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In the news: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “The story of the last new streetcar launch in Toronto”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC votes for widespread service improvements”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC sues contractor over Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Buiding a new, beautified subway line”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Downsview Park Station emphasizes art, natural light”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Finch West Station harkens the OCAD building”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Park-like York University Station in the heart of the campus”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Pioneer Village Station is lit up by art installation”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “407 Station a ‘mixing bowl’ of transit”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station expected to be centre of development”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC board approves new transit plan”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Scarborough subway update & Pearson night flights on Executive Committee agenda Wednesday”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC board approves report on service improvements”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC board approves service improvement plan report”, here.
  • article, “Technology will improve commute on Durham buses”, here.
  • article, “Oshawa train station now owned by Metrolinx”, here.
  • article, “Wheel past the gridlock: Pickering residents encouraged to bike to GO station”, here.
  • article, “Bus clips Oshawa paramedic SUV on call”, here.
  • article, “Ajax wants help dealing with traffic congestion”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Visually impaired man questions accessibility of Eglinton Crosstown”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Ford softens tone on streetcars, but opposes all-door boarding”, here.
  • Global News Toronto article, “Island airport activist bids for Toronto council seat”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “Running for mayor? You should support the TTC’s plans for service improvements”, here.
  • National Post article, “TTC endorses a wish list of improvements to ‘save’ public transit, but next council will need to approve them”, here.
  • National Post article, “Rob Ford vows to improve TTC services without adding new staff (and offers some rare praise for streetcars)”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Councillor Matlow protests proposed fare cost for Union to Pearson rail link”, here.
  • NOW article, “TTC board approves major service changes ‘in principle’”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “The UP Express: Has Metrolinx overpriced new link to the airport?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Management Proposes Widespread Improvements, Two-Hour Fares and More (Updated), here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Better TTC service gets initial approval”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ford pledges to improve TTC service by cutting costs”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “TTC remake brings Union Station to life”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC riders on their first impressions of new Union platform”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Planned Eglinton LRT platforms dangerous and inaccessible, says blind human rights lawyer”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Make rapid transit line fares to Pearson airport competitive”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “NO BS: Mayoral candidate Ari Goldkind runs on promise of more taxes”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC endorses service improvement proposals”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Ford vows $30 million in TTC funding”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Councillor questions purpose of TTC commission”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “John Tory a ‘ditherer’; Rob Ford a ‘buffoon’”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: The Second Platform”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Toronto Star article, “Hamilton looks to its waterfront as next great frontier”, here.

In the news: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “What the new platform at Union Station looks like”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “New TTC map combines subway and streetcar routes”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC outlines ways to improve streetcar, bus service”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Rob Ford opposes all-door streetcar boarding”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Union Pearson Express: Will Toronto’s airport train be too pricey?”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Second Union Station subway platform opens…”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC board to consider report on improving transit”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “5 things to know about the new TTC report, including time-based transfers”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Tory says TTC report is ‘irresponsible’, lacks financial plan”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Union Station’s Bay concourse won’t be completed in time for Pan Am, officials say”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Union Station’s 2nd platform opens to riders”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “COMPARE: How does TTC stack up with other North American streetcar systems?”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Man struck by TTC streetcar dies in hospital”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Ford vows to implement many of the proposals in TTC report being considered today”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Tory criticizes timing, funding plan in TTC report for service improvement”, here.
  • CP24 report, “New TTC report sparks funding questions from some mayoral candidates”, here.
  • CP24 report, “New Union Station platform opens”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Matlow concerned with expected cost of Union to Pearson rail link”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Councillor raises concern over cost of Pearson rail link”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Bay Station now WiFi-friendly; 7 more planned by the end of 2014”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “How the TTC wants to improve bus, streetcar services in Toronto”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Mayor Rob Ford supports some TTC improvements in new report”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Union Station second platform now open”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “High cost of new Union - Pearson express train worries councillor”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC set to consider costly new service plan”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “”TTC proposal’s lack of funding plan ‘not responsible’, Tory says”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “New second platform at Union Station confuses subway riders”, here.
  • article, “TTC outlines future plans to relieve congestion”, here.
  • article, “New Toronto Transit Commission subway platform opens for Yonge line commuters”, here.
  • National Post article, “For lone TTC cleaner at Union Station, subway platform has doubled his work”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Tory slams timing, lack of funding plan for TTC revamp”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Union Station’s second platform opens…”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Man hit by St. Clair streetcar dies in hospital”, here.
  • NOW article, “Report charts new course for the TTC, but will candidates embrace it?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “GO Rider comes to the Church of Crazy Train with his Confession”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Whole lot of entitlement going on at Centennial GO parking garage”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Don’t care about your problems… Get your shoes off the seat!”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Union Station’s second platform now open for business”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Duly Quoted: Josh Matlow on Union - Pearson express train fare”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Rob Ford announces support for TTC improvements, including some that reverse his own cuts”, here.
  • Toronto Standard post, “WiFi comes to Bay Station, other stations in the near future”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Could time-based transfers and all-door boarding be coming to the TTC?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC improvements backed by Chow, Stintz, Soknacki; Tory disagrees”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Keep Union-Pearson express trains affordable, councillor urges”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “The Pulse: West-enders yearn for more buses, streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC drivers to allow students to ride without ID”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx faces fire from Mount Dennis residents over tree removal”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Toronto area needs to know the true cost of congestion”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Building Toronto to meet the needs of all of its residents”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “In complete communities, pedestrians take precedence”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Teacher rescues guitar lost on TTC streetcar”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Open Streets Toronto paves way to a better city”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC plan would expand service but cost millions more”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “John Tory rips TTC improvements report rollout”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Chow lauds TTC expansion plan”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Let’s tell the truth on transit”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Second subway platform at Union Station ready to go…” here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Ford wants to put the brakes on councillors’ free TTC ride”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “What the mayoral candidates still have to address”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Ford hangs tough, Chow down but not out, Tory on the rise”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Toronto’s debt free? So what?”, here.
  • Town Crier article, “Save Bannockburn plan tied to Scarborough Subway”, here.
  • post, “Riders say yes to 10 minutes or better TTC service and two-hour transfer fares, but will the city?”, here.
  • post, “TTC riders supports investing public dollars into good jobs — Bombardier”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Second Platform Opens at TTC’s Union Station”, here.
  • article, “York Region inspectors make sure your road is safe”, here.
  • article, “Former councillor DiPaola aims for regional seat”, here.
  • article, “Leider aims for Ward 5 seat on Richmond Hill council”, here.
  • article, “Pilli taking aim at Ward 2 seat in Richmond Hill”, here.
  • article, “Will Stouffville grain elevator’s fate be decided Tuesday?”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Barrie Examiner article, “Barrie Transit sees 8% drop in ridership since changes”, here.
  • article, “Wheels turn slowly on Innisfil GO Station plans, rider says”, here.

Nine ways to improve the TTC
(Hey! None of them are subways or LRTs!)

This year is election year and everyone is talking about transit. And, everyone, it seems, has an idea on how to improve TTC services, to make it “the [even] better way” to get around.

Not surprisingly, the TTC has lots of ideas, too. Tucked away down as the last item of the supplementary agenda for this week’s Toronto Transit Commission meeting, is a report, “Opportunities to Improve Transit in Toronto”, outlining many of them.

The document addresses a fundamental flaw in the pre-election giddy-season grandiose plans of municipal candidates and their seemingly endless debate of countering “subways, subways, subways” with “SmartTrack” or light rail transit or whatever…

The fundamental flaw is this:

While Toronto certainly needs more rapid transit lines, any new lines approved today are at least seven to ten years away before entering service. Even the projects already under construction — the subway extension to Vaughan and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT — are several years from completion. How do people get about in the meantime?

Moreover, emphasizing rapid transit over other forms of transit doesn’t help improve service for commuters as they travel to and from the subway. What good is better subway or LRT service if you face infrequent service or overcrowded buses before you reach the station? Better or more subway service doesn’t reduce the commuting challenges for the thousands of TTC passengers (like us) whose daily trips to and from work are strictly by bus or streetcar and don’t involve a ride on rapid transit.

