 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, until the first train Monday, June 1 and from 7 p.m. Friday, June 12 until the first train Monday, June 14.
As crews continue building platforms at the future vivastations, they’ll also start paving the next segments of base-layer asphalt between Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way and Keele Street. They’ll finish paving activities in sections over the next two months, but they’ll also close intersections and parts of the roadway along Highway 7. Expect Brampton Transit, the TTC and YRT to detour buses while the road is closed.
For example, this weekend, they’ll block the intersection of Highway 7 with Keele Street, 24 hours a day from 7 p.m. Friday, May 22 until 6 a.m. Monday, May 25.
During paving, crews will shift traffic lanes on Highway 7 to the north side, with one lane open in each direction. The south side of the Keele-Hwy 7 intersection will be closed except the right-turn lane, so traffic can turn right from Keele onto Highway 7.
“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be onsite to help direct traffic to alternate north / south routes, including Jane and Dufferin Streets.
Crews will maintain access to all properties in work areas; however, they may also temporarily block driveways. Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.
The TTC and York Region Transit are detouring their services during this work and may also relocate bus stops. Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If the work affects a bus stop or sidewalk, directional signs will guide you to the nearest available stop or sidewalk.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes during the work:
York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route during the work:
During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, also expect delays for:
- Brampton Transit Züm express buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route;
- TTC buses operating along the 35D Jane and 107 Keele North routes; and
- York Region Transit Viva express buses operating along the Viva orange route and YRT local buses operating along the 20 Jane and 77 Highway 7 routes.
A cultural festival, two farmers’ Markets and several road races or other events to support charitable causes affect transit services this weekend.
The events take place in the Ancaster area of Hamilton, downtown Brampton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Milton,Mississauga, Newmarket, the Port Weller area of St. Catharines, the Scarborough of Toronto, Stouffville and downtown Toronto.
Transit- and transportation-related sites play a part in the annual Doors Open Toronto, which also takes place this weekend.
Several transit-related sites are open to the public Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 during Doors Open Toronto, the one weekend, once a year, when more than 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.
The City of Toronto program allows visitors free access to look inside properties that are usually not open to the public.
The TTC is participating in the event at just one site — the Greenwood Subway Maintenance and Storage Facility — but other venues that have played significant roles in Toronto’s public transit and transportation history are also opening their doors.
New to the list of sites this year, is the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto. Although the club’s participation supports this year’s Doors Open theme of “Sports, Leisure and Recreation”, its building also has a secret connection to Toronto’s early transit history.
- Beach Metro News article, “TTC streetcars to quit Sunday stops and combine close stops on Queen”, here.
- Beach Metro News article, “Imagining the possibilities on the Danforth”, here.
- Bloomberg Business post, “Wynne’s Ontario Transit Spending No Bogeyman for Bonds”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Replica gun seized at Bay Street bus station “, here.
- CP24 report, “Suspect sought following sex assault on TTC bus”, here.
- CP24 report, “Police take two into custody after person spotted with gun in GO bus terminal”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Streetcar delays due to downed wires in west end”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Woman sexually assaulted on TTC bus”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “P3s could have alleviated Spadina subway woes?”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “Second phase of Eglinton Crosstown LRT project to be unveiled”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “Eglinton Crosstown TBMs roll to a new project destination”, here.
- Digital Journal post, “Bombardier loses one executive plus 1750 workers”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Residents frustrated over Union Pearson express construction noise”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Toronto councillors suggest tolls for Gardiner Expressway”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Delay of Scarborough LRT leaves residents ‘neglected’ again, says councillor”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Vintage streetcars to stay off the tracks this summer”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Woman reports sex assault on board York Mills bus”, here.
- King Weekly Sentinel article, “Parking woes at GO lot lead to altercation”, here.
- King Weekly Sentinel article, “Improving access for passengers with disabilities”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post,
- Newstalk 1010 report, “GO Train delays following death at Longbranch GO Station”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Inviting Performers to Apply for Subway Musicians Program”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Charges laid after imitation gun seized”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Could the Finch LRT rebreathe life into Sheppard transit debate?”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “New Metrolinx trip planner eight years in the making”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “The GO train: a commuter’s idyll by a jealous downtowner”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Gardiner toll urged for non-Torontonians”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Public artwork breathes life into Toronto transit”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Applications open to audition for TTC subway performances”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “A streetcar named Toronto - in Frankfurt, Germany”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Little fanfare for demise of Stouffville elevator”, here.
- 900 CHML News commentary, “Hamilton left standing at the station”, here.
- Bay Observer post, “2016 will be a pivotal year for transit in Hamilton”, here.
- BlackburnNews.com post, “VIA adds more trains running between London and Toronto”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Mayor confident minister will announce LRT at Hamilton visit”, here.
- Guelph Mercury commentary, “It’s Guelph’s GO-to moment”, here.
- Guelph Mercury commentary, “Folly in provincial investment on the ‘Highway of Zeroes’”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “The $1 billion waiting game”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Province set to unveil LRT game-changer for Hamilton”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Toronto-Niagara GO service will bypass Hamilton”, here.
- News Talk 610 CKTB report, “Regional Chair worried about MPP comments made about Niagara getting GO”, here.
- News Talk 610 CKTB commentary, “Time to take a tough look at regional transit”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Chair says MPP should have done ‘homework’ on GO”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Regional transit: Council takes foot off the gas”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard commentary, “Transit decision makes no sense”, here.
- St. Thomas Times-Journal, “Regional transportation forum to be held in St. Thomas, May 27”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Bombardier quality problems won’t derail LRT project, region says”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Waterloo retailers ‘begging’ for no LRT work at Christmas”, here.
The TTC is canceling subway service along the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line between Lawrence and Bloor Stations this weekend, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.
Frequent, accessible buses replace the trains, serving the bus terminal at Lawrence Station and then stopping to drop off or pick up passengers at all other stations along this section of the line. (Unofficially, the buses likely start and end their trips in the bus terminal at Wellesley Station at the south end of their route.)
For passengers requiring an elevator, the TTC is operating Wheel-Trans buses between York Mills and Bloor Stations.
Eglinton, Davisville, St. Clair and Rosedale Stations remains open so you can pay or buy fares and connect with buses and streetcars. Summerhill Station is closed.
All trains serving the line operate between Finch and Eglinton Stations and between Downsview and Bloor Stations only.
As an alternative to shuttle buses along Yonge Street to and from Lawrence Station, the TTC is extending service along the 124 Sunnybrook route between Lawrence and Lawrence West Stations those two days. It’s operating more buses along that route than usually, providing quick and frequent access to and from the University branch of the subway line for passengers traveling to and from downtown. It’s also turning back buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route at Lawrence West Station. Passengers traveling further east- or westward along Lawrence Avenue West beyond Lawrence West Station must transfer between buses in the station terminal.
Similarly, the TTC will add more streetcars to its 512 St. Clair service, offering passengers frequent service between St. Clair and St. Clair West Stations.
TTC crews are working on a long-term project to replace signals along the line, while the subway is closed. The TTC must replace its signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment, some of which is nearly 60 years old, since their frequent failure significantly impacts service. The TTC says that “This necessary signal and track work will result in a more reliable service.”
Crews will work “around the clock” to make sure they finish all parts of the project before the start of Monday service. They’ll start working early Saturday morning shortly after Friday subway service ends. Expect noise when some of the equipment is fully operating.
Regular subway service resumes Monday, May 25.
Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday and Sunday to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.
While shuttle buses between the two stations will operate frequently, they will be crowded.
Consider traveling along the University - Spadina branch, instead of the Yonge branch, this weekend, when traveling to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely.
Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch, instead of boarding the subway on the Yonge branch:
- Ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West route and board the subway at Downsview Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
- Ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
- Ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station, if you’re traveling from west of Lawrence West Station.
- Ride buses operating along the 124 Sunnybrook route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station, if you’re traveling from east of Lawrence West Station.
- Ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.
- Ride trains operating along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.