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Dundas / Dufferin concrete repairs:
TTC detours, December 10, 11

TTC crews are repairing the concrete on the streetcar tracks at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Dufferin Street Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. This essential work will return the track area to a state of good repair for all road users.

To minimize disrupting the neighbourhood whenever it repairs tracks, the TTC recently acquired a concrete milling machine. The device reduces the amount of excavating with a backhoe, in turn, reducing noise levels. However, crews may still have to chip some concrete during this project.

To create a safe work zone and maintain through traffic in all directions at the intersection, crews may temporarily block traffic lanes or prevent motorists from turning. The work may also temporarily prevent pedestrians from crossing from one side of the street, but the opposite side will be available for crossing.

From 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, crews will mill and break the concrete, remove the residue and place new concrete.

To make sure that regular streetcar service may resume Monday, December 12 morning,the crews may work later than 9 p.m.

The new concrete will cure until 5 a.m. Monday before traffic can travel over the repaired area.

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along this route, while the work takes place:

Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating between College and Bathurst Streets.


Bingham Loop construction:
TTC detours, December 10, 11

The TTC is temporarily closing Bingham Loop, near Victoria Park Avenue and Kingston Road, this weekend, while its contractor replaces the passenger shelters with two new shelters that meet accessibility guidelines. By replacing the shelter, the crew follows up a project it completed in early October to expand the passenger platform to accommodate an accessible path on the platform.

The crew generally works Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. If it needs more time to complete the project, the contractor will return at a later date.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the loop is closed:

  • 12 Kingston Rd;
  • 22A Coxwell via Kingston Rd;
  • 302 Kingston Rd - McCowan overnight;
  • 322 Coxwell overnight via Kingston Rd;
  • 324 Victoria Park overnight.

