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Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Traffic lanes reopened, December 17



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Leslie Street Configuration Dec 17.jpgCity of Toronto and TTC contractors continue the project to upgrade the street, improve the water-service infrastructure and install streetcar tracks on Leslie Street.

(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)


Wednesday, December 17 afternoon, crews restored motorist access on Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the plazas intersection (Loblaws / Burger King and Tim Horton’s / Wendy’s / FreshCo). You can again turn left from eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard East onto northbound Leslie. One lane of traffic is now available in both directions on Leslie Street between Lake Shore East and Eastern Avenue.

Crews will restore the east-west pedestrian and cyclist crossing on the north side of the intersection of Lake Shore East with Leslie by December 23.


The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route and the 83 Jones route.




Rapidway on Highway 7 West:
More construction, December 19



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 ongoing work to relocate hydro-electric services, crews are removing conductors from overhead hydro lines across Highway 7 West near Jane Street from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, December 19. They’ll temporarily block east- and westbound traffic lanes on Highway 7 just east and west of Jane Street.

They may also intermittently affect traffic signals. Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site. Expect delays and be construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If they block a sidewalk, directional signs will guide pedestrians safely around the construction zone.

They’ll also maintain access to driveways in work areas.


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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In the news: Friday, December 19, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • AM640 post, “Metrolinx Moving To Electrify GO Tracks”, here.
  • AVNetwork post, “Toronto Transit Goes High-Tech”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “10 Toronto themed holiday gift ideas”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “House prices driven by location, location and proximity to a subway”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Woman in hospital after collision with TTC streetcar”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Why has it taken so long to modernize the TTC?”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto police cleared for shooting man carrying a pellet gun”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “SIU finds no grounds for charges in Queen subway shooting”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Subways, Subways, Subways: Ford’s TTC themed office wins holiday decorating contest”, here.
  • Digital Signage Today post, “Toronto transit shelters go digital for the holidays”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “TOinTRANSIT: TTC investigating another bus running red light”, here.
  • Tech Vibes article, “‘Almost Prehistoric’ Toronto Transit System to Accept Debit, Credit - With One Snag…”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Toronto police cleared by SIU in subway shooting investigation”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC riders ask: Where are Toronto’s new streetcars?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Cops cleared in shooting of man at TTC’s Queen Station”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



Revised Monday-to-Friday service,
December 22 to January 2



During the weeks before and after Christmas, people travel less often by transit. Classes are over until the new year, students are off and many people take vacation days to enjoy the holidays.

With fewer passengers, local transit systems are decreasing or modifying their services to save on resources — drivers and vehicles. Brampton Transit, MiWay, Oakville Transitand York Region Transit are decreasing Monday-to-Friday rush-hour service, while Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Grand River Transit, Guelph Transit and the TTC are decreasing services Mondays to Fridays at various times throughout the day.




In the news: Thursday, November 18, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC bus crashes through bus shelter”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Queens Quay cost overruns discussed at Waterfront Toronto meeting”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Pedestrian struck by bus near Yonge and Eglinton”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Woman seriously injured in head-on collision with TTC streetcar”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC drivers assaulted, robbed after ‘fare dispute’, witnesses tell police”, here.
  • DurhamRegion.com article, “The new year may see higher GO fares for Durham riders”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Woman taken to hospital after crash on Dundas St. W.”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “RAW: Pedestrian struck by TTC bus on Eglinton”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Waterfront Toronto chair defends 40 percent budget overrrun”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Debit, credit card payment options coming to TTC: Josh Colle”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “We must ask tough questions about the cost of public - private partnerships”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Early morning assault of TTC driver renews calls for tougher sentencing”, here.
  • National Post article, “TTC moves into the 90s, will finally allow Torontonians to pay with debit or credit cards to buy tokens”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “Preventing traffic woes during the Pan Am games”, here.
  • Oshawa Express editorial, “Good coming from bad”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC hopes to speed up launch of Presto next year”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Metrolinx speeds ahead on electrifying GO train system”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “A baton is a nightstick is a club”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “The Fixer: Vagrant construction trailer gets an artistic makeover”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Waterfront Toronto ‘delivering incredible value for Toronto’: chairman”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Tunnel Vision”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



An unofficial guide to TTC services
December 23 to January 2



Officially, this is what the TTC has announced — “regular weekday service” during the holiday period — from Monday, December 22 until Friday, January 2, 2015. Unofficially, though, we know that, in previous years, the TTC has decreased the frequency of service along many routes because it expects fewer passengers to be riding transit vehicles during the holidays. This week “regular weekdayy” likely really means less frequent service along many bus, streetcar and subway routes.

We haven’t received any official information from the TTC to confirm this, but you should probably expect that the TTC operates buses, streetcars and subway trains with roughly the same level of service as it does during July and August.

For the summer holidays, the TTC provided passengers less frequent service along many bus, streetcar and subway routes, mostly during rush hours, but, in a few cases, also during the Monday-to-Friday “midday” period — from about 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. — and in one case, early evenings from about 7 until 10 p.m.

For this post, we revisited the summer service schedules to develop an unofficial guide to TTC service over the next two weeks. This year, due to an acute shortage of buses, many routes were already operating at summer service levels. Remember, the TTC hasn’t confirmed this information — this is just our educated guess.

