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.
TTC crews are replacing cables, upgrading sections of the power rail and performing other work along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line under the Prince Edward Viaduct (between Broadview and Castle Frank stations) this Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11. The TTC’s work this weekend will allow City of Toronto contractors to continue structural work on the viaduct early next year.
The TTC is also replacing subway trains with buses between Pape and St. George Stations all day Saturday and Sunday to allow crews to work under the bridge on or near the TTC tracks.
At the east end of the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line, trains only drop off or pick up passengers at stations between Kennedy and Pape Stations. At the west end, trains only serve stations between Kipling and St. George Stations.
Frequent, accessible buses link Pape and St. George Stations. Buses serve platforms inside the terminals at Pape and St. George Stations. They drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops on Danforth Avenue at or near Chester and Broadview Avenues and on Bloor Streets East and West at or near Castle Frank Road and Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets. Chester, Sherbourne and Bay stations will be closed. All other stations between Pape and St George remain open so that passengers can buy tickets, tokens and other fare media or connect with buses and streetcars.
The TTC is also operating extra WheelTrans buses between the two stations for passengers requiring wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
Regular subway service resumes Thanksgiving, Monday, October 13.
The TTC says it will “take… fans out to the ball game — and then safety home again.” It’s adding extra subway trains to its service before and after each game, and TTC ambassadors will be in stations to help passengers at Union, St Andrew and Spadina stations.
You can ride subway trains along the 1 Yonge - University line to and from St. Andrew or Union stations — both just a short walk to the Rogers Centre, where the Jays are taking on the Texas Rangers in the American League playoffs. You can also ride streetcars to nearby stops and walk to the stadium:
- 504 King cars to King Street West and John Street;
- 509 Harbourfront or 510 Spadina cars to Queens Quay West and Rees Street; or
- 510 Spadina cars to Lower Spadina Avenue and Bremner Boulevard.
Metrolinx says it’ll “have all hands on deck… — transit safety officers, GO Transit ambassadors, ticket sales, station and operations staff — to help [make sure passengers] get to where they need to go”.
GO trains operate at most every 30 minutes to and from Union Station along these lines:
- 01 Lakeshore West; and
- 09 Lakeshore East.
Depending on when the games end, passengers can also board trains serving all other GO lines to make their way home:
- 21 Milton;
- 31 Kitchener;
- 61 Richmond Hill;
- 65 Barrie; or
- 71 Stouffville.
GO buses operate to and from Union Station GO Bus Terminal along these routes:
- 16 Hamilton / Toronto express;
- 21 Milton / Toronto;
- 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;
- 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto;
- 63 King City / Toronto;
- 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
- 71 Stouffville / Toronto.
And, the Union Pearson Express terminal is probably the closest stop to the dome of any of these services.
To reduce crowding, Metrolinx is recommending that its regular passengers and Blue Jays fans both consider staying downtown a bit longer than usually tonight and tomorrow — because the games likely will end during rush hour.
GO operates one train in each direction between Union Station and the Niagara Falls VIA Rail Canada Station Friday, October 9 evening, three Niagara-bound and four Toronto-bound trains Saturday, October 10, Sunday, October 11 and Thanksgiving Monday, October 12.
Between Toronto and Niagara Falls, trains stop to pick up or drop off passengers at Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO Stations and the St. Catharines VIA Station.
GO is also operating its usual shuttle-bus service along the 11 Niagara-on-the-Lake / St. Catharines route this weekend.
The City of Brampton is closing:
- Rutherford Road South between Resolution Drive and Steeles Avenue East
from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, October 7 during emergency repair work.
Brampton Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the road is closed:
- 10 South Industrial.
You can view a map of the detour routing here. (.pdf)
The TTC is turning off the power and upgrading the overhead streetcar wiring at
- the intersection of Bathurst Street with Queen Street West
overnight three nights this week.
It’s also detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while work proceeds:
Shuttle buses replace the cars on Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and University Avenue. These buses operate through the intersection.
Shuttle buses also replace the cars on Bathurst Street between Bathurst Station and Fleet Street. These buses also operate through the intersection.
Buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight route continue to serve their regular route through the intersection.
If you have a disability or are a senior, the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit is your voice at the TTC. Reporting directly to the Toronto Transit Commission, the TTC’s Board of Directors, ACAT advises and guides the board on improving conventional, Wheel-Trans and community bus services to better meet the needs of the community.
ACAT is seeking new volunteer members to join its invaluable work in making transit more accessible to everyone.
ACAT consists of 15 members, serving three-year terms. Each year, the TTC board appoints five new members to the committee, who volunteer about seven hours per week. To become an ACAT member, you must:
- Live in the City of Toronto;
- Use TTC or Wheel-Trans services; and
- Demonstrate an interest in accessible public transit.
