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Spadina / College construction (phase 1):
TTC detours, March 29 to April 5



From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the City of Toronto and the TTC will carry out major construction work at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and College Street.

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

During the project, crews will:

  • break concrete and excavate to remove the tracks during the week of March 30;
  • install new streetcar tracks for eight to nine days, including overnight;
  • rebuild and lengthen the streetcar platforms on College Street to accommodate new low-floor streetcars;
  • resurface the road; and
  • improve accessibility by rebuilding the sidewalks at each corner of the intersection.

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

Phase 1: from Sunday, March 29 until Sunday, April 5:

  • crews will perform advance work by saw-cutting concrete in the intersection.
  • the City will maintain traffic through the intersection with temporary lane restrictions.
  • The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses. The buses operate through the intersection but only along part of the route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West. Buses drop off or pick up passengers in the bus terminal in Spadina Station, instead of the streetcar terminal and serve stops beside the curb, instead of the centre-road “island” streetcar stops. Passengers traveling to and from Union Station can board streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route to Queens Quay West and Lower Spadina Avenue.

Phase 2: From Monday, April 6 until Sunday, April 26:

  • The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
  • The TTC detour streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route away from the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but diverts the buses around the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)

Phase 3: From Monday, April 27 until Saturday, May 9:

  • The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • TTC streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton 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.)

From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the TTC will operate its new Bombardier Flexity streetcars along the 509 Harbourfront route, while buses replace the cars along the 510 Spadina route. During this period, the TTC will allow passengers to pay fares using their PRESTO fare cards when boarding at stops along the 509 Harbourfront route.

Starting Sunday, March 29, 509 Harbourfront will also become a “POP” or “proof of payment” route. You can board streetcars by any door at any stop along the route. However you should retain your transfer to prove that you have paid a fare. Show your transfer or pass to a TTC fare inspector if he or she asks to see your proof of payment. POP service along the 509 Harbourfront route continues even after streetcars return to Spadina Avenue.

Also Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, all other streetcars that usually serve the 510 Spadina route will operate, instead, along the 504 King route. During this time, only streetcars will operating along the route, while the buses that have supplemented streetcars in recent months will serve 510 Spadina passengers.


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 phase 2, it will close to all traffic:

  • College Street between Robert and Huron Streets;
  • Spadina Avenue between Spadina Crescent and Oxford Street; and

Crews will usually work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. weekends. To meet project timelines, they may work some late evenings and overnight while they are installing new overhead wiring, moving rails into position and installing, welding and grinding the new rails.




Burlington for Accessible Transit hosts
transit users forum, March 28



bfastransit_logo_250h.jpgNote: We apologize for the late notice, but we received information about this event today.


Join BFAST — Burlington For Accessible Transit — tomorrow, Saturday, March 28 for a morning of discussion about local transit issues. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. You may even enjoy a free continental breakfast.

Click here or call 905-632-4774 to register.

During the event, you can meet other Burlington Transit users and transit advocates to discuss potential strategies for improving transit in Burlington. You can also describe your riding experiences and offer your views on how to improve the transit system.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until noon in Centennial Hall, Burlington Central Library

Other sponsors include:




