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TTC introducing "Family of Services"
accessible bus and streetcar routes



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Starting Monday, March 18, the TTC is introducing “Family of Services” bus and streetcar routes to expend the family of accessible service available to all TTC passengers.

According to the TTC, “A Family of Services Trip takes place when a Wheel-Trans customer uses the TTC’s conventional transit for a part of their journey.”

The transit agency is designating these routes as part of the Family of Services program:

  • 12 Kingston Rd;
  • 16 McCowan;
  • 25 Don Mills;
  • 29 Dufferin;
  • 35 Jane;
  • 45 Kipling;
  • 63 Ossington;
  • 81 Thorncliffe Park;
  • 84 Sheppard West;
  • 85 Sheppard East;
  • 95 York Mills;
  • 96 Wilson;
  • 97 Yonge;
  • 100 Flemingdon Park;
  • 133 Neilson;
  • 186 Wilson rocket;
  • 512 St Clair;
  • 900 Airport express;
  • 925 Don Mills express;
  • 935 Jane express;
  • 945 Kipling express.

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Wheel-Trans (door-to-door service) is part of the TTC’s Family of Services, which includes conventional bus, community bus, subway and accessible streetcar routes. Depending on a passenger’s abilities and the type of service they are eligible for, Wheel-Trans passengers may be able to use Family of Services.

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The TTC says that Wheel-Trans passengers who use Family of Services have more independent and flexible travel options. If you would like to book a same-day or an in-advance trip, you can book your trip with:

  • The Family of Services phone line: Call or access “reservationists”, who will personally plan your trip from start to finish, at 416-397-5852 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Mondays to Fridays; or
  • The self-booking website: Use the Wheel-Trans self-booking website to book a Family of Services trip by visiting https://mywheel-trans.ttc.ca/. The self-booking website is available 24 hours a day every day.

To book a Family of Services trip, simply know the date and time that you want to travel along with your starting location and final destination, and the system will calculate an accessible route with Wheel-Trans service. When you book a Family of Services trip, TTC staff say they will do their best to alert you to any service-related incidents that arise on your day of travel and suggest alternative routes or stops.

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TTC staff have specifically chosen accessible transfer stops along every Family of Services route where you can transfer between your Wheel-Trans vehicle and a conventional TTC bus or streetcar. The TTC says it’s made sure that these transfer points are right for Wheel-Trans riders. All stops meet or exceed City of Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines or Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requirements.

Each Family of Services route has a number of transfer points. Your connecting Wheel-Trans ride can pick you up or drop you off at these stops. Most of the transfer points have a shared stop pole featuring a Wheel-Trans decal with a blue No-Show Ticket Posting attached to a regular stop pole.

Some stops have their own individual Wheel-Trans pole, placed in view of the stop shelter. Customers should always look for the blue No-Show Ticket Posting when waiting for a Wheel-Trans connection.

Shared Wheel-Trans stops:

  • are accessible;
  • include a shelter and bench and
  • are paired so that you can select in which direction your would like to travel along each route. For example, eastbound Family of Services stops are across the street from westbound stops.

While many passengers transfer at subway stations or designated bus stops, access hubs are modified bus shelters in key locations to provide ample shelter to passengers with disabilities. Access Hubs are accessible, dry, spacious, well-lit and heated with next vehicle displays and motion-activated doors so you can wait for your connections comfortably.

The first access hub is at Meadowvale Loop (northeast corner of Sheppard Avenue East and Meadowvale Road), connecting you with the 85 Sheppard East and 86 Scarborough bus routes.

The next access hub will open at Humber College North Campus this month. It will connect you to the 96 Wilson, 186 Wilson rocket and 927 Highway 27 express bus routes and Brampton Transit, MiWay and York Region Transit services.

Images: TTC.



Hurontario LRT - Metrolinx "revising scope"
of the project, eliminating City Centre loop



Today, Thursday, March 21, Metrolinx issued a statement from its chief executive officer, Phil Verster, announcing changes to the Hurontario light rail transit project.

The statement reads, in part:

“In order to offer passengers a more convenient route and alleviate potential budget pressures on… the project, changes to the scope of the project, recommended by Metrolinx, have been approved by the Government of Ontario.

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“These changes include:

  • Removing the Mississauga City Centre loop and creating a direct in-out access route between Hurontario Street and the Rathburn stop, located next to the MiWay Transit Terminal;
  • Deferring the pedestrian bridge at the Cooksville stop to be included in a future Transit Oriented Development between the stop and the GO station;
  • Changes to street-scaping along the corridor.

“These changes have been designed to reduce project costs while still achieving the project goal of providing fast, reliable and seamless customer service between the new Hurontario transit line, the GO Transit network [and] local transit systems.

“There are provisions in the contract language to adapt to future changes or additions to the LRT, including completion of the Mississauga City Centre loop and / or a potential extension into Brampton.

“Under the revised scope, the Hurontario LRT will provide 18km of reliable rapid transit with 19 stops in a dedicated right-of-way. The Hurontario LRT will link the GO stations at Port Credit and Cooksville, the Mississauga Transitway, Square One GO Bus Terminal, Brampton Gateway Terminal and key MiWay and Züm routes.”



Queen East / Berkeley track repairs:
TTC detours, March 23 to 25



Starting 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23, TTC crews are repairing the streetcar tracks

  • on Queen Street East at Berkeley Street.

The TTC is also detouring streetcars along these routes, while the crews work on the tracks:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating between River and York Streets.

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TTC track repairs on Queen Street West and the streetcar service changes continue until 5 a.m. March 25.


TTC track crews work in the track area to:

  • break and remove concrete to expose the rail;
  • replace a section of old rail with new rail; and
  • place new concrete.

They’ll set up a work zone on the tracks in the centre lanes of the roadway, restricting traffic to just one lane in each direction. The City of Toronto may restrict left turns and prohibit on-street parking near the work zone.

The TTC says, “Rail work of this nature is required around-the-clock to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete.”

Starting 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23, the track crew set up the work zone. Shortly afterwards, they start excavating and chipping concrete to expose the old rail. After replacing the rail, they’ll cut, weld and grind the new rail.

Sunday, they’ll place concrete in the track area and leave it to cure overnight. The new concrete requires curing time before crews can remove the work zone and traffic can resume flowing over the centre lanes.



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Sunnybrook Park:
Telecommunications relocation resumes



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


Starting “as early as” Thursday, March 21, crews resume relocating telecommunications infrastructure

  • across Leslie Street at Eglinton Ave East,

near the site of the future Sunnybrook Park stop.

Crews work work every day from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. in three stages.

Telecommunications-infrastructure relocation near the future Sunnybrook Park and the resulting TTC service changes continue “for approximately one (1) week” or until about March 27.


All stages

For transit passengers

  • The TTC has already relocated bus stops in the area. It has also removed the eastbound stop on the south side of Eglinton East across from Leslie. Southbound passengers on Leslie must ride their bus westward to Brentcliffe Road to transfer to eastbound buses along Eglinton.
  • Passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 51 Leslie;
  • 54 Lawrence East;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight; and
  • 354 Lawrence East overnight.

For pedestrians

  • The sidewalk on the south side of Eglinton remains closed west of Leslie.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton remains closed east of Leslie.

For motorists

  • Work zones block traffic lanes on both sides of Eglinton east and west of Leslie. West of Leslie, crews have gradually widened the work zone so that it occupies all but the two southernmost lanes on Egliinton.
  • Just one lane is available for traffic in each direction on Eglinton west of Leslie.
  • Just one lane is available for westbound traffic on Eglinton east of Leslie.
  • Two lanes are available for eastbound traffic on Eglinton east of Leslie.
  • West of Leslie, traffic mostly flows on the north-side centre lanes at the intersection, gradually shifting to the south-side curb lanes as it flows further westward. One lane is available in the north-side curb lane for traffic to flow from southbound Leslie onto westbound Eglinton.
  • East of Leslie, traffic flows in north-side curb lanes and the north centre lanes, gradually shifting completely into the centre lanes.

Stage 1

  • Work zones block the east-centre lanes on Leslie.
  • Just one lane is available for southbound traffic on Leslie, which flows on the west-side curb lane. It also flows through the right-turn channel to connect with westbound traffic on Eglinton.
  • Southbound traffic on Leslie turning left onto eastbound Eglinton flows on the west-side lane beside the curb lane.
  • Just one lane is available for northbound traffic. It flows in the east-side curb lane.

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Stage 2

  • Work zones block the centre lanes on Leslie.
  • Just one lane is available for southbound traffic on Leslie, which flows on the west-side curb lane. It also flows through the right-turn channel to connect with westbound traffic on Eglinton.
  • Southbound traffic on Leslie turning left onto eastbound Eglinton starts flowing on the west-side lane beside the curb lane, but gradually shifts to the east-side lane beside the curb lane, cutting through the centre-lane work zone diagonally.
  • Just one lane is available for northbound traffic. It flows in the east-side curb lane.

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Stage 3

  • Work zones block the west-centre and right-curb lanes on Leslie.
  • Just one lane is available for southbound traffic on Leslie, which flows on the west-side curb lane. It also flows through the right-turn channel to connect with westbound traffic on Eglinton.
  • Southbound traffic on Leslie turning left onto eastbound Eglinton flows on the west-side lane beside the curb lane.
  • Just one lane is available for northbound traffic. It flows in the east-side centre lane.

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Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill:
Water-main work on Westwood continues



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Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill between 19th Avenue / Gamble Road and Highway 7.


From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, crews continue installing a new water-main

  • on Westwood Lane at Yonge Street.

Crews are setting up a work zone to accommodate this work, restricting traffic on Westwood to a single shared east- and westbound lane. “Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers and traffic-control staff will be on site to direct pedestrians and motorists during this work. Crews also maintain access to businesses and properties near the work zone.

Expect noise and vibration from equipment and trucks.



Avenue Road crane activity: TTC detour,
March 22 to 24



From 10 p.m. Friday, March 22 until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 24, the City of Toronto is closing

  • Avenue Road between Prince Arthur Avenue and Bloor Street West

to accommodate contractors who are lifting a crane at a construction site.

