Read the 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.
University and college students can buy monthly “post-secondary student Metropasses” from TTC fare collectors at subway stations and some TTC ticket-sellers in retail stores — including stores on campus — for just $106.
If you’re a student who has enrolled in a full-time degree- or diploma-granting program in a post-secondary institution in Toronto, you may use the monthly post-secondary student Metropass, along with a valid post-secondary TTC student photo identification card. You can also use the card if you’re a full-time student at private career college in Toronto.
(Unfortunately, if you’re a student in a post-secondary certificate program, you’re not eligible to buy the post-secondary student Metropasses.)
Show your post-secondary TTC student photo ID to the TTC driver or collector every time you use your monthly post-secondary student Metropass.
If you want to buy a post-secondary TTC student photo ID card, a TTC photographic team will visit Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, Ryerson University, Seneca College, the University of Toronto and York University to photograph you and issue your card for just $7. You only have to get the ID card once each academic year. You’ll have to buy your pass every month.
If you want to buy your ID card before the team visits your campus — or you miss the session at your school, you can also get your photo and buy the cards at Sherbourne Station.
Starting Monday, September 1, the TTC no longer requires middle- and secondary-school students to carry TTC-issued photo identification when paying a discounted fare to travel on the TTC.
Students 16 to 19 years old must carry their school-issued student photo ID or government-issued photo ID to present as proof of age if TTC staff ask for it.
This Saturday, August 30, when the FC meets the New England Revolution, you can not only avoid traffic and parking by taking GO Transit to the soccer match, but the GO ride home will be free of fare. GO will accept your August 30, 2014 TFC match ticket (or e-ticket) as your paid fare. Simply present it as proof of payment if GO staff ask you for it during your ride.
You can ride any GO Transit bus or train any time after 5 p.m. August 30 if you hold a valid valid Toronto FC August 30 2014 game ticket, which will act as paid GO fare.
TTC crews are repairing streetcar tracks on Queen Street West at the intersection with Spadina Avenue overnight tonight, Wednesday, August 27 and tomorrow, Thursday, August 28 and all day Saturday, August 30.
The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight, 501 Queen routes during the work. Shuttle buses replace the cars, dropping off and picking up passengers at stops along Queen Streets West and East between Dufferin and Parliament Streets.
- BlogTO post, “Photo of the day: TTC track work”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: Union - Pearson express trains arrive in Toronto for testing”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Streetcar service returning to Broadview Aug. 31”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Leslie and Commissioners intersection to reopen Aug. 27”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “The mixed legacy of Karen Stintz”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Effective August 31, 2014 (Update 2)”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Is John Tory’s SmartTrack on track for seven-year delivery?”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Finch, Sheppard LRTs are political ‘hot potatoes’ again”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Scarborough residents want more buses, quicker completion of subway”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “David Soknacki raises tenor or mayoral race, though prospects seem dim”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Karen Stintz’s legacy nothing to be proud of”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “Why John Tory is the best choice for millenials”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Some ideas on fixing Toronto transit”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Stintz deserved better”, here.
- Bay Observer post, “As council, Province mull LRT, urban experts start to question touted benefits”, here.
- Bay Observer post, “Some Hamilton councillors discuss LRT”, here.
- Brantford Expositor article, “City presses GO issue”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton council says uploading of costs not going fast enough, while Minister McMeekin says the province is ahead of schedule” here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Stoney Creek’s Ward 9 Council race heats up”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Two top HSR managers on the way out”, here.
- Hamilton Transit blog post, “Fall 2014 Schedule Changes”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Look at the Numbers: Internal Transit More Important to Hamilton”, here.
Testing is now over and the TTC is ready to introduce its new cars to paying passengers, when it launches the new cars into regular service along the 510 Spadina route next Sunday, August 31.
To explain the many new features of the streetcars, the TTC has produced a video previewing what passengers can look forward to when they board the cars — and what motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and others can expect when they encounter one of the cars on the street.
The video features the TTC’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Byford in conversation with its Executive Director of Corporate Communications, Brad Ross.
Rail fans and transit nerds: Don’t be disappointed too much by this next bit of news — Not all cars operating along the 510 Spadina route will be new ones. In fact probably, just two of them be ready for service that day. The old reliable Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRVs) will continue to fill in the gaps until more new cars are available.
The TTC will roll out the new cars to the 509 Harbourfront and 511 Bathurst routes in 2015. Through 2015 and 2016, you’ll see the cars start to appear along 505 Dundas. Later in 2016 and in throughout 2017, expect the cars to start carrying the load for two of the TTC’s busiest streetcar routes, 501 Queen and 504 King and a less busy one, 508 Lake Shore. You’ll have to wait until 2018 to 2019 before the cars start showing up along 502 Downtowner, 503 Kingston Rd, 506 Carlton and 512 St. Clair.
The TTC is resuming streetcar service along the 510 Spadina route next Sunday, August 31.
The cars will operate between the streetcar terminal at Spadina Station to the loop on the north-east corner of Lower Spadina Avenue and Queens Quay West, starting that day.
By our calculation, this will be the first time that TTC has been able to operate regular streetcar service along Spadina and Lower Spadina Avenues south of King Street West since Sunday, June 17, 2012.
A major City of Toronto construction project to replace the watermains under that section of Spadina — not to mention WATERFRONToronto’s project to upgrade the streetscape, roadway and streetcar-track corridor along Queens Quay West have prevented the TTC from operating streetcars south of King West. Meanwhile, WATERFRONToronto and TTC crews also rebuilt the streetcar loop at Lower Spadina and Queens Quay.
A number of track reconstruction projects have also intermittently required the TTC to replace the cars with buses north of King West in the interim period, as the TTC prepared the streetcar right of way, tracks, overhead wiring and passenger platforms for its new low-floor streets. However, streetcars have been operating on this section of Spadina (most of the time) since Sunday, November 17, 2012.
Most recently, the TTC has replaced the cars with buses during a project to upgrade the tracks, curbs and switches at Spadina and Dundas Street West and to prepare the streetcar terminal at Spadina Station for the new cars, since Monday, July 14.
Streetcar service further east along Queens Quay West through the tunnel under Bay Street to Union Station resumes Sunday, October 12.
A court has sentenced a 44-year-old man to 45 days in jail and banned him from riding TTC subway trains for 18 months, after he sexually assaulted a TTC transit ambassador.
Monday, August 4 at 3:25 p.m., the accused approached the employee and asked her for help. He then slid his hand in the victim’s right pocket and groped her buttocks. The ambassador reported the incident and the man fled the scene.
TTC transit enforcement officers found the man at Dundas Station. Toronto Police Service officers arrested him and charged him with sexual assault.
On August 20, Arshad Sajid entered a guilty plea to sexual assault. The court also fined him $200 and ordered him to pay $250 restitution to the victim.
On average, at least two TTC employees are assaulted every day. The assaults range from punching, slapping and spitting, to threatening physical harm or death. The TTC’s court advocates work with Crown attorneys and the courts to secure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assaulting or threatening TTC employees. They continue to seek ways to restrict those convicted of these crimes from using public transit in Toronto.
The new Züm services is one of many highlights of Brampton Transit’s fall service changes, including another new route, revised and extended routes and more hours of service along several other routes.
Since GO Transit is revising its schedules for trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line, Oakville Transit is responding by adjusting the schedules of all of its routes, too. (Buses operating along most Oakville Transit routes allow passengers to connect with the trains at Bronte, Oakville and Clarkson GO Stations.)
It’s also resuming extra services to and from high schools.