Read these 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.
Transit agencies throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe are adjusting their service and schedules Family Day, this Monday, February 15.
To avoid congestion on Bay Street near the arena, the TTC’s detouring buses operating along this route:
- 6 Bay,
from 7 until 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 12, Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14.
To entice more riders to use the Union Pearson Express trains, Metrolinx is offering free rides this weekend, Saturday, February 13 until Family Day, Monday, February 15.
UP Express trains operate between Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport in about 25 minutes each way. Trains drop off or pick up passengers every 15 minutes and stop at Bloor and Weston GO Stations along their trips.
Toronto’s subway system is much more than a few lines on a map or a list of numbers on a spread-sheet. Every day for more than 60 years, it has been the backbone of the city and has moved billions of passengers.
From Saturday, February 13 until Saturday, June 11, the Market Gallery presents “Tunnel Vision: The Story of Toronto’s Subway” in partnership with the Toronto Transportation Society and the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation. The exhibit focuses on the enormous effort to keep the subway rolling, enabling gallery-goers to better appreciate the vital role rapid transit plays in Toronto. It highlights the building of Toronto’s subway system with photographs, maps and artifacts and explores the complexity and massive scale of subway operations.
Toronto Transportation Society members, Adam Zhelka and Robert Lubinski, are guest curators for the exhibition — Robert is also a contributor to Transit Toronto.
The Market Gallery — on the second floor of St. Lawrence Market, the site of Toronto’s first City Hall — occupies space that once served as the council chamber. The present market building encloses the original exterior brick walls and fan windows of the former council chamber, which now overlook the main floor of the market, instead of Toronto Harbour.
The gallery, at 95 Front Street East, is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It’s closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
- 680 All News Radio report, “Fire, emergency alarms cause major delays on morning subway commute”, here.
- BlogTO post, “This almost made riding the TTC completely different”, here.
- BlogTO post, “25 ways to TTC promises to improve in 2016”, here.
- BlogTO post, Toronto is getting a streetcar that ‘s also a sneaker store”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Another morning of commuter chaos on the TTC”, here.
- Bow. James Bow post, “How do we solve a problem like UPX?”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the National Post website), “Big city mayors meet with Trudeau and mount the pressure to open strings on infrastructure money”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “UP Express could double as downtown relief line, Wynne says”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC passengers dealing with an ‘absolutely brutal’ commute”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Eglinton Crosstown LRT drilling noise due to ‘hard ground’, Metrolinx says”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Man stabbed in hand on TTC bus at Warden station”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “How would Metrolinx and TTC integrate SmartTrack and regional express rails?”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Pending closure of Islington parking lot puts the squeeze on commuters”, here.
- CP24 report, “Executive committee approves tax hike amid warning budget contains fiscal risks”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Suspect sought in TTC bus stabbing at Warden Station”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Whitby $860-million GO facility to be completed by end of 2017”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “New Pickering lot at Hwy 407 encourages carpooling, transit use”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Union Pearson Express ridership slumps to all-time low”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx to explore all options to save struggling Union Pearson Express”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington Transit introducing phone-in system for bus schedules”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Prep work is underway for future Keelesdale Crosstown station”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Union Pearson Express trains less than 10 per cent full, report shows”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Toronto’s half-imagined transit future is not all bad”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Transportation minister Steven Del Duca hears from Etobicoke residents about transit needs”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Sewer connection forces closure of Cherry Street at Lake Shore for two weeks “, here.
- Marshall’s Musings post, “The terminus of the Hurontario LRT: An opportunity for something better”, here.
- Marshall’s Musings post, “A new, improved TTC map”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Toronto needs to get priorities right when on infrastructure”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Will city planners survive the politics and keep calling the shots in Toronto?”, here.
- National Post column, “Liberal infrastructure plan may not be sexy, but it’s sensible”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “Wynne wants UP Express trains to fill up”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “Father and son charged in TTC punch-up head to trial [today]”, here.
- Progressive Railroading post, “Toronto Transit Commission unveils 2016 customer charter, pledges to reduce subway delays”, here.