And, looking further at the TTC’s service during previous years, you can also expect it to start afternoon rush-hour service earlier than usual Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 and New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31. Expect this earlier service to start about noon.

It will also likely increase service Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, as more people take the TTC do last-minute Christmas shopping - or to catch Boxing Day sales - visit friends or take in sights and attractions.




Less service to colleges, universities
for the holidays, starting December 20



Exams are ending and classes are over until the new year, so many area transit agencies — especially GO Transit — decrease services to colleges and universities for the holidays. Starting this week, fewer buses operate along many of the routes that serve passengers traveling to and from post-secondary institutions. Most service resumes after New Year’s Day.




You can use debit and credit cards
to pay for TTC fares, starting January 1



Toronto Mayor John Tory, Toronto Transit Commission Chair Josh Colle and the TTC’s chief executive officer Andy Byford, today announced that, starting New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015, TTC passengers can pay for fares at all collector booths in all rapid transit stations, using their debit or credit cards.

You can buy 10 or more tokens or tickets and any Metropass or Day Pass at the TTC’s 69 subway and Scarborough rapid transit stations using your debit or credit card. The TTC tested a new point-of-sale system this year and it is already operating at most stations today. The system will come on-line at all other stations over the next two weeks. In late 2012, the TTC added debit- and credit-card capabilities for buying Metropasses only at all of its stations.

The TTC is also exploring a “wave-and-pay” option for buying a single cash fare at all collector booths for later in 2015. (With a wave-and-pay or “contactless” payment system, you can make secure payments with your credit or debit cards, smartcards or other devices that use radio-frequency identification. The embedded chip and antenna enable consumers to wave their card over a reader at the point of sale. In many cases, these transactions can be almost twice as fast as a using cash or credit and debit cards to buy passes or multiple tokens and tickets.)

The TTC is already starting the long process of implementing the PRESTO farecard on its buses, streetcars and rapid-transit trains. It says that, eventually, it expects to phase out tokens, tickets and Metropasses. Until then, paying by credit or debit card increases passengers convenience, reduces the amount of cash in the system and helps create greater efficiencies for the TTC.




In the news: Tuesday, December 16, 2014



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

Greater Toronto Area
  • BlogTO post, “TTC finally expands scope of credit and debit sales”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC to allow debit and credit card fare purchases”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC to take credit & debit purchases at all stations in 2015”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Suspect linked to violent sex assault in Mississauga, Richmond Hill”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC riders can soon use plastic to pay for tokens”, here.
  • CTV News Toronto report, “TTC subway stations getting credit, debit payment options”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Debit and credit card fare purchases finally on the way for TTC users”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Dash cam allegedly captures another TTC bus running a red light”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC to add new debit and credit fare-payment options”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Canadian governments have become seduced by public-private partnerships”, here.
  • Metro Toronto’s Tory’s Toronto post, “The truth about Toronto’s traffic problems: They can only be improved, never fixed”, here.
  • National Post article, “Posted Toronto Political Panel: Complain all you want — the express train to the airport is a huge win for Toronto”, here.
  • National Post editorial, “Vancouver’s referendum on transit should serve as a model for other Canadian cities”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC expanding use of debit and credit cards”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Don’t you hate it when your GO bus is being cut / modified and you’re the last to know?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “I’ll just leave this here”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “TTC to Accept Debit and Credit Payment for Fares”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC to offer debit, credit payments at stations on fares and passes”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “More fed infrastructure spending overdue: Sousa to Oliver”, here.
  • Toronto Star commentary, “Need for GTA development competing with Greenbelt Act”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Pair of violent sexual assaults related, say police”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Peel, York cops link sex assaults”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “Province and Metrolinx approve $27.50 fare”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Vaughan man nominated for first-ever Onley Award”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “No increase in public transit in King Township in 2015”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “Fine ‘no comfort’ to family of Stouffville man killed in rig collapse”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe



GO trains travel through Weston Tunnel
for the first time today



This morning, Monday, December 15, the first GO Transit train traveled through the newly completed Weston Tunnel, marking the first time all train service operates completely in the new Georgetown South rail corridor infrastructure.

With the trains operating through the new tunnel, Metrolinx contractors have now completed the major work for the Weston Tunnel project. However, crews will continue to clean up the work sites, upgrade and reconnect utilities into next year. They’ll also build the John Street Pedestrian Bridge.

According to GO, “This is a major achievement for the $1.2 billion project whose objective was to increase transit capacity by widening the rail corridor for more tracks”. Since the first shovel went into the ground in late 2010, contractors have dug out enough material to fill two-thirds of the Rogers Centre and poured enough concrete to build five CN Towers.

GO says that the Georgetown South Project “is now substantially complete” and that it “has met its 2014 schedule to remove all rail crossings and have trains operating in the separated rail corridor”. During the project, crews widened or modified 16 bridges and built seven underpasses or overpasses to separate all trains from road traffic.

With the end of the project, Metrolinx can start getting ready to launch its Union Pearson Express service next spring. And, GO can prepare to ramp up future service to meet its plans for 15-minute, two-way, all-day regional express rail service on the lines it owns over the next 10 years.




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