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Brampton Transit revises services,
March 30



Brampton Transit is adjusting the schedules of various routes to improve service to passengers, starting Monday, March 30.




In the news: Monday, March 30, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • AZO Build post, “Bird Enters Construction Contract With Plenary with Plenary Infrastructure ERMF GP for East Rail Maintenance Facility”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “That time Toronto almost built the subway to the lake”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “10 key Toronto intersections as they were 30 years ago”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the Day: Speed of Light”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, “”Suspect images released after woman sexually assaulted at bus shelter” (from the CP24 website), here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Oshawa area ranked one of the best cities in the country to buy real estate”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Canadian cities lobby Ottawa for transit funds”, here.
  • Globe and Mail “Transportation Issue: Get a move on”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “On Site: Etobicoke project first step in five-tower community in the making”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Meet Jamaalism, A Photographer Capturing Toronto and the TTC”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC board approves another $150 million to complete delayed Spadina subway extension”, here.
  • Medium article, “A love letter to the 110”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Time for some real ideas on making T.O a ‘music city’”, here.
  • National Post article, “Ontario’s Sunshine List: Top-earning Torontonians on the public payroll include TTC collector, Pan Am Games staff”, here.
  • Railway Gazette article, “Metrolinx awards depot contract”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Quiet Zone confrontations”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Can we get a GO train to Bowmanville please? I guess it’s cheaper to improve what you have then spend for what you don’t”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Evolution of TTC Signalling Contracts”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board Meeting, March 26, 2015 (Update 2)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Much Will the Spadina Subway Cost (II)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Much Will the Spadina Subway Cost (III)”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx to build 22-train facility in Whitby”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “New Union Pearson Express uniforms reflect rail and air heritage”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC signals it has learned from troubled Spadina subway”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “York Region votes to help pay for subway shortfall”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Newmarket bus lane project driving supporters away”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “The secret Toronto summit that no-one noticed”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Province must ease traffic plan for Pan Am Games”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Pan Am congestion could pay off for Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Condo buyers in enormous shift, saying ‘no thanks’ to parking”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Three former Rob Ford staffers earned more than $100,000 in 2014”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory supports TTC’s $150 million Spadina subway extension plan”, here.
  • column, “Reflecting on the original Toronto subway”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Almost 2100 TTC employees on Sunshine List”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Union Station artwork nears end of installation”, here.
  • Your Project News post, “Contract Awarded for East Rail Maintenance Facility”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Hamilton Street Railway revises services,
March 30



The Hamilton Street Railway is making minor changes to its services, starting Monday, March 30.




You can "POP" on Harbourfront cars,
starting March 29



The TTC is temporarily replacing streetcar service along the 510 Spadina route with buses during construction at Spadina Avenue and College Street, starting Sunday, March 29.

Until Saturday, May 9, it’s reassigning some of the streetcars that usually serve Spadina to the 509 Harbourfront route, including all of its new Bombardier Flexity cars. During this period, the TTC will allow passengers to pay fares using their PRESTO fare cards when boarding at stops along the 509 Harbourfront route.

Also starting Sunday, March 29, 509 Harbourfront will become a “POP” or “proof of payment” route. You can board streetcars by any door at any stop along the route. But remember, you’ll need to have proof-of-payment — a Metropass or paper transfer — when boarding rear doors of a streetcar. If you pay by cash, token or ticket, you must take a transfer as your proof-of-payment. If a fare inspector asks for your POP and you don’t have one, you could receive a fine of $235.

You can still POP along the 509 Harbourfront route even after regular service resumes and streetcars return to Spadina Avenue.

According to the TTC, streetcars in Toronto provide 250,000 daily trips to passengers. Almost 20 per cent of a streetcar’s travel-time occurs at stops while passengers board or exit the cars. By introducing POP on all routes, the TTC expects to cut that time to about seven per cent of each journey, significantly improving service.




TTC revises services, March 29



The TTC is making a number of changes to its services, starting Sunday, March 29.

It’s making major changes to the 510 Spadina route — replacing the streetcars with buses during upcoming consturction at Spadina Avenue and College Street. It’s borrowing buses from several other routes, including 504 King to provide transit service to Spadina passengers.

While the buses serve Spadina, the TTC’s new Flexity Bombardier streetcars roll along the 509 Harbourfront route. You can use your PRESTO farecard to pay your fare when boarding any of the new streetcars when operating along the route. PRESTO service on 509 Harbourfront ends, when the new streetcars resume operating along 510 Spadina, starting Sunday, May 10.

Also starting Sunday, 509 Harbourfront becomes a “POP” streetcar route. You can board any streetcar at any door at any stop along the route if you have a POP - a proof of payment. Proofs of payment include a transfer or a pass. POP service continues permanently along 509 Harbourfront, even after construction ends on Spadina Avenue.




Spadina / College construction (phase 1):
TTC detours, March 29 to April 5



From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the City of Toronto and the TTC will carry out major construction work at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and College Street.

