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Will the TTC be the kinder and better way,
during Kindness Week, March 1 to 6?



Kindness Week identifier.00_png_pngThe Human Kindness Project is a non-profit organization, which, in collaboration with its flagship event, Kindness Week, provides education and programs that use kindness as a tool for developing positive social skills, compassion, resiliency and leadership among children and youth. Kindness Week is a program that also gives teachers the resources to teach kindness and students the opportunity to demonstrate kindness.

According to the organization, one in three adolescent students in Canada are bullied. One in two Canadian parents report having a child who is a victim of bullying. Higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression in children and youth are reaching epidemic proportions.

Science shows that kindness can serve as a preventative measure against student challenges by giving students the tools to develop stronger social connections and a greater ability to deal with adversity. A focus on kindness and compassion can complement existing health services, contribute to well-being and orient students for success. Ultimately, students who perform acts of kindness inspire greater kindness among their peers.

The second annual Greater Toronto Area Kindness Week takes place Monday, March 1 until Friday, March 6, 2015.

The group says that, by participating in Kindness Week 2015, students will increase their knowledge of the positive impacts of kindness on themselves and those around them and experience how giving leads to improved self-esteem and empathy.

One way they’ll be participating tomorrow, Monday, March 2, is during customer appreciation events on the TTC at Bloor - Yonge, Finch and Eglinton Stations. The student volunteers will be holding “kindness” placards and handing out treats to passengers.

To help you support the initiative, the TTC suggests several ways that you can make the TTC the kinder way:

  • Remember that priority seating is for seniors, people with a disability and expectant mothers. Be sure to offer up your seat to someone who needs it more than you.
  • Carry your knapsack by your side, not on your back, on crowded vehicles.
  • Keep bags on your lap or on the floor by your feet. Seats are for passengers.
  • Don’t block the doors - move right into the vehicle to allow others to enter.

In the 2013-14 school year, the Human Kindness Project, in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto District School Board, organized the first annual GTA-wide Kindness Week (May 5 - 9, 2014). More than 3,000 students across the city designed acts of kindness and performed them locally with support from the Human Kindness Project team, principals, teachers and guidance counsellors. In 2015, the project will expand to include from 10,000 to 12,000 students and an additional kindness curriculum will be available for teachers.




In the news: Sunday, March 1, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area



Metrolinx board of directors meets, March 3



The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting this Tuesday, March 3.

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 10 a.m.

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.




Eglinton Crosstown LRT: Avenue
Headwall construction continues



eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors are working to build the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line.


In this phase of construction, crews are building the west headwalls for the future Avenue Station. Headwalls are underground support walls at the east and west ends of the station. After preparing the site, crews install these underground station headwalls before tunnel-boring machines can arrive at the area. They started working on the east headwalls in January and continue that work.

Avenue Station also includes a special turn-back track, requiring a longer underground section. The turn-back tracks let eastbound trains move to the westbound tracks and westbound trains to the eastbound tracks, in case of an emergency or problems on the line. Due to the length of the turn-back track section, the eastern headwall will be farther from the intersection of Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue, near Lascelles Boulevard.

Building the headwalls requires the contractors to set up a grout plant nearby. The plant pumps grout, a form of concrete, to the station headwall location. For Avenue Station, they’ve located the grout plant at Highbourne Road and Eglinton Avenue West.

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Construction of the west headwall starts the first week of March and continues until summer.

Crews will set up a new work zone on Eglinton Avenue West in the south lanes at the intersection with Avenue Road. They’ll shift both east- and westbound traffic to the north lanes. They’ll separate the work zone from the right-of-way with traffic cones and concrete barriers and fencing. The work zone extends between Elmsthorpe Avenue and just east of Avenue Road.

While crews build west headwall:

  • motorists can’t turn left onto or from Eastbourne Avenue;
  • motorists can’t trun left onto or from Braemar Avenue;
  • eastbound motorists can’t turn left onto Avenue Road from Eglinton Avenue West.
  • the grout plant remains at the north end of Highbourne Road. Highbourne Road is closed to and from Eglinton West.
  • headwall construction restricts motorists to just one lane in each direction near work zones.
  • the City is prohibiting on-street parking in work zones; and
  • Avenue Road remains open to traffic during construction.

Work on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West at Lascelles Boulevard continues to block the sidewalk in front of North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. This next phase of work will also block a sidewalk on Eglinton West near the northwest corner of Avenue Road and Eglinton West and near Morley Bedford Funeral Home.

