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In the news: Monday, April 27, 2015

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Toronto report, “2 TTC stations robbed at gunpoint”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “John Tory, Stephen Del Duca to make ‘an important’ transit announcement”, here.
  • CP24 report, “College - Spadina intersection reopens after three-week closure”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Police investigate armed robberies at two subway stations”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Safety on the TTC: How to respond in an emergency”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “John Tory to join provincial leaders for Toronto transit announcement”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Federal infrastructure funds ‘too little, too late’: Vancouver, Calgary mayors”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Union Station users in for ‘a pleasant surprise’ with York Concourse opening”, here.
  • Globe and Mail commentary, “Public transit and the rush-hour commute now federal issues”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Tories’ Public Transit Fund Has Some Mayors Scratching Their Heads”, here.
  • article, “5 art projects beautifying the TTC”, here.
  • article, “Scarborough Liberal MPPs questioned over transit, local hospital plans at provincial budget breakfast”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “They may be clear to John Tory, but both budgets mystify me”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “MiWay fares set to increase Monday”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Hold politicians accountable for cost overruns”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “The cities have power and they’re using it”, here.
  • National Post article, “‘A once-in-a-lifetime project’: A sneak peak at Union Station’s new concourse before it opens [today]”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Two TTC stations robbed, one suspect”, here.
  • post, “Ontario Budget 2015: Throwing everything but infrastructure under the bus”, here.
  • Rapid News Network post, “Wynne says transit, infrastructure will be cornerstone of Ontario budget”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO’s new Union Station concourse makes for a more comfortable commute”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Waiting for a bus that takes forever: welcome to Toronto’s transit desert”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Building a better Toronto for less”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Selling hunk of Hydro no long-term fix”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Battle shaping up over East Gardiner options”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ontario residents couldn’t afford tax hikes, Wynne says”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “How the premier won a mandate to privatize”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “When I take the GO train, I relax completely”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “The College and Spadina intersection”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Subway push not random” (at end of main article), here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory talks Toronto traffic”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “City wants employers to help cut traffic during the PanAm games”, here.
  • article, “York Region bus riders welcome new transit funding in provincial budget”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Commerce Boulevard construction :
MiWay, TTC detours start April 27

The City of Mississauga is closing

  • Commerce Boulevard between Skymark Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East

starting Monday, April 27 for ongoing construction of phase 2 of the Mississauga Transitway and related Metrolinx construction of Renforth Gateway Station.

Construction likely blocks Commerce Boulevard until October 10.

MiWay is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 7 Airport.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 32A Eglinton West; and
  • 112C West Mall.


While the street is closed, contractors will build an underpass to carry Commerce Boulevard over the Transitway. They’ll mostly work Mondays to Fridays from about 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., but they may also work overnight as the project progresses. Expect dust and noise from heavy machinery.

Spadina / College construction (phase 3):
TTC detours, April 27 to May 9

From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the City of Toronto and the TTC is carrying out major construction work at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and College Street.

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

During the project, crews will:

  • break concrete and excavate to remove the tracks during the week of March 30;
  • install new streetcar tracks for eight to nine days, including overnight;
  • rebuild and lengthen the streetcar platforms on College Street to accommodate new low-floor streetcars;
  • resurface the road; and
  • improve accessibility by rebuilding the sidewalks at each corner of the intersection.

The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.

Phase 1: from Sunday, March 29 until Sunday, April 5:

  • crews performed advance work by saw-cutting concrete in the intersection.
  • the City maintained traffic through the intersection with temporary lane restrictions.
  • The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses. The buses operate through the intersection but only along part of the route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West. Buses drop off or pick up passengers in the bus terminal in Spadina Station, instead of the streetcar terminal and serve stops beside the curb, instead of the centre-road “island” streetcar stops. Passengers traveling to and from Union Station can board streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route to Queens Quay West and Lower Spadina Avenue.

Phase 2: from Monday, April 6 until Sunday, April 26:

  • The City fully closed the intersection to traffic in all directions.
  • The TTC detoured streetcars operating along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes away from the intersection.
  • The TTC continued to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but diverted the buses around the intersection.

