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.
(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)
From Monday, July 28 until Sunday, September 7, the City will close:
- the intersection of Leslie Street with Eastern Avenue
as crews continue the next phase of the project.
All traffic, including buses must divert around the intersection, although pedestrian and bicycle access continues at all times.
Also starting at 9 a.m. Monday, July 28, the City will close
- the intersection of Leslie Street with Commissioners Street.
as Enbridge Gas crews repair a nearby gas line. The emergency gas-line repairs will close the intersection for about two weeks or until August 8.
Toronto Police Service will be on-site 24 hours a day to maintain one interchangeable lane of traffic from southbound Leslie Street to westbound Commissioners Street and from eastbound Commissioners to northbound Leslie. Vehicles will not be able to travel on Leslie across the intersection north- or southbound. Motorists heading to the Portlands must travel along Commisioners and Cherry Street to Unwin Avenue.
While the Eastern / Leslie intersection is closed, it will also detour buses operating along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route.
While the Commissioners / Leslie intersection is closed, it may also have to further detour buses operating along the 83 Jones route, but has not yet announced detour-routing information.
This summer and fall, the TTC is replacing six subway track turn-outs along the open-cut section of the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line near Davisville Station that have reached the end of their service life.
(Turn-outs, or switches allow trains to move from one track to another. These particular turn-outs let trains move between the main line and the Davisville Yard facility and the third track at Davisville Station. The current technology for new track turn-outs will result in a smoother operation for subway trains traveling through the area and a smoother ride for passengers.)
Three turns-outs are south of the station near the Kay Gardner Beltline Bridge and three turn-outs are north of the station between Lola Road and Imperial Street West.
Crews will work on the project in two phases:
Crews will work on the turn-outs south of Davisville Station first, then work north of the station. To replace each turn-out, they’ll proceed through a series of stages, from getting ready to remove the rail to installing the new track.
Trains will reduce speed both ways through the work areas near Davisville Station during the project.
Last week, crews reopened the intersection of Queens Quay West with Rees Street. They continue working east of Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street, pouring concrete for the new road base, getting ready to pave in the next two weeks.
Crews continue final track work east of Lower Spadina Avenue:
- Between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane: TTC crews continue getting ready to pour and form the sub-base for concrete and for installing the remaining streetcar rails. They’ll pull and place these sections of rail during the night shifts from Tuesday to Thursday this week. Expect noise.
- Between Shoppers Drug Mart and the Peter Slip Bridge: This week, crews are installing the rail lubricator pads.
Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:
- Bay Street to York Street: Roadway construction continues on the south side. Crews will start excavating for the new roadway between York Street and the 85 Harbour Street driveway on the north side.
- York Street / Queens Quay West: Crews shifted traffic lanes late last week, with westbound Queens Quay traffic now moving on the new TTC right-of way from Bay to Rees Street. By shifting the traffic lanes, crews can start digging this week on the north side of Queens Quay for the new roadway and on the south curb lane for landscaping and to restore Martin Goodman Trail, east of York Street.
- York Street to Rees Street: Crews continue to form and pour the concrete base slab. When they’ve finished that, they’ll pave this section of roadway.
The contractors have multiple crews working this weekend, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.
- Between Lower Simcoe and Rees Streets: Preparing the roadway sub-base and pouring concrete to rebuild the road.
- Between Peter Slip Bridge and Lower Spadina Avenue: Working on the TTC traction-power conduits.
- Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: Installing overhead cabling.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes with buses during this project.
GO Transit is resurfacing the road at the entrance to the bus loop at Oakville GO station this Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27.
Oakville Transit is relocating its bus stops temporarily from the inner bus loop.
Instead, buses serving these routes pick up passengers in the outer loop at the station:
- 1 Trafalgar;
- 4 Speers / Cornwall;
- 13 Westoak Trails;
- 14 Lakeshore West;
- 15 Bridge;
- 17 Kerr;
- 19 River Oaks;
- 20 Northridge;
- 24 South Common Centre;
- 26 Falgarwood; and
- 28 Glen Abbey North.
Emergency services vehicle and viva bus drivers will be operating “test runs” along the rapidway before the lanes officially open later this summer. Continue to board viva buses at stops beside the curb between South Town Centre Boulevard / Town Centre Boulevard and Allstate Parkway / East Valhalla Road.
Here’s what else is going on this week:
From Monday, July 28 until Friday, August 29 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews are completing geotechnical testing along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and in Newmarket. This work will help contractors prepare for the next phase of rapidway construction.
They’re working at various locations in Richmond Hill — between 19th Avenue / Gamble Road and Highway 407 — and in Newmarket — between just north of Davis Drive and just south of Mulock Drive.
Crews are using a drilling truck to bore sample holes at various locations. They’ll fill in each hole before they move to the next work site.
As they move along the corridor, the crews are temporarily blocking Temporary north and southbound lane closures along Yonge, as required from 9:30am to 3:30pm as crews move along the corridor.
Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site if necessary.
Wherever possible, sidewalks will remain open. If the work blocks a sidewalk, directional signs will guide pedestrians safely around work zones.
Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.
During rapidway construction on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and Newmarket, passengers should expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along these routes:
- 61 **Richmond Hill / Toronto;
- 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
- 68 Barrie / Newmarket.
Also expect delays along these York Region Transit routes:
- Viva blue;
- **Viva blue “A”;
- 15 Stouffville;
- 22A King City;
- 25 Major Mackenzie;
- 31 Aurora North;
- 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.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Challengers to Watch VI”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the National Post website), “Ontario MPPs take long summer break after passing Liberal budget that triggered election”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Ontario says yes to Premier’s budget”, here.
- Globe and Mail video, “How does Toronto’s subway compare on a global scale?”, here.
- Globe and Mail video, “Why so many Canadian cities can’t get transit policy right”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Leslie and Eastern intersection to close July 28”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TOinTRANSIT: TTC deal for tunnel-boring machines nixed”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Makeover of Six Points interchange to begin in fall”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Rob Ford looking disappointed on a TTC bus. Probably thinking it was the worst rollercoaster ride he’s ever been on, like ever”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Police Need Help Investigating GO Fatality”, here.
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “How John Tory unmade his promise to ‘start digging’ the Scarborough subway next year”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC McNicoll garage approved over neighbours’ objections”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Federal and provincial cash needed for transit, says John Tory”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Liberals pass budget as Ontario legislature rises until October”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Richmond Hill mayor presses minister on subway extension”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “York Region MPPs trade blows over Ontario provincial budget”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Ontario budget rehash included electrified express rail in York Region, GTA”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Stouffville, GO, MP at odds over elevator”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Preserve Stouffville elevator on present site: CAO”, here.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Street Carnag-Oh! I Get It!”, here.
- BlogTO post, “The Toronto airport link will be epic, apparently”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Transit App is voted best TTC app”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Metrolinx acquires CN station in Brampton”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “All-day, two-way GO? Not yet, says new station owner”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Trinity Common Transit Terminal will close temporarily”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “New in town? Take a bus tour”, here.
- Caledon Citizen article, “Possible GO rail determines Bolton expansion plans”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Concerns about pedestrian safety raised over Eglinton LRT construction”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Ford, Byford clash over subway tunnel-boring machines”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC investigating after bus runs red light, swerves to avoid pedestrian”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Video shows TTC bus running red light, narrowly missing pedestrian; TTC investigates”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Rob Ford, TTC CEO in conflict over sale of tunnel machines”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx employees to get pay hike under pre-election deal”, here.
- Globe and Mail column, “Toronto’s summertime roadwork fest the start of a noisier — but sounder — future”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Toronto board of trade president Carol Wilding leaving for new job”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “The case against asbestos: Accidental exposure is entirely preventable”, here.
