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.
The TTC tested its new streetcars along the 510 Spadina route last week, including the Spadina / Queens Quay Loop, to prepare for service to resume Sunday, August 31. The TTC will resume service along the 509 Harbourfront route Sunday, October 12.
Last week, crews finished placing asphalt for the first stretch of the new roadway north of the TTC tracks* between Rees Street and 85 Harbour Street* (RBC Place west driveway). Vehicles can now travel this section of new roadway and crews will apply the final topcoat layer of asphalt mid- to late-September.
Inspectors have approved work on the Peter Slip Bridge, allowing crews to pour concrete and set the rails this week.
Crews will also make final preparations and adjustments between Lower Spadina and Yo Yo Ma Lane before they pour concrete to permanently set the rails. This week, they’ll also pour concret on small sections of the TTC corridor near the entrance to Queens Quay / Spadina Loop.
Crews also continue working on installing new streetcar platforms this week:
- 401 Queens Quay West: They’ll pour concrete for the newly formed eastbound platform at Lower Spadina Avenue.
- Lower Spadina Avenue: They’ll re-install the glass partitions that formed the shelter for north-south streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route this week.
- at 390 and 410 Queens Quay West: They’ll re-install the remaining sections of the black metal fence that forms the physical barrier between these properties and the Spadina Loop will this week. This work must take place before streetcars can resume service along the 510 Spadina route.
- between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: Last week, crews started placing new cantilevered poles to support overhead streetcar cabling in this area. They’ll continue this work this week.
- at Rees Street: They have formed and poured concrete for the eastbound platform. They’ll install new curbs beside the TTC corridor this week.
Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:
- Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street: Last week, crews finished paving for this section of roadway up to the 250 Queens Quay driveway. They’ll continue working to dig out the north side concrete curb cradles and place new granite curbs beyond the 260/270 Queens Quay properties. To prepare for asphalt paving, crews will work to complete the city standard brick gutters and TTC concrete buffers, and adjust all utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins in this area.
- Lower Simcoe Street to York Street: Last week crews finished preparing the road for paving and reopening the westbound traffic lanes. They have painted the roadway to outline two lanes of traffic. They also re-opened the driveway entrance / exit for 200 / 208 / 218 Queens Quay West last week.
- York Street to Bay Street: Last week, crews finished preparing the road for paving on the north side between York Street and the driveway into 85 Harbour Street this week.
The contractors have multiple crews working this weekend, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24.
- Between Yo Yo Ma Lane and Lower Spadina Avenue: grinding the concrete base slab before permanently setting the rails in concrete.
- Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: installing overhead cabling and making final preparations before streetcars resume service through the loop.
- Between Lower Spadina Avenue and Peter Slip Bridge: Crews are cleaning up the area of construction debris.
- Between Rees and Lower Simcoe Streets: continuing to prepare the roadway for laying asphalt.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes with buses during this project.
The City of Toronto is closing several single lanes closures of the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway this weekend and next week in the construction zone between Park Lawn Road and the Humber River as crews move median barrier walls, paint lines and improve the roadway.
The City is:
- closing a westbound lane between Park Lawn Road and the Humber River from 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 22 until 2 p.m. tomorrow Saturday, August 23.
- reducing the eastbound lanes of to one lane between Park Lawn Road and the Humber River from 9 p.m. tomorrow Saturday, August 23 until 9 a.m. Sunday, August 24 .
- closing the eastbound off-ramp from the expressway onto Lake Shore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road overnight from 11 p.m. Monday, August 25 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 26 and continuing overnight nightly until 5 a.m. Thursday, August 28.
GO Transit passengers riding buses operating along the 16 Hamilton / Toronto express, 18 Lakeshore West late-night / early-morning, 21 Milton / Toronto, 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto, 65 Newmarket / Toronto, 71 Stouffville / Toronto and 90 Lakeshore East late-night / early-morning routes should expect further delays. However, the buses should continue to operate along their regular routes, although GO Transit control may instruct drivers to detour onto parallel streets such as Lake Shore Boulevard or The Queensway, depending on traffic conditions.
Also, upcoming work on the project will block access to Humber Loop from Lake Shore Boulevard West for TTC streetcars operating along the the 301 Queen** overnight, 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore routes, starting Sunday, August 31. Shuttle buses replace the cars west of the Humber.
Monday, August 25 from 2:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, August 26 from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m., crews are pouring concrete at the future York University Station.
During the concrete pours, traffic-control personnel will direct transit, pedestrian, and construction traffic.
During each operation, expect construction-related noise from trucks and equipment.
Concrete trucks will enter The Common along the transit detour road and continue to the York Boulevard construction gate. Flag personnel will be at this corner directing transit, pedestrian, and construction traffic.
City of Toronto by-laws normally only permit contractors to work on construction projects from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. However, the City has amended its noise by-law for major transit projects, allowing contractors to perform overnight and weekend work during the project, if necessary. Extended work hours likely occur within the hoarded construction site at York University until September.
During subway construction near the future York University Station, expect detours and delays for buses operating along these routes:
- 501 / 501A Züm Queen.
- 25 Waterloo / Mississauga (starting Sunday, August 31);
- 45 Mississauga / York U;
- 46 Oakville / York U;
- 47 Hamilton / York U;
- 51 Pickering / York U;
- 52 Oshawa / York U;
- 54 Mount Joy / York U.
- 41 Keele;
- 41E Keele express;
- 60 Steeles West
- 60E Steeles West express;
- 106 York University;
- 107 Keele North;
- 195 Jane rocket; and
- 196 York University rocket
- Viva purple;
- Viva orange;
- 3 Thornhill;
- 10 Woodbridge;
- 20 Jane;
- 22 / 22A King City.
(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 work to take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- removing the east-west temporary pedestrian crossing on the south side of the intersection of Eastern Avenue with Leslie Street. This allows them to prepare for installing tracks over the coming weeks.
- preparing track foundations on Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Mosley Street.
From 8 p.m. Monday, August 25 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, crews are working on Leslie Street south of Lake Shore Boulevard East to install foundations for poles that will support the power supply for streetcars. A “paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officer will help direct vehicles and pedestrians safely around the work zone.
While the Eastern / Leslie intersection is closed, it’s also detouring buses operating along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route.
Contractors continue widening Davis Drive and next week they’ll start paving newly widened areas. From Tuesday, August 26 until Thursday, August 28 and from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day, crews will pave:
- westbound lanes on Davis between Barbara Road and Yonge Street;
- the northbound curb lane on Yonge Street between Davis Drive and just south of the Best Western hotel entrance;
- eastbound lanes on Davis between just east of Niagara Street and just east of Superior Street;
- east and west sides of Main Street South south of Davis; and
- part of Superior Street south of Davis.
During three days of paving, crews will intermittently disrupt driveways, as they pave across entrances to businesses. If they block a driveway, directional signs will guide you to an alternate entrance.
They’ll also intermittently close George Street, Barbara Road and Superior Street, while crews pave across each road.
When necessary, “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers and traffic-control personnel will be on site to guide pedestrians and drivers.
After they’ve finished paving, crews will paint lines on the newly paved sections overnight from 7 p.m. Thursday, August 28 until 7 p.m. Friday, August 29.
Crews have finished several important components of the project on Main Street South south of Davis and will pave that area after they’ve finished the section between Barbara Road and Yonge Street. At a later date, they’ll complete the same work activities on Main Street North north of Davis.
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.
- Canadian Press article, “Ontario and Quebec want increase in federal infrastructure funds” (from the CP24 website), here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto’s new streetcars: What riders need to know”, here
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC to inspect 88 buses after part recall”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Warren Kinsella accuses John Tory transit plan of ‘segregation’, apologizes”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Karen Stintz drops out of Toronto mayoral race”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “TTC video offers preview of new state-of-the-art streetcar”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Chow’s transit announcement derailed by supporter’s tweet”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “‘Disappointed’ Karen Stintz drops out of mayoral race, leaving city politics”, here.
- CP24 report, “Video gives sneak peek of new TTC streetcar”, here.
- CP24 report, “Stintz drops out of mayoral race, says political career is ‘over’”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Mayoral candidates vie for votes from Stintz camp after she exits race”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Chow strategist under fire for suggesting Tory’s transit plan is racist”, here
- Global News Toronto report, “WATCH: TTC guides you through new state-of-the-art streetcars”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Chow campaign member calls Tory’s transit plan ‘segregationist’”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Karen Stintz bows out of the mayoral race”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Keep Union - Pearson rail link affordable, councillors urge Metrolinx”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Tory slams Chow for failing to distance herself from outspoken strategist”, here.
- Globe and Mail column, “Chow - Tory dustup portends nothing good”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Karen Stintz drops out of mayoral race”, here.
- Globe and Mail column, “Stintz was a promising candidate — at least on paper”, here.
- Globe and Mail commentary, “Five things all Canadian cities should stop ignoring”, here.
- National Post article, “Subway extension to Vaughan could be delayed as TTC sues contractor for missed deadlines”, here.
