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.
Several federal, provincial and municipal politicians and officials gathered at a construction site in Mississauga Friday, November 29 to mark the official start of work on the western section of the Mississauga Transitway.
Opening in 2016, the Mississauga Transitway west segment is a two-lane, 1.5- kilometre (one mile) bus-only road on the north side of Highway 403, with two new “state-of-the-art” stations at Winston Churchill Boulevard and Erin Mills Parkway. MiWay and GO Transit buses will operate along the Transitway.
Metrolinx is building the west segment between Winston Churchill and Erin Mills. The City of Mississauga is constructing the eastern corridor. Part of the eastern section opens in 2014 with stations at Central Parkway, Cawthra Road, Tomken Road and Dixie Road.
In 2016, the 18-kilometre transitway will have 12 stations, between Winston Churchill Boulevard in the east and Renforth Drive in the east. From the west, buses will operate along the bus-only roadway between Winston Churchill and Erin Mills, then onto the current bus-only lanes on Highway 403 between Erin Mills Parkway and Mississauga’s City Centre area along Centre View Drive and Rathburn Road West. Buses then travel along a bus-only roadway parallel to Highway 403 and north of Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue to Renforth Station. From there, buses will continue to Pearson International Airport and the TTC’s Islington Station.
The Mississauga Transitway project is a partnership among all levels of government. The Government of Canada is contributing as much as $83 million to the project through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund: $59 million to the City of Mississauga for the east segment and $24 million to Metrolinx for the west segment. The Province of Ontario has provided $65 million to the City of Mississauga to support the project and is contributing another $48 million to Metrolinx for, a Transport Canada news release say, “investments in GO Transit assets related to the transitway”. The City of Mississauga and Metrolinx are funding the remaining project costs.
Durham Region Transit announced today that the Region of Durham has opened a bus-only lane and an on-road “buffered” bicycle lane westbound along Regional Highway 2 (Kingston Road East) through the Salem Road traffic signal in Ajax.
The lane, the first of its kind in Durham Region, will provide faster and more reliable DRT Pulse bus service along Highway 2 between downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto’ Scarborough Campus.
Contractors finishing up work on the rest of the segment between Salem Road North and Harwood Avenue North by paving the roadway and marking lanes. The Region also expects construction to continue further west between Harwood North and Best Buy, if the weather permits it.
Next spring and summer, the Region intends to build the eastbound bus-only lane and on-road buffered bicycle lane between Harwood Avenue South and Salem Road South.
(A “buffered” bike lane is separated from the rest of traffic on a roadway by a buffer or “shy zone”, which no vehicles other than bicycles can operate. Often the buffer disappears near intersections, allowing the drivers of cars, trucks, buses to cross into the bike lane to safely turn right.)
You can learn more about the Region’s project to build more bus-only lanes along the Highway 2 corridor here.
At its meeting last Thursday, December 5, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved raising GO Transit fares Saturday, February 1, 2014. By increasing fares, GO says it will be able to “continue to provide a high-level of customer service while improving and expanding service to meet increasing ridership demand.”
In advocating for higher fares, GO argues that fare increases have allowed it to implement services such as 30-minute train service on the Lakeshore line, more 12-car trains to relieve crowding and more bus trips on some of our busiest routes.
GO says that, in 2014, it plans more “enhancements and improvements”, including:
- more bus trips on some of the busiest routes;
- more train trips on some lines; and
- more 12-coach trains on some of the busiest routes to reduce overcrowding
In announcing the increase, GO explains that, since fares vary by how far passengers are traveling, the cost for single adult ride when using a paper ticket will increase incrementally. GO says this will make sure that the increase is equitable for passengers across the system.
- fares between $$4.85 and $6.15 increase by 35 cents;
- fares between $6.16 and $7.80 increase by 45 cents; and
- fares greater than $7.80 increase by 55 cents.
