Read these 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.
The TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Downsview and St Clair West stations this weekend, while crews upgrade the signal system and maintain the tracks.
While this section of the subway is closed, Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and St Clair West stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service north of St Clair West. The buses do not serve passengers at Glencairn Station. Instead, buses drop off or pick up passengers traveling to and from the area of the station at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Glencairn Avenue.
Glencairn Station will be closed to all passengers. All other stations along the closed section of the line will be open so that you can buy tickets, tokens or passes or connect with TTC buses.
Regular subway service resumes 6 a.m. May 30.
Wheel-Trans buses will be available at St Clair West, Eglinton West and Downsview stations for passengers who need accessible transit.
You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at the stations. If you’re traveling northbound and require an elevator, exit at St George Station and speak to a supervisor to ask for the Wheel-Transit bus.
One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.
Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.
Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives.
Consider boarding, or remaining aboard, eastbound buses and street cars to connect with the Yonge branch of the subway line. This applies not just to the closed section of the subway, but to stations south of the closure, so you can avoid the University branch entirely.
At the closed section of the subway:
- ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West or 196 York University rocket routes to Sheppard - Yonge, instead of Downsview Station; or
- ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes to York Mills Station, instead of Wilson Station.
- ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route to Lawrence, instead of Lawrence West Station;
- ride buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route to Davisville, instead of Glencairn Station;
- ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton, instead of Eglinton West Station;
- ride streetcars operating along the 512 St Clair route to St Clair, instead of St Clair West Station.
South of the closed section of the subway
- ride buses operating along the 26 Dupont route to St George, instead of Dupont Station.
- ride buses operating along the 127 Davenport route to Spadina, instead of Dupont Station.
- ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to College, instead of Queen’s Park Station;
- ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas, instead of St Patrick Station;
- ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Queen, instead of Osgoode Station; or
- ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route to King, instead of St Andrew Station.
You can also ride the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line from Spadina or St George Stations to connect with the Yonge branch at Bloor - Yonge Station.
The City of Toronto is restricting parking on both curb lanes of Bathurst Street between Lawrence Avenue West and Ava Road (south of Eglinton Avenue West) to help significantly speed transit and vehicular traffic through congestion points along the shuttle-bus route this weekend.
Crews will lay as much as 14,173 metres (46,500 feet) of cable for the TTC’s new automatic train control signal system and install other related equipment, including beacons and junction boxes). They’ll also complete other state-of-good-repair work, including maintaining tracks and replacing tiles in stations.
They’ll mostly work during the daytime to upgrade the signals in the open areas between Wilson and Eglinton West stations. Crews will reduce noise overnight.
The TTC previously closed some of this part of the subway several times this year already:
The TTC is upgrading its streetcar infrastructure at two sites on Queen Street East this weekend, starting tonight, Friday, May 27 and continuing until early Monday, May 30.
TTC crews are working:
City of Toronto contractors are also working:
To accommodate all three projects, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes from late today until early Monday:
Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Connaught Avenue and between Parliament and Church Streets. The buses operate between Neville Park Loop and University Avenue.
Since yesterday, Thursday, May 26, TTC track crews have been working in the area, getting ready to replace worn rails at the westbound streetcar stop.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. yesterday, a TTC track crew has occupied the westbound curb lane on Queen East, east of George Street to weld new rail into longer strings. This will reduce parking on the north side of Queen.
After 7 p.m. tonight, the TTC starts detouring streetcars, so that the track crew can start milling the concrete from the track area to expose the old rail.
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 28, the crews will remove the old rail and install, weld and grind new rail. They’ll also place new concrete in the track.
Sunday, May 29, crews will allow the new concrete time to cure before traffic can again operate over that section of the track. They’ll remove the work zone and streetcars will resume regular service by 5 a.m. Monday, May 30.
To reduce disrupting streetcar service during most of this project, the TTC is using a different method — “milling” — of removing the concrete from the track area to expose the old rail. The process removes just enough of the concrete to allow crews to remove the old rail. Often workers then use bits of the old concrete in preparing new cement to install the new rail. The TTC’s usual method of breaking concrete from the track area affected streetcar service for as long as seven days. Milling decreases the time for disrupting regular streetcar service to just three days.
