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In the news: Friday, August 26, 2016

Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “TTC buses might soon look a lot different”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Historic Kodak Building 9 moves 200 feet in Toronto”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, “Justin Trudeau announces $1.49B in funding for transit in Ontario” (from the Global News Toronto website), here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Federal transit infrastructure money: What Toronto is getting”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Tory ‘thrilled’ about infrastructure money, but still wants TTC savings”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “One-time Kodak building moves 60 metres for new LRT station”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Toronto getting nearly $4.74 transportation boost from federal government”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Mayor trumps federal funding for Toronto’s transportation woes”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Part of Kodak building moved to eventually become part of Crosstown LRT station”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Tunnelling complete for Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “‘Not sexy’, but needed: Funding for TTC repair projects unveiled”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “‘Stupid stunt’: Man injured after forcing GO train doors open, jumping”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto’s subway system to benefit from federal infrastructure fund”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “This CEO is trying to get the auto and transit industries to co-operate”, here.
  • column, “THE CITY: Federal funding for the TTC is the exception, not the norm”, here.
  • article, “Trudeau’s federal Liberals invest in transit, bike lanes expansion”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx announces Eglinton Crosstown LRT tunnelling complete”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx moves historic Kodak building to dig out future Mount Dennis Crosstown LRT station”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “How do you move a four-storey, 3000-tonne building in its entirety?”, here.
  • Mobile Syrup post, “WiFi comes to York Region GO Transit terminals and stations”, here.
  • post, “More than $230bn planned for public transit investments in Canada”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Rowdy family coming back from CNE compares Quiet Zone exile with Jews sent to concentration camps”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “How to get it right with Rail Deck Park”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Where Does Ottawa’s New Transit Funding Fit in Toronto’s Budget?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Metropass Usage Trends”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Much Service Actually Runs on King Street?”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “In praise of unsexy infrastructure”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “West Toronto Railpath Extension Finally Gets Funding”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Ottawa’s cold cash is even cooler when it lacks subway sizzle”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Federal cash will mean a more reliable, accessible TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Proposed TTC budget cut could hit service”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Feds announce $1.5B for transit”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Trudeau, Wynne announce in Barrie more cash for transit”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Big dig wraps for Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
  • post, “Accessibility Annex: An Introduction”, here.
  • post, “Take action for a low-income transit pass”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Canada, Ontario Sign Agreement to Fund Transit Infrastructure”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “How Will Toronto Find Nearly $500m for Better Transit, Cycling?”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Metrolinx Makes Big Move with Kodak Building at Mount Dennis Station”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx church parking lot deal concerns Aurora residents”, here.
  • article, “GO Transit dials up free Wi-Fi to York Region commuters”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

No subway service, August 27, 28:
Lawrence to Bloor

BY_to_Lawrence.jpgThis weekend, Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, the TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Lawrence and Bloor Stations.

Trains operate along line 1 only between Finch and Lawrence Stations and between Downsview and Bloor Stations this weekend.

While this section of the subway is closed, the TTC is operating as many as 100 shuttle buses along Yonge Street. The buses start and end their trips in Lawrence Station bus terminal and loop at the south end of their route along Church Street and Bloor Street East to drop off and pick up passengers at Bloor and Yonge Streets. The buses stop on Yonge Street at the intersections nearest to all subway stations on the closed section of the line.

The TTC has not yet equipped PRESTO fare-card devices on all shuttle buses. Carry tokens, tickets or cash, in case the vehicle that arrives at your stop is not yet PRESTO-ready.

Wheel-Trans buses operate between York Mills and Bloor stations. Speak with any TTC staff member to ask for the service.

TTC crews will carry out essential track and signal work during the closure. They’re:

  • performing major maintenance to the cross-over track between Eglinton Station and south of Berwick Avenue;
  • upgrading electrical systems in the open-air section from south of the Kay Gardner Beltline Bridge to north of Davisville Station;
  • repairing track north of Rosedale Station; and
  • removing eight dead trees
  • between Hillsdale Avenue West and Manor Road West - three trees on the east embankment and one tree on the west embankment; and
  • between Lola Road and Imperial Street - four trees on the east embankment.

