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.
You can drop by the booth to give your feedback on the TTC’s integrated accessible network. Pick up a copy of the new TTC accessible transit guide. You can meet the TTC’s chief executive officer Andy Byford Friday from 3 until 4 p.m. You can also speak with members of the the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) then.
Book your trip with Wheel-Trans by visiting mywheel-trans.ttc.ca. This is an external site so it will open a new window so you can book your ride on-line. Or, call the RideLine at 416-397-8000.
For accessible transit service, board buses operating along the 29C Dufferin (Princes’ Gate) route between Wilson or Dufferin Stations and Exhibition Place. The buses stop on Manitoba Drive, just east of Saskatchewan Road, beside the Queen Elizabeth Building. New low- floor streetcars operate along the 509 Harbourfront route between Union Station and Exhibition Place, but some cars serving this route are not accessible.
The TTC is also providing a Wheel-Trans shuttle bus from Bathurst Station every half hour both days. The first bus leaves Bathurst Station at 9:30 a.m. each day, while the last bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. The first bus leaves the Queen Elizabeth Building at 10 a.m., while the last bus leaves Bathurst Station at 5:30 p.m.
The event takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Building in Exhibition Place both days from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line stop near the venue. Trains in both directions serve Exhibition GO Station every 30 minutes or better today and tomorrow.
Several transit-related sites are open to the public Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 during Doors Open Toronto, the one weekend, once a year, when more than 130 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.
The City of Toronto program allows visitors free access to look inside properties that are usually not open to the public.
The TTC is participating in the event at just one site — the new Leslie Barns streetcar storage and maintenance site — but other venues that have played significant roles in Toronto’s public transit and transportation history are also opening their doors.
- BlogTO post, “Someone is trying to save the lost relics of the TTC”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Now you can buy fresh produce at TTC subway stations”, here.
- Brampton Guardian editorial, “Monkey see, monkey do”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the Canadian Manufacturing website), “Bombardier shifts Toronto streetcar production to speed up deliveries”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Metrolinx seeks public’s advice on how to fix East Lakeshore GO line”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Grab Some Good pop-up food markets come to TTC stations”, here.
- Chronicle Journal article, “(Bombardier) Layoffs to start soon”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “TTC offering free rides on vintage streetcar this summer”, here.
- CP24 report, “More than a year late, Bombardier eyeing fall delivery for Eglinton Crosstown test vehicle: Metrolinx”, here.
- CP24 report, “Suspect images released following subway train sex assault”, here.
- DurhamRegion.com article, “Clarington council decides to purchase land for future Courtice GO train station”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Police seek to ID suspect who sexually assaulted woman on subway, later threatened her”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Where have all the transit riders gone?”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Metrolinx exploring alternatives to natural gas power plant initially planned for the Eglinton Crosstown in Mount Dennis”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “City of Toronto wants residents’ ideas on transit plan for the waterfront”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “EDGES OF TORONTO: Malvern’s chance for better transit is now”, here.
- Kitchener Post column, “Rail trails need a national network”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Pop-up fresh food markets coming to subways”, here.
- Mississauga News editorial, “The party is over”, here.
- NOW article, “Mayor Tory tries to wrap his head around the City’s financial woes”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “A Messy ‘Reset’ for Waterfront Transit Planning”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “‘Waterfront reset’ examines way to extend transit to new neighbourhoods along the lakeshore”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Amid development boom, Queens Quay East LRT running late”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Transit shelter ads create big blind spot for people inside: Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Toronto’s top bureaucrat tries to instill some budgeting reality”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Man sought in alleged TTC sex assault”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Nannyville wants us to eat healthier”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “2,000,000 Users: Presto Card Adoption Up 25% In A Year”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “The Dirt: Province Moves to Regulate Excavated - and Toxic — Soils”, here. +Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: PCC Streetcar”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Aurora won’t allow 15 parking permits for GO Transit commuters at Town Park”, here.
- Barrie Examiner article, “Barrie Transit changes aimed at improving overall service”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton article, “Hamilton’s head of transit is leaving the city”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Wynne hoping for a ‘final answer’ from Hamilton on LRT”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “Bombardier taking ‘bold, decisive action’ to deliver LRT trains”, here.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo report, “LRT delayed until early 2018 due to Bombardier train delays”, here.
- Cord article, “LRT delayed due to Bombardier vehicle production”, here.
- CTV Kitchener report, “Bombardier could be fined $21,000 a day for delayed LRT vehicles”, here.
- CTV Kitchener report, “‘Major problems’ with vehicle manufacturing delay LRT launch”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “LRT affirmation vote running off the rails”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “[HSR head] Dixon’s departure plays to LRT doubts”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Eight ways to feel better about our LRT”, here.
- Kitchener Post article, “No more wiggle room for LRT”, here.
- Kitchener Post article, “Region seeking input on King and Victoria Street transit hub”, here.
- Orangeville Banner article, “Council considers beefing up Orangeville Transit service”, here.
- Orangeville Citizen article, “Public transit changes proposed for Orangeville”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Hamilton Is Not A Bedroom Community”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Premier: ‘I Honestly Thought That The Conversation Was Done’”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “McMeekin on LRT: ‘There’s No Economic Future If You’re Disconnected’”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post: “Vranich: LRT Uncertainty Extremely Concerning to Developers”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “How Councillors Have Voted On Light Rail Transit”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Letter from LiUNA Local 837 Supporting Light Rail Transit”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Hamilton City Council grapples with rapid transit future”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Bombardier delays force Waterloo to push back LRT opening”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “LRT rollout delayed, Bombardier blamed”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Grappling with the LRT delay”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record editorial, “Time to stand and deliver”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record editorial, “Light rail is still worth the wait”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record editorial, “Should townships pay for LRT?”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Region wants proposals for art installations at seven LRT stops”, here.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa currently holds in its collection of artifacts, but does not display, several historic transit vehicles from Toronto. (The museum is closed to the public — for now.)
Trevor Parkins - Sciberras — who recently found fame as a builder of Lego replicas of TTC streetcars and trains — has organized an on-line petition as the first step in returning these vehicles to Toronto. If the petition gathers enough support, Trevor hopes to set up a crowdfunding campaign to bring them home — perhaps as part of a transit museum or for the TTC to use for special events and tours.
The vehicular artifacts include:
- an early horse-drawn ominbus that carried passengers between Toronto and its remote suburb of Yorkville from 1849 until 1861;
- one of the first Toronto Street Railway horse-drawn cars from 1861;
- a replica of TSR horse-drawn streetcar / sleigh — for winter transit trips — from 1861;
- a replica of a TSR horse-drawn omnibus serving Toronto-to-Richmond-Hill passengers in 1880;
- a Toronto Railway Company streetcar from 1892;
- a Toronto Transportation Commission double-decker bus from 1921; and
- a TTC single-decker bus from 1922.
You can learn more about these vehicles here.
You can ‘sign’ the on-line petition here.
In the news, read:
A recent post about Trevor Parkins - Sciberras’ efforts to return heritage Toronto transit vehicles from Ottawa back home to Toronto, reminded us to again let readers know where you can learn more about Toronto’s transit history (besides Transit Toronto, of course!)
The TTC proposed developing its own transit museum in 2010. However, funding cuts that saw the TTC significantly reduce service along many routes also spelled the end to that proposal.
Meanwhile, in a rural area of Milton — near the village of Rockwood, between Guelph and Acton — the Halton County Radial Railway Museum was already operating and continues to thrive.
The HCRR is a full-size operating electric railway and museum, featuring historic electric railcars and two kilometers of scenic track. The Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association (OERHA), a non-profit, educational organization owns and operates the HCRR, Ontario’s first and largest electric railway museum.
The museum displays and operates a variety of historic streetcars, radial cars and work cars and maintains a collection of photographs, memorabilia and archival materials. The oldest rail car in the collection dates from the late 1800s. The site operates some of its vehicles along tracks that originally carried the radial cars — basically, streetcars — of the Toronto Suburban Railway from Guelph to Keele and Dundas Streets in Toronto.
