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.
Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.
- BlogTO post, “A 1910s Toronto photo extravaganza”, here.
- CanIndia article, “Transit for seniors should be heavily discounted, Councillor Parrish”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Fare hikes for Oakville Transit as Town’s Budget Committee moves ahead with rates/fees hikes”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Cheap transit fares for seniors needed: Parrish”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Punctuating every single one of your sentences with profanity is annoying to everyone”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Passenger seeking witnesses to hit and run at Erindale GO Station”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Commuting problems — in one picture”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “A coach of lost souls, perhaps?”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “#Commuting life”, here.
- The Medium article, “UTMSU to discuss MiWay changes”, here.
- Toronto Star editorial, “City should be open about cost of cancelled Scarborough LRT”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Wynne wants more of your money”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Toronto debates while other world cities move on transit”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Subway-themed art show lands in Toronto”, here.
- Business News Network report, “Bombardier to lay off 150 Quebec workers”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the Cambridge Times website), “Wynne proposes infrastructure partnership”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC charter vows to improve, modernize service”, here.
- Financial Post article, “P3 projects set for a banner year”, here.
- Full Time Whistle post, “Executive committee OKs funding to study SmartTrack”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Toronto budgets for cost of canceling Scarborough LRT project”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC unveils its customer charter, pledging improvments to transit in 2015”, here.
- InsideToronto.com editorial, “More value must be added to transit for our ever-increasing buck”, here.
- Kitchener Post column, “Stop listening to campaign promises”, here.
- Railway Tracks and Structures article, “Eglinton Crosstown tunneling reaches halfway point”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Commuter rage and the planned Danforth stop”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “GO Transit passenger alleges Metrolinx employee abusing perk”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Passenger seeking witnesses to hit and run at Erindale GO Station”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Does The TTC Use ‘Safety’ As An Excuse for Inept Management?”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “How Unreliable is My Service (Updated)”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Extra, Extra: Transit Cancellation Fees… and TTC Promises”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Councillors kept in the dark about millions owed for cancelled Scarborough LRT”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Tell us about TTC workers that go the extra mile: The Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “How Ontario can cut emissions now”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “Toronto budget fails to address poverty reduction”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory challenges Ford’s budget credibility”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory wants to ease Pan Am games traffic restrictions”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Mayor, Premier to meet Monday”, here.
- Cambridge Times article, “Finance minister hears city wish list”, here.
- CTV News Kitchener report, “Man found dead near train tracks wasn’t struck, was stowaway: police”, here.
- Kitchener Post column, “Don’t chase projects we don’t need”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Great Public Transit a Win for Everyone”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “LRT spending a challenge for Waterloo region budget”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Proposed Waterloo region tax hike at 2.8 percent”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Waterloo Region maintains excellent credit rating”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Flash from the Past: Bridgeport was the ‘sin city’ of its day”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “MacLeod says Tories’ ex-members should ‘come back home’”, here.
The project hit a milestone Wednesday, January 21, when the west tunnel-boring machines broke through into the extraction shaft on the west side of William R. Allen Road. That means crews have finished the first phase of tunneling for the project from Black Creek Drive to Allen Road.
In the next phase of tunneling, the machines will bore from the east side of Allen Road to the west side of Yonge Street.
Yesterday, Friday, January 23, the TTC unveiled its 2015 Customer Charter and 38 time-bound commitments. The document commits the TTC to improve service reliability, increase accessibility, make sure stations are cleaner and continue to report and explain delays “transparently”, so passengers can clearly understand what happened and why. You can read the 2015 charter here.
The 2015 charter is the agency’s third annual statement to track promises and improvements that benefit passengers, while holding TTC’s management to account if they do not keep the promises. Staff report their progress against these commitments to the Toronto Transit Commission — the TTC’s Board of Directors — quarterly. They’ll also post the results on the TTC’s website so that we can learn how well (or how poorly) they’re doing, too.
This year’s charter commits the TTC to:
- operating two more trains during rush hours along the 1 Yonge - University and 2 Bloor - Danforth subway lines;
- completely opening Union Station’s newly renovated platform and concourse to the public, including a new elevator, escalators and better passenger flow to reduce overcrowding;
- making the PRESTO farecard system available on all streetcars;
- operating only new accessible streetcars along the 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst and 509 Harbourfront routes, including conveniences such as PRESTO devices, all-door boarding and air-conditioning;
- installing new TTC system maps at all subway stations and transit shelters;
- installing new blue priority seats on 90 percent of TTC vehicles;
- enabling passengers to pay fares or buy fare media at all collector booths with a debit- and credit-card contactless payment for a single ride;
- operating streetcars along all routes with the Proof-of-Payment system and offering passengers all-door boarding;
- installing more electronic information screens near subway station entrances to alert passengers of delays before they pay their fares;
- installing 50 platform video screens and “next-vehicle” arrival screens in 20 stations and bus and streetcar bays;
- providing Wi-Fi service at all stations in the downtown “U” along the 1 Yonge - University subway line between St. George and Bloor - Yonge stations.
- improving accessibility at Royal York and Dupont stations (by 2017);
- adding better handholds on the new Toronto Rocket subway trains; and
- installing bike-repair stands at 10 subway stations to encourage transit riders to cycle as part of their trips.
It also promises, “to continue delivering on the positive initiatives that we started with our 2013 Customer Charter”, such as:
- hosting five “Meet-the-Managers” events each quarter;
- organizing an annual TTC Customer Town Hall and an annual TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit.
- posting performance statistics for all bus and streetcar routes on the TTC website, so we know how each route is performing; and
- conducting Customer Satisfaction Surveys and Mystery Shopper Surveys each quarter to better understand how they are performing on various issues.
You can read the details and all 38 promises in the TTC’s 2015 Customer Charter here.
The TTC launched its first annual customer charter Friday, February 28, 2013.
It unveiled its second charter Friday, February 14, 2014.
The events give you the opportunity to speak with TTC managers personally. The TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford and deputy chief, Chris Upfold, may attend some, but not all, of these sessions.
The TTC has only scheduled events for the first quarter of the year. We’ll update this post with the schedule for the other three quarters, when the information is available.
From 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 26, crews will be performing gas work in front of The Union Hotel and Carpet One [435 Davis]. They’ll block the north sidewalk on Davis between Main Street North and Carpet One during this work.
The westbound York Region Transit / GO Transit bus stop in front of Carpet One will remain open. To access this bus stop, take the north sidewalk from The Tannery east of the tracks. Access from Main Street North will not be available.
The work blocks the Davis entrance into Carpet One. You can access the business from Main Street North.
Starting Monday, January 26, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day, crews will be working on the east side of Prospect Street just south of Davis to install a telecommunications ductbank. They’ll block the northbound curb lane on Prospect and restrict traffic to just one lane in each direction. Expect delays. At times they may also block sidewalks in this area. Look for directional signs to guide you safely around the construction zone.
Work continues until January 30.
Crews continue to block Superior Street while they install telecommunications.
Work continues until January 28.
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 bus routes.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Hallelujah for Somebody?”, here.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “There’s Really Nothing Up His Sleeve”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC releases 2015 customer charter full of promises”, here.
- BlogTO post, “All Toronto streetcars to get Presto by the end of 2015”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton Transit to test safety shields for bus operators”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto Executive Committee OKs funding to study SmartTrack”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Executive committee approves $1.65 million in SmartTrack studies”, here.
- CP24 report, “Executive committee approves extra funding for SmartTrack”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “More TVs, air conditioning part of TTC annual customer charter of promises”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Presto pass upgrades cause transaction problems”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Councillors express concerns about SmartTrack plans”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Public transit’s fare game”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Councillors approve additional $1.6 million funding for Tory’s transit proposal”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “38 things the TTC is promising to do for riders this year”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Manspreading: The gender-focused battle for urban space”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Villa Toronto overshadowed by Great Hall of Union Station”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Eglinton LRT tunnel-boring machines reach Allen Road”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Executive committee wants four new stops added to Tory’s SmartTrack plan”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Police looking for surveillance video from bus, after girl, 15, sexually assaulted”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “East-end resident launches ode to the 506 streetcar route”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Mayor John Tory’s TTC fare flip-flop wins over some critics”, here.
- National Post article, “Toronto mayor says he won’t ‘gut’ services or send taxes ‘through the roof’ to balance budget”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “John Tory finds himself under attack on unexpected front — on financial management and from the left”, here.
- NOW article, “John Tory’s SmartTrack under fire”, here.
- Railway Tracks and Structures article, “Preferred proponent selected for GO Transit’s East Rail Maintenance Facility”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “This is what the Toronto subway tastes like”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Where Is The Centre of Scarborough?”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “CPR Obico Yard: A chance for TTC Expansion?”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “SmartTrack plans go sideways at Executive Committee”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Reading the Fine Print: The TTC’s 2015 Budget”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Duly Quoted: Andy Byford, on Implementing Presto Ahead of Schedule”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Toronto spends $75 million to build… nothing”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “City to pay millions for canceled Scarborough LRT, but final cost kept secret”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “John Tory takes transit users for a ride”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC customer charter promises already on the way”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “How do TTC promises stack up?”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Rob Ford’s back and itching for a fight”, here.
- Toronto Star editorial, “The TTC can make itself the safer way”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Executive committee OKs $1.6 million to study Tory’s SmartTrack”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC makes 38 Customer Charter promises in 2015”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Ford, Perks, ‘unholy alliance’ over city budget”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Transport Infrastructure: Growth to Watch For in 2015”, here.
- Urban Torontopost, “Tunnel-Boring Machines Complete First Leg of Crosstown Tunnelling”, here.
- 900 CHML Radio report, “Mayor’s Transit Panel Will Go Ahead Soon”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “Man died from falling off GO train, say Guelph police”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “Hamilton’s Pan Am stadium significantly delayed”, here.
- The Fountain Pen post, “Update — Man killed by train: Investigation”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “Man killed, likely fell from cars after hitching a ride on GO train”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “New Hamilton stuck between floors”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, “The rocky road to infrastructure stability”, here.
- Hamilton Transit blog post, “More New Bus Shelters Planned for January”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “Lincoln mayor continues the call for GO bus service”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Bus Lane is Dead, But Hamilton Is Alive”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Sooner or later Council Will Have to Confront Reality”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Let Us Not Step Backwards on Transit”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Bus Lane First Step Toward a Brighter Future”, here.
- Morning Post Exchange article, “Waterloo Light Rail Transit contract extended: Parsons Brinckerhoff & WSP designing one of Ontario’s first LRT systems in decades”, here
- Waterloo Region Record article, “New GO train yard in Kitchener leapfrogs plans for Baden”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Transition to advanced manufacturing powers region’s job growth”, here.
- Welland Tribune article, “NIAGARA CLOSEUP: Come on and take a free ride”, here.
Tomorrow, Saturday, January 24 from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. crews are pouring concrete at the future York University Station. The concrete forms part of the concourse slab in the station box.
Traffic-control personnel will direct transit, pedestrian, and construction traffic. Expect construction-related noise from trucks and equipment.
Work takes place in the “Contractor Work Zone” east of the Harry W. Arthurs Common. The map indicates the work zone.
City of Toronto by-laws normally only permit contractors to work on construction projects from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. However, the City has amended its noise by-law for major transit projects, allowing contractors to perform overnight and weekend work during the project, if necessary. Pouring concrete is one of the activities that the by-law permits contractors to perform after hours.
During subway construction near the future York University Station, expect detours and delays for buses operating along these routes:
- 501 / 501A Züm Queen.
- 25 Waterloo / Mississauga;
- 45 Mississauga / York U;
- 46 Oakville / York U;
- 47 Hamilton / York U;
- 51 Pickering / York U;
- 52 Oshawa / York U;
- 54 Markham / York U.
- 41 Keele;
- 41E Keele express;
- 60 Steeles West
- 60E Steeles West express;
- 106 York University;
- 107 Keele North;
- 195 Jane rocket; and
- 196 York University rocket
- Viva purple;
- Viva orange;
- 3 Thornhill;
- 10 Woodbridge;
- 20 Jane;
- 22 / 22A King City.
TTC, GO Transit and York University’s own buses have been further detouring around the work zone since December 13.
- 680 All News Radio report, “TTC Looking to Monitor Drivers More Closely”, here.
- Caledon Enterprise article, “What will it cost to run LRT, wonders councillor”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC wants technology to boost bus safety”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Presto system to be rolled out across TTC by end of 2016”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “GTA home ownership, rent getting less affordable for more people”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Rosedale station still without elevator after woman’s 20-year wait”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “John Tory’s SmartTrack plan before executive committee”, here.
- CNW Newswire post, “Eglinton Crosstown Tunnelling Reaches Allen Road”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC union says pressure to stay on schedule jeopardizing road safety”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC considers dash cams and GPS technology”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Tory’s Toronto budget plan relies on $200-million provincial loan”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC union says scheduling is the real cause of safety issues”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Budget 101: How Mayor John Tory (more or less) balanced the 2015 budget”, here.
- National Post article, “John Tory was right to break his promise to not raise TTC fares”, here.
- National Post article, “Presto payment system to roll-out on streetcars this year, rest of TTC by end of 2016”, here.
- Railway Age article, “TTC: Presto to cover streetcars old and new”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Send us your questions — and beefs — about the TTC: The Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Why TTC Metropasses and tokens are so expensive”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Teen forced off bus by man with knife in sexual assault”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC wants GPS, dash cams and better training for drivers”, (update of yesterday’s TTC wants more electronic surveillance…), here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC Presto launch moves up a year”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Proposed budget would see property tax increase of 2.75 per cent”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Carolyn Parrish says Mississauga has itself to blame for LRT woes”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Teen shot at Etobicoke bus stop”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Union boss rips TTC’s 12-point safety plan”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Reading the Fine Print: The TTC’s 2015 Budget”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “Kitchener GO Transit layover facility planned for Shirley Ave.”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Bus lane reality check: Here’s what we know and don’t know”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “City hall votes to kill the downtown Hamilton bus lane”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Don’t drive doomed bus-only lane yet: city”, here.
- Niagara This Week article, “Full-court press coming on GO rail expansion: Caslin”, here.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Lansdowne Avenue just between Shirley Street and Rideau Avenue (just south of Dundas Street West)
this weekend, as Metrolinx crews continue rehabilitating the overpass carrying GO Transit trains across the roadway. The work is part of major projects to upgrade the Georgetown South Rail Corridor and to build the Union Pearson Express line.
From 5 a.m. Saturday, January 24 until 5 a.m. Monday, January 26, crews are delivering equipment and installing two new girders on the bridge. The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:
- 47 Lansdowne.