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Yonge Street crane activity:
TTC detours, August 25 to 27



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Yonge Street south of Dundas Street

as crews operate a crane at a construction site

from 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 24 until 5 a.m. Thursday, August 25 and continuing overnight nightly until 5 a.m. Saturday, August 27.

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

  • 320 Yonge overnight.

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The Esplanade filming:
TTC detour, August 23



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • The Esplanade between Market and Church Streets

all day Tuesday, August 23 to accommodate a film shoot.

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

  • 121 Front - Esplanade.

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In-print:
In the news - Monday, August 22, 2016



Greater Toronto area print media report on public transit issues.

  • 24Hours Toronto article, “TTC budget still a work in progress: CEO”, here.
  • 24Hours Toronto article, “Mayor John Tory warns TTC to trim budget or else”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton Transit launching new back-to-school routes starting Sept 6”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Durham Region Transit opens bus-only lanes in Pickering”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Bombardier Inc clinches $428 million rail order from Ontario’s Metrolinx despite ongoing delays”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Metrolinx promises ‘fully functional’ Burlington GO Station by fall”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Metrolinx could add 900 parking spaces at Aldershot GO Station, [councillor] says”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Milton Transit revises schedule to accommodate enhanced GO train service”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Toronto councillors seek improvements to TTC’s ‘Sufferin’ bus’”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “MILLENIAL MIND: Toronto’s marginalized residents an afterthought in TTC’s Presto plan”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: allegations of sexual harassment in TTC subway car made on social media”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx orders 125 additional train cars from Bombardier while TTC fumes over slow streetcar delivery”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Three numbers sweaty TTC riders should remember”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto needs ‘transformative’ new transportation chief: advocates”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Construction of new LRT line helps secure new project at Mississauga and Brampton border”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Collisions and fatalities on LRT lines prompt warning to Mississauga staff and council”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Embrace new transit technology or else, U of T study says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC chief won’t endorse ‘unpalatable’ budget cuts”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier gets $428 million order for GO Transit rail cars”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Metrolinx should prepare to sue if Bombardier falls short”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Eglinton Crosstown tunneling comes to a boring end”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Once upon a city: The division over Union Station”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto eyes air over downtown rail corridor for bold new public park”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC union warns about staff cut in wake of Strathroy terrorism case”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “How Toronto transit agencies respond to terror threats”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC faces perfect storm with costs rising, ridership slumping”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “City forced to refund portion of Scarborough subway development charges”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “NDP’s Andrea Horwath gets close-up at Scarborough transportation woes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Inter-city ride-sharing company targets GTA”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Pokemon Go prankster faces $425 fine for TTC track stunt”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Charges stayed after lengthy delays in TTC fraud case”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Who’s in charge at City Hall?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Why do delays plague transit projects?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Why does it take so long to build in Toronto?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC response to social media abuse rapped”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Critic calls for independent probe of troubled Metrolinx”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Metrolinx arrogant and out of touch”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx chairman called government review ‘unwelcome’”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Metrolinx stumbles from crisis to crisis”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Woman says she was bit by a bedbug on the TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Man accused of tossing coffee on TTC driver appears in court”, here.



On-line:
In the news - Monday, August 22, 2016



Greater Toronto area on-line media report on public transit issues.

  • BlogTO post, “TTC Lost Articles is Toronto’s strangest lost and found”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “West Toronto Railpath will finally be extended south”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto quietly loses its bus terminal diner”, here.
  • CodeRedTO.com post, “Move the GTHA report: Significant progress, but large funding gaps remain”, here.
  • insauga post, “Mississauga Commuters Getting More GO Train Trips”, here.
  • insauga post, “Is 2-Way, All-Day GO Train Service Really Coming to Mississauga?”, here.
  • insauga post, “Is Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s Public Transit Plan ‘Mississauga Moves’ Still Viable?”, here.
  • International Railway Journal post, “Via Rail seeks private-sector partnership for Toronto - Montreal upgrade”, here.
  • Mobile Syrup post, “Arbitration sides with TTC employees in Twitter harassment case”, here.
  • Mobile Syrup post, “T-Connect Wi-Fi and cell phone service now available in five additional TTC stations”, here
  • Progressive Railroading post, “Ontario to add new GO Transit track on Toronto bridge”, here.
  • rabble.ca post, “Governments at all levels boast a long history of letting Toronto transit broil”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “On July 20 I made mention on Twitter that Metrolinx needed to do something about its COO and lack of accountability”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “So what happens when the CNE starts?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “It’s called a map. I suggest you use one”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “John Tory tries to position himself for the 2018 election”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Understanding the Scale of Proposed TTC Budget Cuts”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Who Maintains Presto Devices?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday, September 4, 2016”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Mysterious 514 Cherry Car”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “GO Services in the Weston Corridor”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “John Tory Comments About City Staff Call Into Question His Leadership Skills”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “John Tory’s Impending Impasse Over TTC Budget Cuts”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Nope, There’s Still Not Enough Money to Fund Regional Transit Projects”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Nope, The Private Sector Doesn’t Magically Pay for High Speed Rail”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “A Love Letter to Light Rail Transit”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “The TTC Gets Brutally Honest About Mental Health”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “What A Scarborough Single Mother’s Commute Looks Like”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Councillor John Campbell Asks if the City Should Get Rid of Metropass Discounts”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How Transit App Saved Me From Terrible Commute”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Why the TTC Should Rethink Its New App for Harassment”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Why We Should Talk About Mental Health More”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Inside the TTC’s Will Alsop-designed Pioneer Village Station”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Tory reveals plan for 21 acres “rail deck” park downtown”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Construction of Avenue Station Progressing for Crosstown LRT”, here.



