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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.

Broadview Avenue track repairs:
TTC detours, January 24, 25, 26

TTC crews are repairing broken rails on

  • Broadview Avenue at First Avenue (south of Gerrard Street East)

overnight from 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 24 until 5 a.m. Wednesday, January 25 and from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday, January 26.

They’ll block streetcars from operating along Broadview between Gerrard and Queen Streets East.

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes during the repairs:

Shuttle buses replace cars along each of the three routes:


^ This map shows the 504 King and 505 Dundas streetcar detour and shuttle bus routes. The map does not show the detour for the 304 King overnight route, but the routing is identical to 504 King.


^ This map shows the 514 Cherry streetcar detour and shuttle bus route. (Note that the TTC mislabels “Adelaide Street East” as “Richmond Street East” in this map.)

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 will occupy the track area on Broadview Avenue, restricting traffic to the curb lanes through the work zone. The City of Toronto is temporarily restricting parking and turns to create a safe work zone for the crew and keep traffic moving.

During this project, crews are:

  • removing old concrete;
  • replacing rail; and
  • placing new concrete.

They’ll mostly break and remove concrete between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. each day, while streetcars are operating through the area.

Traffic can travel over the new concrete after it has cured.

Exhibition Place concrete pour:
TTC detours, January 23, 24 and 25

From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, January 23, Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 25, Exhibition Place is closing

  • Manitoba Drive east of Nova Scotia Avenue

to accommodate contractors who are pouring concrete at a construction site.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gate); and
  • 511 Bathurst.


In the news: Friday, January 20, 2017

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Ottawa report, “OC Transpo bus blaze strikingly similar to 2016 fire”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Lack of commuter parking causing ‘total chaos’ at TTC stations, councillor says”, here.
  • CBC News Torontoreport, “Suicides on subway tracks driving up employee absenteeism, TTC says”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Father and son file $4M lawsuit against TTC over Union Station brawl”, here.
  • CP24 report, “City councillor calls commuter parking shortage ‘absolute chaos’”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Lower than expected ridership in 2016 may cost TTC $46 million”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Man struck by bus, car in Whitby”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Bombardier streetcar schedule has more ‘credibility’ with new management: TTC head”, here.
  • Globe and Mail column, “Gripes about the TTC are well-founded, but the future looks brighter”, here.
  • article, “Weekend subway closures eating into TTC’s bottom line: Colle”, here.
  • article, “Subway extension to Vaughan on track for completion in 2017: TTC”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: What is Metrolinx?”, here.
  • article, “Toronto Police identify TTC sex assault suspect”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “The pros and cons of commuter parking in Toronto”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “TTC adds special constables to bus routes as driver abuse escalates”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “TTC service has improved. Now let’s have more, please, and faster”, here.
  • NOW article, “Two-tiered policing coming to Toronto?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “All passengers safe after Ottawa double-decker catches fire (same buses GO Transit owns)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Subway shutdown plans for 2017”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC vehicle reliability”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Analysis of 514 Cherry Service for December 2016”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Reasons to Look Forward to York University’s New Subway”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “The Economist Doesn’t Really Understand Toronto Transit”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “No more printed schedules for TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “City watchdog asked to investigate misleading briefing note on Scarborough subway”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC ridership flatlines, officials warn agency may not make 2017 goal”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Failing Presto fare gates madden passengers”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Father and son in TTC brawl suing transit agency, officers”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Hovercraft service from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake proposed”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “UP Express fiasco should serve as a ‘wakeup call’ for Wynne”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Parking at TTC lots under microscope”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “East Harbour: A Transit Hub in the Making for Toronto”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Rezoning Application Outlines Vision for East Harbour Site”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

TTC revises service in Exhibition Place,
starting January 20

The TTC has diverted services from Exhibition Loop since January 3, 2016. While the loop has been closed, TTC and Metrolinx contractors have been upgrading the tracks in the loop and improving nearby Exhibition GO Station.

The TTC has been further detouring buses and streetcars since Tuesday, September 27, 2016, due to the large number of events taking place in Exhibition Place last fall and early this winter.

Starting Sunday, November 20, 2016, the TTC replaced streetcars operating along the [511] Bathurst route with buses. The buses operated to and from Princes’ Gate Loop.

