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.
TTC passengers can now make minor repairs to their bicycles at ten subway stations. The chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Josh Colle, unveiled the new self-service bicycle-repair stop at Davisville Station this Tuesday, September 29.
Each bicycle-repair stop includes wrenches, Allen keys, screw drivers, a bike pump and a wheel chock. (A chock is wedge that you can place against the wheel while you’re repairing your bike.) Steel cables secure these tools to each repair facility.
The TTC has installed its first 10 bike repair stations, as part of a pilot project, at these stations:
- Pape; and
TTC and City of Toronto staff considered a number of criteria to select where to locate the first 10 bike repair stations, including:
- the number of bike-parking spots at each station;
- number of bike trips that cyclists take in the surrounding area;
- bike routes and trails in the neighbourhood; and
- the physical space at the station.
As part of its 2015 Customer Charter, the TTC committed to encouraging passengers to cycle as a part of their daily commute.
According to the TTC, it “has a long-standing partnership with the City of Toronto and its cycling initiatives”. Over the past twenty years, the TTC says, the City and the transit agency “have pedaled in unison on numerous initiatives to integrate cycling with public transit.” For example:
- All TTC buses have bike racks for one or two bikes as standard equipment.
- The new accessible Toronto Flexity streetcars include two interior spaces for bikes.
- New, easier-access fare gates allow passengers with bicycles to enter and exit subway stations more easily;
- Cyclists can take advantage of more bike parking at or near subway stations.
- The TTC has installed bike lockers at or near seven subway stations.
- The TTC has retrofitted staircases at Pape and Dufferin Stations with bike channels, letting cyclists push their bikes up- or downstairs between subway platforms and the streets.
Nuit Blanche and various Runs for the Cure — supporting breast cancer research — dominate the list of special events affecting transit services this weekend.
The events take place in Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, Hamilton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Milton; Mississauga, Oshawa, Peterborough, Richmond Hill; and Toronto.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “The Defeat Device”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Toronto might kill rush hour parking on streetcar routes”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC subway stations to get bike-repair facilities”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Transit and transportation rank high on election priority list for local voters”, here.
- Canadian Cycling Magazine blog post, “When your bike is busted, head to the subway… to fix it”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC launches bike repair stations at 10 subway stops”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Hydro One: 6 reasons why the sale is going to happen”, here.
- CP24 report, “Select subway stations now equipped with bike repair areas”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Harper says Conservatives will continue to support TTC expansion”, here.
- Globe and Mail commentary, “”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC board forgoes viewing SmartTrack report; will be presented to Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee Oct. 20”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Bike repair shops coming to 10 TTC stations”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Residents clearly fed up with graffiti on transparent noise barriers”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Elections promises made to date”, here.
- Installation International post, “X20 display network for Toronto’s new express train service” here.
- Leaside Life commentary, “I found Metrolinx duplicitous”, here.
- Mass Transit post, “York Viva BRT Expansion Reaches Major Milestone”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Toronto activist fighting to keep billboards off highways”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Your Ride: Toronto post, “Running a deficit to pay for transit not such a bad thing”, here.
- National Post article, “TTC supervisor Richard Lee’s new book, Get Onboard, details a day in the life of a transit operator”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Union Pearson express — The train Toronto loves to hate”, here.
- National Post article, “Uber has ‘already won the battle’ against taxis, Toronto-based researcher says in new poll”, here.
- NOW article, “NDP unveils national climate plan”, here.
- Oshawa Express article, “Metrolinx and Kids’ Safety Village renew partnership”, here.
- Post City Toronto article, “Complete streets trend gaining momentum in 905 with new bus and bike lanes”, here.
- Progressive Railroading post, “Kinnear named president of Amalgamated Transit Union Canada”, here.
- OR-Politics.com post, “TTC unveils bike repair facilities at 10 subway stations”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “How to stop billboard proliferation along our highways”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “A Frustrating Update on Transit Expansion Plans”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Effective October 11, 2015”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Contemplates Fare Option Principles”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “The Unsuccessful UP Express and A Possible TTC Fare Hike”, here.
- Torontoist post, “City Council Preview: September - October 2015”, here.
