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.
(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)
From about 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 until 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, crews are shifting the traffic lanes at the intersection of Lake Shore Boulevard East with Leslie Street. working in the Lake Shore and Leslie intersection to shift traffic lanes.
They’ll shift all traffic lanes on Lake Shore East from the south side to the north side of the roadway. After they’ve finished, motorists can use two through lanes and a turn lane in both directions.
Although contractors added a third lane in January, they’ve had to remove that lane to finish upgrading the water-main and sewers and install streetcar tracks safely.
The work zone blocks the east-west pedestrian and cyclist crossing on the south side of the intersection. The east-west crossing on the north side of the intersection and the the north-south crosswalks on the east and west side of the intersection are still available.
Crews also worked yesterday, Saturday February 28 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Leslie Street between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue to upgrade the utilities and to prepare the site for upcoming work to install a pole on the northwest corner of Queen East and Leslie.
- BlogTO post, “Guerrilla tardy passes appear on the TTC”, here.
- BlogTO post, “What the Junction Triangle used to look like”, here.
- CP24 report, “TTC fares to increase Sunday, but kids ride for free”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC fares increase Sunday, but free rides for children begin”, here.
- The Eyeopener article, “Student petition pushing to eliminate required TTC identification card”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Street savvy: A look at how Toronto’s traffic nerve centre really manages our roads”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington mayor accepts challenge to take local transit”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Residential growth trumping employment is causing traffic problems in North York: chief planner”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “GO Train delays leaving Milton line riders in the cold”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Only 4 months late, GO York Concourse should finally open this April”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, One of the more well-known Olympic GO Train events: Aisle Hurdles”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Do they run that rotating brush through the inside, too?”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “The D in DRL stands for disrespect and disappointment”, here.
- Toronto Stararticle, “Toronto Downtown Relief Line: 105 years of wishing and waiting”, here.
- 570 News report, “ION construction could close parts of King Street for up to 18 months”, here.
- 570 News report, “LRT construction will likely move route for Oktoberfest parade and other events”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “LRT construction set to close King Street in Kitchener in March”, here.
- CTV News Kitchener report, “Expanding GO train to Cambridge could cost $110 million”, here.
- CTV News Kitchener report, “City cores to be the focus of this year’s LRT construction”, here.
- CTV News Kitchener report, “Grand River Hospital will remain open 27/7 during Ion construction”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “Proposed operating budget could mean 3.05 percent increase to property taxes in Guelph”, here.
- Guelph Mercury commentary, “Guelph Transit routes should follow a grid system”, here.
- Guelph Mercury article, “Trial set for Guelph Transit operator in dangerous driving case”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Bus slams into downtown building”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Ouch”, here
- Waterloo Region Record editorial, “Cambridge must keep on pushing”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “There will be ‘some pain’ with LRT construction”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “LRT work pushing Oktoberfest and Santa parades off King Street”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Region mulling transit tax plan”, here.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Our Place Initiative”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC closure: No service between St. Andrew and Union this weekend”, here.
- CP24 report, “Toronto man charged in fatal collision involving bus”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC fares to increase March 1, despite Tory’s campaign promise”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Impaired driving charges laid in fatal crash involving TTC bus, Nissan in Etobicoke”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC approves $80M contract to hire project management team for Scarborough subway”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx won’t be pinned down to electrification deadline”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Ontario farmland under threat as demand for housing grows”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Mapping the City’s Bike Network Gaps”, here.
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “Could the Scarborough RT really become a High Line-style elevated park?”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Man charged with impaired driving after fatal crash”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “My commute: No stress and time to read”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “‘My commute is quite refreshing’”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC Week: Metropass users feel penalized for loyalty: The Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Scarborough’s creaking SRT gets a makeover”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Where to eat, drink and shop on St. Clair Ave.”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Tunnels: A short guide to Toronto’s nether regions”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Toronto mere toddler as a global brand, but making strides”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “What did we learn about clean trains at the first public meeting Metrolinx has held in over a year on this issue?”, here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “TTCriders on front page of Metro News”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Metrolinx Encouraging Development at GO and Crosstown LRT Stations”, here.
You can still use “old” tickets and and day passes after Sunday, March 1, when the TTC raises its fares. Or, you can ask the TTC to refund what you paid for them.
Until Thursday, April 30, you can use 2014 TTC senior / student tickets to pay your fare, but you’ll have to throw another 10 cents into the fare box.
You can also get a refund for 2014 TTC senior / student tickets and day passes and for 2013 and 2014 child tickets, in person or by mail.
