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.
Santa Claus is coming to town — or, at least, to 14 towns in the Greater Golden Horseshoe — this weekend.
He’s a busy man as parades welcome him to Burlington, the Courtice area of Clarington, the Elmira area of Woolwich Township, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Jackson’s Point area of Georgina, the Long Branch and New Toronto areas of Toronto, Peterborough, the Port Perry area of Scugog Township, the Sutton area of Georgina, the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton, Stouffville and Whitby affect transit services this weekend.
All day Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, the TTC is closing the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Pape and St George stations, as its crews maintain and repair the tracks on this section of the line. All Line 2 trains operate between Kennedy and Pape stations and between Kipling and St George stations tomorrow.
It’s replacing subway service with shuttle buses between the two stations. The shuttle buses start and end their trips in the bus terminals at Pape and St George Stations, then operate along Danforth Avenue, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West. They drop off or pick up passengers at the intersections nearest to subway stations:
- at Chester and Broadview Avenues, Castle Frank Road, Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets.
PRESTO fare-card devices may not be available on all shuttle buses. If you’re a PRESTO user, carry tokens or exact cash, in case the bus that arrives at your stop does not have PRESTO.
All stations remain open so you can buy fares or connect with buses and streetcars.
To reduce congestion and help improve travel times for TTC passengers and all road users, the City of Toronto is restricting parking on both sides of Danforth Avenue from 3:30 a.m. Saturday until 12:01 a.m. Monday:
- on the south side -
- west and east of Broadview Avenue for about two bus lengths; and
- west of Chester Avenue for about two bus lengths.
- on the north side -
- east of Broadview Avenue for about two bus lengths; and
- east of Chester Avenue for about two bus lengths.
If you need accessible transportation, Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Pape and St George stations. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at these stations.
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, buses or streetcars east or west of the closure to by-pass the crowds, if you’re traveling to and from downtown.
- ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route at Dundas West station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Andrew or King stations.
- ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route at Dundas West station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Patrick or Dundas stations.
- ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route at Main Street Station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at Queen’s Park or College stations.
- ride buses operating along the 94 Wellesley route at Ossington Station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at Wellesley Station.
The TTC has previously closed this section of the subway several times this year:
- Sunday, April 17 - open late;
- Saturday, April 30 - close early;
- Saturday, June 4;
- Sunday, June 26 - open late;
- Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14;
- Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4 and Labour Day, Monday, September 5;
- Saturday, October 8, Sunday, October 9 and Thanksgiving, Monday, October 10; and
- Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6.
This is the last time this year that the TTC is planning to close parts of Line 2 over a weekend.
The TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Downsview and Wilson stations this weekend, Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 11, 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 Wilson stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service north of Wilson. Since PRESTO fare-card devices are not yet available on all buses, be sure to carry tokens, tickets or cash in case the bus that picks you up is not yet PRESTO-ready.
Regular subway service resumes 6 a.m. December 5.
Wheel-Trans buses will be available at Lawrence West Station for passengers who need accessible transit. Northbound passengers needing accessible service should exit the subway at Lawrence West, which has an elevator. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at Downsview or Lawrence West stations.
Crews are working on the TTC’s new automatic train control signal system (or ATC), while this part of the subway is closed. According to a TTC news release, “When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.”
The TTC previously closed this part of the subway this year :
- Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 — between Downsview and St Clair West.
- Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 — between Downsview and St Clair West.
- Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 — between Downsview and Wilson.
- Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 — between Downsview and St Clair West.
This is the last time this year that the TTC is planning to close parts of Line 1 over a weekend.
GO Transit trains and buses start picking up and dropping off passengers in the new Gormley GO Station this Monday, December 5.
You can enjoy a sneak preview of the new station as GO hosts a community event Sunday, December 4 from noon until 2 p.m.
You can ride a train free of fare to and from Gormley from 1 until 1:45 p.m. You can also check out the new station, view one of GO’s newest buses, meet GO’s mascot, GO Bear, and hang out with transit safety officers.
GO trains operating along this line serve the new station, starting Monday:
- 61 Richmond Hill.
GO buses operating along this route serve the new station, starting Monday:
- 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto.
GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of trains along the 09 Lakeshore East line Friday, December 2 evening until Sunday, December 4 due to construction at Guildwood GO Station.
