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In the news: Saturday, October 25, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area



GO upgrading Richmond Hill GO Station



GO Transit contractors will shortly start a project to improve Richmond Hill GO Station.

GO is repairing and extending the train platform to accommodate 12-car trains and constructing a new station building to provide better access to the bus loop, the passenger drop-off and pick-up facility (or “kiss ‘n’ ride”) and the parking lot. GO will also build a new pedestrian bridge over Major Mackenzie Drive East, allowing easier and safer access to local transit for the community.

GO expects to finish the project in early 2016.

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The new pedestrian overpass will improve access to the station for passengers who live or work south of Major Mackenzie Drive East.




Highway 7 East rapidway construction:
October 25 to 31



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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:




Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Work continues October 25



City 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.)


Crews will be working tomorrow, Saturday, October 25, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at various sites through the construction zone. They’ll only be working south of the plazas — away from residences — before 9 a.m.


Starting Monday, October 27, crews will dig up the sidewalk on the east side of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street East. The work is necessary to finish new connections to various underground utilities including Rogers, Bell and Toronto Hydro. The east sidewalk will be likely be unavailable to pedestrians for about five weeks, or until December 1. During this time, the sidewalk on the west side of Leslie Street will be open. After completing the utility work, crews will build a new, wider sidewalk.


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




In the news: Friday, October 24, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Buses replace streetcars on College,
east of Ossington, October 25, 26, 27



The TTC is repairing the streetcar tracks at

  • the intersection of College and Bathurst Streets

this weekend, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26.

During the work, it’s detouring streetcars operating along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes so that streetcars do not operate through the construction zone.

It’s also operating shuttle buses along College and Carlton Streets between Lansdowne Avenue and Church Street to replace the cars.

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The TTC is repairing two sections of streetcar track at the intersection — a short section in the northbound lane immediately north of the intersection and another section in the eastbound lane immediately east of the intersection. The overall project includes replacing rail, welding, grinding and placing concrete. Some of these activities will occur overnight.

Starting at about 8 a.m. Saturday, October 25, a crew will break and remove the concrete in the two track areas to expose the rails for repair. They’ll carry out this portion of work during the daytime and but they may continue past 9 p.m.

Once they’ve dug out these sections of track, they’ll install new pieces of rail and weld them into place overnight Saturday. They’ll place concrete Sunday morning. While crews will keep keep noise levels to a minimum, some noise will be unavoidable when certain equipment is operating.


During a separate construction project, the TTC is also replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses, and diverting the buses around the construction zone between Dundas and Queen Streets West.




Weekend events affect transit services,
October 24, 25, 26



As the good weather ends and late fall weather begins, just six events affect transit services this weekend.

The events all take place in the Bramalea area of Brampton, the Islington neighbourhood of Toronto, Guelph, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes and the Scarborough and central areas of Toronto.




Downtown Brampton Terminal repairs:
Brampton, GO detours, October 24, 25, 26



Brampton Transit is closing the north platform of the Downtown Brampton Terminal will be from tomorrow Friday, October 24 until Sunday, October 26, while crews repair the asphalt. The terminal building will remain open during regular hours.

Brampton Transit and GO Transit buses that usually drop off or pick up passengers at the north platform will serve temporary stops on nearby streets:

Stop 1 — On the north side of Nelson Street West beside the terminal;
Stop 2 — On the west side of George Street North across from the terminal;
Stop 3 — On the west side of George Street North south of Nelson Street West;
Stop 4 — On the west side of George Street North across from Diplock Lane; and
Stop 5 — On the east side of George Street North just south of Nelson Street West.

Buses operating along these Brampton Transit routes serve the temporary stops:

  • 1 / 1A Queen: Westbound buses serve stop 1 and stop 5
  • 24 Van Kirk: Buses serve stop 5.
  • 25 Edenbrook: Buses serve stop 5.
  • 52 McMurchy: Buses serve stop 2.
  • 56 Springbrook: Buses serve stop 5.

Buses operating along these GO Transit routes serve the temporary stops:

  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto: Eastbound buses serve stop 5; westbound buses serve stop 4.
  • 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York: Eastbound buses serve stop 5; westbound buses serve stop 4.
  • 34 Brampton / Pearson / North York: Buses serve stop 3.
  • 35 Brampton / Humber College / North York: Buses serve stop 3.
  • 37 Orangeville / Brampton: Buses serve stop 4.

You can view a map of the temporary stops here. (.pdf)




Paving near Brampton Gateway Terminal
Brampton Transit detour, October 26



This Sunday, October 26 from about 7 a.m. until noon, the City of Brampton is repairing two lanes of Main Street South in front of Brampton Gateway Terminal.

While crews repave the roadway, Brampton Transit buses operating along the 2 Main and 502 Züm Main routes will not stop to drop off or pick up passengers at their regular stop. Instead buses stop further north on Main Street South, where buses operating along the 52 McMurchy route also serve passengers.

You can view a map of the regular and temporary stops here. (.pdf)




In the news: Thursday, October 23, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Barrie Examiner article, “Transit numbers climbing: Official”, here.
  • Barrie Examiner article, “We don’t care for the buses coming here in the morning and usually it’s noisy”, here.
  • Simcoe.com article, “South Simcoe GO train expansion screened out”, here.



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