support-us-on-patreon-button-160.jpg

Welcome to Transit Toronto! This is an information site dedicated to public transportation in Toronto, maintained by transit enthusiasts for transit enthuasiasts. This is NOT the official website of the Toronto Transit Commission, Metrolinx or any other transit provider or government agency. To access the official websites of these agencies, consult this page here To learn more about us, click here.

Or start reading the history of transit in Toronto...

Transit Toronto is sponsored by TransSee.ca bus tracker and next vehicle arrivals. TransSee features include vehicle tracking by route or fleet number, schedule adherence, off route vehicles and more advanced features. Works on all mobile devices and on any browser.
Supports Toronto area agencies TTC, GO trains, MiWay, YRT, HSR and GRT, as well as NY MTA, LA metro, SF MUNI, Boston MBTA, and (new) Barrie.

TTC

Latest Transit Toronto News

GO Transit

The Startling Saga of the Christie Street Subway



Did you know that we almost had a subway running on Christie? At least, for three weeks in 1960, that was the TTC’s plan.

At the end of the 1950s, the Toronto Transit Commission was considering the next steps for its subway network. Work was already underway on the UNIVERSITY subway, which was the first phase of the Bloor-Danforth-University subway wye that eventually opened in February 1966. Among the plans for future subways after the opening of the BLOOR-DANFORTH line would have been the SPADINA subway operating from the Spadina/Bloor intersection (or possibly the wye itself) and northwest in the median of the planned Spadina Expressway to the Downsview Area.

However, according to a news report from the Globe and Mail on April 2, 1960, the TTC abruptly changed plans. Instead of following the expressway route through the Cedarvale and Nordheimer ravines south from Eglinton Avenue, Commissioners at a closed meeting the week before called for the route to leave Cedervale Park, cut through a residential neighbourhood and head south on Christie Street to terminate at Christie station on the BLOOR-DANFORTH line. A second phase of this project would take the Christie Street subway south on Grace Street to join the planned QUEEN subway line at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

The decision sparked a furor, calling parts of the Bloor-Danforth-University wye into question, enraging Metro Chairman Fredrick Gardiner into suggesting that Metro should take over the TTC. Initially, the commissioners did not put forward an explanation for their change in plans, but it came out that the commissioners acted in response to concerns from outside experts on the ability of the Bloor-Danforth-University subway wye to handle traffic from both the BLOOR-DANFORTH and the SPADINA subway lines. Three weeks after the initial decision, the TTC Commissioners voted to restore the original Spadina Road alignment, but in so doing, voted to cut funding for the eastern leg of the Bloor-Danforth-University wye (between Museum and Bay stations), suggesting that the SPADINA subway would eventually be linked with the UNIVERSITY line at St. George, rendering the wye useless. This sparked a war of words with former Toronto Mayor and TTC Commissioner Allan Lamport who opposed the cancelling of integrated subway operation. He speculated that the change had “the very serious stink of a land proposition” and suggested he would seek a court injunction to reverse the decision.

Norman Wilson, a consultant who helped design the early stages of Toronto’s subway network, and who supported the Christie Street alignment, resigned his consultancy during this period.

For the next three months, recriminations flew during raucous meetings, causing the the Globe and Mail to issue several editorials, one of which called for the TTC Commissioners to be fired. Though the TTC would eventually [restore support for the original alignment of the SPADINA subway], debates continued around the feasibility of the subway wye, with commissioners questioning whether integrated operation of the BLOOR-DANFORTH and YONGE-UNIVERSITY lines was possible. Eventually, Metro Council intervened, voting to support the subway wye construction. That decision, at the end of June, brought much of the controversy to a close. No decision was made by Metro at the time on whether the SPADINA subway should follow the ravine alignment or Christie Street, although Metro approved a motion to purchase land near St. Michael’s College in support of the ravine alignment. The wye would be built, and fail to deliver on its promise, possibly due to design flaws and lack of support from the TTC, and Lower Bay station would be closed to the public. Commissioners did unanimously ask Norman Wilson to reconsider his decision to quit his seat on the TTC’s board of consultants.

