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In the news: Monday, November 30, 2015

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Four more TTC employees fired over benefits scam”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Police searching for man who sexually assaulted woman on subway”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC rolls out free WiFi to more subway stations”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “UP Express offering big discounts to boost ridership”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto to build $20 million bridge at Fort York”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC wants a cut of branded merchandise sales”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Survey says: We should have said yes to HMLRT”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Windshield warnings appearing on vehicles in Brampton, Mississauga”, here.
  • Canadian Reviewer post, “Motorists cautioned to ‘Lock It Down” when it comes to leaving vehicles with valuables in plain view”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Councillor proposes “10% of new Mississauga developments be affordable housing, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC fires 5 employees for allegedly claiming fraudulent benefits”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Four TTCc workers fired for role in benefits fraud scheme”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC fires four more workers in benefits fraud crackdown”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Police seeking suspect after daytime sexual assault on subway”, here.
  • Daily Xtra! post, “Taking AIDS education to the TTC tracks”, here.
  • article, “Durham Region breaks ground on new transit facility”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Toronto property near public transit worth 30% more than other buildings, study finds”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “From 3 cents to $3.25: a brief history of TTC fare hikes”, here.
  • report, “Image released of man wanted for alleged sexual assault on TTC subway train”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC hopes winter streetcar prep will create smoother rides this season”, here.
  • post, “Is Cooksville the Future Downtown of Mississauga?”, here.
  • post, “inFeature: The Truth Behind the LRT in Mississauga”, here.
  • editorial, “TTC on right track with cash fare hike”, here.
  • column, “THE CITY: Mayor John Tory shows disparity between drivers and transit users”, here.
  • article, “First of TTC’s new low-floor streetcars roll out of Leslie Barns light rail storage facility”, here.
  • article, “Police looking for suspect in TTC subway sexual assault”, here.
  • article, “The CP Holiday Train makes its annual stop in the Junction”, here.
  • Metro Edmonton article, “Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson not worried about betting on Bombardier”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Rocket swag: TTC chair pushing for a cut of the merchandising action”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “How fighting climate change will make cities like Toronto better”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Metrolinx forging interesting partnerships at transportation hubs”, here.
  • Mobile Syrup post, “Free Wi-Fi arrives at two additional TTC subway stations”, here.
  • Progressive Railroading article, “TTC begins operations at new streetcar facility, modifies stops”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “Tory ready to reinvent transit system”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “A silver lining for Danforth businesses”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Developers challenge Scarborough subway with OMB appeal”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor John Tory ‘surprised’ by developer opposition to Scarborough subway”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Eglinton West station to become ‘Cedarvale’ because of Crosstown LRT”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier declines meeting with TTC about streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mississauga aims to prevent LRT from pushing out poor”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Union Pearson Express offers fare deal to attract riders”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Dead lights make Finch TTC parking lot scary at night: Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Time is now to build climate change-era infrastructure”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ontario’s budget deficit dips to $7.5 billion, says Sousa”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Despite the Greenbelt, urban sprawl presses on”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Four more TTC staff fired as fraud investigation continues”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Facts don’t stand a chance against rolling bandwagons”, here
  • Toronto Sun column, “TTC ‘sardines’ get off easy”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “The Way We Were: The Leslie Barns…”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Teen in TTC spat with Muslims tells his side”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Four more TTC workers fired for benefits scam”, here.
  • article, “Viva Yellow gets rolling on Davis Drive in Newmarket”, here.
  • article, “Rapid shuttle could mean relief from Aurora’s traffic woes”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Oakville Transit revises routes, services,
November 29

The Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital opens on its new site on Dundas Street West west of Third Line Sunday, December 14. Starting Monday, December 15, Oakville Transit extends the path for buses operating along the 3 Third Line route to serve the new hospital. It’s also increasing the frequency of service along that route at various times of the week, starting today, Sunday, November 29.

Starting tomorrow, Monday, November 30, OT is also adjusting the schedules for buses operating along several routes.

Ossington Station south bus loop reopens,
December 1

The TTC has completed the next phase of its ongoing project to upgrade Ossington Station. It’s reopening the south bus loop Tuesday, December 1, affecting the routing for buses operating along these routes:

  • 63 Ossington
  • 94 Wellesley; and
  • 161 Rogers Rd.

Construction crews continue to occupy part of the south bus loop until Friday, January 15, 2016. After January 15, the TTC may further revise bus stops in Ossington Station terminal.

Signs in the station and terminal will direct passengers to the correct stop for all buses operating to and from the station terminal.

TTC track repairs at King / Charlotte,
starting November 30

The TTC is planning a major track-reconstruction project at the intersection of King Street West with Charlotte Street next spring. However, TTC staff have also recently identified the need for urgent track repairs at the intersection to allow streetcars to continue operating safely along the tracks. Track staff are repairing the tracks from Monday, November 30 until Thursday, December 3.

The work restricts traffic to just one lane in each direction. The City of Toronto will prohibit on-street parking and restrict turning to create a safe work zone for the crew, and provide a temporary location for storing the new rails until the crews install them. Motorists may still access Charlotte Street. TTC streetcars and buses serving the 304 King overnight and 504 King routes and streetcars serving the 310 Spadina routes continue to operate through the work zone.

Starting at about 8 a.m. Monday, November 30, a TTC track crew occupies the centre lanes. The crew saw-cuts the concrete track area and starts digging out a small section of track. Work continues until 10 p.m.

Tuesday, December 1, the crew replaces the rail in the excavated area. Crews may also work overnight to weld and grind rails.

Wednesday, December 2, crews place the new concrete and allow it to cure.

They’ll remove the work zone Thursday, December 3 by about 5 a.m.

Davis Drive rapidway in Newmarket
opens November 29

The Government of Ontario, Metrolinx and the Regional Municipality of York have announced that the Davis Drive rapidway in Newmarket is opening for bus service, tomorrow, Sunday, November 29.

The 2.6-kilometre (1.6-mile) bus-rapid-transit project along Davis also includes a new “Park and Ride” carpool lot at the south-west side of the Davis Drive / Highway 404 interchange.

Buses start operating along the new Viva yellow route tomorrow at 6:52 a.m. The viva buses operate along the bus-only, centre-lane “rapidway” between Yonge Street and Roxborough Road / Patterson Street and then in mixed traffic with curbside stops and a turn-around at the new park and ride lot. GO Transit buses start operating through the new lot in January 2016.

The line includes three new vivastations in the centre-lane rapidway:

  • Longford;
  • Main; and
  • Southlake.

It also includes new curbside vivastations:

  • Huron Heights;
  • Leslie; and
  • Highway 404.

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Viva buses serving the new Viva yellow route start and end their trips in the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal, where passengers can connect with buses operating along the Viva blue route and other York Region Transit and GO Transit buses.

Sundays and holidays, starting tomorrow, Sunday, November 29, westbound buses leave the Highway 404 / Davis Park and Ride about every 15 minutes from 6:52 a.m. until 11:22 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket GO Bus Terminal from 7:14 a.m. until 10:59 p.m.

Mondays to Fridays, starting Monday, November 30, westbound buses leave the carpool lot every 15 minutes from 4:22 a.m. until 11:22 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket terminal from 4:45 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Saturdays, starting Saturday, December 5, westbound buses the carpool lot every 15 minutes from 5:38 a.m. until 11:23 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket terminal from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Metrolinx and York Region contractors also worked to transform this section of Davis Drive with wider boulevards and more trees and shrubs. The new rapid transit stations include arched glass canopies, which, according to an Ontario / York Region news release, are “inspired by transportation architecture from historic and modern European examples”. The 27-metre (88.6-foot) glass vivastation canopies protect waiting passengers from the elements and include nine-metre (29.5-foot) enclosed and heated waiting areas.

