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In the news: Saturday, April 22, 2017



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “TTC to give public early access to new subway stations”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC says subway delays are down 18% so far this year”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Suitcase on the track causes commuter chaos on the TTC”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “New streetcars coming to St. Clair and King St. next”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The TTC just launched an Instagram account”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton truck driver charged with drunk driving after collision with GO bus”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Sun website), “Judge stymies Metrolinx effort to cancel Bombardier LRT contract”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Judge blocks Metrolinx from cancelling Bombardier rail contract for now”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Stolen suitcase thrown onto track at Bloor - Yonge Station forces brief rush-hour closure”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Police seek help from public in probe of pedestrian death by streetcar”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC changes ‘use of force’ guidelines for transit enforcement staff”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Judge blocks Metrolinx from terminating contract with Bombardier”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Newmarket grass fire halted GO trains on Barrie line”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Suspect accused of committing an indecent act at St. Clair West Station”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map? post, “Megabus, Niagara Falls -> Toronto: Tantalizingly Close to Being Great”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map? post, “Why No Greyhound on Google Transit?”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Bombardier Inc wins injunction to stop Metrolinx from cancelling $770 million rail contract”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Toronto - Waterloo tech corridor could see 18-minute flights this June”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC’s Downsview Station to be renamed Sheppard West, Line 1 subway extension work continues”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx’s plan to nix $770 million Bombardier contract blocked by judge”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC officers should be trained in de-escalation: Ombudsman”, here.
  • The IFP ([Georgetown] Independent Free Press) article, “Council takes advantage of provincial program to upgrade Halton Hills public transit fleet”, here.
  • Insauga.com post, “Mississauga Set to Pay More for PRESTO”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington Transit gets new director”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Officials blame multiple factors as TTC ridership continues to flatten”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Downsview Station gets ‘gradual’ name change”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “New streetcars to debut on St. Clair West in the fall: TTC”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Dreaming of a big transit win”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “UP Express train bells have reduced in volume”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Man wanted for committing indecent act on TTC bus in North York: cops”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “New PRESTO deal could cost city $6M per year”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Greyhound offers daily routes from Pearson airport to locations across Ontario”, here.
  • Mobile Syrup post, “T-Connect Wi-Fi service now available at Finch TTC Station”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “Future plans of GO station halt development”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Updates Flexity Roll-Out Plan”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Toronto’s Transit Planning Problem Isn’t Politics, It’s Governance”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “The Useful, Hilarious, and Disturbing TTC Tricks”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “GO Transit driver charged with impaired driving”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC says it has cut down on subway delays”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “St. Clair next in line for new TTC streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Scarborough RT vehicles need repairs to avoid ‘catastrophic’ corrosion failures”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Transit projects often fall short of the promises made”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Judge blocks Metrolinx from cancelling Bombardier contract”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC needs better oversight of enforcement officers, says ombudsman”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bloor-Yonge TTC station evacuated over stolen suitcase”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Derailed streetcar [blocked] traffic on Queen Street”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Judge stymies Metrolinx effort to cancel Bombardier LRT contract”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Trucker was three times over the limit when rig smashed into GO bus, fled scene: Cops”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC officers need civilian oversight in wake of violent viral video”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “GO Station Parking Lots Missed Opportunities to Urbanize”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Increasing Transit Usage: Making the ‘Last Mile” an Active One”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “TTC renaming Downsview Station as ‘Sheppard West’ in May”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe


Dundas East water-main, track construction:
TTC detours start April 23



Starting Monday, April 24, the City of Toronto is closing traffic lanes on

  • Dundas Street East between Church and Yonge Streets,

as contractors replace the water-mains and City-owned substandard water service.

After City contractors have finished replacing the water services, TTC crews start replacing the streetcar tracks

  • at the intersection of Dundas Street East with Victoria Street and Dundas Square.

To accommodate replacing the streetcar tracks, the City will completely close to traffic three three lanes of Dundas East at the intersection for five weeks between July and September.

Starting tomorrow, Sunday, April 23, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along this route, while the street is closed:

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The TTC continues to detour the cars along this routing until May 15. That day, the TTC likely expands the detour, as its crews start replacing the tracks at Dundas Street East and Parliament Street.


For this project, crews are:

  • replacing the old water-main and water-service connections
  • removing old concrete and the old streetcar tracks;
  • placing new concrete and installing new track;
  • repairing the sidewalks to improve accessibility; and
  • repaving and restoring the road and sidewalks where necessary.

To accommodate the various phases of the this project, the City will also close traffic lanes on Dundas Street East in phases:

  • From Monday, April 24 until Friday, July 16, the City reduces Dundas East to just one lane in each direction during water-main construction.
  • From Saturday, July 17 until Saturday, September 16, the City reduces the street to just one westbound traffic lane during streetcar track work and part of the road reconstruction.
  • From Sunday, September 17 until Tuesday, October 31, the City reduces the street to just one traffic lane in each direction during during the remaining road resurfacing and sidewalk reconstruction.

According to a City news release, “This work is being done primarily to reduce the risk of future water-main breaks and to improve the quality of the streetcar tracks.”

For this project, crews generally work longer-than-usual hours, from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. each day. Occasionally, they’ll also work “around the clock” — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — reduce disrupting motorists, transit passengers and neighbouring residents and businesses.

When the TTC starts replacing the tracks, its crews will definitely work overnight. Their overnight rail work includes:

  • moving new rail into position;
  • installing the new rail; and
  • welding and grinding the new rail.

The TTC may also upgrade the overhead streetcar wiring overnight, as necessary. The TTC explains that, “After-hours work… is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.”

The TTC is replacing the tracks:

  • From Saturday, July 17 until Monday, August 7 — on Victoria Street at Dundas Square and south of Dundas Square.
  • From Tuesday, August 8 until Monday, August 21 — on Victoria Street between Dundas Street East and Dundas Square.
  • From Tuesday, August 22 until Saturday, September 16 — on Dundas Square between Victoria Street and Victoria Street Lane.

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Yonge Street filming: TTC detour, April 23



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Yonge Street between King and Wellington Streets

early Sunday, April 23 to accommodate filming.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 320 Yonge overnight.

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Finch West Station: Construction blocks Keele,
TTC detours, April 21 to 24



TTC contractors continue working on the project to extend the Line 1 Yonge - University subway northwest to Vaughan.

This weekend, the City of Toronto is closing:

  • Keele Street, both directions, between Murray Ross Parkway and Finch Avenue West,

while the contractors install a fire line at the future Finch West Station

From 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, April 21 until 6 a.m. Monday, April 24, the TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 41 Keele;
  • 107 Keele North; and
  • 341 Keele overnight.

This weekend’s work does not affect service along the 36 Finch West and 336 Finch West overnight routes.

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No Barrie line GO trains this weekend,
April 22 and 23



GO Transit is cancelling train service along the entire 65 Barrie line between Allandale Waterfront GO Station and Union Station this weekend.

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, GO is replacing trains with buses, while contractors install a new pedestrian tunnel at Maple GO Station.

GO is operating regular bus service both days. It’s also operating extra buses, dropping off or picking up passengers at all Barrie line GO stations, along these routes:

  • 63 King City / Toronto;
  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
  • 68 Barrie / Newmarket.

GO says that this work is part of the first phase of construction to provide two-way, all-day service along the Barrie Corridor.



Less frequent Lakeshore East GO train service,
April 21 to 23



GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of trains along the 09 Lakeshore East line from this evening, Friday, April 21 until Sunday, April 23. GO trains operate every hour, instead of every 30 minutes, to accommodate two construction projects — at Guildwood GO Station and the East Rail Maintenance Facility in Whitby.

Friday, April 21:

  • Westbound trains operate every hour, starting with the train that usually leaves Oshawa GO Station at 7:38 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Oshawa at 8:08, 9:08 and 10:08 p.m.
  • Eastbound trains operate every hour, starting with the train that usually leaves Union Station at 7:17 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Union at 7:48, 8:43, 9:43 and 10:43 p.m.

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23:

  • West- and eastbound trains operate every hour all day.
  • Westbound trains leave Oshawa only at 41 minutes past each hour. GO is cancelling all trains that usually leave Oshawa at 11 minutes past each hour.
  • Eastbound trains leave Union only at 13 minutes past each hour. GO is cancelling all trains that usually leave Union at 43 minutes past each hour.

You’ll have to wait about 30 minutes for the next train, if GO has cancelled your usual train.



Bay / Harbourfront streetcar tunnel repairs:
TTC detours, April 22 to 24



This weekend, crews are repairing leaks in the streetcar tunnel under Bay Street between Union Station and Queens Quay West.

From 1 a.m. Saturday, April 22 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 24, the TTC is closing the tunnel and detouring streetcars operating along these routes:

  • 317 Spadina overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 510 Spadina.

