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Read these 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.

GO revises routes and services, June 24

GO Transit is introducing new Monday-to-Friday midday and evening service along the 71 Stouffville line.

Starting Monday, June 26, GO trains operate every hour in both directions Monday-to-Friday midday and evenings between Unionville GO Station and Union Station. (Currently, trains only operate along the line during rush hours.)

GO trains also operate on two new trips along the line — one between Lincolnville GO Station and Union Monday-to-Friday mornings, and one in the reverse direction afternoons. GO is also extending some train trips between Unionville and Union so that the trains serve the entire line between Lincolnville and Union. In total, GO is adding 17 new train trips every weekday, doubling the total number of weekly train trips from 85 to 170 along the corridor.

Since it’s adding more train service, GO is significantly adjusting the schedules for parallel bus trips, decreasing service along the 71 Stouffville / Toronto bus route and increasing service along the 70 Uxbridge / Stouffville / Markham route.

Starting today, Friday, **June 23, GO is resuming its summer weekend train service along the 12 Niagara Falls line, restoring its seasonal 11 Niagara Falls / St. Catharines route and increasing the number of express trips along the 12 Niagara Falls / Burlington route.

GO is also making a number of other changes to its service, starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 24.

Main Street Markham railway track repairs:
GO, TTC detours, June 23 to 26

The City of Markham is closing:

  • Main Street North north of Parkway Avenue / Snider Drive

from 8 p.m. Friday June 23 until 4 a.m. Monday, June 26, as Metrolinx contractors repair the railway crossing.

Closing the street likely affects GO Transit bus service along the 54 Markham / York U and 71 Stouffville / Toronto routes, but GO hasn’t yet announced detour-routing information.

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


No Line 3 Scarborough service, June 24 and 25


The TTC is closing all of Line 3 Scarborough this weekend, Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7. 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.

The TTC previously closed the line for maintenance earlier this year:

The TTC has scheduled just one more weekend closure of Line 3 this year:

  • Sunday, August 27.

Line 3 opened March 24, 1986, so the tracks, stations and vehicles are now more than 31 years old.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

Weekend events affect transit services,
June 22, 23, 24, 25

The Pride festival in downtown Toronto dominates the list of events affecting transit services this weekend.

However, Ajax, Barrie, Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph, Hamilton, the Keswick area of Georgina, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Milton and Vaughan are also hosting events this weekend, resulting in detours for transit services.

GO trains return to Niagara Falls, June 23

GO Transit is resuming its seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and and holidays from Friday, June 23 until Labour Day, Monday, September 4.

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 6 until Monday, October 9.

GO upgrading more ticket-vending machines
with PRESTO functions, starting June 22

GO Transit is upgrading all of its ticket-vending machines so you can instantly load value onto your PRESTO farecard, check your PRESTO account information and, at some locations, buy a PRESTO card.

Starting Thursday, June 22, GO is upgrading some of the machines at Mount Joy, Markham, Centennial, Milliken and Agincourt GO Stations so you can instantly load your PRESTO card and check account information. During this time you can use another ticket vending machine at your station or visit a GO ticket booth to buy your ticket or load your PRESTO card. You can also load your card online at or visit a PRESTO customer service outlet.

Starting Friday, June 23, it’s upgrading the machine at the Bramalea Terminal.

GO is improving the remaining ticket vending machines throughout 2017. If GO is upgrading a machine at your station, expect it to be out of service for less than one business day. GO is upgrading one machine at a time to be sure that you have other options for buying fares at your station.

Although any machines at busier sites now sell PRESTO cards, GO station attendants and UP Express guest services representatives continue to sell PRESTO cards at all stations.

