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.
Starting Wednesday, October 19, TTC crews start geotechnical drilling and general surveying at various sites on the McCowan Road corridor to prepare for the future Scarborough subway, extending the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line.
The crews are drilling 55 boreholes in the road and the City of Toronto’s right-of-way to determine the underground conditions along the future subway corridor.
Expect the crews to temporarily block traffic lanes, starting on Borough Drive and then on McCowan Road, Progress Avenue, Danforth Road and Eglinton Avenue East, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, while they work. They’ll work on these roads outside of the peak morning and afternoon traffic-flow direction. For example, they’ll be on southbound lanes of McCowan Road from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and northbound from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. They’ll move equipment and work trucks along the subway alignment as they shift the work zone from one borehole to the next.
At the same time, survey crews are working to determine the exact location of surface and underground infrastructure.
Crews drill at each borehole for about six weeks.
Expect dust, noise and vibration related from drilling, saw-cutting, hydro-vaccing and heavy equipment.
Geotechnical work on the Scarborough subway route continues until November 30.
General surveying on the Scarborough subway route continues until December 31.
Crews will restore work areas with sod or asphalt, if necessary, in spring 2017.
The TTC says this work will not delay TTC services along these routes:
- 12 Kingston Rd;
- 16 McCowan;
- 20 Cliffside;
- 21 Brimley;
- 38 Highland Creek;
- 43B Kennedy via Progress;
- 57 Midland;
- 86 Scarborough;
- 116 Morningside;
- 133 Neilson;
- 190 Scarborough Centre rocket; and
- 198 U of T rocket.
If you get stuck in traffic along the Queen Elizabeth Way in Burlington next week, you’ll have lots of time to look at a new electronic sign that promotes a better way to commute than traveling in your car.
The Government of Ontario is placing signs beside the highway to provide drivers with nearby transit information. The new signs are part of a one-year pilot program, the government says, “to promote alternative travel options, help manage congestion and get people where they’re going sooner.”
Tomorrow, Monday, October 17, crews install a sign near Appleby GO Station, displaying information about upcoming GO Transit trains leaving the station. The information factors in the time for motorists to drive to the station, park and board the next available train. (Appleby GO station has 2,964 parking spaces.)
By the end of the year, the government will expand the pilot to Bronte and Oakville GO stations.
In November, crews will install more signs beside Highway 401 and the QEW near Highway 427 to promote Union Pearson Express travel times between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station.
As part of the pilot, the government will evaluate technologies that determine real-time parking availability at GO stations. Eventually, this information could also appear on the signs.
The Government of Ontario is building more parking at Maple and Rutherford GO stations.
The province provide as much as 1,200 new parking spots at the two stations by building new multi-level parking structures. Metrolinx is also building new pedestrian tunnels at both stations to connect with the future second track and platform, which passengers will use when GO Transit introduces regional express rail services along the Barrie line over the next ten years.
Construction on the two parking structures starts in 2018. To accommodate tunnel construction, GO will temporarily relocate parking spots at the stations. According to a government news release, however, “The number of parking spots will not be affected during tunnel construction as alternate parking spots will be available.”
Ontario plans to build another new station in Vaughan at Kirby, which will also include more parking.
All day Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18, the Town of Whitby is closing:
- the intersection of Burns Street West with Byron Street South
during a project to rebuild the roadway on Byron South.
Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
Starting Monday, October 17, the Municipality of Clarington is closing:
- Mearns Avenue between the north and south branches of Sprucewood Crescent
for a construction project. (Details for the closure are not available, but it may relate to construction of the new residential development on the west side of Mearns).
Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:
- 502 North Bowmanville.
Construction on Mearns Avenue and the detour continue until November 11.
- Erin Mills Parkway (Regional Road 1) between Eglinton Avenue West and Credit Valley Drive
MiWay is detouring
- MiLocal buses operating along the 48 Erin Mills route and
- MiExpress buses operating along the 109 Meadowvale express route
while the street is closed.
Construction on Erin Mills Parkway and the detours continue until 5 a.m. October 17.
The TTC is closing part of the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Lawrence West and St George Stations this weekend to accommodate crews working to keep the line in a state of good repair and installing new signal infrastructure.
All day Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, all Line 1 subway trains operate between Downsview and Lawrence West and between Finch and St. George only. Buses replace subway service between Lawrence West and St George. To provide a faster trip for passengers, subway-shuttle buses do not drop off or pick up passengers at local stops between subway stations. They also won’t stop at Glencairn and Eglinton West stations.
For those needing an accessible connection to the subway, Wheel-Trans vehicles also operate between Lawrence West and St. George Stations, Speak to TTC staff in each station to ask for Wheel-Trans service.
Glencairn Station is closed to passengers. If you’re traveling to and from the area of Glencairn Station, you can transfer between the subway-shuttle buses and buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route in front of the station.
Eglinton West Station is open to passengers, but the subway-shuttle buses do not enter the station terminal. The buses stop to pick up or drop off passengers on Bathurst Street at Eglinton Avenue West. You can transfer buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to travel between Bathurst Street and the area of Eglinton West Station.
According to a TTC news release, “crews will lay 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) of cable for the TTC’s new Automatic Train Control (ATC) signal system… When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern, reliable signal system and a 25 per cent increase in capacity on Line 1.”
Regular subway service resumes Monday, October 17.
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 north and south of the closure, so you can avoid the University branch entirely.
North of 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.
At the closed section of the subway:
- ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route to Lawrence, instead of Lawrence West Station (The TTC is operating extra service along this route);
- 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 (The TTC is operating extra service along this route);
- ride streetcars operating along the 512 St Clair route to St Clair, instead of St Clair West Station.
- 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.
South of the closed section of the subway
- 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 TTC previously closed this section of the subway line;
- Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6;
- Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20; and
- Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17.
It’s also closed some of the same section of the subway on several more weekends this year:
- Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 - between Downsview and St Clair West stations;
- Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 - between Downsview and St Clair West stations; and
- Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 - between Downsview and St Clair West stations.
It will also close the subway between Lawrence West and St George stations again:
- Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30; and
- Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13.
The annual Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon in downtown Toronto dominates the list of special events affecting transit services in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area this weekend.
Starting 10 p.m. Friday, October 14, the TTC is upgrading the streetcar overhead infrastructure and installing new trolley wire on:
- Gerrard Street East between Carlaw and Coxwell Avenues.
The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while work takes place:
Shuttle buses replace the cars.
Upgrading the overhead wiring and the detours continue until 5 a.m. October 17.
Upgrading the overhead wiring is necessary so the TTC can operate its new Toronto Flexity accessible streetcars along the street. Over the past two years, electrical crews have been upgrading the overhead wire system along all streetcar routes in the city.
Crews generally use two to three TTC overhead trucks with hydraulic equipment to carry out this work. Expect to hear beeping sounds from back-up alarms on the TTC trucks will be audible or notice equipment lights.
Traffic will be maintained through the moving work zone with some lane restrictions.
(If necessary, TTC overhead crews may return to the area the weekend of October 22 or the weekend of October 29 to complete any outstanding work.)