Similar to the viva rapidway along Highway 7 East in Markham and Richmond Hill, the new line also incorporates standard Viva technological features, such as off-board fare collection, geographical positioning system (GPS) navigation, real-time information, PRESTO smart-card readers and traffic-signal priority for Viva buses. Safety and accessibility features include a textured surface near the platform edge, level boarding from the platform to the bus, a public address system for updating riders and an emergency call button.

The entire York Viva bus-rapid-transit project represents a $1.4 billion transit investment from the Government of Ontario and is part of “The Big Move”, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan.

YRT will revise its routes in Newmarket to avoid duplicating services along Davis Drive Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Yonge Street rapidway construction
continues December 1

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Yonge Street in Newmarket and Richmond Hill.

An important step in building the vivaNext Yonge Street rapidway in Newmarket is relocating telecommunications. Crews start moving underground telecommunications on the east side of Yonge between just north of Mulock Drive and Savage Road, starting Tuesday, December 1. They’ll continue to relocate the telecommunications in segments along the corridor.

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From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews are:

  • temporarily blocking northbound curb lanes around the work area.
  • keeping sidewalks open, wherever possible. (If the work blocks a sidewalk, directional signs guide pedestrians safely around the work zone.)
  • temporarily blocking driveways as crews proceed northward
  • maintaining access to businesses.

Traffic control staff and “paid-duty” York Region Police officers will be on site, when necessary.

Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

Crews may work some weekends.

Work on Yonge between Mulock and Savage continues until January 15, 2016.

During rapidway construction on Yonge Street in Newmarket, expect delays for for GO Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
  • 68 Barrie / Newmarket.

Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 22/ 22A King City;
  • 57 / 57A Mulock;
  • 98 Yonge; and
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.


Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
More construction, starting November 28

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue getting ready to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.

From 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, November 28, crews are:

  • restricting traffic to just one eastbound lane between Hillside Avenue and the bridge carrying GO Transit’s Barrie line across the highway.
  • cleaning up the work site and removing earth piles.
  • temporarily blocking driveways on the south side of Highway 7

They’re also:

  • restricting traffic to just one westbound lane between Jane Street and Edgeley Boulevard.
  • installing boulevards.

Flag persons will be on-site to help pedestrians and motorists travel safely through the area. Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

From 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, starting Monday, November 30, crews are:

  • installing the remaining poles in the intersection of Highway 7 with Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way.
  • intermittently closing right lanes. (Motorists may still turn left).

Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

Work at Highway 7 / Edgeley / Interchange continues for about two weeks or until December 13.

During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, also expect delays for:

  • Brampton Transit Züm express buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route;
  • TTC buses operating along the 35D Jane and 107 Keele North routes; and
  • York Region Transit Viva express buses operating along the Viva orange route and YRT local buses operating along the 20 Jane and 77 Highway 7 routes.


Queen / McCaul track repairs:
TTC detour, November 28 until November 30

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Queen Street West between Bay and Yonge Street

this weekend to allow private contractors to repair the pedestrian bridge linking the CF Toronto Eaton Centre with The Hudson’s Bay Company’s Queen Street store.

Since closing the street requires the TTC to detour its streetcars, it will take advantage of the opportunity to repair its tracks at the intersection of Queen Street West and McCaul Street.

All day Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating along Queen Streets West and East between Bathurst and Sherbourne Streets.


TTC employees "stuff the buses"
collect new, unwrapped toys for kids

TTC employees are hosting their annual Stuff-the-Bus Toy Drive at participating Walmart stores across Toronto this weekend. This year, the employees will set up five of the TTC’s 12-metre (40-foot) buses as drop-off stops for new, unwrapped toys, which they’ll donate to the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.

The Stuff-the-Bus weekend drive officially kicked off this morning, Friday, November 27, on Q107’s Derringer in the Morning Friday, November 29, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., when the TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford accepted donations outside Corus Quay on the eastern waterfront at 25 Dockside Drive. The Stuff-the-Bus drive then swung by George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus, where students, staff and faculty had collected toys for the TTC.The bus is now parked at its final “Stuff-the-Bus” preview stop, when it accepts donations in front of the Walmart store at Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue until 8 p.m. tonight.