The City and TTC intend the project to bring the streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.

During the project, crews will:

  • break concrete and excavate to remove the tracks during the week of March 30;
  • install new streetcar tracks for eight to nine days, including overnight;
  • rebuild and lengthen the streetcar platforms on College Street to accommodate new low-floor streetcars;
  • resurface the road; and
  • improve accessibility by rebuilding the sidewalks at each corner of the intersection.

The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.

Phase 1: from Sunday, March 29 until Sunday, April 5:

  • crews will perform advance work by saw-cutting concrete in the intersection.
  • the City will maintain traffic through the intersection with temporary lane restrictions.
  • The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses. The buses operate through the intersection but only along part of the route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West. Buses drop off or pick up passengers in the bus terminal in Spadina Station, instead of the streetcar terminal and serve stops beside the curb, instead of the centre-road “island” streetcar stops. Passengers traveling to and from Union Station can board streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route to Queens Quay West and Lower Spadina Avenue.

Phase 2: From Monday, April 6 until Sunday, April 26:

  • The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
  • The TTC detour streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but diverts the buses around the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)

Phase 3: From Monday, April 27 until Saturday, May 9:

  • The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • TTC streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route resume regular service through the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but the buses resume regular service through the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)

From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the TTC will operate its new Bombardier Flexity streetcars along the 509 Harbourfront route, while buses replace the cars along the 510 Spadina route. During this period, the TTC will allow passengers to pay fares using their PRESTO fare cards when boarding at stops along the 509 Harbourfront route.

Starting Sunday, March 29, 509 Harbourfront will also become a “POP” or “proof of payment” route. You can board streetcars by any door at any stop along the route. However you should retain your transfer to prove that you have paid a fare. Show your transfer or pass to a TTC fare inspector if he or she asks to see your proof of payment. POP service along the 509 Harbourfront route continues even after streetcars return to Spadina Avenue.

Also Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, all other streetcars that usually serve the 510 Spadina route will operate, instead, along the 504 King route. During this time, only streetcars will operating along the route, while the buses that have supplemented streetcars in recent months will serve 510 Spadina passengers.


As with all construction projects, expect noise, dust and other temporary inconveniences.

The City will impose parking, traffic and some pedestrian restrictions in and around the work area. During phase 2, it will close to all traffic:

  • College Street between Robert and Huron Streets;
  • Spadina Avenue between Spadina Crescent and Oxford Street; and

Crews will usually work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. weekends. To meet project timelines, they may work some late evenings and overnight while they are installing new overhead wiring, moving rails into position and installing, welding and grinding the new rails.




Burlington for Accessible Transit hosts
transit users forum, March 28



bfastransit_logo_250h.jpgNote: We apologize for the late notice, but we received information about this event today.


Join BFAST — Burlington For Accessible Transit — tomorrow, Saturday, March 28 for a morning of discussion about local transit issues. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. You may even enjoy a free continental breakfast.

Click here or call 905-632-4774 to register.

During the event, you can meet other Burlington Transit users and transit advocates to discuss potential strategies for improving transit in Burlington. You can also describe your riding experiences and offer your views on how to improve the transit system.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until noon in Centennial Hall, Burlington Central Library

Other sponsors include:




Highway 7 East rapidway construction:
Work continues March 30



Hwy 7 east - new map.jpg

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to work on the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway.


Starting Monday, March 30 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, crews are inspecting and repairing landscaping at curbside locations between Town Centre Boulevard / South Town Centre Boulevard and Allstate Parkway. They’ll temporarily block west- and eastbound curb lanes, but will not affect the rapidway lanes.

Sidewalks will remain open, and flag persons will be on-site to guide pedestrians safely around the work zone.

Work continues until April 2.


Starting Monday, March 30 from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, crews are checking underground drain systems at curbside locations between Rodick Road and Highway 404. They’ll temporarily block west- and eastbound curb lanes, but will not affect the rapidway lanes.

Sidewalks will remain open, and flag persons will be on-site to guide pedestrians safely around the work zone.

Work continues until April 2.


During Highway 7 rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • TTC buses operating along the 24 Victoria Park, 68 Warden and 224 Victoria Park North routes; and
  • YRT buses operating along the Viva green, Viva pink, Viva purple, 1 Highway 7, 224B Woodbine, 300 Business express and 302 Unionville express routes.

YRT continues to detour buses operating along the 302 Unionville express route, during ongoing construction on South Town Centre Boulevard and Cedarland Drive.


Source:




Davis Drive rapidway construction
continues March 30



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.


Starting Monday, March 30 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day, crews are performing electrical work along the south side of Davis Drive between the Tannery and just east of Charles Street.

They’ll block the west entrance to Taylor Funeral Home [524 Davis Drive] for about two days as they work past the area. The east entrance will remain open. They’ll keep both entrances to the 540 Davis plaza, but will narrow them during this work.

