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Daily “on schedule” posts offer news and other information about your daily commute. You’ll learn about public meetings, special events and construction projects that affect transit services today.

Toronto Transit Commission meets, March 20

The Toronto Transit Commission meets Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.

In the news: Saturday, March 17, 2018

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto just got $9 billion to make our subway dreams come true”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Toronto university students could pay $70 for TTC monthly passes”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Soon you’ll be able to charge your phone on the TTC”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Federal provincial bilateral agreement promises infrastructure spending”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the website), “Ontario signs $11.8B infrastructure deal”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto getting $9B as Ontario inks deal to match federal infrastructure cash”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC to install gate after car gets stuck in Queens Quay tunnel again”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “About 25 cars have driven down Queens Quay tunnel tracks since 2014, TTC says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Enhanced service coming to Lakeshore GO, UP Express train lines”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Post-secondary TTC riders could soon see dramatic monthly pass discounts”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC benefits fraud investigation yields 53 more dismissals, resignations”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Women-only ride-sharing service DriveHer launches Friday in Toronto”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC to install gate after car found in streetcar tunnel again”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC wants transit board to approve U-Pass”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “UP Express to offer earlier service starting in April”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “University students may get deep discount on riding TTC but they won’t be able to opt out”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Reliability issues force TTC to suspend further installation of PRESTO fare gates”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Woman struck by TTC bus in Little India”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “223 employees dismissed for allegedly defrauding TTC benefits plan”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Fair to share?: group reveals TTC fare inspectors’ locations”, here.
  • CP24 report, “‘Enough is enough’: TTC to install gates after yet another vehicle drives into streetcar tunnel”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Earlier service from Union Station to Pearson coming to UP Express”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC halts installation of new fare gates amid problems”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Some TTC streetcar routes will be free on St. Patrick’s Day”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC: More than 200 employees forced out in wake of benefits fraud investigation”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Southbound section of Allen Road closed this weekend”, here.
  • CP24 report, “All female ride-sharing app coming to streets of Toronto”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “Ridesharing app ‘for women and by women’ launches…”, here.
  • article, “Big transit announcement for Durham”, here.
  • article, “GO’s Lakeshore East expansion breaking ground in Courtice”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Vehicle drives into Toronto’s Queens Quay streetcar tunnel … again”, here.
  • inhalton post, “Huge Changes Coming to GO Transit in Oakville”, here.
  • inbrampton post, “Is This Where Brampton’s New University Will Be Located?”, here.
  • insauga post, “Mississauga Set to Receive Huge Influx of Money to Fund Certain Projects”, here.
  • insauga post, “Huge Changes Coming to GO Transit in Mississauga”, here.
  • article, “Oakville Transit getting $66.3M in trilateral government investment”, here.
  • article, “Burlington, Milton transit systems getting millions in federal, provincial funding”, here.
  • article, “GO Transit adding new morning and late-night train trips to Lakeshore lines”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Federal and provincial governments invest $189 million in QEW-Dixie interchange”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “Transit fight coming to boiling point”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “This guy took up 2 extra seats on an express Lakeshore West train”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “PTIF Phase 2: The Lottery Win Is Not As Big As It Seems (Updated)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “King Street Update: February 2018 Data”, here.
  • article, “Facebook group pokes fun at vehicles that get stuck in the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan: The Bill is Due”, here.
  • Toronto Life post, “Eight times drivers couldn’t resist the pull of the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto transit plans get a nearly $9B boost from federal, provincial governments”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC proposes deeper discounts for college and university students”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “It happened again: TTC to install gates after another car drives into the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC suspends Presto fare-gate installation due to mechanical, software problems”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Another 53 employees leave TTC amid benefits fraud investigation”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “How poor planning left a Toronto neighbourhood in almost permanent gridlock”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC internal report on fare evasion raises red flags over lost revenue”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto facing a massive $1.42 billion budget gap in five years”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC may install gates to stop drivers from entering Queens Quay tunnel”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC halts fare gate installation because of glitches, faulty motors”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC gets rid of 223 cheating workers caught in fraud probe”, here.
  • Toronto Sun column, “THE WAY WE WERE: How Yonge-Dundas Square became less square”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “‘I saw a face with a light’: TTC ice pick attack victim, ‘guardian angel’ form bond”, here.
  • post, “Our take on the provincial and federal funding announcement”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Contract Awarded for Upgrading Stouffville GO Line”, here.
  • article, “Parking spaces being added at Aurora, East Gwillimbury GO stations”, here.
  • article, “CONNECT: Why were GO trains and bus service cut to Stouffville?”, here.
  • article, “CONNECT: What do we do when GO parking lots are full?”, here.
  • article, “CONNECT: Are there plans to boost options for getting to, from GO stations?”, here.
  • article, “CONNECT: Can we make York University/subway bus more frequent?”, here.
  • article, “CONNECT: When are we going to get more parking spots at Bradford GO Station?”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Innisfil, Ont., estimates it saves $8M yearly using Uber as alternative to public transit”, here.
  • CTV News Kitchener report, “Guelph gets $106 million in funding for public transit”, here.
  • CTV News Kitchener report, “Section of Caroline Street closing for LRT-related work”, here.
  • Guelph Mercury Tribune article, “10 years of infrastructure funding promised by feds, province”, here.
  • Hamilton Spectator article, “Hamilton promised $370 million in new transit cash”, here.
  • MyKawartha article, “$56M boost for Peterborough Transit”, here.
  • article, “Unprecedented public transit investment commitments for Niagara: Largest commitment in funds in region’s history crucial for integrated transit with GO Transit commuter rail coming, officials say”, here.
  • article, “Grimsby GO station site made official: Sign unveiling ‘an important symbol’, says St. Catharines MPP”, here.
  • article, “A sign of what’s to come: Designation of Niagara Falls station as GO train stop is now official”, here.
  • article, “Innisfil and Uber expand world’s first ridesharing-transit partnership”, here.
  • article, “Innisfil transit gets extra cash”, here.

Hurontario LRT open house events,
March 20 to April 3

You can learn more about Metrolinx’s project to build light rail transit along Hurontario Street between south Brampton and Port Credit at a series of open houses over the next two weeks.

The 20-kilometre LRT line will serve 22 stops, connecting passengers to GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, MiWay, Brampton Transit, the Mississauga Transitway and Brampton’s Züm bus rapid transit. The Government of Ontario has committed $1.4 billion to the project.


You can view displays on the project or talk to project staff about your questions, comments and concerns. Staff also make presentations on the project.

Project staff have scheduled the events:

Events take place in:

YRT hosts annual public information centres,
March 26 to April 12

York Region Transit hosts annual public information centres to listen to what you have to say about its plans. According to YRT, “Your feedback helps us complete our annual review of transit services, which is intended to help us build an innovative, reliable and customer-focused transit system for York Region.”

YRT intends these events to help you better understand YRT and Viva operations and its plans for the upcoming year. You can also ask questions and discuss the proposals directly with YRT / Viva staff.

YRT / Viva staff have scheduled the open houses:

Events take place in:

You can review the YRT / Viva service plans for 2018 here.

Brampton Transit public information centres,
March 20 to 28

Brampton Transit is hosting its annual public information centres across the city. You can learn about proposals to revise BT service and share your feedback about the plans with transit staff.

(The proposals will be on-line soon.)

Staff have scheduled events:

GRT 2018 service plans: public meetings,
March 21 to April 11

When the Region of Waterloo launches its new ION light rail transit service later this year, Grand River Transit will revise many of its routes in Kitchener and Waterloo. It will change routes so that passengers can connect directly with ION trains at station stops. Buses along other routes will operate more frequently and more directly between major destination. GRT says that “aligning routes to support a grid network will help to make travel more efficient.”

Last fall, the transit agency presented its proposals for the transit network in 2018 during public consultations. It has updated its plans due to the feedback it received.

You can learn more about the revised plans for the 2018 route network during another series of public information centres.

GRT has scheduled the events:

Events take place in:

Weekend events affect transit services,
March 17, 18

A St. Patrick’s Day parade and a road race affect transit services in Peterborough and Toronto this weekend, Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18.

Vaughan Road crane activity:
TTC detour, March 17

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Vaughan Road north of St. Clair Avenue West

from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17 to accommodate contractors who are lifting a crane at a construction site.

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

  • 90 Vaughan.


Passmore Avenue construction:
TTC detour, March 16 to 19

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Passmore Avenue between Silver Star and Milliken Boulevards

to accommodate contractors who are encasing a water-main on the north and south sides of the street at the GO Transit tracks.

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

  • 43 Kennedy; and
  • 343 Kennedy overnight.

No TTC Line 3 Scarborough service, March 17, 18


The TTC is closing all of Line 3 Scarborough this weekend, Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Shuttle buses operate on nearby streets to replace the rapid transit line. The buses stop at all stations along the line between McCowan and Kennedy Stations.

McCowan, Ellesmere and Midland stations are closed this weekend. You may buy fares at Kennedy, Lawrence East or Scarborough Centre stations.

Wheel-Trans buses operate between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy stations. Ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans accessible service.

While the line is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tracks and signals on the line. The TTC continues its program of rehabilitating Line 3 tracks and vehicles to provide a more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. It will close the line when it opens the extension of Line 2 Bloor - Danforth to Scarborough Centre.

At Scarborough Centre and Kennedy stations, shuttle buses pick up passengers at platforms where buses along the 21 Brimley route stop. Buses serving the 21 Brimley route share a temporary platform at Kennedy Station with buses operating along the 34 Eglinton East route. At Scarborough Centre, northbound buses share a platform with buses operating along the 134 Progress route, while southbound buses use the 9 Bellamy platform.

The TTC has scheduled three more weekend closures of Line 3 this year:

  • Sunday, May 6;
  • Sunday, June 24; and
  • Saturday, November 17.

Line 3 opened March 24, 1986, so the tracks, stations and vehicles are now almost 32 years old.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read: