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.
- Beach Metro Community News article, “Metropass GO sticker adds express option for commuters”, here.
- Canadian Architect post, “Toronto’s Museum Subway Station receives honours from The Guardian”, here.
- Canadian Lawyer post, “Shaping the Future: Profile of Mary Martin, General Counsel for Metrolinx”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Pedestrian struck, killed at Birchmount and Ellesmere Road in Scarborough”, here.
- Daily Commercial News post, “PHOTO: Crosstown Tunnel Breakthrough”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC fare increase not terrible if service improves”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Presto bringing big ideas - and maybe free coffee - to TTC riders”, here.
- Metro Toronto article, “Crowdsourced carpooling coming to Liberty Village”, here.
- Socialist Project Bullet post, “Rapid Transit Rip-Off”, here.
- Talk Radio AM640 report, “Poll: LRT Network Preferred Over 4 Stop Subway”, here.
- The Varsity article, “Increase in TTC fares raises concern for commuters”, here.
- Toronto Observer post, “Tory’s reversal on transit riles riders”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Torontonians split on fourth Scarborough subway stop: Forum poll”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Not too late to really talk transit in Scarborough”, here.
- Toronto Star letters, “Digging out of transit mess”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Poll finds John Tory support strong but dipping”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC presents fare hike to budget committee”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Man strips off clothes on bus heading to casino”, here.
- Yonge Street post, “The future of Toronto building is up and over”, here.
Ongoing work requires it to completely close the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line between Union and St. Andrew Stations this weekend.
All day Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1, subway trains operate between Downsview and St. Andrew Stations and between Finch and Union Stations.
Since you can’t travel by subway between Union and St. Andrew Stations, the TTC advises you to to exit the University - Spadina leg of the subway further north than St. Andrew to avoid crowds. If you are traveling as far south as Union, transfer at Queen’s Park, St. Patrick or Osgoode Stations to eastbound streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton, 505 Dundas or 501 Queen routes, then transfer again at College, Dundas or Queen Stations to the Yonge leg of the subway.
Of course, streetcars operating along the 504 King route continue to connect St. Andrew with King Station.
You can also transfer from streetcars operating along any of those routes to buses operating along the 6 Bay route to travel to Union.
If you’re paying by cash or ticket, make sure you get a paper transfer where you pay your fare to show the streetcar or bus driver, when you board or TTC fare inspectors if you’re riding streetcars with all-door boarding.
Regular subway service resumes Monday, February 2.
For passengers who require accessible transit between Union and St Andrew stations, an accessible Wheel-Trans vehicle will be available. Ask any uniformed TTC employee at either station for directions on where you can board Wheel-Trans.
The TTC has scheduled more weekend closures between the two stations, so that it can complete the project before the Pan Am / ParaPan Games this summer. It plans to close this section of subway:
- Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15; and
- Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “We Knew. We All Knew”, here.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “His Master’s Voice”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Liberty Village gets new carpool pilot project”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Photo of the day: Domed reflection”, here.
- Brampton Guardian editorial, “Let’s STOP highway proposal”, here.
- CTV News Toronto report, “Passenger’s face slashed on Durham bus”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Reality check: What’s Toronto rally paying to cancel the Scarborough LRT?”, here.
- InsideToronto.com column, “THE CITY: Councillor Rob Ford still gets support — and makes headlines — from the sidelines”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “Ajax man charged after passenger stabbed in the face on Durham bus”, here.
- Metro Toronto’s Your Ride: Toronto post, “Making the TTC more accessible should be a priority for Toronto”, here.
- NOW article, “It’s more buses or bust”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “My phone and my PRESTO card were talking to each other last night”, here.
- Real Estate News EXchange” article, “Mixed-use development coming to Yonge St. transit stop”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Below The Line”, here.
- Toronto Observer article, “Those dimes add up”, here.
- Toronto Observer article, “Connectivity versus crime”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “John Tory’s assault on congestion turning into a ‘greatest hits’ rerun”, here.
- Urban Toronto post, “Rendering Revealed for Gupta Group Development at 4050 Yonge Street”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “York Region eyes double-digit tax increase over 4 years”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Planners dream big on Stouffville GO line”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “GO studies service expansion on Stouffville line”, here.