According to the report,

“The TTC knows, and has proven that, despite many conflicting views and arguments, Toronto’s citizens want, need, and respond very favourably to perceptible basic improvements to existing bus, streetcar, and subway services. In 2003, the TTC introduced its Ridership Growth Strategy — a strikingly-simple document which said that Torontonians would increase their use of transit if basic improvements were offered to them such as:

  • reduced crowding and waiting times on peak-period services;
  • city-wide availability of services, in every neighbourhood, during all off-peak periods;
  • more comfortable and convenient off-peak service, in the form of adequate seating capacity to avoid the need to stand; and
  • more-convenient fare media such as a transferrable Metropass.

“The TTC began implementation of these improvements in 2004 and… the public’s response was immediate, significant, and long-lasting. Unfortunately, in more-recent years, owing to City budget pressures, a large number of these improvements were undone in order to reduce the TTC’s operating costs. Indeed, recent slowdowns in ridership can likely be attributed to the reversal of these changes as TTC reaches peak capacity.”

The TTC’s timing in presenting this report to its board now is impeccable. This is the last meeting of the commission before the municipal election, and some or all of its members may no longer be sitting on the board after October. The commission can readily approve this report without political consequences, and those who are politicians will appear transit-friendly to voters when they go to the polls October 27.

Since the report requires the City to increase the TTC’s capital and operating budgets, the newly elected City Council must consider the report at meeting early in its term. Will Councillors still be as enthusiastically in favour of improving local transit, when the rubber hits to road, or more precisely, when the dollars fill the budget, seeing as they’ll have another four years before they have to face their transit-traveling constituents at the polls? Let’s hope so.

Here are the TTC’s nine recommendations for improving transit:

  1. implement all-door boarding and proof-of-payment on all streetcar routes;
  2. reduce wait times and crowding on bus and streetcar routes;
  3. establish a city-wide network of “Ten-Minute-or-Better” bus and streetcar services;
  4. expand the express route network with new and improved express bus routes;
  5. implement more transit priority measures;
  6. add resources to improve service reliability and route performance;
  7. operate all routes all day, every day across the city;
  8. change the one-trip-per-fare to a two-hour-travel-privilege-per-fare; and
  9. expand the overnight network of bus and streetcar routes.

We’ve reported on, some, but not all, of these ideas before, as part of the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy, which the board approved in March 2003 and the Transit City Bus Plan, which the board approved in August 2009.

  • You can read “Opportunities to Improve Transit in Torontohere. (.pdf)

  • You can read the Ridership Growth Strategy here. (.pdf)

  • You can read the Transit City Bus Plan here. (.pdf)

Also read Steve Munro’s blog post for his detailed review of the report and its recommendations here.

Toronto Transit Commission meets, August 19

The Toronto Transit Commission meets Tuesday, August 19 at 1 p.m. in Committee #2, 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.

This is the last meeting for the current commission. Toronto City Council will appoint new members in November after the upcoming municipal election.

Mount Pleasant GO Station construction:
Brampton Transit, GO detours, August 18

As part of an ongoing project to improve the infrastructure at Mount Pleasant GO Station, GO Transit contractors are installing permanent water, storm-water, sewer and gas services on the station property.

Construction blocks Ashby Field Road north of Bovaird Drive West. However, motorists can still access Ashby Field from Bovaird West by following marked, temporary routes to reach the east and west parking lots, the passenger drop-off and pick-up are (or “Kiss ‘n’ Ride”) and the station building. Construction does not affect access to the east parking lot from the eastern-most access road.

You can also access the station from the new Creditview Road extension.

Starting Monday, August 18, Brampton Transit is detouring buses operating along the 4 / 4A Chinguacousy, 5 / 5A Bovaird, 9 Vodden, 29 Williams and 56 Springbrook routes. Although GO Transit hasn’t yet announced detour routings, the construction likely also affects service along the 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto and 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York routes.

Construction and detours continue until further notice.