To provide a faster trip for passengers and keep traffic flowing, the City of Toronto is restricting parking on both sides of Yonge Street between Lawrence and St Clair Avenues from 3:30 a.m. Saturday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

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 operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Consider traveling along the University 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 and 196 York University rocket routes 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.
  • Ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Ride buses 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 and 514 Cherry routes and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.

Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
YRT detour during paving, August 27, 28

Update — Friday, August 26, 5:31 p.m.: The contractors have rescheduled the work to Saturday, August 27 evening and early Sunday, August 28. They’re also adding another component — they’ll work on the south side of the intersection of Highway 7 and Keele Street.

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue 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.

From 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 26 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 27 Saturday, August 27 until Sunday, August 28, crews are paving with red asphalt both east- and westbound lanes of the rapidway between the Canadian National Railway bridge and the GO Transit bridge.

The work interrupts the intersections of Highway 7 with Keele Street and with Bowes Road / Baldwin Avenue, one at a time, as crews pave through each and then wait for the asphalt to cool. They’ll pave the Keele intersection first, and then Bowes / Baldwin.

Hwy 7 west rapidway - red asphalt paving at Keele - Aug-26-27 - 2016.png

Afterwards, crews will pave the south part of the Keele Street / Highway 7 intersection with red asphalt. Motorists can’t access Highway 7 from south of the intersection. The work restricts east- and westbound traffic to just one lane in each direction and motorists can’t turn right onto Keele.

Highway 7 west rapidway - Highway 7 and Keele paving_map_2 - Aug-27-28 - 2016.png

While crews pave the intersection with Keele, York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes this route:

Paving at both intersections blocks north- and southbound through traffic. Motorists traveling along Highway 7 who wish to turn north- or southward through the intersection must detour to the next intersection to U-turn.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to help direct traffic.

Crews may also temporarily block access to bus stops and sidewalks. Look for signs to guide you safely around the work zone or to the nearest available bus stop.

Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

Weekend events affect transit services,
August 26, 27, 28

Special events in Ajax, Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, the Malvern area of Toronto, Markham, central Toronto and the Winona area of Hamilton affect transit services this weekend.

Government of Canada to fund
Toronto transit projects

Yesterday, Tuesday, August 23, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne announced an agreement to provide more than $2.97 billion in combined funding — by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and municipalities — for transit and other infrastructure projects across the province.

Canada is providing Ontario with $1,486,680,000 under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. This amount covers as much as 50 per cent of the funding for the projects that the agreement supports.

The City of Toronto has already submitted a preliminary list of potential projects for funding to the federal government and the Government of Canada news release announcing the agreement listed these. The government has allocated Toronto $840 million, using a formula it’s based on the number of transit riders in each municipality.

The preliminary list for Toronto amounts to more than $948 million in project costs, eligible for a federal contribution of $474 million. The City will submit a final list this fall.

The preliminary list of priority projects includes:

TTC - repairing, renewing and modernizing
  • Preliminary federal contribution: $360 M
  • repairing, renewing and enhancing buses, streetcars and subway trains;
  • transforming stations;
  • rehabilitating and replacing tracks;
  • installing new elevators and escalators in TTC stations;
  • improving bus stops;
  • buying new Wheel-Trans vehicles;
  • modernizing systems and making them more efficient, including computer-aided dispatch; and
  • maintaining TTC / City bridges and structures.
Transit expansion - Planning and designing
  • Preliminary federal contribution: $40 M
  • integrating SmartTrack with GO Transit’s regional express rail;
  • planning the Eglinton West light rail transit line with eight to 12 stops between Mount Dennis and Renforth;
  • conducting a detailed review of the design and options for building the Scarborough subway;
  • planning and designing Kennedy Station, realigning Military Trail and planning the next phase to Malvern for the Eglinton East light rail transit line;
  • studying the impacts of building and tunneling for the Relief Line subway;
  • continuing plans for waterfront transit, including the preliminary design for a line connection Exhibition and Dufferin Gate loops;
  • expanding the northwest PATH (pedestrian access tunnels) from Union Station and improving security infrastructure and wayfinding and signs at the station.
Transit expansion - Capital
  • Preliminary federal contribution: $25 M
  • enabling early work on the Finch West light rail transit line, including the City’s share of costs for relocating utilities.

The program also supports other transportation initiatives in Toronto.