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In the news: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 24 Hours Toronto article, “TTC: Stylin’ on the tube!”, here.
  • Beach Metro News article, “East Enders finding transit has become the bitter way”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “This is what the TTC will look like in 2021”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Watch what happens when the TTC shuts down the subway in Toronto”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The faded grittiness of Toronto streets in the 1970s”, here.
  • Business News Network report, “Ontario auditor accuses CN Rail, CP Rail of overcharging transit agency”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Sun website), “PCs want Wynne to reject Toronto road tolls”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Canadian Manufacturing website), “Ont. Liberals blasted for mismanaging road infrastructure by auditor general”, here.
  • Bulletin article, “York St. median lane closes for two weeks”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto road tolls, championed by Mayor John Tory, OK’d at executive committee”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Mayor John Tory tours future York University subway station to push road tolls”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Patrick Brown says Toronto road toll proposal will start ‘a war of tolls’ in the GTA”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “GO Transit unveils new station in Richmond Hill”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “City of Toronto preliminary 2017 budget unveiled”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Bombardier sends Eglinton Crosstown, Finch West LRT test car to Kingston, Ont. for trials”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx making ‘significant investments’ to protect PRESTO from hackers”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx launches Twitter service for 7 GO train lines”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Union head slams TTC’s random drug testing measure as ‘feel-good measure’”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC shouldn’t cover artwork with advertising, commuter complains”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Student comes up with a way to stop drivers from taking his reserved parking spot”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC launches new line of transit-themed merchandise”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “2 arrested after teen stabbed at Kennedy Station”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Toronto’s proposed 2017 budget calls for 2% property tax hike”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Low-income TTC users to get discount in 2018”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Five TTC commuter lots to be shut down”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Tory makes case for tolls as he tours subway extension”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC rider satisfaction cooled amid AC issues on Line 2 this summer”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Mayor John Tory says he’ll ‘fight against’ any proposal to bring tax rate in line with the rest of the GTA”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC merchandise available on transit agency’s new on-line shop”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Toronto city manager tables budget with 2 percent property tax hike”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Gormley GO Station officially opens in Richmond Hill”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Oversight, accountability enhanced, says Metrolinx”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Metrolinx announces $17.1 million for Don Yard expansion as part of rail corridor improvements”, here.
  • Downsview Advocate article, “No Plans for Parking Lot at New Downsview Park GO Station”, here.
  • article, “Pickering pedestrian bridge ran into trouble early on”, here.
  • article, “Pickering wants Via Rail stop at GO station”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Toronto’s Pearson Airport wants to be a mega-hub, but high costs, congestion stand in the way”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Poor oversight of Ontario road and transit contracts cause for concern: auditor general”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Concerns raised over capacity of Exhibition GO station tunnel due to BMO Field events”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC forging ahead with random drug testing of employees”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC buses to receive updated paint scheme similar to new streetcars”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Tibetan student group outraged over China tourism ad on TTC”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto transit: How to make ‘the better way’ the viable alternative way”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Accept road tolls or make big cuts, Toronto city manager warns”, here.
  • Globe and Mail column, “Shame on the road toll critics - Tory needs all the support he can get”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto voters will pass judgement on road polls, Mayor Tory says”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Auditor general’s report reveals cracks in Ontario’s services”, here.
  • The IFP ([Georgetown] Independent and Free Press article, “Town of Halton Hills earns Employer of the Year award from Metrolinx”, here.
  • insauga post, “Major Changes Ahead for MiWay in Mississauga”, here.
  • article, “$2 road toll fairest way to generate money for Toronto: John Tory”, here.
  • article, “Etobicoke group fears Gardiner road toll will create traffic havoc”, here.
  • article, “Davenport group seeks ‘pedestrian overpass’ into Earlscourt Park”, here.
  • article, “TTC closes Wilson Station’s west parking lot today”, here.
  • article, “Mayor John Tory promises tax increases at or below inflation”, here.
  • article, “City still needs to find $91 million to fill Toronto’s budget deficit”, here.
  • article, “Photo released of suspect in reported sex assault on TTC subway train”, here.
  • article, “Woman reportedly followed, assaulted at Victoria Park subway station”, here.
  • article, “East York group concerned about Woodbine / O’Connor congestion, lack of transit”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Plans underway to move MiWay buses to Kipling Bus Terminal”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Auditor General reveals astonishing details of the Ontario Liberals’s infrastructure incompetence”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “AG reveals Ontario’s Curly Larry and Moe school of government stoogery”, here.
  • Progressive Railroading post, “Metrolinx preps for new GO Transit station, Don Yard project”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “TTC’s new buses made in Quebec with mixed parentage”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC 2017 Capital Budget Update”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Who Deserves a Fare Subsidy?”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Wynne suggests she won’t stand in the way of tolls”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “What You Need to Know About Toronto’s Budget”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “City Hall Budget Terms, Explained”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “How Property Taxes Work in Toronto”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Why Imposing Tolls on the Gardiner and DVP and Is a Terrible Idea”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Streetcar Murals Are A Smart and Inexpensive Idea, So Let’s Do It”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “TTC Opens On-Line Merchandise Store Just In Time for the Holiday Shopping Season”, here.
  • Toronto Life post, “Dear Urban Diplomat: Is it OK for people to let their dogs take up seats on the subway?”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “Tory calls tolls fair solution to traffic and funding woes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Council must close $91 million budget gap as staffing and services cuts recommended”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Another year of grinding it out on the budget front”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Scarborough residents back LRT, but only slightly”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx ‘not satisfied’ as Presto system hit with more technical glitches”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor’s executive approves discounts for low-income TTC riders”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Tolls for transit help those who need it most”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Tolls just the start of what needs to be done in Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC backs off Scarborough subway expropriations”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Putting Toronto on the fast lane for less congestion”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Road tolls, done the right way, needed to tackle traffic”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “New TTC bus paint jobs unveiled, Twitter responds”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Ontario auditor general’s report strikes a blow to public trust”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ontario auditor general exposes litany of government snafus in annual report”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC pushes ahead with plans for random drug testing”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Random drug testing at TTC isn’t the way to go”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ontario auditor general exposes litany of government snafus in annual report”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GTA, Hamilton greenhouse gas emissions could be slashed by shuttles, ride-sharing: report”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Person struck by GO train dies”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “No funds for suicide barriers on subway, TTC says after latest shutdown”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory vows city will spend less in 2017”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Brown slams ‘Liberal’ plan to toll Gardiner, DVP”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “News flash: There’s only one taxpayer”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Tory (the mayor), Brown (the Tory leader) clash on tolls”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC embraces random drug testing”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Time for 905ers to pay their share: Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC union against swabbing for drug use”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “New TTC buses’ colour scheme will match streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “North York mom targets Tory’s tolls”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Ontario auditor general blasts Liberals”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Metrolinx rehires contractors despite bad work, AG report finds”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Controls, not firings, bring Metrolinx accountability: Del Duca”, here.
  • post, “Driver and homeowner advocates who don’t take transit in Scarborough make already bad plans for Scarborough even worse”, here.
  • post, “An open letter to Scarborough from a Torontonian”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Weekend GO Train Service Expanding on the Barrie Line”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “GO, TTC to Expand Bus By-pass Lanes on Don Valley Parkway”, here.
  • Varsity article, “City of Toronto Executive Committee approves low income TTC fare discounts”, here.
  • Varsity article, “TTC fare to rise by ten cents”, here.
  • Varsity commentary, “Ten smarmy cents”, here.
  • Varsity article, “Mayor John Tory recommends $2.00 toll on Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway”, here.
  • article, “Weekend GO train service from Aurora to Union starts Dec. 31”, here.
  • article, “Woman dead after being struck by GO train on Richmond Hill line”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Barrie Examiner article, “Go-ing South?”, here.
  • Barrie Examiner article, “Long-term planning for the transportation system”, here.
  • Barrie Today post, “Year-round weekend GO service is coming”, here.
  • Bay Observer post, “GO station redundancy: fix it”, here.
  • CBC Hamilton report, “Toronto’s LRT headaches won’t necessarily be coming this way for Hamilton project: planner”, [here](
  • CBC Hamilton report, “HSR will be on Twitter by the end of December, City says”, here.
  • CBC Kitchener-Waterloo report, “Plans for 202 bus that skip University of Waterloo’s transit hub a problem for commuters, advocates say”, here.
  • CTV News Barrie report, “Year-round weekend GO train service coming to Barrie Line”, here.
  • Hamilton Spectator article, “McMaster University looking at another Cootes entrance”, here.
  • article, “Year-round weekend GO trains for Barrie ‘important step’ to full service”, here.
  • Stratford Beacon-Herald article, “Local rail advocates hopeful appointment of new board chair for Via Rail will be a turning point”, here.
  • Thorold Edition article, “YESTERDAY AND TODAY: Romance of the NS&T Railway”, here.
  • Waterloo Region Record article, “Open house starts a conversation about light rail in Waterloo”, here.

