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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.

Bay streetcar tunnel emergency exercise:
TTC detours, early October 23

From 2 until 8 a.m. Sunday, October 23, the TTC is simulating an emergency in the Bay streetcar tunnel between Union and Queens Quay stations. Staff are observing and evaluating protocols and procedures and examining opportunities for improving those procedures.

The general scenario involves evacuating passengers from several streetcars in the tunnel near Union Station, while maintaining operations elsewhere in the transit system. About 350 people will assume passenger roles during the exercise.

The TTC will use white, non-toxic theatrical smoke to simulate the emergency situation. The smoke will emanate through the tunnel vent shafts at various locations — for example, on Bay Street south of Front Street West. Staff may also use a mega-phone intermittently during the exercise. Passers-by at street level may become aware of this activity.

During the exercise, TTC crews will evacuate the participants from Union Station and the streetcar tunnel at the Queens Quay Station about 6 a.m. They will board buses that will drop them off on the south side of Front Street West across from the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The simulation will end by 8 a.m. before regular subway service starts.

Toronto Police Services, Fire Services and Emergency Medical Services personnel will be in the area during the exercise and the TTC has also informed 911 emergency dispatch about the simulated emergency.

Closing the tunnel affects service along these routes:

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

Shuttle buses replace streetcar service between Queens Quay/ Spadina Loop and Yonge Street at King Street West. At Union Station, board the buses on Bay Street, south of Front Street West.

The TTC has not yet equipped PRESTO fare-card devices on all shuttle buses. Carry tokens, tickets or cash, in case the vehicle that arrives at your stop is not yet PRESTO-ready.


No subway service, Finch to Lawrence:
October 22, 23

The TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University line between Finch and Lawrence station this weekend, as crews maintain the tracks along this section of the line. All Line 1 trains operate only between Lawrence and Downsview Stations Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23.

To replace subway service, the TTC is operating shuttle buses. The buses start and end their trips in Finch and Lawrence station bus terminal. They operate north- and southward along Yonge Street, stopping only at intersections near subway stations.

The TTC has not yet equipped PRESTO fare-card devices on all shuttle buses. Carry tokens, tickets or cash, in case the vehicle that arrives at your stop is not yet PRESTO-ready.

Wheel-Trans buses operate between Finch and Eglinton stations. Speak with any TTC staff member to ask for the service. Northbound passengers requiring an elevator should exit the subway at Eglinton Station to connect with Wheel-Trans service.

The TTC has not previously closed this section of the subway line this year. It does not plan to close it again this year.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday and Sunday to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.

While shuttle buses operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Consider traveling along the University branch, instead of the Yonge branch, this weekend, when traveling to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely.

Ride transit vehicles operating along routes serving east-west streets to reach stations on the University branch, instead of boarding the subway on the Yonge branch:

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  • Ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West and 196 York University rocket routes and board the subway at Downsview Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Rice buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route and board the subway at Glencairn Station, instead of Davisville Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.
  • Ride trains operating along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 504 King and 514 Cherry routes and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.

GO decreasing Lakeshore West train service,
this weekend, October 22 and 23

GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of train service along the 01 Lakeshore West line between Aldershot and Appleby GO stations this Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 to accommodate track work at Burlington GO Station.

GO is cancelling the eastbound trains that usually leave Aldershot at 9:31 a.m. and 12:31, 5:31, 7:31 and 9:31 p.m. between Aldershot and Appleby. They start their trips in Appleby GO Station at 9:44 a.m. and 12:44, 5:44, 7:44 and 9:44 p.m.

The westbound trains that leave Union Station at 11:13 a.m. and 4:13, 6:13, and 8:13 p.m. end their trips in Appleby at 12:07, 5:05, 7:07 and 9:07 p.m.

Connecting GO buses and local transit services operate with their regular schedules. You may have wait as long as 30 minutes for the next train.

Regular service resumes Monday, October 24.

City closing Gardiner Expressway
for seasonal maintenance this weekend

The City of Toronto is closing

  • the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway in both directions between Highway 427 and Carlaw Avenue

from 11 p.m. Friday, October 21 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 24 for the City’s annual fall maintenance program.

While the Gardiner is closed, City workers (and contractors) are:

  • resurfacing 1.4 “lane kilometres” (0.87 “lane miles”) of roadway;
  • sealing cracks and repairing about 1,500 metres (4,921 feet) of asphalt surfaces;
  • core-testing asphalt core and estimating future surface maintenance needs;
  • inspecting in-depth and chipping of 15 bridges between Kipling and Jameson Avenues;
  • cleaning and repairing 300 catch basins;
  • flushing and inspecting culverts;
  • regrading shoulders to restore drainage at several locations;
  • installing 900 metres of permanent median “tall wall”;
  • paving at various locations, including the ramp from Jameson Avenue to the westbound expressway;
  • marking lines on the pavement between Exhibition Place to Spadina Avenue;
  • maintaining signs for the entire length of the roadway;
  • maintaining 21 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, nine variable message signs (VMS) and 30 equipment cabinets
  • installing 37 signs at exit ramps
  • repairing about 100 metres (328 feet) of guardrail;
  • sweeping and removing debris;
  • inspecting, repairing and re-lamping street lights; and
  • repairing potholes.

Closing the Gardiner affects buses operating along these GO Transit routes to and from the Union Station GO Bus Terminal:

  • 16 Hamilton / Toronto express;
  • 18B Lakeshore West early-morning / late-night;
  • 21 Milton / Toronto;
  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;
  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto;
  • 63 King City / Toronto;
  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto;
  • 71 Stouffville / Toronto; and
  • 90 Lakeshore East early-morning / late-night.

