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TTC Accessible Transportation committee
seeking new members

join_ACAT.jpgIf you have a disability or are a senior, the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit is your voice at the TTC. Reporting directly to the Toronto Transit Commission, the TTC’s Board of Directors, ACAT advises and guides the board on improving conventional, Wheel-Trans and community bus services to better meet the needs of the community.

ACAT is seeking new volunteer members to join its invaluable work in making transit more accessible to everyone.

ACAT consists of 15 members, serving three-year terms. Each year, the TTC board appoints five new members to the committee, who volunteer about seven hours per week. To become an ACAT member, you must:

  • Live in the City of Toronto;
  • Use TTC or Wheel-Trans services; and
  • Demonstrate an interest in accessible public transit.

If you’re interested in applying to join the committee, you must attend an information session at City Hall. Staff will only distribute application forms after each session to everyone who attends the events.

Both information sessions take place in Committee Room 2 on the second floor of City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

  • Thursday, October 8, 7 until 9 p.m.; or
  • Friday, October 9, 1 until 3 p.m.

You don’t have to register in advance to attend. However, if you are interested in attending the sessions, call TTC Customer Service:

  • Phone: 416-393-4636 (INFO); or
  • TTY (text telephone) line: 416-393-4555.

Yonge Street rapidway construction
continues overnight, October 5, 6

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.

Crews are removing from service a fire hydrant on Yonge Street, just south of Gladman Avenue in Newmarket. They’re working overnight to reduce the impact on residents, businesses and motorists in the area.

They’re working from 10 p.m. Monday, October 5 until 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 6.

Expect noise, dust, intermittent vibrations. The crews maintain access to driveways and sidewalks while their working.

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

  • 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.


TTC Sheppard line for Open BVE

TP20 Films is releasing the TTC Sheppard Line V1.0 (Sheppard-Don Mills, Don Mills-Sheppard) for the open-source train simulator, OpenBVE, this month.

You can download the files here.

T2P0 Films also runs the Virtual TTC Academy, where transit enthusiasts get together to simulate virtual Toronto subway operations in OpenBVE. You can sign up to become a virtual operator here.

Metrolinx proposes new station names
for Eglinton Crosstown light rail stops

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You can view a larger version of the map here. (.pdf)

Metrolinx’s Design Excellence team recently studied ways to harmonize regional transit way-finding, including how to name stations, stops and transit interchanges.

The team notes that:

  • Ten transit agencies operate in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
  • These agencies and the Government of Ontario are planning to build hundreds of kilometers of new rapid transit in the region over the next 30 years
  • The vast amount of rapid transit throughout the region requires a consistent regional strategy to make the system easy to navigate and less confusing.
  • Naming conventions for stations, stops and transit interchanges are not consistent across the region.
  • Numerous conflicts between stations and stops with similar names occur across the various transit systems.

The team has established a set of principles for selecting names which, Metrolinx says, will improve service to passengers — if transit agencies apply them consistently across the regional transit network.

Applying these principles to the future Eglinton Crosstown line has led Metrolinx to propose changing the names of seven of the line’s stations and stops.

It’s proposing new names for six underground stations:

  • Station at Keele Street / Trethewey Drive — Silverthorn Station.
  • Station at Dufferin Street — Fairbank Station.
  • Station at Bathurst Street — Forest Hill Station.
  • Station at Avenue Road — Oriole Park Station.
  • Station at Bayview Avenue — Leaside Station.
  • Station at Don Mills Road — Science Centre Station.

All stops on the street would contain a descriptive suffix — likely in a smaller font than the main stop name on signs and maps — to help orient passengers to the street they’re traveling on. In the case of the Eglinton Crosstown line, this suffix would be “& Eglinton”.

(Although Metrolinx doesn’t say so, this will likely also prove even more relevant when it builds future light rail transit lines on Finch and Sheppard Avenues, for example. The Sheppard line definitely includes stops at Victoria Park, Pharmacy, Warden and Birchmount, while a long-range plan to extend the Finch line east to Don Mills would include a stop at Leslie. And, York Region Transit’s Viva bus rapid transit line on Highway 7 also has Leslie and Warden stops.)

It’s also offering a new name for the on-street stop at Ferrand Drive:

  • Aga Khan & Eglinton.

Finally, Metrolinx suggests asking the TTC to approve names for two interchange stations:

  • Eglinton West Station would become Allen Station; and
  • Eglinton Station would remain Eglinton Station, instead of the TTC renaming it “Eglinton - Yonge” station.

You can comment on the proposals — or suggest different names for the stations and stops here — until Friday, October 9.

