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Eglinton Crosstown LRT - west portal:
Traffic shifts to the south side, August 17



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


As part of ongoing construction of the west portal and elevated guideway for the future, crews are rearranging the work zones and the traffic set-up in the area, starting “as early as” Friday, August 17.

The new work zone requires traffic to shift to the south side of the street on

  • Eglinton Avenue West between Black Creek Drive and Bicknell Avenue.

At least one traffic lane in each direction will be available to motorists at all times.

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The work zone blocks pedestrian access to the sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton West between Municipal Road and Black Creek Drive. Pedestrians can only walk through the area on the south side of the street.

Nearby residents and business people can expect noise in the area from a pile drill, crane, loaders, trucks and other construction equipment and dust when crews are drilling and removing debris. Heavy trucks will be entering and exiting the work zone.

Construction of the LRT west portal continues to delay TTC buses along these routes:

  • 32A / 32D Eglinton West;
  • 71B Runnymede;
  • 171 Mt Dennis; and
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight.

This phase of construction of the west portal continues for “approximately 4-6 months” or until February 15, 2019.



Let's GO -- and TTC -- to the "Ex":
August 17 to September 3



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A shot of Exhibition loop at the east end of the Exhibition grounds, looking northeast from the Shell Oil Tower in September 1975. This photo originally comes from the Charles Houser collection and was donated by Pete Coulman.

On September 9, 1881, two horses pulling a Toronto Street Railway car full of passengers arrived at Strachan Avenue and Wellington Street, the new end of the line for the TSR’s King route. The passengers stepped off the car and into the history books as they walked down Strachan to the entrance of the local fairgrounds and introduced Torontonians and visitors alike to the idea that traveling by transit was a safe, convenient — and, often, fun — way to get to the exhibition.

Nearly 137 years later, as the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) gets ready for its 138th season at Exhibition Place, transit still plays an important role in the success of the annual fair. This year, the “Ex” starts Friday, August 17 and continues until Labour Day, Monday, September 3.

As usual, the TTC is revising and increasing its services to help fair-going crowds head to the “Ex”.

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Since GO Transit now provides regular train service along the 01 Lakeshore West line to and from Exhibition GO Station seven days a week during the fair, it’s not operating extra service, except during the Labour Day holiday weekend.

At most times of the week, GO trains operate along the 01 Lakeshore West line every 30 minutes — or even more frequently during rush hours — to and from Exhibition. Trains operating along the 12 Niagara Falls line also stop at Exhibition GO Station Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.


Since those first passengers in 1881, Toronto’s public transit vehicles — horse cars, streetcars, buses and trains — have been carrying passengers to and from the Canadian National Exhibition — and the various fairs that preceded it. From 1883 until 1885, Toronto’s and Canada’s first electric-powered streetcar carried passengers through the exhibition grounds from the end of the horse car line at Strachan Avenue and Wellington Street — then the main entrance to the fair — to the area of the current Dufferin Gate. (The city as a whole had to wait until August 16, 1892 before an electric streetcar entered regular service along city streets.)

All four of Toronto’s public transit agencies — the Toronto Street Railway, the Toronto Railway Company, the Toronto Transportation Commission and the Toronto Transit Commission — have traditionally dedicated extra human and equipment resources in making sure that everyone gets happily, safely and efficiently to and from the great fairs. And, Canada’s railways and interurban bus companies have also played their parts in the history of the Exhibition, especially the TTC’s former interurban subsidiary company, Gray Coach Lines, the forerunner of today’s GO Transit.

Starting in the 1930s, Gray Coach operated buses directly to a terminal on the Exhibition grounds — immediately west of the Automotive Building (today’s Beanfield Centre — from various cities and towns in Southern Ontario, including Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Galt (Cambridge), Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Oshawa, Preston (Cambridge) and St. Catharines. For those who lived in other towns, GCL operated special flag buses from the downtown bus terminal on Bay Street to the CNE. (They were “flag” buses, because you could wave at, or “flag”, the driver to stop and pick you up.) Your Gray Coach ticket from elsewhere in Ontario let you ride the flag bus from the downtown terminal for free. The downtown flag buses also served major downtown hotels, including the Royal York and the King Edward.

In the 1960s and 70s, the TTC also got into the flag-bus business, operating express buses from suburban points to the same Exhibition bus terminal near the Automotive Building that you could also flag down. In 1961, buses operated from Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, Jane Street and Wilson Avenue, Royal York Road and Anglesey Boulevard, Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East and Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue. In 1982, the last year of this service, the buses still operated from Jane and Wilson and Eglinton and Pharmacy, but also ran from Yonge and Steeles Avenue, Bloor Street West and the East Mall, Islington Avenue and Elmhurst Drive and Ellesmere and McCowan Roads.

Meanwhile, GO trains have been stopping at Exhibition GO Station since the very first day of service, May 23, 1967.

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During the 1968 Exhibition season, GO Transit set up a temporary ticket booth and provided service for CNE patrons. This image is courtesy the Government of Ontario.


The Transit Toronto archives contain several informative articles by James Bow describing the history of transit services to the Canadian National Exhibition.