The controversy sounds eerily familiar today, as Toronto City Council and the TTC debate the merits of the Relief Line, the Scarborough subway extension, and the suburban LRT network. It is discouraging that the arguments continue to be heated 58 years after meetings where TTC Commissioners and former mayors demanded apologies, talked over each other, and threatened legal action over the location of new subway lines. One difference, though, is that at the time the TTC Commission was a body that operated independently of Metro Toronto. Even though Allan Lamport was a former mayor of Toronto, he wasn’t serving on any council seat at the time. The TTC’s independent commissioners would be replaced by sitting municipal politicians in the late 1980s to try and bring more accountability to the TTC — as suggested by the Globe and Mail and at Metro council meetings at the time. Now the refrain is to get the politicians off the TTC Commission and restore the agency’s independence. In some ways, the more things change, the more they stay the same, and the pendulum swings back and forth, but making no progress.

These news items from the Globe and Mail are stored in our Newspaper Article Clippings Archive, thanks to a contributor who has wished to remain anonymous in the past searching the Globe and Mail’s online archives for incidents of the words “subway”, “transit”, or “TTC”. These articles are excerpted, but are no less interesting for the window they open on the TTC all those years ago.

Article List



TTC ends Metropass Discount Plan



The TTC has ended its Metropass Discount Plan (MDP) program earlier than it planned due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Canada Post labour negotiations that could affect delivery of the November or December Metropasses. The TTC had scheduled the MDP program to end in December, because it’s transitioning to PRESTO fare cards.

The transit agency will not charge MDP users for the November and December Metropasses. Instead, you will receive a credit November 1 and December 1 of $12.25 for adults or $9.75 for seniors and youths, the equivalent of the MDP discount on a Metropass. You will also receive a $6 credit on November 1 that you can use to buy a PRESTO card.

Under the MDP program, the TTC mailed a monthly Metropass to your home for less than what you have paid if you bought one in a station or at a store each month. The TTC usually withdrew the monthly fee directly from your chequing account or charged your credit card on the first of every month.

Since the TTC is now cancelling the program, it advises that, if you wish to continue buying a lower-cost monthly pass, you should sign up for the 12-Month Pass on PRESTO. It costs the same ($134 for adults and $107 for seniors and youths), requires the same 12-month commitment and provides the same unlimited travel as the MDP pass. The PRESTO system automatically updates the monthly pass each month, removing the need for the TTC or another agency to mail passes to you. If you lose — or someone steals — your PRESTO card, you can cancel and replace it without having to buy a new 12-Month Pass. You can also buy a TTC Monthly Pass on PRESTO. It costs the same ($146.25 for adults and $116.75 for seniors and youths) and provides the same unlimited travel as a regular Metropass.

You can still buy a regular Metropass from a collector booth at all subway stations or from a retailer that the TTC has authorized to sell its fare media. Passes cost $146.25 for adults and $116.75 for seniors and youths. However, Metropasses will no longer be available for anyone December 31, 2018.



Queen East streetcar infrastructure upgrades:
TTC detours, October 12 to 15



From Friday, October 12 until Monday, October 15, TTC crews are repairing streetcar tracks

  • on Queen Street East at Jarvis Street

and upgrading the streetcar trolley wire

  • on Queen Street East at Church Street.

The TTC is detouring streetcars along these routes to accommodate crews working on the projects:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating between Broadview and University Avenues.

501_301_over.gif


At Jarvis Street, crews work only in the track area to:

  • break and remove the old concrete to expose the old rail;
  • remove and replace the old rail with new rail, requiring cutting, welding and grinding; and
  • place new concrete.

Friday, October 12, 10 a.m., crews are setting up work zones in the centre lanes of the street, restricting traffic to just one lane in each direction. The City of Toronto is prohibiting on-street parking and restricting turns near the work zone. They’ll also start excavating to expose the old rail. Regular streetcar service continues until 9 p.m..

The TTC says, “Rail work of this nature is required around-the-clock to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete. While the majority of the excavation will be done between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., overnight activity will occur.”

Crews will remove the work zone by 5 a.m. Monday, after the newly placed concrete has cured adequately for road traffic to flow over the centre lanes of the street.

At Church Street, crews only work overnight — early October 13, 14 and 15 — to upgrade the wiring.



Highway 7 West rapidway - Woodbridge:
Full road closure, YRT detours, October 12 - 15



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.


culvert.jpg

From 10 p.m. Friday, October 12 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 15, the Region of York and the City of Vaughan are closing:

  • Highway 7 West, all lanes between the off-ramp from northbound Highway 400 and just west of Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way,

as crews install a new box culvert across Highway 7 West just west of Commerce Street.

2018 - 10-12 - Culvert - Commerce.png

Brampton Transit is detouring buses along this route, while the highway is closed:

  • 501 Züm Queen.

501 Zum Queen October 12.jpg

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


The new, larger culvert allows for greater water flow to accommodate future population growth in the area.

During this full road closure, multiple crews will be on-site to complete a number of other activities, including overhead electrical work, paving and line painting.

Motorists will have no access to Commerce Street from Highway 7 and or the on-ramp to northbound Highway 400 from westbound Highway 7.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on-site at several locations to direct traffic, including

  • Highway 7 and Weston Road;
  • the Highway 400 off ramps;
  • Highway 7 and Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way; and
  • Highway 7 and Jane Street.

Since Tuesday, October 9, contractors have been working in this area to upgrade the storm sewers as part of the rapidway project. They continue to occupy the eastbound curb lane between Highway 400 and Interchange Way until October 17.



Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill:
High Tech Road closure, YRT detours



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 Richmond Hill between 19th Avenue / Gamble Road and Highway 7.


From 8 p.m. Friday, October 12 until 8 p.m. Sunday, October 14, crews working on the rapidway project are setting up a work zone that blocks

  • High Tech Road, just east of Yonge Street.

2018 - 10-12 - High Tech.png

York Region Transit is detouring buses along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 1 Highway 7.

Construction also affects YRT service along these routes:



Subway opens late, Pape to St George, October 14



oct_14_2018_sc.gif

The TTC is delaying the start of service along the Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway between Pape and St George stations this Sunday, October 14 due City of Toronto bridge work under the Prince Edward Viaduct. TTC crews are also maintaining the track on this section of the line. All Line 2 trains operate only between Kennedy and Pape stations and between Kipling and St George stations before noon that day.

The TTC is replacing subway service with shuttle buses between the two stations.

The shuttle buses start their trips in Pape Station terminal, then operate operate along Pape and Danforth Avenues, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West. They drop off or pick up passengers at the intersections nearest to subway stations on the closed section of the line:

  • on Danforth Avenue at Chester and Broadview Avenues;
  • on Bloor Street at Castle Frank Road, Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets.

At St George Station, buses drop off passengers on St. George Street beside the station entrance / exit. They then loop along St. George, Prince Arthur Avenue and Bedford Road. The buses pick up passengers on the west side of Bedford beside the subway station entrance / exit, before heading eastward toward Pape Station.

Chester, Sherbourne and Bay stations are closed before noon, but Pape, Broadview, Castle Frank, Yonge and St George stations remain open so that passengers can buy fares or transfer to buses and streetcars.

If you need accessible transportation, Wheel-Trans buses also operate from all stations on the closed portion of the line. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with staff at these stations.


Shuttle-bus alternatives

One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.

Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.

Regular TTC streetcars and buses provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider boarding streetcars or buses east or west of the closure to by-pass the crowds, if you’re traveling to and from downtown.

  • Board streetcars along the 504 King route at Dundas West Station. Connect with the Line 1 Yonge - University subway at St Andrew or King stations.
  • Board buses along the 505 Dundas route at Dundas West Station. Connect with the Line 1 Yonge - University subway at Dundas or St Patrick stations.
  • Board streetcars along the 506 Carlton route at Main Street Station. Connect with the Line 1 Yonge - University subway at College or Queen’s Park stations.
  • Board buses along the 94 Wellesley route at Ossington Station. Connect with the Line 1 Yonge - University subway at Wellesley Station.

The TTC has closed this part of the Line 2 subway four times before this year:

It’s closing this section of the subway once more this year:

  • Sunday, October 28 — Broadview to St George — opens late.


Lakeshore West GO trains operate hourly,
bypass Mimico station, October 13 and 14



Metrolinx is upgrading railway crossings, tracks and platforms near Mimico GO Station on GO Transit’s 01 Lakeshore West line weekends this fall.

GO is adjusting service along the line, while crews take portions of track out of service and restore six century-old bridges. Weekend trains operate hourly these weekends, bypassing Mimico and Exhibition GO stations.

GO is providing special train service for passengers between Exhibition and Union Station. However, passengers travelling to and from the Mimico area either have to board or exit from trains at Long Branch GO Station or ride the TTC. Commuters can also park their vehicles at Long Branch.

This Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, all eastbound trains leave Aldershot GO Station at 1 minute past the hour. The trains end their trips in Union Station at five minutes past the [next] hour. The train that leaves Aldershot at 7:01 a.m. is the first eastbound train. Trains that usually leave Aldershot at 31 minutes past the hour are not operating Saturday and Sunday, except for the train that usually leaves Aldershot at 11:31 p.m.

All westbound trains leave Union Station only at 43 minutes past the hour. They end their trips in Aldershot at 12 minutes past the [next] hour. The train that leaves Union at 6:43 a.m. is the first train of the day. Trains that usually leave Union at 13 minutes past the hour are not operating Saturday and Sunday.

No trains operate to and from Mimico GO Station this weekend. Because GO has to detour around the bridges that Metrolinx is rehabilitating, trains cannot travel along their normal route. All six bridges are between Exhibition and Long Branch GO Stations.

Trains travelling between Union Station and Long Branch detour along the 21 Milton line. Expect trains to operate as much as 15 minutes behind schedule due to the longer trip between Union and Long Branch.


GO is operating special “Exhibition only” trains between Union Station and Exhibition GO while Lakeshore West trains detour around the bridge work. (These are likely 09 Lakeshore East trains that GO is extending to Exhibition this weekend.) The trains also leave Union at 43 minutes past the hour and arrive in Exhibition at 50 minutes past.

  • If you’re travelling to Exhibition from the east, transfer to special “Exhibition only” trains at Union Station.
  • If you’re travelling to Exhibition from the west, continue aboard the Lakeshore West train to Union Station, then board the special “Exhibition only” train, which will continue to Exhibition.
  • If you are travelling eastbound from Exhibition, board the train from Exhibition GO. Transfer at Union Station.
  • If you are travelling westbound from Exhibition, board the eastbound train at Exhibition to Union Station. At Union Station, transfer to the Lakeshore West train.

Metrolinx says it can only complete this project when trains aren’t running, so crews are working weekends, which aren’t as busy, to reduce disrupting passengers.


GO previously revised its service to support the project four previous weekends:

Metrolinx continues the project and GO revises its train service four more times this fall:

  • Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21;
  • Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28;
  • Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25; and
  • Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.

This weekend, crews continue working on the Humber River bridge. However, they’ll also replace the bridge carrying the tracks over Colborne Lodge Drive.



Less frequent Lakeshore East GO trains,
October 13 and 14



Metrolinx says it’s working on “critical upgrades to our network”, requiring GO Transit to significantly revise train service along the 09 Lakeshore East line this weekend and other weekends this fall.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Trains operate hourly both days. Westbound trains leave Oshawa GO Station at 41 minutes past the hour. They end their trips in Union Station at 40 minutes past the hour. Eastbound trains leave Union at 13 minutes past the hour. They end their trips in Oshawa at 8 minutes past the hour.