- YorkRegion.com article, “Ridership will likely drive changes to YRT: Georgina staff”, here.
- 900 CHML commentary, “Questions remain about apparent L-R-T commitment”, here.
- Bradford Times article, “Town proposes shuttle bus service for seniors”, here.
- Hamilton Spectator article, “Mayor says Hamilton has provincial support — behind closed doors”, here.
- Raise The Hammer post, “Mayor, Premier Out of Synch on Rapid Transit Funding Commitment”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “[Innisfil] Council inches forward on public transit, calls for public consultation costs”, here.
- Simcoe.com article, “Annual tax hikes taking toll on Innisfil taxpayers, councillor says”, here.
At its meeting Thursday, **December 11, the Metrolinx board of directors approved GO Transit’s proposal to raise its fares, starting Sunday, February 1, 2015. By increasing fares, GO says, it can “continue to provide a high level of customer service while improving and expanding service to meet increasing ridership demand.”
Since GO fares vary, depending on how far each passengers travels, the cost for a single adult ride, when using a paper ticket would increase incrementally:
- a 10-cent increase on the minimum fare of $5.20;
- a 30-cent increase on fares between $5.21 and $6.50;
- a 40-cent increase on fares between $6.51 and $8.25;
- a 50-cent increase on fares greater than $8.25.
From Union Station, for example, the minimum fare only applies to a trip along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Exhibition GO Station.
Fares between $5.21 and $6.50 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:
- along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Mimico, Long Branch and Port Credit GO Stations;
- along the 09 Lakeshore East line as far east as Rouge Hill GO Station;
- along the 21 Milton line line as far west as Cooksville GO Station;
- along the 31 Kitchener line as far northwest as Etobicoke North GO Station;
- along the entire 61 Richmond Hill line to Richmond Hill GO Station;
- along the 65 Barrie line as far north as Maple GO Station; and
- along the 71 Stouffville line as far northeast as Agincourt GO Station.
Fares fares between $6.51 and $8.25 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:
- along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Clarkson and Oakville GO Stations;
- along the 09 Lakeshore East line to Pickering and Ajax GO Stations;
- along the 21 Miltonline to Erindale, Streetsville and Meadowvale GO Stations;
- along the 31 Kitchener line to Malton, Bramalea and Brampton GO Stations;
- along the 65 Barrie line to King City and Aurora GO Stations; and
- along the 71 Stouffville line to Milliken, Unionville, Centennial, Markham and Mount Joy GO Stations.
Fares greater than $8.25 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:
- along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Bronte GO Station and beyond;
- along the 09 Lakeshore East line to Whitby and Oshawa GO Stations;
- along the 21 Milton line to Lisgar and Milton GO Stations;
- along the 31 Kitchener line to Mount Pleasant GO Station and beyond;
- along the 65 Barrie line to Newmarket GO Station and beyond; and
- along the 71 Stouffville line to Stouffville and Lincolnville GO Stations.
You can use the GO fare calculator to determine how much you’ll be paying to ride after Friday.
GO is also using a similar scale to increase fares for children, students and seniors.
For most passengers who use PRESTO fare cards, the cost for each ride on a GO bus or train increases by about 5 per cent.
The TTC and Metrolinx are planning to let passengers use PRESTO fare cards throughout the TTC system a year ahead of schedule. Under this plan, TTC riders would be able to use their PRESTO cards on all subways, buses and streetcars by the end of 2016.
They intend to:
- Mobilize their resources and vendors to enable riders to use PRESTO cards on the TTC as quickly as possible;
- Make PRESTO available at 26 subway stations by July 2015, increasing the number of stations with PRESTO functions from 15;
- installing PRESTO devices beside the front doors of all older streetcars by the end of 2015. (Accomplishing this involves Metrolinx receiving support from the TTC to divert the equipment it had originally scheduled for the new streetcars, which have been delayed, to the legacy streetcars.)
