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In the news: Sunday, January 25, 2015



Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.




In the news: Saturday, January 24, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Eglinton Crosstown LRT:
Tunnel-boring machines reach Allen Road



eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors are working to build the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line.

The project hit a milestone Wednesday, January 21, when the west tunnel-boring machines broke through into the extraction shaft on the west side of William R. Allen Road. That means crews have finished the first phase of tunneling for the project from Black Creek Drive to Allen Road.

In the next phase of tunneling, the machines will bore from the east side of Allen Road to the west side of Yonge Street.




TTC introduces third customer charter



Yesterday, Friday, January 23, the TTC unveiled its 2015 Customer Charter and 38 time-bound commitments. The document commits the TTC to improve service reliability, increase accessibility, make sure stations are cleaner and continue to report and explain delays “transparently”, so passengers can clearly understand what happened and why. You can read the 2015 charter here.

The 2015 charter is the agency’s third annual statement to track promises and improvements that benefit passengers, while holding TTC’s management to account if they do not keep the promises. Staff report their progress against these commitments to the Toronto Transit Commission — the TTC’s Board of Directors — quarterly. They’ll also post the results on the TTC’s website so that we can learn how well (or how poorly) they’re doing, too.

This year’s charter commits the TTC to:

  • operating two more trains during rush hours along the 1 Yonge - University and 2 Bloor - Danforth subway lines;
  • completely opening Union Station’s newly renovated platform and concourse to the public, including a new elevator, escalators and better passenger flow to reduce overcrowding;
  • making the PRESTO farecard system available on all streetcars;
  • operating only new accessible streetcars along the 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst and 509 Harbourfront routes, including conveniences such as PRESTO devices, all-door boarding and air-conditioning;
  • installing new TTC system maps at all subway stations and transit shelters;
  • installing new blue priority seats on 90 percent of TTC vehicles;
  • enabling passengers to pay fares or buy fare media at all collector booths with a debit- and credit-card contactless payment for a single ride;
  • operating streetcars along all routes with the Proof-of-Payment system and offering passengers all-door boarding;
  • installing more electronic information screens near subway station entrances to alert passengers of delays before they pay their fares;
  • installing 50 platform video screens and “next-vehicle” arrival screens in 20 stations and bus and streetcar bays;
  • providing Wi-Fi service at all stations in the downtown “U” along the 1 Yonge - University subway line between St. George and Bloor - Yonge stations.
  • improving accessibility at Royal York and Dupont stations (by 2017);
  • adding better handholds on the new Toronto Rocket subway trains; and
  • installing bike-repair stands at 10 subway stations to encourage transit riders to cycle as part of their trips.

It also promises, “to continue delivering on the positive initiatives that we started with our 2013 Customer Charter”, such as:

  • hosting five “Meet-the-Managers” events each quarter;
  • organizing an annual TTC Customer Town Hall and an annual TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit.
  • posting performance statistics for all bus and streetcar routes on the TTC website, so we know how each route is performing; and
  • conducting Customer Satisfaction Surveys and Mystery Shopper Surveys each quarter to better understand how they are performing on various issues.

You can read the details and all 38 promises in the TTC’s 2015 Customer Charter here.


The TTC launched its first annual customer charter Friday, February 28, 2013.

It unveiled its second charter Friday, February 14, 2014.




Meet TTC managers in subway stations



As part of its customer charter, the TTC has promised to conduct five “Meet-the-Managers” events in subway stations and terminals each quarter.

The events give you the opportunity to speak with TTC managers personally. The TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford and deputy chief, Chris Upfold, may attend some, but not all, of these sessions.

The TTC has only scheduled events for the first quarter of the year. We’ll update this post with the schedule for the other three quarters, when the information is available.




Davis Drive rapidway construction
continues January 26



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.


From 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 26, crews will be performing gas work in front of The Union Hotel and Carpet One [435 Davis]. They’ll block the north sidewalk on Davis between Main Street North and Carpet One during this work.

The westbound York Region Transit / GO Transit bus stop in front of Carpet One will remain open. To access this bus stop, take the north sidewalk from The Tannery east of the tracks. Access from Main Street North will not be available.

The work blocks the Davis entrance into Carpet One. You can access the business from Main Street North.


Starting Monday, January 26, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day, crews will be working on the east side of Prospect Street just south of Davis to install a telecommunications ductbank. They’ll block the northbound curb lane on Prospect and restrict traffic to just one lane in each direction. Expect delays. At times they may also block sidewalks in this area. Look for directional signs to guide you safely around the construction zone.

Work continues until January 30.


Crews continue to block Superior Street while they install telecommunications.

Work continues until January 28.

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During Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
  • York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus routes.

Source: vivaNext.