(Some members of the Transit Toronto team, including James Bow and Robert Mackenzie, have already commented, so you can see what we think of the various names.)

Metrolinx analyzed transit station and stop naming conventions to establish these principles for determining new names:

  • Simple: Simple names are easier for passengers to remember.
  • Logical: Logical names provide a mental link when passengers are planning trips: the names should be relevant to the area the station or stop serves.
  • Durable: Names should be relevant as long as the station continues to serve passengers;
  • Self-Locating: Names should allow passengers to mentally locate themselves within the region
  • Unique: Passengers cannot confuse unique names with the names of any other station.

Metrolinx recommends these protocols for naming stations and stops:

  • Prioritize “established names that are embedded in local knowledge”;
  • Prioritize street names and neighbourhoods for underground stations;
  • Prioritize street intersections or landmarks for surface stops and modes of transport with frequent stops;
  • Avoid municipality names;
  • Eliminate duplicate names;
  • Use single-word names only once in the system;
  • Consistently apply names across all modes; and
  • Recognize exceptions to these naming protocols, when necessary.

Davis Drive rapidway construction:
Paving, Main to Yonge, October 5 to 9

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

This week, construction crews finalize the first phase of paving on Davis Drive with red asphalt — on the west end of the corridor between Main and Yonge Streets.

Once they’ve finished installing red asphalt on the west end of the corridor, they’ll start the second phase of paving on the east end — between east of Huron Heights Drive / Alexander Road and Main Street.

Starting Tuesday, October 6, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews will pave the intersection of Yonge Street with Davis Drive. Work at Yonge / Davis continues until October 9.

Tuesday, October 6 (Day 1) and Wednesday, October 7 (Day 2), they’re:

  • restricting north- and southbound traffic on streets between Main and Yonge Streets, as they pave the rapidway through the intersections.
  • blocking motorists from turning left or U-turning left-turns through the intersections.
  • allowing north- and southbound motorists only to turn right onto Davis.
  • restricting Davis Drive traffic to just one lane in each direction, when they’re paving.
  • allowing motorists to U-turn only at at Main and Yonge Streets on Davis.

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Friday, October 9 (Day 4), they’re:

  • temporarily blocking George Street, Barbara Road, Longford Drive / Parkside Drive and Lorne Avenue one at a time to all north- and southbound traffic at Davis, as crews pave each intersection.
  • staging paving to maintain east- and westbound traffic along Davis they work.

Thursday, October 8, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., they’ll pave red asphalt through the centre of the intersection of Yonge Street with Davis Drive.


  • staging this work to maintain traffic along Yonge Street; and
  • temporarily closing sections of Davis Drive and restrict traffic.

Crews start by paving the east side of the intersection. They’re

  • blocking part of Davis between west of George Street and Yonge;
  • directing traffic to follow a local detour routing from Kingston Road to George to help you get to your destination.
  • blocking the Davis entrance to 17555 Yonge;
  • maintaining access to 17555 Yonge from both Yonge and George Streets.
  • blocking north- and southbound lanes on Yonge to just one lane in each direction around the intersection.

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Once the red asphalt has cooled, crews will open the east side to traffic, then close and pave the west side of the intersection. They’re

  • keeping one north- and one southbound lane open to traffic.
  • closing part of of Davis between east of Eagle Street and Yonge.
  • directing trafic to follow a local detour routing along Eagle Street to help you get to your destination.
  • blocking the Davis entrance to 17440-17480 Yonge.
  • maintaining access to to 17440-17480 Yonge from Yonge Street.

Expect detours and delays for GO Transit buses operating along these routes:

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

York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while crews are paving the intersection:

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Wednesday, October 7 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., they’re:

  • switching over to permanent signals at Yonge Street and Davis Drive.

Throughout paving, crews restrict traffic restrictions along Davis Drive. They’ll install traffic barrels around the work zone to protect the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

“Paid-duty” York Region Police officers will help guide motorists through the work zone.

Crews will maintain pedestrian access around the area. Directional signs help guide you to your destination.

To prepare for each stage of the work, crews may need to set up and drop off materials and machinery outside of regular work hours [for example, overnight]. Expect construction-related noise.

York Region Transit and GO Transit buses continue to operate along Davis during this work. However, YRT and GO may temporarily relocate or close bus stops or detour buses, as work progresses.


Meanwhile, other crews are getting ready for the final paving of the east end of the corridor. Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, they’ll block the Davis Drive entrance into Southlake Regional Health Centre.

  • Motorists can enter and exit the hospital from Roxborough Road or Prospect Street.
  • **Eastbound traffic will shift onto the centre-lane rapidway.

During all phases of Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:

  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto.

