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.
Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)’s Local 2723, representing Burlington Transit workers, turned down a tentative agreement with the City of Burlington during a ratification meeting Sunday, July 5.
The union and City reached a negotiated settlement Tuesday, June 30 and the union recommended it to its members.
Negotiations — and transit services — continue.
The union has promised to notify the city 72 hours before going on strike. The workers have been without a contract since June 30, 2014.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Drivers not wanted”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Toronto Bike Share Network to Double in Size”, here.
- Canadian Press (from the Huffington Post Canada website),article, “Toronto Bike Sharing Network to Expand With Metrolinx, TPA Partnership”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Province unveils $4.9 million plan to expand Bike Share Toronto”, here.
- CP24 report, “No injuries reported after bus, streetcar collide downtown”, here.
- CP24 report, “Bike Share Toronto network to expand as province invests $4.9M”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Ontario invests $4.9M in Toronto’s Bike Share program”, here.
- Market Watch post, “Despite warnings, majority of Toronto drivers are not planning to change their commuting habits during Pan Am Games”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “TTC gearing up for smartphone fare payments”, here.
- Railway Tracks and Structures article, “TTC completes Toronto Union Station renovation project”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC preps for Pan Am by rehearsing emergency response”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “E-cigarette users don’t have to fear smoking police in public”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Province giving $4.9M to expand Bike Share Toronto”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “Private construction firm recommended firing TTC project managers. Guess who got hired to manage the project?”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Work Continues on the Union Station Atrium and Train Shed”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record column, “Fonda talks about environmental change, but doesn’t walk the walk”, here.
- AM 900 CHML report, “Officially a GO on James North”, here.
- AM 900 CHML commentary, “James St North GO station opens nowhere near stadium”, here.
- AM 900 CHML report, “Burlington Transit workers reject deal”, here.
- Bay Observer post, “LRT project will force some tough decisions”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “First train rolls in, new James Street GO station opens this week”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Burlington transit workers reject tentative agreement”, here.
- CHCH News report, “Transport minister arrives at new Hamilton GO station”, here.
- CHCH News report, “Bringing the subway to Hamilton”, here.
- Flamborough Review article, “Waterdown bus service set to expand this fall”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “First train rolls into Hamilton’s West Harbour GO Station”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, “Successful SoBi network needs to expand”, here
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Build it or blow it? Keeping LRT on track”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “HSR driver charged after pedestrian struck by bus”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “No. 33 Sanatorium bus on Redfern is a bother, some say”, here.
- Niagara Falls Review article, “GO train welcomed in Niagara Falls”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “What Does Success Look Like for Hamilton Bike Share?”, here.
The Pan Am Games start in Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe are less than one week from now, from Friday, July 10 until Sunday, July 26.
Games organizers are encouraging everyone to take public transit to and from the various events. Transit is free of fare if you hold a valid Pan Am ticket on the day of a particular event or competition. On the day of your sport event you’re planning to attend, just show a printed copy of your ticket to the drivers aboard these transit systems:
- Brampton Transit;
- Burlington Transit;
- Durham Region Transit (DRT);
- GO Transit;
- Hamilton Street Railway (HSR);
- Milton Transit;
- Oakville Transit;
- Toronto Transit Commission (TTC);
- St. Catharines Transit;
- Welland Transit; and
- York Region Transit (YRT).
The TTC is operating subway service earlier than usually Sundays during the games. Sundays, July 12, July 19 and July 26, the subway opens by 6 a.m., just as it does every other day of the week.
Call One is an accessible transit service available for those who need “specialized” transit services to travel to and from the sport competitions and events. A Call One service representative will book your trip with participating transit providers. Since just limited service is available, book your trip at least seven days ahead of the events you plan to attend. lease call the Call One call centre staff at 844-PARA ONE 844.727.2663 or TTY (1.877.244.5002) to arrange your accessible transit to Games venues.
Since the games take place at multiple venues throughout Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, we’ll be detailing Pan Am Games transit — including extra service and route diversions — region by region in a series of posts this week.
Four trains — two in each direction — Mondays to Fridays will serve the new station, on James Street North, just north of downtown Hamilton. By opening this new station, GO increases to twelve the number of GO trains to and from Hamilton — including trains serving the Hamilton GO Centre — Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. GO will also increase service to and from the station during the Pan Am Games. The station is the temporary transit hub for service to and from the CIBC Pan Am Soccer Stadium in Hamilton.
On opening day, the public can use:
- the north track;
- the station building, including washrooms, ticket booth, ticket-vending machines, PRESTO fare-card machines; and
- part of the public landscaped plaza.
After the Pan Am Games, contractors continue working until 2016 on:
- the south track;
- a pedestrian bridge from Bay Street;
- a parking lot with about 300 spaces;
- a bus loop;
- a “kiss ‘n’ ride” — the passenger drop-off and pick-up area; and
- pedestrian and bicycle pathways.
With this station, GO points to expanding its services eastward along the Canadian National Railway’s Grimsby Subdivision in the near and distant future. It’s already confirmed that it will open a new station in east-end Hamilton near the Queen Elizabeth Way and Centennial Parkway North in 2017. It’s tentatively dubbed this stop, “Confederation GO Station”, nodding to its location to nearby Confederation Park. This may also be the line it uses to expand regular service even further eastward to Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.
The new station also has a role to play in GO’s future regional express rail service. That program will bring 30-minute service from West Harbour to Toronto Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours and from Toronto to West Harbour during afternoon rush hours. It will also operate 15-minute rush-hour service from Hamilton GO Centre to Union Station in the morning and back in the evening. GO will also operate trains hourly both ways every day of the week between the Hamilton GO Centre and Union.