For the safety of transit riders, the TTC is relocting both east- and westbound bus stops in the area. Watch for signs and information indicating the new locations.

Expect noise and vibration.

Crews will mostly work between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. In certain situations, they may work some late nights or early mornings to keep construction moving on schedule. The contractor will not always work during the extended hours, but may do so at its discretion.


During Crosstown construction of the future Avenue Station, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:

  • 5 Avenue Rd;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 61 Avenue Rd North;
  • 142 Downtown / Avenue Rd express;
  • 307 Eglinton West overnight.

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Davis Drive rapidway:
More construction started February 28



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.


From 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, February 28 and today, Sunday, March 1, crews continued removing the structure at 161 Davis Drive.

Today, they’ll block southbound curb lane on Longford Drive; however traffic can still move along the street in both directions. They’ll also block the east sidewalk on Longford. Use the west walk.

Expect noise and traffic delays on Longford.


Starting Tuesday, March 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day, crews are investigating underground utilities near the entrance to The Tannery entrance to prepare for upcoming telecommunications ductbank work.

They’ll temporarily block traffic lanes on the Tannery driveway; however vehicles can still enter and exit the Tannery at all times.

Although traffic-control personnel will be onsite to help direct traffic, expect delays.

Work continues until March 5.


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Crews continue working the Longford / Parkside vivastation. They’ve installed tarps and heaters to keep heat inside the shelter during tiling work.


During Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:

  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto.

Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • 44 Bristol;
  • 50 Queensway;
  • 54 Bayview;
  • 55 / 55B Davis Drive;
  • 58 Mount Albert;
  • 223 Newmarket GO shuttle; and
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.

Source: vivaNext.




Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Work continues March 3



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Leslie Barns -- February-27-15.jpgCity of Toronto and TTC contractors continue the project to upgrade the street, improve the water-service infrastructure and install streetcar tracks on Leslie Street.

(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)


From about 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 until 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, crews are shifting the traffic lanes at the intersection of Lake Shore Boulevard East with Leslie Street. working in the Lake Shore and Leslie intersection to shift traffic lanes.

They’ll shift all traffic lanes on Lake Shore East from the south side to the north side of the roadway. After they’ve finished, motorists can use two through lanes and a turn lane in both directions.

Although contractors added a third lane in January, they’ve had to remove that lane to finish upgrading the water-main and sewers and install streetcar tracks safely.

The work zone blocks the east-west pedestrian and cyclist crossing on the south side of the intersection. The east-west crossing on the north side of the intersection and the the north-south crosswalks on the east and west side of the intersection are still available.


Crews also worked yesterday, Saturday February 28 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Leslie Street between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue to upgrade the utilities and to prepare the site for upcoming work to install a pole on the northwest corner of Queen East and Leslie.


The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route and the 83 Jones route.




Yonge Street rapidway construction:
More work started February 26



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Yonge Street in Newmarket and Richmond Hill.


To prepare for upcoming work to widen the road and relocate utlilies, crews are marking and removing trees along York Region’s right-of-way on the east and west sides of Yonge Street in Newmarket between just south of Davis Drive and Sawmill Valley Drive / Savage Road. They’ll also mark and remove trees in Richmond Hill, between 19th Avenue / Gamble Road and Levendale Road and between Major Mackenzie Drive and Highway 7.

Starting Thursday, February 26, they’ll be removing about 324 trees of varying health and sizes within the road-widening area in Newmarket to allow for the next phase of construction. Starting Friday, February 27, they’ll be removing about 665 trees in Richmond Hill.

Once the rapidway project is complete, they’ll plant the same number of trees along the boulevards and in the medians, supporting York Region’s Greening Strategy. The goal is that, at the end of the project, Yonge Street will have attractive, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and extensive landscaping with many types of trees, shrubs, ground covers, ornamental grasses and perennial flowers.

Crews will begin marking the trees and removing them shortly afterwards. They’ll remove the majority of the trees before bird-nesting season, which is from April 15 until July 15. A certified arborist will assess and then sign off on any remaining trees that crews must remove during the bird-nesting season.

Crews will work Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. At times, they may work weekends. The work continues in Newmarket for about one month or until March 27. It continues in Richmond Hill for about two months or until April 15.

They’ll remove smaller trees and chip their wood on-site. They’ll local larger trees into a bin and chipped them off-site to reduce the disruption. They’ll clean up all work areas before they move on to the next location. They’ll use the wood chips and mulch from the trees for landscaping.

Expect a bit of noise and dust from this work.

Crews may temporarily block south- and northbound curb lanes as they remove trees on the east and west sides of Yonge.

At times, they may also block sidewalks to make sure that pedestrian are safe while they remove the trees. They’ll place signs to direct pedestrians to cross safely at signalized intersections.

The work may also temporarily affect bus stops. York Region Transit and GO Transit may temporarily relocate the stops. Signs will direct passengers to temporary stops.


During rapidway construction on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:

  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto.

Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 15 Stouffville;
  • 22A King City;
  • 25 Major Mackenzie;
  • 81 Inspiration;
  • 83 / 83A Trench;
  • 84 Oak Ridges;
  • 86 Newkirk / Red Maple;
  • 98 Yonge;
  • 99 Yonge; and
  • 589 / 590 Richmond Hill community bus routes.

During rapidway construction on Yonge Street in Newmarket, expect delays for for GO Transit buses operating along these route:

  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
  • 68 Barrie / Newmarket.

Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 22/ 22A King City;
  • 57 / 57A Mulock;
  • 98 Yonge; and
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.

Source:




In the news: Saturday, February 28, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “Guerrilla tardy passes appear on the TTC”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “What the Junction Triangle used to look like”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC fares to increase Sunday, but kids ride for free”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC fares increase Sunday, but free rides for children begin”, here.
  • The Eyeopener article, “Student petition pushing to eliminate required TTC identification card”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Street savvy: A look at how Toronto’s traffic nerve centre really manages our roads”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington mayor accepts challenge to take local transit”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Residential growth trumping employment is causing traffic problems in North York: chief planner”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “GO Train delays leaving Milton line riders in the cold”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Only 4 months late, GO York Concourse should finally open this April”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, One of the more well-known Olympic GO Train events: Aisle Hurdles”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Do they run that rotating brush through the inside, too?”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “The D in DRL stands for disrespect and disappointment”, here.
  • Toronto Stararticle, “Toronto Downtown Relief Line: 105 years of wishing and waiting”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



In the news: Friday, February 27, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Our Place Initiative”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC closure: No service between St. Andrew and Union this weekend”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Toronto man charged in fatal collision involving bus”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC fares to increase March 1, despite Tory’s campaign promise”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Impaired driving charges laid in fatal crash involving TTC bus, Nissan in Etobicoke”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC approves $80M contract to hire project management team for Scarborough subway”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx won’t be pinned down to electrification deadline”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Ontario farmland under threat as demand for housing grows”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Mapping the City’s Bike Network Gaps”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Could the Scarborough RT really become a High Line-style elevated park?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Man charged with impaired driving after fatal crash”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “My commute: No stress and time to read”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “‘My commute is quite refreshing’”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC Week: Metropass users feel penalized for loyalty: The Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Scarborough’s creaking SRT gets a makeover”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Where to eat, drink and shop on St. Clair Ave.”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Tunnels: A short guide to Toronto’s nether regions”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto mere toddler as a global brand, but making strides”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “What did we learn about clean trains at the first public meeting Metrolinx has held in over a year on this issue?”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “TTCriders on front page of Metro News”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Metrolinx Encouraging Development at GO and Crosstown LRT Stations”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Waterloo Record article, “Environmental assessment for ‘two-way’ GO service on Kitchener line starts this year”, here.



What can you do with "old" TTC tickets and passes?



You can still use “old” tickets and and day passes after Sunday, March 1, when the TTC raises its fares. Or, you can ask the TTC to refund what you paid for them.

Until Thursday, April 30, you can use 2014 TTC senior / student tickets to pay your fare, but you’ll have to throw another 10 cents into the fare box.


You can also get a refund for 2014 TTC senior / student tickets and day passes and for 2013 and 2014 child tickets, in person or by mail.

In person:

Mondays to Fridays, Monday, March 2 until Tuesday, March 31, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day at:

  • Bloor-Yonge;
  • Kipling; and
  • Warden stations

Mondays to Fridays, Monday, March 2, 2015 until Monday, February 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. at:

  • TTC Customer Service Centre, above Davisville Station
  • Longer hours: 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. every Thursday and the first and last business day of each month.
  • Closed holidays.
By mail:

From Monday, March 2, 2015 until Monday, February 29, 2016

TTC Accounts Payable,
1900 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M4S 1Z2

You’ll have to wait three to four weeks for your refund.


After this Sunday, March 1, you can no longer use 2013 senior / student tickets and day passes. You also can’t use senior / student tickets and day passes that you bought before 2013 at any time and the TTC will not refund you for their cost.




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