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In the news: Sunday, October 19, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CodeRedTO.com post, “CodeRedTO meets with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Steven Del Duca” here.
  • InsideHalton.com post, “Public meetings on Burlington Transit Route 6 options, October 21 and 23”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington for Accessible Sustainable Transit posts candidates’ responses to questionnaire”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “No campaign ads on Oakville buses, Town says”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Transit upgrades and job creation among issues addressed at Milton Chamber breakfast”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Oakville Transit monthly passes now available on Presto”, here.
  • Mississauga.com article, “First phase of Transitway opens in November”, here.
  • Mississauga.com article, “Candidates just can’t seem to agree on the direction of the LRT”, here.
  • Mississauga.com article, “Mayoral front-runners release transit plans”, here.
  • Mississauga.com article, “Candidate calls for free transit on election day”, here.
  • Mississauga.com article, “Bus driver avoids charges in crash that killed retired teacher, chaplin”, here.
  • NOW article, “Olivia Chow’s transit plan: 5 Questions Answered” here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Moving Millennials: how a generation is changing mobility” here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Moving Millennials: the future of mobility in the dispersed city” here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “$929,000,000” here.
  • Toronto Star column, “On transit, the voters are ready; are the candidates?: James” here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “CP 24 asks TTCriders their opinion on transit issues” here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “TOinTransit: TTCriders score Chow’s transit plan the highest” here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “TTCriders Demands More Government Funding for TTC Service Improvements in Places like Liberty Village” here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “TTCriders Unveils 2014 Vote Transit Mayoral Report Card” here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “TTC Streetcars Roll Into Union and Through Harbourfront Again” here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • CBC Hamilton post, “Hamilton votes: Clark releases his own city-wide transit plan” here.



In the news: Saturday, October 18, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Bathurst Street construction (phase 2)
October 20 to November 2



From Tuesday, October 14 until Friday, November 21, the City of Toronto and the TTC will carry out major construction work at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West and on Bathurst Street at Wolseley Loop, just north of Queen Street West.

Starting Monday, October 20, the City is also closing parts of Bathurst Street from south of Dundas Street West to north of Queen Street West to all through traffic. The TTC replaces streetcars with buses and detours the buses around the construction zone.

The City and TTC intend the project to bring the water-main and streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.

As with all construction projects, expect noise, dust and other temporary inconveniences.

The City will impose parking, traffic and some pedestrian restrictions in and around the work area during the six-week project, for which the the City and TTC have scheduled three phases.

Phase 1: From Tuesday, October 14 until Sunday, October 19:
  • the City reduced northbound traffic on Bathurst Street to just one lane at Wolseley Street, except during rush hours.
  • the TTC closed Wolseley Loop.
  • the TTC repaired the tracks and roadway and upgrading the landscaping in the loop.
  • the TTC replaced streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
Phase 2: From Monday, October 20 until Sunday, November 2:
  • The City is fully closing the intersection of Bathurst and Wolseley Streets to traffic in all directions.
  • the City is also closing Bathurst both ways to all traffic between Robinson and Willis Streets.
  • the City is converting Wolseley to serve two-way traffic between the loop and Ryerson Avenue.
  • the City and TTC are repairing concrete on the northbound track margin between Dundas Street West and Wolseley Street.
  • the TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
  • the TTC is detouring buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight and 511 Bathurst routes around the construction zone.
Phase 3: From Monday, November 3 until Friday, November 21:
  • The City is fully closing intersection of Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street for about 50 meters (150 feet) in all directions from the intersection.
  • The City is also closing Bathurst Street between Dundas West and Carr Street.
  • The City and TTC are maintaining access to Toronto Western Hospital, businesses, homes and sidewalks.
  • The City is repairing the roadway and sidewalks and connecting a water-main.
  • The TTC is replacing the tracks, curbs and switches in the intersection.
  • The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route around the construction zone.
  • the TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
  • the TTC is detouring buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight and 511 Bathurst routes around the construction zone.
  • A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.


