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Eglinton West LRT - Walking tour, September 25;
Planning and streetscape study



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The City of Toronto, Metrolinx and the TTC are looking to enhance and refine the plan for a light rail transit line along Eglinton Avenue West, extending the Eglinton Crosstown LRT west from Mount Dennis. In 2010, the Ontario Minister of the Environment approved a plan for an LRT as part of an earlier environmental assessment.

Metrolinx is also leading work to determine the best route for the LRT from Commerce Boulevard to the future regional transit centre (RTC) at Toronto Pearson International Airport. It’s working closely with its partners: the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; the City of Mississauga; the City of Toronto; and the TTC.

The project team is undertaking a planning and streetscape study as part of the Eglinton West LRT project. This study will help to define the future character of the street, including public areas and the type of development along the corridor.

It’s hosting a walking tour to help it identify the distinguishing features, opportunities and constraints along the Eglinton West corridor and understand its unique character. Your input during the walking tour will help inform the study and the decision-making around streetscape and public areas. The team will incorporate your comments and observations into the consultation records for the study.

The group has scheduled the tour for Tuesday, September 25, from 5:30 until 7:30 a.m. (However, you should arrive by 5:15 p.m. to sign in.) The tour leaves from Renforth Station on the Mississauga Transitway — the team will send specific details to those who confirm their attendance.

You can confirm your participation in this tour by e-mailing eglintonwestlrt@toronto.ca by Thursday, September 20. Note that space is limited and those who do not RSVP by this date may not be able to attend.

You can also participate in this planning and streetscape study by leaving your comments on our new, interactive map: eglintonwestlrt.ca/socialpinpoint.

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YRT / Viva 2007 Van Hool AG300 charter:
October 13



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Lex Reid, Maxim Polyakov, and Youngjin Ko have organized a charter trip for fans of the 2007 Van Hool AG300 articulated Viva bus.

The charter bus leaves Finch GO Bus Terminal at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13. It returns to Finch at 4 p.m.

The cost of the charter is $35 per person. If you are a minor younger than the age of 13, an adult must accompany you during the charter. A discounted price of $50 is available for each Adult+Kid pair.

During the charter, you will travel around York Region, including Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan and Newmarket. You’ll also stop for lunch for about 20-30 minutes. The charter organizers will post the lunch spot closer to the charter date.

You must pay the fee by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 7.

You can learn more about the charter here.



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Surface section:
Sidewalk closures, Victoria Park to Pharmacy



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


To support construction of the future O’Connor stop, crews are getting ready to widen

  • Eglinton Avenue East between Victoria Park and Pharmacy Avenues.

“As early as” Monday, September 17, they’ll set up work zones on the north and south sides of the roadway, temporarily blocking sidewalks.

  • Monday, September 17 until Sunday, September 23: south sidewalk, between Victoria Park Avenue and Eglinton Square;
  • Monday, September 24 until Sunday, September 30: north sidewalk, between Victoria Park Avenue and Eglinton Square;
  • Monday, October 1 until Sunday, October 7: north sidewalk, between Eglinton Square and Pharmacy Avenue; and
  • Monday, October 8 until Sunday, October 14: south sidewalk, between Eglinton Square and Pharmacy Avenue.

Crews work every day from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Expect noise.

The TTC may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zones. Passengers aboard buses along these routes can also expect delays:

  • 34 Eglinton East; and
  • 70C O’Connor.


Highway 7 West rapidway - Woodbridge:
Overnight paving starts September 17



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 8 p.m. Monday, September 17 until 7 a.m. Tuesday, September 18 and overnight nightly, crews continue base-paving with the “CIREAM” [cold in-place recycled and expanded asphalt mix] process, which removes the asphalt and reuses it at the same time, making the process more environmentally friendly and efficient. (A more user-friendly term for this process is “shave and pave”.)

The crews next use the process to pave:

  • Highway 7 between Bruce Street and west of Pine Valley Drive.

Crews continue areas of CIREAM base paving on both the north and south sides of Highway 7. They’ll return to complete special-treatment areas after they’ve installed the top coat of base paving over the next month.

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

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

  • 501 Züm Queen.

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

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

Paving on Highway 7 between Bruce and Pine Valley — and the resulting BT and YRT delays — continue overnight until 7 a.m. September 28.


From 7 p.m. Friday, September 21 until 7 a.m. Saturday, September 22, crews continue base-paving with the “CIREAM” process to pave:

  • Highway 7, westbound lanes, between Edgeley Boulevard and west of Commerce Street.

Crews continue areas of CIREAM base paving on the north side of Highway 7. They’ll return to complete special-treatment areas after they’ve installed the top coat of base paving over the next month.

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

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

  • 501 Züm Queen.

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

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


Dundas West and East construction:
Oakville Transit detour, starting September 17



Region of Halton contractors are widening

  • Dundas Streets West and East (Regional Highway 5) between Neyagawa and Oak Park Boulevards

from four to six lanes.

During the project, crews are also

  • installing new bus bays;
  • building multi-use pathways; and
  • updating street lighting and landscaping.

Starting Monday, September 17, Oakville Transit is detouring buses along this route to make sure construction does not delay passengers:

  • 5 Dundas.

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During construction, all buses along the route follow the path for buses along the 5A branch of the route between Neyagawa Boulevard and Sixth Line.

Construction on Dundas Streets West and East continues “until spring 2020” or until March 31, 2020. Oakville Transit detours during construction on Dundas continue until further notice.



Yonge Street rapidway - Newmarket:
Stones, curbs, paving, starting September 17



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 Newmarket between Davis Drive and Sawmill Valley Drive / Savage Road.