At most times while the expressway is closed, GO is likely detouring the buses along The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

From 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 24, GO starts and ends all buses operating along the 21 Milton / Toronto and 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto routes at Port Credit GO Station. Passengers must travel by train between Union Station and Port Credit.

Motorists that would usually drive along the Gardiner will seek alternate routes on nearby parallel streets, increasing traffic volumes along Lake Shore Boulevard, The Queensway, King and Queen Streets, among others.

The extra traffic may delay TTC service along these routes: 6 Bay, 15 Evans, 29 Dufferin, 47 Lansdowne, 63 Ossington, 65 Parliament, 66 Prince Edward, 72 Pape, 75 Sherbourne, 76 Royal York South, 80 Queensway, 110 Islington South, 121 Fort York - Esplanade, 123 Shorncliffe, 501 Queen, 504 King, 505 Dundas, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst and 514 Cherry.

Scarborough Subway Extension: geotechnical and general survey work starts October 19

Scarborough subway logo2.pngStarting Wednesday, October 19, TTC crews start geotechnical drilling and general surveying at various sites on the McCowan Road corridor to prepare for the future Scarborough subway, extending the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line.

The crews are drilling 55 boreholes in the road and the City of Toronto’s right-of-way to determine the underground conditions along the future subway corridor.

Expect the crews to temporarily block traffic lanes, starting on Borough Drive and then on McCowan Road, Progress Avenue, Danforth Road and Eglinton Avenue East, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, while they work. They’ll work on these roads outside of the peak morning and afternoon traffic-flow direction. For example, they’ll be on southbound lanes of McCowan Road from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and northbound from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. They’ll move equipment and work trucks along the subway alignment as they shift the work zone from one borehole to the next.

At the same time, survey crews are working to determine the exact location of surface and underground infrastructure.

Crews drill at each borehole for about six weeks.

Expect dust, noise and vibration related from drilling, saw-cutting, hydro-vaccing and heavy equipment.

Geotechnical work on the Scarborough subway route continues until November 30.

General surveying on the Scarborough subway route continues until December 31.

Crews will restore work areas with sod or asphalt, if necessary, in spring 2017.

The TTC says this work will not delay TTC services along these routes:

  • 12 Kingston Rd;
  • 16 McCowan;
  • 20 Cliffside;
  • 21 Brimley;
  • 38 Highland Creek;
  • 43B Kennedy via Progress;
  • 57 Midland;
  • 86 Scarborough;
  • 116 Morningside;
  • 133 Neilson;
  • 190 Scarborough Centre rocket; and
  • 198 U of T rocket.

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GO adjusting schedules, October 18

GO Transit’s been monitoring the new services it introduced in September.

Starting Tuesday, October 18, it’s adjusting the schedules of three routes to “better reflect actual travel times”:

  • 15 Brantford / Burlington;
  • 24 Cambridge / Milton; and
  • 30 Kitchener / Brampton express.

GO Transit displaying schedule times
to encourage highway commuters to try transit

If you get stuck in traffic along the Queen Elizabeth Way in Burlington next week, you’ll have lots of time to look at a new electronic sign that promotes a better way to commute than traveling in your car.

The Government of Ontario is placing signs beside the highway to provide drivers with nearby transit information. The new signs are part of a one-year pilot program, the government says, “to promote alternative travel options, help manage congestion and get people where they’re going sooner.”

Tomorrow, Monday, October 17, crews install a sign near Appleby GO Station, displaying information about upcoming GO Transit trains leaving the station. The information factors in the time for motorists to drive to the station, park and board the next available train. (Appleby GO station has 2,964 parking spaces.)

By the end of the year, the government will expand the pilot to Bronte and Oakville GO stations.

In November, crews will install more signs beside Highway 401 and the QEW near Highway 427 to promote Union Pearson Express travel times between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station.

As part of the pilot, the government will evaluate technologies that determine real-time parking availability at GO stations. Eventually, this information could also appear on the signs.

Ontario building new parking structures
at Maple and Rutherford GO Stations

The Government of Ontario is building more parking at Maple and Rutherford GO stations.

The province provide as much as 1,200 new parking spots at the two stations by building new multi-level parking structures. Metrolinx is also building new pedestrian tunnels at both stations to connect with the future second track and platform, which passengers will use when GO Transit introduces regional express rail services along the Barrie line over the next ten years.

Construction on the two parking structures starts in 2018. To accommodate tunnel construction, GO will temporarily relocate parking spots at the stations. According to a government news release, however, “The number of parking spots will not be affected during tunnel construction as alternate parking spots will be available.”

Ontario plans to build another new station in Vaughan at Kirby, which will also include more parking.

Burns / Byron Whitby construction:
DRT detours, October 17, 18

All day Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18, the Town of Whitby is closing:

  • the intersection of Burns Street West with Byron Street South

during a project to rebuild the roadway on Byron South.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 301 West Lynde / Otter Creek; and
  • 318 Garden / Otter Creek.

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Mearns Avenue Bowmanville construction:
DRT detour, starting October 17

Starting Monday, October 17, the Municipality of Clarington is closing:

  • Mearns Avenue between the north and south branches of Sprucewood Crescent

for a construction project. (Details for the closure are not available, but it may relate to construction of the new residential development on the west side of Mearns).

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 502 North Bowmanville.

Construction on Mearns Avenue and the detour continue until November 11.