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Yonge / Richmond construction:
TTC detours, October 27 to 31

The City of Toronto is closing the intersection of

  • Yonge Street with Richmond Street from 6 a.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Monday,

as crews replace the streetcar tracks on Richmond. (The work is part of the ongoing project to upgrade Richmond Streets East and West between Church and York Streets.)

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

  • 97B Yonge; and
  • 320 Yonge overnight.


Toronto Transit Commission meets, October 27

The Toronto Transit Commission meets tomorrow Thursday, October 27 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.

Part 1 -- In the news: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.

  • 680 All News Radio report, “Dupont Station evacuated due to fire on TTC train”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC to remove collectors from fare booths”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “PRESTO rollout on TTC already way over budget”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “This is how the PRESTO card should actually work”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Eglinton Station bus terminal finally being torn down”, here.
  • Bulletin post, “Consult on elimination of TTC subway guards: TTC union”, here.
  • Canadian Manufacturing post, “Mississauga - Brampton LRT on track; province issues RFQ fo $1.6B project”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the CTV News Toronto website), “Man facing charges after woman allegedly assaulted for closing TTC bus window”, here.
  • Caledon Enterprise article, “Bolton Residential Expansion Study pits north against south”, here.
  • CBC News Thunder Bay report, “Bombardier Thunder Bay plant still expecting 2nd TTC assembly line in wake of job cuts”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC starts running single-operator trains in cost-cutting measure”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Subway fire caused by train hitting equipment left on track by workers, TTC says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC bus driver alerts police after man stabbed in Etobicoke”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC buskers get new underground ‘stage’ to show off their talents”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Presto card problems on TTC ‘not acceptable’, head of Metrolinx says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC disciplines driver filmed eating chips with foot on dash”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Bed bugs cause TTC to close its lost and found office”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Residents group says Etobicoke MP James Maloney backing developer, not residents”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Etobicoke MP denies backing developer, instead of residents”, here.
  • post, “#TOCore and future changes to Toronto’s transit”, here.
  • post, “Montreal Metro turns 50!”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Man threatened fellow passenger on TTC bus with pellet gun: police”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC disciplines driver seen resting foot on dashboard and eating chips”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Subway train evacuated near Dupont Station after small fire at track level”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Police release photo of suspect in sexual assault of girl on TTC bus”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “IO and Metrolinx issue RFQ for Hurontario LRT”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Corridor needs more transit to survive, City Age told”, here.
  • Downsview Advocate, “Subways and Art in Toronto”, here.
  • article, “Pedestrian bridge over Hwy. 401 in Pickering still not complete”, here.
  • Futurism post, “A New Kind of Hyperloop: Canadian Train Could Travel Over 1,200 Km/h”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “6ix Secrets: The unseen TTC streetcar platform under Queen subway station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Man charged after alleged sexual assault at TTC subway station”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Bombardier cutting another 7500 jobs; rail unit to be hardest hit”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Metrolinx shows willingness to replace Bombardier on Toronto transit project”, here.
  • Huffington Post article, “Torontonians Don’t Know How Good They Have It”, here.
  • insauga post, “What You Might Not Know About the LRT in Mississauga”, here.
  •, “New Oakville, Burlington QEW signs will make switching to transit easier”, here.
  • article, “Scarborough subway champions want TTC’s likely route changed”, here.
  • article, “Work on the Scarborough subway extension has begun, TTC tells residents”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: TTC union discontent over one-person subway system”, here.
  • column, “TOINTRANSIT: Vindication for the Scarborough LRT”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: New appointee to TTC board”, here.
  • article, “Junction residents frustrated by inaction on Metrolinx noise wall grafitti”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx, StreetArt to unveil mural at Weston GO Station”, here.
  • article, “Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural Unveiled”, here.

Part 2 -- In the news: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.

  • Journal of Commerce post, “Use of green bonds growing across Canada”, here.
  • Metro Toronto column, “Cigarettes, icebergs and dark roads: Toronto’s fiscal future full of scary analogies”, here.
  • Metro Toronto column, “Toronto politicians banking too heavily on ‘private sector magic’”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Better behaviour on GO Transit after etiquette campaign”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto youth want more of a say in transit with new platform”, here.
  • National Post column, “Hope for ‘transformative’ transit comes from province, not city council”, here.
  • National Post article, “The future of public transit? Bribing subway riders with cash payouts so they’ll avoid rush hour”, here.
  • NOW article, “Colourful ways to describe how the city is fucked”, here.
  • Railway Gazette post, “Hurontario “light rail request for qualifications issued”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “GO Transit (well someone) moved a bus stop. Rage ensued”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Significant fare drop in March was the boost UP Express needed”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Who’s not been serving us lately?, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Homework Assignments”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “Plank roads, single-lane traffic, at Eglinton and Mt Pleasant”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Transit’s ‘last mile’ solution may be mobility-as-a-service companies”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Toronto Transit Plan Punted From Executive Committee”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Does Toronto Owe Metrolinx Half A Billion?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Does Toronto Owe Metrolinx Half a Billion (2)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Presto’s Problems Multiply”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Capital Program Review”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday, November 20, 2016”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “GO Transit Electrification Public Meetings”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “City Manager to Council: Put Up or Shut Up”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Ontario rolls out GO transit highway signs to promote alternative travel options”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “One-Stop Scarborough Subway Plan Based In Part On Misleading Report”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “A Brief History Of The Scarborough Subway Extension”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “A Brief History Of SmartTrack, So Far”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Ridership Has Tripled on Toronto’s Union Pearson Express”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How Presto Could Improve Transit Service and Ridership”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How To Make The TTC Better, According To Everyday Riders”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Why We Need To Focus On Expanding Rail Networks”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Why Ridesharing Isn’t A Substitute For Investing in Transit”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “What Commuting Is Like For A Blind Torontonian”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How To Build A Solar-Powered Subway”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How New Technology Is Redefining Buses”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Councillor Justin Di Ciano Faces Integrity Complaint Over Developer Ties: report”, here.
  • Toronto Life post, “What Toronto’s transportation network will be like in 50 years”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “How a bid to resurrect Scarborough LRT was killed: Analysis”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Watchdog says city staff may have violated public service code over Scarborough subway advice”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Was the memo to kill LRT deliberately misleading?”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Get it right on Presto, TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “12% of Presto card readers on buses don’t work, Metrolinx audit says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier cutting 7,500 jobs over two years”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Presto fare-card rollout on the TTC running millions over budget”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Presto lets riders transfer to a new set of headaches”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC workers get ready to come out of the booths”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC pressed to fix potentially dangerous subway gaps”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC labour complaint says union condoned illegal strike”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Scarborough subway may already be off track”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx not counting on Bombardier for new LRT lines”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Scuttled Crosstown deal sparks debate about Toronto transit and development”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Business is booming at Pearson - but transit is not”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mega-projects reshaping Mississauga sprawl”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Few takers for Mississauga low-income transit pass”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “As TTC’s new streetcars lag behind, Detroit and L.A. stay on track”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC ‘stages’ will give subway buskers a boost”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Fate of rail deck park will reveal what Toronto is made of”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Rail deck park can happen, because it happened in Weston”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx nixes Avenue Station air rights deal worth millions”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Why isn’t Metrolinx cashing in on Eglinton Crosstown air rights?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Cops release more photos of man wanted for TTC sex assault”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “TTC driver on video snacking on chips with foot on dash”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “TTC to start One-Person Train Operation on Sheppard Line 4”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “GO Transit’s Parking Problem: Are Garages the Answer?”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Demolition of Former Eglinton Station Bus Terminal Underway”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Suburbs on Track: Touring Transit-Oriented GTHA Development”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Leslie Barns”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “City Age: Transportation’s Impact on City-Building”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “City Age: Bonnie Crombie Wants Politics Out of Transit Planning”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “City Age: Regional Infrastructure Key to Building Innovation Hub”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “City Age: City-Building Amid Rapid Population Growth”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “City Age: Jay Walder Talks Bike Sharing and Urban Complexity”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Public Transit: Service, Fares, Governance in Paris and Montreal”, here.

Part 3 -- In the news: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Varsity article, “An easier commute or a more difficult ride?”, here.
  • article, “Newmarket council takes step toward Mulock GO train station plan”, here.
  • article, “Ontario adding 2,400 new parking spaces at two Vaughan GO train stations”, here.
  • article, “Newmarket’s public transit right of way cuts travel times by a third”, here.
  • article, “Aurora considers blowing the whistle on GO Transit train horns”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

TransSee application now includes YRT and GRT

TransSee developer Darwin O’Connor recently advised us that he’s expanded the application to include information about York Region Transit and Grand River Transit.

TransSee provides real-time bus tracking and next-vehicle predictions to many of North America’s largest systems, including the TTC.

The web application operates on any browser, so it supports all smart phones and any other device with a web browser. TransSee leverages data from transit agencies to provide as much information as possible.

TransSee features include:

  • To-the-second predictions;
  • Predictions for multiple stops of your choice, even across agencies;
  • Nearest stops by global positioning system (GPS) and direction of travel;
  • Information about the next or previous stop on a route;
  • Close-up vicinity maps for terminals;
  • Off-route vehicle locations and nearest stop;
  • Gap times and scheduled headways between vehicles;
  • Statistics on gaps and headways;
  • Information about how far each vehicle is behind (or ahead of) schedule;
  • Alternative schedule-based predictions;
  • Vehicle locations by fleet number; and
  • Vehicle run numbers.

You can access TransSee information about the TTC here, about YRT here and about GRT here.

Paisley Boulevard East construction:
MiWay detour starts October 24

Starting Monday, October 24, the City of Mississauga is closing:

  • Paisley Boulevard East west of Frayne Court / Adena Court

during a project to repair the bridge over Cooksville Creek.

(Region of Peel contractors are also working nearby on a project to replace the water-main on Frayne Court.)

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

  • 4 Sherway Gardens.

Bridge construction on Paisley Boulevard East and the detour continue until June 2, 2017.


MiWay revises routes and services, October 24

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It’s reorganizing routes in Meadowvale, affecting service along the 9 Rathburn - Thomas, 10 Bristol - Britannia and 46 Tenth Line - Osprey routes. It’s also cancelling the 41 / 41A Thomas route.

It’s offering passengers more every-day service:

  • instead of Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours, along the 46 Tenth Line - Osprey route; and
  • instead of just Mondays to Saturdays, along the 44 Mississauga Road route.

It’s also providing new Saturday service along the 101 Dundas express route and later service Saturday, Sunday and holiday evenings along the 10 Bristol - Britannia route.

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Manse Road construction:
TTC detour starts October 24

Starting 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 24, the City of Toronto is closing:

  • Manse Road between Hainford Street and Heron Park Place

to accommodate a project to upgrade the water services.

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

  • 86D Scarborough (Beechgrove).

Construction on Manse Road and the detour end 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 12.


Note that Morningside is an “Avenue”, not a “Drive”.

Bay streetcar tunnel emergency exercise:
TTC detours, early October 23

From 2 until 8 a.m. Sunday, October 23, the TTC is simulating an emergency in the Bay streetcar tunnel between Union and Queens Quay stations. Staff are observing and evaluating protocols and procedures and examining opportunities for improving those procedures.

The general scenario involves evacuating passengers from several streetcars in the tunnel near Union Station, while maintaining operations elsewhere in the transit system. About 350 people will assume passenger roles during the exercise.

The TTC will use white, non-toxic theatrical smoke to simulate the emergency situation. The smoke will emanate through the tunnel vent shafts at various locations — for example, on Bay Street south of Front Street West. Staff may also use a mega-phone intermittently during the exercise. Passers-by at street level may become aware of this activity.

During the exercise, TTC crews will evacuate the participants from Union Station and the streetcar tunnel at the Queens Quay Station about 6 a.m. They will board buses that will drop them off on the south side of Front Street West across from the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The simulation will end by 8 a.m. before regular subway service starts.

Toronto Police Services, Fire Services and Emergency Medical Services personnel will be in the area during the exercise and the TTC has also informed 911 emergency dispatch about the simulated emergency.

Closing the tunnel affects service along these routes:

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

Shuttle buses replace streetcar service between Queens Quay/ Spadina Loop and Yonge Street at King Street West. At Union Station, board the buses on Bay Street, south of Front Street West.

The TTC has not yet equipped PRESTO fare-card devices on all shuttle buses. Carry tokens, tickets or cash, in case the vehicle that arrives at your stop is not yet PRESTO-ready.