- National Post article, “Olivia Chow operative Warren Kinsella under fire for suggesting John Tory’s transit plan is racist”, here.
- National Post article, “Karen Stintz drops out of mayor’s race, says she is ‘disappointed’”, here.
- National Post article, “Karen Stintz’s withdrawal from mayoral race may have more impact than her campaign”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Full Pundit: Julian Fantino would like a word with our veterans”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC board backs CEO’s call for transit improvements”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “Tory calls on mayoral race rival to own up to troublesome tweets”, here
- Newstalk 1010 report, “Transit commissioner questions value of the TTC board of directors”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC video introduces new streetcars”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “John Tory slams Olivia Chow’s response to operative’s ‘segregationist’ tweet”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Soknacki’s campaign heavy on policy, light on fund-raising”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Karen Stintz quits mayor’s race, leaves politics”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Karen Stintz explains why she left the mayoral race”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Kathleen Wynne finds new infrastructure ally in Philippe Couillard”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Plenty of bells and whistles on new TTC streetcars”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Olivia Chow unveils her transit plan”, here.
- Toronto Sun commentary, “Tory’s SmartTrack plan a good deal”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory accuses Chow of ‘dirty politics’ over Kinsella tweet”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Karen Stintz out of mayor’s race”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Feds to Ontario: Clean up your fiscal house”, here.
*Update — Friday, August 22, 12:03 p.m.: GO Transit has now confirmed detour-routing information. The TTC has now confirmed detour routing for Scotiabank Buskerfest, but not for TD Festival of South Asia.
Buskers are a secondary feature of the annual Canadian National Exhibition, but this weekend, you’ll also find them front and centre at other special events in downtown Toronto and Waterloo.
Those special events and others in Brampton, Burlington, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Milton, Oshawa, Stouffville, Toronto, Waterloo and the Winona area of Hamilton all affect transit services this weekend.
The TTC is canceling subway service along the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line between Eglinton and Bloor Stations this weekend, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24.
Frequent, accessible buses will replace the trains, serving the bus terminal at Eglinton Station and then stopping to drop off or pick up passengers at stops on Yonge Street near all other stations along this section of the line. (Unofficially, the buses likely start and end their trips in the bus terminal at Wellesley Station.)
All trains serving the line will operate between Finch and Eglinton Stations and between Downsview and Bloor Stations only.
They’ll also work on a long-term project to replace signals along the line. The TTC must replace its signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment, much of which is nearly 60 years old, since their frequent failure significantly impacts service. The TTC says that “This necessary signal and track work will result in a more reliable service.”
Regular subway service resumes Monday, August 25.
Metrolinx contractors are working to build the future Eglinton - Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit line.
Crews continue to work on Eglinton Avenue East east of Brentcliffe Road to build a deep shaft, where, eventually, they’ll launch the east-end tunnel-boring machines. The site will remain a construction zone for several years through various stages of the project. The two tunnel-boring machines will work their way westward from the launch shaft towards Yonge Street.
Walls of the launch shaft must be in place and crews must dig out the shaft before tunnel-boring machines can arrive. But, before they can do that, they have to move utilities safely out of the way and relocate overhead hydro wires.
From 10 p.m. Sunday, August 17 until 6 a.m. Monday, August 18 and continuing overnight nightly for two to three weeks, they’ll start moving the utilities. They’ll set up a work zone in the north lane of Eglinton Avenue East, beside the east launch site. The work zone will extend from west of Leslie Street to just east of Brentcliffe Road. Crews will separate the work zone from traffic with traffic cones.
Only one lane of traffic at a time can pass through this area, so east- and westbound traffic alternately uses just one lane. “Paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers will control the flow of traffic. Expect delays.
The paid-duty officers will temporarily stop eastbound traffic on Eglinton and temporarily divert westbound traffic to the eastbound lane around the work zone.
Then, they’ll temporarily stop westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic will continue to proceed on the eastbound lane.
Traffic patterns in the area continue to change and shift during different phases of the work. Motorists, cyclists pedestrians and transit passengers should expect delays.
Although the City has permitted the contractors to work on this phase of the project daily between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., underground tunnelling may continue 24 hours a day.
Work continues until September 12.
During construction at the east launch shaft — on Eglinton Avenue East between Leslie Street and Brentcliffe Road — TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:
- 34 Eglinton East;
- 51 Leslie;
- 54 Lawrence East;
- 100 Flemingdon Park;
- 305 Eglinton East overnight; and
- 354 Lawrence East overnight.