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Bathurst / College construction:
TTC revising detour routings, June 27



Since Monday, June 20, the City of Toronto and the TTC have been replacing the streetcar tracks at the intersection of College and Bathurst. To accommodate this work, the City is completely closing the intersection until 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 12.

The City also removing the eastbound streetcar platform and rebuilding the westbound platform to meet the accessibility guidelines of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act or AODA. College Street is not wide enough to include platforms that appropriately serve TTC riders who use assistive devices. Crews will also adjust the corners and sidewalks to better serve the TTC’s new, low-floor Toronto Flexity streetcars. When work is complete, eastbound passengers will board streetcars from the sidewalk.

For this project, crews are:

  • removing the concrete and old streetcar track;
  • replacing the concrete;
  • installing new track;
  • rebuilding the westbound streetcar platform;
  • removing the eastbound nearside streetcar platform;
  • repairing sidewalks to improve accessibility;
  • restoring the road and sidewalks;
  • repairing concrete on the College Street track allowance between Lippincott and Borden Streets; and
  • abandoning old water-mains by cutting and capping the ends.

You can expect crews to work at times during this project 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

When crews are rebuilding the TTC tracks, they may work evenings and overnight. Overnight, the TTC crews are moving rails into position, installing the new rails and welding and grinding them. After-hours work supports daytime construction, the TTC says, and helps it finish the project as quickly as possible.

Expect noise when trucks back up or when crews are moving rail into place.

The City is prohibiting parking in the active work zone. If you’ve parked your vehicle so that it blocks construction work, the City will relocate it with no charge to you. Call parking control at 416-808-2222 to learn the location of your vehicle.

Since Monday, June 20, the TTC has been revising services or detouring streetcars and buses operating along various routes. With the end of another construction project at Bay and College Streets, the TTC is revising the detour routings, starting tomorrow, Monday, June 27. Detours continue for these routes:

  • 306 Carlton overnight;
  • 310 Bathurst overnight;
  • 506 Carlton; and
  • 511 Bathurst.

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This map shows detour routings Mondays to Fridays before about 2 a.m.

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This map shows detour routings Mondays to Fridays overnight and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.




Honda Indy set-up:
TTC detour, June 27 to July 14



The organizers of this year’s Honda Indy Toronto are already setting up the race course, spectator and participant facilities for the annual motor race on Lake Shore Boulevard West and through Exhibition Place.

Starting 5 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, June 27, the TTC is detouring buses that operating along these routes, as crews get ready for the event:

  • 29 Dufferin;
  • 310 Bathurst overnight;
  • 329 Dufferin overnight;
  • 363 Ossington overnight (unofficial); and
  • 511 Bathurst.

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The TTC continues to detour buses until 2 a.m. Thursday, July 14. The Indy takes place from Friday, July 15 until Sunday, July 17. The TTC will likely further detour buses during the event and afterwards as crews dismantle facilities.




GO revises routes and services, June 25



GO Transit is adding more service to the Lakeshore West and Richmond Hill lines, when it revises its services this Saturday, June 25.

It’s resuming its seasonal weekend services to Barrie and Niagara Falls

It’s also doubling its weekend bus service between Burlington and Niagara Falls as it introduces 11 new express trips in each direction along the route Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.




Yonge Street crane activity:
TTC detour, June 25 to 27



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Yonge Street south of Dundas Street

as contractors lift a crane onto a construction site from 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 24 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 25 and continuing overnight nightly until 6 a.m. June 27.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while street is closed:

  • 320 Yonge overnight.

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The TTC previously detoured the buses for the same project, Saturday, June 11 until Tuesday, June 14.




No Scarborough line service, June 25, 26



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The TTC is closing the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line this Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. While the line is closed, TTC crews are rehabilitating the tracks on the line to make the service more reliable.

Buses replace service along the entire line between McCowan and Kennedy stations, stopping at all stations along the way. You can also exit the buses at other transit stops if you ask the drivers to stop. Collector booths at all Line 3 stations remain open so you can buy TTC fares.

PRESTO fare-card users must board by the front door and pay their fares with cash, since the TTC has not yet equipped all buses with PRESTO devices.

Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available if you need accessible transit between Scarborough Centre and McCowan stations.

Regular service resumes Monday, June 27.

This is the only occasion that the TTC plans to close the line this year.


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 the RT service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives.

Consider boarding buses operating along these routes, instead of the shuttles:

  • 9 Bellamy between Scarborough Centre, McCowan and Warden Stations.
  • 16 McCowan between Scarborough Centre, McCowan and Warden Stations.
  • 21 Brimley between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy Stations.
  • 43B Kennedy via Progress between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy Stations.
  • 57 Midland between Midland and Kennedy Stations.

If you pay your fare with tickets, tokens or cash, pick up a paper transfer when you pay your fare, if you plan to connect with buses at McCowan and Midland Stations.




