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In the news: Thursday, November 18, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC bus crashes through bus shelter”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Queens Quay cost overruns discussed at Waterfront Toronto meeting”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Pedestrian struck by bus near Yonge and Eglinton”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Woman seriously injured in head-on collision with TTC streetcar”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC drivers assaulted, robbed after ‘fare dispute’, witnesses tell police”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “The new year may see higher GO fares for Durham riders”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Woman taken to hospital after crash on Dundas St. W.”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “RAW: Pedestrian struck by TTC bus on Eglinton”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Waterfront Toronto chair defends 40 percent budget overrrun”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Debit, credit card payment options coming to TTC: Josh Colle”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “We must ask tough questions about the cost of public - private partnerships”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Early morning assault of TTC driver renews calls for tougher sentencing”, here.
  • National Post article, “TTC moves into the 90s, will finally allow Torontonians to pay with debit or credit cards to buy tokens”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “Preventing traffic woes during the Pan Am games”, here.
  • Oshawa Express editorial, “Good coming from bad”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC hopes to speed up launch of Presto next year”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx speeds ahead on electrifying GO train system”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “A baton is a nightstick is a club”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “The Fixer: Vagrant construction trailer gets an artistic makeover”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Waterfront Toronto ‘delivering incredible value for Toronto’: chairman”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Tunnel Vision”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



An unofficial guide to TTC services
December 23 to January 2



The TTC officially says it operating “regular weekday service” Mondays to Fridays during the holiday period — from Monday, December 22 until Friday, January 2, 2015. However, since fewer passengers are traveling to and from high schools, colleges and universities or traveling to and from work, it’s likely operating less frequent service along many routes during these two weeks.

We haven’t received any official information from the TTC to confirm this, but you should probably expect that the TTC operates buses, streetcars and subway trains with roughly the same level of service as it does during July and August.

For the summer holidays, the TTC provided passengers less frequent service along many bus, streetcar and subway routes, mostly during rush hours, but, in a few cases, also during the Monday-to-Friday “midday” period — from about 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. — and in one case, early evenings from about 7 until 10 p.m.

For this post, we revisited the summer service schedules to develop an unofficial guide to TTC service over the next two weeks. This year, due to an acute shortage of buses, many routes were already operating at summer service levels. Remember, the TTC hasn’t confirmed this information — this is just our educated guess.

And, looking further at the TTC’s service during previous years, you can also expect it to start afternoon rush-hour service earlier than usual Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 and New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31. Expect this earlier service to start about noon.

It will also likely increase service Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, as more people take the TTC do last-minute Christmas shopping - or to catch Boxing Day sales - visit friends or take in sights and attractions.




Less service to colleges, universities
for the holidays, starting December 20



Exams are ending and classes are over until the new year, so many area transit agencies — especially GO Transit — decrease services to colleges and universities for the holidays. Starting this week, fewer buses operate along many of the routes that serve passengers traveling to and from post-secondary institutions. Most service resumes after New Year’s Day.




You can use debit and credit cards
to pay for TTC fares, starting January 1



Toronto Mayor John Tory, Toronto Transit Commission Chair Josh Colle and the TTC’s chief executive officer Andy Byford, today announced that, starting New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015, TTC passengers can pay for fares at all collector booths in all rapid transit stations, using their debit or credit cards.

You can buy 10 or more tokens or tickets and any Metropass or Day Pass at the TTC’s 69 subway and Scarborough rapid transit stations using your debit or credit card. The TTC tested a new point-of-sale system this year and it is already operating at most stations today. The system will come on-line at all other stations over the next two weeks. In late 2012, the TTC added debit- and credit-card capabilities for buying Metropasses only at all of its stations.

The TTC is also exploring a “wave-and-pay” option for buying a single cash fare at all collector booths for later in 2015. (With a wave-and-pay or “contactless” payment system, you can make secure payments with your credit or debit cards, smartcards or other devices that use radio-frequency identification. The embedded chip and antenna enable consumers to wave their card over a reader at the point of sale. In many cases, these transactions can be almost twice as fast as a using cash or credit and debit cards to buy passes or multiple tokens and tickets.)

The TTC is already starting the long process of implementing the PRESTO farecard on its buses, streetcars and rapid-transit trains. It says that, eventually, it expects to phase out tokens, tickets and Metropasses. Until then, paying by credit or debit card increases passengers convenience, reduces the amount of cash in the system and helps create greater efficiencies for the TTC.




