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.
Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe transit agencies are revising their services during the long Easter holiday weekend.
Starting Monday, April 21, City of Toronto contractors resume a project to replace the watermains and upgrade the roadway on
- Dufferin Street between Dundas Street West and Peel Avenue.
Detours only affect southbound buses and continue until November.
You can learn more about the project here. (.pdf)
The City is continuing work on a project that started in 2013. The TTC also previously detoured the buses from Monday, June 24 until Saturday, December 21.
The City of Toronto is closing
- Church Street between Adelaide and King Streets East,
- Jarvis Street between Adelaide and King Streets East and
- King Street East between Church and Jarvis Streets
to accommodate the state funeral for the Honourable Jim Flaherty tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16.
(Although Church Street is closed to all other traffic, Toronto Police Service officers will allow streetcars to pass along that part of the street.)
GO Transit, the City of Burlington and the Town of Oakville are improving the Burloak Drive railway crossing between Wyecroft Road and Superior Court. The work involves building the railway crossing, replacing track material and resurfacing the asphalt pavement at the crossing and on the approaches to the crossing.
To accommodate the work, the City and Town are closing
- Burloak Drive between Wyecroft Road and Superior Court
to all vehicle traffic from 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 21.
While the street is closed, Oakville Transit is detouring buses operating along the 32 Burloak / Great Lakes route. It’s also operating special shuttle buses linking the RioCan Centre with Bronte GO Station and South Oakville Centre terminal.
The work also affects GO train service along the 01 Lakeshore West line Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20.
To get ready for the first phase of rapidway construction in Newmarket, crews are starting “pre-construction activities”, including sampling ground water, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17.
At various locations on both the east and west sides of Yonge Street between William Roe Boulevard and Millard Avenue, crews will use a drilling truck to cut holes in the ground around the boulevard to extract ground water samples. They’ll fill in each hole before they move to the next location.
The work does not require the crews to block traffic lanes — they’ll be working within the boulevard. However, expect noise.
Last Friday, April 11, the City of Toronto reopened the Dufferin Street Bridge to vehicular traffic. The City has closed the bridge for safety reasons last June. It crosses GO Transit’s 01 Lakeshore West tracks, south of Springhurst Avenue, extending Dufferin Street into Exhibition Place.
Starting about 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, the TTC will restore service along the 29D branch of the 29 Dufferin route, linking Wilson Station with the Princes’ Gate Loop inside the Exhibition grounds.
Starting 2 a.m. Thursday, April 17, it restores service through Exhibition Place along the 329 Dufferin overnight route. It also makes minor changes to the path of buses operating along the 316 Ossington overnight route.
When the TTC revised its routes and services in February, it also introduced a new “walking transfer” to allow passengers to transfer between buses operating along the 63 Ossington bus at Liberty Street and Atlantic Avenue with streetcars and buses operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 511 Bathurst routes at Exhibition Loop or passengers at Exhibition Loop to walk to Liberty Street to transfer to buses operating along the 63 Ossington route.
Now that buses operating along the 29D Dufferin route have returned to Exhibition Place, the walking transfer privileges include Dufferin passengers boarding and exiting buses on Manitoba Drive across from Exhibition Loop.
The City had already been planing to replace the bridge, but after City officials inspected the bridge infrastructure in early 2013, the City decided to speed up the closure and install temporary bridges to carry traffic across the tracks and into Exhibition Place before it started to build a permanent bridge. It demolished the original bridge late last year.
The temporary bridges will remain open to traffic until City contractors complete the permanent bridge in 2019.
The City of Toronto is closing
- Yorkville Avenue between Bay and Yonge Streets
in the final stage of a project that started last year. Last year during the project, City contractors:
- rebuilt Bay Street between Davenport Road and Bloor Street West and
- rebuilt Davenport Road between McAlpine and McMurrich Streets.
This year, the project includes replacing the watermains on Yorkville, rebuilding the roadway and improving the streetscape throughout the area with new trees, landscaping and lighting.
During Yorkville construction, tt will temporarily cancel service along the 6A branch of the route so that all buses operating to Davenport Road and Dupont Street Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.
Construction and the detour continue until 5 a.m. May 8.
GO Transit, the City of Burlington and the Town of Oakville are improving the Burloak Drive railway crossing between Wyecroft Road and Superior Court for two days this long weekend. The work involves building the railway crossing, replacing track material and resurfacing of the asphalt pavement at the crossing and on the approaches to the crossing.
That also means less frequent service to passengers.
From 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Good Friday, April 18 and from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Easter Saturday, April 19, GO will operate trains west of Bronte GO Station every hour, instead of every 30 minutes.
Trains will operate with regular 30-minute service will operate at all other times on these days. All trains operate with regular 30-minute service between Bronte and Union Stations.
GO will continue to provide regular 30-minute bus service along the 18 Lakeshore West route between Hamilton GO Centre and Aldershot GO Station. If you normally ride the bus between Hamilton and Aldershot, make sure that your bus trip connects with hourly train service during these times.
Oakville Transit is detouring its bus services during the project.
You can find the adjusted schedules during this track here.
TTC crews have finished delivering and installing track for the streetcar corridor just west of Lower Simcoe Street last week. (Since rails extend from about 60 metres (200 feet) to 100 metres (330 feet) the TTC crews usually move the rails overnight to protect public safety and reduce disrupting traffic. “Paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers help guide the crews though intersections and protect the public.)
They also poured the concrete base for the next section of track between Ann Tindal Park and the east leg of Robertson Crescent. This week, TTC crews deliver the rails overnight and start installing them in this section. They’ll also get ready to build the next stretch just west of York Street once they’ve completed saw-cutting and removing asphalt to locate underground utilities.
This week, contractors have scheduled three traffic-lane shifts for Queens Quay:
- at Lower Spadina Avenue: The City reopened the northbound lanes between Queens Quay West and Lake Shore Boulevard West last week. They’ll remain open until April 25, when TTC crews start installing rails in the intersection of Lower Spadina and Queens Quay West. The TTC will maintain the current detour routing for buses operating along the 510 Spadina route along Dan Leckie Way during this brief period.
- at Lower Simcoe Street: Crews will reinstate northbound traffic mid-week. Last week, crews finished installing a new utility access portal (a “manhole”) in the roadway intersection and will finish restoring the roadway early this week.
- From York Street to Queens Quay Terminal: Contractors are shifting traffic to the south side of Queens Quay mid-week. At the west driveway area, they’ll direct back to the north side lanes through the intersection with Lower Simcoe Street.
Crews continue installing the foundations for poles to support the TTC’s overhead wires, street lights and signals:
- Crossing intersections with Queens Quay West at Bay/ Lower Simcoe/ Rees / Spadina: This week, crews continue with exploratory test pits, using hydro-vac trucks. This work will expose, locate, and identify sub-surface conflicts and obstructions in advance of installing the street light pole foundations.
- Between Bay and Rees Streets: This week, crews work on pole foundations near 10 / 20 Bay and the remaining pole foundation at the north-west corner of York Street.
- Between 401 Queens Quay West and Yo Yo Ma Lane: Crews continue excavating foundations and the beams for pole cantilevers in this area. This week, they’ll continue hydro-vac operations for pole foundations due to new obstructions. This accommodates some design modifications to the TTC pole locations in this area.
- crews continue to rebuild the TTC tracks between York Street and Robertson Crescent.
- crews continue to install TTC poles, catch basins and utility access portals (“manholes”) between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes with buses during this project.
The City of Toronto has now reopened Lower Spadina Avenue to northbound traffic between Queens Quay West and Lake Shore Boulevard West last week. They’ll remain open until April 25, when TTC crews start installing rails in the intersection of Lower Spadina and Queens Quay West. The TTC will maintain the current detour routing for buses operating along the 510 Spadina route along Dan Leckie Way during this brief period.
In sections A and B, the inner loop area, crews are installing overhead cabling.
Last week, crews completed the “rebar” (metal reinforcement bar) floor structure for the splicing chamber in section C. (The splicing chamber is an underground vault for connecting cables.) This week they’ll be pouring the concrete walls. The laneway at Shoppers Drug Mart is open for ‘exit-only’ traffic.
Crews are also getting ready to rebuild section D, the intersection of Lower Spadina Avenue with Queens Quay West, starting Friday, April 25.
Outside of the Spadina Loop area, they have deferred building the last splicing chamber, just east of the intersection of Queens Quay West with Rees Street and Robertson Crescent until they can fabricate a specialized chamber to fit within the constraints of the infrastructure in the area. They’ll complete more work in this area until they can install the precast concrete chamber over the next three to four weeks.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses south of King Street West. It’s also operating buses, instead of streetcars, along the 509 Harbourfront route.