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Latest Transit Toronto News

GO Transit

Read these 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.

New bus by-pass shoulders for Highway 401

The Government of Ontario is adding bus by-pass shoulders to parts of Highway 401 to improve service and reliability for GO Transit buses.

By the end of October, Ministry of Transportation contractors will install eastbound by-pass shoulders beside the freeway between Halton Region Road 25 in Milton and Highway 407. They will remain in place until the ministry and its contractors finish a project to expand the highway, including new high occupancy vehicle (or “HOV”) lanes in both directions.

The new bus lanes improve service for eastbound commuters traveling from Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and Milton to Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto along these GO bus routes:

  • 25 Waterloo / Mississauga;
  • 29 Guelph / Mississauga;
  • 30 Kitchener / Bramalea express; and
  • 48 Guelph / York U.

Some fare-and-transfer machines on Spadina Avenue
out of service, September 26 to 30

This week, from Monday, September 26 until Friday, September 30, some TTC fare-and-transfer machines on Spadina Avenue will be out of service for as long as 24 hours various days. During this time, buy TTC fares or pick up transfers from machines in streetcars that operate along the 510 Spadina route.

The TTC has not explained why the machines are off-line.

Toronto Transit Commission meets, September 28

The Toronto Transit Commission meets Wednesday, September 28 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room #1, Second Floor, 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.

Dundas West Station track repairs:
TTC detours, September 26 to October 3

Starting Monday, September 26, the TTC is repairing the tracks in:

  • Dundas West Station terminal.

It’s detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the streetcar tracks are closed:

  • 304 King overnight;
  • 504 King; and
  • 505 Dundas.

Shuttle buses replace streetcars along the 304 King overnight and 504 King routes north of Roncesvalles Avenue and Queen Street West / The Queensway.

Streetcar track repairs in Dundas West Station terminal and the detours continue until October 3.


Harmony / Taunton Oshawa construction:
DRT detours, September 26 to 30

Starting Monday, September 26, the Region of Durham and the City of Oshawa are closing:

  • Harmony Road North (Regional Road 33), northbound lanes, north of Taunton Road East (Regional Road 4)

during a project to install a new watermain.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the lanes are closed:

  • 416 Kedron; and
  • 916 Rossland.

Construction on Harmony Road North north of Taunton Road East and the detours continue until September 30.

Brampton Transit celebrates... you!
Customer Appreciation Week, September 26 to 30

Brampton Transit celebrates its passengers during the annual Customer Appreciation Week, from Monday, September 26 until Friday, September 30. BT thanks you for riding its buses with music, snacks and free giveaways at terminals throughout Brampton.

Events take place:

Monday, September 26
Downtown Brampton Terminal,
from 3 until 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 27
Brampton Gateway Terminal,
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28
Trinity Common Terminal,
from 3 until 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 29
Bramalea Terminal
from 3 until 6 p.m.

Friday, September 30
Heart Lake Terminal
from 2 until 5 p.m.

GO revising Durham Region services,
starting September 24

GO Transit is revising bus services in Durham Region, starting today, Saturday, September 24.

TTC opening Harvey Shops
to benefit United Way, September 24

You can look behind the scenes at the TTC’s Harvey Shop, this Saturday, September 24, during the annual open house benefiting the United Way of Toronto and York Region.

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.

Take Back the Night - Bowmanville:
DRT detour, September 27

The Municipality of Clarington is closing:

  • King Streets East and West Bowmanville between Ontario and Scugog Streets

and other streets in downtown Bowmanville Tuesday, September 27 evening to accommodate the Take Back the Night Bowmanville early-evening walk to support Bethesda House, a local shelter for abused women and their children.

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

  • 501 Aspen Springs; and
  • 502 Liberty.

The event also likely affects GO Transit service along these routes, although GO has not announced detour-routing information:

  • 90 Lakeshore East; and
  • 91 Newcastle / Oshawa express.

YRT resurfacing Highway 7 East Viva rapidways,
starting September 24

From Saturday, September 24 until Monday, September 26, York Region Transit contractors get ready to resurface the Viva rapidways on Highway 7 East between Town Centre Boulevard / South Town Centre Boulevard and Bayview Avenue.

They’re working at intersections, vivastations and along various sections of the rapidway lanes. Traffic-control measures, including barrels, pylons and flag persons are in place. “Paid-duty” York Region Police officers may also be present to guide motorists, cyclists and pedestrians through the work zones.

All vivastations and fare equipment continue to operate during the course of this work. Most construction activities occur evenings and overnight, reducing the impact on buses and passengers.

From Tuesday, September 27 until Thursday, October 6, crews resurface the Viva rapidways between Warden and Bayview Avenues.

They’re working overnight from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., temporarily blocking bike lanes and service to some vivastations. Staff will be available on-street to help direct passengers.

If construction blocks a vivastation:

  • Board Viva buses at temporary curbside stops. Look for signs that read “Board Viva bus here”.
  • You won’t have access to fare machines. Security guards will help you buy or validate fares.
  • Buy your fares in advance and give yourself extra travel time.