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You can enjoy a variety of activities, including guided tours of Harvey Shop, a silent auction, a barbecue and a virtual subway simulator game during the event from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. tomorrow. A new low-floor Toronto Flexity streetcar and a vintage Peter Witt car are on display.
The TTC is operating a shuttle service between Bathurst Station and the Hillcrest complex for those taking transit to the event.
The TTC established the Harvey Shop in the early 1920s. Part of the Hillcrest Complex at 1138 Bathurst Street, the shop is the major maintenance facility for the streetcar fleet and component manufacturer for subway cars and buses.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children, with all proceeds supporting the United Way.
This weekend, Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, the TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University line between Bloor and Osgoode stations, as crews complete track and other maintenance work. All Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Bloor Stations and between Downsview and Osgoode Stations.
While this section of the line is closed, the TTC is providing shuttle buses to replace subway service. Shuttle buses operate frequently between Rosedale and Osgoode stations, stopping on Yonge Street near all stations south of Rosedale and on University Avenue near St Andrew and Osgoode stations.
Shuttle buses do not directly serve Union Station during this closure. Shuttle buses drop off southbound passengers on Wellington Street West at Bay Street — one block north of Union — before continuing westward to St Andrew and Osgoode stations. Buses pick up passengers heading northbound toward Bloor Station on King Street West at Bay Street — two blocks north.
PRESTO fare-card devices are not yet available on all shuttle buses. Carry tokens, tickets or cash, in case the vehicle that arrives at your stop is not yet PRESTO-equipped.
If you travel with a wheel-chair or other mobility device or require more accessible service, Wheel-Trans vehicles also operate between Bloor and Osgoode stations. Ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans service.
Traveling to the area of Union Station
You have several options if you want to travel by public transit to access Union Station or attend this weekend’s Toronto Blue Jays and World Cup of Hockey events:
- After the games, the TTC is operating extra shuttle buses.
- It’s also adding more streetcars along the 510 Spadina route. The cars start and end their trips in the Union Station streetcar loop.
- You can also reach Union Station aboard UP Express trains or GO Transit trains along the 01 Lakeshore West or 09 Lakeshore East lines.
Shuttle bus alternatives
Shuttle buses are frequent, but they are crowded. Consider these less frequent, but, perhaps, less stressful, alternatives to travel to and from downtown.
- Ride the University branch of Line 1 and exit further north than usually:
- at Queen’s Park Station. Board streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to travel to the area of College Station.
- at St Patrick Station. Board streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to travel to the area of Dundas Station.
- at Osgoode Station. Board streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to travel to the area of Queen Station.
- If you usually connect to Line 1 from the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway, exit Line 2 further east or west than usually:
- at Main Street Station. Board streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to travel to the area of College Station.
- at Broadview or Dundas West stations. Board streetcars operating along the 504 King route to travel to the area of King Station.
- at Broadview or Dundas West stations. Board streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to travel to the area of Dundas Station.
- at Ossington Station. Board buses operating along the 94 Wellesley route to travel to the area of Wellesley Station.
The only other time this year that the TTC closed this section of the subway system was Saturday, August 6, when it closed the University branch between St George and Union stations. It has not scheduled any other closures of this part of Line 1 (this year).
You can review and comment on proposed changes to Brampton Transit’s 53 Ray Lawson route during a public information event this Thursday, September 22.
Staff will present four routing options, which will be available on-line Thursday.
The event takes place from 4 until 7 p.m. at:
South Fletcher’s Sportsplex - Main Lobby
500 Ray Lawson Boulevard
Getting there by public transit:
- Southbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 52 McMurchy route to Ray Lawson Boulevard east of McLaughlin Road South, beside the sportsplex.
- Eastbound buses operating along the 53 Ray Lawson route to McLaughlin Road South north of Ray Lawson Boulevard. Walk south to Ray Lawson and cross McLaughlin South at the signal. Walk east along the north side of Ray Lawson to the sportsplex.
