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No subway service, Bloor to Osgoode,
November 10



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The TTC is closing the Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Bloor and Osgoode stations all day Sunday, November 10. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Osgoode stations and between Finch and Bloor stations that day.

Shuttle buses operate to partially replace subway service along the closed section of the line, stopping on the street near each subway station. TTC staff will be available to direct you to shuttle-bus boarding and offloading locations, which vary from station to station. All stations remain open so you can buy fares or connect with buses and streetcars.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)

Wheel-Trans is also available at each station on the closed portion of the line if you require accessible service. Ask TTC staff about Wheel-Trans stop locations and frequency.

According to a TTC news release, “Portions of the TTC’s signal system date back to the 1950s when the subway first opened. When ATC is fully installed on Line 1, it will allow improved capacity on the line. ATC is currently installed on 50% of Line 1, the portion between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and St Patrick stations. Customers travelling in the ATC area are already experiencing the increased reliability that comes with the modern signal system.”

The release continues, “While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and maintenance upgrades.”


This is the last time this year that the TTC has scheduled a closure of this part of Line 1.



Remembrance Day events affect transit services, November 9, 10, 11



Remembrance Day is Monday, November 11 and many communities in the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe areas commemorate and honour veterans of Canada’s wars with processions and ceremonies that day, Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10.

Specifically, the Remembrance Day events in the Acton area of Halton Hills, Ajax, the Ancaster area of Hamilton, Aurora, the Bowmanville area of Clarington, Bradford, Brampton, the Bronte area of Oakville, Burlington, the Downsview area of Toronto, the Dundas area of Hamilton, the East York area of Toronto, the Galt area of Cambridge, Guelph, downtown Hamilton, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Keswick area of Georgina, Kitchener, Markham village, the Merritton area of St. Catharines, the Newcastle area of Clarington, Newmarket, the North York area of Toronto, Oshawa, Peterborough, Pickering, the Port Credit area of Mississauga, Richmond Hill, the Rockwood area of Guelph - Eramosa Township, downtown St. Catharines, the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton, the Streetsville area of Mississauga, the Sutton area of Georgina, downtown Toronto, the Unionville area of Markham, Uxbridge and Whitby affect transit services in those communities.



Transit vehicles "stop and stay", Remembrance Day, November 11



The drivers of Toronto Transit Commission, Durham Region Transit, MiWay, York Region Transit, Guelph Transit and other Greater Golden Horseshoe Area transit vehicles pause their buses, streetcars and trains at 11 a.m., Remembrance Day, this Monday, November 11.

The drivers “stop and stay” at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month for two minutes to honour the veterans of Canada’s wars. (One hundred and one years ago, at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918, the Allies and Central Powers signed the Armistice — the formal document ending the First World War.)

The stop and stay allows passengers and drivers two minutes to reflect on the sacrifices that members of the Canadian armed forces and other Canadians have made for peace.

TTC drivers stop subway and Scarborough rapid transit trains at station platforms. Bus and streetcar drivers pause their vehicles at a regular service stop just before 11 a.m. and remain there during the stop and stay. Wheel-Trans operators will stop their vehicles at a safe location.

Service resumes at normal levels immediately after two minutes of silence.

In previous years, GO Transit has honoured the stop and stay by halting all communications during the two-minute silence, but for safety and operational reasons, GO drivers can’t halt express buses operating along freeways or trains sharing tracks with freight trains.



Veterans ride free of fare, Remembrance Day, November 11



Many transit agencies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area honour the sacrifice of the veterans of Canada’s wars by offering vets and their traveling companions free rides Remembrance Day, this Monday, November 11.

Transit agencies that have specifically announced the free service include Barrie Transit, Brampton Transit * , Brantford Transit * , Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Grand River Transit * , Guelph Transit * , GO Transit, the Hamilton Street Railway, MiWay, the Toronto Transit Commission and York Region Transit.

(Brantford Transit also offers free rides to anyone wearing a poppy pin Monday.)

The agencies encourage vets to wear uniforms and medals on Remembrance Day or bring some other form of identification to let drivers and fare collectors know that they are veterans.

Many of the agencies also offer free rides to the families of deceased veterans. Families should bring documents that identify them as a family member of a veteran who has passed away.


* Veterans who are Brampton Transit, GRT or Guelph Transit passengers can apply for a pass that allows them to ride free of fare all year.



No subway service, St Clair West to King: November 9



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The TTC is closing the Line 1 Yonge - University subway between St Clair West and King stations Saturday, November 9. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and St Clair West stations and between Finch and King stations that day.

Shuttle buses operate to partially replace subway service. The buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops on the street near subway stations on the closed section of Line 1. Most stations remain open so you can buy fares or connect with buses and streetcars. However, Dupont Station is closed.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)

While this part of Line 1 is closed, TTC crews are installing the automatic train control (ATC) signal system.

Wheel-Trans service is available if you need accessible service. As King Station is not yet an accessible station, if you’re travelling southbound on Line 1 and you require an accessible connection, exit the train at Queen Station and ask any TTC employee for Wheel-Trans service.