You can read about:

  • the history of transit service to Exhibition Place here (with John F. Bromley).
  • the history of the 509 Harbourfront streetcar route here.
  • the history of the present 511 Bathurst and the former Fort streetcar routes here.
  • the history of the 514 Cherry streetcar route here.
  • the history of Exhibition East and Fleet loops here.
  • the history of the Dufferin streetcar here (with John F. Bromley).
  • the history of GO Transit’s Lakeshore lines here (with Daniel Garcia).

Other relevant history articles on our site:

  • the history of the 29 Dufferin bus route by Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • the history of the 93 Exhibition West express route (1988 - 2002) by Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • the history of the 121 Fort York - Esplanade route here.
  • the history of the 193 Exhibition rocket route by Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • the history of the 307 / 310 Bathurst night route by Jeffrey Kay with Pete Coulman, here.
  • the history of the 314 Dufferin - Bathurst overnight route (1987 - 1996) by James Bow, here.
  • the history of the 329 Dufferin overnight route by Jeffrey Kay, here.


Veterans ride free of fare,
Warriors Day, August 18



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Veterans can ride free of fare on several transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area this Saturday, August 18.

On that day, the Canadian National Exhibition hosts its annual Warriors Day events, including a parade, and vets and companions can enter the CNE for free.

The free transit service for veterans is available on vehicles serving all routes that the transit systems operate Saturday, not just those traveling to and from the “Ex”. In most cases, the families of deceased veterans may also ride buses, streetcars and subway trains free of fare.

Generally, transit systems ask veterans to wear their uniforms, medals or something else that would clearly identify them as veterans, so they don’t have to pay a fare, like other passengers. Families of deceased veterans riding transit vehicles should also bring some form of identification.

Transit systems that offer free rides for vets this Saturday include:


Military parades and demonstrations have been an important tradition of the Canadian National Exhibition since it started in 1879. This year’s Warriors’ Day Parade is the ninety-seventhth at the CNE. In 1921, the “Ex” board of governors decided that the parades would formally salute veterans of World War I. The board formed the Warriors’ Day Parade Council to make sure that Torontonians paid ongoing tribute to former and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The parade starts at the Princes’ Gates and continues along Princes’ Boulevard.



Woodbine / O'Connor construction
affects TTC service, August 17 to 20



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • the intersection of Woodbine Avenue with O’Connor Drive and
  • the O’Connor bridge over Massey Creek — between Glenwood Crescent and Woodbine Avenue —

for a major construction project during several weekends.

This weekend, the City is closing the intersection and bridge from 7 p.m. Friday, August 17 until 6 a.m. Monday, August 20.

The project affects TTC services along these routes:

  • 70 O’Connor;
  • 91 Woodbine; and
  • 93 Parkview Hills.

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However, the City is allowing TTC buses to pass through the work zone as construction proceeds.

During the closures, the TTC will temporarily relocate bus stops at the intersection of Woodbine with O’Connor outside of the work area. Buses operating along the 91 Woodbine and 93 Parkview Hills routes will also skip their southbound stop on Woodbine Avenue at Plains Road and their northbound stop on Woodbine north of Bracebridge Avenue. Board buses at the temporary stops near the intersection or at Cosburn Avenue.

The City previously closed the intersection:

The City is continuing with the project (again affecting TTC buses):

  • from 7 p.m. Friday, August 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, August 27.

During this project, City contractors are:

  • replacing the right-turn channel with a right-turn lane to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and conflicts between vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians;
  • rebuilding the intersection to meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA);
  • reinstalling the TTC bus stop platform;
  • adding green space on the southwest and southeast corners of O’Connor Drive; and
  • adding an elevated platform on the north side of the intersection and a left turn bike box for cyclists to more easily travel from O’Connor Drive into the bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue.

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Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Cedarvale:
Overnight lane closures, August 16, 17



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


From 9 p.m. Thursday, August 16 until 5 a.m. Friday, August 17, crews are setting up a temporary work zone that blocks

  • Eglinton Avenue West, eastbound lanes across from William R. Allen Road

near the future Cedarvale Station to access the excavation shaft so they can repair a pump.

The temporary work zones does not block the off-ramp from southbound Allen Road onto westbound Eglinton West.

East- and westbound traffic will share a single traffic lane on the north side of the roadway. Traffic will alternate directions along this shared lane. “Paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers will help direct traffic.

LRT construction near the future Cedarvale Station continues to delay TTC buses along these routes:

  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 63 Ossington;
  • 109 Ranee;
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight; and
  • 363 Ossington overnight.


Range Line Road Ajax construction:
DRT detour, August 13 to 24



Starting Monday, August 13, Town of Ajax contractors are replacing culverts on

  • Range Line Road at Ruthel Road and Poplar Avenue.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses along this route, while crews work on the project:

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Culvert construction on Range Line Road and the DRT detour continue until August 24.



Yonge Street rapidway - Newmarket:
Side streets closed, starting August 17



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Yonge Street in Newmarket between Davis Drive and Sawmill Valley Drive / Savage Road.


