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No subway service, Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair,
February 24



Update — Friday, February 22, 12:06 p.m.: The TTC is only closing the line Saturday, February 24, instead of both Saturday and Sunday.


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The TTC is closing part of its Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Sheppard - Yonge and St Clair stations all day Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25. Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Sheppard - Yonge stations and between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations.

This weekend Saturday, Metrolinx contractors continue working on the Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line, requiring the TTC to close this part of Line 1. The TTC is taking advantage of this work to maintain tracks and remove asbestos from the line north of Eglinton Station.

The TTC is not operating shuttle buses along Yonge Street, while this part of the subway is closed. Instead, it’s encouraging passengers to use the University branch of Line 1, by operating express east-west shuttle buses to whisk passengers between the two branches of the line.

Special express buses operate along these routes this weekend Saturday:

  • 32 Eglinton West, linking Eglinton and Eglinton West stations;
  • 52 Lawrence West, linking Lawrence and Lawrence West stations;
  • 84 Sheppard West, linking Sheppard - Yonge and Sheppard West stations; and
  • 186 Wilson rocket, linking York Mills and Wilson Stations.

The TTC says it’s also operating more buses and streetcars to increase regular service along the 61 Avenue Rd North and 512 St Clair routes during the closure.

(Regular service is also available on parallel streets — for example, along the 5 Avenue Rd route, linking Eglinton and Queen’s Park stations and the 97 Yonge route, serving all stations on the Yonge branch of the line between Finch and Davisville stations. However, the TTC is not adding extra service to routes 5 and 97.)

Free parking is available on the University branch of the line at Highway 407, Pioneer Village and Finch West stations. Regular parking fees apply to lots at Sheppard West, Wilson and Yorkdale stations.


Current and upcoming Crosstown work in the area of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue includes construction below the TTC’s Eglinton Station, shifting the TTC’s platform to the north and building and installing a new TTC tunnel ventilation system at the south and north ends of the subway platform. Metrolinx intends to open the LRT in 2021.

Metrolinx requires the TTC to close this part of the subway line more than 20 times this year for Crosstown construction. Several times, including this weekend, the TTC is using the opportunity to maintain tracks or repair portions of the line north of Eglinton. Those weekends, like this one, the TTC is extending the closure area further north to Sheppard - Yonge or Finch Stations.


All stations on the closed section of the subway line remain open for passengers to buy fares or connect with buses and streetcars.

At Davisville Station, the bus terminal is closed to most passengers Saturday and Sunday. Regular buses operating along the 11 Bayview, 28 Bayview South and 97 Yonge routes drop off or pick up passengers on Chaplin Crescent, Davisville Avenue or Yonge Street, instead of the terminal, this weekend Saturday.

Buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route continue to serve passengers inside Davisville Station terminal.

Buses along the 11 Bayview and 28 Bayview South routes also start and end their trips in the lower bus terminal at St Clair Station.


The TTC is working with the City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service to temporarily restrict on-street parking on Pleasant Boulevard to keep transit and vehicular traffic flowing as smoothly as possible for all road users. The City is also restricting parking on St Clair Avenue East between Ferndale Avenue and Yonge Street.


The TTC is next closing this section of the subway for Metrolinx construction:

  • Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 (between Lawrence and St Clair).