- enabling PRESTO on the TTC’s bus fleet so that passengers can use PRESTO cards on all buses by the end of 2016;
- bringing new fare gates to all TTC stations;
- first deploying PRESTO services that are the same as what’s available on other transit systems in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, then adding other functions, such as enabling passengers to pay by credit and debit cards, to later releases;
- allowing passengers to use PRESTO cards at all 69 TTC subway stations and throughout the entire TTC by the end of 2016.
Metrolinx and the TTC say they’re committed to making sure that PRESTO is available across the TTC system as quickly as possible while maintaining quality and ensuring a positive customer experience.
PRESTO is available at these subway stations:
- Bloor - Yonge;
- Don Mills;
- Queen’s Park;
- St George;
- St Patrick;
- York Mills.
You can also use your cards aboard streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route.
- CBC News Toronto report, “Ajax man, 18, faces multiple charges after bus passenger slashed in face: police”, here.
- Daily Commercial News post, “Road construction proposals could face speed bumps”, here.
- Global News Toronto report, “Tory says some events will be moved to accommodate Pan Am Games, closures”, here.
- National Post article, “John Tory’s Toronto budget 2015: Aggressively moderate or a return to the gravy train?”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Time travel”, here.
- Toronto Star letters, “TTC fare hike hurts the poor most”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Ajax man charged after Durham bus passenger stabbed in face”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “Toronto’s villages should embrace their urban reality”, here.
- Toronto Star letters, “More voices on city budget”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Video rule for TTC hampers hunt for sex attacker”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC’s kids’ fare, Stollery’s and illegal tobogganing”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “No injuries from flying bus tire on the Gardiner”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Road tolls, the better way”, here.
- Yahoo! Finance Canada post, “Overdue Idea: Toronto subway traffic lanes”, here.
Greater Toronto area media report on public transit issues today.
- BlogTO post, “A 1910s Toronto photo extravaganza”, here.
- Brampton Guardian article, “Gas tax funds fueling public transit renewal and expansion”, here.
- CanIndia article, “Transit for seniors should be heavily discounted, Councillor Parrish”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Fare hikes for Oakville Transit as Town’s Budget Committee moves ahead with rates/fees hikes”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Cheap transit fares for seniors needed: Parrish”, here.
- Mississauga News article, “Work happening at Cooksville GO Station”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Punctuating every single one of your sentences with profanity is annoying to everyone”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Passenger seeking witnesses to hit and run at Erindale GO Station”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Commuting problems — in one picture”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “A coach of lost souls, perhaps?”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “#Commuting life”, here.
- The Medium article, “UTMSU to discuss MiWay changes”, here.
- Toronto Star editorial, “City should be open about cost of cancelled Scarborough LRT”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Wynne wants more of your money”, here.
- Toronto Sun column, “Toronto debates while other world cities move on transit”, here.
- BlogTO post, “Subway-themed art show lands in Toronto”, here.
- Business News Network report, “Bombardier to lay off 150 Quebec workers”, here.
- Canadian Press article (from the Cambridge Times website), “Wynne proposes infrastructure partnership”, here.
- CBC News Toronto report, “TTC charter vows to improve, modernize service”, here.
- Financial Post article, “P3 projects set for a banner year”, here.
- Full Time Whistle post, “Executive committee OKs funding to study SmartTrack”, here.
- Globe and Mail article, “Toronto budgets for cost of canceling Scarborough LRT project”, here.
- InsideToronto.com article, “TTC unveils its customer charter, pledging improvments to transit in 2015”, here.
- InsideToronto.com editorial, “More value must be added to transit for our ever-increasing buck”, here.
- Kitchener Post column, “Stop listening to campaign promises”, here.
- Railway Tracks and Structures article, “Eglinton Crosstown tunneling reaches halfway point”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Commuter rage and the planned Danforth stop”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “GO Transit passenger alleges Metrolinx employee abusing perk”, here.
- Ride This Crazy Train post, “Passenger seeking witnesses to hit and run at Erindale GO Station”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “Does The TTC Use ‘Safety’ As An Excuse for Inept Management?”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “How Unreliable is My Service (Updated)”, here.
- Torontoist post, “Extra, Extra: Transit Cancellation Fees… and TTC Promises”, here.
- Toronto Star article, “Councillors kept in the dark about millions owed for cancelled Scarborough LRT”, here.