- railway-technology.com post, “Construction of Metrolinx’s East Rail Maintenance Facility to complete in 2017”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “The challenge of getting to the bus stop”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Responds to Fare Zone and Subway Premium Proposals”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Metrolinx Fare Integration: Be Prepared to Pay More for Subway Trips”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “How Will SmartTrack and GO / RER co-exist?”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC’s 2016 Customer Service Charter Reviewed”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “What Causes Subway Delays?”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Tunnel Vision: An Exhibit at the Market Gallery”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Torontoist Explains: Short Turns “, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx reconsidering Union Pearson Express fares as ridership sinks”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Union Pearson train as a commuter line?”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Finally, signs that UPX pricing may get another look”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Mayor Tory, transportation minister offer show of unity on SmartTrack and GO expansion”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Cut UP Express fares to lure riders”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Letting Via riders transfer to UPX trains at Weston ‘not feasible’”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Drivers can see each other after bus shelter ad disappears: The Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star editorial, “Cut strings attached to federal funding”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Toronto city manager says new and increased taxes needed to balance budget”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “‘Storm clouds ahead’ for city budget balancing act”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Are guide dogs allowed on public transit vehicles?”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Ontario wastes money for snob value”, here.
- Toronto Sunarticle, “Tory’s top priorities for federal infrastructure cash”, here.
- Toronto Suncolumn, “The Way We Were: Scarborough’s streetcars”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Council agrees to foot bill for Spadina subway overruns”, here.
- Toronto Sun commentary, “City of Toronto experiencing growing pains”, here.
- U of T News article, “Scarborough students need and deserve better transit, municipal expert says”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Union Station Rebuild Continues as Construction Progresses”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Public Consultations for Major GTHA Transit Projects Announced”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Streetcar on the Move”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Find out more about improved GO Transit train service”, here.
- CHCH News report, “Niagara GO train service”, here.
- Hamilton Community News editorial, “Taken for a ride by the hope for a bus service for all of Hamilton”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator commentary, “Let’s not forget the steel wheel in climate change”, here.
- Newstalk CKTB report, “Push continues for answers on when GO trains will connect Niagara to GTHA”, here.
- Newstalk 610 CKTB report, “Niagara’s wish list has been delivered to the feds”, here.
- Niagara Advance article, “Transit service solves problems for some people”, here.
- Niagara Falls Review article, “Phase 2 of transit plan before council”, here.
- Niagara Falls Review article, “City to meet with stakeholders on transit plan”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek article, “Niagara smashes through barrier to GO rail expansion”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek article, “St. Catharines requests reinstatement of VIA Rail service”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek article, “St. Catharines wants timeline for daily GO service”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek article, “Thorold city taxes to climb 5.18 per cent”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Niagara ready, set for GO”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard editorial, “Niagara’s GO pieces are falling into place”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Q&A: Transportation minister talks GO”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “GO announcement expected this summer”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard column, “Give Region its due on GO”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Potential exists for regionwide transit system”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Transit to investigate Merritton transit needs”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “St. Catharines wants VIA rail service again”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard commentary, “Regional council staying on track with progress”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Province gets feedback from local leaders on high speed rail plans”, here.
- Welland Tribune article, “Niagara needs GO sooner, rather than later: MP”, here.
From Tuesday, February 16 until Monday, February 22, TTC track crews are repairing the concrete in the streetcar tracks
- on Dundas Street West at Beverley Street.
Starting about 8 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, a crew will break and remove concrete along the eastbound track area. They’ll work from the east end of the area and continue working, proceeding westward along the tracks. They’ll finish removing concrete by late afternoon, Friday, February 19.
Once they’ve dug out the section of track, they’ll start placing new concrete Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 22. They’ll allow the new concrete to cure until 5 a.m. Monday, February 22, when vehicles can again travel over the track area.
The crews will block traffic lanes as they work:
- They’ll restrict eastbound traffic on Dundas West to just to one lane through the work area and intersection. Eastbound traffic can’t turn left onto Beverley.
- They’ll restrict westbound traffic to just one lane through the work area and intersection. Westbound traffic can’t turn left onto Beverley.
- Northbound traffic on Beverley may only turn right onto eastbound Dundas.
- Throughout the project, southbound traffic can turn right onto westbound Dundas. Until crews start digging out the concrete in the centre of the intersection, southbound traffic can also continue through the intersection.
The City of Toronto may temporarily restrict on-street parking in the area to maintain traffic flow.
The crews generally work from about 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day. However, they’ll also set up and take down the work zone early mornings, when traffic flow is less.
The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along this route during the weekend of Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21:
- 505 Dundas.
Starting Tuesday February 16, the TTC is temporarily closing bus bay #3 in Warden Station to repair a nearby broken water-main.
It will relocate the stops for all buses picking up passengers from bus bay #3 to other bus bays during the work. Signs will direct you to temporary bus stops.
TTC crews may temporarily shut off the water supply into Warden Station for short periods of time. However the TTC will reduce disrupting the public washroom at the station.
Work continues for about one week, or until February 23
From 11 p.m. Friday, February 12 until 7 a.m. Sunday, February 14 the TTC is TTC upgrading the power supply at Runnymede Station to accommodate requirements for new elevators and other equipment. Installing new elevators is part of an upcoming project to make the station accessible in 2019.
To complete this work, crews will disconnect the main power supply and temporarily replace it with an “Ultra Quiet Diesel Generator”. These units are much quieter than the generators you usually see on construction sites. They’ll place the generator in front of the main entrance off Kennedy Avenue. Two alternate entrances from Kennedy Avenue will be available to passengers and signs will direct you safely into and out of the station.
The TTC has scheduled the work over the weekend to reduce the impact to passengers. The generator must operate continuously during the work to maintain power to the station.
The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting this Wednesday, February 10. Staff will update the board about GO Transit’s regional express rail program, including their progress on electrification, analyzing possible sites for new stations and integrating fares. They’ll also demonstrate the new TTC subway fare-gates.
As usual, the agenda for the meeting contains both public and confidential items. The board will discuss the confidential items in a private session that starts at 8 a.m. The board then meets in public to discuss the rest of the items on the agenda at 9:45 a.m. At the end of the public session, the board again meets privately.
The meeting takes place in the Peter R. Smith Boardroom, Union Station, West Wing, 4th Floor, 97 Front Street West.
You can view the agenda for the meeting here.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of all the various transit projects that agencies have under way or that politicians have announced… here’s your chance to get on track and get up to speed about what’s going on.
The City of Toronto, Metrolinx with the TTC and GO Transit are hosting several meetings through February and March when you can learn more about these key projects and have opportunities to provide your feedback about the proposals.
The City is organizing three meetings:
Metrolinx has already announced meetings about its plans to “electrify” most of the GO rail network and introduce regional express rail service. At the four meetings that it’s hosting in Toronto, City and TTC staff will join them to talk about the City’s projects:
At these events, you’ll learn about a number of future transit projects and how the City and Metrolinx are planning and co-ordinating them, including:
- City and Metrolinx plans to integrate SmartTrack and GO regional express rail;
- City and TTC plans for the Relief Line, connecting the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway at Pape Station with downtown Toronto along Queen or Richmond Streets and their next steps to selecting the alignment and stations for
- City and TTC plans for the Scarborough Subway Extension and better transit in Scarborough;
- Metrolinx plans to “electrify” GO Service to enable more frequent and faster train service**;
- Metrolinx plans to add more stations to the GO rail network; and
- Metrolinx plans to integrate transit fares across the Greater Toronto area and Hamilton.
City staff presentations during the events in Scarborough focus on introducing the City’s Scarborough transit plan, including extending the TTC’s 2 Bloor-Danforth subway line by one stop to Scarborough Centre and extending the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line to the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus.
Presentations in Etobicoke feature the proposal to replace the “Western corridor” of the SmartTrack plan by extending the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to the Airport Corporate Centre and Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Presentations in central and downtown Toronto highlight plans for the “Relief Line” subway.