Fares between $4.85 and $6.15 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:
- along the 01 Lakeshore West line as far west as Port Credit GO Station;
- along the 09 Lakeshore East line as far east as Rouge Hill GO Station;
- along the 21 Milton line as far west as Cooksville GO Station;
- along the 31 Kitchener line as far northwest as Etobicoke North GO Station;
- along the entire 61 Richmond Hill line to Richmond Hill GO Station;
- along the 65 Barrie line as far north as Maple GO Station; and
- along the 71 Stouffville line as far northeast as Agincourt GO Station.
Fares between $6.16 and $7.80 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:
- along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Clarkson and Oakville GO Stations;
- along the 09 Lakeshore East line to Pickering and Ajax GO Stations;
- along the 21 Miltonline to Erindale, Streetsville and Meadowvale GO Stations;
- along the 31 Kitchener line to Malton, Bramalea and Brampton GO Stations;
- along the 65 Barrie line to King City and Aurora GO Stations; and
- along the 71 Stouffville line to Milliken, Unionville, Centennial, Markham and Mount Joy GO Stations.
Fares greater than $7.80 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:
- along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Bronte GO Station and beyond;
- along the 09 Lakeshore East line to Whitby and Oshawa GO Stations;
- along the 21 Milton line to Lisgar and Milton GO Stations;
- along the 31 Kitchener line to Mount Pleasant GO Station and beyond;
- along the 65 Barrie line to Newmarket GO Station and beyond; and
- along the 71 Stouffville line to Stouffville and Lincolnville GO Stations.
Fares for students, seniors and children are also increasing.
The overall cost for each trip will be less for passengers — the majority of GO riders — who use PRESTO fare cards. Since GO wants to encourage more people to use the cards, it’s increasing the amount of the “loyalty discount” that it applies when you use the fare cards to ride GO buses and trains.
For adults, the discount increases to 10 percent off the single adult paper ticket fare (up from the current 8.75% off) for the first to 35th rides each month. For the 36th to 40th rides and for the 41st (and more) rides each month, the loyalty discount will remain the same.
For students, the discount increases to 17.25 percent off the single adult paper ticket fare (up from the current 16.25% off) for the first to 30th rides each month. For the 31st to 40th rides and for the 41st (and more) rides each month, the loyalty discount will remain the same.
For children and seniors, the discount increases to 51.50% off the single adult paper ticket fare (up from the current 50.75% off) for the first to 40th rides each month. For the 41st (and more) rides each month, the loyalty discount will remain the same.
You can use GO’s on-line fare calculator to figure what your new fare will be.
MiWay is revising its routes and services, starting tomorrow, Monday, December 9.
The TTC has been upgrading the streetcar tracks on Kingston Road and the City of Toronto has been upgrading the roadway since Monday, June 3. Buses have replaced the cars that day and, since work on the project has prevented traffic from proceeding westward along Kingston Road since Sunday, June 23, the TTC has detoured westbound buses.
Crews are getting ready to finalize the project and the City can now restore two-way traffic along Kingston Road. The TTC is also revising the detour routing for buses operating along the 22A Coxwell via Kingston Rd and the 322 Coxwell overnight via Kingston Rd routes, starting tomorrow, Monday, December 9.
Regular streetcar service between Bingham Loop (Victoria Park Avenue) and downtown Toronto along the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd tripper routes resumes at 5 a.m. Monday, December 23.
This weekend and next week, they’re starting four more parts of the project.
As crews continue to relocate underground storm sewer pipes and drains across Vincent Street, they’ll continue to close the road through Friday, December 6 and into next week from Monday, December 9 until Tuesday, December 10. Vincent Street will reopen over the weekend, Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. A gravel surface will be in place for motorists to use over the weekend.
Crews continue to install gas mains at Main Street and Davis Drive this weekend. This Saturday, December 7, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., they’ll be digging and drilling to install new pipes.
One at a time, they’ll close all the lanes on Main Street intermittently. Businesses are open and entrances to the businesses on or near Main Street are accessible.