In the news: Saturday, February 17, 2018



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Markham’s mayor doesn’t want freight trains rerouted through York Region”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Man charged in random stabbing at College subway station”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “‘Good Samaritan’ describes chaos during College subway attack”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Support for the King St. pilot is down in Toronto”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC discount transit pass and time-based transfers coming this August”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Popular Danforth cafe may shut down if new subway station exit is approved”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC wants to completely revamp its retail options”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto just got a new car-sharing service”, here.
  • Bow. James Bow post, “On the Need for an Integrated Transit Plan Part 1: Expand the Inter-City Bus Network”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Peel joins battle against the GTAA: Challenges come with having a federal facility”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Wynne government kills plans for GTA West highway after lengthly and expensive planning process”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC board approves mayor’s 10-point plan to improve service after last month’s chaotic commute”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “New King Street pilot project data flies in face of claims that business is down by 50 per cent”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “City plans to pressure province for transit cash, instead of taxing cars”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Man charged after ice-pick stabbing in College subway station”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Man ‘became enraged’, allegedly spat in TTC driver’s face”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Hero bus driver calls for first-aid training for all operators”, here.
  • CP24 report, “‘Unusual’ series of delays led to overcrowding on subway last month: TTC report”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Union official calls Tory’s 10-point plan to address subway overcrowding ‘phony’”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Transit funds, shelter beds, property tax hike included in approved 2018 budget”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Metrolinx ‘confident’ SRT will run during construction of Lawrence East GO Station”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC wants Metrolinx to compensate it for $4.2 million in lost revenue from faulty Presto readers”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Point of sale date reveals that total spending at business in King Street pilot area hasn’t declined”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Suspect in ‘random, unprovoked’ stabbing at College Station identified”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Suspect arrested after 42-year-old woman sexually assaulted onboard TTC subway”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Security camera images released of man accused of spitting on TTC driver”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “One man in custody after brazen Toronto subway stabbing”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “GM brings Maven car-sharing startup to Toronto, aims for millenial generation”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Data seem to contradict restaurateur complaints about Toronto’s King Street pilot”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Rise in subway suicides takes a toll on TTC staff”, here.
  • Narcity post, “Scarborough RT could be shut down for an entire year”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “When you’re geographically challenged (Simcoe is east of Lake Ontario, right?) and then you want to add some salt…”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “New game! WILL IT FIT?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Toronto’s Transit Capacity Crisis”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board Meeting, February 15, 2018”, here.
  • Toronto.com (formerly InsideToronto.com) article, “Eglinton Crosstown’s backup power system environmentally friendly”, here.
  • Toronto.com article, “Residents invited to SmartTrack public meeting in Scarborough”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “A Last Minute Ten, Nine, Eight… Point Transit Plan”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Some councillors may not care about the cost of the Scarborough subway, but voters deserve to know”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Release new cost estimates for Scarborough extension”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC errors, customer fight led to disatrous commute last month”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Spending on King St. is up, not down since streetcar pilot project began”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Support for King St. pilot project dips after restaurant owner’s protests”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “The TTC’s budget is rising, but will service improve?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Scarborough RT could be shut down for ‘at least a year’, internal documents reveal”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC, Metrolinx bicker over who is owed what for Presto”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ice-pick stabbing on subway was random, unprovoked attack: police”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “‘I’m going to die’: TTC riders aid blood-soaked ice-pick attack victim”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “‘Punctured his brain cavity’: Man charged in horrifying random ice-pick attack on TTC subway”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Throwback Thursday: Eglinton Station”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “CONNECT: Why can’t you use Presto on TTC buses in York Region?”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “A ride on Stouffville route 15, York Region’s emptiest bus”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe


TTC revises routes and services, February 18



The TTC is shuffling its streetcar services as a major part of its next service change, starting Sunday, February 18. An ongoing shortage of cars and upcoming construction projects require the TTC to replace streetcars with buses on two routes. Meanwhile, streetcar service resumes on two more.

Here’s the status of streetcar services after February 18:

  • 301 Queen overnight: Streetcars continue only between Sunnyside and Neville Park loops. Buses serving the 301L Queen / Long Branch overnight route operate between Long Branch and Dufferin Gate loops and replace streetcar service west of Roncesvalles Avenue.
  • 306 Carlton overnight: Buses replace streetcars along the regular route.
  • 310 Spadina overnight: regular streetcar service.
  • 501 Queen: Streetcars continue only between Sunnyside and Neville Park loops. Buses serving the 501L Queen / Long Branch overnight route operate between Long Branch Loop and Dufferin Street / Queen Street West and replace streetcar service west of Roncesvalles Avenue. Buses no longer operate along the 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle bus route.
  • 502 Downtowner: Buses continue to operate, but only Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.
  • 503 Kingston Rd: Streetcars resume and the TTC is extending the path so that the buses operate as far west as Spadina Avenue.
  • 504 King: 8 streetcars operate as extras during rush hours.
  • 505 Dundas: Buses replace cars along the entire route.
  • 506 Carlton: Buses replace cars along the entire route. In the west end, the buses operate to and from High Park Station, instead of High Park Loop.
  • 509 Harbourfront: regular streetcar service.
  • 510 Spadina: regular streetcar service.
  • 511 Bathurst: Streetcars resume.
  • 512 St Clair: regular streetcar service.
  • 514 Cherry: More frequent service during off-peak hours.

The King Street Pilot project continues to influence streetcar service levels, as the TTC revises or increases service along the 503 Kingston Rd and 514 Cherry routes.


Sources:

  • TTC: “Service changes”, here.
  • TTC: “Service summary, January 7, 2018 to February 17, 2018”, here (.pdf).
  • TTC: “Service summary, February 18, 2018 to March 31, 2018”, here (.pdf).
  • Steve Munro: “TTC Service Changes Effective February 18, 2018”, here.


Toronto Transit Commission approves overcrowding relief plans



During its meeting yesterday, Thursday, February 15, the Toronto Transit Commission approved several measures to reduce crowding along the Line 1 Yonge - University subway.

The measures result, in part, from an extraordinary sequence of events that led to dangerous crowding conditions on station platforms Tuesday, January 30. Mayor John Tory responded to those incidents by launching a ten-point action plan Monday, February 12. That day, City Council approved funds of as much as $3 million to help alleviate the overcrowding issues.

The TTC’s board - the commission - also endorsed the mayor’s action plan and proposed exploring several other options to help reduce crowding - especially on the Yonge branch of the line - over the short- and long-terms. (The TTC was already working on some of these solutions before January 30 and the mayor’s proposals.)

They include:

  • operating two extra trains to regular Monday-to-Friday morning rush-hour service along Line 1 and four extra trains to regular evening service along the line. (The TTC added the morning trains February 12);
  • increasing the number of staff at St George and Bloor - Yonge Stations so that the TTC can more readily respond to emergencies;
  • revising emergency protocols so that when one of those two stations becomes crowded, requiring the TTC to direct train operators to by-pass a station, it must also start by-passing the second station to make sure both avoid dangerous levels of crowding.
  • completing a secondary track for trains to enter or exit Wilson Yard to avoid excessive delays. (This work is underway.)
  • upgrading radio and public-address systems to make sure messages are reliable and clear and that passengers can understand the information;
  • investigating possible express bus services on Yonge Street as an alternative to the subway to travel to and from downtown, including transit-priority traffic lanes and other transit-priority tools, such as signals;
  • investigating possible express buses between downtown and stations on the Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway;
  • investigating ways to improve streetcar service along the 504 King, 505 Dundas and 510 Spadina routes, enhance the terminals at Dundas West, Spadina and Broadview stations and provide alternatives to the subway for travelling to and from downtown - especially during an emergency;
  • exploring the possibility of redesigning Bloor - Yonge Station to add extra elevators, stairs and escalators, or widen the Line 2 platforms to reduce crowding. (Due to the large-scale development surrounding this station, this project may be physically difficult to achieve in the short- or even long-term.);
  • continuing to develop the Relief Line subway proposal to attract passengers from the east end of Line 2 and further reduce congestion at Bloor - Yonge Station.

You can read the staff report to the commission here (.pdf).)



Less frequent GO trains, Oshawa to Whitby,
this weekend, February 17, 18, 19



Metrolinx contractors are working on the tracks into and out of the new East Rail Maintenance and Storage Facility this weekend. GO Transit is operating less frequent trains along the 09 Lakeshore East line east of Whitby this weekend to accommodate the work.

Trains only operate hourly to and from Oshawa GO Station Saturday, February 17, Sunday, February 18 and Family Day, Monday, February 19. Trains operate to and from Whitby every 30 minutes, as usually.

Westbound trains that usually start their trips at 11 minutes past the hour in Oshawa will start, instead, at 17 minutes past the hour in Whitby. Eastbound trains that leave Union Station at 43 minutes past the hour end their trips in Whitby, instead of Oshawa.

The westbound trains that leave usually Oshawa at 41 minutes past the hour continue all the way to Union Station. The trains that leave usually Union at 13 minutes past the hour continue all the way to Oshawa.

GO says that, by completing on the new rail facility in east Whitby, it can soon offer Lakeshore East passengers better service and more service along the line.



Kids 12 and younger ride free of fare
on GO Transit, UPX, February 17, 18, 19



In honour of the Family Day holiday, this Monday, February 19, Metrolinx is offering its youngest passengers free rides this weekend. Kids 12 years of age or younger may board GO Transit trains or buses or Union Pearson Express trains all day Saturday, February 17, Sunday, February 18 and Monday.

(If you’re younger than 12, you always ride free on UPX.)

Children do not require a ticket to travel this weekend. If a child transfers from a local transit service onto GO, he or she will not be eligible for the co-fare discount. This doesn’t apply to TTC, as children 12 and younger always travel for free.

If you plan on bringing a large group of kids about GO or UPX, make sure you call you “Let GO know”. Call ahead to 1-888-GET-ON-GO (438-6646) in advance so staff can can help accommodate your group.