The project team will work closely with local establishments to best co-ordinate driveway access and deliveries and with hospital officials to make sure they do not disrupt access to the main entrance and emergency area. They’ll also maintain pedestrian access to businesses and walkways at all times.

Work typically takes place Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. During the first few days of construction, when crews are breaking and removing concrete, they’ll definitely continue working until 11 p.m. although crews may also stop working earlier on other days during the project schedule. However, to meet project timelines and make sure that streetcar service resumes as soon as possible, TTC crews may work late evenings and overnight at the end of the project as they install new rails.

TTC workers will bring rail panels on flatbed trucks and other equipment and material onto the work site and temporarily store them until they’re ready start installing the rails.

TTC crews will move the rails into position, then install, weld and grind the rails. They’ll install the rails overnight to support daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.

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From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • “Route 511 — The Bathurst Streetcars” by James Bow, here.
  • “310 Bathurst Night” by Jeffrey Kay with Peter Coulman, here.



Buses replace streetcars on Gerrard
east of Coxwell, October 18



City of Toronto contractors are paving at the intersection of Coxwell Avenue and (upper) Gerrard Street East / Fairford Avenue this Saturday, October 18.

The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route with shuttle buses between Main Street Station and Coxwell Avenue, during the work.

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Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
More construction October 18



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.


Tomorrow, Saturday, October 18 from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., to prepare for upcoming construction, crews will be grinding the pavement on Highway 7 between Creditstone Road and the Canadian National Railways bridge west of Keele Street. They’ll restrict eastbound traffic to just one lane.

As part of this work, crews will also temporarily restrict north- and southbound traffic lanes at the intersection of Highway 7 and Creditstone Road. They’ll maintain two-way traffic at all times.

Expect delays, noise and vibration.


Due to inclement weather, contractors rescheduled some work that they originally planned for earlier this week and will continue tomorrow, Saturday, October 18 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Crews will be painting lines along Highway 7, requiring them to intermittently close east- and westbound lanes.

Once they’ve finished painting the lines, they’ll shift eastbound traffic to the north side of the road and reduce Highway 7 to just two lanes between Keele Street and Baldwin Avenue.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers and traffic-control staff will direct traffic.

Expect delays, noise and vibration.


During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, 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.

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Pickering GO Station bus loop closed:
October 17, 18, 19



GO Transit is repaving the bus loop at Pickering GO Station today, Friday, October 17, tomorrow, Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19.

All day Friday, October 17, GO is paving at the south platform. GO buses operating along the 51 Pickering / York U and 90 Lakeshore East early-morning / late-night routes drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop on Bayly Street just west of Liverpool Road, beside the station’s parking structure. All Durham Region Transit buses operating along the 101 Industrial, 107 Rosebank, 101D Industrial / Bay Ridges and 114D Dixie / Sheppard routes and westbound buses operating along the 923 Bayly route also serve the stop on Bayly.

DRT buses operating along the 103D Amberlea, 105 West Shore, 105D West Shore / South Rosebank, 106 Bay Ridges, 110 / 110A Central Pickering, 112 Brock and 112D Brock / Valley Farm routes and eastbound buses operating along the 923 Bayly route serve passengers at the north platform.

All day Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, 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.




Queens Quay construction continues



Although TTC crews have finished rebuilding the streetcar tracks on Queens Quay West, WATERFRONToronto’s project to upgrade the streetscape continues.


The TTC resumed streetcar service on Queens Quay last Sunday, October 12.

On Thursday, October 16, they modified the signal timing at each intersection to improve the flow of traffic during construction. The transit signals — and some of the signalized intersections in place — are temporary. WATERFRONToronto will implement the final signal design when it opens the two-way road next year.

The streetcar station at the base of 10 Bay Street (Waterpark Place) has reopened. However, the elevator to the station will not operate for several more weeks until construction in the building has ended. TTC crews will complete the shelter and finishing details for the platform just west of Lower Spadina Avenue over the next few weeks.


Work to revitalize Queens Quay also includes work to upgrade sidewalks and the roadway on Bay Street just south of Harbour Street. The design for this area includes widening the roadway to permit crews to install a bike lane along the east and west side of the street and a parking lay-by to accommodate buses loading and unloading passengers. Construction occurs on the west side of the street only.

At the end of the project, crews will repave the road. This week, they start drilling to install new footings for the streetlight and traffic poles at the southwest corner of Bay Street and Queens Quay. Crews will work in the right turning lane, requiring vehicles to divert around the work area. They’ll maintain pedestrian access.


Crews continue pouring concrete for the sidewalk base between Rees Street and Rees Parkette this week. They’ll also continue installing concrete curb cradles and new granite curbs on the north side of the street near 260 / 270 Queens Quay West. Crews are also working to complete the city standard brick gutters and TTC concrete buffers and adjust utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch-basins in this area.

Last week, crews finished placing new granite curbs which align to the north face of the TTC right of way on the Peter Slip Bridge. This week, they’ll continue placing the curbs along the north side roadway. These granite curbs act as buffers to the new Queens Quay asphalt roadway and new TTC corridor.


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Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Work continues October 18



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City of Toronto and TTC contractors continue the project to upgrade the street, improve the water-service infrastructure and install streetcar tracks on Leslie Street.

(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)


Crews will be working Saturday, October 18 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. south of the plazas on Leslie Street, as they:

  • prepare to install tracks between Mosley Street and the plazas;
  • prepare to install tracks between Lake Shore Boulevard East and Commissioners Street;
  • install a new, higher-capacity sewer on Leslie, just north of Lake Shore East.

The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route and the 83 Jones route.




Brampton Transit appreciates... you!
October 20 to 24



Next week, Monday October 20 until Friday, October 24, Brampton Transit celebrates its passengers during its annual Customer Appreciation Week.

At various terminals throughout Brampton next week, BT staff will offer you free refreshments and prizes. And, if you start following Brampton Transit on Facebook next week, you have a chance to win one of five pre-loaded PRESTO cards with a value of $250.

Monday, October 20

From 3 until 6 p.m.
Downtown Terminal

Tuesday, October 21

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Brampton Gateway Terminal

Wednesday, October 22

From 3 until 6 p.m.
Trinity Common Terminal

Thursday, October 23

From 3 until 6 p.m.
Bramalea Terminal

Friday, October 24 From 2 until 5 p.m.
Heart Lake Terminal




Burlington Transit hosts public meetings
on Headon Forest service, October 21, 23



Ever since Burlington Transit reorganized its route network last November, it has been regularly receiving complaints from residents of a section of Headon Forest Drive who now have buses rolling down their street.

Previously, buses providing BT’s former 6 Headon Forest service followed a round-about route avoiding this section of the street. Since November, buses operating along the 6 Headon and 52 Burlington Northwest late-night routes have traveled along this section of the street to provide a more direct service between the 407 / Dundas “Park ‘n’ Ride” carpool lot and Burlington GO Station and allow BT to operate buses more frequently.

The residents have taken their complaints to City Council, which, in turn, has directed BT to plan alternative routes and host public meetings to review those alternatives. BT is holding those meetings next week.

The meetings take place from 6 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 23 at:

Tansley Woods Community Centre,
1996 Itabashi Way.

BT proposes three possible routing options.

Option #1:

  • removes all service from Headon Forest Drive. Buses operate both ways between the carpool lot and Upper Middle Road and Headon Forest along Dundas Street, Guelph Line and Upper Middle.
  • cancels transit service to and from Notre Dame Catholic High School; and
  • requires BT to decrease the frequency of service so that buses can complete trips along the longer route, while maintaining connections with GO Transit buses operating along the 47 Hamilton / York U route at the carpool lot.

Option #2:

  • removes service only from the section of Headon Forest that is concerning residents;
  • restores the former routing of the 6 Headon Forest route that Burlington Transit operated before it reorganized its network in November;
  • re-instates service along Pine Meadow Drive;
  • maintains service to and from Notre Dame Catholic High School; and
  • requires BT to decrease the frequency of service so that buses can complete trips along the longer route, while maintaining connections with GO Transit buses operating along the 47 Hamilton / York U route at the carpool lot.

    Option #3:

  • maintains the current route, frequency and schedule.




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