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Highway 407 rapidway - Brant to Hurontario:
Public information centres, November 28, 29



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Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is conducting a planning, preliminary design and environmental assessment of the proposed 407 Transitway between Brant Street in Burlington and west of Hurontario Street near the boundary between Brampton and Mississauga.

This section of the fully separated transitway extends along the Highway 407 corridor on an exclusive right-of-way (in most cases, on the south side of the highway) for 35 kilometres. It includes several stations with parking and other amenities. Depending on the results of its study, the ministry intends to start operating the 407 Transitway as bus rapid transit with the possibility of converting the line to light rail transit in the future.

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This 35-kilometre segment forms part of a 150-kilometre-long high-speed inter-regional transit line that the ministry plans to eventually build on a separate right-of-way that parallels Highway 407 from Burlington to Clarington.


Ontario legislation requires the ministry to consult with members of the public at various stages of the environmental assessment process. It’s now ready to host the first of these consultations at two open houses next week:

Events take place:

These public information centres are informal drop-in events. Ministry staff are displaying the results of their planning study, including forecasting the number of passengers and potential service plans and identifying potential alignments (or routes) and station locations. Staff and their consultants will be available to answer your questions and to receive your comments.

The ministry will host a second series of public information centres later to present the final results of its study, including the route alignments and stations that it’s recommending.


The ministry has already completed environmental assessments of several segments of the transitway:



MiWay 2019 service plan: Information events,
November 24 to December 1



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MiWay Five is MiWay’s “plan for evolving public transit in Mississauga over five years from 2016 to 2020.” It has comprehensively reviewed where transit operates, when it operates, and how frequently.

MiWay says the five-year service plan is shifting Mississauga’s transit system to a grid network that allows for more frequent buses along main corridors and delivers more direct services.

The transit agency’s proposals for 2019 service changes in the fourth year of the plan help advance the City of Mississauga’s strategic pillar of developing a transit-oriented city. In 2019, MiWay will focus on “Strengthening the Grid” by improving service frequency and revising routing.

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You can learn more about 2019 proposals for revising the route network at any of five information sessions. MiWay has scheduled the events:

Events take place:

  • at the City Centre -

Three events:

If you can’t make it to an information session but want to provide feedback, you can complete the survey here. (Remember to register for MiVoice to participate.)



CP's Holiday Trains roll into town,
support local food banks: November 28 to 30



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Hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights decorate the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Holiday Trains, which roll into the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe next week.

The 14-car trains include a boxcar stage featuring great musical talent and CP’s corporate contribution to local food banks. CP encourages each community, in turn, to donate food and funds — all of which stay in the community. CP presents a cheque at each stop to top off whatever the audience donates that day.

The trains support local food banks by raising the public’s awareness of the fight against hunger and collecting food that goes directly to your hungry neighbours. You can view the trains, if you bring a non-perishable food item as your admission fee, in Milton and Hamilton Wednesday, November 28, Bowmanville, Oshawa, Cambridge, Ayr and Toronto Thursday, November 29 and Vaughan and Midhurst (Barrie), Friday, November 30.


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CP invites local food banks along the trains’ 150 stops in six provinces and eight of the United States to participate by collecting food and cash donations. The Holiday Trains have helped raise $13 million and 1.8 million kilograms (4 million pounds) of food for North American food banks across Canada since 1999 and across the United States since 2001. Everything raised in each community stays in that community, and CP also makes its own donations at each stop. Generous North Americans have visited the trains and donated as much as $750,000 in cash donations each year.

CP also works with Food Banks Canada, which has shared more than 15 million pounds of food with CP’s donation of $1.2 million worth of transportation over the last five years. It also supports Meal Exchange, whose youth-driven registered charity work has achieved a more secure and sustainable food system on campuses and with communities across Canada.

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With heart disease becoming one of the most rapidly growing health challenges in North America, CP has also dedicated millions of dollars towards supporting research and promoting awareness around this issue with its CP has Heart program.

It’s asking all 150 food banks that it partners with at Holiday Train events to commit 10 per cent or more of its monetary contribution to healthy food initiatives or purchases.

It’s also asking those who attend a Holiday Train event in their community to bring a healthy non-perishable food donation. Its goal is to have 20,000 people across North America take this online challenge and show their support.

Since 1999, the Holiday Trains have covered about 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometres), and entertained hundreds of thousands of supporters. It takes 30 “CP elves” 100 days to completely transform and decorate the Holiday Trains before they start their journey across North America.

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Laidlaw Boulevard Markham construction:
YRT detour, November 19 to 23



From Monday, November 19 until Friday, November 23, the City of Markham is closing:

  • Laidlaw Boulevard at Bullock Drive

to accommodate York Region contractors who continue the next phase of the project to replace the water mains on Bullock.

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

  • 522 Markham community bus.

Construction on Laidlaw Boulevard at Bullock Drive and the YRT detour continue until November 23.


