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.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Rob Ford touts Scarborough subway plan in mayoral debate”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Union asks for lesser penalty after TTC fires driver who ran red light”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “TransLink taps GO Transit head after SkyTrain gaffe”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Gas line repair causing port lands traffic disruption”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Toronto is a city of cynical, gridlocked grumps”, here.
- National Post article, “Fracas between Ford brothers and organizers overshadows mayoral debate”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Transit wars: How John Tory, Olivia Chow are selling their plans”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC driver dismissed after running a red light” (updated), here.
- Bay Observer post, “LRT and secret meetings”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “LRT questions still unresolved after city and province meet”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Wonderbus #2 is a strange, but loving look at riding the HSR”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Transport Minister Steven Del Duca leaves Hamilton councillors more questions than answers after LRT funding meeting”, here.
- Hamilton Community Newsarticle, “Monique Taylor complains to the Ontario Ombudsman saying LRT meeting with transportation minister should have been in public”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Province not ready to commit to $811 million LRT”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, “Province still unclear on LRT commitment”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Pro-LRTers preach to the converted”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Transit inglorious”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Bratina mines U.S. rust belt cities”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “No LRT Funding Announcement after Meeting with Minister Del Duca”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Spadina/Dundas intersection closes for two weeks, starting [today]”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Woman struck, killed by Brampton Transit bus in Rexdale”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Bus driver caught on video running red light no longer with TTC”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Spadina-Dundas fully shut down for 2-weeks during construction”, here.
- CP24 report, “Woman dies after being struck, pinned by bus”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Driver filmed running red light no longer with TTC”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Woman struck by Brampton bus dies”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Dundas and Spadina fully closed for two weeks”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Bus driver who ran red light ‘no longer with the TTC’”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Woman killed after being struck by Brampton Transit bus”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Union Pearson Express work on schedule: Four stations being built”, here.
- InsideToronto.comarticle, “Etobicoke woman struck and killed by Brampton bus”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Urban Compass Toronto column, “Why I want to believe in the David Soknacki style of politics”, here.
- National Post column, “Could a Mayor John Tory build SmartTrack and save Toronto?”, here.
- National Post article, “Woman struck by Brampton Transit bus and killed near Humber College”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “WATCH: Driver of red-light running TTC bus no longer with company”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Zoned fares work for GO Transit, but setting Toronto transit fares according to distance would force riders who travel furthest and have fewer choices to pay the most”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Presented without comment”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC puts distance-based fares in no-go zone”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC dismisses redlight-running bus driver”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Pedestrian dies after being struck by a bus”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Bus driver in red-light run video no longer with TTC”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Woman fatally struck by Brampton city bus”, here.
- Toronto Sun editorial, “Who’s in charge of our traffic chaos?”, here.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Leadership Starts From The Ground Up”, here.
- CP24 report, “Man wanted after indecent act performed on subway”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Exterior of Pickering pedestrian bridge 90 per cent complete”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Pickering gets $2.5 million in federal gas tax funds for 2014”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Durham needs to keep Scugog moving: Regional chairman”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “GTHA politicians fight for transit funding from the Wynne government”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Construction on York St. forces pedestrians off sidewalk through store”, here.
- National Post article, “Lunch with the Contenders: Karen Stintz aims to present a pan-Toronto image separate from Tory or Ford”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Tapping your PRESTO card at Richmond Hill GO Station is hazardous to your health”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Yeah… No, the plastic seat divider isn’t okay either”, here.
- Oshawa Express article, “Knob Hill talks drag on”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Chow pledge to bump TTC bus service depends on finding more vehicles”, here.
The City and TTC intend the project to bring the water-main and streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.
As with all construction projects, expect noise, dust and other temporary inconveniences.
The City will impose parking, traffic and some pedestrian restrictions in and around the work area during the six-week project by:
- partially closing the intersection: Construction will reduce traffic to just one lane in all directions, restricting some turns for three to four weeks.