The City of Toronto is restricting traffic to one lane in each direction to create a safe work zone during the rail work. It’s also temporarily prohibiting street parking through the work zone.
Starting at 11 p.m. tonight, Friday, May 27, TTC overhead crews are installing new streetcar overhead contact wire in the loop and a nearby section of Queen Street East. They’re upgrading the wire to keep it in a state of good repair and to prepare to operate the TTC’s new low-floor streetcars through the loop in the future.
Crews use two to three overhead trucks with hydraulic equipment during this project. You may hear beeping sounds when the trucks are reversing. You may also view bright lights from the equipment overnight.
This work requires both day and overnight shifts due to the complexity of work, the high of daytime traffic and to make sure that the TTC can resume regular streetcar service by 5 a.m. Monday.
Work at the loop continues until 8 a.m. May 29.
The City of Toronto has not officially announced what work it is undertaking near the intersection with Queen Street East, but its contractors continue to work on a project (.pdf) to upgrade the watermains under Coxwell between Gerrard and Queen Streets East.
You can drop by the booth to give your feedback on the TTC’s integrated accessible network. Pick up a copy of the new TTC accessible transit guide. You can meet the TTC’s chief executive officer Andy Byford Friday from 3 until 4 p.m. You can also speak with members of the the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) then.
Book your trip with Wheel-Trans by visiting mywheel-trans.ttc.ca. This is an external site so it will open a new window so you can book your ride on-line. Or, call the RideLine at 416-397-8000.
For accessible transit service, board buses operating along the 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gate) route between Wilson or Dufferin Stations and Exhibition Place. The buses stop on Manitoba Drive, just east of Saskatchewan Road, beside the Queen Elizabeth Building. New low- floor streetcars operate along the 509 Harbourfront route between Union Station and Exhibition Place, but some cars serving this route are not accessible.
The TTC is also providing a Wheel-Trans shuttle bus from Bathurst Station every half hour both days. The first bus leaves Bathurst Station at 9:30 a.m. each day, while the last bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. The first bus leaves the Queen Elizabeth Building at 10 a.m., while the last bus leaves Bathurst Station at 5:30 p.m.
The event takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Building in Exhibition Place both days from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line stop near the venue. Trains in both directions serve Exhibition GO Station every 30 minutes or better today and tomorrow.
Several transit-related sites are open to the public Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 during Doors Open Toronto, the one weekend, once a year, when more than 130 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.
The City of Toronto program allows visitors free access to look inside properties that are usually not open to the public.
The TTC is participating in the event at just one site — the new Leslie Barns streetcar storage and maintenance site — but other venues that have played significant roles in Toronto’s public transit and transportation history are also opening their doors.
- BlogTO post, “Someone is trying to save the lost relics of the TTC”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Now you can buy fresh produce at TTC subway stations”, here.
- Brampton Guardian editorial, “Monkey see, monkey do”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the Canadian Manufacturing website), “Bombardier shifts Toronto streetcar production to speed up deliveries”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx seeks public’s advice on how to fix East Lakeshore GO line”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Grab Some Good pop-up food markets come to TTC stations”, here.
- Chronicle Journal article, “(Bombardier) Layoffs to start soon”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “TTC offering free rides on vintage streetcar this summer”, here.
- CP24 report, “More than a year late, Bombardier eyeing fall delivery for Eglinton Crosstown test vehicle: Metrolinx”, here.
- CP24 report, “Suspect images released following subway train sex assault”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Clarington council decides to purchase land for future Courtice GO train station”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Police seek to ID suspect who sexually assaulted woman on subway, later threatened her”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Where have all the transit riders gone?”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx exploring alternatives to natural gas power plant initially planned for the Eglinton Crosstown in Mount Dennis”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “City of Toronto wants residents’ ideas on transit plan for the waterfront”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “EDGES OF TORONTO: Malvern’s chance for better transit is now”, here.
- Kitchener Post column, “Rail trails need a national network”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Pop-up fresh food markets coming to subways”, here.
- Mississauga News editorial, “The party is over”, here.
- NOW article, “Mayor Tory tries to wrap his head around the City’s financial woes”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “A Messy ‘Reset’ for Waterfront Transit Planning”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “‘Waterfront reset’ examines way to extend transit to new neighbourhoods along the lakeshore”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Amid development boom, Queens Quay East LRT running late”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Transit shelter ads create big blind spot for people inside: Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Toronto’s top bureaucrat tries to instill some budgeting reality”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Man sought in alleged TTC sex assault”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Nannyville wants us to eat healthier”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “2,000,000 Users: Presto Card Adoption Up 25% In A Year”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “The Dirt: Province Moves to Regulate Excavated - and Toxic — Soils”, here. +Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: PCC Streetcar”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Aurora won’t allow 15 parking permits for GO Transit commuters at Town Park”, here.
- Barrie Examiner article, “Barrie Transit changes aimed at improving overall service”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton article, “Hamilton’s head of transit is leaving the city”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Wynne hoping for a ‘final answer’ from Hamilton on LRT”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “Bombardier taking ‘bold, decisive action’ to deliver LRT trains”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “LRT delayed until early 2018 due to Bombardier train delays”, here.
- Cord article, “LRT delayed due to Bombardier vehicle production”, here.
- CTV Kitchener report, “Bombardier could be fined $21,000 a day for delayed LRT vehicles”, here.
- CTV Kitchener report, “‘Major problems’ with vehicle manufacturing delay LRT launch”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “LRT affirmation vote running off the rails”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “[HSR head] Dixon’s departure plays to LRT doubts”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Eight ways to feel better about our LRT”, here.
- Kitchener Post article, “No more wiggle room for LRT”, here.
- Kitchener Post article, “Region seeking input on King and Victoria Street transit hub”, here.
- Orangeville Banner article, “Council considers beefing up Orangeville Transit service”, here.
- Orangeville Citizen article, “Public transit changes proposed for Orangeville”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Hamilton Is Not A Bedroom Community”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Premier: ‘I Honestly Thought That The Conversation Was Done’”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “McMeekin on LRT: ‘There’s No Economic Future If You’re Disconnected’”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post: “Vranich: LRT Uncertainty Extremely Concerning to Developers”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “How Councillors Have Voted On Light Rail Transit”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Letter from LiUNA Local 837 Supporting Light Rail Transit”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Hamilton City Council grapples with rapid transit future”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Bombardier delays force Waterloo to push back LRT opening”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “LRT rollout delayed, Bombardier blamed”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Grappling with the LRT delay”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record editorial, “Time to stand and deliver”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record editorial, “Light rail is still worth the wait”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record editorial, “Should townships pay for LRT?”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Region wants proposals for art installations at seven LRT stops”, here.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa currently holds in its collection of artifacts, but does not display, several historic transit vehicles from Toronto. (The museum is closed to the public — for now.)
Trevor Parkins - Sciberras — who recently found fame as a builder of Lego replicas of TTC streetcars and trains — has organized an on-line petition as the first step in returning these vehicles to Toronto. If the petition gathers enough support, Trevor hopes to set up a crowdfunding campaign to bring them home — perhaps as part of a transit museum or for the TTC to use for special events and tours.
The vehicular artifacts include:
- an early horse-drawn ominbus that carried passengers between Toronto and its remote suburb of Yorkville from 1849 until 1861;
- one of the first Toronto Street Railway horse-drawn cars from 1861;
- a replica of TSR horse-drawn streetcar / sleigh — for winter transit trips — from 1861;
- a replica of a TSR horse-drawn omnibus serving Toronto-to-Richmond-Hill passengers in 1880;
- a Toronto Railway Company streetcar from 1892;
- a Toronto Transportation Commission double-decker bus from 1921; and
- a TTC single-decker bus from 1922.
You can learn more about these vehicles here.
You can ‘sign’ the on-line petition here.