Some buses operating along the 18 Lakeshore West route also serve the new station.
- Brampton Guardian editorial, “Choking on our past”, here.
- Brampton Guardian commentary, “LRT is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Is UberPOOL coming to Toronto?”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “How to really talk about Pan Am HOV lanes in Toronto”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “‘Bloody gorgeous’ art unveiling wraps up Union Station platform renovations”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Fire at TTC’s Greenwood yard quickly extinguished by firefighters”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “A brief history of the TTC’s subway station names”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Broken promises of the Pan Am Games”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Front Street Foods Market greets Union Station’s commuter crowds”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Public transit won’t get better until we can trust politicians with our money”, here.
- National Post commentary, “Want better transit? Elect a government with the guts to actually fund and build it”, here.
- National Post article, “Rejection of transit tax in Vancouver holds lessons for other Canadian cities”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC’s reputation riding on the games, says transit coordinator”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “The Brampton LRT Debate: Yes or No?”, here.
- YorkRegion.com editorial, “Keep road ‘bumps’ in perspective”, here.
- Newstalk 610 CKTB report, “Bus fares going up in Niagara Falls”, here.
- Niagara Advance article, “NOTL buses begin expanded route Thursday”, here.
- Niagara Falls Review article, “Bus fares go up July 1”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “NOTL Transit expands service”, here.
- NiagaraThisWeek.com article, “Fort Erie bus ridership flatlined”, here.
- St. Catharines Standard article, “Big 3 cities to address regional transit issue”, here.
- Times of Fort Erie article, “Museum opens door into Niagara’s railway history”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC to start selling fares via iPhone and Android apps”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Union Station unveils 2nd platform after 4-year wait”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC celebrates its completion of Union Station subway renovation”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Durham ready to let the Pan Am Games begin”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Ajax wants to get people out of cars and onto bikes”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Uxbridge says Durham’s transportation plan overlooks rural needs”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Pickering library encourages summer reading”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “The Oshawa Public Libraries present TD Summer Reading Club 2015 for kids”, here.
- East York Chronicle article, “Detours, Dust & Delays — A summer of construction looms for East York”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Union subway station done, but overall revitalization still two years away”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: App lets riders use Smartphone to buy TTC day passes”, here.
- Mobile Syrup post, “TTC bringing digital Day Passes to Android and iOS for the Pan Am Games”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “WATCH: Toronto Transit Commission unveils new Union Station”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Union Station concourse / [2nd] TTC platform unveiled”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 commentary, “No refund, says John Tory”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC’s Union Station 2nd platform opens”, here.
- Town Crier article, “TTC restoring service to four midtown bus routes”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Union Subway Station Completed and Full Artwork Unveiled”, here.
The trains operate Friday evenings and several times Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, dropping off and picking up passengers at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO stations and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Rail stations.
GO is also again operating express buses carrying passengers between St. Catharines VIA Rail Station and downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake.
GO continues to operate buses along the 12 Niagara Falls / Burlington route seven days a week throughout the year. The buses meet trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line at Burlington GO Station.
Service continues Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Labour Day, Monday, September 7.
GO also temporarily restores the service over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Friday, October 9 until Monday, October 12.
The TTC is upgrading its tracks along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line under the Prince Edward Viaduct, the long bridge that carries Bloor Street East and Danforth Avenue — and the subway — across the Don Valley late early this Sunday.
It’s closing the subway between Pape and St George stations and replacing subway trains with buses until noon, Sunday, July 5.
At the east end of the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line, trains only drop off or pick up passengers at stations between Kennedy and Pape Stations. At the west end, trains only serve stations between Kipling and St. George Stations.
Frequent, accessible buses link Pape and St. George Stations. Buses serve platforms inside the terminals at Pape and St. George Stations. They drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops on Danforth Avenue at or near Chester and Broadview Avenues and on Bloor Streets East and West at or near Castle Frank Road and Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets.
TTC staff will be at each station to help direct passengers.
The TTC is also operating extra WheelTrans buses between the two stations for passengers requiring wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
The TTC is closing the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line this Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, as crews rehabilitate the tracks and vehicles on the line to make the service more reliable and comfortable until the City of Toronto and the TTC build the “Scarborough Subway”.
Buses replace service along the entire line between McCowan and Kennedy stations, stopping at all stations along the way. You can also exit the buses at other transit stops if you ask the drivers to stop. Collector booths at all Line 3 stations remain open so you can buy TTC fares.
Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available if you need accessible transit between Scarborough Centre and McCowan stations. You can speak with any uniformed TTC employee at either station to use this service.
Collector booths at Kennedy, Lawrence East and Scarborough Centre stations remain open for passengers to buy TTC fares. Midland, Ellesmere and McCowan stations are closed.
Regular service resumes Monday, July 6.
While the line is closed, crews are:
- replacing the power rail **between Lawrence East and Kennedy stations;
- clearing obstructions from the track-drainage system between Midland and Kennedy stations and between McCowan and Scarborough Centre stations.
- continuing to inspect all systems along the entire line; and
- maintaining trees between Lawrence East and Kennedy Stations.
Crews may work overnight to make sure that the they finish work before the RT opens for service Sunday. Crews start work early Saturday morning shortly after Friday service ends. Equipment includes work cars and hand-held power tools, rail saws, grinders, hammer drills, chain saw and a high-pressure water pump. Tree maintenance takes place during daytime.
This is the third of five occasions that the TTC has scheduled for closing Line 3 this year as it refurbishes vehicles, tracks and signals for the line and provides more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. It previously closed the line Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 and Saturday, June 20. It will close the line again Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.
The TTC will “decommission” the line — stop operating trains — after it opens the Scarborough subway extension.