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TTC heightens security

The TTC has heightened security across the entire transit system after the events this morning in Ottawa. TTC passengers can expect to see transit enforcement officers and Toronto Police Service officers more often on subway trains and in subway stations.

The TTC began heightening security two weeks ago, after comments by ISIS about Canada participating in the mission to combat the terrorist group. In a news release, the TTC states that, “At this time, there is no credible threat to public transit in Toronto. Nevertheless, all TTC personnel will be looking for suspicious activity or suspicious packages to ensure the TTC remains safe. Customers who see something are asked to say something to a uniformed TTC employee or police.”

While TTC security personnel are increasing their vigilance in public spaces, they’ll also step up perimeter checks at other non-public entries into the system, including subway tunnels, garages and car-houses.

In the news: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Beach Metro Community News post, “Candidates lock horns on transit at Ward 36 debate” here
  • CBC News Toronto report, “3 top mayoral candidates clash over transit, land transfer tax” here
  • CP24 post, “BLOG: Tory earns more endorsements; Goldkind releases transit plan”here
  • Global News Toronto report, “Tory, Ford, Chow debate ‘neglect’ of Scarborough, tout transit plans” here
  • Global News Toronto post, “Scarborough transit users are close to home commuters” here
  • article, “TORONTO VOTES: Fate of Sheppard East LRT depends on results of city election” here
  • article, “TORONTO VOTES: Chow and Tory offer plans with most impact on Mount Dennis community” here
  • Toronto Standard post, “For the time being, cyclists will not be able to use the bike rack on many of the TTC’s buses” here
  • Toronto Star article, “Long-shot mayoral candidate releases epic transit platform with actual details” here
  • Toronto Star article, “Ministry of Labour orders bike racks removed on certain TTC buses” here
  • Toronto Star article, “Campaign Lie Detector: Doug Ford makes 23 inaccurate statements at Star debate” here
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Toronto Star article, “Candidates differ on how to get Mississauga moving better” here.

Brampton Transit revises services,
October 27

Brampton Transit makes mostly minor changes to its services, starting Monday, October 27.

In the news: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

TTC "locks out" bicycle racks
on many of its buses for two weeks

Updated — 9:54 p.m.

Last Thursday, October 16, the Ontario Ministry of Labour** ordered the Toronto Transit Commission not to allow passengers to use the bike racks on two of its bus types — the Nova Articulated and Orion VII buses — effective immediately. The Ministry’s order results from its about concern about TTC operators’ sight lines when passengers have attached bike to the racks. These buses make up most of the TTC’s bus fleet.

The TTC is working on an engineering solution to this issue. As a first step, the TTC will be locking out all bike racks on its 100 Nova Articulated buses for the next two weeks. It will allow passengers with bicycles to board these buses with their bikes, if the vehicle has enough room to accommodate it.

The Orion VII bus issue revolves around bicycles that have large accessories that, when positioned on the rack, could impede sight lines for the operators.

The Ministry of Labour has suspended its orders until the TTC resolve the issue.

In the news: Monday, October 20, 2014

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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • NOW article, “In Steeltown, a familiar refrain on light rail transit” here
  • Raise the Hammer post, “Area Rating: A Satire” here.

In the news: Sunday, October 19, 2014

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • post, “CodeRedTO meets with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Steven Del Duca” here.
  • post, “Public meetings on Burlington Transit Route 6 options, October 21 and 23”, here.
  • article, “Burlington for Accessible Sustainable Transit posts candidates’ responses to questionnaire”, here.
  • article, “No campaign ads on Oakville buses, Town says”, here.
  • article, “Transit upgrades and job creation among issues addressed at Milton Chamber breakfast”, here.
  • article, “Oakville Transit monthly passes now available on Presto”, here.
  • article, “First phase of Transitway opens in November”, here.
  • article, “Candidates just can’t seem to agree on the direction of the LRT”, here.
  • article, “Mayoral front-runners release transit plans”, here.
  • article, “Candidate calls for free transit on election day”, here.
  • article, “Bus driver avoids charges in crash that killed retired teacher, chaplin”, here.
  • NOW article, “Olivia Chow’s transit plan: 5 Questions Answered” here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Moving Millennials: how a generation is changing mobility” here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Moving Millennials: the future of mobility in the dispersed city” here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “$929,000,000” here.
  • Toronto Star column, “On transit, the voters are ready; are the candidates?: James” here.
  • post, “CP 24 asks TTCriders their opinion on transit issues” here.
  • post, “TOinTransit: TTCriders score Chow’s transit plan the highest” here.
  • post, “TTCriders Demands More Government Funding for TTC Service Improvements in Places like Liberty Village” here.
  • post, “TTCriders Unveils 2014 Vote Transit Mayoral Report Card” here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “TTC Streetcars Roll Into Union and Through Harbourfront Again” here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • CBC Hamilton post, “Hamilton votes: Clark releases his own city-wide transit plan” here.

In the news: Saturday, October 18, 2014

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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Bathurst Street construction (phase 2)
October 20 to November 2

From Tuesday, October 14 until Friday, November 21, the City of Toronto and the TTC will carry out major construction work at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West and on Bathurst Street at Wolseley Loop, just north of Queen Street West.

Starting Monday, October 20, the City is also closing parts of Bathurst Street from south of Dundas Street West to north of Queen Street West to all through traffic. The TTC replaces streetcars with buses and detours the buses around the construction zone.

The City and TTC intend the project to bring the water-main and streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.

As with all construction projects, expect noise, dust and other temporary inconveniences.

The City will impose parking, traffic and some pedestrian restrictions in and around the work area during the six-week project, for which the the City and TTC have scheduled three phases.

Phase 1: From Tuesday, October 14 until Sunday, October 19:
  • the City reduced northbound traffic on Bathurst Street to just one lane at Wolseley Street, except during rush hours.
  • the TTC closed Wolseley Loop.
  • the TTC repaired the tracks and roadway and upgrading the landscaping in the loop.
  • the TTC replaced streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
Phase 2: From Monday, October 20 until Sunday, November 2:
  • The City is fully closing the intersection of Bathurst and Wolseley Streets to traffic in all directions.
  • the City is also closing Bathurst both ways to all traffic between Robinson and Willis Streets.
  • the City is converting Wolseley to serve two-way traffic between the loop and Ryerson Avenue.
  • the City and TTC are repairing concrete on the northbound track margin between Dundas Street West and Wolseley Street.
  • the TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
  • the TTC is detouring buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight and 511 Bathurst routes around the construction zone.
Phase 3: From Monday, November 3 until Friday, November 21:
  • The City is fully closing intersection of Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street for about 50 meters (150 feet) in all directions from the intersection.
  • The City is also closing Bathurst Street between Dundas West and Carr Street.
  • The City and TTC are maintaining access to Toronto Western Hospital, businesses, homes and sidewalks.
  • The City is repairing the roadway and sidewalks and connecting a water-main.
  • The TTC is replacing the tracks, curbs and switches in the intersection.
  • The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route around the construction zone.
  • the TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
  • the TTC is detouring buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight and 511 Bathurst routes around the construction zone.
  • A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.

The project team will work closely with local establishments to best co-ordinate driveway access and deliveries and with hospital officials to make sure they do not disrupt access to the main entrance and emergency area. They’ll also maintain pedestrian access to businesses and walkways at all times.

Work typically takes place Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. During the first few days of construction, when crews are breaking and removing concrete, they’ll definitely continue working until 11 p.m. although crews may also stop working earlier on other days during the project schedule. However, to meet project timelines and make sure that streetcar service resumes as soon as possible, TTC crews may work late evenings and overnight at the end of the project as they install new rails.

TTC workers will bring rail panels on flatbed trucks and other equipment and material onto the work site and temporarily store them until they’re ready start installing the rails.

TTC crews will move the rails into position, then install, weld and grind the rails. They’ll install the rails overnight to support daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • “Route 511 — The Bathurst Streetcars” by James Bow, here.
  • “310 Bathurst Night” by Jeffrey Kay with Peter Coulman, here.

Buses replace streetcars on Gerrard
east of Coxwell, October 18

City of Toronto contractors are paving at the intersection of Coxwell Avenue and (upper) Gerrard Street East / Fairford Avenue this Saturday, October 18.

The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route with shuttle buses between Main Street Station and Coxwell Avenue, during the work.


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