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In the news: Monday, July 28, 2013

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: Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

Greater Toronto Area
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Spadina / Dundas construction (phase 2):
TTC detours, July 28 to August 10

From Monday, July 14 until Saturday, August 30, the City of Toronto and the TTC is carrying out major construction work at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West.

The City and TTC intend the project to bring the water-main and streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.

As with all construction projects, expect noise, dust and other temporary inconveniences.

The City will impose parking, traffic and some pedestrian restrictions in and around the work area during the six-week project by:

  • partially closing the intersection: Construction will reduce traffic to just one lane in all directions, restricting some turns for three to four weeks.
  • fully closing the intersection: Construction will prevent any vehicles from passing through the intersection for two to three weeks.
  • reducing parking: Construction will block motorists from parking in the active work zone and the City may temporarily ban on-street parking in the neighbouring area.

The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.

Phase 1 is already underway, from Monday, July 14 until Sunday, July 27:

  • The City is partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses, but the buses operate through the intersection.

Phase 2 starts next week, from Monday, July 28 until Sunday, August 10:

  • The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
  • The TTC is continuing to detour streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but splits the route into two.


Stage 3 takes place from Monday, August 11 until Saturday, August 30:

  • The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • TTC streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route resume regular service through the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but the buses resume regular service through the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)

Starting Sunday, August 31, the TTC plans to restore streetcar service to the 510 Spadina route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West — and officially launch service on its new low-floor streetcars, with at least one production car operating in service.

Streetcar service along the entire route, including along Queens Quay West and through the tunnel to Union Station, resumes Sunday, October 12, the TTC says.

Work typically takes place Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. However, to meet project timelines and to ensure that streetcar service resumes as soon as possible, TTC crews may work late evenings and overnight at the end of the project as they install new rails.

TTC workers will bring rail panels on flatbed trucks and other equipment and material onto the work site and temporarily store them until they’re ready start installing the rails. They’ll then move the rails into position, then install, weld and grind the rails. They’ll install the rails overnight to support daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.

While buses operate, TTC crews will also retrofit the streetcar platform at Spadina Station to accommodate the new streetcars.

The TTC has produced a video with its Chief Executive Officer Andy Byford and Executive Director of Corporate Communications Brad Ross to explain what’s going on at Spadina and Dundas.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • a history of the 505 Dundas streetcar route, by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the 510 Spadina streetcar route, by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the 77 Spadina bus route (1948 - 1997) by Jeffrey Kay and Peter Coulman, here.

Eglinton Crosstown LRT -- Allen Road:
Revised pedestrian access, starting July 21

eglinton crosstown logo.pngStarting Monday, July 21, Metrolinx contractors for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line are rerouting pedestrian access to Eglinton West Station during construction of the extraction shaft near the southbound ramp to Eglinton Avenue West from William R. Allen Road.

(The contractors will use the extraction shaft to remove tunnel-boring machines when they reach Allen Road. They’ll then install them into a launch shaft east of Allen Road, where the machines will begin their tunneling journey toward Yonge Street. Tunnels for the TTC’s 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line block the machines from tunneling through the Allen Road area without stopping.)

West of Eglinton West Station, pedestrians may walk from Park Hill Road on the pedestrian walkway north of the construction site and back to Eglinton Avenue, where they may cross at the traffic signal to Eglinton West Station.

East of Eglinton West Station, work will block the pedestrian crossing at the northbound ramp for long-term construction and pedestrians can’t cross the ramp. Instead, pedestrians may walk to the south side of Eglinton West to access the subway station.

Use the pedestrian traffic signal between Flanders Road and Glenarden / Westover Hill Roads when crossing Eglinton.

The work also blocks access to Eglinton from the pedestrian walkway parallel to Allen Road on the east side south of Wembley Road.

Metrolinx says that “it has been working closely with the City of Toronto, the TTC, elected officials and Toronto Police Services to monitor the situation and to consider modifying the current arrangement that allow Crosstown construction to continue on schedule, alleviate some of the traffic congestion and, ensure the safety of pedestrians along Eglinton Avenue”.


During LRT construction on Eglinton Avenue West at Allen Road, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:

  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 63 Ossington; and
  • 109 Ranee.

Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Work continues July 28

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City of Toronto and TTC contractors continue the project to upgrade the street, improve the water-service infrastructure and install streetcar tracks on Leslie Street.

(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)

From Monday, July 28 until Sunday, September 7, the City will close:

  • the intersection of Leslie Street with Eastern Avenue

as crews continue the next phase of the project.

All traffic, including buses must divert around the intersection, although pedestrian and bicycle access continues at all times.

Also starting at 9 a.m. Monday, July 28, the City will close

  • the intersection of Leslie Street with Commissioners Street.

as Enbridge Gas crews repair a nearby gas line. The emergency gas-line repairs will close the intersection for about two weeks or until August 8.

Toronto Police Service will be on-site 24 hours a day to maintain one interchangeable lane of traffic from southbound Leslie Street to westbound Commissioners Street and from eastbound Commissioners to northbound Leslie. Vehicles will not be able to travel on Leslie across the intersection north- or southbound. Motorists heading to the Portlands must travel along Commisioners and Cherry Street to Unwin Avenue.

The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route and the 83 Jones route continue off Leslie Street during the construction.

While the Eastern / Leslie intersection is closed, it will also detour buses operating along the 143 Downtown / Beach express route.

