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In the news: Friday, October 24, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Buses replace streetcars on College,
east of Ossington, October 25, 26, 27



The TTC is repairing the streetcar tracks at

  • the intersection of College and Bathurst Streets

this weekend, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26.

During the work, it’s detouring streetcars operating along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes so that streetcars do not operate through the construction zone.

It’s also operating shuttle buses along College and Carlton Streets between Lansdowne Avenue and Church Street to replace the cars.

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The TTC is repairing two sections of streetcar track at the intersection — a short section in the northbound lane immediately north of the intersection and another section in the eastbound lane immediately east of the intersection. The overall project includes replacing rail, welding, grinding and placing concrete. Some of these activities will occur overnight.

Starting at about 8 a.m. Saturday, October 25, a crew will break and remove the concrete in the two track areas to expose the rails for repair. They’ll carry out this portion of work during the daytime and but they may continue past 9 p.m.

Once they’ve dug out these sections of track, they’ll install new pieces of rail and weld them into place overnight Saturday. They’ll place concrete Sunday morning. While crews will keep keep noise levels to a minimum, some noise will be unavoidable when certain equipment is operating.


During a separate construction project, the TTC is also replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses, and diverting the buses around the construction zone between Dundas and Queen Streets West.




Weekend events affect transit services,
October 24, 25, 26



As the good weather ends and late fall weather begins, just six events affect transit services this weekend.

The events all take place in the Bramalea area of Brampton, the Islington neighbourhood of Toronto, Guelph, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes and the Scarborough and central areas of Toronto.




Downtown Brampton Terminal repairs:
Brampton, GO detours, October 24, 25, 26



Brampton Transit is closing the north platform of the Downtown Brampton Terminal will be from tomorrow Friday, October 24 until Sunday, October 26, while crews repair the asphalt. The terminal building will remain open during regular hours.

Brampton Transit and GO Transit buses that usually drop off or pick up passengers at the north platform will serve temporary stops on nearby streets:

Stop 1 — On the north side of Nelson Street West beside the terminal;
Stop 2 — On the west side of George Street North across from the terminal;
Stop 3 — On the west side of George Street North south of Nelson Street West;
Stop 4 — On the west side of George Street North across from Diplock Lane; and
Stop 5 — On the east side of George Street North just south of Nelson Street West.

Buses operating along these Brampton Transit routes serve the temporary stops:

  • 1 / 1A Queen: Westbound buses serve stop 1 and stop 5
  • 24 Van Kirk: Buses serve stop 5.
  • 25 Edenbrook: Buses serve stop 5.
  • 52 McMurchy: Buses serve stop 2.
  • 56 Springbrook: Buses serve stop 5.

Buses operating along these GO Transit routes serve the temporary stops:

  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto: Eastbound buses serve stop 5; westbound buses serve stop 4.
  • 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York: Eastbound buses serve stop 5; westbound buses serve stop 4.
  • 34 Brampton / Pearson / North York: Buses serve stop 3.
  • 35 Brampton / Humber College / North York: Buses serve stop 3.

You can view a map of the temporary stops here. (.pdf)




Paving near Brampton Gateway Terminal
Brampton Transit detour, October 26



This Sunday, October 26 from about 7 a.m. until noon, the City of Brampton is repairing two lanes of Main Street South in front of Brampton Gateway Terminal.

While crews repave the roadway, Brampton Transit buses operating along the 2 Main and 502 Züm Main routes will not stop to drop off or pick up passengers at their regular stop. Instead buses stop further north on Main Street South, where buses operating along the 52 McMurchy route also serve passengers.

You can view a map of the regular and temporary stops here. (.pdf)




In the news: Thursday, October 23, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Barrie Examiner article, “Transit numbers climbing: Official”, here.
  • Barrie Examiner article, “We don’t care for the buses coming here in the morning and usually it’s noisy”, here.
  • Simcoe.com article, “South Simcoe GO train expansion screened out”, here.



