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Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Mount Dennis:
TTC detouring buses, May 18 to 21

eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors working on the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit project are building the new Photography Drive bridge structure this weekend.

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Eglinton Avenue West between Weston Road and Black Creek Drive

from 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 5 a.m. Monday, May 21, to accommodate the work.


The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 32A / 32D Eglinton West;
  • 71B Runnymede;
  • 171 Mount Dennis; and
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight.

The City is closing the street again to accommodate more Metrolinx construction at Mount Dennis and the TTC is again detouring buses from Friday, May 25 until Monday, May 28.


The contractors intend to maintain pedestrian access to the sidewalk. However, they may have to temporarily close the sidewalk may while they are working nearby. Residents, business operators and employees can expect to hear noise and feel vibrations, as crews cut concrete.

During the closure, “paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers will direct eastbound through traffic on Eglinton southeastward along Weston Road and northward along Black Creek Drive to continue eastward along Eglinton. They’ll reroute westbound through traffic on Eglinton northwestward along Black Creek and Trethewey Drives and then southward along Jane Street to Eglinton West or southward along Black Creek and then northwestward along Weston to continue westward along Eglinton.

Motorists can gain access to the No Frills supermarket from Black Creek Drive. The Eglinton access to No Frills is closed this weekend.

Finch West LRT construction:
TTC detours, May 18 to 22

Starting 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, the City of Toronto is closing:

  • Finch Avenue West between Islington Avenue and Milady Road

to accommodate Enbridge contractors who are relocating gas mains. The work is an early part of the Metrolinx project to build the Finch West light rail transit line.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 36 Finch West; and
  • 336 Finch West overnight.

This phase of the Enbridge work to relocate gas mains and the TTC detours continue until 11 p.m. May 25.

Finch Islington LRT closure - 2018 - 05-18.jpg

Crews are excavating a large pit to access the natural gas pipelines. They’re completing a project they started in 2017 west of Islington Avenue to relocate the gas lines so Metrolinx contractors can start building the LRT.

They’ll block all lanes on Finch Avenue West in both directions, requiring east- and westbound traffic on Finch Avenue West to detour along Milady Road and Islington Avenue. Residents living in and around Milady Road will experience a significant increase in traffic.

The work blocks the west driveway from Finch Avenue West to the Gord and Irene Risk Community Centre but the east driveway will remain open. You can also access the community centre from the Islington Avenue entrance, north of Finch West. Both driveways for the Harmony Village townhouse complex at Finch and Milady will remain open.

Enbridge work on Finch West - 2018 - 05-18.jpg

Weekend events affect transit services, May 19, 20, 21

Things are booming throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe area as Canadians celebrate Victoria Day and the first long holiday weekend of the spring and summer with fireworks displays and other special events.

Events take place in Barrie, the Dundas area of Hamilton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham, Milton and Toronto affect transit services this weekend.

Yonge Street crane activity:
TTC detour, May 18 to 20

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Yonge Street between Adelaide and King Streets

from 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 11 p.m. Sunday, May 20, as contractors lift a crane at a construction site.

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

  • 320 Yonge overnight.


Victoria Day holiday service, May 21

The TTC, GO Transit and other transit agencies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area are adjusting their schedules this Monday, May 21Victoria Day.

GO trains return to Niagara this weekend,
May 18, 19, 20, 21

GO Transit is again offering seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto.

This year, the service is available during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend, Friday, May 18 until Victoria Day, Monday, May 21, then Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Friday, June 22 until Labour Day, Monday, September 3. The trains likely roll again during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Friday, October 5 until Monday, October 8 — although GO hasn’t officially yet confirmed that.

Trains serving the 12 Niagara Falls line operate Friday evenings and several times each Saturday, Sunday and holiday, 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 has not yet finalized its schedule for the summer service, but it has published its schedule for the Victoria Day long weekend, here.

This year, GO is not operating express buses carrying passengers between St. Catharines VIA Rail Station and downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. It has cancelled service along the 11 Niagara-on-the Lake / St. Catharines route. Instead, it’s encouraging passengers to board WEGO buses in Niagara Falls to travel to and from Niagara-on-the-Lake. (You’ll have to transfer between buses in Queenston.)

The travel time between Union Station and Niagara Falls is about two hours, passing through many cities and towns and across the Welland Canal.