While the Commissioners / Leslie intersection is closed, it may also have to further detour buses operating along the 83 Jones route, but has not yet announced detour-routing information.

TTC upgrading tracks near Davisville,
starting July 20

This summer and fall, the TTC is replacing six subway track turn-outs along the open-cut section of the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line near Davisville Station that have reached the end of their service life.

(Turn-outs, or switches allow trains to move from one track to another. These particular turn-outs let trains move between the main line and the Davisville Yard facility and the third track at Davisville Station. The current technology for new track turn-outs will result in a smoother operation for subway trains traveling through the area and a smoother ride for passengers.)

Three turns-outs are south of the station near the Kay Gardner Beltline Bridge and three turn-outs are north of the station between Lola Road and Imperial Street West.

Crews will work on the project in two phases:

  • Phase 1 — south of Davisville Station; and
  • Phase 2 — north of Davisville Station.

Crews will work on the turn-outs south of Davisville Station first, then work north of the station. To replace each turn-out, they’ll proceed through a series of stages, from getting ready to remove the rail to installing the new track.

Trains will reduce speed both ways through the work areas near Davisville Station during the project.

Queens Quay track construction
continues July 26

TTC crews continue rebuilding the streetcar tracks on Queens Quay West, as part of Waterfront Toronto’s project to upgrade the streetscape.

Last week, crews reopened the intersection of Queens Quay West with Rees Street. They continue working east of Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street, pouring concrete for the new road base, getting ready to pave in the next two weeks.

Crews continue final track work east of Lower Spadina Avenue:

  • Between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane: TTC crews continue getting ready to pour and form the sub-base for concrete and for installing the remaining streetcar rails. They’ll pull and place these sections of rail during the night shifts from Tuesday to Thursday this week. Expect noise.
  • Between Shoppers Drug Mart and the Peter Slip Bridge: This week, crews are installing the rail lubricator pads.

Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:

  • Bay Street to York Street: Roadway construction continues on the south side. Crews will start excavating for the new roadway between York Street and the 85 Harbour Street driveway on the north side.
  • York Street / Queens Quay West: Crews shifted traffic lanes late last week, with westbound Queens Quay traffic now moving on the new TTC right-of way from Bay to Rees Street. By shifting the traffic lanes, crews can start digging this week on the north side of Queens Quay for the new roadway and on the south curb lane for landscaping and to restore Martin Goodman Trail, east of York Street.
  • York Street to Rees Street: Crews continue to form and pour the concrete base slab. When they’ve finished that, they’ll pave this section of roadway.

The contractors have multiple crews working this weekend, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.

  • Between Lower Simcoe and Rees Streets: Preparing the roadway sub-base and pouring concrete to rebuild the road.
  • Between Peter Slip Bridge and Lower Spadina Avenue: Working on the TTC traction-power conduits.
  • Spadina / Queens Quay Loop: Installing overhead cabling.

The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes with buses during this project.


Oakville GO Station construction:
Oakville Transit revises stops, July 26, 27

GO Transit is resurfacing the road at the entrance to the bus loop at Oakville GO station this Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27.

Oakville Transit is relocating its bus stops temporarily from the inner bus loop.

Instead, buses serving these routes pick up passengers in the outer loop at the station:

  • 1 Trafalgar;
  • 4 Speers / Cornwall;
  • 13 Westoak Trails;
  • 14 Lakeshore West;
  • 15 Bridge;
  • 17 Kerr;
  • 19 River Oaks;
  • 20 Northridge;
  • 24 South Common Centre;
  • 26 Falgarwood; and
  • 28 Glen Abbey North.


Highway 7 East rapidway construction:
July 25 to August 1

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Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to work on the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway.

Emergency services vehicle and viva bus drivers will be operating “test runs” along the rapidway before the lanes officially open later this summer. Continue to board viva buses at stops beside the curb between South Town Centre Boulevard / Town Centre Boulevard and Allstate Parkway / East Valhalla Road.

Here’s what else is going on this week:

Yonge Street rapidway construction:
starting July 28

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 and Newmarket.

From Monday, July 28 until Friday, August 29 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews are completing geotechnical testing along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and in Newmarket. This work will help contractors prepare for the next phase of rapidway construction.

They’re working at various locations in Richmond Hill — between 19th Avenue / Gamble Road and Highway 407 — and in Newmarket — between just north of Davis Drive and just south of Mulock Drive.

Crews are using a drilling truck to bore sample holes at various locations. They’ll fill in each hole before they move to the next work site.

As they move along the corridor, the crews are temporarily blocking Temporary north and southbound lane closures along Yonge, as required from 9:30am to 3:30pm as crews move along the corridor.

Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site if necessary.

Wherever possible, sidewalks will remain open. If the work blocks a sidewalk, directional signs will guide pedestrians safely around work zones.

Expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

  • During rapidway construction on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and Newmarket, expect delays for for GO Transit buses operating along the 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto; 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and 68 Barrie / Newmarket routes.
  • Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along the Viva blue; Viva blue “A”; 15 Stouffville; 22A King City; 25 Major Mackenzie; 31 Aurora North; 57 / 57A Mulock; 81 Inspiration; 83 / 83A Trench; 84 Oak Ridges; 86 Newkirk / Red Maple; + 98 Yonge; 99 Yonge; 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus; and 589 / 590 Richmond Hill community bus routes.


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