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On schedule: R & R

We’re taking a few days off to enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

Daily updates resume Tuesday, September 30.

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City closes Gardiner Expressway
for seasonal maintenance this weekend



The City of Toronto is closing

  • the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway in both directions between Highway 427 and Carlaw Avenue

from 11 p.m. (eastbound) and 11:59 p.m. (westbound) Friday, September 26 until 5 a.m. Monday, September 29 for the City’s annual spring maintenance program.

While the Gardiner is closed, City workers will:

  • clean catch-basins to make sure they drain properly;
  • install pavement markings;
  • repair potholes;
  • inspect bridges;
  • maintain signs;
  • maintain the closed-circuit television (CCTV) system, including traffic cameras;
  • inspect overhead signs;
  • repair guard rails;
  • sweep and remove litter;
  • remove temporary concrete barrier at various locations between Jarvis Street and the Don Roadway, where work is now complete;
  • re-mark the lanes of the roadway between Ellis Avenue and Dufferin Street; and
  • replace expansion joints on the bridges at Mimico Creek and Park Lawn Road.

Closing the Gardiner affects buses operating along these GO Transit routes to and from the Union Station GO Bus Terminal:

  • 16 Hamilton / Toronto express;
  • 18 Lakeshore West early-morning / late-night;
  • 21 Milton / Toronto;
  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto
  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto;
  • 71 Stouffville / Toronto; and
  • 90 Lakeshore East early-morning / late-night.

GO is likely detouring the buses along The Queensway, and Lake Shore Boulevard, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

Motorists that would usually drive along the Gardiner will seek alternate routes on nearby parallel streets, increasing traffic volumes along Lake Shore Boulevard, The Queensway, King and Queen Streets, among others.

The extra traffic may delay TTC service along these routes: 6 Bay, 15 Evans, 29 Dufferin, 47 Lansdowne, 63 Ossington, 65 Parliament, 66 Prince Edward, 75 Sherbourne, 76 Royal York South, 80 Queensway, 110 Islington South, 123 Shorncliffe, 172 Cherry St, 501 Queen, 504 King, 505 Dundas, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina and 511 Bathurst.

After the expressway reopens Monday, City contractors continue to block parts of the roadway to work on major construction projects, part of the City’s Gardiner Expressway strategic rehabilitation project.

Work on the project continues to block access to Humber Loop from Lake Shore Boulevard West for TTC streetcars operating along the the 301Queen overnight, 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore routes. Shuttle buses replace the cars between Humber and Long Branch Loops and between Humber Loop and Marine Parade Drive.




TTC expands Wi-Fi to College Station



BAI Canada and the TTC are bringing wireless internet service (Wi-Fi) to College Station as part of their plan to extend Wi-Fi and cellular capabilities to all underground subway stations. They launched the service at Bloor-Yonge and St. George Stations in December 2013, expanded it to Bay Station in August and to Wellesley Station earlier this month.

Work has already begun to expand the service to Dundas and Union stations and all downtown stations on the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line plus Spadina, St. George, Bay and Yonge on the 2 Bloor - Danforth line will have Wi-Fi service by the first quarter of 2015. Each station will host the TCONNECT Wi-Fi service and will be cellular-capable, ready for local cellular operators to join the network. The network provides connectivity for transit riders and lets the TTC use business and transit applications such as digital signage for its passenger information services.

In introducing Wi-Fi to TTC stations, BAI Canada also launched TCONNECT, its free-to-the-public, sponsored Wi-Fi service. TCONNECT has worked with organizations like Mondelez, Tim Hortons, the City of Toronto and Koodo to provide free Wi-Fi to TTC riders. Since then, more than 200,000 unique users have accessed the TCONNECT network more than 1.5 million times. In June alone, TTC riders used more than three terabytes of data on the Wi-Fi network.

The TTC and BAI plan to install Wi-Fi in these downtown stations over the next six months:

  • Union - October
  • Dundas - October
  • Queen - November
  • King - November
  • Spadina - December
  • St Andrew - January 2015
  • Osgoode - January
  • St Patrick - February
  • Queen’s Park - February
  • Museum - March



Davis Drive rapidway construction:
Starting September 23



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.


Contractors are:


  • installing installing a storm sewer in the middle of the road on Davis Drive east of Main Street overnight from 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, September 23 until 6am tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24.
  • They’ll reduce Davis to just one lane for both east- and westbound traffic around the Keith Bridge and the Tannery.
  • Traffic-control personnel and York Regional Police officers will be on the site to direct two-way traffic in this area.
  • Expect delays.

  • closing Main Street North to all traffic to start building the new vivastation and complete as much road construction as possible before winter overnight from 8 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24 until 9 a.m. Thursday, September 25. They’ll also close the street from 8 a.m. Saturday, September 27 until 8 p.m. Sunday, September 28.
  • To accommodate necessary work to install storm sewers and water mains and widen the road, they’ll block the street overnight and weekends to reduce disrupting traffic.

