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In the news: Tuesday, July 22, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Man accused of sexually assaulting women on subway”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC set to fix most annoying feature of Rocket trains”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the Day: Passing Jilly’s”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Newstalk 1010 website), “Metrolinx drivers, ticket collectors getting a pay hike”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Young man struck, killed by GO train in Toronto”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC bus runs red light, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Dashcam captures TTC bus running red light, nearly striking pedestrian”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “2hurt in crash between car and TTC bus in North York”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Man struck and killed by GO train”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Male victim dies after being struck by GO train”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Driver suffers head injury after crash involving TTC bus”, here
  • Global News Toronto report, “Community group says TTC garage will ‘put lives at stake’”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Economic crosscurrents buffet Ontario’s Liberal government”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Queen Street and Broadview Avenue intersection re-opens”, here.
  • National Post article, “Chinese company pulls offer to buy TTC’s four mammoth tunnel-boring machines for $9.2 million”, here.
  • National Post article, “Ride TTC free between 6 and 7 a.m., Toronto mayoral candidate David Soknacki proposes”, here.
  • National Post article, “Ugly, loud and dangerous: Streetcars a symbol of everything wrong with Toronto”, here.
  • National Postarticle, “Streetcars are not the problem, too much automobile traffic is”, here.
  • National Post column, “Streetcars nothing but outdated technology kept alive by political forces”, here.
  • National Post article, “Inside the TTC’s Harvey Shops — where aging streetcars undergo a flurry of fixes to keep them chugging along”, here.
  • National Post video, “Peter Kuitenbrouwer on the response to Streetcarnage: Readers ‘absolutely flabbergasted’ by rides”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “A ‘free’ ride on the TTC?”, here
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Soknaki’s early-bird TTC freebies would cost $20 million a year”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Tories warn of GO fare hikes or service cuts”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Minister claims awareness campaign can help stop rail deaths”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Pan Am officials say budget on track despite venue and transportation plan delays”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “July 19, 1974: The End of the Line on Rogers Road”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Unreliable Is My Service? (Updated July 18, 2014)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board Meeting, July 23, 2014”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Get a Piece of Transit History at the TTC’s New Online Store”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Scarborough residents say new TTC bus garage may literally destroy their neighbourhood”, here
  • Toronto Stararticle, “Can mayoral candidates deliver transit promises?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Big Ideas: Mayoral hopefuls divided on TTC zone pricing”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Transit fixes will hurt, but no fixes will hurt more”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Soknacki says he’s telling it as it is on transit: This is going to hurt”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Make transit free for early risers, Soknacki says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC bus garage plan prompts concerns about traffic, fuel concerns, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO Transit wage hikes won’t change services, Matthews says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “The Pulse: Streetcars a no-go say east-end residents”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Why the stakes are high at Bombardier’s strike-bound Thunder Bay plant”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Big Ideas: Solar panels already appearing on city-owned buildings”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “$92M sale of TTC tunnel-boring machines falls through”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Councillor wants TTC to look at Sheppard West subway line”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx agrees to raises for Amalgamated Transit Union workers”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx will have to fund pay hike itself: Matthews”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Teens ‘partying’ near track before GO fatal: witness”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Disabled man reports ‘hurtful’ comments to TTC”, here.
  • Town Crier article, “Chow offers relief to midtown”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Downsview Station”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Update -- King East bridge repairs:
TTC detours continue until November



The City of Toronto closed the King Street East section of the bridge that carries Queen Street East across the Don River and Don Valley Parkway to streetcar traffic, since Monday, September 9, 2013.

While this part of the bridge is closed, City contractors have been repairing the bridge structures. Starting Wednesday, October 2, 2013, they closed the King section of the bridge to all traffic.

The City and TTC have now announced a new date for the end of construction — “the end of November”.

While the bridge is closed, the detour is detouring streetcars operating along these routes:

  • 503 Kingston Rd tripper; and
  • 504 King.

It’s also detouring buses operating along this route:

  • 303 Don Mills overnight.

TTC streetcars operating along the 504 King route are further detouring during construction at Broadview and Danforth Avenues. That detour continues until August 30.

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Toronto Transit Commission meets, July 23



The Toronto Transit Commission meets tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.




Grandravine / Keele construction:
TTC detours start July 21



The City of Toronto is closing

  • Grandravine Drive just west of Keele Street

to accommodate a project to upgrade the water mains, starting Monday, July 21.

While work on the project blocks the street, the TTC is detouring buses operating along this route:

  • 108A Downsview via Grandravine.

The detour continues until August 2.

The same water-main project closed the intersection of Grandravine with Sentinel Road in 2013, resulting in TTC detours from Monday, September 23 until Friday, December 13.

