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TTC post-secondary Metropasses available
for university and college students

University and college students can buy monthly “post-secondary student Metropasses” from TTC fare collectors at subway stations and some TTC ticket-sellers in retail stores — including stores on campus — for just $112.

You can also buy your pass from vending machines in many TTC subway and rapid transit stations.

If you’re a student who has enrolled in a full-time degree- or diploma-granting program in a post-secondary institution in Toronto, you may use the monthly post-secondary student Metropass, along with a valid post-secondary TTC student photo identification card. You can also use the card if you’re a full-time student at private career college in Toronto.

(Unfortunately, if you’re a student in a post-secondary certificate program, you’re not eligible to buy the post-secondary student Metropasses.)

Show your post-secondary TTC student photo ID to the TTC driver or collector every time you use your monthly post-secondary student Metropass.

You can view a list of eligible institutions here. You can view a list of private career colleges in Toronto here.

If you want to buy a post-secondary TTC student photo ID card, a TTC photographic team will visit Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, Ryerson University, Seneca College, the University of Toronto and York University to photograph you and issue your card for just $7. You only have to get the ID card once each academic year. You’ll have to buy your pass every month.

If you want to buy your ID card before the team visits your campus — or you miss the session at your school — you can also get your photo and buy the cards at Sherbourne Station.

GO student centre in Union Station's
York Concourse, August 31 to September 18

Students with a GO Transit student ID card save 17 percent on their fares. The PRESTO fare card helps you connect to different transit systems so you can travel to and from school easily.

Register your PRESTO card online or autoload money on the card any time without waiting in line. If you need help, visit the Union Station Student Services Centre in GO’s York Concourse from Monday, August 31 until Friday, eptember 18.

Remember, always travel with your GO student ID! To qualify for student fares, you must have GO-approved student ID when you buy fares.

You can get a GO-approved student ID card through GO Transit or at your school, depending on which institution you attend.

Registered full-time students at these schools can use their school-issued student card to load their PRESTO card at the student discount rate for travel anywhere on the GO system. You no longer need a separate GO Transit-issued student ID card.

  • Durham College;
  • McMaster University;
  • Trent University’s Oshawa Campus; and
  • the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Registered full-time students at these schools can get a GO Transit validation sticker for their school-issued student ID cards. For more information and to pick up your sticker, visit your registrar’s office on campus.

  • Centennial College;
  • Humber College;
  • Michener Institute;
  • Mohawk College;
  • Niagara University;
  • Sheridan College; and
  • Trent University’s Symons (Peterborough) Campus.

Registered full-time students at these schools must apply for a GO Transit-issued student ID card. For more information, please visit the registrar’s pffice on campus.

  • Brock University;
  • George Brown College;
  • Ryerson University;
  • Seneca College;
  • the University of Guelph;
  • the University of Toronto’s St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough campuses;
  • the University of Waterloo; and
  • York University.

Learn more about getting a GO student ID — especially if you attend a college or university that we haven’t listed — here.

Eglinton Crosstown LRT -- Allen Road:
Roadway decking, starting August 31

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Metrolinx contractors are working to build the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line.

From 10 p.m. tonight, Monday, August 31 until 5 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1 and continuing overnight nightly, crews are repairing and maintaining the roadway decking area on Eglinton Avenue West east of William R. Allen Road.

To perform this work, crews will restrict traffic on Eglinton West between Everden and Flanders Roads to just one lane in each direction. A “paid-duty” Toronto Police Services officer will direct and control traffic through this area.

Expect delays and noise. Work continues overnight until 5 a.m. September 4.

During LRT construction near Allen Road, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:

  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 63 Ossington;
  • 109 Ranee;
  • 307 Eglinton West overnight; and
  • 316 Ossington overnight.


Davis Drive rapidway construction:
August 31

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.

Today, Monday, August 31 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., crews are shifting traffic on Davis Drive at Patterson Street / Roxborough Road to its final configuration. Once they’ve finished today, permanent changes to traffic regulations come into effect. This is the last intersection where crews have to reconfigure the traffic lanes during this project.

Drivers can only turn right into and out of driveways between 713 Davis and Lundy’s Lane. Crews are removing the temporary cut-through lane at 665A Davis. Both east- and westbound motorists may U-turn at Patterson Street. “Paid-duty” York Region Police officers will be onsite to manage traffic flow. However, expect traffic delays and construction-related noise.

