Read the 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.
- BlogTO post, “Does Toronto need a TTC university?” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto mayoral candidates spar over transit in final debate” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “School bus has close shave with GO train” here
- CTV News Toronto report, “Visible police presence in Toronto subway stations, government buildings” here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Oshawa GO station re-opens, police deem suspicious package harmless”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Disabled Durham residents frustrated with transit services”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Pickering’s Nicole Rioux frustrated with Durham Region Transit”, here.
- ECanadaNow report, “Breaking: Car crashes into subway tunnel in downtown Toronto” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “Top 5 busiest bus and streetcar routes in Toronto” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “WARD 36: Transit, road safety among key issues for Scarborough Southwest candidates” here
- Metro Toronto’s column, “How do we fast-track transit relief in Toronto? More buses and streetcars” here
- Metro Toronto’s column, “Better Toronto transit starts with your vote” here
- Metro Toronto’s column, “Will the details derail John Tory’s SmartTrack plan?” here
- Mississauga News’s column, “Will LRT be worth it for Ward 7 residents?” here
- NOW article, “Ontario Liberals divided on Sheppard LRT” here
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “If Olivia Chow is elected, will she really be able to make her transit plan a reality?” here
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Toronto’s subway cat has a story both adorable and sad” here
- Toronto Observer post, “Ward 6 contenders say incumbent’s transit pledge not fulfilled” here
- Toronto Star article, “Man arrested after SUV found in streetcar tunnel” here
- Toronto Star article, “Driver charged after elderly woman hit by bus dies” here
- York Region.com article, “Richmond Hill GO station improvements on track” here
- York Region.com article, “New buses for York Region come with savings” here
- MyKawartha.com article, “MP expects final call on Peterborough’s commuter rail this fall”, here.
- Orangeville Citizen commentary, “A ‘SmarterTrack’ proposal” here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Sousa hints Niagara GO expansion still on agenda” here.
- Waterloo Region Record op-ed, “Opinion: The LRT referendum we’ve been waiting for is finally here” here.
The TTC is repairing the streetcar tracks at
- the intersection of College and Bathurst Streets
this weekend, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26.
It’s also operating shuttle buses along College and Carlton Streets between Lansdowne Avenue and Church Street to replace the cars.
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.
As the good weather ends and late fall weather begins, just six events affect transit services this weekend.
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)
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)
- CTV News Toronto report, “Security, transit dominate CTV Toronto’s mayoral debate” here.
- Torontoist post, “Toronto Election 2014: Doug Ford on Seven Key Issues” here.
- Torontoist post, “Toronto Election 2014: Olivia Chow on Seven Key Issues” here.
- Torontoist post, “Toronto Election 2014: John Tory on Seven Key Issues” here.
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “If Doug Ford is elected, will he actually be able to build all those subways?” here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Toronto Police, TTC on heightened alert: Officials” here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Passengers lukewarm about Viva/YRT service”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Region considers hike in YRT/Viva fares”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Section of bus-only lane opens in Markham”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Police lay charges in fatal bus crash”, here.
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.
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.
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.
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.