- Torontoist post, “The Hybrid Gardiner, Revisited”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Extra, Extra: $150 Restaurant For Sale (Sort of), Councillor Calls Metrolinx ‘Duplicitous’, Ontario Demands Tax Money From Toronto”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC streetcar routes could get extended no parking hours”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC won’t subsidize regional fare integraton: board”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Kvetching about UPX is premature”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Bury the Gardiner? Idea resurfaces at Toronto City Hall on Wednesday”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Just kill the Gardiner - please”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “No simple answers when it comes to Toronto’s biggest problems”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “How Hydro One’s privatization reversed our political polarity”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC equips 10 stations for bike repairs”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Mulcair’s cap-and-trade snow job”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Torontonians want Uber regulated”, here.
- 570 News report, “[Kitchener] Mayor Vrabanovic encouraging us to push Feds to make all-day two-way a priority”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown says party has most diverse membership in province”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Pioneers of James Street North aren’t considered crazy anymore”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard column, “Not much to show for council’s Year 1”, here.
The TTC has equipped the new streetcar with PRESTO fare-card machines and ticket validators so you can pay your fares. The machines also lets passengers without a PRESTO fare card to buy a single-ride Proof-of-Payment ticket with coins or tokens.
The newest streetcars operate along the 510 Spadina and 509 Harbourfront routes. Both routes are “POP” or Proof-of-Payment routes, allowing you to board at any door, if you have a transfer or valid TTC pass.
The new car joins the other nine accessible low-floor streetcars in service along the routes. The new streetcars feature a higher passenger capacity, air conditioning and are fully accessible for passengers using mobility devices.
The TTC expects Bombardier to ship car #4412 from its plant in Thunder Bay later this week.
The transformation of Davis Drive continues as crews switch over to permanent traffic lights Wednesday, September 30 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Davis at Main Street and the Tannery Mall. Once they’ve activated the new traffic lights, audible pedestrian crossing signals will be available.
- Expect delays as work takes place.
- “Paid-duty” York Region Police officers will be on site to direct traffic.
- Crews will maintain pedestrian access along the corridor. Watch for signs and follow directions.
From 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 until 7 a.m. Wednesday, September 30 and continuing overnight nightly, crews are also installing left-turn traffic sensors at intersections to help ease the flow of traffic along Davis Drive. This week and next week, they’ll be installing sensors between Patterson Street / Roxborough Road and Main Street. The sensors will prioritize the advanced green arrow for motorists to turn left or U-turn through the intersections.
- Crews will be working overnight to reduce the impact on daytime traffic.
- They’ll block left-turn lanes required to install the sensors.
- Expect noise, dust, and vibrations during this work.
Work continues until 6 a.m. October 9.
During all phases of Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:
- 65 Newmarket / Toronto.
Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:
- 44 Bristol;
- 50 Queensway;
- 54 Bayview;
- 55 / 55B Davis Drive;
- 58 Mount Albert;
- 223 Newmarket GO shuttle; and
- 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.
Crews will be painting crosswalks as part of the finshing touches in their work, as this construction project winds down. In total, they’ll be painting in four intersections near Warden Avenue in Markham.
From 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, September 28 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29 and continuing overnight nightly, they’ll work in these intersections in this order:
- Highway 7 and South Town Centre / Town Centre Boulevard;
- South Town Centre Boulevard and Clegg Road;
- South Town Centre Boulevard and Cedarland Drive; and
- Warden Avenue and the IBM road.
- print painted crosswalk markings at intersections;
- keep sidewalks, bike lanes and bus stops will remain open, with flag persons helping to guide you around areas where work is underway.
- temporarily close the sections of crosswalks as they paint them.
- keep the Viva rapidways open for service uring regular hours.
- complete work quickly to reduce disruption.
Expect construction-related noise from equipment.
Work continues until 6 a.m. October 2.
Throughout Highway 7 rapidway construction, expect delays for:
- TTC buses operating along the 24 Victoria Park, 68 Warden and 224 Victoria Park North routes; and
- YRT buses operating along the Viva green, Viva pink, Viva purple, 1 Highway 7, 224B Woodbine, 300 Business express and 302 Unionville express routes.
Ongoing construction to expand the Oshawa Centre (mall) temporarily blocks access to the mall property from Elmgrove Avenue, tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29.
