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Metrolinx plans new GO bus terminal
at Union Station



Metrolinx is partnering with Ivanhoé Cambridge to build a new GO bus terminal in downtown Toronto to bring bus and train services to one central location.

The partners have agreed to work together to build a large-scale, transit-oriented real estate project in heart of Toronto’s financial core.

The Toronto Star’s transportation reporter, Tess Kalinowski, writes that “Metrolinx has sold its property at 141 Bay Street to IvanhoĆ© Cambridge in exchange for a long-term lease at the base of an office development planned for the site at 45 Bay Street, currently used as a parking lot. The south tower, including the new terminal, will rise in what is now a parking lot, while the north one will occupy an area currently serving as the GO bus terminal.”

Metrolinx and Ivanhoé Cambridge expect to start construction of the new terminal at 45 Bay Street in spring 2015 and to finish in three years. The developers will complete the first office tower just months after the terminal opens.

The development features:

  • a 250,000 square metre (2.7 million square foot), multi-phased, premium office complex at 45-141 Bay Street;
  • a new, larger GO bus terminal with the latest features and amenities at the base of the 45 Bay Street office tower to reinforce Union Station’s growing role as a major transportation hub; and
  • an elevated park above the rail corridor with new public green space.

An Ontario Ministry of Transportation news release explains that passengers “will benefit from better convenience and choice by having intercity bus carriers…” — such as Greyhound Canada and Coach Canada — “GO Transit, VIA Rail Canada, the TTC and Union Pearson Express in one location”.

According to the Star’s Patty Winsa, “The new $106-million terminal will let GO Transit increase its number bus trips by 50 per cent. The bus terminal’s new location in the base of the south tower will allow Metrolinx to connect passengers through the PATH system to the city’s busiest transit hub”.

The site, across Bay Street from the Air Canada Centre and Union Station, will eventually connect directly with the PATH system and the rail terminal. Of the 2,061 bus trips GO runs each day, 631 go into the Union Station bus terminal, which opened in 2003. GO buses carry about 55,000 rides a day, the newspaper says.

Ivanhoé Cambridge is developing the 45/141 Bay Street project with Hines Canada Management ULC. Hines and Ivanhoé Cambridge have worked together before and currently collaborate on projects in Calgary (Eighth Avenue Place), Paris (DUO) and Chicago (River Point).

After an international architectural design competition, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Metrolinx selected Wilkinson Eyre, a London-based architectural firm, to be the design architect for the project. The architects of record are Adamson Associates, a Toronto-based firm that has participated in several large-scale projects around the world, including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Canary Wharf in London and the World Financial Center in New York.




Davis Drive rapidway construction:
Starting October 1



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.


Contractors are:


  • intermittently closing traffic lanes on Main Street at Davis Drive from tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1 until Friday, October 10 and between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day as they install a telecommunications ductbank across the street.
  • They won’t close lanes during GO train arrival and departure times.

  • installing a fire hydrant overnight between the Keith Bridge and The Tannery from 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 2 until 6 a.m. Friday, October 3.

  • starting Thursday, October 2, temporarily closing each entrance into the businesses across at 627 - 647 Davis Drive, across from Southlake Regional Health Centre, while they install curbs across the narrow driveways.
  • Business remain open and temporary parking will be available in front of each building.
  • To access parking, please enter a temporary one-way access road in front of 647 Davis Drive [York Vein and Laser Clinic].
  • You can park diagonally in front of each business. Look for signs indicating parking spots for each business.
  • To exit, follow the access road onto Davis near Bolton Avenue.
  • Work continues until October 6.

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 routes.

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Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
Paving starts September 30



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.


As part of work to widen the roadway, crews have finished relocating underground utilities on the south side of Highway 7 between Jane Street and the Canadian National Railway bridge. The next step is to start base-layer paving. Contractors will pave Highway 7 in sections over the next year and will also close traffic lanes at various times.


First, crews are paving the section between Jane Street and east of Creditstone Road from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day.

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They’re:

  • temporarily closing Maplecrete Road at Highway 7 for two to three days. They’ll temporarily restrict access to and from Maplecrete at Highway 7 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day; however they will reopen access each evening. Crews will work to open Maplecrete as soon as paving is complete.
  • reducing right-turn lanes in work areas.
  • temporarily blocking driveways as they pave across entrances to businesses.
  • Pedestrians should cross Highway 7 at the signals at Jane Street or Creditstone Road.
  • Traffic-control staff will be on site to guide pedestrians and motorists. If necessary, “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will direct and manage traffic flow.
  • Expect truck activity around the work areas.
  • Expect noise.

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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No subway service between Keele,
St. George this morning: track debris



Update — 3:04 p.m.: Service has resumed.

Just before 8 a.m., TTC staff noticed debris in the tunnel near Dundas West Station. The debris resulted from a Metrolinx contractor damaging the tunnel. The TTC sent a workcar to the site and TTC work crews patched the hole, allowing service to resume. Crews will undertake more work in the tunnel when the subway closes for the night. The tunnel is safe; however, the TTC is restricting the speed of trains to 15 kilometres per hour between Lansdowne and Dundas West Stations.

Some shuttle buses may continue to operate to help alleviate crowding on the line.


Update — 11:17 a.m.: The TTC’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Chris Upfold and Deputy Chief Operating Officer Mike Palmer will discuss the ongoing investigation into debris at track level in Dundas West Station during a media briefing at noon in the station.

The TTC continues to suspend subway service between Keele and Ossington Stations, as crews clean up the debris, determine the source and conduct repairs. 40 shuttle buses are operating. TTC supervisors are on scene to help with crowds.


Update — 9:32 a.m.: Service is now operating between Ossington and St. George Stations.


Update — 9:12 a.m.: Buses operating along the 41 Keele and 89 Weston routes are dropping off and picking up passengers at Dundas West Station, instead of Keele Station due to crowds of passengers waiting for shuttle buses at Keele.


The TTC is temporarily suspending subway service along the 2 Bloor - Danforth line on Line 2 between Keele and St George Stations due to debris on the tracks at Dundas West Station. TTC staff are on the scene investigating the source of the debris.

The TTC is operating shuttle buses between Keele and St. George Stations.

To avoid crowded conditions on the shuttle buses, passengers may also consider these options as alternatives:

  • streetcars operating along the 504 King from Dundas West Station to St. Andrew or King Stations;
  • streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas streetcar from Dundas West to St. Patrick or Dundas Stations; or
  • buses operating along the 26 Dupont route from Jane to St. George Station.

The TTC will update riders as soon as it can.




Metrolinx buys 53-kilometre section
of Canadian National's Guelph subdivision



Metrolinx has bought from the Canadian National Railway a 53-kilometre section of the Guelph subdivision for GO Transit trains between Kitchener and Georgetown for $76 million.

The section of track extends from west of Main Street in Georgetown to Park Street in Kitchener. Metrolinx has also bought property in Kitchener for the future site of a train-layover facility. Both purchases support long-term plans for two-way, all-day Regional Express Rail service along the Kitchener line.

According to an Ontario Government media release, “Regional Express Rail service will mean faster, more frequent trains, operating in both directions throughout the day, in the evenings and on weekends.” The release continues, “By increasing Metrolinx’s ownership along the Kitchener rail corridor, GO Transit will be able to improve service, control operations and make infrastructure upgrades needed to support service expansion, including morning inbound trains to Kitchener and evening outbound trains back to Toronto.”

By purchasing these tracks, Metrolinx now owns 80 per cent of the rail corridor over which GO Transit operates, increasing its ownership-share from 67 per cent. GO intents to double train service between Kitchener and Toronto in 2016.

You can view a map indicating the ownership of GO Transit rail lines here.

CN will retain the right to operate freight trains over the line segment it has sold to Metrolinx.




Davis Drive rapidway construction:
Starting September 26



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.


Contractors are:


  • working at the intersection of Main Street and Davis Drive from 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, September 26 until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 to install a storm sewer and get ready for upcoming work to close Main Street North.
  • Expect noise.
  • During the work, crews will reduce traffic lanes on Main Stree North will be reduced.
  • Traffic can continue through the work zone to Davis Drive.

  • closing Main Street North to all traffic to start building the new vivastation and complete as much road construction as possible before winter from 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 until 8 p.m. Sunday, September 28.
  • During this closure, traffic can’t continue through from Main Street North to Davis Drive.
  • Expect noise.

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  • York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along the 44 Bristol and 520 Newmarket community bus routes, while the street is closed.

  • getting ready to widen and pave the roadway on the northwest corner of Davis Drive and Yonge Street, by shifting traffic lanes eastward around the intersection, overnight from about 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 30 until 5 a.m. Thursday, October 1.
  • Watch for directional signs and newly painted lane markers.
  • Crews may temporarily block traffic lanes during this work.
  • Expect noise.

Crews have installed a temporary road off Davis Drive to allow motorists to access the businesses across from Southlake Regional Health Centre at #s 625-627, 631, 637, 641 and 647 Davis while they install storm sewers, widen the road and build the future vivastation.


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 routes.

Sources:




Queens Quay track construction
continues September 27



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


The City is temporarily closing York Street between Harbour Street and Queens Quay West until Friday, October 3.

While the street is closed, crews are connecting the newly installed storm-water infrastructure on Queens Quay West to the infrastructure on York Street.

South- and northbound traffic will have no access to or from Queens Quay from York Street. Westbound traffic on Queens Quay West will continue through the intersection.

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Last week, crews completed paving the base layer of asphalt between the Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street. This weekend, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, they’ll shift westbound traffic on Queens Quay West to the north lanes of the new roadway.


Last week, Eastern Construction crews started removing the fast fence and jersey barriers that line the TTC right-of-way between the Queens Quay / Spadina Loop and the Bay Street Portal. This work —- which crews must complete before the TTC can resume streetcar service on Queens Quay West along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes — continues this week.


Before streetcar service can resume, TTC crews will start testing the new infrastructure. They’ll also start testing streetcars on the street during the week of October 6.


TTC crews are almost finished installing overhead power cabling at two final sites:

  • between York and Bay Streets; and
  • between Rees Street and Robertson Crescent.

Crews have finished installing most new streetcar platforms. They’ll install the two remaining shelters, on the eastbound platforms at Rees Street and beside Queens Quay Terminal this week. They’ll also start building the last platform, west of Lower Spadina Avenue, this week.


Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:

  • between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: Crews finished pouring the concrete road base in this area, then paved the asphalt late last week.
  • between Rees Street and Rees Parkette: This week, crews will continue working on the north-side concrete curb cradles, and placing new granite curb beside 260 / 270 Queens Quay West. Crews will also complete the city standard brick gutters and TTC concrete buffers and adjust the utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins in this area.

The contractors have two crews working this weekend, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28:

  • Across the entire Queens Quay project site:
  • finishing installing all underground TTC transit power conduits and installing temporary traffic signals at intersections.
  • removing fast fence and concrete jersey barriers to get ready to shift traffic lanes between Queens Quay / Spadina Loop and Rees Street.
  • pulling new TTC electrical cabling through the underground conduit infrastructure.
  • between YoYo Ma Lane and the Bay Street Portal, including Queens Quay / Spadina Loop: TTC crews are installing poles, cantilever arms and overhead cabling.
  • between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: Finalizing asphalt work for the new roadway.

The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route with buses during this project. Streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route start and end their trips in Queens Quay / Spadina Loop. The TTC intends to resume regular streetcar service along both routes — on Queens Quay West and through the Bay Street Portal to and from Union Station — Sunday, October 12.


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Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Work continues September 27



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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.)


leslie-sept25-web.jpgThe contractors have scheduled crews to work this weekend, tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., when they’re:

  • upgrading sewers between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue;
  • laying track foundations at Mosley Street; and
  • upgrading utilities south of Lake Shore Boulevard East.

Monday, September 29, crews start the next phase of the project on Leslie Street **between the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard East and the entrances into the Loblaws / Burger King and Tim Horton’s / Wendy’s / FreshCo parking lots. While this section of Leslie, north of Lake Shore East is closed, crews will upgrade the utilities and install tracks.

Motorists will not be able to access northbound lanes of Leslie from Lake Shore.

Motorists can still travel east-west through the entrances to the two plazas or access the stores from Lake Shore at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Mosley Street.

Pedestrians may still cross Leslie on the north side of the plaza entrances.


The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route and the 83 Jones route. Buses operating along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route have resumed regular service.




Pioneer Village Station:
Weekend lane closures on Jane Street



TTC contractors continue to work on the project to extend the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway northwest beyond Downsview to York University and Vaughan.


Starting Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m. and continuing weekends until Thanksgiving, Monday, October 13, crews will block traffic lanes on Jane Street north of Steeles Avenue West to connect sewers. Weekend construction blocks Jane Street traffic from 7 p.m. Fridays, until 7 a.m. Mondays.

During the work, expect construction-related noise from trucks and equipment. One lane will always remain open in both directions on Jane Street during the work. The lane restrictions will not affect the southbound turning lanes on Jane Street at Steeles Avenue West.

The City of Vaughan has amended its noise by-law to allow the contractor to perform overnight and weekend work when necessary to reduce disrupting traffic, businesses and residents over the long term and to keep the project on schedule.

The work blocks part of the sidewalk on the east side of Jane north of Steeles West. Pedestrians may use a temporary path.


During lane restrictions on Jane Street, transit passengers should expect delays along these routes:

  • Brampton Transit buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route;
  • TTC buses operating along the 35 Jane route; and
  • York Region Transit buses operating along the 20A Jane route.



Highway 7 East rapidway construction:
September 27 to October 3



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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:




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