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Jump onto GO or TTC to jump up
at Caribbean Carnival Parade, July 30



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Image: Metrolinx / GO Transit.

caribbean carnival logo.jpgYou can jump up, jump around, jump along or just jump at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Grand Parade in Exhibition Place and along Lake Shore Boulevard West on the western waterfront this Saturday. But first, jump on GO Transit buses or trains or TTC streetcars, buses and subway trains.

Both GO and the TTC are adding extra service to get you to the parade and back home again.

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Map of TTC services to and from the parade.

The parade starts off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9.45 a.m in front of BMO Field on Princes’ Boulevard in Exhibition Place. Bands will dance their way east along Princes’ and turn down to Lake Shore Boulevard West at Newfoundland Road. The bands head west along Lake Shore to British Columbia Drive where they re-enter Exhibition Place and disperse.

The Toronto Revellers and the National Basketball Association’s Jamaal Magloire lead off the parade at 10:30 a.m. The last band is likely off the parade route by 6 p.m. Twelve competing bands, ten guest bands and several steel pan orchestras are taking part in the parade.

Only ticket-holders can watch the parade inside the grounds of Exhibition Place. But, most people probably choose to watch it free on the south side of Lake Shore West between Newfoundland and British Columbia.




TTC revises routes and services, July 31



Back in January, the TTC started operating subway service one hour earlier Sunday mornings. That was the first time since the TTC opened its first subway in 1954 that Torontonians could ride subway trains earlier than 9 a.m. Sundays.

Over the intervening months, the TTC has gradually adjusted its schedules for buses and streetcar routes operating to and from subway stations so that they started earlier Sundays, too. Starting Sunday, July 31, it’s increasing service most of the remaining routes to match the earlier subway-opening time.

Starting regular bus and streetcar service earlier Sunday mornings means the TTC can also end service earlier along some overnight routes those mornings.

The TTC is also expanding its “ten-minutes-or-better” network to include some of these routes that now have earlier Sunday-morning service. Passengers riding transit vehicles along “ten-minutes-or-better” routes can expect a bus or streetcar to arrive at their stop every ten minutes — or, in many cases, even more frequently — at all times of the week, except overnight.


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Eglinton Crosstown LRT- Forest Hill:
TTC detour starts July 31



eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors are working to build the future Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line.

Ongoing work near the intersection of Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West — the site of the future Forest Hill Station continues to delay buses and all traffic.

Starting Sunday, July 31, the TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, to reduce delaying passengers:

  • 33 Forest Hill.

It’s revising the north-end loop so that buses proceed counterclockwise instead of clockwise. Passengers must cross the street from their regular stop to board the buses.

Construction near Forest Hill Station and the detour continue until further notice.

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GO adding new, lower double-deck buses to its fleet



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Image: Metrolinx / GO Transit.

Last week, Metrolinx announced that it’s introducing new fully accessible, low-floor, low-height double-decker GO Transit buses into service starting today, Monday, July 25.

The double-deckers are 39 centimetres (15.35 inches) lower than GO’s first generation of double-decker buses and 24 centimetres (9.45 inches) lower than the second generation. This means they can clear more bridges and trees, increasing the number of routes they can travel on.

For example, the new buses can access four major terminals that current GO double-deckers can’t, due to low overpasses or roofs:

  • the Hamilton GO Centre;
  • Union Station GO Bus Terminal;
  • Yorkdale GO Bus Terminal; and
  • York Mills GO Bus Terminal.

Starting today, the new buses operate in Highway 407 West service, along the 45 Mississauga / York U and 46 Oakville / York U routes. Starting in September, they replace the single-deck buses that now operate along the 15 McMaster, 16 Hamilton / Toronto express, 18 Lakeshore West and 47 Hamilton / York U routes.

Metrolinx has ordered 253 of the new buses from Alexander Dennis Ltd. GO plans to add 38 to its fleet by the end of this year and will introduce all 253 into service over the next four years.

According to Metrolinx, the new buses are “fully accessible”. They feature:

  • lower floors;
  • longer, more gradual entrance ramps;
  • a wider area for passengers with passengers with wheeled mobility aids to maneuver;
  • automated next-stop announcements and display technology.
  • eight electrical outlets — four on each level — for passengers to use, with two in the wheeled mobility device area;
  • more room to store luggage;
  • reclining seats on the lower floor; and
  • tinted windows to protect passengers from ultra-violet rays and to help control the on-board temperature.

These — and all — GO double-decker buses seat 81 passengers, while single-level buses seat just 55. About 25 percent of GO’s buses are double-deckers. GO expects its fleet to include 75 percent double-deckers by 2020.

Scotland’s Alexander Dennis describes itself as “the UK’s leading bus and coach manufacturer… and the fastest-growing bus and coach builder in Western Europe”. However, the Metrolinx order has resulted in as many as 30 new full-time jobs at a new Dennis facility in Vaughan. Local workers are building the chassis, installing the engines, axles and steering components and inspecting the final product.




TTC installing new PRESTO fare gates
at three more stations, starting July 20



The TTC continues to install new PRESTO fare gates at more stations.

Christie, Glencairn and Keele stations are next.

TTC crews are removing turnstiles and high gates and replacing them with new, PRESTO-enabled fare gates. The new gates provide easier access and improve the flow of passengers into and out of stations.

During construction, you can only access the station at the collector booth aisle at the main entrance.

After the new fare gates are active, you can still use tickets, tokens and Metropasses to pay your fare when you enter the station — but only at the collector booth.

The TTC is assigning ambassadors to the stations to help you figure out how to get around during construction. It will also install way-finding signs.

  • Christie: Construction started Wednesday, July 20. It continues until August 31.
  • Keele: Construction started Friday, July 22. It continues until August 31.
  • Glencairn: Construction starts Tuesday, July 26. It continues until August 31.



Rogers Cup at York University:
YRT detour, July 25 to 29



Starting today, Monday, July 25, York University is closing:

  • Shoreham Drive west of Murray Ross Parkway

beside the Aviva Centre during the Rogers Cup men’s professional tennis tournament.

York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

Although the tournament continues until July 31, detours for the Rogers Cup continue only until July 29.




In the news: Sunday, July 24, 2016



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “What happened to plans for Toronto’s waterfront LRT?”, here.
  • BlogTOpost, “Bombardier might delay the opening of Toronto’s new LRT”, here.
  • BlogTOpost, “Map charts Toronto housing prices by TTC subway stop”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton man accused of assaulting GO bus driver escapes through emergency window”, here.
  • Caledon Enterprise article, “Region endorses South Bolton Solmar lands for development”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Hamilton Spectator website), “‘Just fix the issue, please’: Delays, crowding on GO train spark complaints”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, “Video shows man walking on TTC tracks playing Pokemon GO” (from the CP24 website), here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx ‘concerned’ about Bombardier delays for Eglinton Crosstown vehicles”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Strangers on a train: GO riders unite to help Syrian family get to their destination”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “‘Full investigation’ coming after wave of GO train delays, Metrolinx promises”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Forget subways: Scarborough’s buses could be the future of rapid transit, U of T professor says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Sketching the line with TTC employee and artist Marek Badzynski”, here.
  • City Lab post, “Toronto’s Questionable Plan to Add a Single Subway Stop”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Woman sexually assaulted while waiting for GO bus in Ajax: Durham police”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Durham cops seek suspect after woman inappropriately touched while waiting for bus in Ajax”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Metrolinx serves Bombardier Inc. With notice of default over delayed delivery of light rail vehicles”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Toronto city councillors leave behind subways and spending for a short summer reprieve”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Mount Dennis residents call for renewable energy to provide backup electricity for Eglinton Crosstown LRT”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Etobicoke Councillor Mark Grimes says he wants to meet with developer First Capital Realty to negotiate transit hub on former Mr. Christie’s plant”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Comedian who shot video walking TTC tracks while playing Pokemon Go says he’ll accept potential consequences”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “How much a home will cost you at each TTC subway stop: Map”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Mississauga commits $3.5 million to fix problems at Erin Mills Transitway Station”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Metrolinx’s ‘Big Move’ could see a $30 billion shortfall plus heavy operating costs, says report, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Man suffers life-threatening injuries after car and MiWay bus collide in north Mississauga”, here.
  • NOW article, “Women’s safety is finally on the TTC’s agenda”, here.
  • NOW article, “Little red hat at your service: Toronto’s TTC Ambassadors”, here.
  • Railway Tracks and Structures post, “Additional GO Transit stations proposed for east Toronto”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “512: St. Clair: Construction Effects on Travel Time”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “What the critics get wrong about the TTC: Josh Colle”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Brazen video shows Pokémon GO player on TTC subway tracks”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Etobicoke councillor defends controversial rezoning next to Willowbrook rail yard”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory popularity takes a 7-point dip: poll”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Sun blew it on the Scarborough subway”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Inside the TTC’s fight to keep riders cool on Line 2”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Pokemon GO spoof warning video irks TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Passenger charged after GO bus driver slapped”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



No subway, Main to Broadview, July 24;
Open late, Broadview to St George



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The TTC is not operating subway trains along the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Broadview and Main Street stations this Sunday, July 24, as crews upgrade the tracks and perform other maintenance in the closed section of the subway

That same day, the TTC is not opening the line until 10 a.m. between Broadview and St George stations. Crews are working replacing beams under the Prince Edward Viaduct that morning.

All day, trains operate along the east end of the line only between Kennedy and Main Street stations. In the west end, they operate only between Kipling and St George Stations before 10 a.m. and only between Kipling and Broadview Stations after 10 a.m.

Shuttle buses replace subway service. From about 8 until 10 a.m., the buses operate between Main Street and St George stations along Danforth Avenue, Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West. After 10 a.m. they operate along Danforth Avenue between Main Street and Broadview stations. The buses drop off or pick up passengers in the terminals at Main Street and Broadview or St George stations. They stop on the street near all other subway stations. The TTC has scheduled 35 buses to provide the shuttle-bus service.

The TTC has not yet equipped all buses with PRESTO fare card devices. Remember to carry tokens, tickets or cash in case the bus that stops to pick you up is ready for PRESTO.

The TTC is also assigning Wheel-Trans buses to operate between St George and Main Street stations from 8 until 10 a.m. and between Broadview and Main Street stations for the rest of the day. You can speak to any TTC staff member to ask for Wheel-Trans accessible service.

Regular subway service resumes July 25.


To reduce congestion and help improve travel times for TTC passengers and all road users on Danforth Avenue while the subway is closed, the City of Toronto is restricting parking on both sides of Danforth between Main Street and Broadview Avenue from 3:30 a.m. Sunday until 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 25.

The TTC and the City conducted a pilot restricting on-street parking on Danforth Avenue when between Broadview and Pape Avenues when the TTC closed Line 2 Sunday, June 12. During the pilot, bus travel time improved and traffic congestion on Danforth decreased significantly. Travel times for TTC passengers were as much as 44 per cent less than during the previous subway closure, Sunday, June 4, when on-street parking was available for motorists on the Danforth.


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. If you’re traveling between the east end and downtown Toronto, by-pass the crowds and consider boarding:

  • streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route between Main Street and College stations.

After 10 a.m. and you’re traveling between the west end or downtown Toronto and the east, try:

  • buses operating along the 62 Mortimer or 87 Cosburn routes between Main Street and Broadview stations.

The TTC has previously closed the subway between Pape and St George Stations several times this year:

It plans to close the same section of the subway on several more occasions this year:

  • Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14;
  • Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4 and Labour Day, Monday, September 5;
  • Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25;
  • Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8 and Thanksgiving, Monday, October 9; and
  • Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6.



Lansdowne / College construction:
TTC detours, July 25 to August 8



Update — Tuesday, July 26, 9:43 p.m.: Starting Wednesday, July 27, the TTC is storing pre-assembled rail segments on flatbed trucks.


Next week, the City of Toronto and TTC start the next of several construction projects affecting College Street this summer.

The City is completely closing:

  • the intersection of College Street and Lansdowne Avenue

from 6 a.m. Monday, July 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, August 8 to all traffic.

While the intersection is closed, TTC crews are replacing the streetcar tracks, curves and switches. City contractors are repairing the sidewalk and roadway on Lansdowne between College and Dundas Street West. Toronto City Council approved this project as part of its 2016 capital works program. The City has scheduled three years of work at the College / Lansdowne / Dundas West triangle.

Construction at Lansdowne and College affects transit services along several routes. The TTC is already detouring buses and streetcars that usually operate along these routes due to other nearby construction projects, so, starting Monday, July 25, it’s revising the detour routings:

  • 47 Lansdowne;
  • 306 Carlton overnight; and
  • 506 Carlton.

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This map shows detour routings Mondays to Fridays before about 2 a.m.

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This map shows detour routings Mondays to Fridays overnight and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.


For this project, crews are:

  • removing streetcar overhead wiring infrastructure;
  • removing the old, and installing new, concrete and streetcar track;
  • repairing sidewalks to improve accessibility; and
  • restoring the roadway and sidewalks.

The first few days of completely closing an intersection closure and require crews to break and remove concrete in streetcar track areas. They’ll stop breaking and removing concrete by 11 p.m.

Update — Tuesday, July 26, 9:43 p.m.: Starting Wednesday, July 27, the TTC is storing pre-assembled rail segments on flatbed trucks on the streetcar tracks between St. Clarens and Brock Avenues.

Crews are parking eight flatbed trucks with rail panels. To accommodate the trucks, the City is temporarily restricting on-street parking on the north and south sides of this stretch of roadway. Crews will clear the flatbeds from the site in stages as they continue to install rail and should clear the last of the flatbeds by Saturday, July 30.

After crews empty the flatbed closest to the intersection is emptied of its rail panel, they’ll remove it from the site and move the other flatbeds closer to the intersection.

Rebuilding the tracks requires crews to work some late evenings and overnight, when they’re installing the new rail. Overnight, crews may move new rail into position and install, weld and grind the new rail. After-hours work by TTC crws supports the daytime construction and helps the TTC to complete the project as quickly as possible.

The City will reopen the intersection with just one lane in all directions available for traffic at 6 a.m. Monday, August 8. The TTC will resume transit services through the intersection at the same time, although buses continue to detour from their regular routes due to other construction projects in the area.

The City will remove all restrictions on all traffic lanes by Friday, September 2.




Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
Paving at Jane Street, July 23, 24, 25



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue building 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.


This weekend, crews are repaving the south side of Highway 7 on both sides of Jane Street after a long period of construction to build the future rapidway. They’re working continuously, 24 hours each day, from 6 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 23 until 6 a.m. Monday, July 25.

York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes to accommodate the work:

  • 20 Jane; and
  • 760 Wonderland / Vaughan Mills.

Passengers riding buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 route should also expect delays.


During phase 1 of this weekend’s work, from 6 a.m. tomorrow until 6 a.m. Sunday, July 24, the Region of York and the City of Vaughan are closing to all traffic:

  • Jane Street between Highway 7 and Doughton Road.

However, motorists traveling to and from #7685-7695 Jane Street can drive along that section of Jane Street between Doughton and the plaza.

Crews are shifting eastbound traffic on Highway 7 to the north side of the roadway to allow contractors to pave the southern part of the intersection.

Eastbound motorists can’t turn right onto Jane Street.

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During phase 2, from 6 a.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, July 25, crews are restricting southbound traffic on Jane to just one lane from south of Portage Pkwy to Highway 7 and blocking left-turn lanes. Southbound traffic may turn right onto Highway 7 but cannot proceed through the intersection.

They’re also restricting northbound traffic to just one lane from north of Interchange Way / Peelar Road to Doughton Road and blocking left-turn lanes. Motorists traveling to and from #7685-7695 Jane Street can drive along that section of Jane Street between Doughton and the plaza.

They’re reducing eastbound traffic on Highway 7 to just one lane from east of Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way to west of Maplecrete Road. They’re blocking the eastbound left-turn lane at Jane; however, motorists may U-turn at Creditstone Road. Eastbound traffic may turn right onto Jane.

During this phase, crews are making two open lanes available to westbound traffic on Highway 7. They’re blocking the westbound left-turn lane at Jane; however, motorists may U-turn at Edgely Boulevard / Interchange Way.

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During both phases, “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers are on site to help guide pedestrians, cyclists and motorists around the construction zone.

Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.




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