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.
After nearly six months of construction, MiWay buses again operate through the City Centre Terminal, starting Tuesday, September 6.
MiWay closed the terminal — beside Square One mall — Sunday, April 11. In the meantime, construction crews replaced the concrete at the south end of the terminal’s upper level, which had been deteriorating.
When you visit the terminal next Tuesday, you’ll find that buses may drop off or pick up passengers at different stops than they did before construction. For example, MiWay has designated a drop-off zone, where all buses stop and all passengers must exit.
MiWay says that it’s also located the stops for buses operating through similar areas at the same platform or nearby. Buses that operate east and west along Rathburn Road West won’t enter the terminal. Instead, you can board and exit from those buses at stops on the street, improving the reliability of the services. (Previously, MiWay added extra time to the schedules of buses operating along these routes to compensate for delays resulting from looping through the terminal.)
Reopening the terminal affects buses operating along these routes:
- 501 Züm Queen.
- 3 Bloor;
- 6 Credit Woodlands;
- 7 **Airport;
- 8 Cawthra;
- 9 Rathburn - Thomas;
- 10 Bristol - Britannia;
- 19 / 19A / 19B / 19C Hurontario;
- 20 Rathburn;
- 21 Explorer;
- 26 Burnhamthorpe (weekends only);
- 28 Confederation;
- 34 Credit Valley;
- 61 / 61A Mavis;
- 66 McLaughlin;
- 68 Windsor Hill;
- 91 Hillcrest; and
- 315 Rick Hansen - City Centre high school special.
- 107 Malton;
- 109 Meadowvale;
- 110 University.
- BlogTO post, “TTC buses might soon look a lot different”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Historic Kodak Building 9 moves 200 feet in Toronto”, here.
- Canadian Press article, “Justin Trudeau announces $1.49B in funding for transit in Ontario” (from the Global News Toronto website), here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Federal transit infrastructure money: What Toronto is getting”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Tory ‘thrilled’ about infrastructure money, but still wants TTC savings”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “One-time Kodak building moves 60 metres for new LRT station”, here.
- CP24 report, “Toronto getting nearly $4.74 transportation boost from federal government”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Mayor trumps federal funding for Toronto’s transportation woes”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Part of Kodak building moved to eventually become part of Crosstown LRT station”, here.
- Daily Commercial News article, “Tunnelling complete for Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “‘Not sexy’, but needed: Funding for TTC repair projects unveiled”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “‘Stupid stunt’: Man injured after forcing GO train doors open, jumping”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Toronto’s subway system to benefit from federal infrastructure fund”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “This CEO is trying to get the auto and transit industries to co-operate”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Federal funding for the TTC is the exception, not the norm”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Trudeau’s federal Liberals invest in transit, bike lanes expansion”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx announces Eglinton Crosstown LRT tunnelling complete”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx moves historic Kodak building to dig out future Mount Dennis Crosstown LRT station”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “How do you move a four-storey, 3000-tonne building in its entirety?”, here.
- Mobile Syrup post, “WiFi comes to York Region GO Transit terminals and stations”, here.
- railway-technology.com post, “More than $230bn planned for public transit investments in Canada”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Rowdy family coming back from CNE compares Quiet Zone exile with Jews sent to concentration camps”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “How to get it right with Rail Deck Park”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Where Does Ottawa’s New Transit Funding Fit in Toronto’s Budget?”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Metropass Usage Trends”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “How Much Service Actually Runs on King Street?”, here.
- Torontoist post, “In praise of unsexy infrastructure”, here.
- Torontoist post, “West Toronto Railpath Extension Finally Gets Funding”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Ottawa’s cold cash is even cooler when it lacks subway sizzle”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Federal cash will mean a more reliable, accessible TTC”, here.
- Toronto Star editorial, “Proposed TTC budget cut could hit service”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Feds announce $1.5B for transit”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Trudeau, Wynne announce in Barrie more cash for transit”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Big dig wraps for Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “Accessibility Annex: An Introduction”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “Take action for a low-income transit pass”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Canada, Ontario Sign Agreement to Fund Transit Infrastructure”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “How Will Toronto Find Nearly $500m for Better Transit, Cycling?”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Metrolinx Makes Big Move with Kodak Building at Mount Dennis Station”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Metrolinx church parking lot deal concerns Aurora residents”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “GO Transit dials up free Wi-Fi to York Region commuters”, here.
- Bayshore Broadcasting report, “Shelburne Transit Project Progresses”, here.
- Brantford Expositor article, “GO buses ready to roll on Sept. 3”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “City wants to spend $36M in transit money from feds on new ‘bus barn’”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “GO Transit’s new fall schedules has more stops in Kitchener, Guelph”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “New GO bus service between Cambridge, Milton, starting Sept. 6”, here.
- CTV News Kitchener report, “New GO trips to Kitchener, Cambridge, Brantford start soon”, here.
- Guelph Mercury Tribune post, “Four-train GO service kicks off in Guelph Sept. 6”, here.
- Niagara Falls Review article, “Seasonal GO service ‘gaining in popularity’”, here.
- Northumberland News article, “Transit in transition in Port Hope”, here.
The City of Mississauga is closing:
- Middlegate Road between Haines and Stanfield Roads
MiWay is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:
- 51 Tomken.
Construction on Middlegate Road and the detour continue until September 25.
Starting Monday, August 29, the City of Brampton is closing:
- Financial Drive between Coastline Drive / Cooperage Street and Seapines Street / Miner Street
during a project to widen the roadway.
Brampton Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
Construction on Financial Drive and the detours continue until September 4.
This weekend, Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, the TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Lawrence and Bloor Stations.
Trains operate along line 1 only between Finch and Lawrence Stations and between Downsview and Bloor Stations this weekend.
While this section of the subway is closed, the TTC is operating as many as 100 shuttle buses along Yonge Street. The buses start and end their trips in Lawrence Station bus terminal and loop at the south end of their route along Church Street and Bloor Street East to drop off and pick up passengers at Bloor and Yonge Streets. The buses stop on Yonge Street at the intersections nearest to all subway stations on the closed section of the line.
The TTC has not yet equipped PRESTO fare-card devices on all shuttle buses. Carry tokens, tickets or cash, in case the vehicle that arrives at your stop is not yet PRESTO-ready.
Wheel-Trans buses operate between York Mills and Bloor stations. Speak with any TTC staff member to ask for the service.
TTC crews will carry out essential track and signal work during the closure. They’re:
- performing major maintenance to the cross-over track between Eglinton Station and south of Berwick Avenue;
- upgrading electrical systems in the open-air section from south of the Kay Gardner Beltline Bridge to north of Davisville Station;
- repairing track north of Rosedale Station; and
- removing eight dead trees
- between Hillsdale Avenue West and Manor Road West - three trees on the east embankment and one tree on the west embankment; and
- between Lola Road and Imperial Street - four trees on the east embankment.
To provide a faster trip for passengers and keep traffic flowing, the City of Toronto is restricting parking on both sides of Yonge Street between Lawrence and St Clair Avenues from 3:30 a.m. Saturday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday and Sunday to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.
While shuttle buses operate frequently, they will be crowded.
Consider traveling along the University branch, instead of the Yonge branch, this weekend, when traveling to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely.
Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch, instead of boarding the subway on the Yonge branch:
- Ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West and 196 York University rocket routes and board the subway at Downsview Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
- Ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
- Ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
- Ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
- Ride buses operating along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.
- Ride trains operating along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
- Ride streetcars operating along the 504 King and 514 Cherry routes and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.
Update — Friday, August 26, 5:31 p.m.: The contractors have rescheduled the work to Saturday, August 27 evening and early Sunday, August 28. They’re also adding another component — they’ll work on the south side of the intersection of Highway 7 and Keele Street.
From 7 p.m.
tonight, Friday, August 26 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 27 Saturday, August 27 until Sunday, August 28, crews are paving with red asphalt both east- and westbound lanes of the rapidway between the Canadian National Railway bridge and the GO Transit bridge.
The work interrupts the intersections of Highway 7 with Keele Street and with Bowes Road / Baldwin Avenue, one at a time, as crews pave through each and then wait for the asphalt to cool. They’ll pave the Keele intersection first, and then Bowes / Baldwin.
Afterwards, crews will pave the south part of the Keele Street / Highway 7 intersection with red asphalt. Motorists can’t access Highway 7 from south of the intersection. The work restricts east- and westbound traffic to just one lane in each direction and motorists can’t turn right onto Keele.