Phase 3: from Monday, April 27 until Saturday, May 9:

  • The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • TTC streetcars operating along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes resume regular service through the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but the buses resume regular service through the intersection.

Construction during all three phases also affects TTC services along the 504 King and 509 Harbourfront routes.

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

Crews usually work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. weekends. To meet project timelines, they may work some late evenings and overnight while they are installing new overhead wiring, moving rails into position and installing, welding and grinding the new rails.

MiWay revises routes and services,
April 27

MiWay is rerouting buses operating along several routes, including 4 Sherway Gardens, 7 Airport, 15 Drew and 38 Creditview, as it introduces its latest schedule changes Monday, April 27.

It’s also introducing new Sunday service along the 4 Sherway Gardens route and increasing the frequency of service along that route Mondays to Saturdays and along the 42 Derry route during rush hours.

In the news: Friday, April 24, 2015

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Bradford Times article, “Davis Drive construction to finish by end of year”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Ontario’s transit friendly budget gets glowing review locally”, here.
  • Business News Network report, “Roads, trains, natural gas: Ontario’s infrastructure binge”, here.
  • Canadian Manufacturing article, “Ontario names SNC-Lavalin-led group as preferred bidder in $4B LRT contract”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the 680 All News Radio website, “Ten infrastructure and transit projects to receive funding in the Ontario budget”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the CTV News website), “SNC-led group wins [Metrolinx Eglinton Crosstown] contract” , here
  • CanIndia article, “Province will pitch in for LRT, after all”, here.
  • CBC News report, “Gregor Robertson, John Tory want ‘flexible’ private sector role in transit fund”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Ontario budget 2015: John Tory says province’s plan good for SmartTrack”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Fatal collision in Markham involving Viva bus”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Tory says Ontario budget proves province is willing to help build SmartTrack”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Province unveils $130B infrastructure push in Ontario budget”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “One dead after VIVA bus crash in Thornhill”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Ontario ‘must build’ for its future prosperity, says Sousa”, here.
  • Durham post, “GO transit improvements coming to Durham”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Ontario Budget 2015: Five things you need to know”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “John Tory supports the Ontario provincial budget”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Scarborough subway still being hotly debated”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “One dead in crash between transit bus and truck in Thornhill”, here.
  • Global Rail News post, “Ontario reveals massive 10-year rail investment”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Ontario budget touts transit spending, takes a hard line on health, education”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Ontario budget: A boost for businesses and a laundry list of transit projects”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Ontario’s transit funding focuses on suburbs”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Tory says budget is a win for SmartTrack, transportation minister has a different take”, here.
  • Globe and Mail commentary, “Infrastructure spending is no miracle cure”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Ontario Budget 2015: No New Taxes, Major Cuts as Province Tackles Deficit”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “The Union-Pearson Express Train Gets a Big Thumbs Down”, here.
  • article, “Provincial budget supports transit in Toronto: Mayor John Tory”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: International survey to compare TTC to 20 other global subway networks”, here.
  • article, “Midtown Liberal MPs decry lack of infrastructure spending in federal budget”, here.
  • iPolitics post, “Joe Oliver’s 905 budget: Let the election countdown begin”, here.
  • Maclean’s article, “Ontario on the (long) road to a balanced budget”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post,
  • National Post article, “Ontario budget 2015 by the numbers: from new transit funding to the province’s growing debt load”, here.
  • National Post article, “Condo reforms, winter tires discounts and OSAP changes: 20 things to know about the Ontario’s 2015 budget”, here.
  • National Post article, “How two Toronto streetcars managed to crash into each other during rush hour”, here.
  • National Post article, “The little airport rail link that could: The most remarkable thing about the new rail link to Pearson airport is that it exists”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “UPDATE: Provincial budget no ‘slash and burn’, finance minister “, here.
  • NOW article, “Life in the fast lane”, here.
  • Progressive Railroading article, “New Ontario light rail between Mississauga, Brampton in the works”, here.
  • Railway Gazette International article, “Beer to fund light rail line”, here.
  • Reuters article, “UPDATE 1 - Ontario pledges smaller deficits; labour unrest seen”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Provincial Government Bids to Get Ontario Back to Black”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Province unveils $130B infrastructure push in Ontario budget”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “What the 2015 Ontario budget means for you”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Ontario squeezes spending to build for the future”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “How we get bribed with our own money on transit”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto councillors look for ways to pay for Scarborough subway extension”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “John Tory ‘delighted’ with provincial budget’s mention of SmartTrack plan”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Federal budget’s transit promises a sop to the gullible”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Ontario Liberals try to distract from incompetent budget”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “How the budget will affect you”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Man pushed onto subway tracks at College Station”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Fatal crash in Thornhill”, here.
  • Waterloo Region Record article, “Train from downtown Toronto to Pearson to have a stop on Kitchener GO line”, here.
  • editorial, “Federal budget misses the mark on transit”, here.
  • article, “UPDATED: Mayor, MPP spar over elevator’s demise”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Ontario vows to build more transit
with 2015 budget

