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.
- Brampton Guardian editorial, “Choking on our past”, here.
- Brampton Guardian commentary, “LRT is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Is UberPOOL coming to Toronto?”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “How to really talk about Pan Am HOV lanes in Toronto”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “‘Bloody gorgeous’ art unveiling wraps up Union Station platform renovations”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Fire at TTC’s Greenwood yard quickly extinguished by firefighters”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “A brief history of the TTC’s subway station names”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Broken promises of the Pan Am Games”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Front Street Foods Market greets Union Station’s commuter crowds”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Public transit won’t get better until we can trust politicians with our money”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Want better transit? Elect a government with the guts to actually fund and build it”, here.
- National Post article, “Rejection of transit tax in Vancouver holds lessons for other Canadian cities”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC’s reputation riding on the games, says transit coordinator”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “The Brampton LRT Debate: Yes or No?”, here.
- YorkRegion.com editorial, “Keep road ‘bumps’ in perspective”, here.
- Newstalk 610 CKTB report, “Bus fares going up in Niagara Falls”, here.
- Niagara Advance article, “NOTL buses begin expanded route Thursday”, here.
- Niagara Falls Review article, “Bus fares go up July 1”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “NOTL Transit expands service”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “Fort Erie bus ridership flatlined”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Big 3 cities to address regional transit issue”, here.
- Times of Fort Erie article, “Museum opens door into Niagara’s railway history”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC to start selling fares via iPhone and Android apps”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Union Station unveils 2nd platform after 4-year wait”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC celebrates its completion of Union Station subway renovation”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Durham ready to let the Pan Am Games begin”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Ajax wants to get people out of cars and onto bikes”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Uxbridge says Durham’s transportation plan overlooks rural needs”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Pickering library encourages summer reading”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “The Oshawa Public Libraries present TD Summer Reading Club 2015 for kids”, here.
- East York Chronicle article, “Detours, Dust & Delays — A summer of construction looms for East York”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Union subway station done, but overall revitalization still two years away”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: App lets riders use Smartphone to buy TTC day passes”, here.
- Mobile Syrup post, “TTC bringing digital Day Passes to Android and iOS for the Pan Am Games”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “WATCH: Toronto Transit Commission unveils new Union Station”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Union Station concourse / [2nd] TTC platform unveiled”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 commentary, “No refund, says John Tory”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC’s Union Station 2nd platform opens”, here.
- Town Crier article, “TTC restoring service to four midtown bus routes”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Union Subway Station Completed and Full Artwork Unveiled”, here.
The trains operate Friday evenings and several times Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 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.
GO is also again operating express buses carrying passengers between St. Catharines VIA Rail Station and downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake.
GO continues to operate buses along the 12 Niagara Falls / Burlington route seven days a week throughout the year. The buses meet trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line at Burlington GO Station.
Service continues Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Labour Day, Monday, September 7.
GO also temporarily restores the service over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Friday, October 9 until Monday, October 12.
The TTC is upgrading its tracks along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line under the Prince Edward Viaduct, the long bridge that carries Bloor Street East and Danforth Avenue — and the subway — across the Don Valley late early this Sunday.
It’s closing the subway between Pape and St George stations and replacing subway trains with buses until noon, Sunday, July 5.
At the east end of the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line, trains only drop off or pick up passengers at stations between Kennedy and Pape Stations. At the west end, trains only serve stations between Kipling and St. George Stations.
Frequent, accessible buses link Pape and St. George Stations. Buses serve platforms inside the terminals at Pape and St. George Stations. They drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops on Danforth Avenue at or near Chester and Broadview Avenues and on Bloor Streets East and West at or near Castle Frank Road and Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets.
TTC staff will be at each station to help direct passengers.
The TTC is also operating extra WheelTrans buses between the two stations for passengers requiring wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
The TTC is closing the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line this Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, as crews rehabilitate the tracks and vehicles on the line to make the service more reliable and comfortable until the City of Toronto and the TTC build the “Scarborough Subway”.
Buses replace service along the entire line between McCowan and Kennedy stations, stopping at all stations along the way. You can also exit the buses at other transit stops if you ask the drivers to stop. Collector booths at all Line 3 stations remain open so you can buy TTC fares.
Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available if you need accessible transit between Scarborough Centre and McCowan stations. You can speak with any uniformed TTC employee at either station to use this service.
Collector booths at Kennedy, Lawrence East and Scarborough Centre stations remain open for passengers to buy TTC fares. Midland, Ellesmere and McCowan stations are closed.
Regular service resumes Monday, July 6.