- Toronto Star column, “Tell us about TTC workers that go the extra mile: The Fixer”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “How Ontario can cut emissions now”, here.
- Toronto Star commentary, “Toronto budget fails to address poverty reduction”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory challenges Ford’s budget credibility”, here.
- Toronto Sun article, “Tory wants to ease Pan Am games traffic restrictions”, here.
- CBC News Hamilton report, “Mayor, Premier to meet Monday”, here.
- Cambridge Times article, “Finance minister hears city wish list”, here.
- CTV News Kitchener report, “Man found dead near train tracks wasn’t struck, was stowaway: police”, here.
- Kitchener Post column, “Don’t chase projects we don’t need”, here.
- Raise the Hammer post, “Great Public Transit a Win for Everyone”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “LRT spending a challenge for Waterloo region budget”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Proposed Waterloo region tax hike at 2.8 percent”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Waterloo Region maintains excellent credit rating”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “Flash from the Past: Bridgeport was the ‘sin city’ of its day”, here.
- Waterloo Region Record article, “MacLeod says Tories’ ex-members should ‘come back home’”, here.
The project hit a milestone Wednesday, January 21, when the west tunnel-boring machines broke through into the extraction shaft on the west side of William R. Allen Road. That means crews have finished the first phase of tunneling for the project from Black Creek Drive to Allen Road.
In the next phase of tunneling, the machines will bore from the east side of Allen Road to the west side of Yonge Street.
Yesterday, Friday, January 23, the TTC unveiled its 2015 Customer Charter and 38 time-bound commitments. The document commits the TTC to improve service reliability, increase accessibility, make sure stations are cleaner and continue to report and explain delays “transparently”, so passengers can clearly understand what happened and why. You can read the 2015 charter here.
The 2015 charter is the agency’s third annual statement to track promises and improvements that benefit passengers, while holding TTC’s management to account if they do not keep the promises. Staff report their progress against these commitments to the Toronto Transit Commission — the TTC’s Board of Directors — quarterly. They’ll also post the results on the TTC’s website so that we can learn how well (or how poorly) they’re doing, too.
This year’s charter commits the TTC to:
- operating two more trains during rush hours along the 1 Yonge - University and 2 Bloor - Danforth subway lines;
- completely opening Union Station’s newly renovated platform and concourse to the public, including a new elevator, escalators and better passenger flow to reduce overcrowding;
- making the PRESTO farecard system available on all streetcars;
- operating only new accessible streetcars along the 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst and 509 Harbourfront routes, including conveniences such as PRESTO devices, all-door boarding and air-conditioning;
- installing new TTC system maps at all subway stations and transit shelters;
- installing new blue priority seats on 90 percent of TTC vehicles;
- enabling passengers to pay fares or buy fare media at all collector booths with a debit- and credit-card contactless payment for a single ride;
- operating streetcars along all routes with the Proof-of-Payment system and offering passengers all-door boarding;
- installing more electronic information screens near subway station entrances to alert passengers of delays before they pay their fares;
- installing 50 platform video screens and “next-vehicle” arrival screens in 20 stations and bus and streetcar bays;
- providing Wi-Fi service at all stations in the downtown “U” along the 1 Yonge - University subway line between St. George and Bloor - Yonge stations.
- improving accessibility at Royal York and Dupont stations (by 2017);
- adding better handholds on the new Toronto Rocket subway trains; and
- installing bike-repair stands at 10 subway stations to encourage transit riders to cycle as part of their trips.
It also promises, “to continue delivering on the positive initiatives that we started with our 2013 Customer Charter”, such as:
- hosting five “Meet-the-Managers” events each quarter;
- organizing an annual TTC Customer Town Hall and an annual TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit.
- posting performance statistics for all bus and streetcar routes on the TTC website, so we know how each route is performing; and
- conducting Customer Satisfaction Surveys and Mystery Shopper Surveys each quarter to better understand how they are performing on various issues.
You can read the details and all 38 promises in the TTC’s 2015 Customer Charter here.
The TTC launched its first annual customer charter Friday, February 28, 2013.
It unveiled its second charter Friday, February 14, 2014.