Over the next few months, crews are setting several temporary work zones that block side streets on the east and west sides of

  • Yonge Street between Davis Drive and Sawmill Valley Drive / Savage Road.

While the work zones temporarily block access to the streets, crews will:

  • rebuild the roadway;
  • install storm sewers;
  • pave; and
  • paint new lines

to support the future rapidway.

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From 7 p.m. Friday, August 17 until 7 a.m. Monday, August 20, crews block:

  • Savage Road east of Yonge; and
  • Sawmill Valley Drive west of Yonge.

From 7 a.m. Friday, August 24 until 7 a.m. Monday, August 27, crews block:

  • Millard Avenue, east of Yonge.

From 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 24 until 7 a.m. Monday, August 27, crews block:

  • Millard Avenue West, west of Yonge.

From 7 a.m. Friday, September 7 until 7 a.m. Monday, September 10, crews block:

  • Eagle Street, east of Yonge.

From 7 a.m. Friday, September 14 until 7 a.m. Monday, September 17, crews block:

  • the entrance to #17450 Yonge, west side of Yonge.

From 6 p.m. Saturday, September 15 until 7 a.m. Monday, September 17, crews block:

  • the entrance to #174150 Yonge (NewRoads Subaru Newmarket), east side of Yonge.

From 7 a.m. Friday, September 21 until 7 a.m. Monday, September 24, crews block:

  • Gladman Avenue, east of Yonge.


Highway 7 West rapidway - Concord / Thornhill:
Connector road closure, YRT detours, August 15



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue building a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West, Centre and Bathurst Streets between Dufferin and Yonge Streets.


From 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 15 until 7 a.m. Thursday, August 16, York Region is closing:

  • the Bathurst / Highway 7 connector road,

as crews complete multiple activities, including:

  • removing asphalt;
  • milling;
  • paving; and
  • painting lines.

The work zone also restricts traffic on Highway 7 to just one lane in each direction.

York Region Transit is detouring buses along these routes, while the road is closed:



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Mount Pleasant:
Storm-sewer work at Taunton Road resumes



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


Since last year, crews have been installing storm sewers on

  • Eglinton Avenue East at Taunton Road and Brownlow Avenue.

Crews have now finished working at Brownlow Avenue. They temporarily suspended work at the Taunton Road site, while contractors designed new utility access portals (or “manholes”). Crews start working again at Taunton Road “as early as” Wednesday, August 15 to build and install the new new access portals. They’ll also connect the portals to the new storm-sewer infrastructure they installed earlier this year.

They work every day from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

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Crews will move surface equipment to the Taunton Road site, including hydro-vacuum trucks, concrete trucks, dump trucks, loaders, excavators, pumps, water truck and generators, which will all operate during work hours. They’ll also store construction material in the work zone. And, they’ll move a trailer to the southwest corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road for construction worker to use.

The crews will extend the work zone further south on Taunton Road to accommodate the sewer work. The larger work zone may also result in crews shifting the current pedestrian detour route further south.

The work zone continues to block traffic from entering Taunton from Eglinton East for from exiting Taunton onto Eglinton.

Expect noise from construction activity.

Construction of the future Mount Pleasant LRT station continues to delay TTC buses along these routes:

  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 51 Leslie;
  • 54 Lawrence East;
  • 56 Leslie;
  • 74 Mt Pleasant;
  • 141 Downtown / Mt Pleasant express;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight; and
  • 354 Lawrence East overnight.

Storm-sewer installation at Taunton Road continues “for about two months” or until October 19.



Highway 7 West rapidway - Woodbridge:
Overnight paving, line-painting starts August 14



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue building a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West between Helen Street / Wigwoss Drive and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.


From 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 until 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 15 and continuing overnight nightly, crews are base-paving with the “CIREAM” [cold in-place recycled expanded asphalt mix] process, which removes the asphalt and reuses it at the same time, making the process more environmentally friendly and efficient. (A more user-friendly term for this process is “shave and pave”.)

The crews next use the process to pave:

  • Highway 7 between Colossus Drive and west of Weston Road.

Crews are paving the east- and westbound centre lanes, and then the curb lanes. To accommodate this work, the work zone blocks traffic lanes in stages, and, at times, may restrict traffic reduced to just one lane in each direction.

First, the work zone blocks the centre lanes, including left-turn lanes in one direction at a time as crews pave the roadway and then paint new lines.

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Second, the work zone blocks the curb lanes, as crews pave the roadway and then paint new lines.

Each morning, after the asphalt and line painting have dried, crews remove the work zones and reopen lanes to traffic.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on-site to direct traffic. Flag persons will also be present to control driveway and pedestrian access near the work zone.

Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

Brampton Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone. Passengers aboard buses along this route can also expect delays:

  • 501 Züm Queen.

York Region Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone. Passengers aboard buses along these routes can also expect delays:

  • Viva orange;
  • 77 / 77A Highway 7; and
  • 165 / 165F Weston.

Overnight paving and line-painting on Highway 7 near Weston Road and the resulting Brampton Transit and YRT delays continue until 7:30 a.m. August 17.