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TTC Free for Sunday in Celebration of Subway Extension



Earlier today, Brad Ross announced that all buses, streetcars and subway stations operating on Sunday, December 17 would be free for all patrons. He thanked Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario Transport Minister Steven Del Duca for this present to TTC passengers to celebrate the opening of the extension of the SPADINA subway from Sheppard West station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

So, go out and enjoy the new extension, and ride home on the TTC’s dime!



TTC opens Line 1 subway extension to Vaughan,
revises routes and services, December 17



After slightly more than eight years of construction — the official ground-breaking took place November 27, 2009 — the TTC is opening the extension to the Line 1 Yonge - University line this Sunday, December 17.

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Starting 8 a.m., trains start dropping off and picking up passengers at six new subway station — two of them beyond the City of Toronto limits in Vaughan. The new stations result in an extensive update of the TTC’s bus-route network, more commuter parking and more connections to transit services outside the city of Toronto. York Region Transit and Brampton Transit are also rearranging bus routes to carry passenger to and from the new station. GO Transit trains and buses connect with the new part of the TTC subway network, starting Saturday, December 30.

You won’t have to pay an extra fare if you ride the subway across the city limits. You only need to pay more if you change between the TTC and other transit agencies. fare required to ride the subway north of Steeles, outside Toronto city limits. Additional fares only apply when changing between the TTC and other transit agencies.

The extension adds about 13 minutes to the full ride time on Line 1 between Finch and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Stations — for a total ride time of 79 minutes. According to the TTC, the 8.6-kilometre (5.34-mile) Line 1 extension features a state-of-the-art signalling system and six, modern, bright, fully accessible stations all equipped with Wi-Fi, cell, the TTC’s new fare gates with PRESTO and dedicated bicycle parking.

Toronto Mayor John Tory and the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Josh Colle are boarding the first northbound train leaving Sheppard West Station at 8 a.m. Sunday. Ontario Transportation Minister, Steven Del Duca joins them at Pioneer Village Station, which straddles the border between Toronto and York Region. Minister Del Duca will begin his journey on the first southbound train from Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station.

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No Barrie line GO trains this weekend,
December 16 and 17



GO Transit is cancelling train service along the entire 65 Barrie line between Allandale Waterfront GO Station and Union Station this weekend.

Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17, GO is replacing trains with buses, while contractors work on the tracks and install a pedestrian tunnel at Rutherford GO Station, part of the larger project to provide two-way, all-day service along the Barrie Corridor.

GO is operating regular bus service both days. It’s also operating extra buses, dropping off or picking up passengers at all Barrie line GO stations, except York University, along these routes:

  • 63 King City / Toronto;
  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
  • 68 Barrie / Newmarket.

You can review the temporary schedule for the buses this weekend here (.pdf).


GO has previously closed all or part of the line several times this year as crews improve the tracks:



Finch West Station open house, December 16



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You can preview the TTC’s new Finch West Station this Saturday, December 16 from 1 until 5 p.m.

Peek inside the new station, take a self-guided tour and learn how the station was built and how it will operate. You can also talk to project, construction and subway-systems staff.

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Subway service doesn’t start to the new station and buses won’t operate through the station terminal until the next day, Sunday, December 17. However, you can still take the TTC to visit the station Saturday.

Board buses operating along the 41 Keele or 107 Keele North routes and exit at the stop on Keele Street just north of Finch Avenue West, right beside the station entrance. Or, ride buses along the 36 Finch West route to Keele.

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The station will have elevator and escalator service during the open house. If you require elevator service, enter the station through the west entrance on the north-west corner of Keele and Finch.

Free parking is available this Saturday in the commuter lot at 200 Tangiers Road, just east of the station.

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Spadina Station streetcar terminal upgrades:
TTC detour early December 12, 13



The TTC is improving its cautionary warnings on the Spadina streetcar right-of-way to motorists approaching the streetcar tunnel north of Sussex Avenue early Tuesday, December 12 and Wednesday, December 13.

From 12:01 until 5 a.m. each day, crews are adding rumble strips on the concrete track allowance and installing more signs at the bottom of the ramp. They’ll use a milling machine to create the large impressions on the concrete.

The TTC is also detouring streetcars operating along these routes during the project:

  • 310 Spadina overnight;
  • 510 Spadina.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Spadina Station and Queen Street West.

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Glenashton construction, starting December 11:
Oakville Transit relocating stops



Town of Oakville contractors have started to build the Crosstown Trail, a multi-use recreational pathway across north-central Oakville, along the north side of Glenashton Drive.

Starting Monday, December 11, crews block the westbound curb lane of the street. Oakville Transit is temporarily relocating bus stops to accommodate the work.

It’s relocating:

  • stop #3151 on Trafalgar Road at Glenashton Drive to the far side of the intersection, south of Glenashton. Buses operating along the 1 Trafalgar, 5 Dundas and 24 South Common Centre / Oakville GO route drop off or pick up passengers at the new site. Buses operating along the 19 River Oaks route do not serve the stop in its temporary location.
  • stops #s 2870, 2238 and 2827 on the north side of Glenashton at Taunton Road and Sawgrass and Windfield Drives to the far side of the intersections, west of each of the cross streets. Buses operating along the 19 River Oaks and 190 River Oaks express routes continue to drop off or pick up passengers at the stops in their temporary locations.

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Construction on Glenashton Drive continues to affect Oakville Transit service “until the end of January” or until January 31.



Steeles Avenue Milton construction:
Milton Transit detours, December 11 to 15



Region of Halton contractors continue the project to widen and rebuild

  • Steeles Avenues West and East (Regional Road 8) between 400 metres west of Industrial Drive and Martin Street (Regional Road 25).

During the project, the region expands the street from a two-lane rural road to a four-lane urban highway.

From Monday, December 11 until Sunday, December 17, the Region and the Town of Milton are completely closing the road to all traffic.

Milton Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the road is closed:

  • 1A Industrial clockwise; and
  • 1B Industrial counterclockwise.

Construction on Steeles Avenues West and East has affected Milton Transit service since Monday, April 3.



"Miracle on Main Street":
Milton Transit detour, December 11



The Town of Milton is closing:

  • Main Street East between Commercial Street and Fulton Street / Millside Drive

Monday morning to accommodate “Miracle on Main Street”, the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation’s annual event supporting a number of local charities.

Milton Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 6 Scott.


In the news: Saturday, December 9, 2017



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “This is what the new TTC subway map looks like”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto agrees to move forward with its version of Central Park”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto just approved six new SmartTrack stations”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The TTC just added streetcars to King St.”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Scarborough really doesn’t want the one-stop subway station”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “5 lost streetcar routes in Toronto”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “TTC’s Community Bus part of the city’s future transit plan”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “What TTC subway stations were meant to look like”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The TTC will be totally free on New Year’s Eve”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “That time when Toronto was totally covered in railway tracks”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Two items make up 28% of Toronto’s capital budget”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto’s iconic Kodak Building 9 just made a big move”, here.
  • Canadian Cycling Magazine article, “Ontario makes $93 million investment in cycling infrastructure”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Globe and Mail website), “Raccoon boards Toronto subway, causes delay as crews try to capture it”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Outgoing TTC CEO Andy Byford’s good-bye message to Toronto: ‘keep building’”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto City Council approves 6 new SmartTrack stations”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Ontario PC leader says people of Scarborough deserve $3.5B subway extension”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Raccoon on subway stops Torontonians in their tracks”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Scarborough subway returns to council floor in last meeting of 2017”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “A rare look at how the TTC tries to nab fare evaders”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Confusion at Distillery District intersection has drivers turning onto streetcar tracks”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Calls continue for integrated fares between TTC and local transit agencies”, here.
  • CP24 report, “King St. pilot project significantly reduces rush-hour commute times for TTC riders: study”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Half of Torontonians support King Street pilot project: poll”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Debate over station concepts is ‘evidence’ that SmartTrack is on track”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Council votes to move forward with proposed station designs for ‘SmartTrack’ stops”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Byford says legacy will depend whether ‘culture change’ stands test of time”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Driver injured after car collides with TTC guardrail downtown”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map post, “There are buses that connect Belleville and Kingston. For some reason, you’re not allowed to ride them”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map post, “Ontario 2018 election campaign begins: Tories deny existence of rural bus users”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map post, “Long-distance ride-sharing: Another threat to intercity buses?”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “King Street pilot project: U of T study suggests travel times have improved”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Raccoon boards TTC subway train, briefly halts morning rush-hour service”, here.
  • Globe and Mail commentary, “Lessons learned from the King Street transit pilot project”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Scarborough subway plan should be reconsidered if costs go about $3.56B: Byford”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Great Streets project could make downtown Toronto worth getting out of your car to enjoy”, here.
  • insauga post, “Here’s a sneak peak at what the Hurontario LRT cars will look like”, here.
  • insauga post, “Here’s what’s happening with the massive Cooksville GO redevelopment in Mississauga”, here.
  • Inside Halton.com article, “City reveals plans for Burlington GO mobility hubs”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com editorial, “Transit in Toronto would get a boost under Patrick Brown”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Patrick Brown casts a politically amorous eye to Scarborough”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Council to continue study of building Eglinton West LRT underground”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Plan to buy Danforth Road plaza for subway up for debate at council”, here/
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Police looking for victim, witnesses of TTC Dufferin Station robbery”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC replacing track on Lake Shore near Humber Loop”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Revitalization ramps up at North York’s Keele and Finch neighbourhood”, here.
  • Marshall’s Musings post, “How intercity bus service is failing”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Mississauga councillors slam Metrolinx for progress on transit file”, here.
  • National Post column, “Banning cars from King Street won’t fix monumental mistakes by Toronto transit planners”, here.
  • NOW article, “Confusion - and bike collisions - on Queens Quay”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “Region to fork over more under new PRESTO deal”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Renovations at GO Burlington hit five-year mark”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “‘Nightmare LRT work bringing drastic change to Leaside’”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “Board of Trade pitches the myth of free transit”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Analysis of Route 504 King: (Part 1: Preliminary King Street Pilot Project Review) (Updated Dec. 5, 2017)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Analysis of Routes 501 Queen and 6 Bay: November 2017: (Part 2: Preliminary King Street Pilot Project Review)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Board Meeting, Monday, November 28, 2017 (Updated)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The PC Ontario Transit Platform: Real Change or Smoke and Mirrors?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “King St. pilot project has slashed streetcar travel times, stats show”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Half of Torontonians support King Street transit pilot, poll finds”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Is the Scarborough subway good value for money?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Scarborough subway plan is right decision, says former TTC chair”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Let’s get all the facts on the Scarborough subway plan”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Council rejects request to study whether Scarborough subway is good value for money”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Council authorizes look at tunneling Eglinton West LRT”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “If we want 21st-century transit, we’re going to have think big”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “‘Superlinx’ is not the solution to Toronto region’s transit woes”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Transit decisions must remain local, former chief planner says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx enhances privacy policy for Presto farecard”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Text from TTC CEO contradicts public statements on subway memo”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “The TTC’s Andy Byford has woven his own tangled web of confusion”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Mississauga is starting to think past its suburban status”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “How Patrick Brown would change Toronto transit plans”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Cities must prepare for an integrated transit future, experts warn”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “The Fixer: TTC removal of old poles is a slow process”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC employee hopes to solve the mystery of the war medals”, here.
  • Tree Hugger post, “Almost all successful cities are clamping down on private cars and promoting bikes”, here.
  • U of T News article, “U of T researchers find big improvements to TTC commutes on King Street pilot route”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Del Duca Sets Up Conversation on Hydrogen Fuel Cell GO Trains”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Hydrogen Powered Trains Attracting Attention World-Wide”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Vaughan’s Rutherford GO Station getting new parking spots, underpass”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe


No subway service, Lawrence to St Clair
this weekend, December 9 and 10



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The TTC is closing part of its Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Lawrence and St Clair Stations all day Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10. Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Lawrence stations and between St Clair and Sheppard West stations this weekend.

Frequent shuttle buses replace the trains, operating from the bus terminals at Lawrence and St Clair Stations and stopping on Yonge Street near all other stations on the closed part of the line.

While the subway is closed, TTC crews work to replace track and switches just south of Eglinton Station. By completing this work and some other necessary repairs, the TTC can lift the current speed restriction in the area that has slowed trains for the last several weeks by the end of December.

Lawrence Station does not have an elevator. Instead, passengers requiring accessible service can board TTC Wheel-Trans vehicles between York Mills and St Clair stations. If you’re travelling southbound on Line 1 and you require an elevator should exit the train at York Mills Station and ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans service.

To provide a faster trip for TTC passengers and keep traffic flowing, the City of Toronto is restricting on-street parking from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday on:

  • both sides of Yonge Street between Lawrence and St. Clair Avenues;
  • both sides of Pleasant Boulevard between Avoca Avenue and Yonge Street; and
  • both sides of St. Edmunds Drive between Lawrence Avenue East and Yonge Street.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday and Sunday to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.

While shuttle buses operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider travelling along the University branch, instead of the Yonge branch, to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely this weekend.

Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch:

  • Ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West and 196 York University rocket routes and board the subway at Sheppard West Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.
  • Ride trains operating along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Ride streetcars operating along the 504 King and 514 Cherry routes and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.

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:


The TTC previously closed this section of Line 1 for trackwork projects earlier this fall:

This is the last time that the TTC is closing this section of the line — and, in fact, any of its lines — this year.

Not to worry, though, for those who enjoy the pleasure of subway closures, the TTC is shutting parts of its network down during 43 weekends in 2018!