Mondays to Fridays, Monday, March 2 until Tuesday, March 31, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day at:
- Kipling; and
- Warden stations
Mondays to Fridays, Monday, March 2, 2015 until Monday, February 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. at:
- TTC Customer Service Centre, above Davisville Station
- Longer hours: 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. every Thursday and the first and last business day of each month.
- Closed holidays.
From Monday, March 2, 2015 until Monday, February 29, 2016
TTC Accounts Payable,
1900 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M4S 1Z2
You’ll have to wait three to four weeks for your refund.
After this Sunday, March 1, you can no longer use 2013 senior / student tickets and day passes. You also can’t use senior / student tickets and day passes that you bought before 2013 at any time and the TTC will not refund you for their cost.
But, if you’re younger than 12 years of age, you can ride the TTC free of fare!
Although the cash fare remains the same as now, you’ll have to pay about 10 cents more for tokens and tickets in all fare categories in Toronto. The cost of a monthly Metropass will be $141.50.
In Oakville, you’ll have to pay $110 for a monthly pass and the cost for a ride on the bus with your PRESTO fare card jumps to $2.80.
Oakville Transit’s paper monthly passes and tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
For more information, read:
- Transit Toronto’s February 6 post, “TTC raises fares, March 1”, here.
- TTC news releases, here and here.
- TTC “Fares and passes” webpage, here.
- Transit Toronto’s February 6 post, “Oakville Transit raises fares, March 1”, here.
- Town of Oakville news release, here.
- Oakville Transit’s “Fares” webpage, here.
Although most local transit agencies are not increasing fares (for now), some suburban passengers will also pay more, this Sunday, March 1.
That day, the TTC increases the cost to buy the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Weekly Pass to $61 from $56. The pass is valid fare on all TTC, Brampton Transit, MiWay and York Region Transit vehicles, including service for persons with disabilities. Passengers with a GTA Pass do not have to pay an extra fare when buses they’re riding cross municipal boundaries.
- BlogTO post, “Photo of the day: NYPD + TTC”, here.
- CP24 report, “Suspect sought after female inappropriately touched on GO train”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com commentary, “Proposed Durham Region Transit changes in Clarington welcome relief for commuters”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Changes may be coming to TTC fare inspector uniforms”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Winter weather can be a big burden for people with disabilities”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Transit real estate deal elicits skepticism from TTC officials”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “TTC approves plan to relieve security officers of batons on streetcar lines”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC board wants fare inspectors to try going without handcuffs, batons”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “TOinTRANSIT: City committee votes to do away with Bay-Bloor pedestrian scramble”, here.
- NOW article, “TTC board approves $80 million contract for Scarborough subway”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “I like this guy. Metrolinx should woo him for next president of GO transit”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “A trip down Memory Lane”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Durham Regional Police - Female Inappropriately Touched on GO Train - Report”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Because ice. Ice is why you’re late”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “This winter has not been kind”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “In three hours you could probably walk there”, here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Transit Equity Introduction: Achieving enhanced outcomes and possibilities”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Police Searching for Sexual Assault Suspect on the GO Train”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Removes Batons, Handcuffs From Select Security Officials”, here.
- Toronto Observer post, “Why TTC buses don’t have snow tires”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC boss Andy Byford gets a rough ride from passengers on subway”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx to sell development rights at Eglinton Crosstown LRT stops”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC to test ‘customer friendly’ fare inspectors without batons, handcuffs”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “TTC Week: Are more TTC washrooms an urgent matter?: The Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC considers changes to fare inspector uniform”, here.
- AM 900 CHML Radio report, “Boy charged with indecent exposure on Hamilton bus”, here.
- AM 900 CHML Radio commentary, “Opening Up Old Wounds”, here.
- commentary, “Will Public Input Into Transit Debate Change Anything?”, here.
- AM 900 CHML Radio report, “Merulla Delaying Motion on Transit-Area Rating”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Suburban councillors preparing to fight area-rating motion”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton residents talk transit during public presentation”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, “Affordable transit pass an essential support”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “City Hall Notebook…”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “McHattie still gripped by transit file”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Pan Am Games buildup overtakes stadium concerns”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Opposition to Safe Streets Holding Up a Better Hamilton”, here.
- View article, “Big bus fare hike”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “TTC bus strikes hydro pole at Queensway & Kipling”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “TTC bus slams into hydro pole in Etobicoke”, here.
- CP24 videao, “Meeting held to Discuss Union Pearson Express”, here.
- Daily Commercial News post, “Construction of second Stouffville track rolls forward”, here.
- Globe and Mail special, “Toronto transit agency Metrolinx to take ‘modest first step’ into real estate”, here.
- Reuters Canada article, “Frozen pipes plague Toronto amid Canadian deep freeze”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “This site turns 5 on Friday”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “A trip down memory lane”, here.