In the news: Friday, January 23, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Hallelujah for Somebody?”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “There’s Really Nothing Up His Sleeve”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC releases 2015 customer charter full of promises”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “All Toronto streetcars to get Presto by the end of 2015”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton Transit to test safety shields for bus operators”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto Executive Committee OKs funding to study SmartTrack”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Executive committee approves $1.65 million in SmartTrack studies”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Executive committee approves extra funding for SmartTrack”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “More TVs, air conditioning part of TTC annual customer charter of promises”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Presto pass upgrades cause transaction problems”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Councillors express concerns about SmartTrack plans”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Public transit’s fare game”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Councillors approve additional $1.6 million funding for Tory’s transit proposal”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “38 things the TTC is promising to do for riders this year”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Manspreading: The gender-focused battle for urban space”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Villa Toronto overshadowed by Great Hall of Union Station”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Eglinton LRT tunnel-boring machines reach Allen Road”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Executive committee wants four new stops added to Tory’s SmartTrack plan”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Police looking for surveillance video from bus, after girl, 15, sexually assaulted”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “East-end resident launches ode to the 506 streetcar route”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Mayor John Tory’s TTC fare flip-flop wins over some critics”, here.
  • National Post article, “Toronto mayor says he won’t ‘gut’ services or send taxes ‘through the roof’ to balance budget”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “John Tory finds himself under attack on unexpected front — on financial management and from the left”, here.
  • NOW article, “John Tory’s SmartTrack under fire”, here.
  • Railway Tracks and Structures article, “Preferred proponent selected for GO Transit’s East Rail Maintenance Facility”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “This is what the Toronto subway tastes like”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Where Is The Centre of Scarborough?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “CPR Obico Yard: A chance for TTC Expansion?”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “SmartTrack plans go sideways at Executive Committee”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Reading the Fine Print: The TTC’s 2015 Budget”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Duly Quoted: Andy Byford, on Implementing Presto Ahead of Schedule”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Toronto spends $75 million to build… nothing”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “City to pay millions for canceled Scarborough LRT, but final cost kept secret”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “John Tory takes transit users for a ride”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC customer charter promises already on the way”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “How do TTC promises stack up?”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Rob Ford’s back and itching for a fight”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “The TTC can make itself the safer way”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Executive committee OKs $1.6 million to study Tory’s SmartTrack”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC makes 38 Customer Charter promises in 2015”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Ford, Perks, ‘unholy alliance’ over city budget”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Transport Infrastructure: Growth to Watch For in 2015”, here.
  • Urban Torontopost, “Tunnel-Boring Machines Complete First Leg of Crosstown Tunnelling”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



York University Station construction:
Concrete pour, January 24



TTC contractors continue to work on the project to extend the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway northwest beyond Downsview to York University and Vaughan.

Tomorrow, Saturday, January 24 from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. crews are pouring concrete at the future York University Station. The concrete forms part of the concourse slab in the station box.

Traffic-control personnel will direct transit, pedestrian, and construction traffic. Expect construction-related noise from trucks and equipment.

Work takes place in the “Contractor Work Zone” east of the Harry W. Arthurs Common. The map indicates the work zone.

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City of Toronto by-laws normally only permit contractors to work on construction projects from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. However, the City has amended its noise by-law for major transit projects, allowing contractors to perform overnight and weekend work during the project, if necessary. Pouring concrete is one of the activities that the by-law permits contractors to perform after hours.


During subway construction near the future York University Station, expect detours and delays for buses operating along these routes:

Brampton Transit
  • 501 / 501A Züm Queen.
GO Transit
  • 25 Waterloo / Mississauga;
  • 45 Mississauga / York U;
  • 46 Oakville / York U;
  • 47 Hamilton / York U;
  • 51 Pickering / York U;
  • 52 Oshawa / York U;
  • 54 Markham / York U.
Toronto Transit Commission
  • 41 Keele;
  • 41E Keele express;
  • 60 Steeles West
  • 60E Steeles West express;
  • 106 York University;
  • 107 Keele North;
  • 195 Jane rocket; and
  • 196 York University rocket
York Region Transit
  • Viva purple;
  • Viva orange;
  • 3 Thornhill;
  • 10 Woodbridge;
  • 20 Jane;
  • 22 / 22A King City.

TTC, GO Transit and York University’s own buses have been further detouring around the work zone since December 13.




In the news: Thursday, January 22, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Metrolinx upgrading Lansdowne overpass:
TTC detours January 24, 25, 26



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Lansdowne Avenue just between Shirley Street and Rideau Avenue (just south of Dundas Street West)

this weekend, as Metrolinx crews continue rehabilitating the overpass carrying GO Transit trains across the roadway. The work is part of major projects to upgrade the Georgetown South Rail Corridor and to build the Union Pearson Express line.

From 5 a.m. Saturday, January 24 until 5 a.m. Monday, January 26, crews are delivering equipment and installing two new girders on the bridge. The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 47 Lansdowne.

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