Starting Friday, January 20, it’s resuming buses through Exhibition Place, although the loop remains closed for the ongoing construction projects.

It’s revising service, or continuing to detour service, along these bus and streetcar routes:

  • 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gates);
  • 307 Bathurst overnight;
  • 329 Dufferin overnight;
  • 363 Ossington overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 511 Bathurst.


Construction in Exhibition Loop and the TTC detours continue until March 25. Bus and streetcar service through the loop resumes Sunday, March 26.

Confederation Parkway construction:
MiWay detours, January 21, 22

The City of Mississauga is closing:

  • Confederation Parkway, southbound lanes, between Burnhamthorpe Road West and Webb Drive

this Saturday and Sunday to accommodate crews repairing the sanitary sewers.

MiWay is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 28 Confederation; and
  • 6 Credit Woodlands.


No subway service, January 21 and 22:
Downsview to St George


The TTC is closing its Line 1 (Yonge - University) subway between Downsview and St George stations this Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22.

Line 1 subway trains operate only between Finch and St George stations this weekend.

While this part of the line is closed, TTC crews continue their ongoing work to test and install the new automatic train control system. 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 is operating shuttle buses to partially replace subway service — but only between Downsview and Lawrence West stations. Three construction projects delayed shuttle buses when the TTC operated them south of Lawrence West station during last year’s closures.

This TTC video provides more information about ATC and explains the alternate service plan that the TTC is using to move passengers during this closure.

Instead, the TTC is encouraging passengers to ride connecting routes to stations on the Yonge arm of Line 1 or to Line 2 (Bloor - Danforth) stations. It will double regular service along ten bus and streetcar routes Saturday and Sunday:

  • 7 Bathurst;
  • 14 Glencairn;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 29 Dufferin;
  • 52 Lawrence West;
  • 84 Sheppard West;
  • 96 Wilson;
  • 109 Ranee;
  • 127 Davenport; and
  • 512 St Clair.


To improve bus service, the City of Toronto will temporarily ban parking on

  • Lawrence Avenue West between Lawrence West and Lawrence stations;
  • Eglinton Avenue West between Eglinton West Station and Spadina Road; and
  • Bathurst Street between Barton Avenue and Bloor Street West.

The TTC is also operating extra subway service along the rest of Line 1 during the closure and along Line 2 from 3 until 11 p.m. to accommodate fans heading to and from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors games.

Wheel-Trans buses operate to and from Downsview, Lawrence West and St George stations, if you use a wheelchair or mobility device or otherwise need accessible service. Ask TTC staff at these stations for Wheel-Trans.

Dupont and Glencairn stations will be closed. All other stations will be open so you can buy tokens, tickets, passes and other fare media and connect with buses and streetcars.

This weekend, crews are testing the new ATC system between Wilson and Spadina stations and working at Downsview Station to get ready for extending the line northwestward to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre by the end of the year. The TTC also expects to have finished all ATC work on Line 1 north of Dupont Station by the end of 2017.

This is the first of 14 weekend closures affecting this part of Line 1 this year, mostly resulting from TTC crews installing and testing ATC.

Upcoming weekend closures for this part of the line:

  • Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 - Downsview to Lawrence West - track and switch work;
  • Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
  • Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 - Downsview to Wilson - ATC;
  • Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 - Downsview to St George - ATC; and
  • Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 - Downsview to Wilson - ATC.

Exhibition Place concrete pour:
TTC detour, January 18, 19 and 20

From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20, Exhibition Place is closing:

  • Manitoba Drive east of Nova Scotia Avenue

to accommodate contractors who are pouring concrete at a construction site.

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

  • 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gate).


New Toronto area crane activity:
TTC detour, January 19

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Garnett Janes Road between Ninth and Eighth Streets

Thursday, January 19 morning to accommodate contractors who are lifting a crane at a work site.

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

  • 110C Islington South.


Sunnybrook road construction:
TTC detours, January 19, 20

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is closing:

  • Hospital Road near the building’s “M” Wing

from 11:59 p.m. Thursday, January 19 until 5 a.m. Friday, January 20 to accommodate road work.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 11 Bayview;
  • 124 Sunnybrook;
  • 352 Lawrence West overnight.


In the news: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe