Read the 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.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Scarborough Subway Debate, Part ??” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “Justin Di Ciano: Candidate for Ward 5 - Etobicoke-Lakeshore” here
- Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post,, “What happens after Toronto’s election? More senseless transit debates, sadly” here
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Stroller vs. Scooter - who wins?” here
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Conversations with a GO bus driver” here
- Steve Munro’s post, “Bathurst Street Track Construction 2014” here
- Steve Munro’s post, “Why I Voted For Olivia” here
- Torontoist post, “TTC Explains Its Blue Priority Seating” here
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post,”If John Tory is elected, will he really be able to build SmartTrack?” here
- Toronto Star article, “Toronto city planners analyze relief-line scenarios while awaiting election outcome” here
- Toronto Star article, “What transit changes do Torontonians want most?” here
- TTCriders.ca post, “Read our letter to the Province and Metrolinx” here
- TTCriders.ca post, “Tory campaign muzzles TTCriders Vote Transit Guide” here
GO Transit contractors will shortly start a project to improve Richmond Hill GO Station.
GO is repairing and extending the train platform to accommodate 12-car trains and constructing a new station building to provide better access to the bus loop, the passenger drop-off and pick-up facility (or “kiss ‘n’ ride”) and the parking lot. GO will also build a new pedestrian bridge over Major Mackenzie Drive East, allowing easier and safer access to local transit for the community.
GO expects to finish the project in early 2016.
The new pedestrian overpass will improve access to the station for passengers who live or work south of Major Mackenzie Drive East.
(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)
Crews will be working tomorrow, Saturday, October 25, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at various sites through the construction zone. They’ll only be working south of the plazas — away from residences — before 9 a.m.
Starting Monday, October 27, crews will dig up the sidewalk on the east side of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street East. The work is necessary to finish new connections to various underground utilities including Rogers, Bell and Toronto Hydro. The east sidewalk will be likely be unavailable to pedestrians for about five weeks, or until December 1. During this time, the sidewalk on the west side of Leslie Street will be open. After completing the utility work, crews will build a new, wider sidewalk.
- BlogTO post, “Does Toronto need a TTC university?” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto mayoral candidates spar over transit in final debate” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “School bus has close shave with GO train” here
- CTV News Toronto report, “Visible police presence in Toronto subway stations, government buildings” here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Oshawa GO station re-opens, police deem suspicious package harmless”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Disabled Durham residents frustrated with transit services”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Pickering’s Nicole Rioux frustrated with Durham Region Transit”, here.
- ECanadaNow report, “Breaking: Car crashes into subway tunnel in downtown Toronto” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “Top 5 busiest bus and streetcar routes in Toronto” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “WARD 36: Transit, road safety among key issues for Scarborough Southwest candidates” here
- Metro Toronto’s column, “How do we fast-track transit relief in Toronto? More buses and streetcars” here
- Metro Toronto’s column, “Better Toronto transit starts with your vote” here
- Metro Toronto’s column, “Will the details derail John Tory’s SmartTrack plan?” here
- Mississauga News’s column, “Will LRT be worth it for Ward 7 residents?” here
- NOW article, “Ontario Liberals divided on Sheppard LRT” here
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “If Olivia Chow is elected, will she really be able to make her transit plan a reality?” here
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Toronto’s subway cat has a story both adorable and sad” here
- Toronto Observer post, “Ward 6 contenders say incumbent’s transit pledge not fulfilled” here
- Toronto Star article, “Man arrested after SUV found in streetcar tunnel” here
- Toronto Star article, “Driver charged after elderly woman hit by bus dies” here
- York Region.com article, “Richmond Hill GO station improvements on track” here
- York Region.com article, “New buses for York Region come with savings” here
- MyKawartha.com article, “MP expects final call on Peterborough’s commuter rail this fall”, here.
- Orangeville Citizen commentary, “A ‘SmarterTrack’ proposal” here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Sousa hints Niagara GO expansion still on agenda” here.
- Waterloo Region Record op-ed, “Opinion: The LRT referendum we’ve been waiting for is finally here” here.
The TTC is repairing the streetcar tracks at
- the intersection of College and Bathurst Streets
this weekend, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26.
It’s also operating shuttle buses along College and Carlton Streets between Lansdowne Avenue and Church Street to replace the cars.
The TTC is repairing two sections of streetcar track at the intersection — a short section in the northbound lane immediately north of the intersection and another section in the eastbound lane immediately east of the intersection. The overall project includes replacing rail, welding, grinding and placing concrete. Some of these activities will occur overnight.
Starting at about 8 a.m. Saturday, October 25, a crew will break and remove the concrete in the two track areas to expose the rails for repair. They’ll carry out this portion of work during the daytime and but they may continue past 9 p.m.
Once they’ve dug out these sections of track, they’ll install new pieces of rail and weld them into place overnight Saturday. They’ll place concrete Sunday morning. While crews will keep keep noise levels to a minimum, some noise will be unavoidable when certain equipment is operating.
During a separate construction project, the TTC is also replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses, and diverting the buses around the construction zone between Dundas and Queen Streets West.
As the good weather ends and late fall weather begins, just six events affect transit services this weekend.
Brampton Transit is closing the north platform of the Downtown Brampton Terminal will be from tomorrow Friday, October 24 until Sunday, October 26, while crews repair the asphalt. The terminal building will remain open during regular hours.
Brampton Transit and GO Transit buses that usually drop off or pick up passengers at the north platform will serve temporary stops on nearby streets:
Stop 1 — On the north side of Nelson Street West beside the terminal;
Stop 2 — On the west side of George Street North across from the terminal;
Stop 3 — On the west side of George Street North south of Nelson Street West;
Stop 4 — On the west side of George Street North across from Diplock Lane; and
Stop 5 — On the east side of George Street North just south of Nelson Street West.
Buses operating along these Brampton Transit routes serve the temporary stops:
- 1 / 1A Queen: Westbound buses serve stop 1 and stop 5
- 24 Van Kirk: Buses serve stop 5.
- 25 Edenbrook: Buses serve stop 5.
- 52 McMurchy: Buses serve stop 2.
- 56 Springbrook: Buses serve stop 5.
Buses operating along these GO Transit routes serve the temporary stops:
- 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto: Eastbound buses serve stop 5; westbound buses serve stop 4.
- 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York: Eastbound buses serve stop 5; westbound buses serve stop 4.
- 34 Brampton / Pearson / North York: Buses serve stop 3.
- 35 Brampton / Humber College / North York: Buses serve stop 3.
- 37 Orangeville / Brampton: Buses serve stop 4.
You can view a map of the temporary stops here. (.pdf)
This Sunday, October 26 from about 7 a.m. until noon, the City of Brampton is repairing two lanes of Main Street South in front of Brampton Gateway Terminal.
While crews repave the roadway, Brampton Transit buses operating along the 2 Main and 502 Züm Main routes will not stop to drop off or pick up passengers at their regular stop. Instead buses stop further north on Main Street South, where buses operating along the 52 McMurchy route also serve passengers.
You can view a map of the regular and temporary stops here. (.pdf)
- CTV News Toronto report, “Security, transit dominate CTV Toronto’s mayoral debate” here.
- Torontoist post, “Toronto Election 2014: Doug Ford on Seven Key Issues” here.
- Torontoist post, “Toronto Election 2014: Olivia Chow on Seven Key Issues” here.
- Torontoist post, “Toronto Election 2014: John Tory on Seven Key Issues” here.
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “If Doug Ford is elected, will he actually be able to build all those subways?” here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Toronto Police, TTC on heightened alert: Officials” here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Passengers lukewarm about Viva/YRT service”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Region considers hike in YRT/Viva fares”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Section of bus-only lane opens in Markham”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Police lay charges in fatal bus crash”, here.