Metrolinx board of directors meets, December 8

The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting today, Thursday, December 8.

As usual, the agenda for the meeting contains both public and confidential items. The board will discuss the confidential items in a private session that starts at 8 a.m. The board then meets in public to discuss the other items on the agenda at 11:35 a.m. At the end of the public session, the board again meets privately.

The meeting takes place in the Peter R. Smith Boardroom, Union Station, West Wing, 4th Floor, 97 Front Street West.

You can view the agenda for the meeting here.

Dufferin overhead cabling upgrades:
TTC detours, December 6

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6, TTC overhead crews install new cabling on Dufferin Street between Queen Street West and Dufferin Gate Loop. They’ll complete the work in one day but remove the old cable at a later date.

They’re installing the cable from pole to pole along the west sidewalk of Dufferin Street. They’ll use three TTC overhead trucks to string up new cable — one truck will be stationary on Dufferin Street at the exit from Dufferin Gate Loop, one truck will be stationary on Dufferin at Queen West and the third truck will move along Dufferin Street as crews pull the cable from one truck to the other.

Crews may temporarily block traffic lanes while they work. They’ll also place yellow caution tape along the west curb between Queen and the loop.

The TTC is detouring buses and streetcars operating along these routes, while the work proceeds:

  • 29 Dufferin; and
  • 514 Cherry.


The TTC previously scheduled this work Thursday, November 17.

Highway 407 transitway open houses:
Hurontario to Highway 400 section - December 6, 8


Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is conducting a planning, preliminary design and environmental assessment of the proposed 407 Transitway between west of Hurontario Street at the boundary between Brampton and Mississauga and east of Highway 400 in Vaughan.

This section of the fully separated transitway extends along the Highway 407 corridor on an exclusive right-of-way (in most cases, on the south side of the highway) for 23 kilometres. It includes several stations with parking and other amenities. Depending on the results of its study, the ministry intends to start operating the 407 Transitway as bus rapid transit with the possibility of converting the line to light rail transit in the future.

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This 23-kilometre segment forms part of a 150-kilometre-long high-speed inter-regional transit line that the ministry plans to eventually build on a separate right-of-way that parallels Highway 407 from Burlington to Clarington.

Ontario legislation requires the ministry to consult with members of the public at various stages of the environmental assessment process. It’s now ready to host the first of these consultations at two open houses next week:

Events take place:

These public information centres are informal drop-in events. Ministry staff are displaying the results of their planning study, including forecasting the number of passengers and potential service plans and identifying potential alignments (or routes) and station locations. Staff and their consultants will be available to answer your questions and to receive your comments.

The ministry will host a second series of public information centres later to present the final results of its study, including the route alignments and stations that it’s recommending.

The ministry has already completed an environmental assessment of this segment of the transitway:

It has an environmental assessment study underway for this segment:

Weekend events affect transit services,
December 2, 3, 4

Santa Claus is coming to town — or, at least, to 14 towns in the Greater Golden Horseshoe — this weekend.

He’s a busy man as parades welcome him to Burlington, the Courtice area of Clarington, the Elmira area of Woolwich Township, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Jackson’s Point area of Georgina, the Long Branch and New Toronto areas of Toronto, Peterborough, the Port Perry area of Scugog Township, the Sutton area of Georgina, the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton, Stouffville and Whitby affect transit services this weekend.

Other events — some seasonal, some not — disrupt transit services in the Bowmanville area of Clarington, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, Oakville and the Unionville area of Markham.

No subway service, December 3 and 4:
Pape to St George

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All day Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, the TTC is closing the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Pape and St George stations, as its crews maintain and repair the tracks on this section of the line. All Line 2 trains operate between Kennedy and Pape stations and between Kipling and St George stations tomorrow.

It’s replacing subway service with shuttle buses between the two stations. The shuttle buses start and end their trips in the bus terminals at Pape and St George Stations, then operate along Danforth Avenue, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West. They drop off or pick up passengers at the intersections nearest to subway stations:

  • at Chester and Broadview Avenues, Castle Frank Road, Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets.

PRESTO fare-card devices may not be available on all shuttle buses. If you’re a PRESTO user, carry tokens or exact cash, in case the bus that arrives at your stop does not have PRESTO.

All stations remain open so you can buy fares or connect with buses and streetcars.

To reduce congestion and help improve travel times for TTC passengers and all road users, the City of Toronto is restricting parking on both sides of Danforth Avenue from 3:30 a.m. Saturday until 12:01 a.m. Monday:

  • on the south side -
  • west and east of Broadview Avenue for about two bus lengths; and
  • west of Chester Avenue for about two bus lengths.
  • on the north side -
  • east of Broadview Avenue for about two bus lengths; and
  • east of Chester Avenue for about two bus lengths.

If you need accessible transportation, Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Pape and St George stations. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at these stations.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

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, buses or streetcars east or west of the closure to by-pass the crowds, if you’re traveling to and from downtown.

  • ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route at Dundas West station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Andrew or King stations.
  • ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route at Dundas West station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Patrick or Dundas stations.
  • ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route at Main Street Station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at Queen’s Park or College stations.
  • ride buses operating along the 94 Wellesley route at Ossington Station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at Wellesley Station.

The TTC has previously closed this section of the subway several times this year:

This is the last time this year that the TTC is planning to close parts of Line 2 over a weekend.

No subway service, December 3 and 4:
Downsview to Wilson

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The TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Downsview and Wilson stations this weekend, Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 11, 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 Wilson stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service north of Wilson. Since PRESTO fare-card devices are not yet available on all buses, be sure to carry tokens, tickets or cash in case the bus that picks you up is not yet PRESTO-ready.

Regular subway service resumes 6 a.m. December 5.

Wheel-Trans buses will be available at Lawrence West Station for passengers who need accessible transit. Northbound passengers needing accessible service should exit the subway at Lawrence West, which has an elevator. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at Downsview or Lawrence West stations.

Crews are working on the TTC’s new automatic train control signal system (or ATC), while this part of the subway is closed. According to a TTC news release, “When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.”

The TTC previously closed this part of the subway this year :

This is the last time this year that the TTC is planning to close parts of Line 1 over a weekend.

Less GO bus service to colleges and universities,
starting December 4

As the fall term at local colleges and universities winds down, fewer passengers travel by GO buses to and from campuses.

GO Transit is decreasing some of its college-and-university services starting Sunday, December 4.

GO is decreasing service along these routes: 25 Waterloo / Mississauga, 29 Guelph / Mississauga, 45 Mississauga / York U, 47 Hamilton / York U, 48 Guelph / York U, 51 Pickering / York U, 52 Oshawa / York U, 54 Markham / York U, 88 Peterborough / Oshawa.