Subway opens late, Pape to St George:
June 26



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The TTC is delaying the start of subway service along the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Pape and St George stations this Sunday, June 26 due to bridge work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. All Line 2 trains operate between Kennedy and Pape stations and between Kipling and St George station before 10 a.m. that day.

It’s replacing subway service with shuttle buses between the two stations. The shuttle buses start and end their trips in the bus terminals at Pape and St George Stations, then operate along Danforth Avenue, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West. They drop off or pick up passengers at the intersections nearest to subway stations:

  • at Chester and Broadview Avenues, Castle Frank Road, Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets.

All subway stations on the closed section of Line 2 remain open for you to buy tickets, tokens and passes or to connect with buses and streetcars.

If you need accessible transportation, Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Pape and St George stations. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor 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 buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider boarding, buses or streetcars east or west of the closure to by-pass the crowds, if you’re traveling to and from downtown.

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

The TTC has previously closed this section of the subway several times this year:

It plans to close the same section of the subway on several more occasions this year:

  • Sunday, July 24 - open late;
  • Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14;
  • Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4 and Labour Day, Monday, September 5;
  • Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25;
  • Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8 and Thanksgiving, Monday, October 9; and
  • Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6.

The TTC is also closing the section of Line 2 between Main Street and Broadview Stations Saturday, July 9.




Weekend events affect transit services,
June 23, 24, 25, 26, 27



Events in Ajax, Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Keswick area of Georgina, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Niagara Falls, Stouffville and Toronto affect transit services this weekend.




Bay Street transformer move:
TTC detours, June 26



The TTC is closing the Bay streetcar tunnel as crews move a transformer early Sunday morning.

(We have searched the City of Toronto, TTC and Toronto Hydro web pages to learn more about this project, but have not successfully found more information about the move.)

The TTC is detouring streetcars and buses operating along these routes, while the tunnel is closed:

  • 317 Spadina overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 510 Spadina.

Shuttle buses replace streetcars between Spadina / Queens Quay Loop and King Station.

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Note that streetcars serving the 509 Harbourfront route operate to and from Fleet Loop, instead of Exhibition Loop, as this map indicates.


This is the third and last weekend that the project to move the transformer has affected TTC services. The TTC previously detour transit vehicles early Sunday, June 12 and June 19.




New GO stations in East Toronto support
regional express rail, SmartTrack plans



Another day, another provincial / municipal transit announcement…

Today, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Stephen Del Duca and Toronto Mayor John Tory visited the site of the former Unilever plant near Eastern and Broadview Avenues to announce four new GO Transit stations in Toronto on the Lakeshore East and Stouffville lines. Metrolinx intends to build the new stations as part of its regional express rail (or RER) program, which, in turn, supports Mayor Tory’s overground rapid-transit plan, SmartTrack. The new stations are at or near:

  • the Unilever site;
  • Gerrard Street East and Carlaw Avenue;
  • Lawrence Avenue East and GO’s Stouffville line; and
  • Finch Avenue East and GO’s Stouffville line.

The Lawrence station would be near the present Lawrence East station on the TTC’s 3 Scarborough rapid transit line. The minister and mayor did not announce a stop at Ellesmere road, which currently also has an Line 3 station.

All four proposed new GO stations are subject to environmental assessment processes and more planning, engineering and design work, but would all support the SmartTrack plan.

When operating, RER would provide faster, more frequent and more convenient rail transit service across the region and “electrify” core segments of the rail network by 2024.

SmartTrack was the main plank of Mayor Tory’s electoral platform. It would bolster the provincial RER program, providing subway-like urban rail service along GO tracks. It would connect three main job centres — Markham, the downtown financial district and the area near Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The Metrolinx Board of Directors will consider — and likely approve — the proposed new GO stations during its meeting meeting Tuesday, June 28.

The Mayor and minister visited Liberty Village yesterday, Tuesday, June 21 to announce four new stations in west Toronto — also as part of RER and SmartTrack.




New GO stations in West Toronto support
regional express rail, SmartTrack plans



Toronto Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack plan just got a major boost from the Government of Ontario today, Tuesday, June 21.

The Mayor dropped by Liberty Village this morning as Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Stephen Del Duca, announced four new GO Transit stations in Toronto on the Barrie and Kitchener lines. Metrolinx intends to build new stations as part of its regional express rail (or RER) program near:

  • Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue;
  • Spadina Avenue and Front Street West;
  • Liberty Village; and
  • St. Clair Avenue West and Keele Street.

All four proposed new GO stations are subject to environmental assessment processes and more planning, engineering and design work, but would all support the SmartTrack plan.

When operating, RER would provide faster, more frequent and more convenient rail transit service across the region and “electrify” core segments of the rail network by 2024.

SmartTrack was the main plank of Mayor Tory’s electoral platform. It would bolster the provincial RER program, providing subway-like urban rail service along GO tracks. It would connect three main job centres — Markham, the downtown financial district and the area near Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The Metrolinx Board of Directors will consider — and likely approve — the proposed new GO stations during its meeting meeting Tuesday, June 28.




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