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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.

TTC installing PRESTO fare-gates
at Spadina Station, starting September 18

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

Spadina Station is next.

Starting Monday, September 18, TTC crews are removing turnstiles at the main entrance and replacing them with new, PRESTO-enabled, paddle-style fare gates. The new gates provide easier access and improve the flow of passengers into and out of stations.

The TTC is closing the front doors from Spadina Road, the collector booth and fare line into the station during construction. You can’t buy tickets, tokens or TTC passes from the collector booth at the station “until the end of October”.

Until October 31, you’ll have to enter the station through a temporary station collector aisle. You’ll have to pay exact fare at this temporary collector. However, a PRESTO card reader is available beside the station collector during the construction.

Buses operating the 127 Davenport route and Wheel-Trans vehicles pick up passengers at different platforms than usual during construction.

Construction at the Walmer Road automatic entrance starts Thursday, September 21. Construction continues “until the end of November”. The TTC is completely closing the entrance to passengers at 11 p.m. each night from Thursday, September 21 until Thursday, November 30.

Customer service staff will be available on the platform to help you exit from the station during an emergency.

After construction ends, you can only access this entrance with a PRESTO card.

Construction at the Kendal Avenue automatic entrance starts Monday, September 25. It continues “until the beginning of December” or until December 8.

The TTC is closing the entrance from 11 p.m. Monday, September 25 until 6 a.m. Thursday, September 28. After construction ends, you can only access this entrance with a TTC pass or PRESTO card.

To buy a PRESTO card, visit the Gateway Newstand in Spadina Station or

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From the Transit Toronto YouTube channel:
Pantographs on Toronto Flexity streetcars

On September 12, 2017, riders discovered that Toronto Flexity light rail vehicles were using pantographs) to operate in 509 Harbourfront service, the first line where pantographs are now regularly used.

Damian Baranowski paid a visit to Harbourfront to see the vehicles in operation.

View more videos on the Transit Toronto YouTube channel, here.

South Common Centre Terminal construction:
MiWay detours start September 18

Contractors for the owners of South Common Centre are repaving the mall roadway that leads to and from MiWay’s South Common Centre Terminal.

From Monday, September 18 until Friday, September 29, crews are repaving the southbound lanes of the road. MiWay is re-arranging bus stops and detouring buses that usually operate through the terminal.

MiWay is revising service along these MiLocal routes:

  • 13 Glen Erin;
  • 26 Burnhamthorpe;
  • 29 Park Royal - Homelands;
  • 47 Ridgeway loop; and
  • 48 Erin Mills.

It’s also revising service along this MiExpress route:

  • 110 University.

And, it’s revising service along this high school special route:

  • 347 Loyola - South Common.

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Construction does not affect buses operating along the 1 / 1C Dundas, 36 Colonial loop, 101 Dundas express or 310 Clarkson Secondary / Winston Churchill high school special routes.

After September 29, crews start working on the northbound lanes and MiWay will further detour buses. The second phase of the project may also affect Oakville Transit service along the 24 South Common Centre / Oakville GO route.

Long Branch bus loop construction:
MiWay, TTC detours start September 18

Starting Monday, September 18, the TTC is rebuilding the roadway in the Long Branch bus loop.

While the bus loop is closed, MiWay is detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 5 Dixie; and
  • 23 Lakeshore.


The TTC is detouring buses operating on these routes:

Construction in Long Branch bus loop and the MiWay and TTC detours continue “for three months” or until December 16.

West Shore Pickering construction:
DRT detours start September 18

Update — Monday, September 18, 4:55 p.m.: DRT has revised the detour routing.

Starting Monday, September 18, the City of Pickering is closing:

  • West Shore Boulevard between Lynx Avenue and Oklahoma Drive

to accommodate a Region of Durham Works project to rebuild the sanitary sewers.

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

  • 107 Rosebank; and
  • 120 Whites.

Construction on West Shore Boulevard and the DRT detours continue until October 9.

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^ This map illustrates the detour routing that DRT originally announced.

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^ This map illustrates the updated detour routing.

Private event in downtown Oshawa:
DRT, GO detours, September 17

The City of Oshawa is closing:

  • King Street West between Centre and Simcoe Streets

Sunday morning, afternoon and early evening during a private event.

(Earlier this week, the GO Transit website described this event as a film shoot.)

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

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

  • 52 Oshawa / York U;
  • 90 Lakeshore East bus;
  • 92 Oshawa / Yorkdale.

James Street North Hamilton construction:
HSR detours, September 19 to 23

From 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 19 until 6 a.m. Wednesday, September 20 and continuing overnight nightly, the City of Hamilton is closing:

  • James Street North between Mulberry and Cannon Streets

during a project to install new sewers.

The Hamilton Street Railway is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the streets are closed:

  • 2 Barton;
  • 4 Bayfront; and
  • 20 A-Line express.


Overnight construction on James Street North and the HSR detours continue until 6 a.m. Saturday, September 23

Parkside Drive Waterdown construction:
HSR detour starts September 18

Starting Monday, September 18, the City of Hamilton is closing:

  • Parkside Drive between Mosaic Drive / Duncan Avenue and Wimberley Avenue / Braeheid Avenue

during a project to replace a culvert.

The Hamilton Street Railway is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 18 Waterdown.

Construction on Parkside Drive and the HSR detour continue until November 30.


Weekend events affect transit services,
September 15, 16, 17

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.

The events take place in the Aldershot area of Burlington, the Binbrook area of Hamilton, Brampton, Burlington, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, central Hamilton, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Keswick area of Georgina, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Milton and the North York and central and downtown areas of Toronto.

No subway service, September 16, 17:
Sheppard West to St George


The TTC is closing its Line 1 (Yonge - University) subway between Sheppard West and St George stations this Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17.

Line 1 subway trains operate only between Finch and St George stations this weekend.

While this part of the line is closed, TTC crews continue their ongoing work to test and install the new automatic train control system. 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.”

During this particular closure, crews start switching train operations to the new ATC system between Yorkdale and Dupont stations as the TTC continues getting ready to open the Line 1 extension Friday, December 17.

The TTC is operating shuttle buses to partially replace subway service — but only between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations. Three construction projects delayed shuttle buses when the TTC operated them south of Lawrence West station during last year’s closures.

This TTC video provides more information about ATC and explains the alternate service plan that the TTC is using to move passengers during this closure.

Instead, the TTC is encouraging passengers to ride connecting east-west buses and streetcars to stations on the Yonge arm of Line 1 or north-south buses to Line 2 (Bloor - Danforth) stations. It will double regular service along nine bus and streetcar routes Saturday and Sunday:

  • 7 Bathurst;
  • 14 Glencairn;
  • 26 Dupont;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 52 Lawrence West;
  • 84 Sheppard West;
  • 96 Wilson;
  • 109 Ranee;
  • 127 Davenport;
  • 196 York University rocket; and
  • 512 St Clair.

To improve bus service, the City of Toronto is temporarily banning parking on

  • Bathurst Street between Barton Avenue and Bloor Street West.

Wheel-Trans buses operate to and from Sheppard West, Lawrence West and St George stations, if you use a wheelchair or mobility device or otherwise need accessible service. Ask TTC staff at these stations for Wheel-Trans.

Dupont and Glencairn stations are closed Saturday and Sunday. All other stations are open so you can buy tokens, tickets, passes and other fare media and connect with buses and streetcars.

This is the tenth of 14 weekend closures affecting this part of Line 1 this year, mostly resulting from TTC crews installing and testing ATC. The TTC previously closed parts of line 1 between Sheppard West (formerly Downsview) and St George:

Upcoming weekend closures for this part of the line:

  • Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 - Sheppard West to Wilson - ATC;
  • Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 - Sheppard West to St George - ATC; and
  • Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 - Sheppard West to Wilson - ATC.

Learn how to get around during the closure if you’re traveling to or from Yorkdale.