City closes Don Valley Parkway
for seasonal maintenance this weekend



The City of Toronto is closing

  • the Don Valley Parkway between Highway 401 and the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway

from 10 p.m. Friday, October 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, October 27 to conduct its annual fall maintenance. To ensure the safety of workers completing the various maintenance tasks, the City shuts down the entire roadway in both directions.

Closing the Parkway affects bus service along GO Transit’s 65 Newmarket / Toronto, 71 Stouffville / Toronto and 90 Lakeshore East routes. Although the buses serve all regular stops, passengers should expect some delays in service.




TTC heightens security



The TTC has heightened security across the entire transit system after the events this morning in Ottawa. TTC passengers can expect to see transit enforcement officers and Toronto Police Service officers more often on subway trains and in subway stations.

The TTC began heightening security two weeks ago, after comments by ISIS about Canada participating in the mission to combat the terrorist group. In a news release, the TTC states that, “At this time, there is no credible threat to public transit in Toronto. Nevertheless, all TTC personnel will be looking for suspicious activity or suspicious packages to ensure the TTC remains safe. Customers who see something are asked to say something to a uniformed TTC employee or police.”

While TTC security personnel are increasing their vigilance in public spaces, they’ll also step up perimeter checks at other non-public entries into the system, including subway tunnels, garages and car-houses.




Pickering GO Station bus loop paving:
October 22, 23, 24, 25, 26



GO Transit is repaving parts of the bus loop at Pickering GO Station from today, Wednesday, October 22, until Sunday, October 25. The work affects Durham Region Transit and GO Transit bus service at the station.

All day Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23, all DRT buses operating along the 112 Brock and westbound buses operating along the 923 Bayly route drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop on Bayly Street west of Liverpool Road, beside the station. All GO buses and all other DRT buses continue to serve their usual stops at the station.

All day, Friday, October 24, all DRT buses operating along the 112 Brock and westbound buses operating along the 923 Bayly routes continue to serve the temporary stop on Bayly. GO buses operating along the 51 Pickering / York U and 90 Lakeshore East early-morning / late-night routes also stop on Bayly Street just west of Liverpool Road, beside the station’s parking structure. All DRT buses operating along the 101 Industrial, 101D Industrial / Bay Ridges, 103D Amberlea, 105 West Shore, 105D West Shore / South Rosebank, 106 Bay Ridges, 107 South Rosebank, 110 / 110A Central Pickering and 112D Brock / Valley Farm routes and 114D Dixie / Sheppard routes and eastbound buses operating along the 923 Bayly route serve passengers at the north platform.

All day Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, GO is completely closing the loop. GO buses operating along the 90 Lakeshore East route and DRT buses operating along the 101 Industrial, 101D Industrial / Bay Ridges, 103D Amberlea, 105 West Shore, 105D West Shore / South Rosebank, 106 Bay Ridges, 107 South Rosebank, 110 / 110A Central Pickering, 112 Brock, 112D Brock / Valley Farm, 114D Dixie / Sheppard and 923 Bayly routes drop off or pick up passengers on Bayly Street.




Dundas / Islington construction:
MiWay detours, October 23, 24



City of Toronto contractors are blocking

  • part of the intersection of Dundas Street West with Islington Avenue

for a construction project most of tomorrow, Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24.

MiWay is detouring buses operating along several routes while work proceeds at the intersection.

It’s detouring buses serving these MiLocal routes:

  • 1 / 1C Dundas;
  • 3 Bloor;
  • 11A / 11B Westwood;
  • 35 / 35A Eglinton;
  • 57 Courtneypark;
  • 76 City Centre / Subway; and
  • 307 Philip Pocock - Bloor East high school special.

It’s also detouring buses operating along these MiExpress routes:

The TTC has not announced detour information, but expect delays or detours for buses operating along the 30 Lambton and 37 Islington routes during construction at the intersection.




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