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.
Starting Monday, December 14, you can board any TTC streetcar by any door — if you have a valid proof of payment or “POP”.
Your transfer or your TTC pass are two examples of a proof-of-payment. If you use PRESTO fare cards, you’ll need a transfer if your trip includes travel by bus.
“Proofs-of-payment” (or POPs) include:
- a valid transfer;
- a Metropass;
- a weekly pass;
- a Greater Toronto Area (GTA) weekly pass;
- a day pass;
- an e-ticket;
- a convention pass;
- a validated TTC ticket; or
- a PRESTO card — make sure you tap it when you board.
Passengers with a POP can board through any door. Passengers paying with tickets, tokens or cash must board through the front doors and get a transfer. Passengers using PRESTO cards whose trip includes bus transportation, must board at the front door and take a transfer. Passengers riding the new streetcars can board at any door, pay their fare at a fare and transfer machine and get their POP receipt.
TTC transit enforcement officers and transit fare inspectors enforce the POP fare system and TTC by-laws. They’ll make random checks to make sure that passengers have proof of payment on streetcar routes. Keep your transfer, pass, POP receipt or validated TTC ticket handy so that you can show your proof of payment when a TTC officer or inspector asks for it. The officers or inspectors may issue you a summons if you cannot produce proof of payment and even stiffer penalties will be applied against repeat offenders.
With the entire streetcar network converting to POP, the TTC has produced this video that explains what you need to know about getting a transfer or POP receipt when riding the TTC:
The TTC is closing the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line between Keele and St George stations this weekend, Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6.
All trains along the line operate between Kipling and Keele stations and between Kennedy and St George stations only.
Frequent buses replace subway trains between Keele and St George stations. The TTC says the buses “stop at all stations” between Keele and St George — likely in the bus terminals at Keele and St George Stations and on Bloor Street West near Dundas West, Lansdowne, Dufferin, Ossington, Christie, Bathurst and Spadina Stations. Christie Station is closed to passengers, but all other stations are open so that passengers can buy tickets, tokens and passes or connect with buses and streetcars.
For passengers needing a station with an elevator, Wheel-Trans buses operate between Jane and St George stations, on request, stopping at all stations. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at Jane or St. George Stations.
While this section of the line is closed, crews are replacing track switches near Ossington and Christie stations.
According to a TTC news release, “Maintaining subway infrastructure in a state-of-good-repair is critical to ensuring a safe, reliable transit system. While the TTC does much of its maintenance work on the subway at the conclusion of service each night, it will continue to require weekend closures to improve infrastructure and signals, including installing the automatic train control system. One weekend of work during a subway closure equals about five weeks of nightly work.”
Regular subway service resumes 6 a.m., Monday, December 7.
The TTC has already closed this section of the subway three times this fall:
- Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25;
- Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8; and
- Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22.
This is the final weekend this year that the TTC plans to close any part of the subway system. It has not scheduled any more closures until March.
The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting this Thursday, December 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 9:45 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.
You can learn more about the process for planning a second exit from the TTC’s Donlands Station at a public meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 2.
The TTC intends to build second exits from several of its older stations, including Donlands, to improve passenger safety and convenience.
As part of its commitment to modernizing its stations, it’s developed a new process to involve local communities in determining second-exit locations. This process, which the TTC recently used successfully at Chester Station, establishes local working groups to assess potential locations with an evaluation framework that third-party experts have developed. The TTC will convene a local working group for Donlands Station early in 2016.
The TTC is also planning second exits for College, Dundas, Dundas West, Greenwood, Museum and Summerhill stations.
The Donlands meeting takes place at:
St. David’s Anglican Church,
49 Donlands Avenue,
(across the street from the station)
Wednesday, December 2,
from 7 until 9 p.m.
If you can’t attend, the TTC will post its presentation and provide an opportunity for you to provide feedback on its website after the event.
The TTC previously attempted to build a second exit at Donlands and at nearby Greenwood Station from 2010 until 2012. It postponed the project after local residents criticized the transit agency for not consulting enough with its neighbours. The City of Toronto’s ombudsman, Fiona Crean recommended that the TTC develop a better process of public consultation for these projects. You can read the ombudsman’s report here.
The TTC will announce the second-exit planning consultation for Greenwood Station later.
Passengers traveling between Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1, won’t be able to board Union Pearson Express trains after 9 p.m.
Construction on the John Street Bridge requires UP Express to shut down train service. The last train leaves Union at 9:40 p.m. tomorrow.
UP Express will operate shuttle buses between Union and Pearson after then. Regular service resumes Wednesday, December 2.
- 680 All News Radio report, “Four more TTC employees fired over benefits scam”, here.
- 680 All News Radio report, “Police searching for man who sexually assaulted woman on subway”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC rolls out free WiFi to more subway stations”, here.
- BlogTO post, “UP Express offering big discounts to boost ridership”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Toronto to build $20 million bridge at Fort York”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC wants a cut of branded merchandise sales”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Survey says: We should have said yes to HMLRT”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Windshield warnings appearing on vehicles in Brampton, Mississauga”, here.
- Canadian Reviewer post, “Motorists cautioned to ‘Lock It Down” when it comes to leaving vehicles with valuables in plain view”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Councillor proposes “10% of new Mississauga developments be affordable housing, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC fires 5 employees for allegedly claiming fraudulent benefits”, here.
- CP24 report, “Four TTCc workers fired for role in benefits fraud scheme”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC fires four more workers in benefits fraud crackdown”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Police seeking suspect after daytime sexual assault on subway”, here.
- Daily Xtra! post, “Taking AIDS education to the TTC tracks”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Durham Region breaks ground on new transit facility”, here.
- Financial Post article, “Toronto property near public transit worth 30% more than other buildings, study finds”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “From 3 cents to $3.25: a brief history of TTC fare hikes”, here.
- report, “Image released of man wanted for alleged sexual assault on TTC subway train”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “TTC hopes winter streetcar prep will create smoother rides this season”, here.
- inSauga.com post, “Is Cooksville the Future Downtown of Mississauga?”, here.
- inSauga.com post, “inFeature: The Truth Behind the LRT in Mississauga”, here.
- InsideToronto.com editorial, “TTC on right track with cash fare hike”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Mayor John Tory shows disparity between drivers and transit users”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “First of TTC’s new low-floor streetcars roll out of Leslie Barns light rail storage facility”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Police looking for suspect in TTC subway sexual assault”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “The CP Holiday Train makes its annual stop in the Junction”, here.
- Metro Edmonton article, “Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson not worried about betting on Bombardier”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Rocket swag: TTC chair pushing for a cut of the merchandising action”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “How fighting climate change will make cities like Toronto better”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Metrolinx forging interesting partnerships at transportation hubs”, here.
- Mobile Syrup post, “Free Wi-Fi arrives at two additional TTC subway stations”, here.
- Progressive Railroading article, “TTC begins operations at new streetcar facility, modifies stops”, here.
- Toronto Observer article, “Tory ready to reinvent transit system”, here.
- Toronto Observer article, “A silver lining for Danforth businesses”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Developers challenge Scarborough subway with OMB appeal”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Mayor John Tory ‘surprised’ by developer opposition to Scarborough subway”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Eglinton West station to become ‘Cedarvale’ because of Crosstown LRT”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Bombardier declines meeting with TTC about streetcars”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Mississauga aims to prevent LRT from pushing out poor”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Union Pearson Express offers fare deal to attract riders”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Dead lights make Finch TTC parking lot scary at night: Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Time is now to build climate change-era infrastructure”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Ontario’s budget deficit dips to $7.5 billion, says Sousa”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “Despite the Greenbelt, urban sprawl presses on”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Four more TTC staff fired as fraud investigation continues”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Facts don’t stand a chance against rolling bandwagons”, here
- Toronto Sun column, “TTC ‘sardines’ get off easy”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “The Way We Were: The Leslie Barns…”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Teen in TTC spat with Muslims tells his side”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Four more TTC workers fired for benefits scam”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Viva Yellow gets rolling on Davis Drive in Newmarket”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Rapid shuttle could mean relief from Aurora’s traffic woes”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Don’t change any streets until we’ve planned for LRT: Whitehead”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “Waterloo Region MPPs push for more GO trains”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, “Province and feds must hear Hamilton’s transit message”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Hamilton politicians stuck in traffic on way to transit meeting at Queen’s Park”, here.
The Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital opens on its new site on Dundas Street West west of Third Line Sunday, December 14. Starting Monday, December 15, Oakville Transit extends the path for buses operating along the 3 Third Line route to serve the new hospital. It’s also increasing the frequency of service along that route at various times of the week, starting today, Sunday, November 29.
Starting tomorrow, Monday, November 30, OT is also adjusting the schedules for buses operating along several routes.
The TTC has completed the next phase of its ongoing project to upgrade Ossington Station. It’s reopening the south bus loop Tuesday, December 1, affecting the routing for buses operating along these routes:
Construction crews continue to occupy part of the south bus loop until Friday, January 15, 2016. After January 15, the TTC may further revise bus stops in Ossington Station terminal.
Signs in the station and terminal will direct passengers to the correct stop for all buses operating to and from the station terminal.
The TTC is planning a major track-reconstruction project at the intersection of King Street West with Charlotte Street next spring. However, TTC staff have also recently identified the need for urgent track repairs at the intersection to allow streetcars to continue operating safely along the tracks. Track staff are repairing the tracks from Monday, November 30 until Thursday, December 3.
The work restricts traffic to just one lane in each direction. The City of Toronto will prohibit on-street parking and restrict turning to create a safe work zone for the crew, and provide a temporary location for storing the new rails until the crews install them. Motorists may still access Charlotte Street. TTC streetcars and buses serving the 304 King overnight and 504 King routes and streetcars serving the 310 Spadina routes continue to operate through the work zone.
Starting at about 8 a.m. Monday, November 30, a TTC track crew occupies the centre lanes. The crew saw-cuts the concrete track area and starts digging out a small section of track. Work continues until 10 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1, the crew replaces the rail in the excavated area. Crews may also work overnight to weld and grind rails.
Wednesday, December 2, crews place the new concrete and allow it to cure.
They’ll remove the work zone Thursday, December 3 by about 5 a.m.
The 2.6-kilometre (1.6-mile) bus-rapid-transit project along Davis also includes a new “Park and Ride” carpool lot at the south-west side of the Davis Drive / Highway 404 interchange.
Buses start operating along the new Viva yellow route tomorrow at 6:52 a.m. The viva buses operate along the bus-only, centre-lane “rapidway” between Yonge Street and Roxborough Road / Patterson Street and then in mixed traffic with curbside stops and a turn-around at the new park and ride lot. GO Transit buses start operating through the new lot in January 2016.
The line includes three new vivastations in the centre-lane rapidway:
- Main; and
It also includes new curbside vivastations:
- Huron Heights;
- Leslie; and
- Highway 404.
Viva buses serving the new Viva yellow route start and end their trips in the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal, where passengers can connect with buses operating along the Viva blue route and other York Region Transit and GO Transit buses.
Sundays and holidays, starting tomorrow, Sunday, November 29, westbound buses leave the Highway 404 / Davis Park and Ride about every 15 minutes from 6:52 a.m. until 11:22 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket GO Bus Terminal from 7:14 a.m. until 10:59 p.m.
Mondays to Fridays, starting Monday, November 30, westbound buses leave the carpool lot every 15 minutes from 4:22 a.m. until 11:22 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket terminal from 4:45 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Saturdays, starting Saturday, December 5, westbound buses the carpool lot every 15 minutes from 5:38 a.m. until 11:23 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket terminal from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Metrolinx and York Region contractors also worked to transform this section of Davis Drive with wider boulevards and more trees and shrubs. The new rapid transit stations include arched glass canopies, which, according to an Ontario / York Region news release, are “inspired by transportation architecture from historic and modern European examples”. The 27-metre (88.6-foot) glass vivastation canopies protect waiting passengers from the elements and include nine-metre (29.5-foot) enclosed and heated waiting areas.
Similar to the viva rapidway along Highway 7 East in Markham and Richmond Hill, the new line also incorporates standard Viva technological features, such as off-board fare collection, geographical positioning system (GPS) navigation, real-time information, PRESTO smart-card readers and traffic-signal priority for Viva buses. Safety and accessibility features include a textured surface near the platform edge, level boarding from the platform to the bus, a public address system for updating riders and an emergency call button.
The entire York Viva bus-rapid-transit project represents a $1.4 billion transit investment from the Government of Ontario and is part of “The Big Move”, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan.
YRT will revise its routes in Newmarket to avoid duplicating services along Davis Drive Sunday, January 3, 2016.