The TTC is detouring buses along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 5 Avenue Rd.

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Wellesley East crane activity: TTC detour, March 23



From 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 23, the City of Toronto is closing

  • Wellesley Street East between Jarvis and Church Streets,

as contractors lift a crane at a construction site.

The TTC is detouring buses along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 94 Wellesley.

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Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill:
Storm-sewer work near Harding continues



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Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill between 19th Avenue / Gamble Road and Highway 7.


From 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 and continuing daily, crews resume working on storm-sewer infrastructure

  • on Yonge Street between Elmwood Avenue / Hopkins Street and Harding Boulevard.

Crews start working at the southwest corner of Yonge and Hopkins, then progress southward towards Harding.

To accommodate this work, they’re setting up work zones that restrict traffic on Yonge to just one lane in each direction during off-peak hours [from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.]. “Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers and traffic-control staff will be on site to direct motorists during this work.

At times, the work zone may block the sidewalk on either the east or west side of Yonge. Signs will direct pedestrians to the nearest available walkway.

GO Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone. Also expect delays aboard buses along this route:

  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto.

York Region Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone. Also expect delays aboard buses along these routes:

  • Viva blue;
  • 25 Major Mackenzie; and
  • 99 Yonge.

Storm-sewer work on Yonge between Hopkins / Elmwood and Harding — and the resulting GO and YRT service changes — continue “for approximately one week” or until 5 p.m. March 25.



Highway 7 West rapidway - Woodbridge:
Water-main and overnight utility work



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Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue building a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West between Helen Street / Wigwoss Drive and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.


From 5 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 and continuing daily, crews resume installing water-mains

  • on Highway 7 West, westbound lanes, from Wigwoss Drive to west of Bruce Street.

The work zone restricts westbound traffic to just one lane.

Crews may temporarily reduce or disrupt access to driveways. Expect noise before crews start working as they assemble and arrange equipment.

Sidewalks remain open wherever possible. If the work zone temporarily blocks a sidewalk, directional signs guide pedestrians to the nearest available walkway.

Brampton Transit passengers can expect delays aboard buses along this route:

  • 501 Züm Queen.

York Region Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone. YRT passengers can also expect delays aboard buses along these routes:

  • Viva orange; and
  • 77 / 77A Highway 7.

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Water-main installation on Highway 7 near Wigwoss — and the resulting BT and YRT service changes — continue “for approx. 3 weeks” or until about April 9.


From 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 until 5 a.m. Thursday, March 21 and continuing overnight nightly, crews are adjusting utility access portals (or “manholes”) and catch basins

  • on Highway 7 West between Pine Valley Drive and Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way.

Crews are setting up temporary work zones on both sides of the roadway, reducing traffic lanes.

Next week, crews shift to daytime hours to complete the work.

Brampton Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zones. BT passengers can expect delays aboard buses along this route:

  • 501 Züm Queen.

York Region Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zones. YRT passengers can also expect delays aboard buses along these routes:

  • Viva orange; and
  • 77 / 77A Highway 7.

Catch-basin and manhole work between Pine Valley and Edgeley / Interchange — and the resulting BT and YRT service changes — continue “for approx. 2 weeks” or until about April 2.



Subway closes early, St Clair West to Union,
March 18 to 21



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From Monday, March 18 until Thursday, March 21, the TTC is closing the Line 1 Yonge - University subway between St Clair West and Union stations at 11 p.m., as crews continue installing the automated train-control (ATC) signal system. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan and St Clair West stations and between Finch and Union stations after 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Shuttle buses operate, stopping on the street near each station along the closed section of the line. Most stations along this part of the line remain open to passengers so you can buy fares or access connecting buses, streetcars and subway trains. However, Museum and Dupont stations are closed.

Wheel-Trans is available at each station along the closed section of the line throughout the weekend. You can speak with a TTC staff member to ask about the accessible service and its frequency.

According to a TTC news release, “When ATC is fully installed on Line 1, it will provide a more modern and reliable signal system that will help the TTC improve capacity by allowing for increased trips on the line. While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend closures to complete critical infrastructure and ATC upgrades… [and] work on the Eglinton Crosstown” light rail transit project.

Full subway service along Line 1 resumes by 6 a.m. Tuesday to Friday mornings.


The TTC has already closed this section of Line 1 several times earlier this year:


Although the TTC has not yet announced its complete schedule of weekend subway closures for 2019, it is planning to close parts of this section of Line 1 several times more this year:

  • Monday, March 25 until Thursday, March 28 - early closure - Bloor to St Andrew - signal upgrades.
  • Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 - weekend closure - St Clair West to Union - signal upgrades.
  • Monday, April 1 until Thursday, April 4 - early closure - St Clair West to St Andrew - signal upgrades.
  • Monday, April 8 until Thursday, April 11 - early closure - St Clair West to Union - signal upgrades.
  • Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 - weekend closure - Bloor to Osgoode - signal upgrades.
  • Monday, April 22 until Thursday, April 25 - early closure - Bloor to St Andrew - signal upgrades.
  • Monday, April 29 until Thursday, May 2 - early closure - St Clair West to Union - signal upgrades.