- Halton County Radial Railway Museum, 1329 Guelph Line, Milton, Mondays to Fridays (July & August only) from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (First Saturday in May until last Sunday in October), from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Volunteers from the Toronto Railway Historical Association operate the museum, which helps preserve the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Toronto and Ontario. The museum encompasses Roundhouse Park with Stall 17 as the temporary home of the gift shop, railway simulator and small artifact display.
Transit Toronto contributor Richard White volunteers at the museum.
- Toronto Railway Museum, 255 Bremner Boulevard, Unit 15. Wednesdays to Sundays and holidays, noon until 5 p.m.
And in the “see’em-while-you-can” category, check out two temporary exhibitions on local transit and transportation history.
At the City of Toronto Archives, curator Mark Osbaldeston’s “No Little Plans” examines significant municipal projects that were either never realized, or else built to one of a number of competing designs.
The exhibit especially documents road and transit proposals. It examines rejected subway and light rail plans to confirm the historic precedent for Toronto’s tendency to introduce ambitious transportation strategies, only to abandon them later.
A future Transit Toronto post will detail more about this exhibition.
- City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Exhibition continues until August.
The City’s Market Gallery, the exhibition, “Tunnel Vision: The Story of Toronto’s Subway”, highlights the building of Toronto’s subway system with photographs, maps and artifacts and explores the complexity and massive scale of Toronto’s subway’s operation.
The Toronto Transportation Society, including curators Adam Zhelka and Robert Lubinski, partnered with the gallery to present the exhibition.
Robert Lubinski is also a contributor to Transit Toronto.
- Market Gallery, 95 Front Street East, Second Floor (South St. Lawrence Market), Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Exhibition continues until June 11.
In the news, read:
- BlogTO post, “The Halton County Radial Railway Museum”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Where to find the lost relics of the TTC, here.
- BlogTO post, “A brief history of Toronto’s first subway cars”, here.
- BlogTO post, “The Toronto Railway Heritage Centre”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “TTC nears deal for transit museum, new headquarters”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Old Streetcars Don’t Die, They Just Retire to a Forest”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Tunnel Vision: A History of Toronto’s Subway”, here.
- Torontoist post, “The Daily Photoist: Inside of Number 1326”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Wheels turning at Toronto Transit Museum”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Councillors endorse transit museum”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “When Toronto bubbled with pride over its subway”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “The Way We Were: Toronto’s transit history on display at museum”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Explore the History of Transit at Two Toronto Exhibitions”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Wooden CN Rail caboose once a fixture in Woodbridge finds a new home in Toronto’s Roundhouse Park”, here.
From the Transit Toronto archives, read:
- “Three Days in the Life of the Halton County Radial Railway Museum” (1957, 1999, 2014) by James Bow, here.
- “The Toronto Railway Historical Museum” (2010) by Richard White, here.
- “Save the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre” (2012) by Richard White, here.
- “A transit museum for Toronto?” (2010) by Robert Mackenzie, here.
- “Market Gallery’s ‘Tunnel Vision’ exhibition highlights Toronto’s subway story” by Robert Mackenzie, here.
Starting 9 a.m. today, Tuesday, May 24, TTC track crews are repairing the tracks east of Kipling Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. To accommodate the work, the TTC will also temporarily change service along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes.
Today, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., a crew is breaking and removing concrete in the track area to expose the piece of rail to replace. They’ll continue from 8 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25 and finish removing concrete by late afternoon. Starting at 8 p.m. tomorrow, they’ll install and weld new rail and then place concrete until 5 a.m. Thursday, May 26.
The work restricts traffic to just one lane in each direction through the work zone.
Crews will clear the work zone by 5 a.m. Friday, May 27, after the new concrete has cured adequately for road traffic.
Shuttle buses replace streetcars on Lake Shore Boulevard West between Long Branch and Humber Loops from 8 p.m. tomorrow until 5 a.m. Thursday.
- BlogTO post, “Bombardier to ramp up production of TTC streetcars”, here.
- BlogTO post, “TTC is bringing back old streetcars this summer”, here.
- Business News Network report, “Bombardier to shift production to clear TTC streetcar backlog”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the CTV News Toronto website), “Bombardier says they are ‘doing everything necessary’ to speed up delivery of streetcars”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Smoking TTC train knocked out power to subway communications”, here.
- CBC News Thunder Bay report, “Bombardier to lay off 60 employees in Thunder Bay”, here.
- CityNews Toronto report, “Toronto commuters still rely primarily on cars to get to work, data shows”, here.
- CP24 report, “TTC says Thursday’s partial shutdown on line 2 was necessar for safety”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Bombardier says they are ‘doing everything necessary’ to speed up delivery of streetcars”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Bombardier to shift production to hasten deliver of TTC streetcars”, here.
- insauga.com post, “Mississauga residents may be eligible for discounted bus fares on MiWay”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Bombardier promises it can meet final deadline for new streetcars”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Take a ride down memory lane as TTC puts its vintage streetcars back on track”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “TTC’s iconic vintage streetcar is back and it’s free”, here.
- Net News Ledger post, “TTC Delay Results in Job Loss for Thunder Bay”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Did you know that the bi-level part of GO train coaches is the “semi-Quiet Zone”? Me neither”, here.
- South Bayview Bulldog post, “Bombardier fires bosses, dumps Mexico factory”, here.
- TBNews Watch post, “Bombardier shifting 60 jobs out of [Thunder Bay] plant”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Bombardier shifts production in bid to speed up Toronto streetcar deliveries”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Bombardier details new production schedule for long-delayed TTC streetcars”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “The Way We Were: A look back at when you couldn’t ride a streetcar on a Sunday”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Transit Line Studies Advance With New Round of Consultations”, here.
- AM 900 CHML commentary, “Is Hamilton About to Reject A Billion Dollar Transit Plan?”, here.
- AM 900 CHML report, “Unanswered questions eat away at LRT support”, here.
- AM 900 CHML report, “LRT motion gets pushed back again”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “City urged to protect dozens of historic buildings along LRT route”, here.
- CHCH News report, “LRT or bust”, here.
- Flamborough Review commentary, “THE BOTTOM LINE: Tough LRT questions”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton councillors go different directions on LRT debate”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton’s light rail transit project drives into political congestion”, here.
- Hamilton Community News editorial, “Hamilton council needs to stop, look at the facts and listen to the public in order to have a real LRT debate”, here.
- Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton councillor Sam Merulla continues to drive LRT motion”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, “Send a clear signal - Yes, we will build LRT”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Councillors continue to debate merits of LRT”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator commentary, “Are we really going to say no to $1 billion?”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “An LRT referendum? Not likely”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “Mayor ‘regrets’ LRT dare”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator column, “LRT vote a high-stakes game with Hamilton’s future”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator commentary, “What to expect when you’re LRTing”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “The writing is on the bus(es): pair charged with vandalism”, here.
- National Post article, “‘It looked like a giant ribcage in the ground’: The centuries-old origins of Silicon Valley North laid bare by LRT build”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Rolston Neighbourhood Action Team Letter to Council on LRT”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Bombardier moves LRT train production to Kingston to keep project on track”, here.
The City of Toronto is asking residents to help decide the future of rapid transit the city by reviewing and commenting on plans for SmartTrack, Scarborough transit, the Relief Line and Waterfront transit.
Torontonians and residents of the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton can provide input on these projects online or at public meetings the City is hosting in partnership with the TTC, WATERFRONToronto and Metrolinx.
Each of the meetings focuses on one of the four key initiatives. A final meeting will address all the projects.