Friday, December 2:
- Westbound trains operate hourly, starting with the train that 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 hourly, starting with the train that leaves Union Station at 6:13 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Union at 6:43, 7:48, 8:43, 9:43 and 10:43 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 4:
- West- and eastbound trains operate hourly all day.
- Westbound trains leave Oshawa only at 41 minutes past each hour. GO is canceling all trains that usually leave Oshawa at 11 minutes past each hour.
- Eastbound trains leave Union Station only at 13 minutes past each hour. GO is canceling all trains that usually leave Union at 43 minutes past each hour.
You may have to wait as long as 30 minutes for the next train. GO buses continue to operate along their regular schedules, including buses that usually connect with Lakeshore East trains.
The City of Mississauga is closing:
- Orbitor Drive between Skymark Boulevard and Eglinton Avenue
Friday evening and early Saturday as contractors repave the roadway.
MiWay is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
This week, Metrolinx and Crosslinx Transit Solutions — the consortium building the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line — launched a new mobile application, aCrosstown, to help you navigate Eglinton Avenue during the construction of line.
aCrosstown delivers real-time information about traffic and transit conditions along the corridor and keeps you informed about the Crosstown construction activities.
Some of the app’s key features include:
- Specific delay information — lane reductions, turning restrictions, the reason for the delay and the direction of traffic that it affects;
- Transit-stop finder, using your location;
- Real-time bus tracking;
- Built-in public Toronto Parking Authority (“Green P”) parking lot locator; and
- Real-time notifications as you approach delays.
The user-friendly, one-stop mobile app provides you with 24/7 access to timely and accurate information about traffic and transit on Eglinton Avenue. Unlike other transit and map apps, aCrosstown is a single source of traffic, transit and parking information, specifically about Eglinton.
App users can select either drive or transit mode depending on your means of transportation. And, it offers hands-free, audible features so you can keep you hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, if you’re using aCrosstown while you’re driving.
Information about traffic changes resulting from building the Crosstown comes directly from Crosslinx. Crosslinx also provides the app operator with information that the City of Toronto has approved about traffic changes. The TTC is providing information about transit services and changes through NextBus. The app operator will also gather data and push updates from other sources, such as Ontario 511 — the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s traveler information service — CP24, TomTom and crowd-sourcing.
The free app is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices.
The 19-km Crosstown will extend under and along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis and Kennedy stations. The consortium started building the first station in March and construction is underway at most of the 15 underground stations. Metrolinx has intends to open the line in 2021.
Crosslinx Transit Solutions is a joint venture of ACS-Dragados, Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin. In 2015, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario selected Crosslinx to design, build, finance and maintain the Eglinton Crosstown.
Since 2010, GO Transit buses have traveled along the centre shoulder of the freeway from just north of York Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue East to bypass other vehicles, when traffic is moving slowly.
TTC vehicles (including Wheel-Trans) will soon also operate on the special lanes. Both TTC and GO buses will also start using a new section of bus bypass lanes between the Canadian Pacific Railway overpass, just north of Wynford Drive, and the St. Dennis Drive bridge south of Eglinton Avenue East. GO vehicles will have access to the new section mid-December, while TTC vehicles start using the new lanes early 2017.
Ontario and Metrolinx are taking yet another step toward implementing regional express rail service along GO Transit rail corridors. Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Metrolinx chief executive officer Bruce McCuaig visited GO’s Don Yard last week to announce that the government and its regional transit agency are upgrading and expanding the yard.
Construction at the site near Lake Shore Boulevard East and Cherry Street will result in more facilities to store and maintain GO and Union Pearson Express trains near GO’s busy Union Station hub. That means that trains will spend less time “deadheading” — traveling between the maintenance facility and the station before or after they serve passengers.
GO Transit trains start picking up and dropping off passengers at a new GO station — Gormley — next Monday, December 5. Local MPPs, Dr. Helena Jaczek (Oak Ridges - Markham) and Reza Moridi (Richmond Hill), joined Metrolinx officials in a ceremony last week at the new station near Highway 404 and Stouffville Road in the northeast corner of Richmond Hill.
The new station will become the northernmost on GO’s Richmond Hill line. Five trains will leave the station to head toward Union Station weekday mornings, while another five will return in the afternoons and evenings. GO buses will also serve the station bus terminal, providing commuter services to Downtown Toronto when the trains aren’t operating Monday-to-Friday midday and evenings.