They’ll also provide a pedestrian walkway on the south side of Davis. Directional signs will guide you safely around the work zone.

Work continues until April 10.


Starting Monday, March 30 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, crews are installing tree planters in the boulevard:

  • on the south side of Davis between Main Street and Lorne Avenue; and
  • on the north side of Davis between Barbara Road and George Street

They’ll block the westbound curb lane between Barbara and George. They may also block sidewalks. Directional signs will guide you safely around the work zone.

Work continues until April 10.


Starting Monday, March 30 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, crews continue the underground electrical work for installing permanent traffic signals around each corner of the intersection of Davis with Huron Heights Drive / Alexander Road.

They’ll block traffic lanes and sidewalks around the work area. Directional signs will guide you safely around the work zone.

Work continues until April 2.


Crews have installed the gas-line segment on Davis. They finished installing a new gas main on the re-aligned portion of Parkside Drive last week.


York Region Transit is relocating bus stops during construction:

  • the eastbound stop at the southwest corner of Charles Street and Davis to the southwest corner of Davis and Prospect Street for several days this week;
  • the westbound stop west of Bayview Parkway to east of Bayview for about a month or until May 1.
  • the eastbound stop at the southwest corner of Alexander Road and Davis to east of Alexander for the next several days.

During 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.

Source: vivaNext.




In the news: Friday, March 27, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Premier meets with GTHA mayors at summit”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Study finds chatting with strangers on commutes makes us happier”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Do we need a TTC back-up plan?”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “More Casino Dreams and Other Long-Shot Gambles”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the Day: Shuttle Bus Madness”, here.
  • BlogTO ost, “Gigantic arts hub coming to the Toronto East Waterfront”, here.
  • Business Traveller article, “Toronto poised for air-rail link”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx return fares for late GO trains in record numbers”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC union blocks random drug testing sought by management”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto 2025: Growth brings Milton prosperity, growing pains”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC working to expand express bus routes”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Mediocre start to TTC-GO fare integration pilot project: report”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Metrolinx, Milton launching pilot program to deal with parking overflow: report”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Former chair critical of TTC’s response to subway stoppage”, here.
  • CP24 report, “GO Transit has sold only 134 integrated fare stickers since launch of program”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC still looking for source of leak at College Station”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Soft ground threatens to create sinkhole on Toronto’s Crosstown LRT project”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Milton creates pilot program for door-to-door bus service to GO station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Disability advocates question Toronto’s Pan Am Games readiness”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Pan Am organizers wants public to change travel plans during games”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Ooze On The Tracks Exposes ‘Vulnerability’ Of Subway Line Says TTC CEO”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Toronto’s Pan Am Transit Plans Divide City”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Milton residents hear about transportation, logistics, transit, security measures surrounding Pan Am games”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Pay premium to have Spadina subway completed quickly, says TTC chair”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “City wants to look at improved methods to manage TTC projects”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “UP Express to begin overnight testing March 30”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “5 things to expect with Pan Am traffic”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Our Place initiative to launch transit petition”, here.
  • Macleans article, “Toronto’s traffic time bomb: Is it too late to fix?”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto’s filthy ground water responsible for TTC delay”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “TTC delays far more than an inconvenience, groups say”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Lisgar residents await answers to flooding question at meeting”, here.
  • National Post article, “$700 million development at the site of old Guvernment night club set to transform the Toronto waterfront”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Mayor’s executive looking for better options for delivery of Scarborough subway”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC says it responded safely and properly to leak that shut down subway”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “How much longer will your commute take during the Pan Am games?”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC has yet to implement random drug testing”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “I’m feeling crabby about the Ferry Terminal competition”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Reveals Test On Leaking Fluid”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Looks To Move Forward With Random Drug Testing”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “GO Transit Issues Record Refunds In February”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Daneles Unveils $700 Million East Watefront Development”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “A first look at what Daniels Corporation wants to build where the Guvernment used to be”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “No subway Tuesday? No problem for area businesses”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “TTC suspicious fuel spill cleaned up in College Station”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “TTC CEO impresses commuters: PR expert”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “TTC shutdown: Poor funding leads to poor transit, TTCriders says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO Transit issues record refunds during February cold snap”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO-TTC sales of premium joint passes off to a slow start”, here.
  • Toronto Star’s Scrum blog post, “Foot-long submarine sandwich for John Tory helps lighten executive committee meeting”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “$150 million Spadina subway plan gets OK from TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Mystery liquid in subway wasn’t gasoline: TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Move to reopen LRT debate rejected”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC driver among those honoured by Toronto police”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC union grievance delaying random drug, alcohol tests”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Taking a closer look at the subway closure”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Community murals unveiled at Coxwell and Woodbine Stations”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “‘Daniels Waterfront City of the Arts’ to replace the Guvernment”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “York leaders seek ‘tools’ to fund transit, roads”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Town earns commuting honours”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



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