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In the news: Sunday, May 24, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “The Dead Calm After Ford”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Tolling Smoke And Mirrors”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “The Best Evidence Is Empirical Evidence”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Why Is This Even A Debate?”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the day: All aboard the ghost train”, here.
  • CBC News report, “Risky business as Canadian cities turn to neighbourhood levies”, here.
  • CBC News report, “Via Rail to add more southwestern Ontario trains, CEO says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Gardiner, Don Valley tolls would be ‘chump change’, councillor says”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Metrolinx launches on-line trip-planning tool for GTHA”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Tory, Colle to make transit announcement at bus stop in Scarborough”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Passenger sexually assaulted on GO bus: police”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC service resumes after tree knocks down wires”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Petition calls for Ontario government to fund GO Train into Bowmanville”, here.
  • Globe and Mail commentary, “Dear Toronto: Ditching the Gardiner would be world class”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Bridge, station construction continues for Mississauga transitway extension”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “7 facts about the Finch West LRT”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Metrolinx launches new transit trip planner”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Doors Open on TTC’s Greenwood Yard”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “TTC turns to tech to tame bus ‘bunching’”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “For whom the roads’s tolled: Non-resident Gardiner tolls won’t happen, so let’s drop it”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Bringing our trains into the late 20th century”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Subway stabber sentenced to four years in prison”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “I want to blog about last night’s LSE disaster, but I’m buried at work and can only fire off this quick note”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “And now for a follow-up to last week’s ‘Dear Bus Passengers’ letter”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Oh look, a parking spot just for him (not you, not me, just him)”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “You want to bring your bike onto a rush-hour train? Go ahead… but you can stand. You didn’t pay extra fare for the bike and you certainly didn’t pay for those TWO seats”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Never be stranded again. Triplinx now available in the GTHA”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Building the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Cadillac-sized strollers and complicated commuter patterns”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Evolution of Service on 29 Dufferin: Weekdays, 2011 to 2015”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Evolution of Service on 512 St Clair (2) (Updated)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “A Work Train on the Prince Edward Viaduct”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat on How to Think About the Gardiner”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Union - Pearson Express riders at Bloor face two-year wait for tunnel to TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Is Toronto-area transit the next frontier for privatization?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Artists take over Chester subway station newsstand for one year”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Kathleen Wynne’s failure of nerve”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Landmark date for two transit events”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Wynne’s ‘infrastructure’ means tax hikes”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “To toll or not to toll: Experts weigh in on what to do about Toronto traffic congestion”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Video showing GO bus rider masturbating posted on Twitter”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Less frequent Lakeshore East GO trains,
May 22, 23, 24, 25



This weekend, GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of service along the 09 Lakeshore East line. From 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, May 22, until the first train Monday, May 25, GO trains drop off or pick up passengers at stations along the line every hour, instead of every 30 minutes, as crews install two pedestrian tunnels under the tracks at Eglinton GO Station to make the station fully accessible.

GO buses operate with their regular schedules. GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line also operate with regular schedules, but some passengers may have to switch trains at Union Station and wait as long as 30 minutes for the next train serving the 01 Lakeshore West line.

Trains may also be delayed by about 10 minutes leaving Union Station and Oshawa GO Station.

You can view the special schedule for the 09 Lakeshore East line this weekend here.

GO previously decreased the frequency along the line as crews work on the same project at Eglinton GO Station from 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 until the first train Monday, May 11. It will again decrease the service from 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, until the first train Monday, June 1 and from 7 p.m. Friday, June 12 until the first train Monday, June 14.




Rapidway construction on Highway 7 West:
TTC, YRT detours, May 22, 23, 24, 25



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue getting ready to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.


As crews continue building platforms at the future vivastations, they’ll also start paving the next segments of base-layer asphalt between Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way and Keele Street. They’ll finish paving activities in sections over the next two months, but they’ll also close intersections and parts of the roadway along Highway 7. Expect Brampton Transit, the TTC and YRT to detour buses while the road is closed.

For example, this weekend, they’ll block the intersection of Highway 7 with Keele Street, 24 hours a day from 7 p.m. Friday, May 22 until 6 a.m. Monday, May 25.

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During paving, crews will shift traffic lanes on Highway 7 to the north side, with one lane open in each direction. The south side of the Keele-Hwy 7 intersection will be closed except the right-turn lane, so traffic can turn right from Keele onto Highway 7.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be onsite to help direct traffic to alternate north / south routes, including Jane and Dufferin Streets.

Crews will maintain access to all properties in work areas; however, they may also temporarily block driveways. Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

The TTC and York Region Transit are detouring their services during this work and may also relocate bus stops. Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If the work affects a bus stop or sidewalk, directional signs will guide you to the nearest available stop or sidewalk.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes during the work:

  • 107B Keele North via Chesswood; and
  • 107C Keele North.

York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route during the work:


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.

Sources:




Crane blocks Wellesley East:
TTC detour, May 23



The City of Toronto is closing

  • Wellesley Street East between Jarvis and Church Streets

to accommodate crane operations tomorrow, Saturday, May 23.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 94 Wellesley.

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Weekend events affect transit services,
May 21, 22, 23, 24



A cultural festival, two farmers’ Markets and several road races or other events to support charitable causes affect transit services this weekend.

The events take place in the Ancaster area of Hamilton, downtown Brampton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Milton,Mississauga, Newmarket, the Port Weller area of St. Catharines, the Scarborough of Toronto, Stouffville and downtown Toronto.

Transit- and transportation-related sites play a part in the annual Doors Open Toronto, which also takes place this weekend.




