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.
Brampton Transit is making minor changes to its services, starting Monday, May 1.
York Region Transit reports that contractors are hoisting a crane at a construction site on Yonge Street near Finch GO Bus Terminal today, Saturday, April 29 from 6:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.
The work blocks traffic lanes, restricting northbound traffic to just one lane and southbound traffic to just two lanes.
Expect delays for TTC buses operating to and from Finch Station bus terminal along these routes:
- 42 Cummer;
- 53 Steeles East;
- 60 Steeles West;
- 97 Yonge; and
- 125 Drewry.
Expect delays for YRT buses operating to and from Finch GO Bus Terminal along these routes:
- 2 Milliken;
- 5 Clark;
- 77 Highway 7;
- 88 Bathurst;
- 91 Bayview;
- 99 Yonge;
- 760 Vaughan Mills / Wonderland; and
- Viva blue.
Expect delays for GO Transit buses operating toward Finch GO Bus Terminal along these routes:
- 19 Mississauga / North York;
- 27 Milton / North York;
- 34 Pearson / North York; and
- 96 Oshawa / Finch express.
York Region Transit is making changes to its services along 15 routes, starting Sunday, April 30.
Update — Friday, April 28, 7:04 a.m.: Most — if not all — of the articulated buses were available for rush-hour service this morning.
TTC Nova low floor articulated bus #9081 prepares to leave Finch station in service on the 199 FINCH ROCKET on October 8, 2014. Photo by Mark David.
This evening, Thursday, April 27, the TTC has withdrawn from service all 153 of its 18-metre (60-foot) NovaBus LFS articulated buses, after one of the buses unexpectedly accelerated during routine maintenance late this afternoon.
Also, an operator who was returning one of the buses to Malvern Garage today due to faulty doors experienced a similar full-throttle situation that required him to quickly regain control of the vehicle. No injuries were reported and no passengers were aboard the bus.
The TTC immediately advised Nova, the bus manufacturer.
Nova has come up with a software fix; however it takes about 20 minutes per bus to complete and Nova can’t apply the solution across the entire fleet by tomorrow morning’s service.
TTC staff are in the process of developing a service plan for the morning rush hour (and afternoon rush, if necessary), since pulling 153 articulated buses from service will significantly impact the bus network. The buses each carry 77 passengers when full.
The TTC is reallocating its 12-metre (40-foot) buses, which have not experienced this problem, across all seven TTC garages to reduce the impact on passengers tomorrow. Nevertheless, passengers can expect to wait longer for their buses because of this issue.
The buses usually operate along the 7 Bathurst, 29 Dufferin, 36 Finch West, 85 Sheppard East, 53 Steeles East express and 41 Keele routes.
MiWay has announced its upcoming service changes starting next Monday, May 1 and it’s mostly delivering good news to transit passengers.
First, it opens two more Transitway stations — Spectrum and Orbitor, bringing the number of stations in service along the bus-only route across the middle of Mississauga to 11. The final station (for now), Renforth Gateway opens this fall.
It’s also improving or offering more frequent weekend service along these routes:
- 103 Hurontario express
Finally, with the end of the winter term at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto, it’s decreasing service along several routes during the spring and summer, when fewer passengers travel to and from the campuses:
The TTC is closing its Line 1 (Yonge - University) subway between Downsview and St George stations this Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.
Line 1 subway trains operate only between Finch and St George stations this weekend.
While this part of the line is closed, TTC crews continue their ongoing work to test and install the new automatic train control system. According to a TTC news release, “When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.”
The TTC is operating shuttle buses to partially replace subway service — but only between Downsview and Lawrence West stations. Three construction projects delayed shuttle buses when the TTC operated them south of Lawrence West station during last year’s closures.
This TTC video provides more information about ATC and explains the alternate service plan that the TTC is using to move passengers during this closure.
Instead, the TTC is encouraging passengers to ride connecting routes to stations on the Yonge arm of Line 1 or to Line 2 (Bloor - Danforth) stations. It will double regular service along ten bus and streetcar routes Saturday and Sunday:
- 7 Bathurst;
- 14 Glencairn;
- 26 Dupont;
- 29 Dufferin;
- 32 Eglinton West;
- 52 Lawrence West;
- 84 Sheppard West;
- 96 Wilson;
- 109 Ranee;
- 127 Davenport;
- 196 York University rocket; and
- 512 St Clair.
To improve bus service, the City of Toronto is temporarily banning parking on
- Lawrence Avenue West between Lawrence West and Lawrence stations; and
- Bathurst Street between Barton Avenue and Bloor Street West.
The TTC is also operating extra subway service along the rest of Line 1 during the closure and along Line 2 from 3 until 11 p.m.
