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Yonge Street crane activity:
TTC detour, June 25 to 27



The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Yonge Street south of Dundas Street

as contractors lift a crane onto a construction site from 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 24 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 25 and continuing overnight nightly until 6 a.m. June 27.

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

  • 320 Yonge overnight.

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The TTC previously detoured the buses for the same project, Saturday, June 11 until Tuesday, June 14.




No Scarborough line service, June 25, 26



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The TTC is closing the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line this Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. While the line is closed, TTC crews are rehabilitating the tracks on the line to make the service more reliable.

Buses replace service along the entire line between McCowan and Kennedy stations, stopping at all stations along the way. You can also exit the buses at other transit stops if you ask the drivers to stop. Collector booths at all Line 3 stations remain open so you can buy TTC fares.

PRESTO fare-card users must board by the front door and pay their fares with cash, since the TTC has not yet equipped all buses with PRESTO devices.

Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available if you need accessible transit between Scarborough Centre and McCowan stations.

Regular service resumes Monday, June 27.

This is the only occasion that the TTC plans to close the line this year.


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 the RT 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 operating along these routes, instead of the shuttles:

  • 9 Bellamy between Scarborough Centre, McCowan and Warden Stations.
  • 16 McCowan between Scarborough Centre, McCowan and Warden Stations.
  • 21 Brimley between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy Stations.
  • 43B Kennedy via Progress between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy Stations.
  • 57 Midland between Midland and Kennedy Stations.

If you pay your fare with tickets, tokens or cash, pick up a paper transfer when you pay your fare, if you plan to connect with buses at McCowan and Midland Stations.




Subway opens late, Pape to St George:
June 26



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The TTC is delaying the start of subway service along the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Pape and St George stations this Sunday, June 26 due to bridge work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. All Line 2 trains operate between Kennedy and Pape stations and between Kipling and St George station before 10 a.m. 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 Pape 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 Chester and Broadview Avenues, Castle Frank Road, Sherbourne, Yonge and Bay Streets.

All subway stations on the closed section of Line 2 remain open for you to buy tickets, tokens and passes or to connect with buses and streetcars.

If you need accessible transportation, Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Pape 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 at Dundas West station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Andrew or King stations.
  • ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route at Dundas West station. Connect with the 1 Yonge - University line at St Patrick or Dundas stations.
  • ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route at 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 previously closed this section of the subway several times this year:

It plans to close the same section of the subway on several more occasions this year:

  • Sunday, July 24 - open late;
  • Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14;
  • Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4 and Labour Day, Monday, September 5;
  • Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25;
  • Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8 and Thanksgiving, Monday, October 9; and
  • Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6.

The TTC is also closing the section of Line 2 between Main Street and Broadview Stations Saturday, July 9.




Weekend events affect transit services,
June 23, 24, 25, 26, 27



Events in Ajax, Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Keswick area of Georgina, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Niagara Falls, Stouffville and Toronto affect transit services this weekend.




Bay Street transformer move:
TTC detours, June 26



The TTC is closing the Bay streetcar tunnel as crews move a transformer early Sunday morning.

(We have searched the City of Toronto, TTC and Toronto Hydro web pages to learn more about this project, but have not successfully found more information about the move.)

The TTC is detouring streetcars and buses operating along these routes, while the tunnel is closed:

  • 317 Spadina overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 510 Spadina.

Shuttle buses replace streetcars between Spadina / Queens Quay Loop and King Station.

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Note that streetcars serving the 509 Harbourfront route operate to and from Fleet Loop, instead of Exhibition Loop, as this map indicates.


This is the third and last weekend that the project to move the transformer has affected TTC services. The TTC previously detour transit vehicles early Sunday, June 12 and June 19.




New GO stations in East Toronto support
regional express rail, SmartTrack plans



Another day, another provincial / municipal transit announcement…

Today, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Stephen Del Duca and Toronto Mayor John Tory visited the site of the former Unilever plant near Eastern and Broadview Avenues to announce four new GO Transit stations in Toronto on the Lakeshore East and Stouffville lines. Metrolinx intends to build the new stations as part of its regional express rail (or RER) program, which, in turn, supports Mayor Tory’s overground rapid-transit plan, SmartTrack. The new stations are at or near:

  • the Unilever site;
  • Gerrard Street East and Carlaw Avenue;
  • Lawrence Avenue East and GO’s Stouffville line; and
  • Finch Avenue East and GO’s Stouffville line.

The Lawrence station would be near the present Lawrence East station on the TTC’s 3 Scarborough rapid transit line. The minister and mayor did not announce a stop at Ellesmere road, which currently also has an Line 3 station.

All four proposed new GO stations are subject to environmental assessment processes and more planning, engineering and design work, but would all support the SmartTrack plan.

When operating, RER would provide faster, more frequent and more convenient rail transit service across the region and “electrify” core segments of the rail network by 2024.

SmartTrack was the main plank of Mayor Tory’s electoral platform. It would bolster the provincial RER program, providing subway-like urban rail service along GO tracks. It would connect three main job centres — Markham, the downtown financial district and the area near Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The Metrolinx Board of Directors will consider — and likely approve — the proposed new GO stations during its meeting meeting Tuesday, June 28.

The Mayor and minister visited Liberty Village yesterday, Tuesday, June 21 to announce four new stations in west Toronto — also as part of RER and SmartTrack.




New GO stations in West Toronto support
regional express rail, SmartTrack plans



Toronto Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack plan just got a major boost from the Government of Ontario today, Tuesday, June 21.

The Mayor dropped by Liberty Village this morning as Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Stephen Del Duca, announced four new GO Transit stations in Toronto on the Barrie and Kitchener lines. Metrolinx intends to build new stations as part of its regional express rail (or RER) program near:

  • Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue;
  • Spadina Avenue and Front Street West;
  • Liberty Village; and
  • St. Clair Avenue West and Keele Street.

All four proposed new GO stations are subject to environmental assessment processes and more planning, engineering and design work, but would all support the SmartTrack plan.

When operating, RER would provide faster, more frequent and more convenient rail transit service across the region and “electrify” core segments of the rail network by 2024.

SmartTrack was the main plank of Mayor Tory’s electoral platform. It would bolster the provincial RER program, providing subway-like urban rail service along GO tracks. It would connect three main job centres — Markham, the downtown financial district and the area near Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The Metrolinx Board of Directors will consider — and likely approve — the proposed new GO stations during its meeting meeting Tuesday, June 28.




GO trains return to Niagara Falls, June 24



GO Transit is resuming its seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and and holidays from Friday, June 24 until Labour Day, Monday, September 5.

The trains operate Friday evenings and several times Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, dropping off and picking up passengers at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO stations and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Rail stations.

GO is also again operating express buses carrying passengers between St. Catharines VIA Rail Station and downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake.

GO continues to operate buses along the 12 Niagara Falls / Burlington route seven days a week throughout the year. The buses meet trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line at Burlington GO Station.

GO also temporarily restores the service over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Friday, October 7 until Monday, October 10.




Summer weekend GO trains on Barrie line
start June 25



GO Transit will again operate trains along the 65 Barrie line Saturdays, Sundays and holidays this summer, starting Saturday, June 26.

Since GO expects that most passengers traveling to and from downtown Toronto will ride trains, instead of buses, it’s cancelling some trips along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto bus route for the summer.

It’s also extending some trips along the 68 Barrie / Newmarket route to Aurora GO Station, where you can connect with the trains, instead of Newmarket GO Bus Terminal.




