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No subway service between Keele,
Ossington after 10 p.m. for repairs



The TTC is closing the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line between Keele and Ossington Stations this evening, Wednesday, October 1, starting at 10 p.m.

While the line is closed, TTC crews will start permanently repairing the subway tunnel that was damaged yesterday Tuesday, September 30, near Dundas West Station.

The TTC will operate more than 50 shuttle buses between Ossington and Keele Stations to replace subway service. It’s assigning customer-service staff to stations across the line to help passengers get to their destinations.

Normal subway service resumes at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

This evening, crews will get the tunnel ready for a final, permanent repair, tomorrow evening Thursday, October 2 during normal maintenance hours after regular service has ended — the TTC doesn’t expect it will have to close the subway early tomorrow. They’ll remove the pile that has punctured the tunnel next week.

In the Globe and Mail, reporter Jill Mahoney described the incident yesterday that lead to tonight’s early closure:

“Part of Toronto’s subway system was shut down for seven hours [yesterday] after a hole in a tunnel created by a Metrolinx contractor shifted overnight, causing water and silt to flood the tracks during the morning rush hour on Tuesday.

“The Toronto Transit Commission resumed service between Keele and Ossington stations on the Bloor-Danforth line around 3 p.m. after work crews installed a temporary fix and cleaned up debris.

“‘We found [the hole] last week. It’s been perfectly safe to operate. There’s been no movement at all,’ [the TTC’s] chief operating officer Mike Palmer told reporters. ‘Something changed today and groundwater [found] its way through the hole.’

“Thousands of commuters faced long delays and chaos on part of Line 2 after officials closed Dundas West station just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday after water approached the track level, Mr. Palmer said.”

Metrolinx is investigating the circumstances around this incident. Its contractor was working on the Union - Pearson Express project.

According to the TTC, the subway tunnel remains safe, but it must permanently repair it to make sure that water and mud does not intrude into the tunnel again and further disrupt service.

A TTC news release explains that “Although the TTC usually tries to undertake repairs and maintenance during weekends and overnight, this work requires extra preparation time that an early closure affords. Nuit Blanche activities this Saturday commit the TTC to operating uninterrupted subway service throughout the night and into Sunday, leaving this evening as the best option for the early closure.”




All-night TTC subway service
during Nuit Blanche, October 4, 5



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The TTC will operate subway trains along parts of the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina and 2 Bloor - Danforth lines all night October 4 and 5 to accommodate passengers traveling to and from all-night Scotiabank Nuit Blanche events.

And, unlike previous years, subways continue to operate along Line 1 between Eglinton and St. Clair West Stations and along Line 2 between Keele and Woodbine Stations until 9 a.m. Sunday, when regular, full service resumes along both lines and, of course, along the 3 Scarborough rapid transit and 4 Sheppard subway lines, too.

The TTC is also revising and increasing service along several bus and streetcar routes overnight during the events.

To encourage event-goers to avoid parking downtown, the TTC is offering free parking at its lots beside several subway stations and operating bus service between the lots and the all-night subway trains.

The TTC is revising or increasing service along these routes during Nuit Blanche:

  • 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway;
  • 2 Bloor - Danforth subway;
  • 300 Bloor - Danforth overnight
  • 300E Bloor - Danforth Woodbine Station shuttle bus;
  • 300W Bloor - Danforth Keele Station shuttle bus;
  • 301 Queen overnight;
  • 305 Eglinton East overnight;
  • 306 Carlton overnight;
  • 307 Eglinton West overnight;
  • 310 Bathurst overnight;
  • 320 Yonge overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront;
  • 510 Spadina;
  • 511 Bathurst; and
  • St. Clair West Station shuttle bus.



GO providing extra train service
for Nuit Blanche, October 4, 5



GO Transit will operate trains on all lines this Saturday, October 4 evening and Sunday, October 5 morning to get you to and from Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in downtown and central Toronto this weekend.

GO has scheduled two extra trains along the 01 Lakeshore West and 09 Lakeshore East lines early Sunday. Extra buses operating along the 18 Lakeshore West route connect with the trains at Aldershot GO Station to carry passengers further west to Hamilton.

GO also operates trains along these lines to and from Union Station to help you get to and from the events — regular passengers riding trains along the lines don’t usually get to enjoy weekend service:

  • 21 Milton;
  • 31 Kitchener (only to and from Georgetown);
  • 61 Richmond Hill;
  • 65 Barrie; and
  • 71 Stouffville.

GO also provides its usual late-night / early-morning bus service from Union Station GO Bus Terminal along these routes.

  • 16 Hamilton / Toronto express;
  • 18 Lakeshore West;
  • 21 Milton / Toronto;
  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;
  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto;
  • 71 Stouffville / Toronto; and
  • 90 Lakeshore East.

It’s also operating extra buses along the 30 Kitchener / Bramalea express and 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto routes so that passengers can connect with trains at Georgetown and Bramala GO Stations.




Metrolinx plans new GO bus terminal
at Union Station



Metrolinx is partnering with Ivanhoé Cambridge to build a new GO bus terminal in downtown Toronto to bring bus and train services to one central location.

The partners have agreed to work together to build a large-scale, transit-oriented real estate project in heart of Toronto’s financial core.

The Toronto Star’s transportation reporter, Tess Kalinowski, writes that “Metrolinx has sold its property at 141 Bay Street to IvanhoĆ© Cambridge in exchange for a long-term lease at the base of an office development planned for the site at 45 Bay Street, currently used as a parking lot. The south tower, including the new terminal, will rise in what is now a parking lot, while the north one will occupy an area currently serving as the GO bus terminal.”

Metrolinx and Ivanhoé Cambridge expect to start construction of the new terminal at 45 Bay Street in spring 2015 and to finish in three years. The developers will complete the first office tower just months after the terminal opens.

The development features:

  • a 250,000 square metre (2.7 million square foot), multi-phased, premium office complex at 45-141 Bay Street;
  • a new, larger GO bus terminal with the latest features and amenities at the base of the 45 Bay Street office tower to reinforce Union Station’s growing role as a major transportation hub; and
  • an elevated park above the rail corridor with new public green space.

An Ontario Ministry of Transportation news release explains that passengers “will benefit from better convenience and choice by having intercity bus carriers…” — such as Greyhound Canada and Coach Canada — “GO Transit, VIA Rail Canada, the TTC and Union Pearson Express in one location”.

According to the Star’s Patty Winsa, “The new $106-million terminal will let GO Transit increase its number bus trips by 50 per cent. The bus terminal’s new location in the base of the south tower will allow Metrolinx to connect passengers through the PATH system to the city’s busiest transit hub”.

The site, across Bay Street from the Air Canada Centre and Union Station, will eventually connect directly with the PATH system and the rail terminal. Of the 2,061 bus trips GO runs each day, 631 go into the Union Station bus terminal, which opened in 2003. GO buses carry about 55,000 rides a day, the newspaper says.

Ivanhoé Cambridge is developing the 45/141 Bay Street project with Hines Canada Management ULC. Hines and Ivanhoé Cambridge have worked together before and currently collaborate on projects in Calgary (Eighth Avenue Place), Paris (DUO) and Chicago (River Point).

After an international architectural design competition, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Metrolinx selected Wilkinson Eyre, a London-based architectural firm, to be the design architect for the project. The architects of record are Adamson Associates, a Toronto-based firm that has participated in several large-scale projects around the world, including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Canary Wharf in London and the World Financial Center in New York.




Davis Drive rapidway construction:
Starting October 1



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.


Contractors are:


  • intermittently closing traffic lanes on Main Street at Davis Drive from tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1 until Friday, October 10 and between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day as they install a telecommunications ductbank across the street.
  • They won’t close lanes during GO train arrival and departure times.

  • installing a fire hydrant overnight between the Keith Bridge and The Tannery from 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 2 until 6 a.m. Friday, October 3.

  • starting Thursday, October 2, temporarily closing each entrance into the businesses across at 627 - 647 Davis Drive, across from Southlake Regional Health Centre, while they install curbs across the narrow driveways.
  • Business remain open and temporary parking will be available in front of each building.
  • To access parking, please enter a temporary one-way access road in front of 647 Davis Drive [York Vein and Laser Clinic].
  • You can park diagonally in front of each business. Look for signs indicating parking spots for each business.
  • To exit, follow the access road onto Davis near Bolton Avenue.
  • Work continues until October 6.

During Davis Drive rapidway construction expect delays for:

  • GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
  • York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community routes.

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Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
Paving starts September 30



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue getting ready to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.


As part of work to widen the roadway, crews have finished relocating underground utilities on the south side of Highway 7 between Jane Street and the Canadian National Railway bridge. The next step is to start base-layer paving. Contractors will pave Highway 7 in sections over the next year and will also close traffic lanes at various times.


First, crews are paving the section between Jane Street and east of Creditstone Road from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day.

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They’re:

  • temporarily closing Maplecrete Road at Highway 7 for two to three days. They’ll temporarily restrict access to and from Maplecrete at Highway 7 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day; however they will reopen access each evening. Crews will work to open Maplecrete as soon as paving is complete.
  • reducing right-turn lanes in work areas.
  • temporarily blocking driveways as they pave across entrances to businesses.
  • Pedestrians should cross Highway 7 at the signals at Jane Street or Creditstone Road.
  • Traffic-control staff will be on site to guide pedestrians and motorists. If necessary, “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will direct and manage traffic flow.
  • Expect truck activity around the work areas.
  • Expect noise.

During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • Brampton Transit Züm express buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route;
  • TTC buses operating along the 35D Jane and 107 Keele North routes; and
  • York Region Transit Viva express buses operating along the Viva orange route and YRT local buses operating along the 20 Jane and 77 Highway 7 routes.

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No subway service between Keele,
St. George this morning: track debris



Update — Wednesday, October 1, 6:20 p.m.: The TTC is closing the line between Keele and Ossington Station after 10 p.m. this evening to start repairing the tunnel. It will operate 50 shuttle buses to replace subway service.


Update — 3:04 p.m.: Service has resumed.

Just before 8 a.m., TTC staff noticed debris in the tunnel near Dundas West Station. The debris resulted from a Metrolinx contractor damaging the tunnel. The TTC sent a workcar to the site and TTC work crews patched the hole, allowing service to resume. Crews will undertake more work in the tunnel when the subway closes for the night. The tunnel is safe; however, the TTC is restricting the speed of trains to 15 kilometres per hour between Lansdowne and Dundas West Stations.

Some shuttle buses may continue to operate to help alleviate crowding on the line.


Update — 11:17 a.m.: The TTC’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Chris Upfold and Deputy Chief Operating Officer Mike Palmer will discuss the ongoing investigation into debris at track level in Dundas West Station during a media briefing at noon in the station.

The TTC continues to suspend subway service between Keele and Ossington Stations, as crews clean up the debris, determine the source and conduct repairs. 40 shuttle buses are operating. TTC supervisors are on scene to help with crowds.


Update — 9:32 a.m.: Service is now operating between Ossington and St. George Stations.


Update — 9:12 a.m.: Buses operating along the 41 Keele and 89 Weston routes are dropping off and picking up passengers at Dundas West Station, instead of Keele Station due to crowds of passengers waiting for shuttle buses at Keele.


The TTC is temporarily suspending subway service along the 2 Bloor - Danforth line on Line 2 between Keele and St George Stations due to debris on the tracks at Dundas West Station. TTC staff are on the scene investigating the source of the debris.

The TTC is operating shuttle buses between Keele and St. George Stations.

To avoid crowded conditions on the shuttle buses, passengers may also consider these options as alternatives:

  • streetcars operating along the 504 King from Dundas West Station to St. Andrew or King Stations;
  • streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas streetcar from Dundas West to St. Patrick or Dundas Stations; or
  • buses operating along the 26 Dupont route from Jane to St. George Station.

The TTC will update riders as soon as it can.




Metrolinx buys 53-kilometre section
of Canadian National's Guelph subdivision



Metrolinx has bought from the Canadian National Railway a 53-kilometre section of the Guelph subdivision for GO Transit trains between Kitchener and Georgetown for $76 million.

The section of track extends from west of Main Street in Georgetown to Park Street in Kitchener. Metrolinx has also bought property in Kitchener for the future site of a train-layover facility. Both purchases support long-term plans for two-way, all-day Regional Express Rail service along the Kitchener line.

According to an Ontario Government media release, “Regional Express Rail service will mean faster, more frequent trains, operating in both directions throughout the day, in the evenings and on weekends.” The release continues, “By increasing Metrolinx’s ownership along the Kitchener rail corridor, GO Transit will be able to improve service, control operations and make infrastructure upgrades needed to support service expansion, including morning inbound trains to Kitchener and evening outbound trains back to Toronto.”

