Read the 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.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Broadview Avenue from Erindale Avenue to south of Danforth Avenue,
this weekend to accommodate an ongoing construction project to replace the watermains
During this work, the City’s contractor will shift all traffic to the west side of Broadview Avenue, with both north- and southbound traffic occupying the two west lanes.
The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating along Broadview Avenue and Queen and King Streets East between Broadview Station and Parliament Streets.
Passengers can also expect delays near Broadview Station for buses operating along these routes:
- 8 Broadview;
- 62 Mortimer;
- 87 Cosburn;
- 100 Flemingdon Park;
- 300 Bloor - Danforth overnight;
- 303 Don Mills overnight; and
- 322 Coxwell overnight.
The City will continue various phases of the project — and the TTC will detour streetcars — over various weekends in August and September:
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 15 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 17;
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 22 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 24;
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 29 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 31; and
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, September 4 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, September 8.
Note: PRESTO has not confirmed the time when it’s shutting down on-line services Friday and the time when it’s restoring services Saturday. We will update this post as we learn more.
Later this week, PRESTO is upgrading its system to enable a pilot project that will allow passengers to use the fare cards when boarding paratransit vehicles.
PRESTO will temporarily interrupt on-line services overnight from Friday, July 31 to Saturday, August 1. During this time:
- You can still travel using your PRESTO card;
- You can tap and pay for your trips;
- You can load funds on your card or buy a new card at a PRESTO Customer Service Outlet; and
- Autoloads will continue to process as normally.
But, you can’t activate new cards. Make sure you have enough funds to travel July 31 to August 1 by performing any necessary on-line transactions on the PRESTO website by Thursday, July 31.
PRESTO says it will restore all of its on-line services the morning of Saturday, August 1. However, you may notice a delay in updating your on-line transaction history.
The City of Toronto is repairing sidewalks, curbs and roadways in the neighbourhood of Greenwood Station. The work may prevent TTC buses from accessing the bus loop at the station Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while work proceeds:
- 31 Greenwood.
You may call it Civic Holiday or Simcoe Day — Hamiltonians call it “George Hamilton Day”, in Peterborough it’s “Peter Robinson Day and, if you live in Guelph, you may even call it “John Galt Day”. (Maybe we should just call it “Founders’ Day”?) Whatever you call it, you’re probably getting a holiday this Monday, August 3.
Transit agencies throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe are adjusting their service and schedules.
Mayor John Tory and the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Josh Colle, showed up at the bus terminal in Finch Station yesterday, Monday, July 27 to announce that the TTC would improve service “on 33 of the city’s busiest bus and streetcar routes” starting in September.
This results, Tory and Colle said, in “more frequent, less crowded and more comfortable service” along the routes during ‘off-peak’ hours”, meaning at all times of the week, except during rush hours.
But, wait… didn’t Tory and Colle already announce they were improving off-peak service to 61 routes? This announcement actually bolsters off-peak service even more and largely re-establishes services that the TTC cut in February 2012 to meet City of Toronto targets for all City agencies to reduce their budgets.
Yesterday’s event to announce these changes was latest in a series by the mayor and chair about how the TTC would improve service this fall, including:
- Toronto City Council approves budgets, enhancing TTC services.
- TTC to rollout 61 new and improved bus routes across the city to all-day-every-day and overnight bus service
- “Ten-minute-or-better” service along 52 TTC routes or lines.
- More “off-peak” TTC service starting in September;
- TTC expanding overnight service, starting in September.
All these improvements stem from City Council investing more than $95 million in transit services, when it approved the 2015 budget. TTC staff had proposed many of these improvements in August 2014.
According to the mayor and TTC chair, by improving these 26 bus and seven streetcar routes across the city, the TTC can provide better “service quality, resulting in shorter wait times, less crowding and a better chance for customers to get a seat.”
Passengers enjoy 55 million trips on transit vehicles serving these 33 routes each year. Staff expect these improvements to attract another 1.8 million new customer-trips each year. They’ll present a report outlining the improvements, “Improvements to Off-Peak Services - More Frequent and Less-Crowded” to the Toronto Transit Commission at its meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29. The board will likely approve the report’s recommendations.
In 2012, the TTC responded to the City’s demand for service cuts by revising its crowding standards. These standards help staff determine acceptable levels for the numbers of passengers that each transit vehicle can carry. They also help staff figure out when they need to schedule more or fewer vehicles to meet the needs of passengers using services along each route.
As a result of the 2012 budget cuts, the TTC established two categories of vehicle crowding standards for off-peak service, depending on the frequency of the route:
- routes which operate less than once every ten minutes at off-peak times have a crowding standard that all passengers will get a seat.
- routes which operate more frequently than once every ten minutes at off-peak times have a crowding standard that not all passengers on board will get a seat.
Staff are now recommending that the new off-peak crowding standards will be the same for all routes - including ones with frequent service - so that all passengers riding buses and streetcars along these 33 routes can expect to find a seat on all transit vehicles during off-peak hours.
In September, the TTC is implementing these better crowding standards, improving off-peak service along these routes
- 7 Bathurst
- 22 Coxwell
- 24 Victoria Park
- 25 Don Mills
- 34 Eglinton East
- 35 Jane
- 36 Finch West
- 38 Highland Creek
- 39 Finch East
- 42 Cummer
- 44 Kipling South
- 52 Lawrence West
- 53 Steeles East
- 54 Lawrence East
- 60 Steeles West
- 63 Ossington
- 84 Sheppard West
- 89 Weston
- 95 York Mills
- 100 Flemingdon Park
- 106 York University
- 133 Neilson
- 191 Highway 27 Rocket
- 192 Airport Rocket
- 198 U of T Scarborough Rocket
- 199 Finch Rocket
- 501 Queen
- 504 King
- 505 Dundas
- 506 Carlton
- 509 Harbourfront
- 511 Bathurst
- 512 St Clair
If you regularly drop by Transit Toronto just to read the news posts — well, we’re certainly glad you visited us, but you’re missing the transit treasure trove that lies beneath.
These news items are merely the tip of a massive iceberg of historical and contemporary information on this site — about transit routes, transit history and transit vehicles in Toronto and surrounding areas.
Recently, our team passed a milestone in our journey to archive and detail the history of the TTC and other area transit providers. We completed(*) the very last of our 298 TTC bus route histories, detailing everything you need to know about TTC bus service.
We thank regular contributors Peter Coulman and Jeffrey Kay and our webmaster James Bow for compiling this detailed look at how the TTC has operated buses over the past 94 years. John Calnan illustrated many of the histories with his maps, while many others, including Mike Vainchtein, Jelo Gutierrez Cantos, Roman Fomin and Allan Gryfe contributed information, documents and original source materials. And we thank those of you who donated photos and scans for the route histories, including Rob Hutchinson, Kevin Nicol, Bob Hussey, Robert McMann, Peter Cox and numerous others.
- The TTC started its very first bus route, Humberside, on September 21, 1921 — just three weeks after the TTC itself started serving Torontonians.
- The TTC’s two latest routes, 194 Aquatics Centre rocket and 406 Venue Shuttle Downtown operated only during the recent Pan Am Games and resume service during the upcoming Para Pan Am Games.
- You can learn the entire history of the TTC’s best-known and busiest bus routes, including, for example, 7 Bathurst, 29 Dufferin, 32 Eglinton West, 39 Finch East and 45 Kipling and, of course, many, many more on this site.
- You can also discover and explore the TTC’s more obscure routes, including Winchester, Gilbert, 1 Armour Heights, X1 Princess Margaret express, 102 Town Centre express and 163 Rustic Road.
- In the 1950s and 1960s, buses serving TTC’s 23 Dawes and 67 Pharmacy routes served wide swaths of Scarborough, dropping off and picking up passengers far away from their namesake streets.
- Similarly, in the early days, 41 Keele buses rolled along a large part of Sheppard Avenue West.
As part of the 2015 Pan American Games service, the TTC put an express shuttle service from Don Mills subway station to the Pan Am Aquatic Centre into place.
As James Bow explains on the bus pages:
“Well, [we’re finished], as far as we know. The history of the TTC is large and Byzantine. We know that we don’t have the listings for many school specials, or the many iterations of the buses going to the “RACES”, and there may have been a special route that slipped past our radar. Moreover, this is going to be an ongoing project keeping everything up-to-date as the TTC changes its services every month… Still, we have gathered a mammoth amount of information and I think we deserve to pause a little to give ourselves a pat on the back.”
Are we finished? Or do you know of some route that we missed? Let us know.
The Toronto Transit Commission meets Wednesday, July 29 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.
What happens to extra services, route diversions and other changes that transit agencies have introduced for the Pan Am Games once the Games are over?
Some temporary services continue until after the Para Pan Am Games. Some services stop today and then resume during the Para Pan Am Games. Some stop permanently.
- TTC - “Service Changes”, here;
- TTC - “Route Diversions”, here;
- TTC - “Service Adjustments During Competitions and Events”, here;
- TTC - “Service Summary, June 21, 2015 - September 5, 2015”, here. (.pdf);
- GO Transit - “2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games Service”, here;
- GO Transit - “Schedules”, here;
- Durham Region Transit;
- Hamilton Street Railway;
- Milton Transit;
- St. Catharines Transit Commission;
- Welland Transit;
- York Region Transit;
- Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games; and
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes: Summer 2015 (Updated June 21, 2015)”, here.
- 680 All News Radio report, “TTC hit by $4 million benefits fraud”, here.
- AZO Build post, “Crosslinx Transit Solutions General Partnership Reaches Financial Close on Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Photo of the Day: Keele subway construction”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the CP 24 website), “”Toll lanes could eventually replace temporary HOV lanes: Wynne”, here.
- CBC News report, “Commuting apps, technology take on urban traffic”, here.
- CBC News Edmonton report, “GO Transit saves the day for two lost Pan Am fans”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Pan Am HOV lane restrictions will change”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Leslie Street streetcar construction hits another roadblock”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Too many projects get funding from city council, too few get funding: Deputy mayor”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Mayor John Tory talks transit with NDP”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Man stabbed while boarding TTC bus in East York”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “3 arrested in alleged TTC benefits scam”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Suspect sought following sex assault at Dundas and Jarvis”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Botched Leslie streetcar track project won’t be done until August”, here.
- CP24 report, “Consortium including SNC Lavalin, Aecon to build Eglinton Crosstown”, here.
- CP24 report, “Tory meets with NDP MPs, says he’s satisfied party would found SmartTrack”, here.
- CP24 report, “Toll lanes could eventually replace temporary HOV lanes: Wynne”, here.
- CP24 report, “Man stabbed while boarding TTC bus in the city’s east end, here.
- CP24 report, “Owner of orthotics business and two others arrested in TTC benefits scheme”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Man stabbed while boarding TTC bus”, here.
- Financial Post article, “Bay and King no more? Heart of Toronto’s financial district moves south to Union Station, study says”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Leslie streetcar track installation hit with delays yet again”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “It is worth it to shut down King Street for TIFF again?”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Three arrested in alleged TTC insurance benefits scam”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Pan Am transportation’s main objective: Keep people moving”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Some temporary HOV lanes for Pan Am Games could become toll lanes, Wynne says”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Opening of TTC’s Leslie Barns storage facility delayed again”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Mayor John Tory ‘satisfied’ with federal NDP’s transit funding plan”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC union calls for full investigation into fraud claims”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Owner of Healthy Fit and two employees charged with fraud involving TTC employees”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Young man stabbed while boarding bus near Victoria Park and Crescent Town”, here.
- Maclean’s article, “Tories on big-city transit: Buy support now, pay later”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Why is Hamilton’s bike-sharing scheme more popular than Toronto’s?”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Ride-sharing apps could finally be carpooling’s coming of age”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Mississauga not worried about Brampton debate derailing LRT”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Business owner charged in alleged TTC fraud”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Time for Torontonians and their governments to get serious about streetcars”, here.
- National Post article, “TTC employees allegedly teamed up with orthotics shop to bilk benefits plan, police say”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “NDP pledges cash for Toronto transit”, here.
- Railway Age post, “Financial closure reached on Eglinton Crosstown LRT project”, here.