Greenwood yard, other sites open doors
during Doors Open, May 23, 24



Several transit-related sites are open to the public Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 during Doors Open Toronto, the one weekend, once a year, when more than 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.

The City of Toronto program allows visitors free access to look inside properties that are usually not open to the public.

The TTC is participating in the event at just one site — the Greenwood Subway Maintenance and Storage Facility — but other venues that have played significant roles in Toronto’s public transit and transportation history are also opening their doors.

New to the list of sites this year, is the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto. Although the club’s participation supports this year’s Doors Open theme of “Sports, Leisure and Recreation”, its building also has a secret connection to Toronto’s early transit history.




In the news: Wednesday, May 20, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Buses replace subway, May 23, 24:
Lawrence to Bloor



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The TTC is canceling subway service along the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line between Lawrence and Bloor Stations this weekend, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.

Frequent, accessible buses replace the trains, serving the bus terminal at Lawrence Station and then stopping to drop off or pick up passengers at 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 at the south end of their route.)

For passengers requiring an elevator, the TTC is operating Wheel-Trans buses between York Mills and Bloor Stations.

Eglinton, Davisville, St. Clair and Rosedale Stations remains open so you can pay or buy fares and connect with buses and streetcars. Summerhill Station is closed.

All trains serving the line operate between Finch and Eglinton Stations and between Downsview and Bloor Stations only.

As an alternative to shuttle buses along Yonge Street to and from Lawrence Station, the TTC is extending service along the 124 Sunnybrook route between Lawrence and Lawrence West Stations those two days. It’s operating more buses along that route than usually, providing quick and frequent access to and from the University branch of the subway line for passengers traveling to and from downtown. It’s also turning back buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route at Lawrence West Station. Passengers traveling further east- or westward along Lawrence Avenue West beyond Lawrence West Station must transfer between buses in the station terminal.

Similarly, the TTC will add more streetcars to its 512 St. Clair service, offering passengers frequent service between St. Clair and St. Clair West Stations.

TTC crews are working on a long-term project to replace signals along the line, while the subway is closed. The TTC must replace its signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment, some 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.”

Crews will work “around the clock” to make sure they finish all parts of the project before the start of Monday service. They’ll start working early Saturday morning shortly after Friday subway service ends. Expect noise when some of the equipment is fully operating.

Regular subway service resumes Monday, May 25.


Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday and Sunday to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.

While shuttle buses between the two stations will operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Consider traveling along the University - Spadina branch, instead of the Yonge branch, this weekend, when traveling to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely.

Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch, instead of boarding the subway on the Yonge branch:

  • Ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West route and board the subway at Downsview Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station, if you’re traveling from west of Lawrence West Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 124 Sunnybrook route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station, if you’re traveling from east of Lawrence West Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.
  • Ride trains operating along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.



Metrolinx launches "Triplinx"
-- a new trip planner for the GTHA



triplinx250x200.jpgTriplinx, the official trip planner and transportation information resource, suddenly appeared on transit-system websites throughout the the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) today.

The application lets you easily plan a transit trip throughout the region by simply entering your starting location and where you want to go and letting Triplinx tell you how to get there. You can customize your trip plan using options such as the longest walking distance or mode of transportation. Triplinx gives information on trips using only transit (or transit with walking, cycling, or driving) and only cycling or walking for the entire trip.

You can also find transit schedule, fare, service and other useful information you may need before you go.

The developers have also added information on venues for the upcoming Pan Am / ParaPan Am Gamres venues and special transit services to games events to help you plan your trips. And, if you want to avoid driving during the games, Triplinx will help you find other travel options.

Triplinx is a partnership program with Metrolinx and other transit agencies. It includes transit information for:

It does not (yet) include other municipal transit systems in the GO Transit service area.

Triplinx is still “beta” — meaning it’s still in test mode. Metrolinx and its other transit partners are looking to hear from you about how it works and how they can improve it before they roll out the final version.




Guelph Central terminal construction:
GO, Guelph Transit detours, May 23, 24



The City of Guelph is closing

  • Macdonell Street west of Woolwich Street / Wellington Street East, eastbound lanes; and
  • Wellington Street East south of Macdonell Street, westbound lanes

all day Saturday and Sunday. As part of the Galt District Energy System, Envida Community Energy Inc. is installing underground district heating and cooling pipes between the Sleeman Centre and the River Mill condominiums at the corner of Macdonell and Wellington Streets those days.

The pipes extend along the east side of Macdonell, through the Macdonell / Wellington / Woolwich intersection and along the south side of Wellington Street. To complete the work as quickly as possible, crews are at both ends of the project route at the same time.

Since nearby streets are closed, Guelph Transit is closing Guelph Central GO Station bus terminal and detouring the buses to St. George’s Square those two days.

It’s detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 2A West Loop clockwise;
  • 2B West Loop counterclockwise;
  • 3A East Loop clockwise;
  • 3B West Loop counterclockwise;
  • 4 York;
  • 5 Gordon;
  • 9 Waterloo;
  • 10 Imperial;
  • 11 Willow West;
  • 12 General Hospital;
  • 13 Victoria Road Recreation Centre;
  • 14 Grange;
  • 16 Southgate;
  • 20 Northwest Industrial;
  • Community Bus North; and
  • Community Bus South.

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GO Transit has not announced detour-routing information, but, since its buses also serve the terminal and along Macdonell Street, expect detours and delays for buses operating along these routes:

  • 29 Guelph / Mississauga;
  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto; and
  • 48 Guelph / York U.



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