Today, Thursday, April 23, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa released the province’s 2015 budget, which, the Government of Ontario says, “makes possible an unprecedented investment in infrastructure to support economic growth and new jobs.”

According to a government news release, “The budget acts on the government’s commitment to finding more innovative ways to grow the economy while maintaining the vital public services that families and communities rely on. This includes unlocking the value of provincial assets to support the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history.”

Just last week, Ontario moved ahead with its plan to “unlock the value of certain public assets”. This refers to the government’s proposal to sell some of its stake in Hydro One and to licence supermarkets and other grocers to sell beer, among other initiatives. The net gain from this provides Ontario with about $4 billion, which will go to the Trillium Trust where, the government explains in a news release, “every dollar is set to build new transit and other priority infrastructure projects through Moving Ontario Forward.”

Minister Sousa says the 2015 budget continues and expands on Ontario’s plan “to make an unprecedented investment of more than $130 billion in public infrastructure over 10 years”.

This includes:

  • increasing the funds it’s dedicated to the Moving Ontario Forward plan by $2.6 billion for a total of $31.5 billion over 10 years — about $16 billion in transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. The increase results from a higher target from the Province’s asset optimization plan, accelerates priority projects and enables new projects to come on stream.; and
  • investing another $11.9 billion in 2015-16 on infrastructure such as roads, bridges, public transit, water systems, hospitals and schools.

So what projects can we expect to see in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton?


The chart lists the projects that are

  1. part of the Moving Ontario Forward Plan and that Ontario intends to fund entirely on its own;
  2. other projects with elements that the plan will fund but also require another funding partner to support other elements; and
  3. projects that would only proceed with another funding partner on board.

Projects in category 1 — entirely funded by Ontario — include:

Projects in category 2 — with some elements funded by Ontario — include:

  • Regional express rail service on the Stouffville line — an environmental assessment and design would start in 2015 - 2016, with construction likely to start in 2016 - 2017;
  • Regional express rail service on the Kitchener line — an environmental assessment, design and construction would start in 2015 - 2016; and
  • Central system upgrades, including vehicles, rails and facilities.

(Regional express rail services on the Stouffville and Kitchener lines require more funding partners to incorporate elements of the SmartTrack plan, which was a key plank in Mayor John Tory’s electoral campaign platform.)

Projects in category 3 — which would only proceed with partner funding in place — include:

The total Ontario contribution would be $16 billion over ten years. To complete all projects in the list, the province would require another $5.2 billion dollars from other funding partners, likely the federal or municipal governments.

Most of these projects are fairly well known, but what does “Hamilton rapid transit” mean? Is it the long-wished-for light rail transit line? The Hamilton Spectator’s Matthew van Dongen explains:

“Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca will announce in the coming weeks what’s in store for rapid transit funding in Hamilton - and the mayor is betting LRT will be a part of it.

“The new provincial budget shows ‘Hamilton rapid transit’ will be funded from a priority pot of $16 billion over 10 years, with a tentative funding timeline of 2018 through 2024…

“City council controversially asked for $811 million for light rail — along with $302 million for express buses and a garage, despite fears the province might only fund the latter.

“The budget doesn’t say how much cash the city will receive, or for what project.

“But Mayor Fred Eisenberger said Thursday night the city is in line for a ‘higher-order, visionary investment.’

“Eisenberger said he talked to Del Duca and local Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin on budget day, but added he doesn’t have advance knowledge of the announcement.

“‘But my sense of it is an element of LRT will be included in (the announcement),’ he said, adding he wouldn’t rule out the idea of receiving money for both projects. ‘Everything that I’m hoping for could very well land within the transit envelope.’

“McMeekin refused to preview the announcement, but promised ‘very good things are going to be happening for Hamilton.’”

In the news: Thursday, April 23, 2015

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the Day: Empty Allen Road”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “LRT will ‘transform’ and revitalize Brampton, says mayor”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the 680 All News Radio website), “Federal budget’s transit funding amounts to ‘crumbs’, Ontario says”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the webpage), “Road rage: Mixed reviews for transit fund”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the National Post website), “Ontario Liberals spending $1.6 billion for LRT linking Brampton and Mississauga”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “John Tory, Charles Sousa split on what federal budget means for Toronto, Ontario”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Brampton, Mississauga to get new 23 km light rail line”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Union Pearson express to start running June 6”, here.
  • CHCH News report, “$1.6 billion LRT line to link Brampton, Mississauga”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Union-Pearson Express will be up and running June 6”, here.
  • CTV News report, “Budget 2015: What opposition leaders, mayors and lobby groups are saying”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “New Public Transit Fund unveiled in 2015 Budget”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Federal budget 2015 targets gridlocked urban commuters with mass transit fund”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Federal budget promise of new transit fundng a major step forward: Tory”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto’s airport-downtown rail link to start service on June 6”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Ontario Needs to Prioritize Its Transit Spending”, here.
  • article, “Mayor Tory takes optimistic view of federal budget”, here.
  • article, “Union Pearson Express lie to open for service June 6”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Federal budget’s transit promises do little to help cities now”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Hurontario LRT gets big boost from Queen’s Park”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Mayor calls LRT funding decision a ‘game-changer’”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “LRT construction funded, but what about other costs, councillors wonder”, here.
  • National Post article, “Federal Budget 2015: Tories slice out a (small) surplus for pre-election books”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Transit, Infrastructure, Beer Tax to be Detailed in Ontario Budget”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Tory, Colle differ on federal budget transit funding”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Conservative government unveils scattershot election budget”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “What the federal budget means for Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Swing voters may want more than what Harper’s budget is offering”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Ontario needs to keep transit money rolling in”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ontario budget will be about building transit, Wynne says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Liberals will invest $49.8B in transit in GTHA over the next decade”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Liberals promise $1.6 billion for ‘transofrmational’ Hurontario LRT”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Reality rains on Mississauga’s LRT celebration”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Harper budget on the right track: Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Harper budget ‘slap in the face’, Sousa says”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Infrastructure will feature in budget, Wynne says”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “The Ups and Downs of the new UP Express”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “New LRT will connect Mississauga and Brampton”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Gardiner lanes opened two months ahead of schedule”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “DVP, Scarborough RT closed this weekend”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Weekend events affect transit services,
April 25, 26

Update — Friday, April 24, 6:53 p.m.: The TTC has confirmed detour routings during the Balanse Bum Run.

Special events in Toronto and the Unionville area of Markham affect transit services this weekend.

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, April 24 until 6 a.m. Sunday, April 26 to conduct its annual spring maintenance. To ensure the safety of workers completing the various maintenance tasks, the City shuts down the entire roadway in both directions. The City is reopening the roadway early Sunday morning to help improve traffic conditions during the annual Khalsa Parade, which proceeds that day along various city streets.

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 detours and delays in service.

Less frequent Lakeshore West GO trains,
April 25

This Saturday, April 25, GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of service along the 01 Lakeshore West line. GO trains drop off or pick up passengers at stations along the line every hour, instead of every 30 minutes, as crews upgrade the railway crossing and tracks near Clarkson GO Station.

GO buses operate with their regular schedules. GO trains operating along the 09 Lakeshore East line also operate with regular schedules, but some passengers may have to switch trains at Union Station and wait as long as 30 minutes for the next train serving the 01 Lakeshore West line.

You can view the special schedule for the 01 Lakeshore West line this Saturday here.

Crews will:

  • replace railway ties;
  • replace gravel and stone; and
  • level tracks.

GO regularly performs maintenance work like this across the system to provide safe and reliable service.

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