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.
T2P0 will also be hosting its second-ever Finch - St.George - Finch run this Sunday, November 30 at 8:30 p.m. One of the senior Class 1 towers will be going for their Transit Control promotion. They need at least 12 operators for the test to proceed. Virtual TTC Academy members who participate in this run will be able to receive the updated T1 train early.
Those interested in simulating virtual Toronto subway operations in the open source train simulator, OpenBVE, can sign up for a badge number at: ttcacademy.t2p0films.ca/signup.php.
- Business News Network post, “Anatomy of a $2B deal: Class A office towers meet bus terminal”, here.
- Daily Commercial News post, “Location key for University Heights medical centre”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC advocacy group launches #grumpyrider social media campaign”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Expect to pay way more in Toronto for express transit to airport”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “Airport employees to get discount on Union-Pearson Express tickets”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Spacing Opens City Store”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Mammoliti is right on LRT”, here.
TTC employees are hosting their annual Stuff-the-Bus Toy Drive at participating Walmart stores across Toronto this weekend, Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30. This year, the employees will set up seven of the TTC’s 12-metre (40-foot) buses as drop-off stops for new, unwrapped toys, which they’ll donate to the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.
The Stuff-the-Bus weekend drive officially kicks off on Q107’s Derringer in the Morning Friday, November 29, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., when the TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford will accept donations outside Corus Quay on the eastern waterfront at 25 Dockside Drive. The Stuff-the-Bus drive will then swing by George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus, where students, staff and faculty have collected toys for the TTC. Later, it will make its final preview stop, when it accepts donations in front of the Walmart store at Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TTC staff will receive toys to “stuff the bus” at each of these seven Walmart stores from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1.
- 165 North Queen Street (near Highway 427 and The Queensway);
- 799 Milner Avenue (near Milner and Morningside Avenues, just north of Highway 401);
- 1900 Eglinton Avenue East (at Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue);
- 2245 Islington Avenue (at Islington Avenue and Rexdale Boulevard);
- 2525 St. Clair Avenue West (near St. Clair Avenue West and Runnymede Road);
- 3132 Eglinton Avenue East (at Eglinton Avenue East and Markham Road); and
- 3757 Keele Street (at Keele Street and Finch Avenue West).
TTC employees have been conducting a Stuff-the-Bus toy drive during the holiday season for the since 2007. This is a labour of love for TTC operator Kevin Kane and his team of volunteer operators. Last year’s drive gave Christmas gifts to more than 500 families with children. This year, the group hopes to raise more than $70,000 worth of donations.
To date, the toy drive has brightened Christmas by helping more than 3,500 families and 12,000 children. The drive has collected $250,000 worth of toys and Kane and his team expect to break the $200,000 mark this holiday season.
The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness is a national, charitable organization that has served Canadians since 1993.The Centre’s mandate is to significantly reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness. It operates solely on private donations without sustaining funds from any government body.
From 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 25 until 6 a.m. Wednesday, November 26 and continuing overnight nightly, crews will install underground storm-sewer pipes and an oil-grit separator — a structure that removes sediment, screens debris and separates oil from the storm-sewer system — on Highway 7 east of Keele Street.
The work will temporarily reduce Highway 7 to one lane in each direction between east of Keele Street and Bowes Road / Baldwin Avenue. Crews will maintain two-way traffic at all times; however, they may block right- and left-turn lanes. Expect traffic delays and noise.
Sidewalks remain open and the contractors will maintain access to driveways in work areas.
Work continues until 6 a.m. December 2.
Emergency work is underway to repair the water-mains in the northbound right-turn lane on Keele Street just south of Highway 7. Crews are working from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, blocking the turn lane. The lane remains closed overnight. Expect traffic delays.
Work continues for about two weeks or until December 12.
During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, expect delays for:
- Brampton Transit Züm express buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route;
- TTC buses operating along the 35D Jane and 107 Keele North routes; and
- York Region Transit Viva express buses operating along the Viva orange route and YRT local buses operating along the 20 Jane and 77 Highway 7 routes.
- BlogTO post, “The five spookiest abandoned buildings in Toronto”, here.
- Canadian Press article, “Ontario unveils transportation plan for Pan Am Games” (from the Globe and Mail website), here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Do narrow lanes improve traffic flow?”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Toronto considers plan to narrow street lanes to improve safety: report”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Province’s Pan Am Games transportation plan could mean gridlock for drivers”, here.
- CP24 report, “Tory says he will withold judgement on plan to narrow traffic lanes”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Toronto to narrow traffic lanes to slow drivers, increase safety”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Expect to pay way more in Toronto for express transit to airport”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Anatomy of a $2-billion deal: Class A office towers meet bus terminal”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Toronto to narrow traffic lanes in hopes of increasing safety”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Tory offers qualified support for narrower traffic lanes in Toronto”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Mayor-elect Tory says feedback is positive on SmartTrack transit plan”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Province offers HOV lanes as part of Pan Am Games transit strategy”, here.
- National Post article, “John Tory stands by his promise to complete SmartTrack in seven years without raising Toronto property taxes”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Duly Quoted: John Tory, on the positive response to SmartTrack”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Prepare for the gridlock PanAm Games: Traffic plans include expanded HOV lanes”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Mayor-elect supports narrower city streets”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory elected to ‘devote’ himself to SmartTrack”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Transit group urges grumpy TTC riders to take selfies”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Strict penalties needed for construction delays”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “All highways to have HOV lanes during Pan Am Games”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “Watching Transit Improve from the Outside: Mississauga opens new rapid transit line”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “Time for some cell phone selfies for more bus service and two hour transfers”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “Toronto Sun asks Tory to respond to our #grumpyrider campaign”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “Day of action for more service, lower fares and electrification of Union Pearson Express line”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Dufferin Station Modernization and Expansion Opens to the Public”, here.
- Bullet News Niagara article, “Wynne committed to further GO train talk”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “‘We’ve made transformative change’, says Burroughs”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “Eco-Park could be the first step toward the future of transit”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “North-south passenger rail service proposed”, here. (September 24)
- St. Catharines Standard article, “North-south passenger train service proposed”, here. (October 16)
- The Voice of Pelham article, “Region backs better transit service”, here. (October 8)
The 14-car trains include a boxcar stage featuring great musical talent and CP’s corporate contribution to local food banks. CP encourages each community, in turn, to donate food and funds — all of which stay in the community. CP presents a cheque at each stop to top off whatever the audience donates that day.
The trains support local food banks by raising the public’s awareness of the fight against hunger and collecting food that goes directly to your hungry neighbours. You can view the trains, if you bring a non-perishable food item as your admission fee, in Bowmanville, Oshawa and Toronto Saturday, November 29, Vaughan, Midhurst (Barrie), Hamilton Sunday, November 30 and Cambridge and Ayr Monday, December 1.
City of Toronto crews will be repairing sewers on Dundas Street East overnight tomorrow Wednesday, November 26 until early Thursday, November 27:
- east of Church Street.
City of Toronto crews will be repairing sewers at two sites on Queen Street East overnight tonight, Tuesday, November 25 until early tomorrow, Wednesday, November 26:
- east of Coxwell Avenue and
- at Silver Birch Avenue.
The TTC is turning back streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes at Connaught Avenue (Russell Carhouse), while work proceeds. Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Greenwood Avenue.
Note that the map incorrectly identifies the affected route as 504.
Metrolinx contractors are working to build the future Eglinton - Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit line.
Crews recently started to build headwalls for the future Bathurst Station. Headwalls are underground support walls at the east and west ends of an underground station. They create the frame for the future stations, and must to be in place before tunnel-boring machines arrive at each station site. To build the headwalls, contractors must also establish a grout plant nearby to pump “grout”, a form of concrete, to the work zone. They’ve located the grout plant on Peveril Hill Road, just south of Eglinton Avenue West.
The contractors set up a new traffic pattern for construction of the headwalls in September. They expect construction to continue until winter 2015, but may reschedule or adjust timelines due to weather conditions or “unforeseen circumstances”.
The work zone extends along Eglinton Avenue West between just east of Chiltern Hill Road and Old Forest Hill Road. Traffic cones, concrete barriers and fencing will separate the work from the traffic right-of-way. Crews will install various traffic control measures and construction zones near the intersection Eglinton West with Bathurst and may shift them over the coming months, while building the two station headwalls.
Crews have set up a work site on the north end of Peveril Hill Road North for the jet grout plant. The plant will close Peverill Hill to all traffic from Eglinton Avenue West during the construction of the headwalls.
Crews will remove the east and west traffic medians at the intersection of Eglinton West with Bathurst during construction. You can still turn left at the intersection They’ll also reduce traffic to one lane in each direction between Chiltern Hill Road and Old Forest Hill Road. You can’t park on the street within the work zones.
Most pedestrian walkways will remain open; however you may encounter detours and sidewalk closures. A chain-link fence will separate pedestrians will be separated from construction.
Expect traffic delays during construction. For the safety of transit riders, the TTC will relocate east- and westbound bus stops in the area. Watch for signs directing you to the nearest available bus stop. and future information indicating the new locations.
Crews will mostly work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week. In certain situations, the contractors may require crews to work some late nights or early mornings to complete the work and keep construction moving.
During construction of the future Bathurst Station, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:
- 7 Bathurst;
- 32 Eglinton West;
- 307 Eglinton West overnight; and
- 310 Bathurst overnight.
- Daily Commercial News post, “Toronto’s transit future hinges on government support: TTC union”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Mayor-elect John Tory to talk transit with transition team”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Metrolinx’s UP Express to use American firm’s app to accept mobile payments (you mean PRESTO can’t support mobile payments?!)”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Is arriving at Toronto’s Union Station from Kitchener by GO train seven minutes sooner worth $900 million?”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “What’s with this aversion to opening doors all of a sudden?!”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Buffalo fans of ThisCrazyTrain.com share their pics”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday, January 4, 2015”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “MiWay transit’s an exciting new direction for Mississauga: Hume”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Public shaming having impact on TTC”, here.