- Westbound buses operating along the 53 Ray Lawson route to McLaughlin Road South north of Ray Lawson Boulevard. Walk south to Ray Lawson and then walk east along the north side of Ray Lawson to the sportsplex.
Share your feedback with Service Development staff and vote on your preferred routing option. Four proposed route options will be presented.
Service options will be available online starting Thursday, September 22 to review and provide comments.
Grand River Transit is hosting two public consultation events where you can review and comment on its proposed 2017-21 business plan. Region of Waterloo and GRT staff will be available to answer your questions.
The Region’s 2011 transportation master plan set an annual ridership target of 28 million GRT rides by 2021. GRT’s 2017-21 Business Plan will guide its plans for improving the regional transit network and service levels to meet the 2021 ridership goal.
You can read the interim report about the GRT 2017-2021 business plan here (.pdf).
During these events you can learn more about:
- The proposed 2017 service plan;
- The planned 2018 and 2021 transit network;
- The new electronic fare system; and
- The ION light rail transit line and how the region plans to integrate it with the GRT network.
GRT has scheduled the first two events:
The events take place:
The TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Downsview and St Clair West stations this weekend, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, while crews upgrade the signal system and maintain the tracks.
While this section of the subway is closed, Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and St Clair West stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service north of St Clair West. The buses do not serve passengers at Eglinton West Station. Instead, buses drop off or pick up passengers traveling to and from the area of the station at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West.
Glencairn Station will be closed to all passengers. All other stations along the closed section of the line will be open so that you can buy tickets, tokens or passes or connect with TTC buses.
Regular subway service resumes 6 a.m. September 19.
Wheel-Trans buses will be available at St Clair West, Eglinton West and Downsview stations for passengers who need accessible transit.
You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at the stations. If you’re traveling northbound and need an elevator, exit at St George Station and speak to a supervisor to ask for the Wheel-Transit bus.
One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.
Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.
Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives.
Consider boarding, or remaining aboard, eastbound buses and street cars to connect with the Yonge branch of the subway line. This applies not just to the closed section of the subway, but to stations south of the closure, so you can avoid the University branch entirely.
At the closed section of the subway:
- ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West or 196 York University rocket routes to Sheppard - Yonge, instead of Downsview Station — The TTC is operating extra buses along the 84 Sheppard West route this weekend; or
- ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes to York Mills Station, instead of Wilson Station.
- ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route to Lawrence, instead of Lawrence West Station — the TTC is operating extra buses along the route this weekend;
- ride buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route to Davisville, instead of Glencairn Station;
- ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton, instead of Eglinton West Station — The TTC is operating extra buses along the route this weekend;
- ride streetcars operating along the 512 St Clair route to St Clair, instead of St Clair West Station.
- ride buses operating along the 109 Ranee route between Lawrence West and Eglinton West stations. Exit or board the buses at Marlee and Glencairn Avenues if you’re traveling to or from the area of Glencairn Station.
South of the closed section of the subway
- ride buses operating along the 26 Dupont route to St George, instead of Dupont Station.
- ride buses operating along the 127 Davenport route to Spadina, instead of Dupont Station.
- ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to College, instead of Queen’s Park Station;
- ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas, instead of St Patrick Station;
- ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Queen, instead of Osgoode Station; or
- ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route to King, instead of St Andrew Station.
You can also ride the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line from Spadina or St George Stations to connect with the Yonge branch at Bloor - Yonge Station.
The City of Toronto is restricting parking on both curb lanes of Bathurst Street between Glencairn Avenue and Ava Road (south of Eglinton Avenue West) to help significantly speed transit and vehicular traffic through congestion points along the shuttle-bus route this weekend.
Crews are laying as much as 14,430 metres (48,000 feet) of cable for the TTC’s new automatic train control signal system and install other related equipment, including beacons and junction boxes.
The TTC previously closed parts of this section of the subway line several times this year already:
- Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 - between Lawrence West and St George.
- Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 - between Lawrence West and St George.
- Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 - between Lawrence West and St George.
- Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 - between Downsview at St Clair West.
- Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 17.
- Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 — between Downsview and Wilson.
It plans to close all or part of this section of the subway line:
- Saturday, October 8, Sunday, October 9 and Thanksgiving, Monday, October 10 — between Downsview and Wilson.
- Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 — between Lawrence West and St George.
- Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 — between Lawrence West and St George.
- Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 — between Lawrence West and St George**; and
- Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 — between Downsview and Wilson.
A full slate of street festivals and road races fills the agenda this weekend, resulting in many detours for transit services throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area — including Terry Fox Runs in many area cities and towns.
The events take place in the Binbrook area of Hamilton, Brampton, Burlington, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, central Hamilton, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Mississauga, Milton, Newmarket, the North York area of Toronto, Oshawa, Peterborough, the Scarborough area of Toronto, central and downtown Toronto and Waterloo.
This weekend, TTC track crews are working in the Bay streetcar tunnel, replacing a section of curved rail and upgrading the wheel / rail lubrication unit in Union Station streetcar loop.
Starting 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, the crews work in the tunnel to make sure that they finish in time for regular streetcar service to resume early Monday, September 19.
Although they’ll be working underground, they’ll also move vehicles and equipment into and out of the tunnel along the streetcar ramp on Queens Quay West east of York Street. You may hear beeping from back-up alarms on the TTC trucks and noise from the equipment.
The TTC is revising service along these routes to accommodate work in the tunnel:
Today, Tuesday, September 13, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., York Region Transit / Viva crews are repairing the vivastation canopy glass at Leslie and Valleymede vivastations on Highway 7.
The work blocks part of the westbound platform at Leslie and the eastbound platform at Valleymede. However, passengers can still access fare machines. Regular viva bus service at the stations continues.
The annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit takes place Thursday, September 15 from 6 until 9 p.m. in the Allstream Centre, 105 Princes’ Boulevard, in Exhibition Place. TTC commissioners and staff and ACAT members will attend to hear from you about the accessibility of conventional TTC and door-to-door Wheel-Trans public transit services in Toronto. Let them know how they can make the TTC system accessible for everyone.
At the event, the TTC says, you’ll also hear about Wheel-Trans’ 10-year strategy to:
- “offer passengers spontaneity of travel
- be inclusive and a part of the community
- help ensure and foster dignity
- expand… [passengers]’ travel opportunities
- improve customer service.”
This strategy also addresses new legislative requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and recommendations from the City of Toronto’s auditor general.
The TTC is dedicating the first hour of the event, from 6 until 7 p.m., to let you speak one-on-one with TTC staff and ACAT members.
The open public forum starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. During this part of the meeting, you can discuss previous public forum concerns and how the TTC has addressed them. Staff will also review new service initiatives and provide you an opportunity to let the TTC know about your concerns or suggestions for improving accessible transit.
To help you get to and from the event, the TTC is operating an accessible shuttle bus from Bathurst Station, starting at 5 p.m. Buses return to Bathurst Station, starting at 9 p.m. You can also ride regular accessible streetcars along the 509 Harbourfront line (not all cars may be accessible). Due to construction, you’ll have to exit the cars on Fleet Street about three blocks from the Allstream Centre.
Wheel-Trans passengers may also book trips to the public forum. Staff will organize all return trips after the event finishes at 9 p.m. and will not schedule in advance.
The TTC is arranging for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, captioning and attendants to be available for the meeting.
If you can’t attend, but would like to suggest ways to improve the TTC regular and Wheel-Trans services, call 416-393-3030 (TTY [teletypewriter] 416-338-0357) daily except for statutory holidays, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. The TTC is also live-streaming the forum will be streamed live at http://www.meetview.com/TTC20160915/. (You don’t have to pre-register to view or listen to the live stream.)
Whether you attend or not, you can also follow what happens at the event on Twitter, using the hashtag #TTCAccess.