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.
Greater Toronto media report on public transit issues today.
- BlogTO post, “5 Toronto mega projects set for completion in 2015”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Amaria Diljohn ID’d as victim in Scarborough TTC bus hit-and-run”, here.
- CNW press release, “Toronto transit union issues statement on bus death of 14-year old girl”, here.
- CP24 report, “Girl, 14, dies after hit-and-run in Scarborough”, here.
- Durham Region.com post, “The cost to go from Durham Region to Pearson airport and how to get there”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Toronto police appeal for witnesses after teen killed in TTC bus hit-and-run”, here.
- National Post article, “Toronto police question TTC driver who fatally struck 14-year-old girl, and then left the scene”, here.
- NOW article, “A Guide to the Waterfront Toronto Scandal”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Mother ‘devastated’ that daughter hit by TTC bus died ‘alone on the ground’”, here.
- Toronto Star letter, “Shed light on transit boom”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Woman struck by TTC bus”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Amaria Diljohn, 14, struck and killed by TTC bus”, here.
- Toronto Sun post, “Connecting Toronto with its islands”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “New York transit authority takes on manspreaders”, here.
Christmas Eve, this Wednesday, December 24, many people will likely knock off work early to get a head start on the holidays — or to do last-minute Christmas shopping.
The TTC, GO Transit, MiWay, YRT and other transit agencies are responding by starting afternoon rush-hour service earlier in the day — around noon. GO’s “early homebound” rush-hour service, in turn, requires local transit agencies to revise the schedules of buses that usually meet GO trains to take passengers into residential neighbourhoods.
Update — Saturday, December 20, 4:04 p.m.: As we were writing this post, the TTC tweeted that it restored regular service this afternoon.
- rebuild the road and sidewalks;
- build a bicycle lane;
- upgrade water-main services; and
- improve traffic signals.
on Wellesley Street West has ended.
With the end of construction, the TTC is restoring regular service to the 94 Wellesley route, starting
Sunday, December 21 Saturday, December 20. Buses no longer detour along Yonge and College Streets around the construction, as they have since Monday, July 21. And, the TTC no longer splits the route in two Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and Saturday afternoons, as it has since Tuesday, September 2, so it’s canceling service along the temporary 94D branch of the route.
Since the TTC no longer has to schedule longer round trips along the route to accommodate delays resulting from the detour routing during construction, it’s can operate fewer buses, yet still increase the frequency of service along the route at most times of the week.
The City of Toronto’s ongoing battle to maintain the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway in safe condition recently passed another milestone as construction no longer blocks the bridge that carries the expressway over the streetcar tracks connecting Lake Shore Boulevard West with Humber Loop. The work prevented the TTC from operating streetcars along that stretch of track.
Starting tomorrow, Sunday, December 21, the TTC cancels its temporary bus service along the 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch and the 301M / 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle bus routes and again operates through streetcar service along the 501 Queen route to Long Branch Loop seven days a week. Early Monday, December 23, it resumes through service to Long Branch along the 301 Queen overnight route and later Monday during rush hours it resumes through service along the 508 Lake Shore route.
Passengers no longer have to transfer between buses and streetcars at Humber Loop to continue their journeys further east- or westward along the routes.
Work on this phase of bridge project at Humber Loop has required the TTC to replace the streetcars with buses since Sunday, August 31. An earlier phase of the project required it to use buses from Sunday, March 30 until Saturday, May 10.
- BlogTO post, “10 events that helped shape Toronto”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Want to ease traffic? Hold fewer events in downtown core, John Tory says”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Lawrence West station elevator took 8 plus years to liftoff”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Woman suffers serious facial injuries in TTC streetcar crash”, here.
- CP24 report, “Dozens of new streetcars should be in service by now: TTC”, here.
- CP24 report, “Some downtown events that require road closures should be relocated: Tory”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC CEO says system needs infrastructure revamp before 24-hour service”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Where are Toronto’s new streetcars?”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Wynne says province can invest in transit while trimming deficit”, here.
- Globe and Mail column, “Attention, passengers: The TTC will soon reach the 21st century”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “After eight years of delays, Lawrence West Station reveals its new elevator”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC to launch campaign promoting its low-fare shuttle to Pearson”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Potentially scary charts to keep in mind for Mayor Tory’s first budget”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Toronto considers taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, entertainment and parking”, here.
- National Post commentary, “TTC takes a step toward the present with card payments; only several more giant steps to go”, here.
- National Post article, “The mayor says she ‘pushes the envelope’, but Toronto’s chief planner says changing the city isn’t easy”, here.