During most of 2018, York Region is working to replace the water-main under Bullock Drive, between McCowan Road and Main Street North Markham. York Region is working to replace the water-main under Bullock Drive and Wilson Street between McCowan Road and Main Street North Markham.

Construction started in January and continues until December 31. For most of the project, Bullock Drive remains open to traffic. Work on the Bullock Drive project previously affected YRT service from Monday, March 12 until Friday, March 16 and GO and YRT service from Monday, April 16 until Tuesday, May 8.

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Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Cedarvale:
Traffic-lane restriction for hydro work



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


Toronto Hydro crews are setting up a work zone

  • on Eglinton Avenue West, eastbound curb lanes, from west of Winnett Avenue to W. R. Allen Road,

so they can access a cable chamber near the future Cedarvale LRT station (the TTC’s current Eglinton West subway station).

The crews work during off-peak hours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, November 19 until Wednesday, November 21, with rain dates of Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

They’re getting ready to install new overhead power poles.


For transit passengers:

  • Access to Eglinton West subway station is available at all times.
  • Passengers aboard TTC buses along these routes can expect delays:
  • 32A / 32C / 32D Eglinton West;
  • 63 Ossington; and
  • 109 Ranee.

For motorists:

  • The eastbound curb lane on Eglinton Avenue West from west of Winnett Avenue to Allen Road is closed only during work hours.
  • Park Hill Road, Everden Road, and Strathearn Road remain closed at Eglinton Avenue.
  • The City of Toronto continues to restrict left turns from Winnett Avenue onto Eglinton.


Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill:
Storm-sewer installation, median removal



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.


The contractors continue various activities to widen the roadway between 16th Avenue / Carrville Road and Highway 407.


From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, November 19 and continuing daily, crews start installing storm sewers

  • on Observatory Lane just east of Yonge.

Stage 1:

  • Crews start working on the northeast corner of the intersection and progress southward.
  • To accommodate this work, they’re setting up a work zone on Observatory that temporarily restricts traffic to a single shared east- and westbound lane on the south side of the roadway during work hours.
  • Crews will backfill and pave the work area and reopen all the lanes at the end of each work day.

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Stage 2:

  • Crews progress southward across the intersection.
  • To accommodate this work, they’re setting up a work zone on Observatory that temporarily restricts traffic to a single shared east- and westbound lane on the north side of the roadway during work hours.
  • Crews will backfill and pave the work area and reopen all the lanes at the end of each work day.
  • Crews maintain access to properties and businesses during this work. “Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to direct traffic.

Storm-sewer installation on Yonge Street at Observatory Lane continues until 7 p.m. November 23.


Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20, crews are removing median strips

  • at the intersection of Yonge Street with Major Mackenzie Drive.

During off-peak hours, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. both days, crews are removing median strips [the areas that separate opposing lanes of traffic] at the intersection. They’ll remove the medians one at a time, then back-fill, grade and pave the area and paint new lines.

The work zone reduces traffic lanes on Yonge and Major Mackenzie near the intersection.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to direct traffic.

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

  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto.

York Region Transit passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:

  • Viva blue;
  • 4 / 4A Major Mackenzie;
  • 25 Major Mackenzie;
  • 99 Yonge; and
  • 589 / 590 Richmond Hill community bus.


Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Caledonia:
Overnight concrete pour, early November 19



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


From 1 until 10 a.m. Monday November 19, crews pour concrete at the site of the future Caledonia Station. A concrete pump will be on site and concrete trucks will queue

  • on Eglinton Avenue West, centre lane, east of Blackthorne Avenue.

To ensure the quality of the pour and minimize the impact to TTC passengers and road users, the contractors must perform this activity overnight.

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For transit passengers:

  • Expect delays aboard TTC buses along these routes:
  • 32A / 32B / 32C Eglinton West; and
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight.

For motorists:

  • Trucks occupy the centre lane of Eglinton West, so expect delays when travelling through the intersection.
  • Crews may also block one westbound lane on Eglinton.

For nearby residents and business people:

  • Expect to hear noise overnight from concrete trucks, equipment and see bright site lighting.


Runnymede Station "Easier Access" program:
Elevator construction starts "late November"



The TTC is continuing its “Easier Access” program to install elevators in its subway stations, making the subway system accessible for everyone. The program supports the government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The provincial legislation commits the TTC to achieving a barrier-free transit system by 2025.


By “late November” (perhaps as early as Monday, November 26), crews start building a barrier-free path from the main entrance to all levels of Runnymede Station by installing:

  • three elevators to access the east- and westbound platforms;
  • automatic sliding station-entry doors (on Kennedy Avenue); and
  • better signs and closed-circuit television (CCTV) security cameras along the accessible pathway.

During construction of this project, crews also repair the masonry and upgrade the fire alarms.

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By “late November” (perhaps as early as Monday, November 26), crews start building elevator E1 between the concourse and street level.

