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.
Canada Day events affect transit services in Ajax, Aurora, Brampton, Burlington, the East York area of Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, the Maple area of Vaughan, the Malton area of Mississauga, Markham, Milton, the Mississauga City Centre area, Newmarket, the North York area of Toronto, Peterborough, Pickering, the Port Credit area of Mississauga, the Preston area of Cambridge, the Scarborough area of Toronto, central and downtown Toronto and Waterloo this holiday.
Transit agencies throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe are adjusting their service and schedules Canada Day, this Friday, July 1.
The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28,
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 other items on the agenda at 10 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.
Since Monday, June 20, the City of Toronto and the TTC have been replacing the streetcar tracks at the intersection of College and Bathurst. To accommodate this work, the City is completely closing the intersection until 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 12.
The City also removing the eastbound streetcar platform and rebuilding the westbound platform to meet the accessibility guidelines of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act or AODA. College Street is not wide enough to include platforms that appropriately serve TTC riders who use assistive devices. Crews will also adjust the corners and sidewalks to better serve the TTC’s new, low-floor Toronto Flexity streetcars. When work is complete, eastbound passengers will board streetcars from the sidewalk.
For this project, crews are:
- removing the concrete and old streetcar track;
- replacing the concrete;
- installing new track;
- rebuilding the westbound streetcar platform;
- removing the eastbound nearside streetcar platform;
- repairing sidewalks to improve accessibility;
- restoring the road and sidewalks;
- repairing concrete on the College Street track allowance between Lippincott and Borden Streets; and
- abandoning old water-mains by cutting and capping the ends.
You can expect crews to work at times during this project 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
When crews are rebuilding the TTC tracks, they may work evenings and overnight. Overnight, the TTC crews are moving rails into position, installing the new rails and welding and grinding them. After-hours work supports daytime construction, the TTC says, and helps it finish the project as quickly as possible.
Expect noise when trucks back up or when crews are moving rail into place.
The City is prohibiting parking in the active work zone. If you’ve parked your vehicle so that it blocks construction work, the City will relocate it with no charge to you. Call parking control at 416-808-2222 to learn the location of your vehicle.
Since Monday, June 20, the TTC has been revising services or detouring streetcars and buses operating along various routes. With the end of another construction project at Bay and College Streets, the TTC is revising the detour routings, starting tomorrow, Monday, June 27. Detours continue for these routes:
This map shows detour routings Mondays to Fridays before about 2 a.m.
This map shows detour routings Mondays to Fridays overnight and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Ontario Ministry of Transportation contractors continue to work on the project to upgrade Highway 427.
From Monday, June 27 until Thursday, September 1, they’re closing the ramps from Dundas Street West to northbound Highway 427.
Closing the ramps affects MiWay buses operating along these MiLocal routes:
- 11 / 11A / 11B Westwood;
- 35 / 35A Eglinton;
- 57 Courtneypark;
- 70 Keaton; and
- 76 City Centre - Subway.
and these MiExpress routes:
Although the TTC has not announced detours, closing the ramps also likely affects service along these routes:
The organizers of this year’s Honda Indy Toronto are already setting up the race course, spectator and participant facilities for the annual motor race on Lake Shore Boulevard West and through Exhibition Place.
Starting 5 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, June 27, the TTC is detouring buses that operating along these routes, as crews get ready for the event:
- 29 Dufferin;
- 310 Bathurst overnight;
- 329 Dufferin overnight;
- 363 Ossington overnight (unofficial); and
- 511 Bathurst.
The TTC continues to detour buses until 2 a.m. Thursday, July 14. The Indy takes place from Friday, July 15 until Sunday, July 17. The TTC will likely further detour buses during the event and afterwards as crews dismantle facilities.
From Monday, June 27 until Thursday, June 30, construction is temporarily blocking the entrance / exit to and from Sheridan College’s Davis Campus at Steeles Avenue West in Brampton.
Brampton Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the driveway is closed.
BT is not detouring buses operating along other routes that enter the campus, including 3 / 3A McLaughlin, 4 / 4A Chinguacousy, 11 Steeles, 51 Hereford and 511 Züm Steeles. The construction also doesn’t affect service along MiWay’s 61A Mavis - Sheridan and 66 McLaughlin routes.
GO Transit is adding more service to the Lakeshore West and Richmond Hill lines, when it revises its services this Saturday, June 25.
It’s also doubling its weekend bus service between Burlington and Niagara Falls as it introduces 11 new express trips in each direction along the route Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Yonge Street south of Dundas Street
as contractors lift a crane onto a construction site from 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 24 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 25 and continuing overnight nightly until 6 a.m. June 27.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while street is closed:
- 320 Yonge overnight.
The TTC previously detoured the buses for the same project, Saturday, June 11 until Tuesday, June 14.
The TTC is closing the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line this Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. While the line is closed, TTC crews are rehabilitating the tracks on the line to make the service more reliable.
Buses replace service along the entire line between McCowan and Kennedy stations, stopping at all stations along the way. You can also exit the buses at other transit stops if you ask the drivers to stop. Collector booths at all Line 3 stations remain open so you can buy TTC fares.
PRESTO fare-card users must board by the front door and pay their fares with cash, since the TTC has not yet equipped all buses with PRESTO devices.
Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available if you need accessible transit between Scarborough Centre and McCowan stations.
Regular service resumes Monday, June 27.
This is the only occasion that the TTC plans to close the line this year.
One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.
Although shuttle buses replacing the RT service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.
Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives.
Consider boarding buses operating along these routes, instead of the shuttles:
- 9 Bellamy between Scarborough Centre, McCowan and Warden Stations.
- 16 McCowan between Scarborough Centre, McCowan and Warden Stations.
- 21 Brimley between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy Stations.
- 43B Kennedy via Progress between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy Stations.
- 57 Midland between Midland and Kennedy Stations.
If you pay your fare with tickets, tokens or cash, pick up a paper transfer when you pay your fare, if you plan to connect with buses at McCowan and Midland Stations.