TTC staff receive toys to “stuff the bus” at each of these five Walmart stores Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29:

  • 1900 Eglinton Avenue East (at Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue) — until 8 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday;
  • 3132 Eglinton Avenue East (at Eglinton Avenue East and Markham Road) — from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
  • 799 Milner Avenue (near Milner and Morningside Avenues, just north of Highway 401) — from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
  • 165 North Queen Street (near Highway 427 and The Queensway) — from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and
  • 2525 St. Clair Avenue West (near St. Clair Avenue West and Runnymede Road) — from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

TTC employees have been conducting a Stuff-the-Bus toy drive during the holiday season for the since 2007. According to the TTC, “This is a labour of love for TTC operator Kevin Kane and his team of volunteer operators”. Last year’s drive gave Christmas gifts to more than 500 families with children. This year, the group hopes to raise more than $70,000 worth of donations.

To date, the toy drive has brightened Christmas by helping more than 4,000 families and 13,000 children. The toy drive has collected more than $300,000 worth of toys since it started eight years ago and Kane and his team expect to raise more than $70,000 in donations this holiday season.

The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness is a national, charitable organization that has served Canadians since 1993. The Centre’s mandate is to significantly reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness. It operates solely on private donations without sustaining funds from any government body.

Less frequent Lakeshore East GO trains,
Oshawa to Pickering, November 27, 28, 29

GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of service along the 09 Lakeshore East line this weekend, as contractors upgrade the tracks at the future South Blair Street underpass in Whitby. When complete, the underpass will eliminate the level crossing and the need for trains to sound their whistles at that location. Building the underpass is part of a larger project to build GO’s East Maintenance and Storage Facility.

To accommodate the work, GO is decreasing service along the line between Oshawa and Pickering GO Stations, Friday, November 27 evening and all day Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29.

Friday evening:

  • westbound trains usually start their trips in Oshawa GO Station at 8:08, 9:08 and 10:08 p.m., start, instead in Pickering GO Station at 8:28, 9:28 and 10:28 p.m. They end their trips in Union Station at 9:11, 10:11 and 11:11 p.m.
  • westbound trains still leave Oshawa at 7:38, 8:38, 9:38, 10:38 and 11:38 p.m., dropping off and picking up passengers at all stops to Union, as usually. They end their trips in Union at 8:41, 9:41, 10:41 and 11:41 p.m. and 12:41 a.m.
  • eastbound trains that leave Union at 7:48, 8:43, 9:43 and 10:43 p.m. end their trips in Pickering. They arrive in Pickering at 8:26, 9:21, 10:21 and 11:21 p.m.
  • eastbound trains that leave Union at 7:17, 8:13, 9:13, 10:13 and 11:13 p.m. and 12:13 a.m. end their trips in Oshawa, as usually. They arrive in Oshawa at 8:15, 9:11, 10:11 and 11:11 p.m. and 12:11 and 1:11 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday:

  • All westbound trains that usually leave Oshawa at 11 minutes past each hour, leave, instead, Pickering at 30 minutes past the hour. They end their trips in Union at ten minutes past the hour.
  • All westbound trains that usually Oshawa at 41 minutes past each hour continue to do so, dropping off or picking up passengers at all stops along the line. They end their trips in Union at 40 minutes past the hour.
  • All eastbound trains that leave Union at 43 minutes past each hour, end their trips in Pickering, instead of Oshawa. They arrive in Pickering at 19 minutes past the hour.
  • All eastbound trains that leave Union at 13 minutes past each hour drop off or pick up passengers at all stations to Oshawa, as usually. They arrive in Oshawa at 8 minutes past the hour.

GO buses operating along the 90 Lakeshore East route continue to operate according to their regular schedules. Some passengers may have to wait as long as 30 minutes longer than usually to connect with trains at Oshawa GO Station.

You can view the special 09 Lakeshore East schedule for this weekend here.

GO similarly reduced service along the line last weekend, from Friday, November 20 until Sunday, November 22.

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