Read these daily “on schedule” posts to find news and other information that affects your daily commute. You’ll learn about public meetings, special events and construction projects that affect transit services today.
By the end of October, Ministry of Transportation contractors will install eastbound by-pass shoulders beside the freeway between Halton Region Road 25 in Milton and Highway 407. They will remain in place until the ministry and its contractors finish a project to expand the highway, including new high occupancy vehicle (or “HOV”) lanes in both directions.
The new bus lanes improve service for eastbound commuters traveling from Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and Milton to Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto along these GO bus routes:
- 25 Waterloo / Mississauga;
- 29 Guelph / Mississauga;
- 30 Kitchener / Bramalea express; and
- 48 Guelph / York U.
This week, from Monday, September 26 until Friday, September 30, some TTC fare-and-transfer machines on Spadina Avenue will be out of service for as long as 24 hours various days. During this time, buy TTC fares or pick up transfers from machines in streetcars that operate along the 510 Spadina route.
The TTC has not explained why the machines are off-line.
The Toronto Transit Commission meets Wednesday, September 28 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room #1, 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.
Starting Monday, September 26, the TTC is repairing the tracks in:
- Dundas West Station terminal.
It’s detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the streetcar tracks are closed:
Streetcar track repairs in Dundas West Station terminal and the detours continue until October 3.
- Harmony Road North (Regional Road 33), northbound lanes, north of Taunton Road East (Regional Road 4)
during a project to install a new watermain.
Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the lanes are closed:
Construction on Harmony Road North north of Taunton Road East and the detours continue until September 30.
Brampton Transit celebrates its passengers during the annual Customer Appreciation Week, from Monday, September 26 until Friday, September 30. BT thanks you for riding its buses with music, snacks and free giveaways at terminals throughout Brampton.
Events take place:
Monday, September 26
Downtown Brampton Terminal,
from 3 until 6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27
Brampton Gateway Terminal,
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28
Trinity Common Terminal,
from 3 until 6 p.m.
Thursday, September 29
from 3 until 6 p.m.
Friday, September 30
Heart Lake Terminal
from 2 until 5 p.m.
GO Transit is revising bus services in Durham Region, starting today, Saturday, September 24.
You can enjoy a variety of activities, including guided tours of Harvey Shop, a silent auction, a barbecue and a virtual subway simulator game during the event from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. tomorrow. A new low-floor Toronto Flexity streetcar and a vintage Peter Witt car are on display.
The TTC is operating a shuttle service between Bathurst Station and the Hillcrest complex for those taking transit to the event.
The TTC established the Harvey Shop in the early 1920s. Part of the Hillcrest Complex at 1138 Bathurst Street, the shop is the major maintenance facility for the streetcar fleet and component manufacturer for subway cars and buses.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children, with all proceeds supporting the United Way.
From Saturday, September 24 until Monday, September 26, York Region Transit contractors get ready to resurface the Viva rapidways on Highway 7 East between Town Centre Boulevard / South Town Centre Boulevard and Bayview Avenue.
They’re working at intersections, vivastations and along various sections of the rapidway lanes. Traffic-control measures, including barrels, pylons and flag persons are in place. “Paid-duty” York Region Police officers may also be present to guide motorists, cyclists and pedestrians through the work zones.
All vivastations and fare equipment continue to operate during the course of this work. Most construction activities occur evenings and overnight, reducing the impact on buses and passengers.
From Tuesday, September 27 until Thursday, October 6, crews resurface the Viva rapidways between Warden and Bayview Avenues.
They’re working overnight from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., temporarily blocking bike lanes and service to some vivastations. Staff will be available on-street to help direct passengers.
If construction blocks a vivastation:
- Board Viva buses at temporary curbside stops. Look for signs that read “Board Viva bus here”.
- You won’t have access to fare machines. Security guards will help you buy or validate fares.
- Buy your fares in advance and give yourself extra travel time.
This weekend, Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, the TTC is closing the 1 Yonge - University line between Bloor and Osgoode stations, as crews complete track and other maintenance work. All Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Bloor Stations and between Downsview and Osgoode Stations.
While this section of the line is closed, the TTC is providing shuttle buses to replace subway service. Shuttle buses operate frequently between Rosedale and Osgoode stations, stopping on Yonge Street near all stations south of Rosedale and on University Avenue near St Andrew and Osgoode stations.
Shuttle buses do not directly serve Union Station during this closure. Shuttle buses drop off southbound passengers on Wellington Street West at Bay Street — one block north of Union — before continuing westward to St Andrew and Osgoode stations. Buses pick up passengers heading northbound toward Bloor Station on King Street West at Bay Street — two blocks north.
PRESTO fare-card devices are not yet available on all shuttle buses. Carry tokens, tickets or cash, in case the vehicle that arrives at your stop is not yet PRESTO-equipped.
If you travel with a wheel-chair or other mobility device or require more accessible service, Wheel-Trans vehicles also operate between Bloor and Osgoode stations. Ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans service.
Traveling to the area of Union Station
You have several options if you want to travel by public transit to access Union Station or attend this weekend’s Toronto Blue Jays and World Cup of Hockey events:
- After the games, the TTC is operating extra shuttle buses.
- It’s also adding more streetcars along the 510 Spadina route. The cars start and end their trips in the Union Station streetcar loop.
- You can also reach Union Station aboard UP Express trains or GO Transit trains along the 01 Lakeshore West or 09 Lakeshore East lines.
Shuttle bus alternatives
Shuttle buses are frequent, but they are crowded. Consider these less frequent, but, perhaps, less stressful, alternatives to travel to and from downtown.
- Ride the University branch of Line 1 and exit further north than usually:
- at Queen’s Park Station. Board streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to travel to the area of College Station.
- at St Patrick Station. Board streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to travel to the area of Dundas Station.
- at Osgoode Station. Board streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to travel to the area of Queen Station.
- If you usually connect to Line 1 from the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway, exit Line 2 further east or west than usually:
- at Main Street Station. Board streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to travel to the area of College Station.
- at Broadview or Dundas West stations. Board streetcars operating along the 504 King route to travel to the area of King Station.
- at Broadview or Dundas West stations. Board streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to travel to the area of Dundas Station.
- at Ossington Station. Board buses operating along the 94 Wellesley route to travel to the area of Wellesley Station.
The only other time this year that the TTC closed this section of the subway system was Saturday, August 6, when it closed the University branch between St George and Union stations. It has not scheduled any other closures of this part of Line 1 (this year).