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.
The TTC has heightened security across the entire transit system after the events this morning in Ottawa. TTC passengers can expect to see transit enforcement officers and Toronto Police Service officers more often on subway trains and in subway stations.
The TTC began heightening security two weeks ago, after comments by ISIS about Canada participating in the mission to combat the terrorist group. In a news release, the TTC states that, “At this time, there is no credible threat to public transit in Toronto. Nevertheless, all TTC personnel will be looking for suspicious activity or suspicious packages to ensure the TTC remains safe. Customers who see something are asked to say something to a uniformed TTC employee or police.”
While TTC security personnel are increasing their vigilance in public spaces, they’ll also step up perimeter checks at other non-public entries into the system, including subway tunnels, garages and car-houses.
GO Transit is repaving parts of the bus loop at Pickering GO Station from today, Wednesday, October 22, until Sunday, October 25. The work affects Durham Region Transit and GO Transit bus service at the station.
All day Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23, all DRT buses operating along the 112 Brock and westbound buses operating along the 923 Bayly route drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop on Bayly Street west of Liverpool Road, beside the station. All GO buses and all other DRT buses continue to serve their usual stops at the station.
All day, Friday, October 24, all DRT buses operating along the 112 Brock and westbound buses operating along the 923 Bayly routes continue to serve the temporary stop on Bayly. GO buses operating along the 51 Pickering / York U and 90 Lakeshore East early-morning / late-night routes also stop on Bayly Street just west of Liverpool Road, beside the station’s parking structure. All DRT buses operating along the 101 Industrial, 101D Industrial / Bay Ridges, 103D Amberlea, 105 West Shore, 105D West Shore / South Rosebank, 106 Bay Ridges, 107 South Rosebank, 110 / 110A Central Pickering and 112D Brock / Valley Farm routes and 114D Dixie / Sheppard routes and eastbound buses operating along the 923 Bayly route serve passengers at the north platform.
All day Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, GO is completely closing the loop. GO buses operating along the 90 Lakeshore East route and DRT buses operating along the 101 Industrial, 101D Industrial / Bay Ridges, 103D Amberlea, 105 West Shore, 105D West Shore / South Rosebank, 106 Bay Ridges, 107 South Rosebank, 110 / 110A Central Pickering, 112 Brock, 112D Brock / Valley Farm, 114D Dixie / Sheppard and 923 Bayly routes drop off or pick up passengers on Bayly Street.
City of Toronto contractors are blocking
- part of the intersection of Dundas Street West with Islington Avenue
for a construction project most of tomorrow, Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24.
MiWay is detouring buses operating along several routes while work proceeds at the intersection.
It’s detouring buses serving these MiLocal routes:
- 1 / 1C Dundas;
- 3 Bloor;
- 11A / 11B Westwood;
- 35 / 35A Eglinton;
- 57 Courtneypark;
- 76 City Centre / Subway; and
- 307 Philip Pocock - Bloor East high school special.
It’s also detouring buses operating along these MiExpress routes:
The TTC has not announced detour information, but expect delays of detours for buses operating along the 30 Lambton and 37 Islington routes during construction at the intersection.
Durham Region Transit has advised its passengers that buses operating along the 410 Olive / Harmony, 411 Grandview, 412 Adelaide and 414 Oshawa community routes have resumed regular service access to the terminal at the Oshawa Centre.
- Beach Metro Community News post, “Candidates lock horns on transit at Ward 36 debate” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “3 top mayoral candidates clash over transit, land transfer tax” here
- CP24 post, “BLOG: Tory earns more endorsements; Goldkind releases transit plan”here
- Global News Toronto report, “Tory, Ford, Chow debate ‘neglect’ of Scarborough, tout transit plans” here
- Global News Toronto post, “Scarborough transit users are close to home commuters” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “TORONTO VOTES: Fate of Sheppard East LRT depends on results of city election” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “TORONTO VOTES: Chow and Tory offer plans with most impact on Mount Dennis community” here
- Toronto Standard post, “For the time being, cyclists will not be able to use the bike rack on many of the TTC’s buses” here
- Toronto Star article, “Long-shot mayoral candidate releases epic transit platform with actual details” here
- Toronto Star article, “Ministry of Labour orders bike racks removed on certain TTC buses” here
- Toronto Star article, “Campaign Lie Detector: Doug Ford makes 23 inaccurate statements at Star debate” here
Brampton Transit makes mostly minor changes to its services, starting Monday, October 27.
- BlogTO post, “Toronto subway stops that will never happen” here
- BlogTO post, “5 things Toronto could learn from Stockholm” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “Comparing the candidates’ transit plans” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “Olivia Chow’s transit plan solid, but lacks ambition” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “Doug Ford’s subways don’t make the grade” here
- CBC News Toronto report, “John Tory’s SmartTrack gets high marks, but experts find faults in funding” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “WARD 36: Council candidates talk Kingston Road bus and land transfer tax at debate” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “Roncesvalles Avenue will not be torn up again, TTC spokesperson promises” here
- InsideToronto.com article, “Candidates dispute the best solution for transit along Finch West” here
- Spacing Toronto post, “LORINC: Tory has out-smarted Chow” here
- Toronto Star article, “The Pulse: In Scarborough transit is a world away” here
- Toronto Sun article, “T.O. suffers from ‘LRT-phobia’: Chow” here
- Toronto Sun article, “TTC parks use of bus bike racks” here
Updated — 9:54 p.m.
Last Thursday, October 16, the Ontario Ministry of Labour** ordered the Toronto Transit Commission not to allow passengers to use the bike racks on two of its bus types — the Nova Articulated and Orion VII buses — effective immediately. The Ministry’s order results from its about concern about TTC operators’ sight lines when passengers have attached bike to the racks. These buses make up most of the TTC’s bus fleet.
The TTC is working on an engineering solution to this issue. As a first step, the TTC will be locking out all bike racks on its 100 Nova Articulated buses for the next two weeks. It will allow passengers with bicycles to board these buses with their bikes, if the vehicle has enough room to accommodate it.
The Orion VII bus issue revolves around bicycles that have large accessories that, when positioned on the rack, could impede sight lines for the operators.
The Ministry of Labour has suspended its orders until the TTC resolve the issue.
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “Racist Profile” here
- All Fired Up In The Big Smoke post, “It’s All In The Presentation” here
- Global News Toronto report, “TTC track work forces closure from Bathurst to Robinson Street” here
- Globe and Mail article, “Doug Ford’s plan for Finch subway line runs short on usual yardsticks” here
- Globe and Mail Op-ed, “There’s room for entrepreneurs in the delivery of public services” here
- Metro Toronto editorial, “John Tory’s SmartTrack transit plan is a bold, big leap forward” here
- The Varsity editorial, “Transit trouble” here
- The Varsity editorial, “Toronto’s next mayor cannot ignore student concerns” here
- CodeRedTO.com post, “CodeRedTO meets with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Steven Del Duca” here.
- InsideHalton.com post, “Public meetings on Burlington Transit Route 6 options, October 21 and 23”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Burlington for Accessible Sustainable Transit posts candidates’ responses to questionnaire”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “No campaign ads on Oakville buses, Town says”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Transit upgrades and job creation among issues addressed at Milton Chamber breakfast”, here.
- InsideHalton.com article, “Oakville Transit monthly passes now available on Presto”, here.
- Mississauga.com article, “First phase of Transitway opens in November”, here.
- Mississauga.com article, “Candidates just can’t seem to agree on the direction of the LRT”, here.
- Mississauga.com article, “Mayoral front-runners release transit plans”, here.
- Mississauga.com article, “Candidate calls for free transit on election day”, here.
- Mississauga.com article, “Bus driver avoids charges in crash that killed retired teacher, chaplin”, here.
- NOW article, “Olivia Chow’s transit plan: 5 Questions Answered” here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Moving Millennials: how a generation is changing mobility” here.
- Spacing Toronto post, “Moving Millennials: the future of mobility in the dispersed city” here.
- Toronto Life’s Daily Informer post, “$929,000,000” here.
- Toronto Star column, “On transit, the voters are ready; are the candidates?: James” here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “CP 24 asks TTCriders their opinion on transit issues” here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “TOinTransit: TTCriders score Chow’s transit plan the highest” here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “TTCriders Demands More Government Funding for TTC Service Improvements in Places like Liberty Village” here.
- TTCriders.ca post, “TTCriders Unveils 2014 Vote Transit Mayoral Report Card” here.
- Urban Toronto post, “TTC Streetcars Roll Into Union and Through Harbourfront Again” here.