You can no longer turn left into 665A Davis and 713 Davis. You can only turn right into and out of the properties. To access 713 Davis, U-turn at Roxborough Road or Huron Heights Drive.

After today, you can only turn left at a traffic light when the left-turn arrow at a signal is visible. However, you can U-turn from the left-turn lane at most intersections with signals from the left-turn lane.

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During all phases of Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:

  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto.

Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • 44 Bristol;
  • 50 Queensway;
  • 54 Bayview;
  • 55 / 55B Davis Drive;
  • 58 Mount Albert;
  • 223 Newmarket GO shuttle; and
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.

Source: vivaNext.

UP Express reducing service frequency
for maintenance work, starting August 29

Union Pearson Express crews are performing routine maintenance on one side of the spur line, overnight starting tonight, Saturday, August 29.

Crews work overnight nightly from 11 p.m. tonight until 4:30 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, August 30. Trains operate along the line every 30 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes while crews are working on the spur.

UP Express has also scheduled crews to work overnight from 11 p.m. Sunday, until 4:30 a.m. Monday, August 31, from 11 p.m. Saturday, September 5 until 4:30 a.m. Sunday, September 6 and from 11 p.m. Sunday until 4:30 a.m. Labour Day, Monday, September 7.

Crews also work Wednesday, September 2 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. so they can inspect the tracks in natural light. UP Express trains also operate every 30 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, during those hours that day.

Temporary platforms at Bloor Station
for UP Express trains this weekend

From 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 28 until 5 p.m. Sunday, August 30, westbound trains operating along the Union Pearson Express line stop to pick up passengers at Bloor Station’s Platform #1, the north platform.

Westbound trains operate along track 1, instead of track 2, to allow rail infrastructure crews to improve the signals along the line.

Eastbound trains continue to stop at platform #3.

Signs at the station will guide passengers to the appropriate platform. The north platform will be ready for passengers with an operating elevator and the station building entrance will have functioning PRESTO fare-card and ticket-vending devices.

The public-address system, Wi-Fi display terminals and the clock on platform #1 will not be available until mid-September

In the news: Friday, August 28, 2015

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

Greater Toronto Area
  • Brampton Guardian article, “September decision on Brampton LRT unlikely”, here.
  • Brampton Guardian article, “Brampton adds 14 new off-peak train trips”, here.
  • Caledon Enterprise column, “Parnaby Talks: What to expect as summer winds down”, here.
  • Canadian Press article (from the Toronto Star website), “Trudeau says Liberals would run modest deficits to kickstart economy”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC Chair pushes transit funding as an election issue”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “More GO trains, buses between Brampton and Toronto”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “TTC employee ‘Bus Driver Al’ charged with sexual assault involving 15-year-old”, here.
  • CP24 report, “High occupancy toll lanes won’t take over existing open highway lanes, Del Duca says”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Mayor Tory welcomes Trudeau’s promise of billions in new infrastructure spending”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Toronto man gets free Metropass for a year for being TTC’s 30 billionth rider”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC operator accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old that he met on his streetcar”, here.
  • Daily Commercial News article, “PHOTO: Crosstown Construction”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “GO Transit adds train trips in Brampton, bolsters bus service to Pearson”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “‘Enough excuses, we need streetcars’: TTC chair to Bombardier”“, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC welcomes 30 billionth customer at Davisville Station”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Liberals promise $10-billion yearly deficits to kick-start economy”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Three questions to ask about Liberals’ deficit promise”, here.
  • article, “Weston GO train riders to benefit from additional trips”, here.
  • article, “Metrolinx to delay environmental assessment for proposed Davenport Diamond rail bridge until November”, here.
  • column, “TOinTRANSIT: After 94 years, TTC marks 30 billion transit trips”, here.
  • article, “Mayor John Tory says all three federal leaders now promise funding for SmartTrack transit plan”, here.
  • article, “Woman sexually attacked while waiting for TTC bus”, here.
  • article, “TUFF to screen on TTC subway station platforms for what could be the last time”, here.
  • article, “Party positions on infrastructure projects”, here.
  • article, “Harper swings hammer at Liberal building plan”, here.
  • column, “THE CITY: Reflection on jets and Billy Bishop Airport”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Toronto council set to approve downtown East Bayfront LRT stop”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Google recommends taking the Union-Pearson Express, omits price tag”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Metrolinx CEO weighs in on LRT project”, here.
  • National Post article, “How Union Station went from ‘transportation tomb’ to destination. And, yes, you can get a beer (for now)”, here.
  • National Post article, “TTC driver accused of luring and sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl on streetcar”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “Mayor responds to Trudeau’s infrastructure promise”, here.
  • Newstalk 1010 report, “TTC streetcar operator charged with sexual assault”, here.
  • NOW article, “Train wreck: Why Toronto doesn’t get the transit it deserves”, here.
  • NOW article, “Other times we’ve build the wrong kind of transit”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “New train station on the way”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Metrolinx Adds Train Trips For Brampton”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Tory Welcomes Trudeau’s Infrastructure Plan”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “TTC Operator Charged With Sexually Assaulting 15 Year Old”“, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC service gets a big boost after Labour Day”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Fear of the car-driving rabble holds us back from real solutions”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Pearson train frequencies slowed for maintenance”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Business groups press federal parties to spend on infrastructure”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Pedestrian crossing button needs a permanent home: The Fixer”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “McGill student creates TTC ringtones for commuters”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Police charge TTC operator with sexual assault”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “Province warming to HOT lanes”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Trudeau would run deficits to double infrastructure spending”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tory welcomes Trudeau’s vow to spend billions on infrastructure”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC marks 30 billionth rider”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “London Underground delays plans for 24 hour service”, here.
  • editorial, “Yeah, thanks for the notice, politicians”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