In the news: Friday, March 27, 2015



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Premier meets with GTHA mayors at summit”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Study finds chatting with strangers on commutes makes us happier”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Do we need a TTC back-up plan?”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “More Casino Dreams and Other Long-Shot Gambles”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Photo of the Day: Shuttle Bus Madness”, here.
  • BlogTO ost, “Gigantic arts hub coming to the Toronto East Waterfront”, here.
  • Business Traveller article, “Toronto poised for air-rail link”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx return fares for late GO trains in record numbers”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC union blocks random drug testing sought by management”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto 2025: Growth brings Milton prosperity, growing pains”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC working to expand express bus routes”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Mediocre start to TTC-GO fare integration pilot project: report”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Metrolinx, Milton launching pilot program to deal with parking overflow: report”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Former chair critical of TTC’s response to subway stoppage”, here.
  • CP24 report, “GO Transit has sold only 134 integrated fare stickers since launch of program”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC still looking for source of leak at College Station”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Soft ground threatens to create sinkhole on Toronto’s Crosstown LRT project”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Milton creates pilot program for door-to-door bus service to GO station”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Disability advocates question Toronto’s Pan Am Games readiness”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Pan Am organizers wants public to change travel plans during games”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Ooze On The Tracks Exposes ‘Vulnerability’ Of Subway Line Says TTC CEO”, here.
  • Huffington Post Canada post, “Toronto’s Pan Am Transit Plans Divide City”, here.
  • InsideHalton.com article, “Milton residents hear about transportation, logistics, transit, security measures surrounding Pan Am games”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Pay premium to have Spadina subway completed quickly, says TTC chair”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “City wants to look at improved methods to manage TTC projects”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “UP Express to begin overnight testing March 30”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “5 things to expect with Pan Am traffic”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Our Place initiative to launch transit petition”, here.
  • Macleans article, “Toronto’s traffic time bomb: Is it too late to fix?”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto’s filthy ground water responsible for TTC delay”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “TTC delays far more than an inconvenience, groups say”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Lisgar residents await answers to flooding question at meeting”, here.
  • National Post article, “$700 million development at the site of old Guvernment night club set to transform the Toronto waterfront”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Mayor’s executive looking for better options for delivery of Scarborough subway”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC says it responded safely and properly to leak that shut down subway”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “How much longer will your commute take during the Pan Am games?”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC has yet to implement random drug testing”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “I’m feeling crabby about the Ferry Terminal competition”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Reveals Test On Leaking Fluid”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Looks To Move Forward With Random Drug Testing”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “GO Transit Issues Record Refunds In February”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Daneles Unveils $700 Million East Watefront Development”, here.
  • Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “A first look at what Daniels Corporation wants to build where the Guvernment used to be”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “No subway Tuesday? No problem for area businesses”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “TTC suspicious fuel spill cleaned up in College Station”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “TTC CEO impresses commuters: PR expert”, here.
  • Toronto Observer article, “TTC shutdown: Poor funding leads to poor transit, TTCriders says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO Transit issues record refunds during February cold snap”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “GO-TTC sales of premium joint passes off to a slow start”, here.
  • Toronto Star’s Scrum blog post, “Foot-long submarine sandwich for John Tory helps lighten executive committee meeting”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “$150 million Spadina subway plan gets OK from TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Mystery liquid in subway wasn’t gasoline: TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Move to reopen LRT debate rejected”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC driver among those honoured by Toronto police”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC union grievance delaying random drug, alcohol tests”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Taking a closer look at the subway closure”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Community murals unveiled at Coxwell and Woodbine Stations”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “‘Daniels Waterfront City of the Arts’ to replace the Guvernment”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “York leaders seek ‘tools’ to fund transit, roads”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Town earns commuting honours”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



No subway service, St Andrew to Union,
March 28, 29



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Although the TTC recently opened a second platform at Union subway station, work still continues on the project.

Ongoing work requires it to completely close the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Union and St Andrew Stations this Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.

All day Saturday and Sunday, subway trains operate between Downsview and St. Andrew Stations and between Finch and Union Stations.

Since you can’t travel by subway between Union and St. Andrew Stations, the TTC advises you to to exit the University leg of the subway further north than St Andrew to avoid crowds. If you are traveling as far south as Union, transfer at Queen’s Park, St. Patrick or Osgoode Stations to eastbound streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton, 505 Dundas or 501 Queen routes, then transfer again at College, Dundas or Queen Stations to the Yonge leg of the subway.

Of course, streetcars operating along the 504 King route continue to connect St. Andrew with King Station.

You can also transfer from streetcars operating along any of those routes to buses operating along the 6 Bay route to travel to Union

If you’re paying by cash or ticket, make sure you get a paper transfer where you pay your fare to show the streetcar or bus driver when you board or TTC fare inspectors if you’re riding streetcars with all-door boarding.

For passengers who require accessible transit between Union and St Andrew stations, an accessible Wheel-Trans vehicle will be available. Ask any uniformed TTC employee at either station for directions on where you can board Wheel-Trans.

Regular subway service resumes Monday, March 30.




Weekend events affect transit services,
March 29



In Toronto, events, festivals, road races or parades occur most weekends from early April until late October, generally resulting in the City closing streets and the TTC detouring transit services.

The Greek Independence Day Parade affects Toronto transit services this weekend, while the festival (and road race!) season has already started elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as the Around the Bay Road Race blocks the streets of Burlington and Hamilton.