Wheel-Trans buses operate to and from Downsview, Lawrence West and St George stations, if you use a wheelchair or mobility device or otherwise need accessible service. Ask TTC staff at these stations for Wheel-Trans.
Dupont and Glencairn stations are closed Saturday and Sunday. All other stations are open so you can buy tokens, tickets, passes and other fare media and connect with buses and streetcars.
This weekend, crews are testing the new ATC system between Downsview and Spadina stations. The TTC also expects to have finished all ATC work on Line 1 north of Dupont Station by the end of 2017.
This is the fourth of 14 weekend closures affecting this part of Line 1 this year, mostly resulting from TTC crews installing and testing ATC. The TTC previously closed the line between Downsview and St George:
- Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22;
- Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26; and
- Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9.
Upcoming weekend closures for this part of the line:
- Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
- Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
- Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
- Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
- Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
- Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 - Downsview to Lawrence West - track and switch work;
- Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 - Downsview to St George - ATC;
- Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 - Downsview to Wilson - ATC;
- Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 - Downsview to St George - ATC; and
- Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 - Downsview to Wilson - ATC.
Learn how to get around during the closure if you’re traveling to or from Yorkdale.
This weekend, TTC track crews are replacing worn rails at the westbound streetcar stop on Queen Street West at Tecumseth Street — two blocks west of Bathurst Street.
From 6 p.m., Friday, April 28 until 5 a.m. Monday, May 1, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes around the work zone:
Shuttle buses replace the cars between Shaw Street and Spadina Avenue. (These buses operate independently from the shuttle buses that the TTC is already operating to replace the cars west of Roncesvalles Avenue during long-term construction on Lake Shore Boulevard West, through Humber Loop and on The Queensway.)
Last weekend, crews on the north side of the same intersection to replace worn rails at the westbound stop on Queen West at Palmerston Avenue.
Close-up view of 501L Queen and 501M Queen shuttle-bus routing between Windermere Avenue and Park Lawn Road:
To decrease disrupting traffic and nearby residents during projects to repair or replace streetcar tracks, the TTC recently bought a concrete milling machine. The machine speeds the work, reduces the amount of digging by backhoes and reduces noise levels. However, effectively installing the new rail still requires overnight work, including concrete-chipping.
Crews occupy the track area on Queen Street West, restricting traffic to the curb lanes through the work zone.
During this project, crews are:
- removing old concrete to expose the old rail;
- replacing the rail; and
- placing new concrete.
They’re working “around-the-clock” — 24 hours a day — to make sure regular streetcar service can resume through the area Monday morning.
- Friday, April 28, 6 p.m.: The TTC diverts the cars and the track crew start using the milling machine to remove most of the concrete in the track area. Then, they’ll chip the rest of the concrete to completely expose the rails. The crews also weld new strings of rail in the track allowance, which they’ll store on the tracks until they’re ready to install them. They’ll continue working into Saturday morning.
- Saturday, April 29: Crews replace old rail with the new rail. They’ll also cut, weld and grind the rails.
- Sunday, April 30: Crews place concrete in the track area and set it to cure. The new concrete cures until about 5 a.m. Monday, May 1, when the crews remove the work zone so that streetcars and regular traffic can resume over the track area.
Durham Region Transit is raising its fares, supporting, it says, its program to “[improve] our transit network. Enhancements include:
- Increased service on the High-Frequency Network
- New services to growth areas
- Improvements to feeder routes
- More service in North Durham.”
Single-trip fares go up by a nickel for passengers using a PRESTO fare card or a paper ticket. Adult monthly passes increase by $2, while youth, senior, child and access monthly passes remain the same as currently. Cash fares also remain the same.
Adult passengers — between 20 and 64 years of age — pay $3.10 for a single ride with their PRESTO card, starting May 1. A monthly pass — either through PRESTO or a paper document — costs $117.
DRT is renaming its fare category for passengers between 13 and 19 years of age as youth (instead of “student”.) These riders pay $2.80 for a single trip and $93.50 for a pass.
Senior fares apply for passengers 65 years of age or older. Their fares are $2.10 per ride.
Children — 12 years or younger — also pay just $2.10.
You can still use DRT’s “Effective May 1, 2016” series tickets until May 31 by dropping an extra five cents in the farebox to “top up” to the current fare.
From May 1 until August 31, you can also exchange “old” tickets for their value by visiting one of four DRT PRESTO locations to apply the cash value of the tickets to a PRESTO card.
- Oshawa Centre, 419 King Street West, Information Services: Mondays to Fridays, 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Durham Regional Headquarters, 605 Rossland Road East, Whitby, Cashier: Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- DRT Westney Division, 110 Westney Road South, Ajax: Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Pickering Town Centre, 1355 Kingston Road, Guest Services: Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.