Improving on-street signals
  • Preliminary federal contribution: $0.7 M
  • collecting and analyzing data on ways to reduce delays on major routes;
  • installing more real-time transportation information screens;
  • renewing transit signals as part of the city’s congestion management plan); and
  • providing illuminated prohibited turn signs on more streetcar routes.
Improving cycling infrastructure
  • Preliminary federal contribution: $42 M
  • installing more bike parking at 40 more TTC stations;
  • expanding the bike-share to 50 more TTC stations;
  • expanding the cycling network expansion including the Eglinton Avenue, the West Toronto Railpath, East Don Trail, Burnhamthorpe Road, York University, Flemingdon Park / Thorncliffe Park, Dufferin Street and Midland Avenue.
Improving pedestrian safety
  • Preliminary federal contribution: $6 M
  • Improving access to transit stops;
  • expanding and upgrading automated pedestrian detection signals;
  • adding more mid-block crossings;
  • re-timing traffic signals;
  • installing more, and better, pavement markings.

City staff drew up this preliminary project list from the City’s $33.5 billion 2016-2025 tax and rate capital budget and plan, which City Council approved earlier this year and from a list of necessary but unfunded projects, including the transit network plan to 2031, totalling another $33 billion.

The City, in consultation with the TTC, will start negotiating with the Province of Ontario on an Ontario-Toronto contribution agreement, which will govern the flow of funds to the City.

This fall, City staff will update Council about the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and obtain any necessary Council approvals. Staff will ask Council to approve individual projects, if necessary, as part of the 2017 budget process.

Under this program, Canada will fund as much as 50 per cent of eligible projects, with the City providing matching funds.

Yonge Street crane activity:
TTC detours, August 25 to 27

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Yonge Street south of Dundas Street

as crews operate a crane at a construction site

from 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 24 until 5 a.m. Thursday, August 25 and continuing overnight nightly until 5 a.m. Saturday, August 27.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 320 Yonge overnight.


The Esplanade filming:
TTC detour, August 23

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • The Esplanade between Market and Church Streets

all day Tuesday, August 23 to accommodate a film shoot.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 121 Front - Esplanade.


In the news - Monday, August 22, 2016

Greater Toronto area print media report on public transit issues.

  • 24Hours Toronto article, “TTC budget still a work in progress: CEO”, here.
  • 24Hours Toronto article, “Mayor John Tory warns TTC to trim budget or else”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton Transit launching new back-to-school routes starting Sept 6”, here.
  • article, “Durham Region Transit opens bus-only lanes in Pickering”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Bombardier Inc clinches $428 million rail order from Ontario’s Metrolinx despite ongoing delays”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx promises ‘fully functional’ Burlington GO Station by fall”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx could add 900 parking spaces at Aldershot GO Station, [councillor] says”, here.
  • article, “Milton Transit revises schedule to accommodate enhanced GO train service”, here.
  • article, “Toronto councillors seek improvements to TTC’s ‘Sufferin’ bus’”, here.
  • column, “MILLENIAL MIND: Toronto’s marginalized residents an afterthought in TTC’s Presto plan”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: allegations of sexual harassment in TTC subway car made on social media”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx orders 125 additional train cars from Bombardier while TTC fumes over slow streetcar delivery”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Three numbers sweaty TTC riders should remember”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto needs ‘transformative’ new transportation chief: advocates”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Construction of new LRT line helps secure new project at Mississauga and Brampton border”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Collisions and fatalities on LRT lines prompt warning to Mississauga staff and council”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Embrace new transit technology or else, U of T study says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC chief won’t endorse ‘unpalatable’ budget cuts”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier gets $428 million order for GO Transit rail cars”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Metrolinx should prepare to sue if Bombardier falls short”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Eglinton Crosstown tunneling comes to a boring end”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Once upon a city: The division over Union Station”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto eyes air over downtown rail corridor for bold new public park”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC union warns about staff cut in wake of Strathroy terrorism case”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “How Toronto transit agencies respond to terror threats”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC faces perfect storm with costs rising, ridership slumping”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “City forced to refund portion of Scarborough subway development charges”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “NDP’s Andrea Horwath gets close-up at Scarborough transportation woes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Inter-city ride-sharing company targets GTA”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Pokemon Go prankster faces $425 fine for TTC track stunt”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Charges stayed after lengthy delays in TTC fraud case”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Who’s in charge at City Hall?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Why do delays plague transit projects?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Why does it take so long to build in Toronto?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC response to social media abuse rapped”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Critic calls for independent probe of troubled Metrolinx”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Metrolinx arrogant and out of touch”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx chairman called government review ‘unwelcome’”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Metrolinx stumbles from crisis to crisis”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Woman says she was bit by a bedbug on the TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Man accused of tossing coffee on TTC driver appears in court”, here.