While crews pave the intersection with Keele, York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along
these routes this route:
Paving at both intersections blocks north- and southbound through traffic. Motorists traveling along Highway 7 who wish to turn north- or southward through the intersection must detour to the next intersection to U-turn.
“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to help direct traffic.
Crews may also temporarily block access to bus stops and sidewalks. Look for signs to guide you safely around the work zone or to the nearest available bus stop.
Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.
Yesterday, Tuesday, August 23, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne announced an agreement to provide more than $2.97 billion in combined funding — by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and municipalities — for transit and other infrastructure projects across the province.
Canada is providing Ontario with $1,486,680,000 under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. This amount covers as much as 50 per cent of the funding for the projects that the agreement supports.
The City of Toronto has already submitted a preliminary list of potential projects for funding to the federal government and the Government of Canada news release announcing the agreement listed these. The government has allocated Toronto $840 million, using a formula it’s based on the number of transit riders in each municipality.
The preliminary list for Toronto amounts to more than $948 million in project costs, eligible for a federal contribution of $474 million. The City will submit a final list this fall.
The preliminary list of priority projects includes:
TTC - repairing, renewing and modernizing
- Preliminary federal contribution: $360 M
- repairing, renewing and enhancing buses, streetcars and subway trains;
- transforming stations;
- rehabilitating and replacing tracks;
- installing new elevators and escalators in TTC stations;
- improving bus stops;
- buying new Wheel-Trans vehicles;
- modernizing systems and making them more efficient, including computer-aided dispatch; and
- maintaining TTC / City bridges and structures.
Transit expansion - Planning and designing
- Preliminary federal contribution: $40 M
- integrating SmartTrack with GO Transit’s regional express rail;
- planning the Eglinton West light rail transit line with eight to 12 stops between Mount Dennis and Renforth;
- conducting a detailed review of the design and options for building the Scarborough subway;
- planning and designing Kennedy Station, realigning Military Trail and planning the next phase to Malvern for the Eglinton East light rail transit line;
- studying the impacts of building and tunneling for the Relief Line subway;
- continuing plans for waterfront transit, including the preliminary design for a line connection Exhibition and Dufferin Gate loops;
- expanding the northwest PATH (pedestrian access tunnels) from Union Station and improving security infrastructure and wayfinding and signs at the station.
Transit expansion - Capital
- Preliminary federal contribution: $25 M
- enabling early work on the Finch West light rail transit line, including the City’s share of costs for relocating utilities.
The program also supports other transportation initiatives in Toronto.
Improving on-street signals
- Preliminary federal contribution: $0.7 M
- collecting and analyzing data on ways to reduce delays on major routes;
- installing more real-time transportation information screens;
- renewing transit signals as part of the city’s congestion management plan); and
- providing illuminated prohibited turn signs on more streetcar routes.
Improving cycling infrastructure
- Preliminary federal contribution: $42 M
- installing more bike parking at 40 more TTC stations;
- expanding the bike-share to 50 more TTC stations;
- expanding the cycling network expansion including the Eglinton Avenue, the West Toronto Railpath, East Don Trail, Burnhamthorpe Road, York University, Flemingdon Park / Thorncliffe Park, Dufferin Street and Midland Avenue.
Improving pedestrian safety
- Preliminary federal contribution: $6 M
- Improving access to transit stops;
- expanding and upgrading automated pedestrian detection signals;
- adding more mid-block crossings;
- re-timing traffic signals;
- installing more, and better, pavement markings.
City staff drew up this preliminary project list from the City’s $33.5 billion 2016-2025 tax and rate capital budget and plan, which City Council approved earlier this year and from a list of necessary but unfunded projects, including the transit network plan to 2031, totalling another $33 billion.
The City, in consultation with the TTC, will start negotiating with the Province of Ontario on an Ontario-Toronto contribution agreement, which will govern the flow of funds to the City.
This fall, City staff will update Council about the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and obtain any necessary Council approvals. Staff will ask Council to approve individual projects, if necessary, as part of the 2017 budget process.
Under this program, Canada will fund as much as 50 per cent of eligible projects, with the City providing matching funds.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Yonge Street south of Dundas Street
as crews operate a crane at a construction site
from 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 24 until 5 a.m. Thursday, August 25 and continuing overnight nightly until 5 a.m. Saturday, August 27.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:
- 320 Yonge overnight.