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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.

Extra Barrie line train service, July 22 and 23

GO Transit is operating extra trains along the 65 Barrie line this weekend to accommodate a significant number of advanced GO train ticket bookings.

Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, a special southbound train leaves Allandale Waterfront GO Station at 6:42 a.m., drops off or picks up passengers at all stations along the line and ends its trip in Union Station at 8:20 a.m.

The 5:41 p.m. northbound train from Union, which usually ends its trip in Aurora GO Station, continues, instead, to Allandale Waterfront, serving all stations along the line, arriving at 7:18 p.m. The bus that serves the 68 Barrie / Newmarket route and that connects to the 5:41 p.m. northbound train at Aurora operates as usually. If you’re traveling to a GO station north of Aurora, however, stay on the train.

GO buses serving the 63 King City / Toronto, 65 Newmarket / Toronto and 68 Barrie / Newmarket routes continue to operate to and from GO stations with their regular schedules. Connecting Barrie Transit, York Region Transit and TTC buses continue to operate with their regular schedules.

This weekend other GO buses and trains in the Barrie corridor may be busier than usual.

No subway service, July 22, 23:
Broadview to St George


All day Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, the TTC is closing the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Broadview and St George stations, as its crews maintain and repair the tracks on this section of the line and City of Toronto contractors continue upgrading the Prince Edward Viaduct. All Line 2 trains operate between Kennedy and Broadview stations and between Kipling and St George stations that day.

It’s replacing subway service with shuttle buses between the two stations. The shuttle buses start and end their trips in the bus terminals at Broadview and St George Stations, then operate along Danforth Avenue, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West. They drop off or pick up passengers at the intersections nearest to subway stations:

  • at Castle Frank Road, Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets.

Bay Station will be closed. All other stations remain open so you can buy fares or connect with buses and streetcars.

If you need accessible transportation, Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Broadview and St George stations. You can ask for the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a supervisor at these stations.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.

Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful, alternatives. Consider boarding buses or streetcars east or west of the closure to by-pass the crowds, if you’re traveling to and from downtown.

  • ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route from Dundas West or Broadview stations. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Andrew or King stations.
  • ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route from Dundas West or Broadview stations. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Patrick or Dundas stations.
  • ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route from Main Street Station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at Queen’s Park or College stations.
  • ride buses operating along the 94 Wellesley route at Ossington Station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at Wellesley Station.

The TTC has already closed this section of the subway three times this year:

It plans to close this section of the subway line twice more this year:

  • Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 - City work on Prince Edward Viaduct; and
  • Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 and Thanksgiving, Monday, October 9 - City work on Prince Edward Viaduct and TTC maintenance.

According to the TTC, “Maintaining subway infrastructure in a state-of-good-repair is critical to ensuring a safe, reliable transit system. While the TTC does much of its maintenance work on the subway at the conclusion of service each night, it will continue to require weekend closures to complete improvements to infrastructure and signals, such as automatic train control. One weekend of work during a subway closure equals about five weeks of nightly work.”

In this video, the TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford and executive director of corporate communications, Brad Ross, further explain why the TTC closes parts of its subway network weekends:

Less frequent Lakeshore East GO train service,
this weekend, July 21 to 23

GO Transit is decreasing the frequency of service along the 09 Lakeshore East line this weekend from the evening of Friday, July 21 until Sunday, July 23 during railway-crossing work at Guildwood GO Station and track work near Rouge Hill GO Station.

Trains operate along the line every hour, instead of every 30 minutes.

Friday, July 21:

Westbound trains operate hourly, starting with the train that leaves Oshawa GO Station at 7:38 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Oshawa at 8:08, 9:08 and 10:08 p.m.

Eastbound trains operate hourly, starting with the train that leaves Union Station at 7:17 p.m. GO is cancelling the trains that usually leave Union at 7:48, 8:43, 9:43, 10:43 and 11:43 p.m.

Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23:

West- and eastbound trains operate hourly all day.

Westbound trains leave Oshawa only at 41 minutes past each hour. GO is cancelling all trains that usually leave Oshawa at 11 minutes past each hour.

Eastbound trains leave Union only at 13 minutes past each hour. GO is cancelling all trains that usually leave Union at 43 minutes past each hour. GO is also cancelling the train that usually leaves Union at 1:13 p.m. An extra eastbound train leaves Union at 12:30 p.m., drops off and picks up passengers at all stations along the line and ends its trip in Oshawa at 1:25 p.m.

GO buses serving the 81 Port Perry / Whitby, 88 Peterborough / Oshawa and 90 Lakeshore East routes continue to operate to and from GO stations with their regular schedules. Connecting Durham Region Transit and TTC buses continue to operate with their regular schedules. You may have to wait in stations as much as 30 minutes longer than usually for the next GO train.