No subway service, August 29, 30:
Downsview to St Clair West

This weekend, the TTC is canceling subway service along the 1 Yonge - University line between Downsview and St Clair West Stations, while crews work in open-cut sections along this section of the line.

All day Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, trains operate along the line only between St Clair West and Finch stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service between Downsview and St Clair West, while the subway line is closed.

While the line is closed, crews are:

  • replacing about 275 metres of rail (902 feet) just north of Yorkdale Station;
  • tamping the “ballast” — the stone between and under the tracks — just north of Yorkdale Station to improve track reliability.
  • installing an underground duct bank and conduits at the north end of Wilson Yard;
  • installing hardware to support communication and messenger cables between Yorkdale and Eglinton West stations;
  • replacing electrical components, install wiring and upgrade signals in various locations; and
  • continuing to replace fences on the centre median of William R. Allen Road.

Crews start working early Saturday morning, shortly after Friday subway service ends. First, they’ll deliver some materials for these activities to the area on subway work-cars. Then they’ll work “around-the-clock” to make sure they finish before subway service starts Monday morning. Expect noise when equipment is fully operating.

The TTC is assigning Wheel-Trans vehicles to operate between Downsview and St George stations for passengers requiring a station with an elevator.


Weekend events affect transit services,
August 27, 28, 29, 30

Update — Saturday, August 29, 8:41 a.m.: GO is adding extra trains from Exhibition GO Station late tonight / early tomorrow. The TTC has confirmed detour routing for buses operating along the 53 Steeles East route for Tamil Fest.

Buskers are a feature of the annual Canadian National Exhibition, but this weekend, you’ll also find them front and centre at another special event in downtown Toronto.

Events in Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, central Hamilton, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, the Malvern area of Toronto, Richmond Hill, central Toronto and the Winona area of Hamilton affect transit services this weekend.

Davis Drive rapidway construction:
August 27, 28

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.

Today, Thursday, August 27 and tomorrow, Friday, August 28, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews continue paving along Davis Drive. Today and tomorrow, they’re concentrating on the Davis Drive and Patterson Street /Roxborough Road area, paving the north curb lane from 655 Davis [KFC] to 713 Davis, including part of Patterson Street, just north of Davis.


  • intermittently closing access to 655 Davis [KFC, east entrance], 665 Davis, 665A Davis and 713 Davis [west entrance] as they pave a layer of asphalt across each entrance.
  • reopening access to the properties, once the asphalt has cooled;
  • paving a small portion of Patterson just north of Davis:
  • They’re staging the paving to keep the intersection open during the operation.
  • Driveways off Patterson will not be impacted by this work.
  • Expect delays as crews move equipment through the intersection.
  • A “paid-duty” York Region Police officer is onsite to manage traffic at the intersection.

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During all phases of Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:

  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto.

Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • 44 Bristol;
  • 50 Queensway;
  • 54 Bayview;
  • 55 / 55B Davis Drive;
  • 58 Mount Albert;
  • 223 Newmarket GO shuttle; and
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.

Source: vivaNext.

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