- National Post article, “Waterfront Toronto’s future in question as revitalization project funding set to run out in next few years”, here.
- National Post article, “Deputy Mayor accuses Waterfront Toronto of trying to bury its budget woes”, here.
- Newstalk 1010 report, “A guide to the Waterfront Toronto scandal”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC’s new policy: Purchases of $10 or more can be paid by credit/debit”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “City and suburbs: 65 years of unity and division”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Toronto vice principal and students raise funds to help classmates who can’t afford bus tickets”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Tory wants to move some runs and charity events out of downtown”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Spending for public benefit is no scandal”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory wants co-operation from congestion-causing road event planners”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory wants Waterfront Toronto to do better”, here.
(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)
Wednesday, December 17 afternoon, crews restored motorist access on Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the plazas intersection (Loblaws / Burger King and Tim Horton’s / Wendy’s / FreshCo). You can again turn left from eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard East onto northbound Leslie. One lane of traffic is now available in both directions on Leslie Street between Lake Shore East and Eastern Avenue.
Crews will restore the east-west pedestrian and cyclist crossing on the north side of the intersection of Lake Shore East with Leslie by December 23.
As part of ongoing work to relocate hydro-electric services, crews are removing conductors from overhead hydro lines across Highway 7 West near Jane Street from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, December 19. They’ll temporarily block east- and westbound traffic lanes on Highway 7 just east and west of Jane Street.
They may also intermittently affect traffic signals. Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site. Expect delays and be construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.
Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If they block a sidewalk, directional signs will guide pedestrians safely around the construction zone.
They’ll also maintain access to driveways in work areas.
During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, 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.
- AM640 post, “Metrolinx Moving To Electrify GO Tracks”, here.
- AVNetwork post, “Toronto Transit Goes High-Tech”, here.
- BlogTO post, “10 Toronto themed holiday gift ideas”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “House prices driven by location, location and proximity to a subway”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Woman in hospital after collision with TTC streetcar”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Why has it taken so long to modernize the TTC?”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto police cleared for shooting man carrying a pellet gun”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “SIU finds no grounds for charges in Queen subway shooting”, here.
- CP24 report, “Subways, Subways, Subways: Ford’s TTC themed office wins holiday decorating contest”, here.
- Digital Signage Today post, “Toronto transit shelters go digital for the holidays”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TOinTRANSIT: TTC investigating another bus running red light”, here.
- Tech Vibes article, “‘Almost Prehistoric’ Toronto Transit System to Accept Debit, Credit - With One Snag…”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Toronto police cleared by SIU in subway shooting investigation”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC riders ask: Where are Toronto’s new streetcars?”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Cops cleared in shooting of man at TTC’s Queen Station”, here.
During the weeks before and after Christmas, people travel less often by transit. Classes are over until the new year, students are off and many people take vacation days to enjoy the holidays.
With fewer passengers, local transit systems are decreasing or modifying their services to save on resources — drivers and vehicles. Brampton Transit, MiWay, Oakville Transitand York Region Transit are decreasing Monday-to-Friday rush-hour service, while Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Grand River Transit, Guelph Transit and the TTC are decreasing services Mondays to Fridays at various times throughout the day.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC bus crashes through bus shelter”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Queens Quay cost overruns discussed at Waterfront Toronto meeting”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Pedestrian struck by bus near Yonge and Eglinton”, here.
- CP24 report, “Woman seriously injured in head-on collision with TTC streetcar”, here.
- CP24 report, “TTC drivers assaulted, robbed after ‘fare dispute’, witnesses tell police”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “The new year may see higher GO fares for Durham riders”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Woman taken to hospital after crash on Dundas St. W.”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “RAW: Pedestrian struck by TTC bus on Eglinton”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Waterfront Toronto chair defends 40 percent budget overrrun”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Debit, credit card payment options coming to TTC: Josh Colle”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “We must ask tough questions about the cost of public - private partnerships”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Early morning assault of TTC driver renews calls for tougher sentencing”, here.
- National Post article, “TTC moves into the 90s, will finally allow Torontonians to pay with debit or credit cards to buy tokens”, here.
- Oshawa Express article, “Preventing traffic woes during the Pan Am games”, here.
- Oshawa Express editorial, “Good coming from bad”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC hopes to speed up launch of Presto next year”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx speeds ahead on electrifying GO train system”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “A baton is a nightstick is a club”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “The Fixer: Vagrant construction trailer gets an artistic makeover”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Waterfront Toronto ‘delivering incredible value for Toronto’: chairman”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Tunnel Vision”, here.