Devon Road construction:
Oakville Transit detours, August 18, 19

The Town of Oakville is closing

  • Cairncroft Road between Cummnock Crescent and Cedarbrae Drive (including the intersection of Cairncroft with Devon Road),

tomorrow Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19 to accommodate Region of Halton contractors as they work on a project to install new water mains.

While the intersection is closed, Oakville Transit is detouring buses operating along one route:

  • 11 Linbrook.

Oakville Transit previously detoured the buses for the same project from Monday, June 30 until Monday, July 13.


In the news: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “TTC set to open second platform at Union Station”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Timed transfers could finally be coming to the TTC”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Airport Express trains start delivery to Toronto”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC to roll out free WiFi to additional stations”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC map wallet a perfect accessory for transit nerds”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “5 things you didn’t know about Karen Stintz”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Bramalea Transit Terminal closed for repairs… again”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “LRT front and centre at Peel candidates debate”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Globe and Mail website), “Finance Minister Oliver says tax relief to be in budget”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Toronto has no spending problem, but facing revenue problems: study”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Residents blame TTC for damage to downtown street”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Mayor Ford focuses on jobs in re-election tax platform announced Tuesday”, here
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Police reunite man found wandering on TTC streetcar with his family”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto transit adding WiFi to more subway stations”, here.’
  • Globe and Mail commentary, “Cities need tax value, not tax cuts”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Tax promise is ‘unreasonable’, Mayor Ford’s budget chief says”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Brookfield property company accused of stealing bicycle”, here.
  • article, “Burlington residents lobby for buses to be removed from street”, here.
  • article, “Oakville Transit schedule changing”, here.
  • article, “Specialized transit service to continue to be defined by urban boundaries in Oakville”, here.
  • article, “Milton councillor’s call for audit of transit ridership numbers turned down”, here.
  • article, “Wireless Internet in TTC stations to pick up, says BAI Canada”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: GO plans to add more bus service”, here.
  • article, “SUBWAY CLOSURE: No service between Union, St. Andrew Stations from Aug. 16 to 17”, here.
  • article, “Items lost in transit make up “The Things We Lose Art Exhibit” for the TTC”, here.
  • article, “Striking Bombardier workers to picket outside TTC stations this week”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “Rob Ford and the enduring myth of the dreaded ‘car tax’”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Homeless unable to get to shelters, services without access to public transit: survey”, here.
  • National Post article, “Metrolinx working on a major development proposal that would see Toronto get a new bus terminal”, here.
  • National Post article, “Mayor vows to save Toronto $100 million if re-elected, but he’ll need Ford-friendly councillors to execute agenda”, here.
  • National Post article, “City manager disputes Rob Ford’s claim he took Toronto back ‘from edge of a fiscal cliff’”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “It will cost a million dollars to take a train to the airport”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “GO Transit forgot how to French”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Meanwhile on a Toronto subway”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Shouldn’t they be jogging?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Will the new design include a ferris wheel?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “She forgot how to umbrella”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Playing underground: a retro board game about the Toronto subway”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Proposes Widespread Service Improvements Two-Hour Fare and More (Updated)”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Extra, Extra: The Zoo Turns Forty, New Streetcar Maps, and John Tory’s Endorsement”, here.
  • Torontoistpost, “No Subway Service Between Union and St. Andrew Stations This Weekend”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Rob Ford says unemployed people don’t need transit”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC opens new Union Station second platform in time for Monday’s commute”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayoral candidates — mostly — say no to provincial control of transit”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “UP Express terminal at Union Station nears big reveal”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Toronto’s finances are healthy! Clear the front page!”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Report dispels Rob Ford mantra, says Toronto in need of new taxes”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Toronto doesn’t have ‘a spending problem’”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Many more subway closures to come from TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “West-enders share beefs about buses”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Wi-Fi coming to subway downtown”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Big office towers planned across from Union Station”, here
  • Toronto Star column, “A busy TTC streetcar stop, like most places in Toronto, needs a trash bin to stay clean: The Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Rob Ford: The jobless don’t need transit”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “The Brothers Ford continue to amaze and appall”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Woman livid after bike removed from TTC pole by security guard”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Brookfield’s bike-cutting excuse doesn’t add up, says property law expert”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier workers bring strike to Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC drops special ID for middle and high school students”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Tax cuts coming for families, individuals, Oliver says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC to remove psych ward escape game ads after complaints”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Canada-EU trade deal concessions will hurt buy-local strategies”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Union Station second platform set to open”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC’s proof-of-payment plan gets support”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “City does not have spending problem: report”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Ford’s claim Toronto was on ‘edge of fiscal cliff’ wrong: City manager”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Jobless people don’t need transit: Rob Ford”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Speed up wireless service rollout in TTC: Soknacki”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Pan Am Games organizers target gridlock problem”, here.
  • Town Crier article, “Construction snarls traffic flow”, here.
  • Town Crier article, “Businesses feeling the squeeze from LRT construction”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Stuck in the Past: Outmoded Plans for New Towns”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Queens Quay track construction
continues August 16