In the news, read:
A recent post about Trevor Parkins - Sciberras’ efforts to return heritage Toronto transit vehicles from Ottawa back home to Toronto, reminded us to again let readers know where you can learn more about Toronto’s transit history (besides Transit Toronto, of course!)
The TTC proposed developing its own transit museum in 2010. However, funding cuts that saw the TTC significantly reduce service along many routes also spelled the end to that proposal.
Meanwhile, in a rural area of Milton — near the village of Rockwood, between Guelph and Acton — the Halton County Radial Railway Museum was already operating and continues to thrive.
The HCRR is a full-size operating electric railway and museum, featuring historic electric railcars and two kilometers of scenic track. The Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association (OERHA), a non-profit, educational organization owns and operates the HCRR, Ontario’s first and largest electric railway museum.
The museum displays and operates a variety of historic streetcars, radial cars and work cars and maintains a collection of photographs, memorabilia and archival materials. The oldest rail car in the collection dates from the late 1800s. The site operates some of its vehicles along tracks that originally carried the radial cars — basically, streetcars — of the Toronto Suburban Railway from Guelph to Keele and Dundas Streets in Toronto.
- Halton County Radial Railway Museum, 1329 Guelph Line, Milton, Mondays to Fridays (July & August only) from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (First Saturday in May until last Sunday in October), from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Volunteers from the Toronto Railway Historical Association operate the museum, which helps preserve the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Toronto and Ontario. The museum encompasses Roundhouse Park with Stall 17 as the temporary home of the gift shop, railway simulator and small artifact display.
Transit Toronto contributor Richard White volunteers at the museum.
- Toronto Railway Museum, 255 Bremner Boulevard, Unit 15. Wednesdays to Sundays and holidays, noon until 5 p.m.
And in the “see’em-while-you-can” category, check out two temporary exhibitions on local transit and transportation history.
At the City of Toronto Archives, curator Mark Osbaldeston’s “No Little Plans” examines significant municipal projects that were either never realized, or else built to one of a number of competing designs.
The exhibit especially documents road and transit proposals. It examines rejected subway and light rail plans to confirm the historic precedent for Toronto’s tendency to introduce ambitious transportation strategies, only to abandon them later.
A future Transit Toronto post will detail more about this exhibition.
- City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Exhibition continues until August.
The City’s Market Gallery, the exhibition, “Tunnel Vision: The Story of Toronto’s Subway”, highlights the building of Toronto’s subway system with photographs, maps and artifacts and explores the complexity and massive scale of Toronto’s subway’s operation.
The Toronto Transportation Society, including curators Adam Zhelka and Robert Lubinski, partnered with the gallery to present the exhibition.
Robert Lubinski is also a contributor to Transit Toronto.
- Market Gallery, 95 Front Street East, Second Floor (South St. Lawrence Market), Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Exhibition continues until June 11.
In the news, read:
- BlogTO post, “The Halton County Radial Railway Museum”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Where to find the lost relics of the TTC, here.
- BlogTO post, “A brief history of Toronto’s first subway cars”, here.
- BlogTO post, “The Toronto Railway Heritage Centre”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “TTC nears deal for transit museum, new headquarters”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Old Streetcars Don’t Die, They Just Retire to a Forest”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Tunnel Vision: A History of Toronto’s Subway”, here.
- Torontoist post, “The Daily Photoist: Inside of Number 1326”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Wheels turning at Toronto Transit Museum”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Councillors endorse transit museum”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “When Toronto bubbled with pride over its subway”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “The Way We Were: Toronto’s transit history on display at museum”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Explore the History of Transit at Two Toronto Exhibitions”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Wooden CN Rail caboose once a fixture in Woodbridge finds a new home in Toronto’s Roundhouse Park”, here.
From the Transit Toronto archives, read:
- “Three Days in the Life of the Halton County Radial Railway Museum” (1957, 1999, 2014) by James Bow, here.
- “The Toronto Railway Historical Museum” (2010) by Richard White, here.
- “Save the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre” (2012) by Richard White, here.
- “A transit museum for Toronto?” (2010) by Robert Mackenzie, here.
- “Market Gallery’s ‘Tunnel Vision’ exhibition highlights Toronto’s subway story” by Robert Mackenzie, here.