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  • Metrolinx and York Region are advising commuters — especially those traveling to Newmarket GO Station — to plan on adding extra time to your trip to avoid delays. Consider boarding trains at East Gwillimbury or Aurora GO Stations.
  • York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along the 44 Bristol and 520 Newmarket community bus routes, while the street is closed.

During Davis Drive rapidway construction expect delays for:

  • GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
  • York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community routes.

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Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
More construction starting September 23



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.


Contractors are:


  • reducing north- and southbound lanes on Creditstone Road from 9:30 until 3:30 p.m. today, as crews install curbs.
  • They’ll maintain two-way traffic at all times, but may reduce left- and right-turn lanes.
  • They’ll also maintain access to driveways in work areas.
  • Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site during the work.
  • Expect noise.

  • adjusting signals at the intersection of Highway 7 with Keele Street from 9:30 until 3:30 p.m. today.
  • They’ll temporarily close alternating traffic lanes in all directions at the intersection as they remove medians and traffic poles and install temporary light standards at the intersection. They may also intermittently affect traffic signals.
  • Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site during the work.
  • Expect delays.

  • getting ready to shift traffic lanes on Highway 7 between Keele Street and Bowes Road / Baldwin Avenue by painting lines overnight from 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 24 until 7 a.m. Thursday, September 25 and from 7 p.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday, September 26.
  • They’ll temporarily block east- and westbound traffic lanes. Expect noise and vibration around work areas.
  • Once they’ve finished painting the lines, crews will shift eastbound traffic and restrict it to just two lanes between the CN Bridge and the GO Barrie Bridge. They’ll continue to restrict westbound traffic to just two lanes between Keele and Jane Streets, (as they are doing now).
  • They’ll maintain access to driveways in work areas.
  • Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site during the work.
  • Expect delays.

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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Second exit for Wellesley Station:
TTC open house, September 23



You can learn more about a project to improve access to Wellesley Station, when the TTC hosts an open house this Tuesday, September 23.

The TTC plans to install a second exit and automatic entrance, corridor and stairs, linking the street with the platform and closed-circuit television (CCTV) security cameras at the station.

The open house takes place in the Grosvenor Room, Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

TTC staff will be available throughout the evening to answer your questions about the project, including the construction schedule and staging. Display boards will show the proposed design.




Court jails man for 90 days
after he assaults TTC bus operator



Last Tuesday, September 16, a Toronto court sentenced a 21-year-old man to 90 days in jail for assaulting a TTC bus operator. The man also received another 90 days in jail for failing to comply with the conditions of a recognizance order.

Sunday, March 23, the man boarded a TTC bus at Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East. The driver asked him to lower the volume of music coming from his phone. The man complied. While arriving at his stop, the man approached the operator and commented about him not knowing who he was dealing with. He then punched the operator several times in the head and face. After reviewing closed-circuit television (CCTV) images from the bus, Toronto Police Services officers arrested the suspect a short time later.

Tyler Brown, age 21, who was in custody serving time unrelated to this incident, pleaded guilty to assault and failure to comply with recognizance. He was sentenced to 90 days for each offence, for a total of 180 days to be served concurrently after his current sentence. The court also placed Brown on probation after his incarceration and ordered him to stay away from the TTC operator.

The TTC employee received lacerations and contusions on his face and head.

On average, at least two TTC employees are assaulted every day. The assaults range from punching, slapping and spitting, to threatening physical harm or death. The TTC’s court advocates work with Crown attorneys and the courts to secure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assaulting or threatening TTC employees. They continue to seek ways to restrict those convicted of these crimes from using public transit in Toronto.




In the news: Sunday, September 21, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Startup aims for crowd-funded bus service for King West commuters”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Tory says he’ll chair road closure committee if elected mayor”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “The Dirty (Baker’s) Dozen”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto’s next new bus route might be crowdfunded”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the day: Union Station”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Hamilton man charged after police stage takedown on GO bus”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Pedestrian dead after streetcar accident”, here.
  • CodeRedTO.com post, “Sheppard East residents need the full 12 km of light rail planned”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Male arrested after passenger pulls out knife on GO bus”, here.
  • CP24 report, “‘Hurricane Hazel’ looms over tight Mississauga mayoral race”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Waiting for Ontario’s first green bond: A $500M raise for light rail transit”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Could a crowdfunded bus soon serve Liberty Village?”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Chow lays out transit plan, slams John Tory for being too similar to Ford”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “John Tory promises SmartTrack transit plan with no property tax hikes”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “John Tory repeats plan to fight gridlock in Toronto”, here.
  • Globe and Mail column, “John Tory forgets first rule of Toronto subway funding”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “How everything went wrong for Olivia Chow”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Should Toronto and Vancouver bury their traffic problems?”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TORONTO VOTES: Top mayoral candidates, Tory, Ford and Chow offer transit plans full of holes”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Chow says her LRT transit plan would serve Scarborough, save residents $1.6 billion”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Transit entrepreneur eyes privately run Liberty Village bus route”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “John Tory’s SmartTrack makes a poor fit for TIF”, here.
  • National Post article, “John Tory says ‘there will be hell to pay’ if Ontario, feds don’t provide billions for his transit plan”, here.
  • National Post article, “Toronto man to offer an alternative to TTC streetcar: a crowd-funded bus”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Don’t bet on private transit not getting quashed, but if it does help gridlock, that’s great”, here.
  • National Post article, “It’s not ‘Spadeena’: Pronunciation lessons up next for TTC’s shiny new streetcars”, here.
  • National Post article, “John Tory lays out ‘reasonable’ cycling platform, countering Olivia Chow’s plan for 200 km of bike lanes”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Rob Ford confronts his arch-nemesis: reality”, here.
  • National Post article, “‘Toronto needs Doug Ford’: Rob Ford kicks off brother’s mayoral campaign in audio statement hours before chemo begins”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC encourages riders to take the stairs”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Nothing like a nice river boat ride on a GO train”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “OPP arrest man after knife pulled during altercation on GO bus”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Reason #912 why we can’t have nice things”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Election survey shows strong support for sustainable transit among candidates”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes for October 12, 2014 (Updated)”, here. post, “How Can the TTC Run More Service?”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Meet a Council Candidate: Tony Vella, Ward 6”, here.
  • Toronto Standard post, “The TTC promises to fix the new streetcar’s pronunciation of “Spadina”, here.
  • post, “A group is crowdfunding a new bus line from Liberty Village to Union Station”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC’s slowing ride in ridership leaves $8 million revenue shortfall”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “The Pulse: Frequency of buses key issue in North Etobicoke”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Tory criticizes Chow’s bus plan as election battle resumes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Does Chow’s ‘truth’ about Scarborough LRT matter?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “John Tory renews vow to fight gridlock, by coordinating construction”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “No property tax hike to pay for transit, Tory says”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Mayoral debates are useless, but brushing them off is worse”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Chow says ‘racial profiling’ must end, Tory says he’d constrain spending growth”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Could crowdfunding ease the King streetcar crunch?”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “‘Crowdfunded’ bus service sends signal to the TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Transforming Toronto with 10 Big Ideas”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Top Ten Big Ideas to improve Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Toronto lowering its sights in mayoral search”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Man arrested after GO bus passengers pulls out knife: police”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Man hit and killed by TTC streetcar on St. Clair Ave. near Yonge”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC bus driver testifies in careless driving trial”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Green bonds to help fund Eglinton Crosstown, province says”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Scarborough LRT smarter than subway: Olivia Chow”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “John Tory picks up Scarborough support”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “John Tory rips into Olivia Chow’s transit plan at Board of Trade speech”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “‘There’ll be hell to pay’ if SmartTrack not funded: Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Former Soknacki, Stintz strategists endorse Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “High-profile councillors throw support to Olivia Chow”, here.
  • Town Crier article, “Man killed by streetcar near Yonge and St. Clair”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Scarborough RT opens late, September 21



TTC crews are maintaining the tracks of the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line this Sunday, September 21.

Trains won’t operate along the line until 1 p.m. that day, instead of the usual 9 a.m. opening.

Frequent shuttle buses will operate between Kennedy and McCowan Stations. The TTC will assign extra Wheel-Trans buses to the area for passengers who need an accessible connection. TTC staff will be at each station to help passengers find their way to their destination.

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Buses replace streetcars on Queen East,
September 20 to 22



TTC crews are upgrading the streetcar power supply this weekend, requiring the TTC to cancel streetcar service along these routes, serving Queen Street East east of Kingston Road:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Frequent shuttle buses replace the cars, operating between Neville Park Loop and Coxwell Avenue all day Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21.

Regular service resumes Monday, September 22 at 4:30 a.m.

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Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Work continues September 20



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City of Toronto and TTC contractors continue the project to upgrade the street, improve the water-service infrastructure and install streetcar tracks on Leslie Street.

(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)


The contractors have scheduled crews to work this weekend, tomorrow, Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., when they’re:

  • working on the northwest corner of the intersection of Leslie with Eastern. Flag people will help direct pedestrian traffic. The contractors will restore access after work hours.
  • upgrading utilities at the intersection of Leslie with Commissioners.

The contractors plan to reopen the intersection of Leslie with Eastern for east-west traffic Tuesday, September 23 morning. They’ll make a northbound lane available on Leslie Street from Eastern Avenue to provide access to the Marigold Gardens Condominium parking garage.


Next week,crews start the next phase of the project on Leslie Street **between the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard East and the entrances into the Loblaws / Burger King and Tim Horton’s / Wendy’s / FreshCo parking lots. While this section of Leslie, north of Lake Shore East is closed, crews will upgrade the utilities and install tracks.

Motorists will not be able to access northbound lanes of Leslie from Lake Shore.

Motorists can still travel east-west through the entrances to the two plazas or access the stores from Lake Shore at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Mosley Street.

Pedestrians may still cross Leslie on the north side of the plaza entrances.


The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route, the 83 Jones route.

Buses operating along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route may resume their regular route after Tuesday, September 23 if the Eastern / Leslie intersection reopens, but the TTC hasn’t confirmed this.




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