According to a TTC news release, “Portions of the TTC’s signal system date back to the 1950s when the subway first opened. When ATC is fully installed on Line 1, it will allow improved capacity on the line. ATC is currently installed on 50% of Line 1, the portion between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and St Patrick stations. Customers travelling in the ATC area are already experiencing the increased reliability that comes with the modern signal system.”

The release continues, “While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and maintenance upgrades.”


The TTC has scheduled just one more closure for this section of Line 1 this year — and that closure is this Sunday:

  • Sunday, November 10 — Bloor to Osgoode — ATC.


Metrolinx maintaining Lakeshore East tracks, delaying GO trains, November 8 to 10



From Friday, November 8 until Sunday, November 10, Metrolinx crews are maintaining the tracks along GO Transit’s 09 Lakeshore East line.

Trains must operate more slowly than usually through the work areas. Expect delays of as much as five to 10 minutes behind schedule.

GO says, “Regular maintenance is essential so we can run our trains at higher speeds, keep service running consistently and make sure you’re getting where you need to go safely.”



Metrolinx maintaining Lakeshore West tracks, delaying GO trains, November 8 to 10



From Friday, November 8 until Sunday, November 10, Metrolinx crews are maintaining the tracks along GO Transit’s 01 Lakeshore West line.

Trains must operate more slowly than usually through the work areas. Expect delays of as much as five to 10 minutes behind schedule.

GO says, “Regular maintenance is essential so we can run our trains at higher speeds, keep service running consistently and make sure you’re getting where you need to go safely.”



King Street overnight sewer work: TTC detours, November 7, 8



From 10:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7 until 4:30 a.m. Friday, November 8, City of Toronto crews are maintaining sewers in the streetcar right-of-way somewhere on King Streets East or West somewhere between Church Street and Spadina Avenue.

(The TTC has not specified the location of the construction site and the City of Toronto’s website is also silent on the location of the traffic-lane closure.)

The TTC is detouring streetcars along these routes, while the streets are closed:

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

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Queen West / Abell track repairs:
TTC detours, November 8 to 11



From 8 p.m. Friday, November 8 until 5 a.m. Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11, TTC track crews are replacing rail

  • at the eastbound streetcar stop on Queen Street West at Abell Street.

They’re also repairing the concrete at the edges of the track area

  • on Queen Street West, eastbound, between Northcote Avenue and Abell Street.

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

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating between Sunnyside and Wolseley Loops.

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The TTC had previously scheduled this project for the weekend for Friday, July 19 until Monday, July 22.


Starting 8 p.m. Friday, November 8, the crews set up a work zone so they can install new rail and concrete “around-the-clock” — 24 hours a day. The work zone restricts traffic to just one lane in each direction. The City of Toronto may temporarily prohibit parking and turns in the nearby area.

  • After setting up the work zone Friday evening, the crew use a milling machine to remove much of the concrete in the track area. They then chip the remaining concrete to expose the “old” rail.
  • Other crews deliver pre-welded strings of new rail to the track area. The track crews store the new rail in the track area between Northcote and Abell.
  • Saturday morning, crews replace the old rail with the new rail, requiring crews to cut, weld and grind the new rail.
  • Sunday, they place new concrete in the track area and leave it to cure. The new concrete requires curing time before vehicles can operate over the area.
  • Monday morning before 5 a.m., the crews remove the work zone and streetcars and all other traffic can again travel over the centre lanes.

Crews may also work at the site before 8 p.m. Friday to saw-cut the concrete.



Yonge Street North York construction:
TTC detours, starting November 8



Starting 9 a.m. Friday, November 8, City of Toronto crews are closing north- and southbound curb lanes

  • on Yonge Street between Steeles and Finch Avenues East

during a project to repair the concrete curbs and sidewalks and resurface the roadway.

The TTC is detouring buses along these routes, to avoid delays while the traffic lanes are closed:

The TTC is also operating shuttle buses along Yonge between Yonge / Steeles Loop and Finch Station bus terminal during the construction to replace regular service from the buses that are detouring.

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Construction on this part of Yonge Street and the resulting TTC service changes continue until further notice.


Any construction on this part of Yonge Street has major impact on transit passengers. While the TTC is detouring buses along four routes, passengers aboard buses along other TTC routes and GO Transit and York Region Transit passengers can all expect delays:

GO:

  • 32 Brampton / Trinity Common / North York.

TTC:

  • 42A / 42C Cummer;
  • 97F Yonge;
  • 125 Drewry;
  • 320 Yonge overnight.

YRT:

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • Viva pink;
  • 2 Milliken;
  • 5 Clark;
  • 23 Thornhill Woods;
  • 77 / 77A Highway 7;
  • 88 Bathurst;
  • 91 / 91A / 91E Bayview;
  • 98E Yonge limited-stop express;
  • 98 / 99 Yonge late-night;
  • 99 Yonge;
  • 300 Business express;
  • 301 Markham express;
  • 302 Unionville express;
  • 303 Bur Oak express;
  • 304 Mount Joy express;
  • 760 Vaughan Mills / Wonderland.