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Weekend events affect transit services,
April 3, 4, 5



Parades and processions in the Bay Ridges area of Pickering, central Toronto and the Woodbridge area of Vaughan affect transit services this weekend, including both religious and festive celebrations of Good Friday and Easter.




Four generations of TTC streetcars
a highlight of Beaches Easter Parade



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TTC LRV 4403 heads northbound on Spadina, approaching Front Street, on the afternoon of September 17, 2014. Photo by James Bow.

Four generations of streetcars — including some of the TTC’s most popular streetcars from the past and present — will share the tracks for the annual Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade, this Sunday, April 5, starting at 2 p.m.

The cavalcade of cars along Queen Street East between Neville Park Loop and Woodbine Loop (at Kingston Road) is a regular highlight of the event.

Toronto’s latest streetcar, the Bombardier Flexity joins the the Peter Witt streetcar that served the citizens of Toronto from 1921 until 1963 and the PCC streetcar that was the backbone of the TTC’s streetcar fleet from 1938 until 1995. The TTC’s current streetcar, the CLRV (Canadian Light Rail Vehicle), will form the fourth member of the quartet of streetcars in the parade.

  • The Peter Witts were the first streetcars that the TTC bought after the City of Toronto formed the Toronto Transportation Commission in 1921.
  • At one time, Toronto owned the largest fleet of PCCs in the world — 745 cars.
  • CLRVs have been operating along Toronto streets since 1977. Their longer, “bendy” cousins, the ALRVs (articulated light rail vehicles) have been carrying Torontonians around town since 1983.
  • The TTC’s first Flexity car started serving passengers Sunday, August 31, 2014.

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Air-electric PCC 4088 leaves Neville Park Loop. Photo donated by Curt Frey.

During the parade, streetcars in regular service along the 501 Queen route will turn back at Kingston Road starting at 1 p.m. Buses operating along the 64 Main and 92 Woodbine South routes will also divert from their regular routes during the parade.

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Small Peter Witt car #2736 operates on Queen Street westbound (but not in the Beach!) in the early 1960s. Note the PCCs behind it. Photo by Peter Lambert, donated by Curt Frey.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • a history of the Peter Witt cars in Toronto by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) cars in Toronto by James Bow with information from John F. Bromley and Dave Imrie, here.
  • a history of the Canadian All-Electric PCC cars by P.C. Kohler, here.
  • a history of Toronto’s post-war used PCC fleet by P.C. Kohler, here.
  • “Red Rocket Renaissance: the A-15 PCC cars” by P.C. Kohler, here.
  • a history of the Canadian Light Rail Vehicles by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the Articulated Light Rail Vehicles by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the Toronto Flexity light rail vehicles by James Bow, here.

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CLRV 4021 faces eastbound at King and Yonge. This August 1999 photo is by Rob Hutch.

  • the Peter Witt photo gallery, here.
  • the Air-Electric PCC photo gallery, here.
  • the Pre-1970s All-Electric PCC photo gallery, here.
  • the Post-1970s All-Electric PCC photo gallery, [here](/streetcar/4707.
  • the CLRV photo gallery, here.
  • the ALRV photo gallery, here.
  • images of Flexity cars here. TTC-NewStreetcar0038.jpg

The TTC has been conducting on-street testing of its new streetcar fleet since the early hours of March 14, 2013, when the first test vehicle ran from TTC’s Bathurst Street facility (Hillcrest) to Bathurst Station and back. Photo: TTC.




Brampton Transit 2015 service plan:
Public meetings, April 7, 9, 10, 13, 14



Brampton Transit staff will be presenting the annual transit service plan at five public meetings. You can review the service-change proposals and provide your comments on the plans.

Events take place:

If you can’t attend the events, Brampton Transit will have an on-line form available for your feedback from Tuesday, April 7 until Tuesday, April 21.




Brampton Transit revises services,
March 30



Brampton Transit is adjusting the schedules of various routes to improve service to passengers, starting Monday, March 30.