GO has already operated with less frequent service two previous weekends this fall:

GO is similarly revising service or decreasing the frequency of service along the line seven more weekends this fall:

  • Friday, October 19, Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21;
  • Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28;
  • Friday, November 9, Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11;
  • Friday, November 16, Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18;
  • Friday, November 23, Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25;
  • Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2; and
  • Friday, December 7, Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9.


GO buses replace trains along the Barrie line
north of Rutherford, October 13, 14



This Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, Metrolinx is replacing the tracks at two sites along GO Transit’s 65 Barrie rail corridor.

Buses replace the trains north of Rutherford GO Station. Trains operate between Rutherford GO and Union Station:

  • If you’re travelling from stations north of Rutherford, buses pick you up and carry you on your trip as far as Rutherford. At Rutherford, you can connect with trains to journey further southward.
  • If you’re travelling to stations north of Rutherford, board trains at stations between Union and Rutherford. Transfer to buses at Rutherford to continue to your destination.

Construction crews are replacing the tracks at the McNaughton Road crossing near Maple GO Station and the Dufferin Street crossing north of King City GO this weekend.

GO will again replace trains with buses along the line one more weekend this fall — Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. In that case, you’ll switch between buses and trains at Aurora GO Station.



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - west portal:
Black Creek Drive closure during two weekends



Eglinton Crosstown header.jpg

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


As part of the ongoing construction on the west portal into the tunnel portion of the LRT and the elevated guideway carrying trains into and out of the future Mount Dennis Station, crews are installing a duct bank

  • across Black Creek Drive north of Eglinton Avenue West

over two-night periods during the next two weekends.


From 8 p.m. Friday, October 12 until 5 a.m. Sunday, October 14, the City of Toronto is closing all southbound lanes to traffic between Todd Baylis Boulevard and Eglinton Avenue West.

2018 - 10-12 - West portal - Black Creek southbound closure.jpg

For transit passengers:

  • The TTC is detouring buses along these routes:
  • 71B Runnymede; and
  • 171 Mt Dennis.

71_171_Metrolinx.gif

  • The TTC is temporarily closing the westbound stop on Eglinton Avenue West.
  • Passengers aboard buses along these routes can also expect delays:
  • 32A / 32D Eglinton West; and
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The sidewalk on the west side of Black Creek between Todd Baylis and Eglinton West is closed.
  • The sidewalks on the north side of Eglinton east and west of Black Creek are closed.
  • The north-south crosswalks on the east and west sides of Black Creek at Eglinton are closed.
  • The east-west crosswalk on the north side of Eglinton at Black Creek is closed.
  • The east-west crosswalk on the south side of Eglinton at Black Creek is open.
  • Pedestrians can walk only on the north side of Eglinton and the east side of Black Creek.

For motorists:

  • All southbound lanes on Black Creek between Todd Baylis and Eglinton are closed to traffic.
  • Just one northbound lane on Black Creek between Eglinton and Todd Baylis is available to motorists.

From 8 p.m. Friday, October 19 until 5 a.m. Sunday, October 21, the City of Toronto is closing all northbound lanes to traffic north of Eglinton Avenue West.

2018 - 10-19 - West portal - Black Creek northbound closure.jpg

For transit passengers:

  • Passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:
  • 32A / 32D Eglinton West; and
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The sidewalk on the east side of Black Creek north of Eglinton West is closed.
  • The sidewalks on the north side of Eglinton east and west of Black Creek are closed.
  • The north-south crosswalk on the east side of Black Creek at Eglinton is closed.
  • The north-south crosswalk on the west side of Black Creek at Eglinton is open.
  • The east-west crosswalk on the north side of Eglinton at Black Creek is closed.
  • The east-west crosswalk on the south side of Eglinton at Black Creek is open.
  • Pedestrians can walk only on the north side of Eglinton and the west side of Black Creek.

For motorists:

  • All northbound lanes on Black Creek north of Eglinton are closed to traffic.
  • Two southbound lanes and a left-turn lane on Black Creek north of Eglinton are available to motorists.
  • The left-turn lane for eastbound motorists on Eglinton is closed.
  • The right-turn lane for westbound motorists on Eglinton is closed.