If you’re interested in applying to join the committee, you must attend an information session at City Hall. Staff will only distribute application forms after each session to everyone who attends the events.
Both information sessions take place in Committee Room 2 on the second floor of City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.
- Thursday, October 8, 7 until 9 p.m.; or
- Friday, October 9, 1 until 3 p.m.
You don’t have to register in advance to attend. However, if you are interested in attending the sessions, call TTC Customer Service:
- Phone: 416-393-4636 (INFO); or
- TTY (text telephone) line: 416-393-4555.
Crews are removing from service a fire hydrant on Yonge Street, just south of Gladman Avenue in Newmarket. They’re working overnight to reduce the impact on residents, businesses and motorists in the area.
They’re working from 10 p.m. Monday, October 5 until 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 6.
Expect noise, dust, intermittent vibrations. The crews maintain access to driveways and sidewalks while their working.
During rapidway construction on Yonge Street in Newmarket, expect delays for for GO Transit buses operating along these route:
- 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
- 68 Barrie / Newmarket.
Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:
- Viva blue;
- Viva blue “A”;
- 22/ 22A King City;
- 57 / 57A Mulock;
- 98 Yonge; and
- 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.
You can download the files here.
T2P0 Films also runs the Virtual TTC Academy, where transit enthusiasts get together to simulate virtual Toronto subway operations in OpenBVE. You can sign up to become a virtual operator here.
You can view a larger version of the map here. (.pdf)
Metrolinx’s Design Excellence team recently studied ways to harmonize regional transit way-finding, including how to name stations, stops and transit interchanges.
The team notes that:
- Ten transit agencies operate in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
- These agencies and the Government of Ontario are planning to build hundreds of kilometers of new rapid transit in the region over the next 30 years
- The vast amount of rapid transit throughout the region requires a consistent regional strategy to make the system easy to navigate and less confusing.
- Naming conventions for stations, stops and transit interchanges are not consistent across the region.
- Numerous conflicts between stations and stops with similar names occur across the various transit systems.
The team has established a set of principles for selecting names which, Metrolinx says, will improve service to passengers — if transit agencies apply them consistently across the regional transit network.
Applying these principles to the future Eglinton Crosstown line has led Metrolinx to propose changing the names of seven of the line’s stations and stops.
It’s proposing new names for six underground stations:
- Station at Keele Street / Trethewey Drive — Silverthorn Station.
- Station at Dufferin Street — Fairbank Station.
- Station at Bathurst Street — Forest Hill Station.
- Station at Avenue Road — Oriole Park Station.
- Station at Bayview Avenue — Leaside Station.
- Station at Don Mills Road — Science Centre Station.
All stops on the street would contain a descriptive suffix — likely in a smaller font than the main stop name on signs and maps — to help orient passengers to the street they’re traveling on. In the case of the Eglinton Crosstown line, this suffix would be “& Eglinton”.
(Although Metrolinx doesn’t say so, this will likely also prove even more relevant when it builds future light rail transit lines on Finch and Sheppard Avenues, for example. The Sheppard line definitely includes stops at Victoria Park, Pharmacy, Warden and Birchmount, while a long-range plan to extend the Finch line east to Don Mills would include a stop at Leslie. And, York Region Transit’s Viva bus rapid transit line on Highway 7 also has Leslie and Warden stops.)
It’s also offering a new name for the on-street stop at Ferrand Drive:
- Aga Khan & Eglinton.
Finally, Metrolinx suggests asking the TTC to approve names for two interchange stations:
- Eglinton West Station would become Allen Station; and
- Eglinton Station would remain Eglinton Station, instead of the TTC renaming it “Eglinton - Yonge” station.
You can comment on the proposals — or suggest different names for the stations and stops here — until Friday, October 9.
(Some members of the Transit Toronto team, including James Bow and Robert Mackenzie, have already commented, so you can see what we think of the various names.)
Metrolinx analyzed transit station and stop naming conventions to establish these principles for determining new names:
- Simple: Simple names are easier for passengers to remember.
- Logical: Logical names provide a mental link when passengers are planning trips: the names should be relevant to the area the station or stop serves.
- Durable: Names should be relevant as long as the station continues to serve passengers;
- Self-Locating: Names should allow passengers to mentally locate themselves within the region
- Unique: Passengers cannot confuse unique names with the names of any other station.
Metrolinx recommends these protocols for naming stations and stops:
- Prioritize “established names that are embedded in local knowledge”;
- Prioritize street names and neighbourhoods for underground stations;
- Prioritize street intersections or landmarks for surface stops and modes of transport with frequent stops;
- Avoid municipality names;
- Eliminate duplicate names;
- Use single-word names only once in the system;
- Consistently apply names across all modes; and
- Recognize exceptions to these naming protocols, when necessary.