Starting 9 a.m. today, Tuesday, May 24, TTC track crews are repairing the tracks east of Kipling Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. To accommodate the work, the TTC will also temporarily change service along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes.
Today, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., a crew is breaking and removing concrete in the track area to expose the piece of rail to replace. They’ll continue from 8 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25 and finish removing concrete by late afternoon. Starting at 8 p.m. tomorrow, they’ll install and weld new rail and then place concrete until 5 a.m. Thursday, May 26.
The work restricts traffic to just one lane in each direction through the work zone.
Crews will clear the work zone by 5 a.m. Friday, May 27, after the new concrete has cured adequately for road traffic.
Shuttle buses replace streetcars on Lake Shore Boulevard West between Long Branch and Humber Loops from 8 p.m. tomorrow until 5 a.m. Thursday.
- BlogTO post, “Bombardier to ramp up production of TTC streetcars”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC is bringing back old streetcars this summer”, here.
- Business News Network report, “Bombardier to shift production to clear TTC streetcar backlog”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the CTV News Toronto website), “Bombardier says they are ‘doing everything necessary’ to speed up delivery of streetcars”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Smoking TTC train knocked out power to subway communications”, here.
- CBC News Thunder Bay report, “Bombardier to lay off 60 employees in Thunder Bay”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Toronto commuters still rely primarily on cars to get to work, data shows”, here.
- CP24 report, “TTC says Thursday’s partial shutdown on line 2 was necessar for safety”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Bombardier says they are ‘doing everything necessary’ to speed up delivery of streetcars”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Bombardier to shift production to hasten deliver of TTC streetcars”, here.
- insauga.com post, “Mississauga residents may be eligible for discounted bus fares on MiWay”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Bombardier promises it can meet final deadline for new streetcars”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Take a ride down memory lane as TTC puts its vintage streetcars back on track”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “TTC’s iconic vintage streetcar is back and it’s free”, here.
- Net News Ledger post, “TTC Delay Results in Job Loss for Thunder Bay”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Did you know that the bi-level part of GO train coaches is the “semi-Quiet Zone”? Me neither”, here.
- South Bayview Bulldog post, “Bombardier fires bosses, dumps Mexico factory”, here.
- TBNews Watch post, “Bombardier shifting 60 jobs out of [Thunder Bay] plant”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Bombardier shifts production in bid to speed up Toronto streetcar deliveries”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Bombardier details new production schedule for long-delayed TTC streetcars”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “The Way We Were: A look back at when you couldn’t ride a streetcar on a Sunday”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Transit Line Studies Advance With New Round of Consultations”, here.
- AM 900 CHML commentary, “Is Hamilton About to Reject A Billion Dollar Transit Plan?”, here.
- AM 900 CHML report, “Unanswered questions eat away at LRT support”, here.
- AM 900 CHML report, “LRT motion gets pushed back again”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “City urged to protect dozens of historic buildings along LRT route”, here.
- CHCH News report, “LRT or bust”, here.
- Flamborough Review commentary, “THE BOTTOM LINE: Tough LRT questions”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton councillors go different directions on LRT debate”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton’s light rail transit project drives into political congestion”, here.
- Hamilton Community News editorial, “Hamilton council needs to stop, look at the facts and listen to the public in order to have a real LRT debate”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton councillor Sam Merulla continues to drive LRT motion”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, “Send a clear signal - Yes, we will build LRT”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Councillors continue to debate merits of LRT”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator commentary, “Are we really going to say no to $1 billion?”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “An LRT referendum? Not likely”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Mayor ‘regrets’ LRT dare”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “LRT vote a high-stakes game with Hamilton’s future”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator commentary, “What to expect when you’re LRTing”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “The writing is on the bus(es): pair charged with vandalism”, here.
- National Post article, “‘It looked like a giant ribcage in the ground’: The centuries-old origins of Silicon Valley North laid bare by LRT build”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Rolston Neighbourhood Action Team Letter to Council on LRT”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Bombardier moves LRT train production to Kingston to keep project on track”, here.