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.
The Toronto Transit Commission meets tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.
The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.
Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.
The City of Toronto is closing
- Grandravine Drive just west of Keele Street
to accommodate a project to upgrade the water mains, starting Monday, July 21.
While work on the project blocks the street, the TTC is detouring buses operating along the
- 108A Downsview via Grandravine route.
The detour continues until August 2.
The same water-main project closed the intersection of Grandravine with Sentinel Road in 2013, resulting in TTC detours from Monday, September 23 until Friday, December 13.
Today, Monday, July 21, the City of Guelph has locked out Guelph Transit employees after members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)’s Local 1189 voted yesterday, Sunday, July 20 to reject a tentative agreement. Guelph City Council had already ratified the agreement.
With the local defeating the tentative agreement, the City has re-instituted the lockout it originally set to begin Monday, July 14. All Guelph Transit services are halted indefinitely, the City says in a news release, “until such time as the members of ATU Local 1189 reconsider the City’s offer”.
According to the news release, the City believes locking out the employees is “the only course of action that can lead to a fair contract that balances competitive compensation for employees, fair rates for transit customers and long-term affordability for Guelph taxpayers.”
As a result of the labour disruption, GO Transit buses are not entering the bus terminal at Guelph Central Station or the University Centre Terminal on the University of Guelph campus. You can board GO buses at the first bus bay on Macdonell Street beside Guelph Central GO Station or on Gordon Street and Stone Road near the university.
This affects service along these routes:
- 29 Guelph / Mississauga;
- 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;
- 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York;
- 39 Guelph / Bramalea; and
- 48 Guelph / York U.
Crews will reopen the intersection of Queens Quay West with Rees Street Tuesday, July 22 morning. They continue working east of Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street, pouring concrete for the new road base, preparing for paving asphalt in the next two weeks.
Crews continue final track work east of Lower Spadina Avenue:
- Between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane: Crews continue digging and preparing to pour and form the sub-base for concrete and for installing the remaining streetcar rails.
- Between 85 Harbour Street and the Bay Street Portal: Crews have finished pouring concrete and setting rails in this area. New TTC tracks now extend from the Bay Street Portal through to 390 Queens Quay.
- Between Shoppers Drug Mart and the Peter Slip Bridge: This week, crews have exposed a small section of the TTC corridor to install the rail lubricator pads.
- Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: Overhead cabling crews continue installing the grid of cables. They may work overnight shifts due to traffic constraints in the area.
Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:
- Bay Street to York Street: Roadway construction continues on the south 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 the Ellis-Don/RBC driveway, through York Street, to the driveway into 207 Queens Quay West. By shifting traffic lanes last week, 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 Lower Simcoe Street: Crews continue to form and pour the concrete base slab between York and Simcoe. When they’ve finished that, they’ll pave this section of roadway.
- Lower Simcoe Street to Rees Street: Crews continue to form and pour the concrete base slab between York and Simcoe. When they’ve finished that, they’ll pave this section of roadway.
The contractors have multiple crews working this weekend, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20.
- Between Lower Simcoe and Rees Streets: Making final preparations to reopen the intersection with Rees Street and preparing the roadway sub-base between Lower Simcoe and Rees.
- 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.
Crews have been busy relocating underground infrastructure, including sewer, hydro and telecommunications, and starting Monday, July 21, widening the roadway between Jane Street to the bridge carrying Highway 7 over the Canadian National Railway tracks, just west of Keele Street. To accommodate multiple work activities resulting from this construction, crews will shift, reduce and narrow traffic lanes.
When widening the road, crews will:
- paint new lines on the road and shift traffic lanes to the north side of the road;
- remove pavement, curbs and sidewalks on the south side, where necessary;
- install new curbs, gutters and toe walls — low walls at the bottom of embankments to prevent slippage or spreading of the soil — on the south side, where necessary; and
- backfill and pave the area.