Durham Region Transit is detouring buses that usually operate along Elmgrove to and from the Oshawa Centre Terminal.
It’s detouring buses operating along these routes tomorrow:
- 402 / 402B King;
- 405 Wilson;
- 410 Olive / Harmony;
- 411 Grandview / Courtice; and
- 414 Oshawa community bus.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “A Gardiner Ode”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Eglinton Crosstown LRT a year behind schedule”, here
- BlogTO post, “Metrolinx under pressure to lower prices on UP Express”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC customer satisfaction at highest level in two years”, here.
- BlogTO post, “New proposal imagines a linear park atop the Gardiner”, here.
- BlogTO post, “A snapshot of Queen and Bay in the 1960s”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton bus drives being asked to give up 30-minute unpaid lunch break”, here.
- Buzz Feed post, “These Ads For A Gay Hookup Site Were Pulled from Toronto Subway”, here.
- Caledon Enterprise article, “Bolton GO no go?”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the Globe and Mail website, “Uber can boost incomes, ease gridlock, says former Obama adviser”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx reviewing 50 locations for GO Transit expansion”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Ontario Liberals not ready to lower cost to ride UP Express”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Trending: Pope’s subway blessing may be the light at the end of the tunnel”, here.
- CP24 report, “New phase of Eglinton Crosstown project begins”, here.
- CP24 report, “Stay tuned regarding lengthened Sunday subway service, Tory says”, here.CP24 report, “Councillors call for GO stop at Humber Bay Shores”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Metrolinx considers up to 50 locations for expansion of regional train service”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Ground broken on next phase of Eglinton Crosstown tunnel”, here.
- Gay Times Magazine article, “These raunchy posters have been banned from the Toronto subway”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Tunnel boring begins westward on Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Pearson airport express trains 90 per cent empty”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx’s reputation on the line with poor figures for Pearson express train”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Canada’s big city mayors put heads together to tackle Uber issues”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Metrolinx lists Burlington as potential site for new GO station”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Eglinton Crosstown LRT opening pushed back to 2021 by Metrolinx”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx considering 50 sites for new GO stations from Toronto to Hamilton over the next decade”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx report on Davenport Diamond rail crossing expected by the end of September”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “McNicoll Bus Garage pricetag needs explanation: Scarborough councillor”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Queen streetcar tracks being replaced at two stops in Leslieville”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Uber users petition City Hall to make rideshare company a legal service”, here.
- Mass Transit post, “TTC Customer Satisfaction Climbing”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Councillor questions ‘outrageous’ budget for Scarborough bus garage”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Could Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway be both a highway and a park?”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Ads for gay dating service Squirt.com removed from TTC”, here.
- National Post article, “TTC supervisor suspended with pay over orthotics scam that allegedly bilked $4M from benefits plan”, here.
- NewNowNext post, “These Hookup App Ads Got Yanked From Toronto Subways”, here.
- PinkNews post, “Gay apps ads pulled from trains as ‘public sex is against the law’”, here.
- Post City Toronto article, “First Look: Metrolinx reveals new CIBC Upstairs Lounge in the Union Pearson Express rail link”, here.
- Progressive Railroading article, “Ontario continues tunneling work for Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line”, here.
- Railway Tracks and Structures article, “Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown TBMs begin westward bore”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Smoakville, where everybody is woefully stupid”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “So how’s the Burlington GO Station coming along? (Oshawa peeps take note and be prepared for long years ahead)”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, ” I warned PRESTO of a problem back in February and it was ignored. Well guess what folks? Revenue Canada isn’t accepting Transit Usage Reports as is
- Ride This Crazy Train”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Trainpost, “When you’re too lazy to park in the GIANT parking garage”, here.
- Scoopwhoop post, “Someone Put A Sexist Ad In A Toronto Subway And The Reply Was Just Perfect”, here.
- South Bayview Bulldog article, “LRT twin tunnels from Brentcliffe to Yonge to take 15 months”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC service changes effective October 11, 2015”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC contemplates fare option principles”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “The Evolution of Demand on the Union Pearson Express (updated)”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Satisfaction Highest in Two Years”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “UberX users decrease useage of TTC / GO: poll”, here.