In the news: Tuesday, June 21, 2016



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Buses re[;ace streetcars on St. Clair, while Bathurst - College shuts down”, here.
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Man arrested for exposing himself, grinning at women on the TTC”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Yapping”, here.
  • All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Folie à Deux”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Scarborough subway keeps getting more expensive”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “What you need to know about PRESTO on the TTC”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “GO Transit capacity through Brampton to Kitchener will increase after Metrolinx, CN reach deal”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the insidetoronto.com website), “GO train service to Bowmanville by 2024”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Could King Street one day be closed to cars?”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Tory defends $900M price hike for Scarborough subway”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Scarborough MPP Brad Duguid says subway stop worth it, despite $900M cost increase”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “St. Clair streetcars replaced with buses while stations made accessible”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “New Toronto streetcar route touted as solution to King car’s congestion”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Police seeking help identifying man killed by GO train”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Man, 28, charged after GO Transit bus locked down, evacuated after bomb threat”, here.
  • CHCH News report, “Burlington Transit schedule changes”, here.
  • Chicago Tribune column, “Oh Canada! Toronto beats Chicago with more transit riders, funding”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC heartache continues: Scarborough subway extension $900M over budget”, here.
  • CityNews Torontoreport, “TTC work to snarl riders on streetcar routes, including St. Clair”, here.
  • CityNews Torontoreport, “Trending: Entire TTC streetcar belts out Happy Birthday to driver”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Scarborough subway extension will cost $900M more than initially thought”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Intersection of College and Bathurst closed for 3 weeks”, here.
  • CP24 report, “No streetcar access on St. Clair this summer”, here.
  • report, “TTC to remove all remaining Sunday-only bus stops”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Man facing four charges in TTC collector booth robbery”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “New 514 Cherry streetcar route begins…”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC construction on St. Clair route, downtown intersection to cause closures”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “Province extends GO train service into Clarington”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Police identify Hamilton man arrested after GO bus bomb threat”, here.
  • Global Rail News post, “Toronto launches Cherry Street tram extension”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Scarborough subway cost rises by $900 million”, here. ­+ Globe and Mail article, “John Tory calls for ‘net zero’ budget increase”, here.
  • The IFP [(Georgetown) Independent Free Press] article, “Mayor Bonnette applauds expanded GO service to Halton Hills”, here.
  • insauga post, “Mississauga is finally planning to modernize the bus network”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Toronto mayor John Tory says subway stop in Scarborough will go ahead despite inflated price tag”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC buses to replace 512 St. Clair streetcar until December”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “GO train service to Bowmanville by 2024”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “514 Cherry streetcar set to roll across Toronto”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TTC’s first streetcar line in 16 years opens with fanfare and promises to do better”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Davenport MPP Christina Martins reads community’s petition in Legislature aimed at Metrolinx’s plan for rail crossing”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Toronto city council approves Mimico townhouse development that could jeopardize SmartTrack, GO Transit’s regional express rail program”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Police release image of woman wanted in punch-up on TTC bus in North York”, here
  • Mass Transit article, “A Relentless Optimism at TTC”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Construction of Winston Churchill Transitway Station aggravates local resident”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Mayor digs in on pricier Scarborough subway”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “No streetcars on St. Clair this summer”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC officially launches 514 Cherry streetcar”, here.
  • Railway Age post, “Ontario moving subway projects forward”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “But I don’t know how to schedule”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “Work on right-of-way puts St. Clair West streetcars in barn”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “28 Bayview service ends isolation of south-end residents”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto post, “A city that doesn’t learn from its transit mistakes”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Toronto Faces Hard Transit Choices in 2017 Budget”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Scarborough Subway Fiasco”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Spinning a tale in Scarborough”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “King Street Service Update: June 2016”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Kvetching about 512 St Clair”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post “514 Cherry Opening Ceremonies”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Cherry Street Day One”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Analysis of Services on Wilson Avenue (Part 1)”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Council Needs to Re-evaluate the Scarborough Subway”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “A More Bike-Friendly TTC Means a Better Way for All Riders”, here.
  • Toronto Life post, “Dear Urban Diplomat: Am I a jerk for making business calls on the GO train?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor John Tory accused of ‘political posturing’ as Scarborough transit plans balloon by $1 billion”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Soaring costs should kill Scarborough subway”, here. ­+ Toronto Star article, “One stop Scarborough subway plans needs a ‘rethink’ with 25 LRT stops possible, critics say”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Putting Scarborough subway claims to the test”, here.
  • column, “Increased Scarborough subway cost should kill this project”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “New streetcars force months-long closure of busy St. Clair route”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Can you imagine a car-free King Street?”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx wrestles with what fare is fair”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor John Tory vote to build townhomes next to rail yard threatens SmartTrack plans”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto needs ‘serious conversation’ on ways to raise revenue, says Mayor John Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Cut costs, build city, John Tory tells staff”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Long wait for real shelters at TTC Bingham loop: Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC bus hits pedestrian near Yonge-Dundas Square”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Cost of Scarborough subway going up by almost $1 billion”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Duguid slams ‘yapping’ Scarborough subway critics”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “St. Clair going off the rails again”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “St. Clair streetcars parked”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Patience needed as buses roll on St. Clair”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “514 streetcar line now rolling”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Changes made on 504, 501 streetcar routes”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “Markham mayor ready for Yonge subway expansion north”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “The case for a cars-only Queen St.”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Police investigating TTC bus punch-up”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “TTC Starts Streetcar Service on Cherry,m., Updates Bus Routes”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “GO Lakeshore East Line to Extend from Oshawa to Bowmanville”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “East End of Mississauga’s Bus Transitway Progressing”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Big boost for Kitchener-Waterloo and Brampton GO Transit Service”, here.
  • Varsity article, “Details for Scarborough transit plans revealed”, here.
  • Varsity article, “Brampton Transit express bus coming to UTM”, here.
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