While the line is closed, crews are:
- replacing the power rail **between Lawrence East and Kennedy stations;
- clearing obstructions from the track-drainage system between Midland and Kennedy stations and between McCowan and Scarborough Centre stations.
- continuing to inspect all systems along the entire line; and
- maintaining trees between Lawrence East and Kennedy Stations.
Crews may work overnight to make sure that the they finish work before the RT opens for service Sunday. Crews start work early Saturday morning shortly after Friday service ends. Equipment includes work cars and hand-held power tools, rail saws, grinders, hammer drills, chain saw and a high-pressure water pump. Tree maintenance takes place during daytime.
This is the third of five occasions that the TTC has scheduled for closing Line 3 this year as it refurbishes vehicles, tracks and signals for the line and provides more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. It previously closed the line Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 and Saturday, June 20. It will close the line again Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.
The TTC will “decommission” the line — stop operating trains — after it opens the Scarborough subway extension.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “We Need to Have That Car Talk”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Front Street reborn as Union Station plaza reopens to the public”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Toronto commuters get all fired up by HOV lanes”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Ontario transport minister weighs in on Brampton LRT debate”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton LRT debate takes a nasty turn”, here.
- Canadian Architect article, “Toronto’s Queens Quay opens after three-year revitalization period”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Will the Pan Am Games HOV reserved lanes make more people carpool?”, here.
- CP24 report, “New, high-tech info screens installed at City Hall as part of pilot project”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “Hamilton GO station will be ready for Pan Am Games, promises Metrolinx”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Clarington wants GO train chugging down the tracks”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “HOV horror: One long, frustrating drive on the road to Pan Am Hell”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “All aboard GO Transit for Day 2 of the Pan Am Games travel nightmare”, here.
- Huffington Post Canada post, “A Marketer’s Indictment of Toronto’s Airport Express Train”, here.
- Independent article, “Rail links between airports and city centres: There is room for improvement”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Tory calls on TTC to start subway service much earlier on Sunday morningss”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Why TTC workers manually switch directions of streetcar tracks”, here
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “John Tory’s SmartTrack: A relief line that doesn’t provide much relief”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Urban Compass Toronto post, “Stop complaining about Waterfront Toronto and enjoy Queens Quay”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “A Little Rant About Transit Fares”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “The Flirtation with Fare by Distance”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC 2016 Budget Intro: Part 1 - Ridership Forecasts and Service Planning”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC 2016 Budget Intro: Part 2 - Capital Budget”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “The Vanishing Relevance of SmartTrack”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “The State of TTC Track Switches (Updated)”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Toronto Polls Residents on Transportation Issues”, here.
- TechVibes post, “10 Essential Mobile Apps for Toronto Commuters”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Contention grows around LRT route in Brampton”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Pipeline activists stage ‘die-in’ at Line 9 site above Finch Station”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Sign changes aim to clean up Queens Quay traffic confusion”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Waterfront Toronto shows we can get it right”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Rider refunds for bad TTC service ‘complicated’: Tory”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “New digital signs unveiled at City Hall”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Cars are built for people”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “Here’s the best way to make the TTC more affordable to those who need it most”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: PCC Streetcar”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Restored Clock Unveiled as Symbol of Union Station’s New Era”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Transit in York Region: Where is it taking us and when will we get there?”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Councillors applaud next step to get subway to Richmond Hill back on track”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Here are ‘smart’ commute options”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “It’ll be a slow go for Vaughan commuters at Jane St. - Hwy. 7 area”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Old Queensville Radial Line station getting a facelift”, here.
- Barrie Examiner article, “New company operating Barrie buses”, here.
- Barrie Examiner article, “Barrie set to develop business plan for year-round market”, here.
- Bradford Times article, “County looking at transit options”, here.
- Guelph Mercury editorial, “Lane pains bring gains”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “Barrie signs 20-year transit deal”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “Bradford West Gwillimbury council considers transit routing options”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “Innisfil student hands council petition demanding transit”, here.
CUPE 2723 will hold a ratification meeting this Sunday, July 5. If the union members fail to ratify the agreement, the union has promised the city 72 hours notice before it calls a strike.
Transit service continues as usual tomorrow, Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.
Canada Day events affect transit services in Ajax, Aurora, Brampton, Burlington, the East York area of Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, the Maple area of Vaughan, Markham, Milton, the Mississauga City Centre area, Newmarket, the North York area of Toronto, Peterborough, Pickering, the Port Credit area of Mississauga, the Preston area of Cambridge, the Scarborough area of Toronto, central and downtown Toronto and Waterloo this holiday.