In the news: Monday, March 30, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • AZO Build post, “Bird Enters Construction Contract With Plenary with Plenary Infrastructure ERMF GP for East Rail Maintenance Facility”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “That time Toronto almost built the subway to the lake”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “10 key Toronto intersections as they were 30 years ago”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the Day: Speed of Light”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, “”Suspect images released after woman sexually assaulted at bus shelter” (from the CP24 website), here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Oshawa area ranked one of the best cities in the country to buy real estate”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Canadian cities lobby Ottawa for transit funds”, here.
  • Globe and Mail “Transportation Issue: Get a move on”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “On Site: Etobicoke project first step in five-tower community in the making”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Meet Jamaalism, A Photographer Capturing Toronto and the TTC”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC board approves another $150 million to complete delayed Spadina subway extension”, here.
  • Medium article, “A love letter to the 110”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Time for some real ideas on making T.O a ‘music city’”, here.
  • National Post article, “Ontario’s Sunshine List: Top-earning Torontonians on the public payroll include TTC collector, Pan Am Games staff”, here.
  • Railway Gazette article, “Metrolinx awards depot contract”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Quiet Zone confrontations”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Can we get a GO train to Bowmanville please? I guess it’s cheaper to improve what you have then spend for what you don’t”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Evolution of TTC Signalling Contracts”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board Meeting, March 26, 2015 (Update 2)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Much Will the Spadina Subway Cost (II)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Much Will the Spadina Subway Cost (III)”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx to build 22-train facility in Whitby”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “New Union Pearson Express uniforms reflect rail and air heritage”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC signals it has learned from troubled Spadina subway”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “York Region votes to help pay for subway shortfall”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Newmarket bus lane project driving supporters away”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “The secret Toronto summit that no-one noticed”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Province must ease traffic plan for Pan Am Games”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Pan Am congestion could pay off for Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Condo buyers in enormous shift, saying ‘no thanks’ to parking”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Three former Rob Ford staffers earned more than $100,000 in 2014”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory supports TTC’s $150 million Spadina subway extension plan”, here.
  • column, “Reflecting on the original Toronto subway”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Almost 2100 TTC employees on Sunshine List”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Union Station artwork nears end of installation”, here.
  • Your Project News post, “Contract Awarded for East Rail Maintenance Facility”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Hamilton Street Railway revises services,
March 30



The Hamilton Street Railway is making minor changes to its services, starting Monday, March 30.




You can "POP" on Harbourfront cars,
starting March 29



The TTC is temporarily replacing streetcar service along the 510 Spadina route with buses during construction at Spadina Avenue and College Street, starting Sunday, March 29.

Until Saturday, May 9, it’s reassigning some of the streetcars that usually serve Spadina to the 509 Harbourfront route, including all of its new Bombardier Flexity cars. During this period, the TTC will allow passengers to pay fares using their PRESTO fare cards when boarding at stops along the 509 Harbourfront route.

Also starting Sunday, March 29, 509 Harbourfront will become a “POP” or “proof of payment” route. You can board streetcars by any door at any stop along the route. But remember, you’ll need to have proof-of-payment — a Metropass or paper transfer — when boarding rear doors of a streetcar. If you pay by cash, token or ticket, you must take a transfer as your proof-of-payment. If a fare inspector asks for your POP and you don’t have one, you could receive a fine of $235.

You can still POP along the 509 Harbourfront route even after regular service resumes and streetcars return to Spadina Avenue.

According to the TTC, streetcars in Toronto provide 250,000 daily trips to passengers. Almost 20 per cent of a streetcar’s travel-time occurs at stops while passengers board or exit the cars. By introducing POP on all routes, the TTC expects to cut that time to about seven per cent of each journey, significantly improving service.




TTC revises services, March 29



The TTC is making a number of changes to its services, starting Sunday, March 29.

It’s making major changes to the 510 Spadina route — replacing the streetcars with buses during upcoming consturction at Spadina Avenue and College Street. It’s borrowing buses from several other routes, including 504 King to provide transit service to Spadina passengers.

While the buses serve Spadina, the TTC’s new Flexity Bombardier streetcars roll along the 509 Harbourfront route. You can use your PRESTO farecard to pay your fare when boarding any of the new streetcars when operating along the route. PRESTO service on 509 Harbourfront ends, when the new streetcars resume operating along 510 Spadina, starting Sunday, May 10.

Also starting Sunday, 509 Harbourfront becomes a “POP” streetcar route. You can board any streetcar at any door at any stop along the route if you have a POP - a proof of payment. Proofs of payment include a transfer or a pass. POP service continues permanently along 509 Harbourfront, even after construction ends on Spadina Avenue.




Spadina / College construction (phase 1):
TTC detours, March 29 to April 5



From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the City of Toronto and the TTC will carry out major construction work at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and College Street.

The City and TTC intend the project to bring the streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.

During the project, crews will:

  • break concrete and excavate to remove the tracks during the week of March 30;
  • install new streetcar tracks for eight to nine days, including overnight;
  • rebuild and lengthen the streetcar platforms on College Street to accommodate new low-floor streetcars;
  • resurface the road; and
  • improve accessibility by rebuilding the sidewalks at each corner of the intersection.

The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.

Phase 1: from Sunday, March 29 until Sunday, April 5:

  • crews will perform advance work by saw-cutting concrete in the intersection.
  • the City will maintain traffic through the intersection with temporary lane restrictions.
  • The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses. The buses operate through the intersection but only along part of the route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West. Buses drop off or pick up passengers in the bus terminal in Spadina Station, instead of the streetcar terminal and serve stops beside the curb, instead of the centre-road “island” streetcar stops. Passengers traveling to and from Union Station can board streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route to Queens Quay West and Lower Spadina Avenue.

Phase 2: From Monday, April 6 until Sunday, April 26:

  • The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
  • The TTC detour streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but diverts the buses around the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)

Phase 3: From Monday, April 27 until Saturday, May 9:

  • The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • TTC streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton 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.)

From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the TTC will operate its new Bombardier Flexity streetcars along the 509 Harbourfront route, while buses replace the cars along the 510 Spadina route. During this period, the TTC will allow passengers to pay fares using their PRESTO fare cards when boarding at stops along the 509 Harbourfront route.

Starting Sunday, March 29, 509 Harbourfront will also become a “POP” or “proof of payment” route. You can board streetcars by any door at any stop along the route. However you should retain your transfer to prove that you have paid a fare. Show your transfer or pass to a TTC fare inspector if he or she asks to see your proof of payment. POP service along the 509 Harbourfront route continues even after streetcars return to Spadina Avenue.

Also Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, all other streetcars that usually serve the 510 Spadina route will operate, instead, along the 504 King route. During this time, only streetcars will operating along the route, while the buses that have supplemented streetcars in recent months will serve 510 Spadina passengers.


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 phase 2, it will close to all traffic:

  • College Street between Robert and Huron Streets;
  • Spadina Avenue between Spadina Crescent and Oxford Street; and

Crews will usually work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. weekends. To meet project timelines, they may work some late evenings and overnight while they are installing new overhead wiring, moving rails into position and installing, welding and grinding the new rails.




Burlington for Accessible Transit hosts
transit users forum, March 28



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Join BFAST — Burlington For Accessible Transit — tomorrow, Saturday, March 28 for a morning of discussion about local transit issues. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. You may even enjoy a free continental breakfast.

Click here or call 905-632-4774 to register.

During the event, you can meet other Burlington Transit users and transit advocates to discuss potential strategies for improving transit in Burlington. You can also describe your riding experiences and offer your views on how to improve the transit system.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until noon in Centennial Hall, Burlington Central Library

Other sponsors include:




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