- South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee post, “SETAC Speaking at the Our Place Initiative event Thursday Feb 26, 7-9pm at Etobicoke Civic Centre”, here.
- South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee post, “TTC to Improve Streetcar Service With Expanded Fleet”, here.
- Treehugger.com article, “Rob Ford may no longer be mayor of Toronto, but sense of automobile entitlement continues unabated”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “TTC bus knocks down hydro pole”, here.
- Toronto Star video, “Why do GO Train Commuters Encounter Delays?”, here.
- Toronto Sun editorial, “TTC gas audit: We’ve been hosed”, here.
- Cambridge Times article, “GO train push needs to boast provincial benefits”, here
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Beef up bus service, Hamiltonians tell councillors”, here
- Raise the Hammer post, “My Life as An, Um, Activist”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “An Evening With Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling on City Building and Transportation Investment”, here.
We may all be reeling from one of the worst winters on record, but a sure sign that spring is just around the corner (at least, if you regularly read this website) is the return of Transit Toronto’s “Weekend events affect transit services” posts.
Road races, street festivals, farmers’ markets, parades and other events block roadways throughout the Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe areas many weekends from now until the end of April and every weekend after that until mid-December. The events regularly result in detours for transit services and Transit Toronto plans to alert readers about how the various activities affect your ride through the area, whenever they occur.
This weekend, an annual road walk and run in Burlington affects local service. (But you’ll have to wait until Sunday, March 15 for the first Toronto street event of the year to affect TTC service. Keep reading the “Weekend events…” posts to learn more!)
Transit Toronto team members, including James Bow, Roman Fomin, Richard White and Robert Mackenzie were among the first passengers to ride this first Flexity in service along the 510 Spadina route Sunday, August 31, 2014. James Bow shot this view of that first car heading north along Spadina after exiting Queens Quay Loop.
The Globe’s transportation reporter, Oliver Moore, explains that the TTC, “now expects to have 25 to 30 new streetcars operating by the end of the year, enough to cover almost three entire routes.”
According to the Globe’s Moore,
“The rollout of new streetcars ground almost to a halt after the first of the vehicles entered service last summer to much fanfare. A third streetcar turned up months later, and the fourth arrived only recently. It is not yet in service.
“Production has lagged far behind the numbers promised by Bombardier, which has been plagued by problems. Frustration at the TTC has been mounting. And commuters using old streetcars that can break down in the cold were left wondering when their new and more reliable ride would arrive.
“TTC head Andy Byford said that the problems were twofold: production was too slow and the transit agency was unable to accept the quality of some of the work done by Bombardier. He cited the fourth streetcar, in particular, as not being built well enough to meet the TTC’s standards.”
Although Bombardier has blamed a recent long strike by workers at its Thunder Bay plant for some of its failure to produce and deliver the cars in a timely fashion, Bombardier has had issues with its suppliers and other internal issues to deal with.
Moore’s article indicates that the TTC has imposed penalties on Bombardier which its original contract with the company included. The penalties result from Bombardier not meeting the delivery schedule in the contract.
The Globe says that, “According to the TTC, the new agreement with Bombardier will mean the Thunder Bay plant will produce two streetcars a month, starting in March. By the fall this should double to four a month.”
Meanwhile the Star’s transportation reporter Tess Kalinowski writes,
“There should have been dozens on the road already, but so far only three new vehicles are running on Spadina, with one other still being tested for roadworthiness. The new cars must run for 600 kilometres without problems before they’re put into regular service.”
Her article quotes TTC spokesperson, Brad Ross, who, in turn, explains, “At the end of 2015 we will have approximately 30… [That] will require Bombardier to ramp up their delivery schedule to every five days this fall, compared to every 10, which was the original schedule,”, he said.
According to Kalinowski’s article,
“Initially, delivery delays were blamed on problems with a unique, two-stage wheelchair ramp design and an eight-week strike at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant last year. But more recently, the company has admitted to having problems in its supply chain.
“Only 10 to 12 of the new streetcars will be housed in the mammoth Leslie Barns maintenance and storage facility when it opens on the lakeshore by the summer.”
By the end of the year, the TTC expects to exclusively operate the new cars along its 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes. The new cars will also provide most — but not all — service along the 511 Bathurst route by December. Passengers who regularly ride streetcars along the 505 Dundas route — who were also promised new cars this year — will have to wait until next year.
The new delivery schedule still requires Bombardier to deliver all 204 of the promised low-floor streetcars to the TTC by 2019, when the cars finally enter service along the 506 Carlton route.
The TTC has an option to order another 60 cars from Bombardier but contractually can wait until the company delivers its 60th car in this schedule before it decides whether to continue with that second order.