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.
Buskers are a feature of the annual Canadian National Exhibition, but this weekend, you’ll also find them front and centre at another special event in downtown Toronto.
Events in Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, central Hamilton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, the Malvern area of Toronto, Richmond Hill, central Toronto and the Winona area of Hamilton affect transit services this weekend.
Today, Thursday, August 27 and tomorrow, Friday, August 28, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews continue paving along Davis Drive. Today and tomorrow, they’re concentrating on the Davis Drive and Patterson Street /Roxborough Road area, paving the north curb lane from 655 Davis [KFC] to 713 Davis, including part of Patterson Street, just north of Davis.
- intermittently closing access to 655 Davis [KFC, east entrance], 665 Davis, 665A Davis and 713 Davis [west entrance] as they pave a layer of asphalt across each entrance.
- reopening access to the properties, once the asphalt has cooled;
- paving a small portion of Patterson just north of Davis:
- They’re staging the paving to keep the intersection open during the operation.
- Driveways off Patterson will not be impacted by this work.
- Expect delays as crews move equipment through the intersection.
- A “paid-duty” York Region Police officer is onsite to manage traffic at the intersection.
As of tomorrow, Friday, August 28, traffic lanes on Highway 7 West at Jane Street will be in their final set-up after months of construction on the rapidway project. The roadway now includes a median in the centre of the road, east and west of Jane Street.
To prepare for reconfiguring the lanes, crews are painting lines overnight from 6 p.m. tonight until 8 a.m. tomorrow on the west side of the intersection with Jane.
They’re reducing traffic lanes on Highway 7 to just one lane in each direction between Edgeley Boulevard and Maplecrete Road. After 4 p.m., traffic signals will flash red and “paid-duty” York Region Police officers will be on site to help direct traffic.
Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, the intersection with Jane will have a left-turn traffic signal. Drivers can only turn left when the left-turn arrow is illuminated, and left turns are not permitted when through traffic proceeds.
To access mid-block entrances on opposite sides of the road between Edgeley and Creditstone Road, you can U-turn at Jane or Creditstone Road. Today’s right-turn lanes will be for both through and right-turning traffic tomorrow.
Since intersections are wider with new signals, pedestrians need to cross Highway 7 in two stages. A countdown signal will indicate how many seconds you have left to safely cross the street. At a pedestrian waiting area in the middle of the crosswalk, you can stop, push the “walk” button and wait for the next walk signal to safely cross the second half of the street.
Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks and traffic delays in this area.
During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, also 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.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Broadview Avenue from Erindale Avenue to south of Danforth Avenue,
this weekend to accommodate an ongoing construction project to replace the watermains
During this work, the City’s contractor will shift all traffic to the east side of Broadview Avenue, with both north- and southbound traffic occupying the two east lanes.
The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating along Broadview Avenue and Queen and King Streets East between Broadview Station and Parliament Streets.
Passengers can also expect delays near Broadview Station for buses operating along these routes:
- 8 Broadview;
- 62 Mortimer;
- 87 Cosburn;
- 100 Flemingdon Park;
- 300 Bloor - Danforth overnight;
- 303 Don Mills overnight; and
- 322 Coxwell overnight.
The City previously closed this section of Broadview — and the TTC detoured streetcars — from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 1 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, from 3 a.m. Friday, August 15 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 17 and from 3 a.m. Saturday, August 22 until 5 a.m. Monday, August 24.
Another phase of the project and detour routing continue next weekend
- from 3 a.m. Saturday, September 4 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, September 8.
The City of Toronto is closing:
- Lower Jarvis Street between Lake Shore Boulevard East and Queens Quay East and
- Queens Quay East between Lower Sherbourne and Yonge Streets
to accommodate an overnight film shoot.
The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
The City of Mississauga is closing:
- Elm Drive East between Mississauga Valley Boulevard and Obelisk Way
MiWay is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:
Construction and detours continue until January 20, 2016.
The goal is to travel along the “Blue Night Network” — the overnight routes — before the TTC revises the entire network early Labour Day, Monday, September 7.
The charter bus leaves Bishop Avenue outside of Finch Station this Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. It visits Blue Night and regular routes in the west end of the city until about 1 a.m. Monday. The bus then returns to Bishop Avenue. The cash fare is $50.
The tour features an Orion V 9400 series bus, like this one parked on Pleasant Boulevard outside of St. Clair Station. Larry Batzakis shot this view of #9432 on August 19, 2015.
For more information about this charter, you can e-mail Larry directly via this link.
Inclement weather last week means that some work that contractors originally scheduled to end Friday, August 21 continues this week.
Starting today, Monday, August 24, crews are blocking Huron Heights Drive just north of Davis as they perform road work.
Detour signs are in place to guide drivers around the closure.
York Region Transit is relocating bus stop #2588 on the northeast corner of Huron Heights and Davis further east along Davis, while work proceeds at Huron Heights.
To help ease the flow of traffic along Davis, crews are installing left-turn traffic sensors at the intersections with Yonge Street, George Street and Barbara Road. The sensors will prioritize the advanced green arrow for motorists turning left or u-turning to through the intersections.
They’ll work from 7 p.m. today, Monday, August 24 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, August 25 and continue overnight nightly until 6 a.m. August 28, to reduce the impact on daytime traffic. They’ll block left-turn lanes to install the sensors.
Expect noise, dust and vibration during this phase of the project.
Continuing today, Monday, August 24, crews are paving between Longford Drive / Parkside Drive and west of Yonge Street from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day until Friday, August 28.
During this phase of the project, they’ll block intersections at George Street, Barbara Road and Parkside / Longford Drives intermittently to north- and southbound through traffic as crews pave across each intersection, one at a time.
While they’re blocking the intersections:
- motorists on Davis can’t turn left onto the side streets and must proceed to the next intersection or temporary cut-through lane and then u-turn to get to their destinations.
- north- and southbound motorists on each of the side streets must turn right onto Davis, proceed to the next intersection or temporary cut-through lane, u-turn, and then continue to their destinations.
- motorists can’t u-turn at Lorne Avenue or The Tannery.
- “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers follow the paving crews to manage traffic at each of the intersections.
- pedestrians can’t use the north / south crosswalks at the intersections. Security guards or police officers will direct you to the nearest intersection where you can cross Davis.
Crews have created a temporary cut-through lane across the work zone at Superior Street. They may prepare before they start working at each site by setting up and dropping off materials and machinery outside of regular work hours — for example, overnight. Expect construction-related noise.
During all phases of Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:
- 65 Newmarket / Toronto.
Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:
- 44 Bristol;
- 50 Queensway;
- 54 Bayview;
- 55 / 55B Davis Drive;
- 58 Mount Albert;
- 223 Newmarket GO shuttle; and
- 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.