By purchasing these tracks, Metrolinx now owns 80 per cent of the rail corridor over which GO Transit operates, increasing its ownership-share from 67 per cent. GO intents to double train service between Kitchener and Toronto in 2016.

You can view a map indicating the ownership of GO Transit rail lines here.

CN will retain the right to operate freight trains over the line segment it has sold to Metrolinx.




Davis Drive rapidway construction:
Starting September 26



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.


Contractors are:


  • working at the intersection of Main Street and Davis Drive from 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, September 26 until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 to install a storm sewer and get ready for upcoming work to close Main Street North.
  • Expect noise.
  • During the work, crews will reduce traffic lanes on Main Stree North will be reduced.
  • Traffic can continue through the work zone to Davis Drive.

  • closing Main Street North to all traffic to start building the new vivastation and complete as much road construction as possible before winter from 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 until 8 p.m. Sunday, September 28.
  • During this closure, traffic can’t continue through from Main Street North to Davis Drive.
  • Expect noise.

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  • York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along the 44 Bristol and 520 Newmarket community bus routes, while the street is closed.

  • getting ready to widen and pave the roadway on the northwest corner of Davis Drive and Yonge Street, by shifting traffic lanes eastward around the intersection, overnight from about 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 30 until 5 a.m. Thursday, October 1.
  • Watch for directional signs and newly painted lane markers.
  • Crews may temporarily block traffic lanes during this work.
  • Expect noise.

Crews have installed a temporary road off Davis Drive to allow motorists to access the businesses across from Southlake Regional Health Centre at #s 625-627, 631, 637, 641 and 647 Davis while they install storm sewers, widen the road and build the future vivastation.


During Davis Drive rapidway construction expect delays for:

  • GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
  • York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community routes.

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Queens Quay track construction
continues September 27



TTC crews continue rebuilding the streetcar tracks on Queens Quay West, as part of WATERFRONToronto’s project to upgrade the streetscape.


The City is temporarily closing York Street between Harbour Street and Queens Quay West until Friday, October 3.

While the street is closed, crews are connecting the newly installed storm-water infrastructure on Queens Quay West to the infrastructure on York Street.

South- and northbound traffic will have no access to or from Queens Quay from York Street. Westbound traffic on Queens Quay West will continue through the intersection.

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Last week, crews completed paving the base layer of asphalt between the Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street. This weekend, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, they’ll shift westbound traffic on Queens Quay West to the north lanes of the new roadway.


Last week, Eastern Construction crews started removing the fast fence and jersey barriers that line the TTC right-of-way between the Queens Quay / Spadina Loop and the Bay Street Portal. This work —- which crews must complete before the TTC can resume streetcar service on Queens Quay West along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes — continues this week.


Before streetcar service can resume, TTC crews will start testing the new infrastructure. They’ll also start testing streetcars on the street during the week of October 6.


TTC crews are almost finished installing overhead power cabling at two final sites:

  • between York and Bay Streets; and
  • between Rees Street and Robertson Crescent.

Crews have finished installing most new streetcar platforms. They’ll install the two remaining shelters, on the eastbound platforms at Rees Street and beside Queens Quay Terminal this week. They’ll also start building the last platform, west of Lower Spadina Avenue, this week.


Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:

  • between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: Crews finished pouring the concrete road base in this area, then paved the asphalt late last week.
  • between Rees Street and Rees Parkette: This week, crews will continue working on the north-side concrete curb cradles, and placing new granite curb beside 260 / 270 Queens Quay West. Crews will also complete the city standard brick gutters and TTC concrete buffers and adjust the utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins in this area.

The contractors have two crews working this weekend, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28:

  • Across the entire Queens Quay project site:
  • finishing installing all underground TTC transit power conduits and installing temporary traffic signals at intersections.
  • removing fast fence and concrete jersey barriers to get ready to shift traffic lanes between Queens Quay / Spadina Loop and Rees Street.
  • pulling new TTC electrical cabling through the underground conduit infrastructure.
  • between YoYo Ma Lane and the Bay Street Portal, including Queens Quay / Spadina Loop: TTC crews are installing poles, cantilever arms and overhead cabling.
  • between Peter Slip Bridge and Rees Street: Finalizing asphalt work for the new roadway.

The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route with buses during this project. Streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route start and end their trips in Queens Quay / Spadina Loop. The TTC intends to resume regular streetcar service along both routes — on Queens Quay West and through the Bay Street Portal to and from Union Station — Sunday, October 12.


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