- The IFP ([Georgetown] Independent and Free Press) article, “Roads play a role”, here.
- The IFP ([Georgetown] Independent and Free Press) article, “Acton man charged with indecent act on GO bus”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Completion of Burlington GO Station upgrades pushed to spring 2015”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington City Hall notebook for June 30”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Use Spadina tunnel-boring machines for Scarborough subway, says Mayor Ford”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Leslie and Commissioners intersection closed to one lane”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Eastern and Leslie closure postponed until further notice”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “Derailing old arguments for getting rid of streetcars”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “BRT behind schedule and over budget”, here.
- National Post article, “Toronto waiting for somebody — anybody — to come up with a good idea to improve streetcar service”, here.
- National Post graphic, “Toronto’s streetcar blues”, here.
- National Post article, “Rob Ford says transit tunnel-boring machines should be reused instead of sold for less than a quarter their cost”, here.
- National Post article, “Intersection where 7-year-old was killed filled with problems that could spur more accidents, expert says”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Crime of opportunity at Burlington GO Station”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Transit in Toronto needs an expert. Not Rob Ford”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Parenting — signs you’ve done it wrong”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “This your car? It is?! Oh you mad that it’s on the Internet? Too bad. You don’t own the parking lot”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Why we don’t licence the seeing-impaired”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “You stay classy, Whitby - I’m fingering daytrippers for this one”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Remembering the Rogers Road streetcar”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca: It’s Time for Building, Not Planning”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Toronto transit experts: ‘Surface subways’ only part of the solution”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Transit’s no trauma where I come from”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC investigates after bus caught on video nearly hitting pedestrian”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC tunnel-boring machine deal falls through”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Mayor Rob Ford wants to keep old subway tunnel machines”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Teen killed by GO Train had passion for scooters”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “City hall inundated with complaints over Ford Fest”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Carol Wilding to leave Toronto Board of Trade”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC CEO shocked at red-light runner video”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC selling tunnel-boring machines ‘doesn’t make sense’: Ford”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx pay hike needs GO fare increase: PCs”, here.
- Toronto Sun editorial, “Wynne’s pay freeze is a mirage”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “High-tech hub hopes to help Toronto traffic”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “Guelph Transit lockout will be long and become election issue, union suggests”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “LRT fans blitz politicians ahead of crucial meeting”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Bratina holds steady on LRT meeting with new minister”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Mayor Replying to Letters of Support for LRT”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Show Your Support for LRT”, here.
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 by:
- partially closing the intersection: Construction will reduce traffic to just one lane in all directions, restricting some turns for three to four weeks.
- fully closing the intersection: Construction will prevent any vehicles from passing through the intersection for two to three weeks.
- reducing parking: Construction will block motorists from parking in the active work zone and the City may temporarily ban on-street parking in the neighbouring area.
The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.
Phase 1 is already underway, from Monday, July 14 until Sunday, July 27:
- The City is partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
- The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
- The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses, but the buses operate through the intersection.
Phase 2 starts next week, from Monday, July 28 until Sunday, August 10:
- The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
- The TTC is continuing to detour streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
- The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but splits the route into two.
Stage 3 takes place from Monday, August 11 until Saturday, August 30:
- The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
- TTC streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route 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. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)
Starting Sunday, August 31, the TTC plans to restore streetcar service to the 510 Spadina route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West — and provide service entirely with its new low-floor streetcars!
Streetcar service along the entire route, including along Queens Quay West and through the tunnel to Union Station, resumes Sunday, October 12, the TTC says.
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. However, to meet project timelines and to ensure 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. They’ll then 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.
While buses operate, TTC crews will also retrofit the streetcar platform at Spadina Station to accommodate the new streetcars.
The TTC has produced a video with its Chief Executive Officer Andy Byford and Executive Director of Corporate Communications Brad Ross to explain what’s going on at Spadina and Dundas.
From the Transit Toronto archives, read: