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TTC surveying passengers:
72 Pape / 172 Cherry St route changes

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This map shows the current route network through the area.

The TTC is asking for your opinion about its proposal to revise transit service to CityPlace, St. Lawrence, the Distillery District, East Bayfront, the Port Lands and other nearby communities.

The survey focuses on buses operating along the 72 Pape and 172 Cherry St routes and future streetcar service along Cherry Street

In 2014, the TTC split the 72 Pape route into two routes, because ongoing construction near Union Station regularly delayed buses.

Now that construction is over and TTC crews have finished building new streetcar tracks along Cherry Street, the TTC is reviewing these services.

It’s proposing a series of route changes, that would:

  • reinstate direct service between Pape and Carlaw Avenues and downtown Toronto;
  • add to the the current service to and from George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus; and
  • introduce new service to the East Bayfront on Queens Quay East and to CityPlace, west of Lower Spadina Avenue.

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This map shows how the TTC proposes to revise routes through the area.

Here’s how the TTC proposes to revise the route network in this area — it has not proposed any alternatives:

  1. 72 Pape — buses would operate as a shuttle between Pape Station and Eastern Avenue only.
  2. Revised bus route 172 — buses would operate between Pape and Union Stations, but along Queen’s Quay East, instead of The Esplanade.
  3. New bus route 121 — buses would operate along The Esplanade and Front Street between Berkeley Street and Bathurst Street. In summer, the TTC would extend service to operate to and from Cherry Beach.
  4. New streetcar route 514 — streetcars would operate between Dufferin Gate Loop and Cherry Street south of Mill Street. They would add to current 504 King service along King Streets West and East and use the recently completed tracks on Cherry Street.

The TTC has also not provided information about how frequently transit vehicles would operate along these new and revised routes, nor what times of the week buses and streetcars would operate along them — for example, seven days or week or only during rush hours.

Note also that during this week’s Toronto Transit Commission meeting, discussing the 2016 TTC budget, the commissioners did not support funding streetcar service along Cherry Street.

What do you think of the proposal?

You can have your say by completing the survey, here by December 15. You can also let the TTC know your opinion by calling customer service at 416-393-3030.

From the Transit Toronto archives:

  • a history of the 72 Pape route by Pete Coulman and Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • a history of the 121 Front - Esplanade route (1991 - 2000) by James Bow and Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • a history of the 172 Cherry St route (2004 - 2008 and 2014 - ) by James Bow, here.
  • a history of streetcars on King Street by James Bow, here.


  • a history of the Carlaw route (1941 - 1946) by Pete Coulman and Alan Gryfe, here.
  • a history of the 3 Ashbridge route (1924 - 1966) by Pete Coulman and Alan Gryfe, here.
  • a history of the 6 Bay route by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the 19 Church route (1954 - 1996) by Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • a history of the 42 Harbour route (1967) by Pete Coulman, here.
  • a history of the 65 Parliament route by Pete Coulman, here.
  • a history of the 75 Sherbourne route by Pete Coulman, here.
  • a history of the 365 Parliament overnight route by James Bow, here.

TTC raising fares, starting January 1

At its meeting yesterday, Monday, November 23, the Toronto Transit Commission agreed to raise the cost to ride the TTC, starting New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2016.

In 2016, you’ll have to drop another quarter into the farebox, if you pay by cash, as the adult fare increases to $3.25. The cost of each token jumps by ten cents to $2.90.

The commission agreed to freeze the cost of a Metropass at $141.50 per month. It also kept seniors and student fares at the current levels, while staff review appropriate fares for these two passenger groups.

The higher fares will contribute $17 million in additional revenue for the TTC’s coffers. Nevertheless, it still has $41 million shortfall in its budget.

The Commissioners are appealing to the City to increase its support to the transit agency to fill that budgetary gap. Last year, the City supported the TTC to the tune of $474 million.

Despite the shortfall, the commissioners also approved major service increases:

  • opening the subway an hour earlier — at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. — Sundays;
  • improving bus and streetcar reliability; and
  • increasing express bus services.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.

Province shares gas-tax revenues
with municipalities for public transit

For the 12th year, the Government of Ontario is again allocating part of provincial gas tax revenues to municipalities across the province to help expand and improve public transit services.

During a media event at the Region of Durham administrative centre in Whitby, Stephen Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, announced that the province is supplying $332.9 million in gas-tax funding to 95 municipalities this year — an increase, the province says, of $11.4 million from last year. Including this year’s funds, the province has provided more than $3.4 billion in gas tax funding to communities across the province since 2004, the Minister said.

Ontario shares two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues with municipalities “to expand and improve public transit”. According to a Ministry of Transportation news release, “The Ontario government made the funding for its Gas Tax Program permanent in 2013 to help municipalities improve transit. In 2014, there was an increase of more than 217 million trips on municipal transit systems, compared to 2003 — equivalent to removing approximately 181 million car trips on roads.”

At the news event, Minister Del Duca confirmed what many public transit users already know: A single bus takes as many as 40 vehicles off the road and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.

Municipalities, large and small, throughout Ontario benefit from the fund, including regions, cities and towns in the Greater Toronto Area and elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The province pays out funds from gas tax revenues on a quarterly basis and determines the amount that municipalities receive by total transit ridership and population of each municipality. As Ontario’s largest municipality with Ontario’s (and Canada’s) largest transit system, the City of Toronto receives the biggest payout, this year totaling nearly $170,000,000.

A portion of the final price you pay at the pump for gasoline and other fuels goes to various levels of government in the form of taxes. In Ontario, you pay both a federal and provincial tax on these products.

The federal government charges a flat rate of 10 cents per litre on gasoline and 4 cents per litre on diesel. The Ontario government also collects gasoline taxes — another 14.7 cents per litre for gasoline and 14.3 cents for diesel fuel.

The federal government also allocates a portion of its gas tax funds to municipalities to help them build and revitalize local public infrastructure, including transit.

From the news, read:

TTC removing, relocating streetcar stops,
starting November 23

The TTC is continuing its process to speed up streetcar service by removing stops that are too close to others or relocating stops to intersections with traffic signals or pedestrian crosswalks.

It started the first phase of this process, Sunday, May 31. That was the last day that TTC streetcars dropped off or picked up passengers at special “Sunday-only” stops, many of which were within one or two blocks of nearby stops.

Starting this week, it’s removing or relocating five more stops:

301 / 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore:
  • Removing the eastbound stop on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Summerhill Road.
505 Dundas:
  • Removing the west- and eastbound stops on Dundas Street East at Victoria Street.
511 Bathurst:
  • Relocating the southbound stop on Bathurst Street between Bloor Street West and Lennox Street to the signal at Lennox Street;
  • Removing the northbound stop on Bathurst Street at Bloor Street West for regular-hour streetcar service. (However, the TTC is retaining this stop for overnight buses operating along the 310 Bathurst route.)
  • Relocating the northbound stop on Bathurst Street north of Carr Street to the signal at Eden Place.

Last year, the Toronto Transit Commission approved removing the stops as part of its ongoing effort to speed up streetcar service and to improve passenger safety.

According to a TTC news release,

“All streetcar stops will now be located at signalized intersections or crosswalks, enhancing customer safety.

“This initiative will also improve service by removing some stops that are too close together. Transportation best practices state that streetcar stops should be 250 to 350 metres apart, and no less than 200 metres to one another.”

Eleventh new TTC streetcar
entered service November 10

The TTC’s eleventh new low-floor Toronto Flexity streetcar, car number 4412, entered service along the 510 Spadina route Tuesday, November 10.

The TTC has equipped the new streetcar with PRESTO fare-card machines and ticket validators so you can pay your fares at all doors. The machines also let passengers without a PRESTO fare card to buy a single-ride Proof-of-Payment ticket with coins or tokens.

The newest streetcars operate along the 510 Spadina and 509 Harbourfront routes. Both routes are “POP” or Proof-of-Payment routes, allowing you to board at any door, if you have a valid transfer, Proof-of-Payment ticket or TTC pass.

The new car joins the other ten accessible low-floor streetcars in service along the routes. The new streetcars feature a higher passenger capacity, air conditioning and are fully accessible for passengers using mobility devices.

Cherry Street construction:
TTC detours start November 26

WATERFRONToronto is installing a sanitary sewer main to link the West Don Lands to a new water-treatment facility in the area.

The work blocks

  • Cherry Street, northbound lanes, between Mill Street and the railway bridge north of Lake Shore Boulevard East

starting 6 a.m. Thursday, November 26.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the lanes are closed:

  • 172 Cherry St.

Construction continues until mid-December.