Some GO trains pick up Union Station passengers
at different platforms, starting February 14



Starting today, Wednesday, February 14, Metrolinx is enhancing safety and communications systems at Union Station, including better platform lighting, electronic signage and a new public address system. It’s also repairing stairwells.

During this phase of the ongoing project to revitalize Union Station, some GO Transit trains pick up passengers at different platforms than usually in the station.

Starting today:

  • Barrie line trains leave platforms 11 and 12 at 4:10, 5:05, 6:05 and 7:05 p.m. The 7:40 p.m. train leaves from platforms 9 and 10.
  • A Kitchener line train leaves platforms 9 and 10 at 5:02 p.m.
  • Lakeshore East line express trains leave platform 24 at 5:35 and 6 p.m. Local trains (making regular station stops) leave platforms 25 and 26 at 5:40 and 6:13 p.m.

Metrolinx is assigning extra station attendants and transit safety officers to help guide passengers. Always check the departures boards before heading up to the platform.

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Here’s how you can reach train and bus platforms directly for parts of Union Station:

Bay East Teamway

Platforms 4 - 13

Bay West Teamway

Platforms 3 - 12, 24 - 27

VIA Concourse

Platforms 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 24 - 27

York Concourse

Platforms 3 - 12, 24 - 27

York East Teamway

Platforms 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11

York West Teamway

Platforms 4 - 12, 24 - 27

Union Station Bus Terminal

Platform 3

Skywalk

Platform 3



Mayor Tory proposes ten-point action plan
to address capacity issues on the TTC



Update — Saturday, February 17, 11:29 p.m.: This post now contains a link to a CP24 news report decribing TTC workers’ reaction to the plan.


Update — Thursday, February 15, 9:46 p.m.: This post now contains a link to a CBC news report explaining that the Toronto Transit Commission has approved the mayor’s plan.


Mayor John Tory today launched a ten-point action plan and pledged extra funds to help the TTC address overcrowding on its Line 1 Yonge - University subway.

The mayor’s proposals follow the events of Tuesday, January 30, when crowding reached dangerous levels after a series of events resulted in major delays on the line.

Before City Council finalizes the 2018 budget, the mayor, Toronto Transit Commission chair Councillor Josh Colle and budget chief Councillor Gary Crawford announced they support investing more than $3 million in the TTC to help resolve the capacity issues immediately. They presented Council with a motion during today’s meeting to grant approval of such an investment to fight overcrowding.

The mayor also announced that he has asked the city manager and the chief executive officer of the TTC to “have staff explore any and all means to accelerate the Transit Network Plan, including the Relief Line.”

In a news release the mayor said, “I know delays and crowding can be frustrating. I know people want an expanded transit system as soon as possible. I know how maddening it can be when transit and traffic don’t move in this city. He added, “I want Toronto residents to know that I am dedicated to getting transit and traffic moving. I’m dedicated to building our entire transit network plan. I’m dedicated to making sure the TTC is doing everything possible to minimize delays and ease crowding.”

The mayor’s plan for TTC staff includes:

Immediately

  1. adding two more subway trains to Line 1 service during the morning rush hours. (The TTC already operates 61 trains along Line 1 Monday-to-Friday mornings. The two extra trains make sure the TTC can move 2,400 more passengers.);
  2. adjusting overnight maintenance schedules to assure better system reliability;
  3. proactively checking operating equipment more often, especially during periods of extreme cold or inclement weather so a broken heater on a switch isn’t a surprise;
  4. deploying more platform staff at Bloor - Yonge and St George stations to manage crowding and help better communicate with the travelling public; and
  5. improving monitoring system-wide with more personnel at the transit operations centre so the TTC can react faster to problems as they arise.

In the coming weeks and beyond, the TTC will be:

  1. enhancing communications with riders and announcements across the system;
  2. studying possible options for lower fares during off-peak hours to give people real financial incentives to take transit at times other than rush hours; and
  3. bringing forward a plan on how to improve express bus service to help ease overcrowding on the Yonge branch of Line 1 during rush hours;

In the coming weeks and beyond, the mayor will be:

  1. meeting with the Minister of Transportation and the Premier to propose ways the city and the province can work together to ease overcrowding city- and region-wide; and
  2. chairing a regular monthly meeting with senior city, TTC and Metrolinx transit officials to track the progress of our transit expansion projects, including the Relief Line, with an eye to doing everything possible to speed them up.

In the news, read:

  • Torontoist post, “A Last Minute Ten, Nine, Eight… Point Transit Plan”, here. (February 12).
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC board approves mayor’s 10-point plan to improve service after last month’s chaotic commute”, here. (February 15)
  • CP24 report, “Union official calls Tory’s 10-point plan to address subway overcrowding ‘phony’”, here. (February 17)


"Six Points" / Dundas West overnight filming:
TTC, MiWay detours, February 14 to 17



Updated — Wednesday, February 14, 6:52 a.m.: The post now includes MiWay detour-routing information.


The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Dundas Street West near the “Six Points” intersection with Bloor Street West and Kipling Avenue

overnight four evenings and early mornings this week to accommodate a film shoot. It’s closing the street from 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 14 until 6 a.m. Thursday, February 15 and overnight nightly until 6 a.m. Saturday, February 17.

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

  • 30 Lambton.

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MiWay is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

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Note that MiWay stop #9008 is on the south side of Dundas Street West, not the north side. MiWay buses only operate eastbound along Dundas West, not both ways.



Streetcars return to Bathurst, Kingston Road;
disappear from Carlton, Dundas, February 18



The TTC is swapping streetcars and buses along several routes next week, due to the ongoing shortage of streetcars and several upcoming construction projects.

Starting Sunday, February 18, streetcars resume serving the 511 Bathurst route. The cars operate along the entire route between Bathurst Station and Exhibition Loop. (While buses have operates along the route, the TTC has been short-turning some service at Front Street West.) The TTC has operated buses along the route (this time) since Sunday, September 3.

Starting Tuesday, February 20, the TTC again operates streetcars, instead of buses, along the 503 Kingston Rd route. Due to upcoming construction on Wellington Street, the TTC is also extending the route further west along King Street West so that the cars operate between Spadina Avenue and Bingham Loop near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue. With this change, the TTC adds more streetcars to bolster service through the King Street Pilot area east of Spadina.

Buses continue to operate along the 502 Downtowner route on Kingston Road, but the TTC is swapping its service hours with its companion 503 Kingston Rd streetcar route. Buses operate along the 502 Downtowner route Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours, instead of all day before 7 p.m. Streetcars operate along the 503 Kingston Rd route before 7 p.m., instead of only during rush hours. The TTC has operated buses along route 503 (this time) since Monday, July 31.

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Also starting Sunday, the TTC is replacing buses with streetcars along the entire 505 Dundas route due to upcoming construction projects:

  • TTC track construction on Broadview Avenue in May.
  • TTC track construction at Gerrard Street East and Broadview and Dundas Street East and Broadview this summer.
  • TTC track construction at Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue in September.
  • City of Toronto water-main and streetscape construction on Dundas Street West between Bathurst and Huron Streets in September.

Buses also replace streetcars along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes, also due to construction, starting Sunday. Buses serving the 306 overnight route follow their regular path between Dundas West and Main Street stations. Buses serving the 506 regular route operate between High Park and Main Street stations. The buses operate along Bloor Street West and Parkside Drive between High Park Station and Howard Park Avenue and do not operate through High Park Loop.

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Several construction projects require the TTC to operate buses instead of streetcars along the 306 / 506 Carlton routes, including:

  • TTC construction at Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street in May.
  • TTC construction at Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue this summer.
  • TTC construction in Main Street Station this summer.

By resuming streetcar service along the 503 and 511 routes, the TTC can reassign some of the buses that temporarily replaced those services to the 306, 505 and 506 routes. It’s also revising bus service along the 301 / 501 Queen route to further supply buses to Dundas, College, Carlton and Gerrard Streets.

Construction on Lake Shore Boulevard West and The Queensway and in Humber Loop continues to affect the west end of the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes. Streetcars continue to operate only as far west as Sunnyside loop, just west of Roncesvalles Avenue.

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Starting Sunday, February 18, the TTC is shortening the 501L Queen / Long Branch bus route that the TTC has used to replace streetcar service on the west end of the route since January 2017. Starting Sunday, buses operate only between Long Branch Loop and the intersection of Queen Street West and Dufferin Street, instead of continuing to and from Dufferin Gate Loop at Exhibition Place. (Buses continue to operate along the 301L Queen / Long Branch overnight route to and from Dufferin Gate.)

The TTC is also cancelling the 501M Queen / Marine Parade route through the Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood between Park Lawn Road and Windermere Avenue.