In the news: Tuesday, December 16, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “TTC finally expands scope of credit and debit sales”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC to allow debit and credit card fare purchases”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC to take credit & debit purchases at all stations in 2015”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Suspect linked to violent sex assault in Mississauga, Richmond Hill”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC riders can soon use plastic to pay for tokens”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC subway stations getting credit, debit payment options”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Debit and credit card fare purchases finally on the way for TTC users”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Dash cam allegedly captures another TTC bus running a red light”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC to add new debit and credit fare-payment options”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Canadian governments have become seduced by public-private partnerships”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “The truth about Toronto’s traffic problems: They can only be improved, never fixed”, here.
  • National Post article, “Posted Toronto Political Panel: Complain all you want — the express train to the airport is a huge win for Toronto”, here.
  • National Post editorial, “Vancouver’s referendum on transit should serve as a model for other Canadian cities”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC expanding use of debit and credit cards”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Don’t you hate it when your GO bus is being cut / modified and you’re the last to know?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “I’ll just leave this here”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “TTC to Accept Debit and Credit Payment for Fares”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC to offer debit, credit payments at stations on fares and passes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “More fed infrastructure spending overdue: Sousa to Oliver”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Need for GTA development competing with Greenbelt Act”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Pair of violent sexual assaults related, say police”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Peel, York cops link sex assaults”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “Province and Metrolinx approve $27.50 fare”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Vaughan man nominated for first-ever Onley Award”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “No increase in public transit in King Township in 2015”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Fine ‘no comfort’ to family of Stouffville man killed in rig collapse”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



GO trains travel through Weston Tunnel
for the first time today



This morning, Monday, December 15, the first GO Transit train traveled through the newly completed Weston Tunnel, marking the first time all train service operates completely in the new Georgetown South rail corridor infrastructure.

With the trains operating through the new tunnel, Metrolinx contractors have now completed the major work for the Weston Tunnel project. However, crews will continue to clean up the work sites, upgrade and reconnect utilities into next year. They’ll also build the John Street Pedestrian Bridge.

According to GO, “This is a major achievement for the $1.2 billion project whose objective was to increase transit capacity by widening the rail corridor for more tracks”. Since the first shovel went into the ground in late 2010, contractors have dug out enough material to fill two-thirds of the Rogers Centre and poured enough concrete to build five CN Towers.

GO says that the Georgetown South Project “is now substantially complete” and that it “has met its 2014 schedule to remove all rail crossings and have trains operating in the separated rail corridor”. During the project, crews widened or modified 16 bridges and built seven underpasses or overpasses to separate all trains from road traffic.

With the end of the project, Metrolinx can start getting ready to launch its Union Pearson Express service next spring. And, GO can prepare to ramp up future service to meet its plans for 15-minute, two-way, all-day regional express rail service on the lines it owns over the next 10 years.




Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
More construction starts December 16



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.


As part of ongoing work to relocate storm sewers on Highway 7 West, crews will be paving at intersection of Highway 7 with Keele Street, starting Tuesday, December 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day.

During this work, they’ll temporarily block alternating north- and southbound traffic lanes on Keele. Expect delays. Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site during the work.

Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If they block a sidewalk, directional signs will guide pedestrians safely around the construction zone. They’ll also maintain access to driveways in work areas.

Work continues until December 19.


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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Yonge Street rapidway construction:
starting December 16



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 Richmond Hill and Newmarket.


Starting Tuesday, December 16 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, crews will be completing geotechnical testing along Yonge Street in Newmarket between just north of Millard Avenue and Clearmeadow Boulevard / William Roe Boulevard.

They’ll use a drilling truck to bore sample holes at various locations to investigate soil and rock conditions. They’ll fill in each hole before they move to the next location.

They’ll also intermittently block north- and southbound lanes near Eagle Street. Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If they block a sidewalk, directional signs will guide pedestrians safely around the construction zone.

Work continues until December 19.


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

  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto;
  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
  • 68 Barrie / Newmarket.

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

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 15 Stouffville;
  • 22/ 22A King City;
  • 25 Major Mackenzie;
  • 31 Aurora North;
  • 32 Aurora South;
  • 57 / 57A Mulock;
  • 81 Inspiration;
  • 83 / 83A Trench;
  • 84 Oak Ridges;
  • 86 Newkirk / Red Maple;
  • 98 Yonge;
  • 99 Yonge;
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus; and
  • 589 / 590 Richmond Hill community bus.

Sources:




In the news: Monday, December 15, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Dear Urban Diplomat: am I a jerk for skipping the TTC farebox line?”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Arming TTC fare inspectors with batons a bad idea: Fiorito”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Silence around Scarborough subway plans troubling: PC MPP”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



In the news: Sunday, December 14, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “10 things you didn’t know about Chinatown in Toronto”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “What Does Scarborough Transit Need?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Thomas Mulcair sees right-versus-left showdown in leadup to 2015 federal election”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Major roadblock to Scarborough subway still in place”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



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