To prepare for shifting the lanes, crews will be working overnight from 7 p.m. Monday, July 21 until 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, to paint lines on the road. They’ll intermittently block east- and westbound lanes during this work. Expect noise and vibration around work areas.
After painting the lines, crews will shift traffic to the north side of the roadway. They’ll reduce east- and westbound traffic to just two lanes between Jane Street and the CN Bridge.
Left-turn lanes at signalized intersections and a centre emergency services / shared left-turn lane will remain, where possible.
If the work affects bus stops and sidewalks are affected, directional signs will guide passengers and pedestrians to the nearest available bus stop or sidewalk.
Businesses are open during construction and crews will maintain access to driveways.
Although the traffic shift remains in place until spring 2015, work on this phase of the project continues Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for about three months, or until October 24.
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.
Crews will be completing curb work Saturday, July 19, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Davis Drive around Barbara Road, George Street, Lorne Avenue, Vincent Street and in the eastbound lanes between Niagara and Main Streets.
Crews also continue to block — or will block — side streets north and south of Davis Drive:
- Niagara Street from July 15 until August 15;
- Roxborough Road Thursday, July 17, Thursday, July 24, Friday, July 25, Monday, July 28.
- Superior Street reopens today, Friday, July 18
- George Street reopened yesterday, Thursday, July 17.
Crews continue to make great progress in widening Davis Drive. They’ll pave the newly widened sections with base-layer asphalt next week:
- eastbound lanes between Roxborough Road and west of the Davis Drive entrance to Southlake Regional Health Centre;
- westbound lanes between Vincent Street and just east of Hill Street;
- eastbound lanes from east of Niagara Street to Main Street South;
- part of Barbara Road at Davis Drive;
- part of George Street at Davis Drive.
Work continues until July 25.
Starting Monday, July 21 from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day, crews will block lanes on Main Streets North and South both north and south of Davis to install a “ductbank” — underground telecommunications cabling.
Traffic-control personnel and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to manage traffic.
Expect heavy traffic and delays in the area and allow yourself extra time to get to your destination.
Work continues until July 25.
- relocate the southbound bus stop on the northwest corner of Main and Davis further north on Main Street.
- relocate the northbound bus stop on the southeast corner of Main and Davis across from Wimpy’s further south to Simcoe Street.
- close the eastbound bus stop on Davis Drive in front of the entrance to Southlake Regional Health Centre during paving. YRT buses operating along the 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus route will drop off or pick up passengers traveling to and from the hospital on Prospect Street at Grace Street.
- during paving on Davis between Vincent and Hill, relocate the westbound bus stop on Davis in front of Bethel Church (333 Davis Drive) closer to Hill Street.
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 routes.
- BlogTO post, “Queen and Broadview to open early; more woes loom”, here.
- post, “The 10 worst people on the TTC”, here.
- CodeRedTO.com post, “
- Globe and Mail commentary, “I refused to play the Conservatives’ fiscal game. So should Wynne”, here.
- InsideToronto.com editorial: “Presenting transit as it relates to you”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Queen Street and Broadview Avenue intersection reopens”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “The intersection of Eastern Avenue and Leslie Street will close July 21 until about August 31”, here
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Bombardier strike will not impact immediate rollout of streetcars: TTC”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post,
- National Post article, “Streetcarnage: ‘Nothing’s off the table’ in fixing streetcar service, new TTC Chief Service Officer says”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Tory and Chow deserve their own debate without Rob Ford as a distraction”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Today I learned that PRESTO and GO are not integrated when it comes to fare resolution”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Good news for Ajax passengers”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Anyone know when this project started (yeah, I know I could Google it, but y’all better than Google)”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Don’t you just love that new train smell?”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “How nice of GO Transit to have provided a bench for this smoker”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Let me go get my gas can and fill’er up”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Let’s play my new GO train game.! It’s called ‘Name the DNA.’”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Finding the Ravine: Gateway to Toronto’s Urban Edges”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “The Mythology of ‘New’ Federal Gas-Tax Subidies”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Queen’s Quay Reconstruction 2014 (Updated July 17, 2014)”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Eglinton Connects: A Plan to Revitalize 19km of Streetscape, Explained”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Big Ideas poll: More than half of Torontonians want a DRL”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC commissioner pushes for role on Metrolinx board”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Building transit into the lifestyle”, here.
- Cambridge Times article, “Man arrested for threatening bus driver with Samurai-style sword”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “‘Shared interest’ gets Guelph Transit deal done”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “Guelph Transit union to vote Sunday on tentative deal”, here.
- Guelph Mercury column, “Guelph Transit debacle unacceptable political brinkmanship”, here.
- Guelph Mercury column, “Why are my taxes subsidizing people who want to leave town?”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “City staff will develop advertising policy after complaints about Right to Life ads on city buses”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “Anti-abortion ads on Guelph buses perceived by some as political endorsement”, here.
- Guelph Mercury editorial, “Petition on bus ads puts council on the spot”, here.
- Guelph Mercury column, “Bring the abortion debate to the public square in Guelph”, here.
- Guelph Mercury column, “An opposing point of view about abortion? Women can handle it”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “Panel eyes on-street parking ban for snow removal in Guelph”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “Restoration of Locomotive 6167 nearing completion”, here
- Guelph Tribune article, “Mayors praising GO commitment”, here.
- Guelph Tribune editorial, “Bus system on brink”, here.
- Guelph Tribune article, “Transit lockout averted late in the game”, here.
- Guelph Tribune article, “Transit workers vote on Sunday”, here.
- Guelph Tribune article, “Wellington MPP sees bypass as top priority”, here.
- Guelph Tribune article, “On-street parking revamp in works”, here.
- Kitchener Post article, “Aissa will run for regional chair, Oberholzer withdraws”, here.
- Kitchener Post article, “Changing direction”, here.
- Kitchener Post article, “Kitchener MPPs named party critics”, here.
- Kitchener Post article, “Margaret Ave. bridge to be redesigned”, here.
- Kitchener Post column, “Government agencies must co-ordinate or face embarassment”, here.
- Kitchener Post column, “More to being mayor than showing up”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record column, “An east-west light rail line should be next”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Fare discounts slow GRT cost recovery” here.
After more than two months of construction, the TTC is resuming streetcar service along Queen Street East and Kingston Road this Saturday, July 19, with the opening of renewed tracks, curves and switches at Queen East and Broadview Avenue.
Streetcars resume regular service along:
- the 501 Queen route Saturday at 3 p.m.;
- the 301 Queen overnight route at about 2 a.m. Sunday, July 20;
- the 502 Downtowner route at about 6 a.m. Monday, July 21; and
- the 503 Kingston Rd tripper route at about 6 a.m. Monday, July 21.
Streetcars serving along the 301, 501 and 502 routes operate along their entire routes. Streetcars operating along the 503 route still detour around ongoing bridge repairs on King Street east of River Street.
Also, resulting from the end of construction at Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue, the TTC:
- decreases the frequency of service along the 31 Greenwood, 72 Pape and 83 Jones routes. (It increased the service to provide passengers with more options for traveling to and from the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and downtown during the construction.)
- decreases service along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route and buses no longer stop to drop off or pick up passengers at Eastern Avenue and Leslie Streets. (It added extra trips and stops to provide passengers with more options for traveling to and from downtown during the construction.)
- resumes regular service along the 303 Don Mills overnight route through the intersection.
Streetcars operating along the 504 King route also resume service along Queen Street East, but, starting Monday, July 20, they’ll also be detouring further north off Broadview Avenue. They also continue to detour around ongoing bridge repairs on King Street east of River Street.
Buses have replaced streetcars along Kingston Road and Queen Street East since Sunday, May 11, as City of Toronto and TTC contractors worked on three transit, roadway and water-service infrastructure projects on Queen East: