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DRT revises routes and services, June 25



Last February, Region of Durham council passed Durham Region Transit’s budget for 2018. The 2018 budget continues to build on the improvements DRT introduced in 2017.

Budget highlights include:

  • nearly 11,000 more hours of service;
  • new buses to replace current buses and to expand the fleet by four.
  • a better website as part of a plan to improve communications to passengers.

In Oshawa, DRT is revamping its routes through the northern part of the city. It’s extending the cross-regional 915 Taunton route further east so that buses operate to and from Harmony Terminal every day. (Mondays to Fridays buses continue to serve the North Oshawa campuses of Durham College and the University of Ontario Insitute of Technology (UOIT).)

Because it’s extending route 915, DRT is cancelling the 416 Kedron route. To further replace route 416, it’s also increasing service along the 417 Conlin route so that buses operate every day instead of just Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Similarly, it’s increasing the hours of service along the 310 Winchester route to link commuters travelling between Brooklin and the Durham / UOIT campus every day.

In Whitby, DRT extends the 302 Baldwin - Brock route to the northwestern part of Brooklin.

DRT is increasing the hours of service along a number of routes, especially Saturdays and Sundays. Buses operate much later Sundays along key routes in Oshawa, including 401 Simcoe, 405 Wilson and 407 Ritson - Colonel Sam.

Similarly, buses start earlier or operate later along various routes through Ajax.

Starting Monday, DRT operates buses along the 120 Whites route in Pickering at least every 30 minutes before 7 p.m. every day, it’s adding the route to its list of “high-frequency routes”.



Streetcars return to Lake Shore West, June 24



After more than a year of construction, the TTC is resuming streetcar service along Lake Shore Boulevard West beyond Humber Loop, this Sunday, June 24.

During most time periods, streetcars serving the west end of the 501 Queen route operate only between Long Branch and Humber Loops. Passengers travelling east of Humber must transfer their to another streetcar.

However, Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours, the TTC is operating five extra cars between Long Branch and downtown. These through cars arrive on Queen Street West just west of Yonge Street at 8:05 am and every 15 minutes until 9:05 a.m.

Every day after 10 p.m. along the 501 Queen route and every night along the 301 Queen overnight route, all cars operate between Long Branch and Neville Park.

Since most cars operate only between Long Branch and the Humber, the TTC seems, in effect to be recreating its former 507 Long Branch loop, which operate with a similar pattern from 1935 until 1995.

Construction on Lake Shore West, in Humber Loop and on The Queensway started Sunday, January 8, 2017. Buses operating along the 301 / 501 Queen - Long Branch shuttle route have replaced the cars since then. Saturday, June 23 is the last day that the TTC operates buses along the route.

Streetcars carry more passengers than buses, so the TTC is generally decreasing the frequency of service along the far west end of the route.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read:



No TTC Line 3 Scarborough service, June 24



The TTC is closing all of Line 3 Scarborough this Sunday, June 24. Shuttle buses operate operate throughout the closure along Progress and Midland Avenues, stopping at Scarborough Centre, Midland, Ellesmere, Lawrence East and Kennedy stations.

Wheel-Trans buses operate between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy stations. Ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans accessible service.

While the line is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tracks and signals on the line. The TTC continues its program of rehabilitating Line 3 tracks and vehicles to provide a more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. It will close the line when it opens the extension of Line 2 Bloor - Danforth to Scarborough Centre.


The TTC previously closed Line 3 Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18.

It had planned to close the line Sunday, May 6, but due to the lack of drivers to operate shuttle buses, it cancelled the closure.

It plans to close the line once more this year for maintenance: Saturday, November 17.


Line 3 opened March 24, 1986, so the tracks, stations and vehicles are now almost 32 years old.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:



Buses replace Lakeshore East GO trains
between Oshawa and Pickering, early June 23



This Saturday, June 23 morning, buses replace GO Transit train service between Oshawa and Pickering GO stations. Regular train service resumes at 12:30 p.m.

If you’re travelling eastward along the 09 Lakeshore East line, the train travels only as far as Pickering GO Station, where buses connect you to Ajax, Whitby or Oshawa GO stations.

If you’re travelling westward, buses operate from Oshawa, Whitby and Ajax GO Stations to connect with trains in Pickering.

You can also drive and park at Pickering to board the train, but remember to change the default setting on your PRESTO fare card.

If you use your PRESTO card, remember to tap on and off at your start and end stations, but not on the bus.

GO says, “This temporary service adjustment will allow us to work on the tracks leading to our new rail maintenance facility, which will support the service growth needed to meet ridership demands.”



GO revises services, June 23



GO Transit is revising its services, starting Saturday, June 23.

Since GO no longer published full schedules of its services until they are in effect, we can’t provide our usual detailed look at the changes until after Saturday.

For now, here’s a summary. We will update this post with more information soon.



GO trains return to Niagara:
Weekends, June 22 to September 3



GO Transit is again offering seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto.

This year, the service is available Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Friday, June 22 until Labour Day, Monday, September 3. The trains likely roll again during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Friday, October 5 until Monday, October 8 — although GO hasn’t officially yet confirmed that.

Trains serving the 12 Niagara Falls line operate Friday evenings and several times each Saturday, Sunday and holiday, dropping off and picking up passengers at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO stations and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Rail stations.

This year, GO is not operating express buses carrying passengers between St. Catharines VIA Rail Station and downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. It has cancelled service along the 11 Niagara-on-the Lake / St. Catharines route. Instead, it’s encouraging passengers to board WEGO buses in Niagara Falls to travel to and from Niagara-on-the-Lake. (You’ll have to transfer between buses in Queenston.)

The travel time between Union Station and Niagara Falls is about two hours, passing through many cities and towns and across the Welland Canal.

Although GO says it will make “every effort… to get you there on time”, you may experience delays because GO, freight and VIA trains share a single track through this corridor. Since a lift bridge carries the tracks across the canal, ships passing through the canal may also delay the trains.

GO is equipping all trains operating along the line Saturdays, Sundays and holidays with two special bicycle coaches. (The coaches are not available Friday evenings.) The bike coaches can hold 18 bikes on the lower level. All regular coaches can also hold two bikes.



TTC revises routes and services, June 24



The TTC introduces its summer service changes this Sunday, June 24.

During the upcoming months, construction projects affect service along several routes.

During upcoming streetcar-track construction on Broadview Avenue and at the intersections of Broadview with Gerrard and Dundas Streets East, the TTC is not only detouring service along the 504 King route, but reorganizing the route into several branches. It’s temporarily cancelling the 503 Kingston Rd and 514 Cherry routes and adopting their paths as part of the 504 King route.

Repairs to Lawrence West Station require the TTC to temporarily block the roadway in the station bus terminal, affecting service along the 52 Lawrence West, 59 Maple Leaf, 109 Ranee and 400 Lawrence Manor community bus routes.

Construction continues to affect service to and from Main Street Station. Starting this Sunday, the construction further impacts the 64 Main and 87 Cosburn routes.

And, construction on Lake Shore Boulevard West ends after many months, finally allowing the TTC to resume streetcars along the entire 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes.

The TTC is introducing a new route, 176 Mimico GO to help passengers from the Humber Bay Shores area connect with GO Transit trains at Mimico GO Station. Buses operate along the new route Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours.

And, it’s extending the 121 Fort York - Esplanade route during the summer so that passengers can travel by transit to and from events at Ontario Place.

Since it’s summer and many people are on vacation, the TTC reduces rush-hour service along many of its routes for the rest of June and all of July and August along these routes:

  • 2 Bloor - Danforth subway;
  • 9 Bellamy;
  • 11 Bayview;
  • 12 Kingston Rd;
  • 16 McCowan;
  • 17 Birchmount;
  • 21 Brimley;
  • 23 Dawes;
  • 25 Don Mills;
  • 29 Dufferin;
  • 30 Lambton;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 38 Highland Creek;
  • 40 Junction;
  • 42 Cummer;
  • 44 Kipling South;
  • 45 Kipling local;
  • 45E Kipling express;
  • 46 Martin Grove;
  • 50 Burnhamthorpe;
  • 52 Lawence West;
  • 53 Steeles East local;
  • 54 Lawrence East local;
  • 54E Lawrence East express;
  • 57 Midland;
  • 60 Steeles West local;
  • 61 Avenue Rd North;
  • 63 Ossington;
  • 67 Pharmacy;
  • 68 Warden;
  • 69 Warden South;
  • 70 O’Connor;
  • 75 Sherbourne;
  • 81 Thorncliffe Park;
  • 85 Sheppard East;
  • 87 Cosburn;
  • 88 South Leaside;
  • 90 Vaughan;
  • 92 Woodbine South;
  • 95 York Mills local;
  • 95E York Mills express;
  • 100 Flemingdon Park;
  • 104 Faywood;
  • 108 Driftwood;
  • 110 Islington South;
  • 112 West Mall;
  • 116 Morningside;
  • 117 Alness - Chesswood;
  • 122 Graydon Hall;
  • 123 Shorncliffe;
  • 124 Sunnybrook;
  • 125 Drewry;
  • 129 McCowan North;
  • 131E Nugget express;
  • 132 Milner;
  • 133 Neilson;
  • 161 Rogers Rd;
  • 165 Weston Rd North;
  • 168 Symington;
  • 190 Scarborough Centre rocket; and
  • 191 Highway 27 rocket.

Summer service ends and regular service resumes Tuesday, September 4.


Sources:

  • TTC: “Service Changes”, here.
  • TTC: “Service Summary,May 13, 2018 to June 23, 2018”, here (.pdf).
  • Steve Munro: “TTC Service Changes Effective June 24, 2018”, here.


Lawrence West Station construction:
TTC revising bus service, starting June 24



Starting Monday, June 25, the TTC is upgrading various parts of Lawrence West Station, including:

  • installing new skylight seals;
  • rehabilitating the roof; and
  • repairing concrete and tiles.

So that crews can safely complete this work, the TTC is closing the bus roadway. Passengers can exit from or board buses at street level on the north and south sides of Lawrence Ave West. You’ll find temporary bus stop poles just outside the station entrances on both sides of the street.

Customer service agents and signs throughout the station will help direct you through the station or to your stop.

During construction, the TTC is revising service along these routes:

  • 52 Lawrence West;
  • 59 Maple Leaf;
  • 109 Ranee; and
  • 400 Lawrence Manor community bus.

During construction, you’ll need a proof of payment when you transfer between the Line 1 Yonge - University subway and the buses at Lawrence West. Get a paper transfer when you pay your fare — the transfer will serve as your proof of payment. (PRESTO fare-card users must also use a paper transfer during this construction project.)

Construction in Lawrence West Station and the changes to bus services continue until October 6.



Weekend events affect transit services,
June 22, 23, 24



The Pride festival in downtown Toronto dominates the list of events affecting transit services this weekend.

However, Barrie, Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, Hamilton, the Keswick area of Georgina, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Milton and Vaughan are also hosting events this weekend, resulting in detours for transit services.



Hamilton Street Railway revises services,
June 24



This Sunday, June 24, the Hamilton Street Railway starts decreasing service along many routes, as fewer passengers travel by transit during the summer.

On the same day, it also resumes service along its free summertime shuttle service between downtown Hamilton and the waterfront.

The HSR is also revising the path of buses operating along the 56 Centennial route to enter Confederation Park and serve passengers heading to and from Wild Waterworks.