PRESTO upgrading system, July 21, 22

PRESTO is upgrading its system starting late tomorrow, Friday, July 21 until early evening Saturday, July 22.

This work prepares the system for new TTC features and enhances so you can:

  • get a transaction history report for a longer period of time — 24 months instead of the current three; and
  • change the name you’ve assigned to your card to make managing multiple PRESTO cards easier.

During this time, you can’t use and the PRESTO call centre tp:

  • order new or replacement cards;
  • access PRESTO accounts on-line or by phone;
  • load funds on-line or by phone;
  • activate or report a lost or stolen card;
  • set up autoload;
  • transfer balances from old to new cards;
  • update account information on the PRESTO website or by phone
  • access the “Frequently asked Questions”, “Learn About PRESTO”, “Federal Tax Credit” or the “GO Transit Service Guarantee” pages on the PRESTO website; or
    • use the “Contact Us” form.

You can still use your PRESTO card to pay transit fares and load funds at customer service outlets, self-serve reload machines and PRESTO-enabled GO Transit and UP Express ticket-vending machines.

Although is not available during the upgrade, you can still call the PRESTO Contact Centre for answers to general questions at 1-877-378-6123.

The upgrade process may delay when you receive information about transactions and trips for your account.

Weekend events affect transit services,
July 20, 21, 22, 23

Central Toronto hosts several street festivals and a road race this weekend, the Downsview area sees the closing ceremony for the North American Indigenous Games, while the Malvern district of the city is the scene of an annual parade - all events that block streets and result in detours for transit services.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, cars, trucks and motorcycles take centre stage this weekend: vintage and classic car shows in Brampton and Milton; and an event in Kitchener featuring both food trucks and motorbikes.

Other special events also affect transit services in Barrie, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Hamilton, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Oakville, Oshawa and the Sutton area of Georgina.

Bathurst / Highway 7 connector construction:
YRT / Viva detour, July 21, 22, 23, 24

The Region of York is closing:

  • the Bathurst / Highway 7 connector road

from 10 p.m. Friday, July 21 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 24 to accommodate a variety of construction activities to revise and improve sewer, culvert, and utility infrastructure to support a future rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — and a vivastation.

York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the road is closed:

When the connector road reopens Monday morning, the eastbound curb lane will remain closed.

In the news: Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Beach Metro News article, “Noise chief concern at Metrolinx expansion meeting”, here.
  • Beach Metro News column, “Three strikes and we’re out of a pool”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC to end time-based transfer program”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “10 things you just don’t do on the TTC”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Dazzling colour footage reveals the Toronto of the 1940s”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian editorial, “Transportation network”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Pearson airport officially opens Greyhound bus service in Terminal 1”, here.
  • Bulletin article, “Union Station rail corridor public meeting #1”, here.
  • Canadian Manufacturing post, “Feds back latest Toronto light rail line with $333M investment”, here.
  • Canadian Manufacturing post, “Bombardier signs deal with Thunder Bay, Ont. workers building Toronto’s streetcars”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Canadian Manufacturing website), “Toronto to get nearly $5B from Canada to fund new transit projects”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Sun website), “TTC bus-van crash injures eight”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Mayor John Tory says $4.8B of federal transit funding is on its way”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “‘No one saying it’s perfect’: TTC named best transit system in North America”, here
  • CBC News Toronto report, “King Street pilot project wins city council approval”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC board urged to consider other light rail companies for future streetcars”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Will the TTC’s weekend closures ever end? Not until at least 2019”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Thunder Bay, Ont. workers who build TTC streetcars sign new deal with Bombardier”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC marks its 31 billionth ride since it was established in 1921”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “GO service on Lakeshore East line disrupted for 2 - 3 hours after person fatally struck”, here.
  • CityLab post, “Fixing Toronto’s Worst Streetcar Commute”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Bombardier may miss another target for delivery of new streetcars”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Sole-sourced contract for light rail vehicles upsets rival manufacturer”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC bus operator appears to assualt passenger in video”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Toronto man searching for stranger who helped him after falling down TTC staircase”, here.
  • CP24 report, “GO train riders pop umbrellas after water streams from train ceiling”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Suspects sought after TTC subway station robbed at gunpoint”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Driver sentenced to 3 years in fatal crash with TTC bus”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “New Oshawa GO station will soon be open for business”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Toronto city council approves King Street Transit pilot project”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC to do business with other rail providers, in light of Bombardier delays”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “St. Clair next Toronto transit route to get new streetcars; time-based transfers axed”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Toronto man looking for ‘selfless’ Good Samaritan after serious fall at TTC station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Truck driver sentenced to 3 years in death of grandmother killed in 2013 TTC bus crash”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Toronto’s Pearson Airport plans massive transit hub”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Union Pearson Express looks unlikely to break even”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “New tool to report sexual assaults coming to TTC riders”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Office space scarce along Toronto’s new LRT route”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Across Canada, dump trucks and buses protect summer crowds from vehicle attacks”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Siemens, Bombardier exploring two rail joint ventures: sources”, here.
  • insauga post, “Part of Mississauga LRT will be underground”, here.
  • article, “Mission control, but for transit: A look at the TTC’s transit control unit”, here.
  • article, “Federal infrastructure money will help Toronto build transit, says Mayor Tory”, here.
  • article, “Construction starts at site of future GO downtown Toronto bus terminal”, here.
  • column, “Transit Review: TTC named best transit agency in North America”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: The Sheppard LRT is probably dead”, here.
  • column, “Transit Review: “Taxis can still use King Street during pilot”, here.
  • article, “Crosstown construction puts the hurt on businesses along Eglinton”, here.
  • article, “Controversial Mimico concrete plant may move to eastern portlands: Grimes”, here.
  • article, “Toronto police issue alert after projectiles hit women at TTC bus stop”, here.
  • article, “Toronto police seek suspect after woman sexually assaulted on the TTC”, here.
  • article, “Toronto police release images of suspects in TTC robberies in 2 subway stations”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “City commits $26.6 million for Hurontario LRT project enhancements”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Mississauga transit union pushing for operational control of Hurontario LRT”, here.
  • NOW article, “Watch out, Toronto. Mississauga is passing you in the bike lane”, here.
  • Railway Age post, “Toronto’s transit travails take a tepid turn”, here.
  • Railway Tracks & Structures post, “Metrolinx safety officer receives OL Canada Award”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Understanding how TTC won North America’s top transit prize”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board ‘Discovers’ Cost of Bloor - Danforth Subway Renovation”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Travel Time on King Street, January to June 2017”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “King Street Pilot Approved and Amended by Council”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board Meeting, July 12, 2017”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “UPX Ridership Update”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “An Unusual Visitor to 509 Harbourfront”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Canada (er… Dominion) Day, 1967”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Maybe Yes, Maybe No, SmartTrack Stations”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Is the TTC Really Number One?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Kitchener Trolley Bus Gallery”, here.
  • TB News Watch article, “Bombardier may miss another delivery target”, here.
  • Treehugger post, “Jargon Watch: “Radical Incrementalism”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Ways Toronto Can Dramatically Improve City Bus Network”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “In Praise of Stockholm’s Stunning Transit System”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “TTC must earn its ‘most outstanding’ title”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “TTC wins top transit system and now City Hall has another reason to underfund transit”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, Ottawa to require Ontario to pay one-third of Toronto’s new transit projects”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Toronto’s transit funding is good news, right? Not so fast, the city now has to find more than $4 billion”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Transit pushback against political meddling at Metrolinx”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier admits it may miss 2017 streetcar delivery target”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx $500-million sole-sourced contract broke the rules, company says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC urged to look elsewhere for new streetcars after Bombardier delay”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Council approves King St. pilot to prioritize streetcars, but bows to taxi industry”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Construction starts on $2-billion Bay St. bus terminal and office complex”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Here’s what the TTC should do instead of killing the two-hour transfer on St. Clair”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Federal funding shuffle casts doubt on the Sheppard LRT”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC looks to boost cash for cabs to keep up with soaring Wheel-Trans usage”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Was user experience considered when giving TTC award?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC gets mock award for ‘least funded’ transit system”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Presto’s TTC installation to cost $385 million”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Coloured canopy and street style portraits among the artworks coming to eight TTC subway stations”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Ford’s streetcar study would be costly, ineffective”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto police seek public’s help in identifying suspects in TTC gunpoint robberies”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC honoured as ‘outstanding’ transit system”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “TTC best transit system in North America. Is this some kind of joke?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Why the TTC deserves its award: Byford”, here.
  • Toronto Sun commentary, “Toronto deserves better than King St transit pilot”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Toronto’s $4.8B transit assist from feds puts onus on province: Mayor Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “Bombardier, TTC: You had one job”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC considering new streetcar supplier after learning Bombardier may miss another deadline”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Three-year sentence for man whose dangerous driving claimed life of grandmother”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC bus-van crash injures eight”, here.
  • TVO blog post, “Why Brampton’s Linda Jeffrey has the toughest mayoral gig in the GTA”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Government of Canada new funding partner for Finch West LRT”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Vaughan Metropolitan Centre starting to look like it’s a thing”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Bay Park Centre Unveiled as “CIBC Square” at Ground-Breaking”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: 510 in Motion”, here.
  • article, “Yonge North line extension closer: York transit proponents “, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

TTC replacing Dundas Square, Victoria tracks,
starting July 17

City of Toronto and TTC contractors are proceeding to the next phase of the ongoing project to replace water-mains and the streetcar tracks on

  • Dundas Street East between Church and Yonge Streets.

Starting Monday, July 17, the City is closing the eastbound lanes of

  • Dundas Street East between Church and Yonge Streets; and
  • Dundas Street West between Bay and Yonge Streets

to traffic. The eastbound lanes are unavailable to motorists until September 16. One lane will be open to westbound traffic at all times.

The City is also closing parts of Victoria Street and Dundas Square during the same period.

City contractors are replacing the sidewalks and restoring the roadway after water-main construction and streetcar-track construction on Dundas East earlier this year.

TTC crews are replacing streetcar tracks:

  • From Monday, July 17 until Monday, August 7 — on Victoria Street at Dundas Square and south of Dundas Square.
  • From Tuesday, August 8 until Monday, August 21 — on Victoria Street between Dundas Street East and Dundas Square.
  • From Tuesday, August 22 until Saturday, September 16 — on Dundas Square between Victoria Street and Victoria Street Lane.

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Note that the new end-of-construction date is now September 30, instead of October 31, as these graphics indicate.

The TTC must work overnight to replace tracks while crews:

  • remove the concrete and old streetcar track;
  • replace the concrete;
  • move new rail into position;
  • install the new rail; and
  • weld and grind the new rail.

The TTC may also upgrade the overhead streetcar wiring overnight, as necessary. The TTC explains that, “After-hours work… is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.”

The City says that the project is ahead of schedule and that it now expects to complete it Saturday, September 30 instead of Tuesday, October 31, as it previously announced.

The TTC continues to detour streetcars operating along this route:


TTC's time-based transfer program
for St Clair passengers ending September 2


TTC CLRV #4190 picks up passengers at the newly rebuilt Gunns’ Loop on the morning of September 17, 2010. Photo by James Bow.

Since 2005, the TTC has offered passengers on St. Clair Avenue the opportunity to use time-based transfers when traveling along the 512 St Clair route.

The pilot program allows you to board and ride streetcars or buses serving the route for as long as two hours. You can board the transit vehicles at any stop, in any direction, until the expiry time on the transfer.

The program is ideal for short-distance commuters who wished to travel, for example, for a just few stops between their homes and a store, and then return home within the two-hour window.

Now the TTC has announced that the last day for the pilot is Saturday, September 2.

Starting Sunday, September 3, it’s introducing its new Toronto Flexity low-floor streetcars to the 512 St. Clair route. According to the TTC, it’s eliminating “two-hour time-based transfers on the route, as operators on the new streetcars cannot issue paper transfers to customers.”

The TTC expects the route to be fully accessible — meaning only the Flexity cars will operate along the route — by early 2018.


TTC Flexity LRV #4436 pulls into St. Clair station as part of its break-in run on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Photo by Mark Pompeo.

Eglinton - Crosstown LRT -- Yonge / Eglinton:
TTC daytime detours start July 17

eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors continue working to build the future Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line.

Starting Monday, July 17, to prepare for upcoming construction of Eglinton Station, Toronto Hydro crews are working on Duplex Avenue south of Eglinton Avenue West to re-route hydro services in the area. Part of the work affects TTC buses entering and exiting from Eglinton Station bus terminal.

“To maintain safe and timely TTC service and efficiently move 70,000 daily passengers,” the TTC says, it’s rerouting the buses that serve the Eglinton Avenue East corridor.

From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. every day, it’s detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 54 Lawrence East;
  • 51 Leslie; and
  • 56 Leaside.


Most of these buses are already detouring to accommodate other work on the project.

Toronto Police Service officers and TTC personnel will be on site to help make sure buses and all traffic operate safely through the work zone.

The TTC isn’t detouring buses operating along the 5 Avenue Rd, 32 Eglinton West and 61 Avenue Rd North routes.

Buses resume regular service overnight from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. every day. They resume regular all-day service Saturday, August 5.

The City of Toronto is restricting on-street parking along the detour routing to help make sure that buses operate safely and efficiently during the three-week period.

It’s prohibiting parking on:

  • Broadway Avenue between Yonge Street and Redpath Avenue,
  • Redpath Avenue between Soudan and Broadway Avenues and
  • Soudan Avenue between Yonge Street and Redpath Avenue.