In the news - Monday, August 22, 2016

Greater Toronto area on-line media report on public transit issues.

  • BlogTO post, “TTC Lost Articles is Toronto’s strangest lost and found”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “West Toronto Railpath will finally be extended south”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto quietly loses its bus terminal diner”, here.
  • post, “Move the GTHA report: Significant progress, but large funding gaps remain”, here.
  • insauga post, “Mississauga Commuters Getting More GO Train Trips”, here.
  • insauga post, “Is 2-Way, All-Day GO Train Service Really Coming to Mississauga?”, here.
  • insauga post, “Is Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s Public Transit Plan ‘Mississauga Moves’ Still Viable?”, here.
  • International Railway Journal post, “Via Rail seeks private-sector partnership for Toronto - Montreal upgrade”, here.
  • Mobile Syrup post, “Arbitration sides with TTC employees in Twitter harassment case”, here.
  • Mobile Syrup post, “T-Connect Wi-Fi and cell phone service now available in five additional TTC stations”, here
  • Progressive Railroading post, “Ontario to add new GO Transit track on Toronto bridge”, here.
  • post, “Governments at all levels boast a long history of letting Toronto transit broil”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “On July 20 I made mention on Twitter that Metrolinx needed to do something about its COO and lack of accountability”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “So what happens when the CNE starts?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “It’s called a map. I suggest you use one”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “John Tory tries to position himself for the 2018 election”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Understanding the Scale of Proposed TTC Budget Cuts”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Who Maintains Presto Devices?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday, September 4, 2016”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Mysterious 514 Cherry Car”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “GO Services in the Weston Corridor”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “John Tory Comments About City Staff Call Into Question His Leadership Skills”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “John Tory’s Impending Impasse Over TTC Budget Cuts”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Nope, There’s Still Not Enough Money to Fund Regional Transit Projects”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Nope, The Private Sector Doesn’t Magically Pay for High Speed Rail”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “A Love Letter to Light Rail Transit”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “The TTC Gets Brutally Honest About Mental Health”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “What A Scarborough Single Mother’s Commute Looks Like”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Councillor John Campbell Asks if the City Should Get Rid of Metropass Discounts”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How Transit App Saved Me From Terrible Commute”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Why the TTC Should Rethink Its New App for Harassment”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Why We Should Talk About Mental Health More”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Inside the TTC’s Will Alsop-designed Pioneer Village Station”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Tory reveals plan for 21 acres “rail deck” park downtown”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Construction of Avenue Station Progressing for Crosstown LRT”, here.

In the news - Monday, August 22, 2016

Greater Toronto area broadcast media report on public transit issues.

  • Canadian Press article (from the CityNews Toronto website), “Transit agencies informed of threat before terror suspect killed in Strathroy”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Bombardier not to blame for streetcar derailment, TTC says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “504 King is the TTC’s busiest streetcar route - but won’t get new vehicles until 2018”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “2 new GO Transit trains on Milton - Toronto route starting September”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “9-year-old girl found alone on TTC bus reunited with father after ‘miscommunication’”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “‘Happens all the time’: TTC operator describes everyday encounters to help people in distress”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Tory takes tough stand against TTC management”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Four men jump from GO train, one injured”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Driver follows GPS onto St. Clair streetcar tracks, slams into pole”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Tory: TTC has not ‘looked under every rock’ for budget savings”, here.
  • CP24 report, “More than 40 percent of GTHA’s transit plans still unfunded: report”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Frontline TTC workers didn’t receive vigilance notice: union”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Metrolinx issues warning over Presto card scam”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC testing 1-person train operation; union says it will decrease safety”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “One third of bicycle tracks in downtown Toronto linked to streetcar tracks”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “New streetcar derails in downtown Toronto after pushing older car: TTC”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Pokemon Go man reacts after being charged for walking along TTC subway tracks in video”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC driver doesn’t recall seeing child board bus alone in the middle of the night”, here.

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