Although GO says it will make “every effort… to get you there on time”, you may experience delays because GO, freight and VIA trains share a single track through this corridor. Since a lift bridge carries the tracks across the canal, ships passing through the canal may also delay the trains.

GO is equipping all trains operating along the line Saturdays, Sundays and holidays with two special bicycle coaches. (The coaches are not available Friday evenings.) The bike coaches can hold 18 bikes on the lower level. All regular coaches can also hold two bikes.

Brampton Transit offering half-price fares,
joined Peel affordable transit program, May 1

Since Tuesday, May 1, Brampton Transit has been participating in the Region of Peel’s Affordable Transit Program.

The program is a partnership between the region, the City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga to offer a 50-percent discount off the regular cost of a monthly pass to lower-income residents.

Brampton residents earning an income below a certain level may apply for the discount by visiting Program staff accept applications on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.

If the region approves your application, you would pay just $62 for an adult monthly Brampton Transit pass or just $26 for a senior pass.

The Region of Peel piloted this affordable transit pass program for MiWay passengers from June, 2016. This year, the program became permanent.

Other local transit agencies also provide discounts for low-income residents.

TTC revises routes and services, May 13

The TTC is revising services for the spring, starting Sunday, May 13.

It’s improving service to and from the King Street pilot area along these routes:

It’s reducing services to and from universities and colleges along these routes:

  • 6 Bay;
  • 38 Highland Creek;
  • 41 Keele local;
  • 44 Kipling South;
  • 60E Steeles West express;
  • 75 Sherbourne;
  • 134C Progress;
  • 188 Kipling South rocket;
  • 191 Highway 27 rocket;
  • 195 Jane rocket; and
  • 198 U of T Scarborough rocket.

It’s resuming seasonal services (or increasing regular services) to beaches, parks and other attractions for spring and summer along these routes:

  • 85 Sheppard East;
  • 86 Scarborough;
  • 92 Woodbine South; and
  • 121 Fort York - Esplanade.

It’s also introducing new seasonal service to and from the Scarborough Bluffs:

  • 175 Bluffer’s Park.

And, due to construction, it’s detouring all buses that usually start and end their trips in Main Street Station:

  • 20 Cliffside;
  • 23 Dawes;
  • 62 Mortimer;
  • 64 Main;
  • 87 Cosburn;
  • 113 Danforth;
  • 135 Gerrard;
  • 306 Carlton overnight; and
  • 506 Carlton.


  • TTC - “Service Changes”, here;
  • TTC - “Service Summary - April 1, 2018 to May 12, 2018” (.pdf), here; and
  • Steve Munro - “TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday, May 13, 2018”, here.

Ottawa North Hamilton train-track repairs:
HSR detour, May 14 to 18

Starting 9 a.m. Monday, May 14, the City of Hamilton is closing:

  • Ottawa Street North between Beach Road and Dalhousie Street

to accommodate Canadian National Railway crews who are repairing the level crossing for its Grimsby subdivision tracks.

The Hamilton Street Railway is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 41 Mohawk (via Ottawa).

hsr-detour-map-41-mohawk-may14.png Railway-track repairs on Ottawa Street North and the HSR detour continue until May 18.

TTC reorganizing streetcar stops, May 13

The TTC is moving streetcar stops to new locations, closing stops and opening new stops as it tries to improve streetcar service and the safety of its passengers.

Generally, it’s moving (or removing) stops at intersections without signals or pedestrian crosswalks, so that passengers don’t dangerously cross busy streets at unprotected locations to board the cars (or buses).

The new stops also eliminate areas where multiple stops delayed service in a short distance, thereby preparing for the TTC to introduce the longer Toronto Flexity cars along all routes.

By reorganizing the stops, it’s affecting service along these streetcar routes (including routes where buses are temporarily operating):

  • 301 Queen overnight;
  • 304 King overnight;
  • 306 Carlton overnight;
  • 501 Queen;
  • 502 Downtowner;
  • 503 Kingston Rd;
  • 504 King;
  • 505 Dundas;
  • 506 Carlton;
  • 514 Cherry.

It also affects stops along bus routes, where buses share stops with streetcars:

  • 22 Coxwell;
  • 143 Downtown / Beach express;
  • 322 Coxwell overnight;
  • 402 Parkdale community bus; and
  • 404 East York community bus.

Service to the new stops starts Sunday, May 13.