- fully closing the intersection: Construction will prevent any vehicles from passing through the intersection for two to three weeks.
- reducing parking: Construction will block motorists from parking in the active work zone and the City may temporarily ban on-street parking in the neighbouring area.
The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.
Phase 1 is already underway, from Monday, July 14 until Sunday, July 27:
- The City is partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
- The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
- The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses, but the buses operate through the intersection.
Phase 2 starts next week, from Monday, July 28 until Sunday, August 10:
- The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
- The TTC is continuing to detour streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
- The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but splits the route into two.
Stage 3 takes place from Monday, August 11 until Saturday, August 30:
- The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
- TTC streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route resume regular service through the intersection.
- The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but the buses resume regular service through the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)
Starting Sunday, August 31, the TTC plans to restore streetcar service to the 510 Spadina route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West — and officially launch service on its new low-floor streetcars, with at least one production car operating in service.
Streetcar service along the entire route, including along Queens Quay West and through the tunnel to Union Station, resumes Sunday, October 12, the TTC says.
Work typically takes place Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. However, to meet project timelines and to ensure that streetcar service resumes as soon as possible, TTC crews may work late evenings and overnight at the end of the project as they install new rails.
TTC workers will bring rail panels on flatbed trucks and other equipment and material onto the work site and temporarily store them until they’re ready start installing the rails. They’ll then move the rails into position, then install, weld and grind the rails. They’ll install the rails overnight to support daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.
While buses operate, TTC crews will also retrofit the streetcar platform at Spadina Station to accommodate the new streetcars.
The TTC has produced a video with its Chief Executive Officer Andy Byford and Executive Director of Corporate Communications Brad Ross to explain what’s going on at Spadina and Dundas.
From the Transit Toronto archives, read:
Starting Monday, July 21, Metrolinx contractors for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line are rerouting pedestrian access to Eglinton West Station during construction of the extraction shaft near the southbound ramp to Eglinton Avenue West from William R. Allen Road.
(The contractors will use the extraction shaft to remove tunnel-boring machines when they reach Allen Road. They’ll then install them into a launch shaft east of Allen Road, where the machines will begin their tunneling journey toward Yonge Street. Tunnels for the TTC’s 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line block the machines from tunneling through the Allen Road area without stopping.)
West of Eglinton West Station, pedestrians may walk from Park Hill Road on the pedestrian walkway north of the construction site and back to Eglinton Avenue, where they may cross at the traffic signal to Eglinton West Station.
East of Eglinton West Station, work will block the pedestrian crossing at the northbound ramp for long-term construction and pedestrians can’t cross the ramp. Instead, pedestrians may walk to the south side of Eglinton West to access the subway station.
Use the pedestrian traffic signal between Flanders Road and Glenarden / Westover Hill Roads when crossing Eglinton.
The work also blocks access to Eglinton from the pedestrian walkway parallel to Allen Road on the east side south of Wembley Road.
Metrolinx says that “it has been working closely with the City of Toronto, the TTC, elected officials and Toronto Police Services to monitor the situation and to consider modifying the current arrangement that allow Crosstown construction to continue on schedule, alleviate some of the traffic congestion and, ensure the safety of pedestrians along Eglinton Avenue”.
During LRT construction on Eglinton Avenue West at Allen Road, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:
- 32 Eglinton West;
- 63 Ossington; and
- 109 Ranee.
(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)
From Monday, July 28 until Sunday, September 7, the City will close:
- the intersection of Leslie Street with Eastern Avenue
as crews continue the next phase of the project.
All traffic, including buses must divert around the intersection, although pedestrian and bicycle access continues at all times.
Also starting at 9 a.m. Monday, July 28, the City will close
- the intersection of Leslie Street with Commissioners Street.
as Enbridge Gas crews repair a nearby gas line. The emergency gas-line repairs will close the intersection for about two weeks or until August 8.