On-air:
In the news - Monday, August 22, 2016



Greater Toronto area broadcast media report on public transit issues.

  • Canadian Press article (from the CityNews Toronto website), “Transit agencies informed of threat before terror suspect killed in Strathroy”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Bombardier not to blame for streetcar derailment, TTC says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “504 King is the TTC’s busiest streetcar route - but won’t get new vehicles until 2018”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “2 new GO Transit trains on Milton - Toronto route starting September”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “9-year-old girl found alone on TTC bus reunited with father after ‘miscommunication’”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “‘Happens all the time’: TTC operator describes everyday encounters to help people in distress”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Tory takes tough stand against TTC management”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Four men jump from GO train, one injured”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Driver follows GPS onto St. Clair streetcar tracks, slams into pole”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Tory: TTC has not ‘looked under every rock’ for budget savings”, here.
  • CP24 report, “More than 40 percent of GTHA’s transit plans still unfunded: report”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Frontline TTC workers didn’t receive vigilance notice: union”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Metrolinx issues warning over Presto card scam”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC testing 1-person train operation; union says it will decrease safety”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “One third of bicycle tracks in downtown Toronto linked to streetcar tracks”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “New streetcar derails in downtown Toronto after pushing older car: TTC”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Pokemon Go man reacts after being charged for walking along TTC subway tracks in video”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC driver doesn’t recall seeing child board bus alone in the middle of the night”, here.



Open BVE Version 4.0: Pre-release of TTC Yonge-University line now available



After nearly a year of work, the T2P Films / TTC Virtual Academy team is announcing the pre-release version of the the Yonge - University line, featuring better texture, route, sound and train.

You can download the new version (after making a donation) here. (All proceeds go towards running the T2P website, the Virtual TTC Academy TeamSpeak server and future productions.)

This version includes:

  • better sounds, physics for all trains and updated panel for H5 / H6 trains;
  • better station textures and objects;
  • better grade time signals;
  • better outdoor scenery;
  • more animation, including vehicles and other trains;
  • realistic track-flange sounds;
  • new Toronto Rocket announcements;
  • in-game signals for Virtual TTC Academy members; and
  • rain and snow versions.



Coldstream Drive Oshawa construction:
DRT detour, starting August 22



Starting Monday, August 22, the City of Oshawa is closing:

  • Coldstream Drive west of Harmony Road North

as Region of Durham contractors install a new watermain.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 407 Ritson / Colonel Sam.

Construction on Coldstream Drive and the detours continue until September 2.

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Weekend events affect transit services,
August 18, 19, 20, 21



Carrots, cacti, classic cars, corn dogs, cotton candy — and blueberries — are centre-stage at some of the many special events that affect transit services this weekend.

The events take place in Bowmanville area of Clarington, Bradford, Brampton, Burlington, the Dundas area of Hamilton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, central Hamilton, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Milton, the North York area of Toronto, Oshawa, central Toronto, the Unionville area of Markham and Waterloo affect transit services this weekend.




PRESTO upgrading system, August 19 to 21



PRESTO is upgrading its system and some fare-card services will be unavailable, starting tomorrow evening, Friday, August 19 and continuing until Sunday, August 21.

By upgrading the system, PRESTO staff will:

  • change the sound on GO balance checkers to make it easier to distinguish their sound from PRESTO fare-payment devices.
  • enable future PRESTO capabilities for the TTC’s Wheel-Trans fleet
  • provide new audio instructions and audio jack volume adjustment for UP Express PRESTO devices

Visit a customer-service outlet if you need to add value to your card.

You can continue to use your PRESTO card for travel and access all PRESTO services. PRESTO fare-payment devices will continue to display accurate fare and balance information. The system may delay updating your account information if you perform transactions on prestocard.ca or by phone through the PRESTO contact centre during the upgrade.

Staff at the PRESTO contact centre will be available to help you and answer your questions at 1-877-378-6123.




Bay Street hydro work:
TTC detours, August 21



The City of Toronto is closing parts of:

  • Bay Street between Wellington Street West and Queens Quay West

as hydro crews work on the street early Sunday morning.

The TTC is also closing the streetcar tunnel under Bay Street during the same project. It’s also detouring streetcars and buses operating along these routes, while the street and tunnel are closed:

  • 6 Bay;
  • 317 Spadina overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 510 Spadina.

Shuttle buses replace streetcars between Spadina / Queens Quay Loop and King Station.

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Hydro work on Bay Street has previously required the TTC to detour transit services early Sunday, June 12, Sunday, June 19 and Sunday, June 26, early and late Sunday, August 7 and early Monday, August 8.




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