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A cultural festival, a parade, two road races and two walkathons to support charitable causes affect transit services this weekend.
Transit- and transportation-related sites are also a feature of the annual Doors Open Toronto, which also takes place this weekend.
Several transit-related sites are open to the public Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 during Doors Open Toronto, the one weekend, once a year, when 150 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 sites — Lower Bay Station — but other venues that have played significant roles in Toronto’s public transit and transportation history are also opening their doors.
Ontario Ministry of Transportation contractors continue to work on the project to upgrade Highway 427.
Overnight from 10 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, May 21 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, they’ll be closing the off-ramp for southbound traffic heading toward Burnhamthorpe Road.
Two more phases of the project start this week.
First, as crews continue to work on storm drains west of 200 Davis Drive near Parkside Drive, they can temporarily reopen the plaza entrance from Davis Drive entrance at the Longford Drive traffic lights starting today, Tuesday, May 21. This continues until June 3.
As the crews proceed to work around the area of the property, they may temporarily switch the access point to 200 Davis Drive plaza back to the temporary entrance off Parkside Drive. Signs will be in place to direct traffic and pedestrians
Crews are installing new infrastructure, utilities and preparing the foundation that will extend along the new portion of Parkside Drive to prepare for upcoming work to align Parkside Drive — on the south side of Davis — with Longford Drive — on the north side. The permanent access to 200 Davis Drive will be from Parkside Drive, once the road is re-aligned later this year.
Second, starting today, Tuesday, May 21, for about four weeks, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, crews will temporarily closing two lanes of traffic on both the north and south sides of Davis Drive as they deliver and install hydro poles at:
- Main Street and Davis Drive; and
- between Prospect Street and Huron Heights Drive.
Crews will first work on the south side of Davis, moving east from Prospect Street to Roxborough Road. Then, they’ll crews work their way back west on the north side of Davis from Huron Heights Drive to Prospect Street.
If the work affects bus stops or sidewalks, directional signs will guide pedestrians to the nearest available bus stop or sidewalk.
GO Transit passengers riding express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route and York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Woodspring - Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community routes should expect detours or delays.
Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to prepare for building 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.
This week, from Tuesday, May 21 until Friday, May 24 and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews start removing trees between Jane and Keele Streets. They’re removing the trees so they can shortly start relocating utilities, widening the roadway and building retaining walls.
They have to remove about 62 trees of varying health and sizes. Metrolinx says its workers will “make a special effort” to protect 248 reamining trees. It says that once it’s finished the rapidway project, the landscaping will include more than 550 new trees.
During this phase of the work, they’re removing ash, Austrian pine, black locust, buckthorn, Colorado blue spruce, honey locust, ivory silk lilac, Manitoba maple, Norway maple, paper birch, pear and spruce. After construction, Metrolinx intends to install “attractive, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and extensive landscaping with many types of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennial flowers”.
Crews will remove trees in sections and chip the wood off-site. They’ll clean up all areas before moving on to the next location.
If necessary, they may temporarily block east- and westbound curb lanes from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Traffic control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site to direct motor vehicles and pedestrians.
Wherever possible, sidewalks will remain open. If the work blocks a sidewalk, directional signs will guide pedestrians to the nearest available sidewalk.
Passengers riding York Region Transit buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre route should expect delays.
GO Transit is setting up a special “PRESTO Patio” inside Danforth GO Station, Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 until 9:30 a.m. and from 2:45 until 6:45 p.m. At the PRESTO Patio, you can learn more about using the PRESTO fare card and ask staff questions about the card.
The Metrolinx projects to improve the Georgetown South rail corridor and to build the Union - Pearson Express line recently started working on the bridge over Ray Avenue in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood.
During this phase of the project, Metrolinx contractors are widening the bridge to handle more rail traffic. During construction, they’ll maintain pedestrian access at all times.
Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21, the TTC is detouring buses operating along the 71B](#t71b) Runnymede route to accommodate the work.
The City of Burlington is closing
- Lakeshore Road between Guelph Line and Martha Street
The City of Burlington will follow the watermain work with a project to resurface the roadway and to install a multi-use pathway beside Lakeshore Road between Guelph Line and Torrance Street.
Burlington Transit is detouring buses operating along the 3 Guelph route, to accommodate the work. It’s also setting up a temporary dial-a-ride service to replace regular transit service along Guelph Line and Lakeshore Road, while the street is closed.
Construction and detours continue until November.
*Update — The Commission has also posted a supplementary agenda with items related to the TTC’s lease with Tobmar Investments International Inc. (better known as “Gateway”) to operate the retail newsstands and two cafes in TTC stations. You can read the supplementary agenda here.
The Toronto Transit Commission meets this Friday, May 24 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room 2, Second Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.
In March, the City of Toronto and the TTC consulted with residents of the area near the future Leslie Barns maintenance and storage facility for the new streetcars. During that meeting, staff revealed plans for building the structure, the tracks connecting it to Queen Street East and a schedule for construction along Leslie Street.
Since then, staff have also consulted with business owners along Leslie Street and Queen Street East to allow them to comment on the plans.
They’re following up on what they learned the public during that earlier meeting and the later meetings with merchants, by hosting a second public information meeting this Tuesday, May 21. During this event, they’ll discuss how they have revised their plans for building the facility and the tracks and how they’re planning to manage traffic while Leslie Street is closed for construction.
They’ve posted a consultation report here (.pdf). During the Tuesday meeting, staff will explain how they’ve updated the original construction plans and provide more information so that they can finalize a plan the best serves local residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. The plan includes strategies to keep transit passengers moving, provide access for cyclists and pedestrians to the Martin Goodman Trail, prevent traffic from moving onto residential streets and keep traffic flowing on major roads.
The City and TTC start major construction Leslie later this month. They’ll be upgrading the streetscape, lighting, sidewalks, sewers, watermains and other utilities. The project includes hundreds of native trees and public art.
The meeting takes place:
Tuesday, May 21
From 6:30 until 9 p.m.
Morse Street Junior Public School
180 Carlaw Avenue
south of Queen Street East
Open house: from 6:30 until 7 p.m.
Presentation and discussion: from 7 until 9 p.m.