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Highway 7 East rapidway construction:
Paving, November 25 to 27



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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.


After 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 25 until Thursday, November 27, contractors will be paving Town Centre Boulevard between Cox Boulevard and Highway 7. Expect noise.

After 7 p.m. Tuesday, crews will prepare the area for paving. After 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 26 and Thursday, November 27 crews will grade and pave this section of the roadway.

The street will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. for morning rush-hour traffic. No work will take place overnight.

Cox Boulevard will remain open.

You can access Markham Civic Centre, Unionville High School and Flato Markham Theatre will from Apple Creek Road and turn south onto Town Centre Boulevard.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be directing traffic where work is underway at the intersections of Highway 7 with Town Centre Boulevard / South Town Centre Boulevard and Town Centre Boulevard with Cox Boulevard.

Expect detours for York Region Transit buses operating along the 40 Unionville local route.

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Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, crews will pave the west side of South Town Centre Boulevard between Highway 7 and Clegg Road. North- and southbound traffic will continue to travel along South Town Centre Boulevard.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be directing traffic where work is underway at the intersections of Highway 7 with Town Centre Boulevard / South Town Centre Boulevard and South Town Centre Boulevard with Clegg Road.


During Highway 7 rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • TTC buses operating along the 24 Victoria Park, 68 Warden and 224 Victoria Park North routes; and
  • YRT buses operating along the Viva green, Viva pink, Viva purple, 1 Highway 7, 224B Woodbine and 300 Business express routes.

YRT continues to detour buses operating along the Viva blue, Viva pink, 300 Business express and 302 Unionville express routes, while Cedarland Drive and parts of South Town Centre Boulevard are closed.


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In the news: Saturday, November 22, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Should the TTC install subway platform safety barriers?”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Driver gets stuck in downtown Toronto streetcar tunnel”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Transit users complain about - and compliment - the TTC at town hall meeting at Toronto City Hall”, here.
  • Metro Toronto post,”Pre-frontal lobe problems might be behind sex on Toronto streetcar: expert”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Car freed after getting stuck in TTC streetcar tunnel”, here.



TTC revises services, November 23



The TTC is revising its service, starting tomorrow, Sunday, November 23.

With the end of a number of construction projects, the TTC is able to revert to pre-construction service on many routes. That, in turn, has freed up more buses so that the TTC can also reverse some of the cutbacks that it made in September and October due to an acute shortage of buses.




Davis Drive rapidway construction:
Starting November 24



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.


The contractors are getting ready for the next phase of rapidway construction — building vivastations with station platforms, canopies and, eventually, rapid bus lanes in the centre of the road.

Crews have already built the two platforms for the future Longford / Parkside vivastation. Last week, they installed parts of the canopy.

Starting Monday, November 24, they’ll continue to work on the eastbound platform for the vivastation, blocking the left-turn lanes on Davis Drive at Parkside and Longford Drives. You can still turn left, but from the shared through / right-turn lane during this phase of construction.


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Next week, starting Monday, November 24, crews will finish paving:

  • Southwest and northwest corners of Yonge Street and and Davis Drive: Although you can enter the #17480 Yonge Street plaza from Davis, crews will block the exit onto Davis. Use the Yonge Street driveway to exit.
  • Entrance to Yorktown Square Plaza [20-54 Davis Drive]: Enter from Davis Drive or Yonge Street or Wilstead Drive; exit onto Yonge or Wilstead.
  • North side of Davis between Patterson Street and Main Street North: Crews will temporarily block the driveways to Carpet One [435 Davis] and Livio’s Car Sales [455 Davis]. Enter from Main Street.
  • Driveway to Newmarket Plaza [130 Davis Drive] from Barbara Road: Crews will narrow the entrance and exit, but maintain two-way traffic.

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While paving, crews may also temporarily disrupt side streets and the driveways to #627-647 Davis Drive.


Crews will be working overnight at the intersection of Davis Drive with Lundy’s Lane from 7 p.m. Monday, November 24 until 7 a.m. Tuesday, November 25 and continuing overnight nightly until 7 a.m. November 28. Expect noise.

They’ll reduce Lundy’s Lane to just one lane of traffic in each direction. Each morning, crews will plate the construction area and re-open all traffic lanes.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on-site to direct and manage traffic flow. Pedestrians and transit passengers should look for signs to guide you to the nearest available sidewalk or bus stop.


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Crews continue to block:

  • Patterson Street north of Davis; and
  • Niagara Street north of Davis

until November 27.

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During Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
  • York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community routes.

Source: vivaNext.




In the news: Friday, November 21, 2014



Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.

  • BlogTO post, “New entrance to Dufferin Station set to open”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “10 quirky things to know about the Junction”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “King streetcar gets steamy and gross following ‘sex act’”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the day: Good luck getting home”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Dufferin Station closed this weekend”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto streetcar sex involved 3 people, police say”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “No charges after customer complains of sexual activity on streetcar”, here.
  • CodeRedTO.com post, “Finch West LRT at risk”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “No charges laid after alleged sex act on Toronto streetcar”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “‘Sex act’ reported on board Toronto King St. streetcar”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Elevator error at Union causes headaches for commuters”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx noise-wall construction begins along the West Toronto railpath”, here.
  • National Post article, “Riders forced to flee into the night after they were caught engaging in ‘sex’ act on Toronto’s King streetcar”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “John Tory’s vision of a city that wants new ideas to flourish is a sci-fi concept for Toronto”, here.
  • National Post commentary, “Ontario declines to take a number in seeking the prime minister’s attention”, here.
  • National Post article, “Spacing’s new retail store has everything a person of the ur-Toronto type would every need”, here.
  • NOW article, “Taken for a ride?”, here.
  • NOW article, “The TTC’s technology failures”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “The Uncertain Future of the Finch LRT”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “New LRT lines latest target of Mammoliti’s ramblings”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC signal solution promises subway relief someday — but for now, it’s more delays”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Life’s a twitch, but Toronto’s rats keep their noses out of our business”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “No arrests after alleged sex act on downtown streetcar”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Jetsons-style commute may be in Toronto’s not-so-distant future”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Couple spotted in ‘sex act’ on TTC’s King St. streetcar”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “Vote for who should win our 2014 Transit Troll and Transit Champion Awards!”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Catching Up With TTC’s Upcoming Pioneer Village Station”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Georgetown South Rail Corridor Upgrade Approaches Completion”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Queen Street Viaduct”, here.
  • Yonge Street post, “Mega Six Points intersection takes shape”, here.



Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Work continues November 21



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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.)

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TTC crews will be installing streetcar tracks between Mosley Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East, until about 10 p.m. Friday, November 21

They’ll also work overnight from 10:30 p.m. Sunday, November 23 until 7 a.m. Monday, November 24 and from 10:30 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday, November 25

Installing tracks requires several steps, starting with the concrete base. The TTC installs the tracks on the base and then pours another layer of concrete. To prevent potential warping of the track, crews weld the tracks overnight before the the second concrete pour in the morning which locks them in place.


Crews will also be working Saturday, November 22, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at various sites through the construction zone. They’ll only be working south of the plazas — away from residences — before 9 a.m.


Last week, crews continued upgrading the infrastructure, connecting the base of a storm sewer chamber on Leslie Street, south of Queen Street East. This chamber connects an older storm sewer, which crews recently reinforced, to the new storm culvert.


The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route and the 83 Jones route.

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Streetcars return to Bathurst,
November 23



The TTC is resuming streetcar service along the 511 Bathurst route this Sunday, November 23 after about six weeks of construction.

Today, Friday, November 21 at 5 a.m., it’s resuming regular service along the 505 Dundas route through the intersection of Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street. The cars will no longer detour along College Street and Spadina Avenue. Later this morning, at 11 a.m., it’s resuming bus service along the 511 Bathurst route through the intersection. The buses no longer detour along College Street, Spadina Avenue and Richmond or Adelaide Streets West.

While the street was closed, the City of Toronto upgraded the roadway and water infrastructure, while the TTC upgraded the streetcar tracks, curves and switches.


Phase 1 of the project took place from Tuesday, October 14 until Sunday, October 19.

  • the City reduced northbound traffic on Bathurst Street to just one lane at Wolseley Street, except during rush hours.
  • the TTC closed Wolseley Loop.
  • the TTC repaired the tracks and roadway and upgrading the landscaping in the loop.
  • the TTC replaced streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.

Phase 2 took place from Monday, October 20 until Sunday, November 2:

  • The City fully closed the intersection of Bathurst and Wolseley Streets to traffic in all directions.
  • the City also closed Bathurst both ways to all traffic between Robinson and Willis Streets.
  • the City converted Wolseley to serve two-way traffic between the loop and Ryerson Avenue.
  • the City and TTC repaired concrete on the northbound track margin between Dundas Street West and Wolseley Street.
  • the TTC replaced streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
  • the TTC detoured buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight and 511 Bathurst routes around the construction zone.

Phase 3 took place from Monday, November 3 until Friday, November 21 (with some clean-up activities continuing until Saturday, November 22):

  • The City fully closed intersection of Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street for about 50 meters (150 feet) in all directions from the intersection.
  • The City also closed Bathurst Street between Dundas West and Carr Street.
  • The City and TTC maintained access to Toronto Western Hospital, businesses, homes and sidewalks.
  • The City repaired the roadway and sidewalks and connected a water-main.
  • The TTC replaced the tracks, curbs and switches in the intersection.
  • The TTC detoured streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route around the construction zone.
  • the TTC replaced streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route with buses.
  • the TTC detoured buses operating along the 310 Bathurst overnight and 511 Bathurst routes around the construction zone.



Rossland / Church Ajax construction:
DRT detours, November 25 to December 16



Note: Which version of the information about this construction project is correct? DRT says construction and detours start today, Friday, November 21 and continue until December 14. The Town of Ajax says it’s delaying construction for several days and the intersection is closed from November 25 to December 16. We’re hedging our bets in this post.


The Town of Ajax is closing

  • the intersection of Rossland Road West with Church Street North

starting Friday, November 21 during a project to install a water-main. The work is part of a larger project to realign Rossland Road between Brock Road (Pickering) and Church Street, including new four-lane bridges across Duffins and Urfe Creeks.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along the 219D Ravenscroft / Village, 232 Village and 291 / 292 Ajax community bus routes, while the intersection is closed.

Construction continues until December 16.




Finch Avenue Pickering construction:
DRT detours, November 21



The City of Pickering and the Region of Durham are closing

  • Finch Avenue [Regional Road 37], eastbound lanes, west of Valley Farm Road

this morning, Friday, November 21, as part of ongoing construction of the Region’s Southeast Collector Trunk Sewer Project.

(Work on the project has blocked westbound lanes of Finch between Valley Farm and Brock Roads to all traffic since October 1, 2013. Crews are building a connection chamber on the northeast corner of the intersection of Finch Avenue with Valley Farm Road.)

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses operating along the 110A Central Pickering and 193B Pickering community bus routes, while the street is closed.




Weekend events affect transit services,
November 22, 23



Update — Friday, November 21, 3:16 p.m.: GO has confirmed detour-routing information during Santa’s Parade of Lights in downtown Oshawa.


Santa Claus Parades and other events affect transit services this weekend.

The events take place in Aurora, Guelph, Hamilton, the Maple area of Vaughan, Richmond Hill, St. Catharines, east-end Toronto and the Weston area of Toronto.




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