On-line and during public meetings, staff will update information about how the City and Metrolinx will integrate SmartTrack with GO Transit’s regional express rail project, improving rapid transit along three GO corridors in Toronto. SmartTrack plans include more frequent service, more stations and TTC-level fares. On-line and during meetings, staff will also discuss options for extending the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line west to Toronto Pearson International Airport. You can provide input on the plans at http://www.smarttrack.to or during meetings:
The TTC and the City plan to extend the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line north from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Centre. The longer subway would encourage further development of Scarborough Centre. On-line and during a public meeting, staff will present their evaluation of various options for the extension. You can provide input on the plans at http://www.scarboroughsubwayextension.ca or during the meeting:
To further increase transit access in Scarborough, staff are also examining options for a light rail transit line to connect Kennedy Station with the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue. This project would better communities in the corridor and improve access to jobs and other destinations for nearby residents. You can provide input on the plans at http://www.toronto.ca/transitTO or during the meeting:
The City and TTC are planning a new subway line, linking downtown with the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway east of the Don River. The line would relieve crowding on the 1 Yonge - University line at Bloor - Yonge Station and on streetcar and bus routes to and from downtown. On-line and during a public meeting, staff will present the results of their evaluation of alignment options and potential locations for station entrances. You can provide input on the proposed route at http://www.reliefline.ca or during the meeting:
This study establishes a proposal for a comprehensive waterfront transit network and identifies current and future transit needs. Staff will develop and evaluate a range of early concepts to help them determine a transit line to integrate north - south transit and link people from across the city to the waterfront. You can provide input on the proposal at http://www.toronto.ca/transitTO or during meetings:
Project-specific meetings take place in:
One final meeting featuring all four projects takes place:
The City of Toronto is again hosting its annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park, starting at 9:45 p.m. Monday, May 23. The park stretches along the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard East between Woodbine and Coxwell Avenues.
The City expects that more than 80,000 people will visit the park and other nearby Eastern Beaches to watch the skies light up. It’s encouraging everyone to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle or travel by transit to and from the event.
To handle the crowds, the TTC usually increases service to the park and the Beach neighbourhood by operating more buses and streetcars along nearby routes throughout the afternoon and evening.
This year, it’s detouring or adding more service to buses and streetcars operating along these routes:
The TTC has issued a news release to explain to passengers why it shut down part of the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line yesterday, Thursday, May 19.
At about 4:30 p.m. yesterday TTC staff received reports about smoke at Jane and Runnymede stations, and then on an empty train at High Park Station. The TTC suspended subway service between Keele and Islington stations, called Toronto Fire Services, evacuated stations and operated shuttle buses to replace subway service.
TTC crews repaired the train they believed was the source of the smoke, but when they restored power, a communications cable at Runnymede Station arc-ed and smoked, knocking out communications at the station. While crews and Toronto Fire investigated that problem, the TTC restored service west of Jane Station at 6:10 p.m., shortening the turn-backs to Keele and Jane instead of Keele and Islington stations.
The TTC dispatched staff from across the network to help passengers, safely evacuate stations and manage shuttle buses. At the peak of the incident, it operated 65 shuttle buses. During emergencies when the TTC has to close the subway, it pulls shuttle buses from routes throughout the city. The buses may take some time to get on scene, particularly in rush-hour traffic.
TTC staff made announcements throughout the subway system over the evening and continued to issue e-Alerts and social media updates. The news release explains, “Communications is always a challenge in these situations, but was worsened by loss of communications at Runnymede Station.”
The release continues, “Subway service cannot safely operate without adequate radio communications. A decision was made at approximately 10 p.m. to suspend service between Keele and Jane stations for the rest of the night to allow crews to inspect the affected area and to ensure it was safe and ready for this morning’s start of service.”
Service was problem-free today.
TTC staff continue to investigate the root cause of these fires. The TTC believes, however, that the problem began with a faulty power cable on the underside of a westbound train.
According to the TTC, “Safety comes before service. The TTC appreciates the frustration these situations can cause, but it will not compromise public or employee safety whenever fire or smoke is detected. There were no reports of any customer injuries last evening and we thank our employees and our partners at Toronto Fire, Toronto Police and Metrolinx for their assistance.”