In the news: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Sun website), “Ontario studying using hydrogen fuel cells to power GO trains”, here.
  • Can-India News article, “134 new parking spaces at Square One GO bus terminal”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC board pushes for bigger express bus network, but where will the money come from?”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Taxi companies flag issues with transit-first King Street pilot project”, here.
  • Cleantech Canada post, “Ontario looking to hydrogen technology to power Toronto’s GO rail network”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Construction to plague busy Queen, College streets until fall”, here.
  • CP24 report, “New streetcars travelled mean distance of 5,530 km before failure in April”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Man struck, seriously injured by TTC bus in Malvern”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “Preliminary work to begin on Yonge North subway extension”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map? post, “GO-ing to Niagara on the #12 bus”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Increased technical failures on Toronto streetcars just growing pains, says TTC”, here.
  • Hydrogen Fuel News article, “Ontario to test viability of hydrogen fuel-cell for electric trains”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: Who will speak up for express buses?”, here.
  • article, “Executive committee approves King Street pilot study”, here.
  • column, “TRANSIT REVIEW: College Street construction headaches resume”, here.
  • article, “Treat taxis like the TTC, fleet owner tells executive committee”, here.
  • article, “Man hit by bus in Scarborough seriously injured”, here.
  • Marshall’s Musings post, “Province to look at hydrogen-powered trains, but is it simply hot air?”, here.
  • National Post column, “Ontario Liberals are going off the rails on a crazy (hydrogen) train”, here.
  • Railway Age post, “Metrolinx: Fuel cells for GO Transit?”, here.
  • Railway Age post, “GO Transit goes golden”, here.
  • Railway Tracks & Structures post, “RFQ Issued for Barrie Rail Expansion Project”, here.
  • Railway Tracks & Structures post, “Canada Provides Funds to Advance Planning of Yonge Subway Extension”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Life Lessons (Go get your Mr. Rogers cardigan and sneakers, because you’ll need them)”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “TTC strongly denies that it has gotten curve of tracks wrong”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “‘Mining’ for a golden LRT station at Laird and Eglinton”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “A Slow Trip to Express Buses (Updated)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “What Is the Scheduled Service Capacity on Queen Street?”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Evolution of Streetcar Service from 1980 to 2016”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “514 Cherry Update on Noise and Vibration and King and Sumach Streets”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Capital Budget, 2017 - 2016: Streetcar Infrastructure”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Cost of Running the Queen Car”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “The Fords’ Fascination With Streetcars”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “King Street Redesign Project Goes to TTC / City for Approval”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Metrolinx and the Surveillance State”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “New streetcars performing worse than they were just months ago”, here.
  • Toronto Stararticle, “Secret Metrolinx report raises questions about approval of new GO stations”, here.
  • Toronto Stararticle, “Ontario looks at hydrogen-powered trains for GO Transit”, here.
  • Toronto Stararticle, “Deputy mayor pushes for clear targets on King St. pilot project that prioritizes streetcars”, here.
  • Toronto Stararticle, “Taxis should get special treatment under King St. Pilot project, cab companies say”, here.
  • Toronto Starcolumn, “Ontario’s high-speed rail plan not so far-fetched this time”, here.
  • Toronto Stareditorial, “Let’s have a big rail-deck park”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Executive committee votes to give streetcars right of way on King St.”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Transit commissioners give green light to King St trial project”, here.
  • post, “Here’s how we can make the TTC’s new express plan even better”, here.
  • TVO blog post, “Ontario is thinking about hydrogen-powered trains. Why?”, here.
  • Weather Network report, “Hydrogen energy could power electric GO trains”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Ontario Considering Fuel Cells to Electrify GO Trains”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Metrolinx issues RFQ for Barrie GO Corridor Expansion”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “New Gardiner Ramp Takes Shape Following Teardown”, here.
  • article, “York Region’s YRT / Viva scrapping paper tickets, 2-zone fares”, here.
  • article, “Put a sock in Markham 11 p.m. train horns, outraged citizens say”, here.
  • article, “Markham York Downs traffic crunch coming when development done”, here.
Elsewhere in Southern Ontario

King East / Sumach noise issues:
Public meeting, June 27


TTC Flexity LRV #4425 turns from northbound on Sumach onto westbound King, in service on 514 CHERRY on the morning of February 16, 2017. Photo by James Bow.

The TTC is hosting a meeting next week to update residents in the King Street East and Sumach Street area about its efforts to reduce noise from streetcars operating along the 514 Cherry route.

At this meeting, TTC staff are releasing the results of noise and vibration measurements, which they conducted at three intersections with similar track geometry in May 2017: King East / Sumach; Bathurst / Fleet; and Queen East / Broadview.

The meeting takes place:

Tuesday, June 27,
6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Toronto Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA Centre
Second floor,
461 Cherry Street.

(Streetcars operating along the 514 Cherry route stop at Front Street East, just south of the YMCA.)

The TTC launched its new 514 Cherry route just over one year ago — June 19, 2016. The cars operate on brand new tracks south of King Street East on Sumach and Cherry Streets and over a new track junction at King East and Sumach.

Unfortunately, residents living near the junction complained about loud noises resulting from streetcars turning from King to Sumach and the reverse — particularly when older Canadian light rail vehicles (CLRVs) passed across the switches and curves.

In August, 2016, the TTC agreed to withdraw all streetcars from serving the new route late evenings and early mornings until it could resolve the issue. Instead, it operated Wheel-Trans shuttle buses between King Street East and Parliament Street and Distillery Loop between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Mondays to Fridays, and between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m.Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, as a temporary measure to reduce streetcar noise for residents.

In November, 2016, the TTC hosted a meeting to discuss the issues. During that event, it agreed to:

  • continue to divert the 514 Cherry route off Sumach and Cherry Streets until it could operate the route entirely with new, low-floor Toronto Flexity cars.
  • wait until streetcar wheels wore a path through the new junction to see if that further reduced noise.
  • conduct more noise measurements.
  • operate the Wheel-Trans shuttle bus late-evenings / early mornings until it had fully deployed the new streetcars along the 514 route.

The TTC has been operating only Toronto Flexity cars along the route since May.

According to the TTC, “The 514 route improves service to 40,000 customers/day supporting the heavily travelled 504 King streetcar service that carries 65,000 riders daily.”

Electrifying the GO rail network:
Public meetings, June 26, 28, 29, July 5

Metrolinx continues planning to power GO Transit and UP Express trains with electricity. Electrification is a key component of the future regional express rail (RER) program, offering commuters frequent, two-way, all-day service along most GO rail corridors.

You can have your say on the plans during an upcoming series of public meetings, as Metrolinx and Hydro One launch the formal transit project assessment process for the scheme.

During these meetings, the two provincial agencies will present the findings of their studies about the impact of the project on the environment, other transportation systems and local communities. You can review their plans, comment on the proposals and speak to project staff.


Metrolinx and Hydro One staff have scheduled the events:

Events take place in:

Metrolinx proposes electrifying six GO rail corridors that it owns:

  • the Union Station corridor;
  • the Lakeshore West corridor between Burlington and Bathurst Street;
  • the Kitchener corridor between Bramalea and the UP Express spur at Highway 427;
  • the Barrie corridor between Allandale Waterfront GO Station and Parkdale Junction;
  • the Stouffville corridor between Lincolnville GO Station and Scarborough Junction; and
  • the Lakeshore East corridor between Oshawa GO Station and the Don River.

An earlier transit project assessment already reviewed the impact of electrifying the rest of the UP Express line and the Kitchener corridor east of Highway 427.

Electrifying the GO network requires connecting to the provincial electrical system. Hydro One proposes building a traction power supply system and power distribution components near or along the rail lines, including traction power substations, paralleling stations and other infrastructure. Hydro intends to supply power from its 230 kilovolt transmission lines by installing five tap sites to connect to the traction power substations and then distribute it along the rail lines.

Recently, the government of Ontario announced that it would also study an alternate to the traditional means of powering electric trains. It intends to study the rapidly changing field of hydrogen-cell technology to power the trains. If the technology has evolved to a sufficiently sophisticated level before the government starts construction, it may be able to avoid some of the infrastructure that it needs for railway electrification. You can read more about this over at Urban Toronto.

Vincent (or "Keele") Yard reopens to trains,
June 18


The TTC is completing its project to upgrade Vincent Yard between Keele and Dundas West Stations. It returned the yard to operation today, Sunday, June 18.

Keele Yard has capacity to store as many as eight trains, and four sets of storage tracks that extend into a covered section below and east of Dorval Road. Each night, starting tonight, TTC crews test four trains and prepare them for service the next morning. They conduct some system checks while trains are on the outdoor storage tracks.

Most maintenance for trains the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line still takes place at the TTC’s Greenwood subway yard in the east end.


Most passengers know about Vincent’s four tunnels. They’re barely visible from the main line. The photographer has captured this view from a better angle. Poking out of the second tunnel from the right is a work car. Photo: George Davidson.

By reopening Vincent Yard, the TTC can:

  • increase the time for maintaining trains, tracks and signals by as much as 40 minutes every night, as empty trains no longer have to operate between Vincent and Greenwood for maintenance before and after normal subway service hours.
  • increase day-to-day service reliability for TTC passenger by more efficiently positioning trains in the west end for the start of morning service. Most Line 2 trains previously entered service from the east end.
  • provide extra flexibility in scheduling subway trains in the west end.


Here’s a shot from the yards, looking west at the main line and Keele Station. Vincent Yards could handle eight service trains; four inside the tunnels, and four outside. Photo: George Davidson.

TTC yards operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support subway safety and service, with most activity occurring in the late evenings and early mornings when crews maintain the trains and prepare them for daily service. Though all operating train yards generate some noise, the TTC says it tries to reduce the noise for its neighbours.

Each night, four trains will typically return to Vincent Yard at about 2 until 2:20 a.m., when crews run system checks to make sure the trains are safe-ready for morning service. The trains leave the yard from about 5:45 until 6 a.m. The TTC has scheduled the first westbound train to travel past Vincent Yard at 6:01 a.m. Local residents are likely to hear two short horn sounds — which safety regulations require — whenever a train is about to move inside the yard and the sound of trains moving.

Subway workcars generally leave Keele Yard shortly before the four passenger trains arrive at the yard for the night, and work-cars return to the yard minutes before the passenger trains leave the yard for morning service. The number of work-cars that the TTC stores in the yard depending on how much work it has scheduled for the west end of Line 2.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:


Workers manning tie-tamper car RT-41 work away at the throat of Vincent Yard on the afternoon of July 17, 2014. This was one of the first steps towards reactivating the yard into service. Photo by James Bow.