From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, September 17 and continuing daily, crews are installing paver stones

  • on Yonge Street between Mulock Drive and Clearmeadow Boulevard.

Crews start working at Yonge and Mulock and proceed northward along Yonge toward Clearmeadow.

From 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day, the work zone blocks a southbound traffic lane.

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

  • 69 Newmarket / Aurora.

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

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 96 Keele / Yonge; and
  • 98 Yonge.

Paver-stone installation on Yonge Street between Mulock and Clearmeadow — and the resulting GO and YRT delays — continues “for approximately 5 weeks” or until October 26.

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From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18, crews are installing curbs

  • on Yonge Street, east side, between Davis Drive and Eagle Street.

As crews pour the concrete curb across each driveway in the work zone, they’ll temporarily block access to the driveway for as long as one hour. They’ll steel-plate each driveway to allow for vehicle access.


After installing the curbs, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, September 24 and continuing daily, crews pave the base-layer asphalt

  • on Yonge Street, east side, between Davis Drive and Eagle Street.

Since paving is a rolling operation, the work zone may temporarily block driveways.

Crews pave the final coat of asphalt just before they finish the rapidway project.

Paving on Yonge Street between Davis and Eagle continues until September 28.

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Traffic-control staff will be on-site to help direct traffic.

Expect noise and dust from equipment and trucks.



Highway 7 West rapidway - Concord / Thornhill:
Traffic-lane shift, new signals on Centre Street



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue building a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West, Centre and Bathurst Streets between Dufferin and Yonge Streets.


Starting 7 a.m. Monday, September 17, to accommodate ongoing road-widening activity, crews set up a new work zone

  • on Centre Street, south side between Highway 7 and Dufferin Street.

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The work zone restricts traffic to the north side of the roadway and to just one lane in each direction.

Although crews only work from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, traffic flows only along two lanes on the north side of the roadway 24 hours a day.

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

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

  • Viva orange;
  • 77 Highway 7.

From 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday, September 17, crews are activating new signals

  • on Centre Street at Concord Road / Wade Gate.

From 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday, September 17, they’re activating new signals

  • on Centre Street at Vaughan Boulevard / Carl Tennen Street.

As they activate the new signals, the old signals will be out of service intermittently. Expect to see the signals flashing in all directions during those intervals. When the signals are flashing, motorists on Highway 7 must proceed cautiously through the intersections. Motorists on the side streets must come to a full stop and proceed into the intersection only when the way is clear.

The crews set up temporary work zones on each of the four corners of the intersections in turn, temporarily blocking traffic lanes.

After the signals are active, the crews will return at a later date to remove the old signal infrastructure.

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

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

  • Viva orange; and
  • 77 Highway 7.


Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill:
Storm-sewer installation at Richmond Heights



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 p.m. Monday, September 17 until 7 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, crews continue installing storm sewers

  • on Yonge Street, southeast corner, at Richmond Heights Plaza.

The work zone blocks one southbound traffic lane on Yonge Street.

The Yonge entrance into the plaza remains open during this work.

Expect noise and dust from equipment and trucks.

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

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

  • Viva blue;
  • Viva blue “A”;
  • 98E Yonge express;
  • 98/99 Yonge late-night;
  • 99 Yonge; and
  • 590 Richmond Hill community bus.


No subway service, September 15, 16:
Sheppard West to Lawrence West



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The TTC is closing the Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations this weekend, as crews upgrade the signals. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Sheppard West stations and between Lawrence West and Finch Stations all day Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16.

Express shuttle buses partially replace subway service between the two stations. The buses start and end their trips in the bus terminals at both stations.

Passengers may exit from or board the buses at or near subway stations on the closed section of the line:

  • Sheppard West: board and exit in the station terminal.
  • Wilson: board and exit in the station terminal.
  • Yorkdale: The TTC is operating a special shuttle bus to accommodate passengers travelling to and from Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Yorkdale GO Bus Terminal. You can transfer between the Line 1 shuttle buses and the Yorkdale express shuttle buses at the intersection of Dufferin Street with Bridgeland Avenue / Yorkdale Road [north].
  • Lawrence West: board and exit in the station terminal.

(Note that even though construction continues at Lawrence West Station, the bus terminal is temporarily available for this shuttle service only. All other buses that usually drop off or pick up passengers in the terminal continue to do so on the north and south sides of Lawrence Avenue West, beside the entrances into the station.)

While this part of the subway line is closed, crews work on the automatic train control system or ATC. According to a TTC news release, “When ATC is fully implemented on Line 1, it will provide a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for an increase in the number of trains operating 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.”

Regular subway service resumes September 17.


The TTC has already closed this section of the subway system four times this year for the ATC project:

The TTC is closing this part of Line 1 three more times this year:

  • Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 — Finch West to Lawrence West.
  • Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 — Finch West to Lawrence West.
  • Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 — Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to St George.


Weekend events affect transit services, September 14, 15, 16



Supercrawl in downtown Hamilton and the RBC Race for Kids in the North York area of Toronto dominate the list of events affecting transit services this weekend.

And, a full slate of street festivals and road races also fills the agenda this weekend, resulting in many detours for transit services throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area, including the Roncesvalles Polish Festival and the Toronto Ukrainian Festival in central Toronto.

This year’s harvest-festival and fall-fair schedule has begun, affecting transit services in the Binbrook area of Hamilton, Brampton, the Brooklin area of Whitby and the Keswick area of Georgina.

Other events take place in Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, central Hamilton, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Milton and Mississauga.