They’ll start working in the laneway to the south of the station for elevator E3 in late January, 2019 (by Thursday, January 31, 2019). The western part of the laneway will house the work zone for the elevator 3 shaft “for approximately one year” (or until January 31, 2020). The work zone blocks through-traffic in the laneway between Kennedy Avenue and Runnymede Road. After crews have finished building elevator E3, the contractor will rehabilitate the south masonry wall of the station. Crews will set up scaffolding on northern half of the laneway during this work for “approximately one to three months” (or until April 30, 2020). The contractor will repave the laneway after finishing the project.

In the bus roadway, crews will set up a lay-down area throughout the project until 2020. They’ll start building elevator E2 in the bus roadway in fall 2019 (or by November 15, 2019). The work zone requires the TTC to close the entire bus roadway for three months (or until February 15, 2020), and then partially close the roadway for another six months (or until July 15, 2020). While the bus roadway is closed, TTC passenger will board buses on the street.

Protective construction hoarding will be in place around the work zones and construction vehicles and equipment will access these work zones from both Kennedy Avenue and Runnymede Road.


The TTC will also install public art in Runnymede Station as part of its public art program.

Anonymous Somebody by Elicser Elliott captures the snippets of bustling Bloor West Village lives while standing still. The artworks aims to communicate the story of individual spirt as fresh and relevant to the metabolism of the neighbourhood. The images work as an anchor to a thought or memory for the person viewing it - to commemorate, celebrate, provoke and heal. Not unlike Runnymede, a house that became a community, Anonymous Somebody welcomes all passengers to reframe the characters’ experience as they pass or wait, fluidly transitioning from past lives to present, making the artwork their own.

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Since graduating from Sheridan College’s animation program, Elicser Elliott has amassed a collection of murals and public artworks that have come to help define Toronto’s cityscape. Moving beyond notions of the streets being his only canvas, Elliott has exhibited works at The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum, and LE Gallery. Elliot’s most notable works are a highly improvised collages of soft characters and organic shapes, layered and blended through transparencies. His character work is often mediated by past experiences and relationships while also drawing on the likeness of passers-by to complete his community-based murals.



TTC revises routes and services, November 18



The TTC continues to rebrand its express buses as it revises its routes and services, starting Sunday, November 18. It’s identifying most of these services with a “900” series route number.

This month, it rebrands these express bus routes:

  • 41E Keele express becomes 941 Keele express;
  • 95E York Mills express becomes 995 York Mills express;
  • 131E Nugget express becomes 903 Kennedy - Scarborough Centre express;
  • 188 Kipling South rocket becomes 944 Kipling South express; and
  • 192 Airport rocket becomes 900 Airport express.

The TTC is also slightly revising the path of the 81 Thorncliffe Park route so that buses operate counterclockwise along Thorncliffe Park Drive at all times except overnight.


Sources:

  • TTC: “Service changes”, here.
  • TTC: “Service Summary, October 7, 2018 to November 17, 2018”, here (.pdf).
  • Steve Munro: “TTC Service Changes, Effective November 18, 2018 and December 23, 2018”, here.


Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Surface section:
Roadway reconstruction at Swift / Credit Union



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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” Saturday, November 17, crews are reconstructing the roadway surface near and in

the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East with Swift Drive and Credit Union Drive

between the future Sloane and Wynford stops, after recently relocating utilities in the area.

Crews work from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day.


Stage 1

Starting “as early as” Saturday, November 17, the City of Toronto is closing:

  • Credit Union Drive south of Eglinton East.

Stage 1 continues “for approximately three (3) weeks” or until December 8.

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For transit passengers:

  • the TTC is temporarily relocating its eastbound stop west of its current location during this stage.
  • Expect delays aboard buses along these routes:
  • 34 Eglinton East; and
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The only north-south crosswalk — on the east side of Credit Union / Swift is mostly open throughout this stage. Occasionally, crews may temporarily block this crosswalk. You may have to cross at the next intersection east at Bermondsey Road / Sloane Avenue.

For motorists:

  • The work zone blocks traffic lanes on the south side of Eglinton East west and east of Credit Union.
  • At least two traffic lanes in each direction remain available on Eglinton at all times.
  • You can’t access Credit Union Drive from Eglinton.
  • You can access Credit Union and Mobile Drives from Bermondsey Road.

Stage 2

Starting “as early as” Sunday, December 9, the City of Toronto is closing:

  • Swift Drive north of Eglinton East.

Stage 2 continues “for approximately three (3) weeks” or until December 31.

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For transit passengers:

  • the TTC is temporarily relocating its westbound stop east of its current location during this stage.
  • Expect delays aboard buses along these routes:
  • 34 Eglinton East; and
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The only north-south crosswalk — on the east side of Credit Union / Swift is mostly open throughout this stage. Occasionally, crews may temporarily block this crosswalk. You may have to cross at the next intersection east at Bermondsey Road / Sloane Avenue.

For motorists:

  • The work zone blocks traffic lanes on the north side of Eglinton East west and east of Credit Union.
  • At least two traffic lanes in each direction remain available on Eglinton at all times.
  • You can’t access Swift Drive from Eglinton.
  • You can access Swift and Ecclestone Drives from Sloane Avenue.