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Williamson Drive Ajax construction:
DRT detours start July 28



The Town of Ajax is closing

  • Williamson Drive West between Ravenscroft Road North and Atherton Avenue

to accommodate a project to install new sanitary sewers, starting Monday, July 28.

While the street is closed, Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 219 Ravenscroft; and
  • 219D Ravenscroft / Village.

Detours continue until August 29.




Pleasant View construction resumes:
TTC detours start July 22



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The City of Toronto contractors are repaving the roadway at

  • the intersection of Brian Drive with Pleasant View Drive

starting Tuesday, July 22. The work prevents buses from safely turning from westbound Pleasant View Drive to northbound Brian Drive. This is the final stage of an ongoing project to repair sewers in the area.

To accommodate the work, the TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 10 Van Horne; and
  • 169A Huntingwood via Van Horne.

Detours continue until July 25.


The City has previously closed the intersection for earlier segments of the project — and the TTC has detoured the buses — from Wednesday, April 24 until Friday, May 25, 2013, from Monday, November 25 until Friday, December 20, 2013 and from Tuesday, March 18 until Saturday, April 19, 2014.




Guelph Transit workers locked out, starting July 21



Today, Monday, July 21, the City of Guelph has locked out Guelph Transit employees after members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)’s Local 1189 voted yesterday, Sunday, July 20 to reject a tentative agreement. Guelph City Council had already ratified the agreement.

With the local defeating the tentative agreement, the City has re-instituted the lockout it originally set to begin Monday, July 14. All Guelph Transit services are halted indefinitely, the City says in a news release, “until such time as the members of ATU Local 1189 reconsider the City’s offer”.

According to the news release, the City believes locking out the employees is “the only course of action that can lead to a fair contract that balances competitive compensation for employees, fair rates for transit customers and long-term affordability for Guelph taxpayers.”

As a result of the labour disruption, GO Transit buses are not entering the bus terminal at Guelph Central Station or the University Centre Terminal on the University of Guelph campus. You can board GO buses at the first bus bay on Macdonell Street beside Guelph Central GO Station or on Gordon Street and Stone Road near the university.

This affects service along these routes:

  • 29 Guelph / Mississauga;
  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;
  • 33 Guelph / Georgetown / North York;
  • 39 Guelph / Bramalea; and
  • 48 Guelph / York U.



Queens Quay track construction
continues July 19



TTC crews continue rebuilding the streetcar tracks on Queens Quay West, as part of Waterfront Toronto’s project to upgrade the streetscape.


Crews will reopen the intersection of Queens Quay West with Rees Street Tuesday, July 22 morning. They continue working east of Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street, pouring concrete for the new road base, preparing for paving asphalt in the next two weeks.


Crews continue final track work east of Lower Spadina Avenue:

  • Between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane: Crews continue digging and preparing to pour and form the sub-base for concrete and for installing the remaining streetcar rails.
  • Between 85 Harbour Street and the Bay Street Portal: Crews have finished pouring concrete and setting rails in this area. New TTC tracks now extend from the Bay Street Portal through to 390 Queens Quay.
  • Between Shoppers Drug Mart and the Peter Slip Bridge: This week, crews have exposed a small section of the TTC corridor to install the rail lubricator pads.
  • Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: Overhead cabling crews continue installing the grid of cables. They may work overnight shifts due to traffic constraints in the area.

Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:

  • Bay Street to York Street: Roadway construction continues on the south side.
  • York Street / Queens Quay West: Crews shifted traffic lanes late last week, with westbound Queens Quay traffic now moving on the new TTC right-of way from the Ellis-Don/RBC driveway, through York Street, to the driveway into 207 Queens Quay West. By shifting traffic lanes last week, crews can start digging this week on the north side of Queens Quay for the new roadway and on the south curb lane for landscaping and to restore Martin Goodman Trail, east of York Street.
  • York Street to Lower Simcoe Street: Crews continue to form and pour the concrete base slab between York and Simcoe. When they’ve finished that, they’ll pave this section of roadway.
  • Lower Simcoe Street to Rees Street: Crews continue to form and pour the concrete base slab between York and Simcoe. When they’ve finished that, they’ll pave this section of roadway.

The contractors have multiple crews working this weekend, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20.

  • Between Lower Simcoe and Rees Streets: Making final preparations to reopen the intersection with Rees Street and preparing the roadway sub-base between Lower Simcoe and Rees.
  • Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: Installing overhead cabling.

The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes with buses during this project.


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Dawes / Danforth construction:
TTC detours start July 21



City of Toronto contractors are repairing watermains on

  • Dawes Road just north of Danforth Avenue.

The work prevents buses from safely turning at the intersection, so the TTC is detouring buses operating along one route, starting Monday, July 21:

  • 23 Dawes.

Work continues until August 1.

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Highway 7 East rapidway construction:
July 19 to 26



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

Here’s what’s going on this week:




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