- Railway Tracks and Structures article, “Crosslinx Rapid Transit Solutions awarded contract for Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
- Ricochet.com post, “The Toronto Uber Controversy: The Real Issues”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “3 charged in TTC insurance scam”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Man Wanted After Sexually Assaulting Woman at TTC Stop”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Tory, Wynne dig in on Scarborough subway, despite money, ridership concerns”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Looks to me like the subway game was rigged”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Jennifer Keesmaat weighs in on transit debate”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC’s Leslie tracks off the rails again”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Union Pearson Express puts the brakes on bikes”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC previews new plans for TIFF King St. closure”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “NDP leader Thomas Mulcair tries to win over Ontario”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Tory satisfied with federal NDP SmartTrack pledge”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “UPX should let us all ride the rails in style”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “The Fixer: ‘Bus knuckle’ packs a punch for bikes”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Everything is shared except a rational perspective”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Don’t give the rich their own traffic lane”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Tunnel vision in Scarborough”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC eyes alternate plan for King streetcar during TIFF opening weekend”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC insurance benefits [plan] bilked of $4M”, here.
- YorkRegion.com commentary, “Two transit projects will move us forward”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “New York Region Transit / Viva facility represents boost to quality of life: politicians”, here.
- Bullet News Niagara commentary, “Niagara up to the challenge”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “Minister urges patience on Innisfil GO station request”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “Province needs help from feds to ease congestion, minister says during Barrie stop”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Cambridge won’t let go of passenger train dream”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record editorial, “Cambridge’s GO case is strong”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “‘Confident, upbeat’ Mulcair visits Waterloo Region”, here.
This map shows the 17 Birchmount route, starting Monday, July 27.
Starting this Monday, July 27, TTC buses operating along the 17A branch of the 17 Birchmount route start and end their trips much further north in Markham.
York Region Transit has asked the TTC to extend route of buses serving the branch northward along the newly built section of Birchmount Road to Highway 7. It’s renaming the “17A Warden Stn - 14th Avenue” branch as the “17A Warden Stn - Highway 7” branch.
Mondays to Fridays during rush hours only, southbound buses start their trips on Uptown Drive north of Rougeside Promenade, then proceed:
eastward along Rougeside; and then
southward along Birchmount Road to Royal Crest Court,
resuming their current route
southward along Birchmount.
Southbound buses no longer drop off or pick up passengers at stops
- on Crown Steel Drive south of Royal Crest Court and
- on Royal Crest Court east of Crown Steel Drive and at Birchmount Road.
Instead, southbound buses serve passengers at new stops
- on Uptown Drive at Rougeside Promenade,
- on Birchmount Road south of Rougeside Promenade, at Verclaire Gate South, Enterprise Boulevard and Royal Crest Court.
Northbound buses operate along their current route to Birchmount Road and McNabb Street, then proceed:
northward along Birchmount;
westward along Highway 7;
southward along Uptown Drive; and then
eastward along Rougeside Promenade to Birchmount,
ending their trips.
Northbound buses no longer drop off or pick up passengers at stops
- on McNabb Street east of Gough Road,
- on Gough Road north of McNabb Street [2 stops] and at 14th Avenue and
- on Crown Steel Drive at Royal Crest Court.
Instead, northbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at new stops
- on Birchmount Road at Citizen Court, Enterprise Boulevard, across from Verclaire Gate South, at Rougeside Promenade and south of Highway 7 and
- on Uptown Drive at Rougeside Promenade.
Since YRT has asked the TTC to extend the route, but is not funding any more buses to provide the service, the TTC must decrease the frequency of service along the longer route to and from Highway 7.
Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops north of Steeles Avenue East:
- every 35 minutes, instead of every 21 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours; and
- every 36 minutes, instead of every 27 minutes, during afternoon rush hours.
Service levels south of Steeles East remain the same.
You must pay an extra fare when you travel on buses crossing the Markham - Toronto municipal boundary at Steeles Avenue East, but you can also now connect with YRT buses operating along the 1 Highway 7 route. YRT will build vivastations at Enterprise Boulevard and Birchmount Road and at Highway 7 and Birchmount Road / Village Parkway for connections to the Viva pink and Viva purple routes in the future.
This map shows the 17 Birchmount route today.