York Region Transit has relocated the bus stop on the southeast corner of Main and Davis has south to Simcoe Street and Main Street South.
The northeast sidewalk on Main Street is closed until December 16th. Please follow directional signs to the nearest open sidewalk.
Traffic control personnel will be onsite as required to manage traffic flow.
Crews are working on the retaining wall on the north side of Davis between the Tim Horton’s at Longford Drive and Stinger Tattoo near 8 Hill Street Saturday, December 7 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Expect noise. The work will not block access to nearby businesses and all businesses are open.
As crews install a ductbank — a structure that gathers together and encases telecommunications wires underground — across Niagara Street, they’ll temporarily block the road just south of Davis Drive for a few days. This is one of a few necessary road closures on Niagara to complete infrastructure and road work, however, you should also expect more road closures next year when contractors install storm sewers and water-mains, remove curbs and sidewalks, widen the road around Niagara Street and Davis Drive, install new curbs and sidewalks and pave the work area on Niagara.
Starting Monday, December 9, contractors are closing a small segment of Niagara, just south of Davis. They’ll block vehicle thru-traffic from Niagara to Davis. Detour signs will be in place to guide motorists around the closure. Expect noise. Although work hours are from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, the road remains closed overnight.
The entrances off Davis and Niagara to the 350 Davis Drive plaza remain open. The south sidewalk on Davis between Roxborough Road and Parkside Drive also remains open. The work will not affect bus stops.
The work reduces Davis Drive to just two lanes — one westbound and one eastbound lane between Yonge Street and Roxborough Road throughout the winter. Where possible, a middle lane for left turns and emergency vehicles will be available.
This part of the work continues until December 13.
GO Transit passengers riding express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route and YRT passengers riding buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert and 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus routes should expect delays.
Santa Claus Parades and other seasonal events in the Bowmanville area of Clarington, Burlington, the Elmira area of Woolwich Township, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Jackson’s Point area of Georgina, the Long Branch area of Toronto, the New Toronto area of Toronto, Peterborough, the Sutton area of Georgina, the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton, Stouffville, the Unionville area of Markham and Whitby affect transit services this weekend.
Torkie broke through near the future Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station, south of Highway 7 and west of Jane Street, Friday, November 8.
As part the TTC’s project to extend the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway northwest to Vaughan, the tunnel-boring machine, “Torkie”, completed the tenth and final tunnel drive, marking the end of tunneling for the project, Friday, November 8.
Torkie started tunneling again Friday, September 13 from the northern launch shaft near the future Highway 407 Station — south of Highway 407 and west of Jane Street. In this final drive, Torkie tunneled 938 metres (3,077 feet) northward toward the extraction shaft near the future Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station, south of Highway 7 and west of Jane Street. During this drive, the machine placed 625 liners in the tunnel.
You can check out this video for an inside look at the machines working on the subway project. The video includes new footage of the inside operation of the machines and four separate “breakthroughs” — when the machines finished digging to emerge from the tunnels they just bored — in York Region.
You can view other videos and photos of tunnel-boring action here.
Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to prepare for building a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.
As crews continue moving underground telecommunications along Highway 7 West, they’re starting to work on the second segment at the intersection with Keele Street, starting Monday, December 2 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. They may temporarily block traffic lanes in all four directions at the intersection from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day.
Wherever possible, sidewalks will remain open. If crews block a sidewalk, directional signs will to guide pedestrians around the construction zone. All driveways in work areas remain open.
The TTC and YRT may have to temporarily relocate bus stops. If the work affects bus stops, signs will guide passengers to the nearest available stop.
Traffic control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to direct traffic, if necessary.
Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks. Work may continue through weekends.
Work on this segment of the project continues for about 11 weeks, or until February 14, 2014.
Passengers on Brampton Transit buses operating along the 501 / 501A Züm Queen, TTC buses operating along the 107 Keele North route and York Region Transit operating along the 22 / 22A King City, 77 Highway 7 and Viva purple routes should expect delays.