In the news: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

In the news: Monday, November 23, 2015

Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “A View From Along Eglinton Ave West”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Car2GO To Hell”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “What was the first TTC bus route in Toronto?”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “What’s the meaning behind TTC route numbers?”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “This is what the new TTC streetcar barn looks like”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “College Station renovations reveal original TTC tiles”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC wants out of deplorable Davisville headquarters”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Bombardier refuses to explain TTC streetcar delays”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Councillors move on HMLRT alternatives”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC votes on whether to retain surveillance video longer”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “GO train delays caused by switch problems”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC boosts service on busier routes, including 504 King streetcar”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC ups security patrols in wake of Paris attacks”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto says #IllRideWithYou to Muslims after racist attacks”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Muslim women accosted on TTC, racist graffiti scrawled on GO train”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Slow go on the GO: Trains were delayed, canceled due to broken switch”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC opens new streetcar facility at Leslie Barns”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Women wearing hijabs called terrorists, one shoved on TTC”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC should move out of its ‘grim’ headquarters and into bigger space: CEO”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC commission to debate possible fare hike today”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Bombardier executives will not attend TTC meeting to explain streetcar delays”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Select streetcar stops to be removed, relocated, starting today”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Police investigating after racist comments allegedly hurled at Muslim women riding the TTC”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Broken switch, not weather the cause of GO train delays: Metrolinx”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC increasing security after Paris attacks”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Police release photo of suspect after Muslim women harassed on train”, here.
  • article, “Provinical transit funding a means to an end in Durham”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Bombardier Inc. rejects Toronto Transit Commission request for public explanation of streetcar delays”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC board could implement fare increase to meet $58 million shortfall”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC service improvements start Sunday”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “2 women wearing hijabs allegedly verbally, physically assaulted on Toronto subway”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC board’s fare debate challenged by economically diverse ridership”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC chair looks to boost parking revenue”, here.
  • article, “Oakville getting $2.5 million in Ontario gas tax funds for public transit”, here.
  • article, “Milton gets transit funding boost, thanks to Province’s Gas Tax Program”, here.
  • column, “THE CITY: Is Tory’s SmartTrack a case of over-promising?”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx may look at other options to replace the Davenport Diamond”, here.
  • Marshall’s Musings post, Not so fair by distance: GO Transit’s problematic fare system”“, here.
  • Marshall’s Musings post, “GO Transit and the high cost of ‘free’ parking”, here.
  • Marshall’s Musings post, “On Brampton’s short-sighted Hurontario-Main LRT decision”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Apple Pay coming to the TTC”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “Can we ditch SmartTrack West and build the Eglinton LRT already?”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “MiWay five-year plan omits service to city’s north-west”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Gas tax to fuel local transit plans”, here.
  • post, “Apple Pay is coming to the TTC, but not until 2017”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Like the Liberals’ refugee plan, SmartTrack makes for better politics than policy”, here.
  • National Post article, “Police say teenage boy is a suspect in anti-Muslim assault on Toronto subway train”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Bombardier refusing to speak with TTC publicly about delayed streetcars”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC to ponder fare hike”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC ramping up visibility in the wake of Paris attacks”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Toronto Police identify suspect in harassment of Muslim women”, here.
  • post, “TTC headquarters is a ‘hellhole’: Byford”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “The broken switch that caught everyone off guard”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Someone at GO Transit doesn’t know what a properly cooked turkey looks like. Coz this one is burnt”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Putting your feet on the seat now carries a $75 fine”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Man robbed at Pickering GO Station bridge”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Them dirty Double Ds”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC 2016 Operating Budget”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Port Lands Planning Update”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Metrolinx Fare Integration Survey”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 commentary, “TTC Wants to Get Out of Headquarters”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 commentary, “NYC Running Drills, Why Isn’t Toronto?”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Update: Faulty Track Switch Causes Delays, Cancellations on GO Trains”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Suspect In Harassment Of Muslim Women on TTC ID’d As A Minor”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Toronto slowly learns more about SmartTrack”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “Coxwell station improvements leave commuters in the cold”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Doubts grow about western stretch of Mayor John Tory’s transit plan”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ontario government wants railways to make room for GO Transit”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx to move ahead with giant Davenport rail bridge”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC wants to get out of ‘hellhole’ headquarters”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “TTC needs a new headquarters”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “When will subway escalators be fixed? It’s a big secret: The Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “TTC making progress like its vehicles do - slowly”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Ten encouraging signs for Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Youth among suspects in TTC assault on Muslim women”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Quebec pension fund buys $1.5B stake in Bombardier rail”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory doesn’t rule out SmartTrack changes”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC needs to license its image for revenue: Colle”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC service improvements [started] Sunday”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Two women in hijabs assaulted on TTC”, here.
  • post, “Memo to all three levels of government: Work together and get our transit system back on track”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Construction Progresses on Six New GTA Subway Stations”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Vaughan Centre: A New Downtown for the Suburbs”, here.
  • Wall Street Journal article, “Bombardier to Sell 30% of its Train Unit to CDPQ”, here.
  • article, “North-south bus links needed, Markham councillors say”, here.
  • article, “No pot of gold to help mute train whistles, Markham councillor warns”, here.
  • article, “York Regional Police launch Lock It or Lose It campaign”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Toronto Transit Commission meets, November 23

The Toronto Transit Commission meets tomorrow, Monday, November 22 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room #2, Second Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.

Leslie Barns opens today

Today, Sunday, November 22, the TTC’s new low-floor Flexity streetcars start operating out of Leslie Barns, the new streetcar facility at the southeast corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East. The facility is still under construction, so the TTC won’t fully occupy it until early next year.

According to the TTC,

“The state-of-art 26,000-square-metre [28,000-square-foot] facility has 30 streetcar service bays and will provide maintenance for the entire fleet of 204 new streetcars. It will also store and dispatch 100 new streetcars daily. The TTC currently has two streetcar carhouses. Roncesvalles Carhouse will store 60 new streetcars and Russell Carhouse will store 40 vehicles.

“Leslie Barns has one of the largest green roofs in Toronto and an on-site storm water management pond. The facility will also be the site for all streetcar operator and maintenance training.

“In addition to track construction on Leslie Street, which includes specially designed tracks to minimize noise and vibration, extensive utility upgrades and the replacement of century-old watermains and sewers were also completed during construction. Streetscaping improvements on Leslie Street and Queen Street East include new streetlights and wider sidewalks, plantings and landscaping… and will be complete next spring.”

An official opening of Leslie Barns will take place in early 2016.

The TTC has produced a short video so you can see what’s inside the new Leslie Barns:

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