Toronto Police Service will be on-site 24 hours a day to maintain one interchangeable lane of traffic from southbound Leslie Street to westbound Commissioners Street and from eastbound Commissioners to northbound Leslie. Vehicles will not be able to travel on Leslie across the intersection north- or southbound. Motorists heading to the Portlands must travel along Commisioners and Cherry Street to Unwin Avenue.
While the Eastern / Leslie intersection is closed, it will also detour buses operating along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route.
While the Commissioners / Leslie intersection is closed, it may also have to further detour buses operating along the 83 Jones route, but has not yet announced detour-routing information.
This summer and fall, the TTC is replacing six subway track turn-outs along the open-cut section of the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line near Davisville Station that have reached the end of their service life.
(Turn-outs, or switches allow trains to move from one track to another. These particular turn-outs let trains move between the main line and the Davisville Yard facility and the third track at Davisville Station. The current technology for new track turn-outs will result in a smoother operation for subway trains traveling through the area and a smoother ride for passengers.)
Three turns-outs are south of the station near the Kay Gardner Beltline Bridge and three turn-outs are north of the station between Lola Road and Imperial Street West.
Crews will work on the project in two phases:
Crews will work on the turn-outs south of Davisville Station first, then work north of the station. To replace each turn-out, they’ll proceed through a series of stages, from getting ready to remove the rail to installing the new track.
Trains will reduce speed both ways through the work areas near Davisville Station during the project.
Last week, crews reopened the intersection of Queens Quay West with Rees Street. They continue working east of Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street, pouring concrete for the new road base, getting ready to pave in the next two weeks.
Crews continue final track work east of Lower Spadina Avenue:
- Between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane: TTC crews continue getting ready to pour and form the sub-base for concrete and for installing the remaining streetcar rails. They’ll pull and place these sections of rail during the night shifts from Tuesday to Thursday this week. Expect noise.
- Between Shoppers Drug Mart and the Peter Slip Bridge: This week, crews are installing the rail lubricator pads.
Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:
- Bay Street to York Street: Roadway construction continues on the south side. Crews will start excavating for the new roadway between York Street and the 85 Harbour Street driveway on the north side.
- York Street / Queens Quay West: Crews shifted traffic lanes late last week, with westbound Queens Quay traffic now moving on the new TTC right-of way from Bay to Rees Street. By shifting the traffic lanes, crews can start digging this week on the north side of Queens Quay for the new roadway and on the south curb lane for landscaping and to restore Martin Goodman Trail, east of York Street.
- York Street to Rees Street: Crews continue to form and pour the concrete base slab. When they’ve finished that, they’ll pave this section of roadway.
The contractors have multiple crews working this weekend, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.
- Between Lower Simcoe and Rees Streets: Preparing the roadway sub-base and pouring concrete to rebuild the road.
- Between Peter Slip Bridge and Lower Spadina Avenue: Working on the TTC traction-power conduits.
- Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: Installing overhead cabling.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes with buses during this project.
GO Transit is resurfacing the road at the entrance to the bus loop at Oakville GO station this Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27.
Oakville Transit is relocating its bus stops temporarily from the inner bus loop.
Instead, buses serving these routes pick up passengers in the outer loop at the station:
- 1 Trafalgar;
- 4 Speers / Cornwall;
- 13 Westoak Trails;
- 14 Lakeshore West;
- 15 Bridge;
- 17 Kerr;
- 19 River Oaks;
- 20 Northridge;
- 24 South Common Centre;
- 26 Falgarwood; and
- 28 Glen Abbey North.
Emergency services vehicle and viva bus drivers will be operating “test runs” along the rapidway before the lanes officially open later this summer. Continue to board viva buses at stops beside the curb between South Town Centre Boulevard / Town Centre Boulevard and Allstate Parkway / East Valhalla Road.
Here’s what else is going on this week: