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Renforth Transitway Station opens November 22

MiWay_BroadcastBanner_RenforthOpening_780x175.pngRenforth, the easternmost and last (for now) station on the Mississauga Transitway, opens to passengers tomorrow, Wednesday, November 22.

The new station includes a number of passenger amenities including heated and enclosed waiting areas, an accessible elevator, electronic signage, Wi-Fi internet access, a bicycle lock-up area and washrooms.


Starting tomorrow, GO Transit buses operating along these routes serve the new Renforth Station:

  • 19 Mississauga / North York; and
  • 40 Hamilton / Pearson / Richmond Hill.

GO buses also drop off or pick up passengers in Winston Churchill, Erin Mills and Dixie Stations. They also use Square One Terminal for their passengers — just across the street from Miway’s City Centre Terminal.

MiWay buses operating along these MiLocal routes serve the new station:

  • 21 Explorer;
  • 24 Northwest;
  • 35 / 35A Eglinton;
  • 39 Britannia;
  • 43 Matheson - Argentia; and
  • 87 Meadowvale - Skymark.

And, MiWay buses operating along these MiExpress routes serve the new station:

  • 107 Malton; and
  • 109 Meadowvale.

Some MiWay buses serve the station directly at platforms in the station or at an on-street bus bay on Commerce Boulevard. Some buses continue to operate through nearby Skymark Hub on Skymark Avenue just west of Commerce.

MiWay passengers can ride buses along the full 18-kilometre Mississauga Transitway from Winston Churchill in the west to Renforth in the east.

MiWay buses serve 12 stations along the dedicated bus corridor:

  • Winston Churchill;
  • Erin Mills;
  • City Centre Transit Terminal;
  • Central Parkway;Cawthra;
  • Tomken;
  • Dixie;
  • Tahoe;
  • Etobicoke Creek;
  • Spectrum;
  • Orbitor; and
  • Renforth.

TTC buses operating along these routes serve the new station:

  • 32 Eglinton West; and
  • 112 West Mall.


It was a long journey to get to this stage of the Transitway. As James Bow writes elsewhere on this website, “In some ways, construction on the Mississauga Transitway began in the mid 1990s when work began to relocate and upgrade Mississauga Transit’s bus terminal at Square One. A new facility at the north side of Square One, off Rathburn Road, opened in 1997, offering a heated waiting area, several bus bays and 210 park ‘n’ ride spaces. GO Transit moved to serve this station as well, although its buses boarded and disembarked passengers on Station Gate Road, stretching north from the City Centre Transit Terminal.


A map of the 1992 Mississauga Transitway proposal. Compared to the current map, some stops have been dropped and others renamed, but the basic route remains the same. (Click to enlarge.)

“In 2010, Metrolinx announced $113 million in funding for the project, with $65 million going to the City of Mississaga and $48 million going to GO Transit. This was bolstered by a $59 million contribution by the federal government. With the City of Mississauga committing to pick up the rest of the project’s $259 million tab, construction finally began on a portion of the transitway running east from the City Centre Transit Terminal to Dixie Road. On November 29, 2011, Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion stood with the federal Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, Bruce McCuaig (president and CEO of Metrolinx) and Bob Delaney (MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville) to officially launch the construction of the western section of the Mississauga Transitway…

“Construction of the Transitway has been shared between the City of Mississauga and GO Transit. The eastern segment, which was to open in October 2013, but was delayed to spring 2014, and then again to fall 2014, was built by Mississauga. The western segment was built by GO Transit, [as was Renforth Station].”

  • Winston Churchill - Opened to GO December 31, 2016; opened to MiWay January 2, 2017 - 335 parking spaces.
  • Erin Mills - Opened to GO September 7, 2015; opening to MiWay in September 2016 - 335 parking spaces.
  • City Centre - Opened 1997 - 210 parking spaces - Connection with Brampton Züm and eventual Hurontario LRT
  • Central Parkway - Opened November 17, 2014 - no parking
  • Cawthra - Opened November 17, 2014 - 60 parking spaces
  • Tomken - Opened November 17, 2014 - no parking
  • Dixie - Opened November 17, 2014 - 170 parking spaces
  • Tahoe (originally named Fieldgate) - Opened February 16, 2016 - no parking
  • Etobicoke Creek (originally Fieldgate North) - Opened February 16, 2016 - no parking
  • Spectrum - Opened May 1, 2017 - no parking
  • Orbitor - Opened May 1, 2017 - no parking
  • Renforth - Opened November 22, 2017 - no parking - Connection with eventual Eglinton LRT


A map of the Transitway now. (Click to enlarge.)

Emergency exercise at Highway 407 Station:
November 22

TTC contractors continue working on the project to extend the Line 1 Yonge - University subway northwest to Vaughan.

The subway extension opens Sunday, December 17.

This Wednesday, November 22, from about 6 a.m. to noon, the TTC is conducting an emergency exercise in the tunnel north of the future Highway 407 Station to get ready for any possible emergencies when the new part of the rapid transit network is operating.

This is the second of two exercises for the TTC, first responders and community partners to test how they would respond to an emergency on the new extension.

The general scenario requires personnel to respond to an emergency by evacuating a subway train in the tunnel leaving Highway 407 Station, while maintaining operations elsewhere in the transit system. Emergency services and TTC activities take place at the station and the emergency exit building on Interchange Way just west of Jane Street. Emergency responders access the site through the exit building. The exercise involves about 350 participants in passenger roles.

TTC and emergency services personnel use white, non-toxic, theatrical smoke to simulate the emergency situation. The smoke emanates through the tunnel vent shafts at various locations, including in the station and Jane Street. Staff may use a megaphone intermittently during the exercise. You may notice some of this activity during the simulation at street level.

During the exercise, crews evacuate participants from the subway tunnel at Highway 407 Station at about 9 a.m. to a place of safety on the nearby parking lot. The exercise ends by 4 p.m.

York Region Transit, GO Transit and Vaughan emergency services — York Region Police, Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services and York Region Paramedic Services, will participate in the exercise.

Brampton Transit, TTC and YRT buses operate normally along Jane Street during the exercise.

Note that the events is not open to the public or the media.

The TTC conducted a similar exercise at York University Station Wednesday, October 25.

Rapidway on Highway 7 West: Bus detours
during sewer construction start November 20

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue building 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.

Starting 8 p.m. Monday, November 20, crews block eastbound lanes of Highway 7 at Marycroft Avenue to install new storm sewers as part of the project. The work restricts traffic to just one lane in each direction.

York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the lanes are closed:

Brampton Transit is [likely] detouring buses operating along this route, while the lanes are closed (but has not announced service changes):

  • 501 Züm Queen.

Crews work overnight from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Construction and the YRT detours continue until 6 a.m. November 23.

Townline Oshawa / Courtice construction:
DRT detours start November 20

Starting Monday, November 20, the City of Oshawa and the Municipality of Clarington are closing:

  • Townline Road South between Bloor Street East and Down Crescent [north]

to accommodate Region of Durham contractors who are repairing underground utilities.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 411 South Courtice; and
  • 922 Bloor / Townline.

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Construction on Townline Road South and the DRT detours continue until November 24.

Highway 401 Milton bridge demolition
GO, Milton Transit detours, November 18, 19

From 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, November 18 until 1 p.m. Sunday, November 19, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is closing:

  • Highway 401, all lanes, in both directions

at Martin Street Milton (Halton Regional Road 25), as contractors demolish the old bridge structure.

GO Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the highway is closed:

  • 25 Waterloo / Mississauga;
  • 29 Guelph / Mississauga;
  • 30 Kitchener / Brampton express; and
  • 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York.

Milton Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the highway is closed:

  • 1C Industrial; and
  • 62 Campbellville.


Image, Ministry of Transportation, Ontario.

Crane blocks Wellesley West,
TTC detour, November 18

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Wellesley Street West between Bay and Yonge Streets

from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, November 18, as contractors lift a crane at a construction site.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 94 Wellesley.


Spadina Station car terminal construction:
Buses replace streetcars, November 17, 18

From 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, November 17 until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, November 18, the TTC is replacing streetcars with buses north of Queen Street West during construction in the streetcar terminal at Spadina Station along these routes:

  • 310 Spadina overnight; and
  • 510 Spadina.


Weekend events affect transit services,
November 17, 18, 19

Santa Claus is coming to town — or, at least, to 18 cities and towns in the Greater Golden Horseshoe — this weekend.

He’s a busy man as parades welcome him to the Acton area of Halton Hills, Barrie, the Beaverton area of Brock Township, the Bowmanville area of Clarington, Bradford, Brampton, Cambridge, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, Hamilton, the Keswick area of Georgina, Kitchener, the Newcastle area of Clarington, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Orangeville, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, St. Catharines, Toronto, Uxbridge and Waterloo.

Other seasonal events also disrupt transit services in Brampton and Newmarkevt.

The Miracle on King Street


TTC Flexity 4404, eastbound on King at Bay in 514 CHERRY service, June 22, 2017. Photo by James Bow.

The King Street transit priority pilot project is now in force. The responses to it have been considerably varied but also partisan. Some of the local media have pounced on pronouncements that the experiment has been a “disaster”. They cite the fact that drivers were confused on Sunday, and many drivers broke the law on Monday morning, driving through intersections rather than turning right. Police are out educating and warning miscreants, and tickets will be written for second offences.

However, on Twitter, the response from TTC riders paints a very different picture. Commute times have been halved in a number of cases. Transit columnist Edward Keenan writes to counter the car-oriented doomsayers by calling the King Street transit priority project “a miracle”.

From a seat on the 504 King streetcar Monday on the first weekday morning of the transit-priority pilot project, it sure felt like a streetcar miracle.

The car kept moving, first of all. Through the front window, you could see the streetcar a few blocks ahead. Through the back window, you could see the one a few blocks behind. It was standing-room only, but not the overcapacity mosh pit Torontonians have come to expect. And the trip I took, from Dundas West station to Yonge St., was fully 10 minutes faster than when I timed the same trip three years ago.


It’s quite common for a major change such as this to face initial confusion and frustration, but the experience of the morning commute clearly shows that for the overwhelming majority of people using King — the 65,000 daily riders who outnumber King Street drivers by more than 4-to-1 — the experiment has substantially improved their commute.

This has great implications for all Torontonians. King Street can now move more people more efficiently than it has in the past. The 504 KING streetcar can take on more passengers while utilizing the same number of streetcars. This means the cost-effectiveness of the TTC’s streetcar operations here have been increased. The TTC is likely making a significant accounting profit on the line’s operations, which will help subsidize more and better transit throughout the city.

There is room for improvement, but the City of Toronto should commit to maintain and expand its pilot project, making it permanent, possibly expanding it west to Dufferin and east to Parliament, and finding ways to further encourage drivers to obey the law. The benefits for all Torontonians are clear.

Eglinton West LRT community meetings,
November 13, 15

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When Mayor John Tory was merely mayoral candidate Tory, a chief plank of his campaign platform was “SmartTrack” an above-ground rapid transit service mostly along GO Transit rail corridors through the city.

One component of the plan would have resulted in heavy-rail trains operating along Eglinton Avenue West from Mount Dennis — at the end of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line to the Airport Corporate Centre in Mississauga, and, possibly, Toronto Pearson International Airport.


Well, now that Tory is mayor, the SmartTrack plan is still around. Just last month the City and Metrolinx hosted public meetings on the proposals. But it no longer includes Eglinton West as part of the scheme.

In early 2016, the City of Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat released a report that recommended to Toronto City Council that it support light rail transit along Eglinton Avenue West beyond Weston Road.

Council endorsed the report’s recommendations, effectively short-turning SmartTrack at Mount Dennis and re-affirming a proposal that was around long before anyone ever thought about SmartTrack — extending the Crosstown LRT further west along Eglinton. Ontario’s Minister of the Environment had already approved the plan for the extension in 2010 as part of an earlier environmental assessment process.

Toronto City Council had asked the chief planner to review various options for building this western leg of the proposed line. Her team hired HDR Inc. to analyze several variations for routes that would have resulted in a line on Eglinton Avenue. The group also looked at options that would have continued the line further north along the GO corridor, and then toward the airport before reaching the Mississauga airport business area.

The outcome? All heavy-rail proposals would negatively impact the local community. And, all would cost significantly more — but attract significantly fewer ridersthan light rail.

Since then, City, TTC and Metrolinx staff have been refining the original 2010 proposal. Metrolinx is also working with government and transit partners, including the City of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to determine the best route for the LRT between Commerce Boulevard and a future Pearson regional transit centre.

The planning team is reviewing stop locations and the feasibility, costs, benefits, impacts and strategic value of possible grade separations along the route.

Now the City is hosting two public meetings to present its plans so far and get your feedback.

They’ve scheduled the events:


Map of the LRT route from the 2010 environmental assessment process.

In November, 2016, City staff outlined to Council the best locations for stops along the line. The City, TTC and Metrolinx reviewed the original eight to 12 stops between Mount Dennis and Renforth Station on the Mississauga Transitway at Commerce Boulevard. They evaluated each stop, considering how may passengers used the current TTC bus stops, current and projected population and employment, development potential and nearby destinations. Through this process they determined that they preferred just 10 stops to carry forward.

The original stops at Renforth Drive, Rangoon Road, The East Mall and Russell Road / Eden Valley Drive are no longer part of the plan.


Staff are now only considering these stops.

In July, 2016, City Council directed staff to considering using grade separations — bridges to carry the light rail line over — or under — as many six busy intersections to avoid blocking north-south traffic: Martin Grove Road; Kipling Avenue; Islington Avenue; Royal York Road; Scarlett Road; and Jane Street.