Buses replace streetcars on Queensway
and Lake Shore, March 28 to March 30



TTC crews are repairing a short section of track at the intersection of The Queensway with Windermere Avenue this weekend. They’ll also replace a 60-metre (200-foot) section of rail will under the overpass near Humber Loop. During both projects, they’ll be replacing, welding and grinding the rail and installing new concrete.

All day Saturday and Sunday and early Monday, buses replace streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes west of Roncesvalles Avenue. Streetcars start and end their trips in Sunnyside Loop, on the northeast corner of Sunnyside Avenue and The Queensway, one block west of Roncesvalles.

The buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops beside the curb, instead of the centre-road “island” streetcar platforms. The buses also divert from the usual route in both directions along Park Lawn Road and The Queensway between Park Lawn and Humber Loop. Buses replacing the cars do not drop off or pick up passengers at stops along Lake Shore Boulevard West east of Park Lawn Road. They also don’t enter Humber Loop, although buses operating along the 66 Prince Edward and 80 Queensway routes continue to do so.

You can transfer between streetcars and the buses at Roncesvalles Avenue to continue your trips further east- or westward along the routes.

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Starting at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, a crew will break up and remove concrete in the track area to expose the rail, during daylight hours.

Once they’ve dug out this section, they’ll install and weld a new piece of rail by 9 p.m. Saturday. They’ll start placing concrete Sunday morning. They’ll clear the work area in time for streetcars to resume regular service by 5 a.m. Monday, December 30.

Expect noise from equipment.

Traffic through will continue through the intersection. The work will block the southbound curb lane on Windermere Avenue to provide a safe work zone for the crew. Signs will direct pedestrians to cross to the east side of the intersection.




Metrolinx upgrading Lansdowne overpass:
TTC detours, March 28 to 30



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Lansdowne Avenue just between Shirley Street (just south of Dundas Street West) and Rideau Avenue (north of Queen Street West)

this weekend, as Metrolinx crews continue rehabilitating the overpass carrying GO Transit trains across the roadway. The work is part of major projects to upgrade the Georgetown South Rail Corridor and to build the Union Pearson Express line.

All day Saturday and Sunday and early Monday, crews are delivering equipment and removing the final girder from the bridge. The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 47 Lansdowne.

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The City has previously closed this section of Lansdowne for the Metrolinx project — and the TTC has delivered buses:




Graydon Hall crane operations:
TTC detours, March 27 to 30



The City of Toronto is closing

  • Graydon Hall Drive between Graydon Place and Don Mills Road

to accommodate contractors who are lifting a crane

Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday and early Monday.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 122 Graydon Hall.

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Pritchard Avenue construction:
TTC detours, March 24 to April 7



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Pritchard Avenue between Jane Street and Castleton Avenue

to accommodate crews who are repairing the sewers.

Starting Tuesday, March 24, the TTC is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 79A Scarlett Rd via Pritchard / Foxwell.

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Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
More construction starts March 25



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue getting ready to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.


As part of rapidway construction, crews are upgrading storm sewers on Highway 7 overnight, tonight, Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. until 7 a.m., tomorrow Thursday, March 26 and continuing overnight nightly.

The crews will reduce Highway 7 to just one lane in each direction between just east of Edgeley Boulevard to Jane Street. They’ll shift traffic — first to the north side of Highway 7 and then to the south side. Each morning, they’ll reopen all traffic lanes, covering work areas with steel plates.

Sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops remain open and directional signs will guide pedestrians safely around the work zone. If necessary, “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to direct motorists and pedestrians.

Work continues until 7 a.m. April 1.


Crews are also upgrading storm sewers on Highway 7 overnight, Monday, March 30 at 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 31 and continuing overnight nightly.

The crews will reduce Highway 7 to just one lane in each direction between Keele Street and Bowes Road / Baldwin Avenue. They’ll shift traffic — first to the north side of Highway 7 and then to the south side. Each morning, they’ll reopen all traffic lanes, covering work areas with steel plates.

They’ll also block overnight access to and from Highway 7 at Hillside Avenue, detouring traffic along Baldwin Avenue.

Sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops remain open and directional signs will guide pedestrians safely around the work zone. If necessary, “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to direct motorists and pedestrians.

Work continues until 7 a.m. April 6.


During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • Brampton Transit Züm express buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route;
  • TTC buses operating along the 35D Jane and 107 Keele North routes; and
  • York Region Transit Viva express buses operating along the Viva orange route and YRT local buses operating along the 20 Jane and 77 Highway 7 routes.

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