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

  • 44 Bristol;
  • 50 Queensway;
  • 54 Bayview;
  • 55 / 55B Davis Drive;
  • 58 Mount Albert;
  • 223 Newmarket GO shuttle; and
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.

Source: vivaNext.

TTC replacing more rails on Queen East,
starting October 5

From Monday, October 5 until Sunday, October 11, TTC track crews are replacing worn rails at the west- and eastbound streetcar stops on Queen Street East at Ontario Street, west of Parliament Street. The TTC is also detouring streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen route next weekend.

The City of Toronto is reducing traffic lanes and restricting parking and turns to create a safe work zone for the crews.

Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, October 5, a crew occupies the curb lane to get ready to replace the track sections by welding rail into longer strings. Another crew saw-cuts concrete in the track area and starts digging out about 60 metres (180 feet) of track to expose the worn rail. Work continues until 9 p.m. Streetcars continue to operate through the work zone.

Tuesday, October 6 until Friday, October 9, the crews continue digging out sections of the track.

Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, the TTC will detour streetcars around the work zone, while the crews remove the worn rail and replace it with new rail. They’ll also pour new concrete around the tracks. Shuttle buses replace the cars. They’ll remove the work zone before regular streetcar service resumes Monday, October 12.

Eglinton / Eastgate construction:
MiWay detour, October 6, 7

Construction is blocking the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East and Eastgate Parkway from 11 p.m. Tuesday, October 6 until 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 7 and from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 4:30 a.m. Thursday, October 8.

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

  • 7 Airport; and
  • 35 Eglinton.

MiWay has not announced what construction is occurring, but the work likely results from the nearby project to extend the Mississauga Transitway.

You can view a map of the detour routing here.

Durham Region Transit hosts meetings
on Five-Year Service Strategy

Durham Region Transit needs passenger feedback to help shaping its Five-Year service Strategy. It’s hosting public information centres across Durham Region, where you can ask questions and let DRT staff know what you think would make DRT better.

The meetings take place in all Durham Region municipalities:

DRT has scheduled them over the next two weeks:

It still has to confirm the date for one more meeting.

You can view the presentation boards for the meetings here. (.pdf)

You can also participate in a short survey to help DRT hear your views on service here.

TTC installs bike-repair facilities
at 10 subway stations


TTC passengers can now make minor repairs to their bicycles at ten subway stations. The chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Josh Colle, unveiled the new self-service bicycle-repair stop at Davisville Station this Tuesday, September 29.

Each bicycle-repair stop includes wrenches, Allen keys, screw drivers, a bike pump and a wheel chock. (A chock is wedge that you can place against the wheel while you’re repairing your bike.) Steel cables secure these tools to each repair facility.

The TTC has installed its first 10 bike repair stations, as part of a pilot project, at these stations:

  • Bathurst;
  • Davisville;
  • Downsview;
  • Dupont;
  • Finch;
  • Kipling;
  • Keele;
  • Kennedy;
  • Pape; and
  • Spadina.

TTC and City of Toronto staff considered a number of criteria to select where to locate the first 10 bike repair stations, including:

  • the number of bike-parking spots at each station;
  • number of bike trips that cyclists take in the surrounding area;
  • bike routes and trails in the neighbourhood; and
  • the physical space at the station.

As part of its 2015 Customer Charter, the TTC committed to encouraging passengers to cycle as a part of their daily commute.

According to the TTC, it “has a long-standing partnership with the City of Toronto and its cycling initiatives”. Over the past twenty years, the TTC says, the City and the transit agency “have pedaled in unison on numerous initiatives to integrate cycling with public transit.” For example:

  • All TTC buses have bike racks for one or two bikes as standard equipment.
  • The new accessible Toronto Flexity streetcars include two interior spaces for bikes.
  • New, easier-access fare gates allow passengers with bicycles to enter and exit subway stations more easily;
  • Cyclists can take advantage of more bike parking at or near subway stations.
  • The TTC has installed bike lockers at or near seven subway stations.
  • The TTC has retrofitted staircases at Pape and Dufferin Stations with bike channels, letting cyclists push their bikes up- or downstairs between subway platforms and the streets.

Torbram railway crossing construction:
Brampton Transit detour, October 2 to 16

Starting late tonight, Friday, October 2, the City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga are closing:

  • Torbram Road between Steeles Avenue East and Rena Road,

to accommodate a construction project at the Torbram level crossing of the Canadian National Railway’s Halton Subdivision tracks.

Brampton Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the road is closed:

  • 14 Torbram.

Railway track construction on Torbram Road South and the detour continue until October 16.

You can view a map of the detour routing here. (.pdf)

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