TTC crews continue rebuilding the streetcar tracks on Queens Quay West, as part of WATERFRONToronto’s project to upgrade the streetscape.

The TTC will start testing new streetcars along the 510 Spadina route next week, including the Spadina / Queens Quay Loop, to prepare for service to resume Sunday, August 31. The TTC will resume service along the 509 Harbourfront route Sunday, October 12.

Crews will pour asphalt on the first stretch of roadway between the Rees parkette area and York Street this Monday, August 18. This includes the base and finish courses for this two-block area of Queens Quay. Before they can pour asphalt, crews must complete installing granite curbs, city standard brick gutters, TTC concrete buffers and adjust the new utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins

Crews prepare for pouring concrete to permanently set the rails between Lower Spadina and Yo Yo Ma Lane.

Crews also continue working on installing new streetcar platforms:

  • 401 Queens Quay West: They’ll pour concrete for the newly formed eastbound platform at Lower Spadina Avenue.
  • between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: They’ll install the new cantilevered poles that support the overhead streetcar cabling this week.
  • at Rees Street: They’ll pour concrete for the newly formed eastbound platform Saturday, August 16.
  • Between Rees and York Streets: They finished pouring concrete for the TTC buffer last week.

Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:

  • Bay Street to York Street: Roadway construction continues on the south side. Last week, crews finished excavating for the new roadway between York Street and the 85 Harbour Street driveway on the north side. This week, they start to prepare the granular sub-base of the roadway.
  • York Street to Lower Simcoe Street: Crews completed and cured the concrete base slab. They’re ready to pave this section of roadway.
  • Lower Simcoe Street to Rees Street: Crews have finished pouring and curing all the concrete road base. Before they can pave with asphalt, they’ll continue to excavate the concrete curb cradles and place new granite curb placements on the north side. They’ll also work to complete the standard City of Toronto brick gutters, TTC concrete buffers and adjust the new utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins, to prepare for paving.

The contractors have multiple crews working this weekend, Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.

  • Between Yo Yo Ma Lane and Lower Spadina Avenue: adjusting rails and tracks before pouring concrete for the TTC right-of-way.
  • Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: installing overhead cabling.
  • Between Lower Spadina Avenue and Peter Slip Bridge: working on the TTC traction-power conduits.
  • Between Rees and Lower Simcoe Streets: continuing to prepare the roadway for laying asphalt.

The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes with buses during this project.


Highway 7 East rapidway construction:
August 16 to 22

Hwy 7 east - new map.jpg

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to work on the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway.

Here’s what’s going on this week:

Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
More construction starts August 19

hwy 7 west - keele - bowes - median removal - aug 19 -14.jpg

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue getting ready to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.

Starting Tuesday, August 19 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., crews start removing medians and reducing traffic lanes on Highway 7 between Keele Street and Bowes Road / Baldwin Avenue. This will accommodate upcoming work to widen the roadway and shift traffic lanes

They’ll temporarily block east- and westbound median lanes on Highway 7 and north- and southbound median lanes on Keele Street. They’ll maintain two-way traffic at all times; however, they may reduce left- and right-turn lanes.

Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to direct motorists and pedestrians. Expect major traffic delays and construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

Businesses are open during construction and crews will maintain access to driveways.

Work continues for about five weeks, or until September 19.

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.


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