- Toronto Observer article, “Artist adds colour to the east end”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC improvements registering with riders”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Eglinton Crosstown to open a year later than expected”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx proposes integrated fares for the GTHA”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx evaluating 50 potential new GO station locations”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Metrolinx’s love for the business traveler goes unrequited”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Presto! Toronto is joining smart card shift”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Two ends of a boom town”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC union leader to head national transit labour group”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “You don’t know how got you’ve got it, Toronto”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Liberals say they can prudently add $145B in new spending and still balance books”, here.
- Toronto Star editorial, “Toronto would benefit from highway tolling”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Uber’s mission: to bring better transit, opportunity to masses”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “DVP closure causes traffic ripples”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “York University ad blunder proclaims, ‘This is Enginering’”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Eglinton Crosstown finish delayed a year”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC unveils new fare inspector uniforms”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC operators have voices heard in new book”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC orders gay dating site’s ads removed”, here.
- Toronto Sun commentary, “Those In Charge should give us some credit”, here.
- Toronto Sun editorial, “Mayor Tory: Just say no to tolls”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Westward tunnel-boring commences on the Crosstown LRT”, here.
- Vice post, “What Should You Do If Someone Is Being Sexually Harassed in Public?”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Pair of Vaughan locations under consideration as part of GO expansion plan”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Markham’s anti-train noise movement gains steam”, here.
- 570 News report, “Study says GO Train service to Cambridge should be a go”, here.
- AM 900 CHML News report, “Will LRT plan include two-way streets?”, here.
- Brantford Expositor article, “Brantford GO bus service negotiations continue”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Metrolinx will trim Hamilton LRT project, before it goes overbudget”, here.
- CTV News Kitchener report, “Ion vehicles expected to arrive in late 2016”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “LRT may rekindle two-way traffic debate”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Keeping the public in the loop on LRT is critical, councillors say”, here.
- Niagara Falls Review article, “Niagara should be on Metrolinx list: Sendzik”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “LRT delays? Project faces challenges in Kitchener and Waterloo”, here.
Last week’s mostly good-news conference launching the tunnel-boring machines for the eastern part of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line did, however, contain some bad news.
Metrolinx’s president and chief executive officer, Bruce McCuaig acknowledged that the new line wouldn’t open until September 2021 — likely disappointing motorists and nearby residents and business owners already fed up with construction — not to mention thousands of transit passengers.
According to the Toronto Star’s transportation reporter, Tess Kalinowski, “the precise reasons aren’t clear.”
“At the Thursday morning event, McCuaig acknowledged the provincial agency had been expecting to deliver the project earlier. But in talking to the bidders about the construction and the community needs during the build, the date was changed to 2021.
“Later, Metrolinx issued a statement attributing the date change to work ‘done to enhance the bid documents.’
“The scope of the project was changed based on the decision not to include the replacement of the Scarborough RT, according to the statement. That, in turn, affected the tendering process.
“‘Initially we expected to go out to tender in June 2013. We are pleased with the realistic schedule submitted by Crosslinx Transit Solution, and full service will begin in 2021,” the agency said.
“[Ontario] Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca stressed at the news conference that it was important to take the time to ensure the project and contract were delivered properly.
“A statement from his office later Thursday said the Crosstown wouldn’t operate until 2021, “to mitigate disruption to the local community and infrastructure as much as possible.”
“According to… Aikins, 2020 was an early estimated target.
“‘We have been planning the Eglinton Crosstown for the past four to five years,’ Aikins said. “There was a change in scope based on the decision not to include the Scarborough RT replacement and expansion.” Council voted in 2013 to nix the Scarborough LRT and instead extend the Bloor-Danforth subway further east to replace the aging Scarborough RT.
“‘This had some impact on the timing of release of the Crosstown (request for proposal) as the documents had to be amended. So it was not issued until December 2013. Initially we expected to go out to tender in June 2013,’ Aikins said.
“‘We are pleased with the realistic schedule submitted by Crosslinx (the consortium building the project) and full service will begin in 2021.’”
One of the reasons for delaying the opening of the line, apparently, relates to increasing both long- and short-term benefits to the nearby communities. As Rahul Gupta, InsideToronto.com’s transportation writer explains,
“‘Originally the plan going back four or five years was to launch in 2020,’ said McCuaig from the Crosstown’s tunnel launch shaft site at Eglinton Avenue and Brentcliffe Road. ‘A lot has happened since then and we’ve built additional features into the project.’
“One of these features is the inclusion of so-called community benefits agreements intended to offer skills-training and employment opportunities for Crosstown-related work to local communities.
“‘Adding these kinds of provisions takes time and as bidders looked at what we are asking them to build, because from their perspective it’s a commitment they have to meet, they felt confident they can deliver the service for September 2021,” said McCuaig.”
Gupta continues by discussing the private consortium that’s now assumed responsibility for building and maintaining the line and its accountability for delivering the project on time.
“Private-sector consortium Crosslinx Transit Solutions, which is made up of construction companies EllisDon, SNC-Lavalin, Aecon and ACS-Dragados, won a bid from Metrolinx earlier this year estimated to be worth at least $3 billion for designing, building and financing construction costs for the Crosstown, which has an overall budget of $5.3 billion initially allocated in 2010. The consortium will also assume maintenance costs when the line opens.
“Under the terms of the deal Crosslinx is responsible for constructing the LRT’s 12 planned underground stops from Keele Street to Laird Drive and 13 street-level stops on Eglinton east to Kennedy Station.
“If the consortium can’t deliver a completed Crosstown by the 2021 date, it will face severe financial penalties, said McCuaig.
“‘If there are issues that come up then there’s a progressive escalation of consequences if they do not meet the budget or schedule,” he said.
The TTC will operate the Crosstown line — and the future Finch West and Sheppard East LRTs on behalf of Metrolinx.
According to the Star’s Kalinowsky, the delays for the project aren’t a surprise to the TTC:
“In 2012, the TTC warned that Metrolinx’s aggressive timeline would lead to severe construction-related disruptions to communities and traffic along Eglinton. An expert review of the proposed schedule suggested that large stretches of the road would have to be torn up at the same time to meet the deadlines.”
The Star reporter then details next steps for the project:
“Once the tunneling is complete, it will take about four years to build the stations, 15 of which will be underground. [McCuaig] warned that there will be traffic disruptions, with Eglinton being narrowed to a single lane in each direction for much of that time.
“‘We try to limit the amount of impact we have on the business community, the amount of construction activity that limits people’s access to their properties and businesses,” he said.”
Gupta writes that,
“The start of eastern tunnelling from Brentcliffe was slightly delayed, said McCuaig, because of previously undiscovered underground utilities.
“‘The good news is we’re entirely confident we’re going to pick up the time in the tunnel drive and that end-of-2016 date for the completion of tunnelling will have us back to the schedule we had originally anticipated,’ said McCuaig.
“At the press conference, [Minister Del Duca] told reporters it was crucial to get all the details right for the Crosstown, which he said is the largest procured transit project in the province’s history.
“‘My perspective as minister is making sure we get this right and we deliver a world-class end product and service, which we will,’ he said.”
From 10 p.m. Monday, September 28 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 29 and continuing overnight nightly, crews are inspecting the condition of sewer lines with a closed-circuit television (CCTV) truck in the area of the future Keele station site. They may also use a “hydro-vac” — a truck-mounted vacuum — to clean and safely dispose of debris.
You’ll see crews working:
- on the north and south sides of Eglinton Avenue West, west of Yarrow Road, and east of Keele Street;
- at the intersections of Yore Road with Tretheway Drive and Eglinton West;
- the south-east corner of Keele Street and Eglinton West;
- the south-east corner of Yarrow and Eglinton West.
The City of Toronto may temporarily restrict parking along Eglinton Avenue West, Yarrow Road and Keele Street / Trethewey Drive during this activity.
Crews may also temporarily block traffic lanes along the east- and westbound lanes of Eglinton between Yarrow Road and Keele Street, the southbound lanes along Trethewey Drive and Keele Street and the northbound lane on Yarrow.
A “paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officer will help control traffic control at intersections.
This phase of the work near Keele Street continues until 6 a.m. October 1.
During LRT construction near Keele Street, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:
- 32 Eglinton West;
- 41 Keele;
- 332 Eglinton West overnight; and
- 341 Keele overnight.