The TTC is replacing streetcars with buses along the entire 509 Harbourfront route. Shuttle buses also replace the 317 / 510 Spadina streetcar routes south of King Street West.

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The crews work only in the streetcar tunnel, although they may generate some noise that you could hear at street level.

While the tunnel is closed, the crews are also heightening cautionary warnings on the streetcar right-of-way at York Street and on the ramp for motorists approaching the streetcar tunnel. They’ll add rumble strips on the concrete track allowance and lower the red beacon lights at the ramp.

During these projects, the crews are:

  • drilling small holes into the concrete walls of the tunnel to insert injectors;
  • using the injectors to insert grout through the holes and prevent water from leaking into the tunnel; and
  • using a milling machine to create impressions or “rumble strips” on the ramp.


Queen West / Palmerston track repairs:
TTC detour, April 21 to 24



This weekend, TTC track crews are replacing worn rails at the westbound streetcar stop on Queen Street West at Palmerston Avenue — two blocks west of Bathurst Street.

From 6 p.m., Friday, April 21 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 24, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes around the work zone:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Shaw Street and Spadina Avenue. (These buses operate independently from the shuttle buses that the TTC is already operating to replace the cars west of Roncesvalles Avenue during long-term construction on Lake Shore Boulevard West, through Humber Loop and on The Queensway.)

Crews return to the the same intersection next weekend to replace worn rails on the south side of the street at the eastbound stop on Queen West at Tecumseth Street.

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Close-up view of 501L Queen and 501M Queen shuttle-bus routing between Windermere Avenue and Park Lawn Road:

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To decrease disrupting traffic and nearby residents during projects to repair or replace streetcar tracks, the TTC recently bought a concrete milling machine. The machine speeds the work, reduces the amount of digging by backhoes and reduces noise levels. However, effectively installing the new rail still requires overnight work, including concrete-chipping.

Crews occupy the track area on Queen Street West, restricting traffic to the curb lanes through the work zone.

During this project, crews are:

  • removing old concrete to expose the old rail;
  • replacing the rail; and
  • placing new concrete.

They’re working “around-the-clock” — 24 hours a day — to make sure regular streetcar service can resume through the area Monday morning.

  • Friday, April 21, 6 p.m.: The TTC diverts the cars and the track crew start using the milling machine to remove most of the concrete in the track area. Then, they’ll chip the rest of the concrete to completely expose the rails. The crews also weld new strings of rail in the track allowance, which they’ll store on the tracks until they’re ready to install them. They’ll continue working into Saturday morning.
  • Saturday, April 22: Crews replace old rail with the new rail. They’ll also cut, weld and grind the rails.
  • Sunday, April 23: Crews place concrete in the track area and set it to cure. The new concrete cures until about 5 a.m. Monday, April 24, when the crews remove the work zone so that streetcars and regular traffic can resume over the track area.


City closing Don Valley Parkway,
GO buses detouring, April 21, 22, 23



The City of Toronto is closing

  • the Don Valley Parkway between Highway 401 and the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway

from 11 p.m. Friday, April 15 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 18 to conduct its annual spring maintenance. To make sure that workers completing the various maintenance tasks are safe, the City shuts down the entire roadway in both directions.

Closing the Parkway affects bus service along GO Transit’s 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto, 63 King City / Toronto, 65 Newmarket / Toronto, 71 Stouffville / Toronto and 90 Lakeshore East routes. Although the buses serve all regular stops, passengers should expect detours and delays in service.

(GO has not confirmed how it’s detouring its buses during this closure. Usually in these annual posts, we provide information about a regular detour routing that GO buses follow whenever the Parkway is closed. However, that routing usually requires buses to operate along Eglinton Avenue East between Leslie Street and Mount Pleasant Road — a route that Metrolinx construction of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line is currently disrupting.)

GO Transit control will likely advise drivers how to detour the buses, depending on traffic conditions.



No Line 3 Scarborough service, April 22, 23



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The TTC is closing all of Line 3 Scarborough this weekend, Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. Shuttle buses operate on nearby streets to replace the rapid transit line. The buses stop at all stations along the line between McCowan and Kennedy Stations.

McCowan, Ellesmere and Midland stations are closed this weekend. You may buy fares at Kennedy, Lawrence East or Scarborough Centre 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 has scheduled just two more weekend closures of Line 3 this year:

  • Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28; and
  • Sunday, August 27.

Line 3 opened March 24, 1986, so the tracks, stations and vehicles are now more than 31 years old.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read: