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Heavy Weekend

As well as summer being construction season in Toronto, it’s also festival season. And while that’s a far more fun reason to block traffic, drivers and TTC patrons will need to be aware that disruptions can happen to service this weekend.

The Arts and Music Bloom festival will descend on St. Clair West this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The street from Westmount to Lauder (between Oakwood and Dufferin) will be given over to “art exhibits by local artists and students, arts and crafts, environmental displays, and on-street sampling of the tastes of St. Clair West’s diverse restaurants and caf´s.” Also, expect “exciting live musical performances include jazz, reggae, hip-hop, and world music.” This family-friendly event is sure to attract crowds and may affect service on the 512 St. Clair streetcar.

This Saturday is also Portugal day, and the Portuguese community intend to celebrate by closing Lansdowne Avenue from Bloor to College for a street festival, and holding a parade on Dundas from Lansdowne to Bathurst. This will, of course, disrupt and divert the 505 Dundas streetcar and the 47 Lansdowne bus, so come prepared for delays as well as a good time. The street festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the parade runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Toronto Challenge Run takes place on the Downtown West Side while the Bloor Festival occupies Bloor Street between Bathurst and Spadina. While this doesn’t affect transit service directly, TTC patrons should expect heavier traffic on parallel routes.

But hey, it’s summertime. Slow down and enjoy your city.

Scarborough RT Closes Early For Next Six Months

The Scarborough RT will be closing midnight each night, starting this Monday until November 18. The closure will allow the TTC to perform scheduled maintenance on the line. While the RT is offline, frequent express buses will operate from Scarborough Centre station, to McCowan and then via Ellesmere and Midland to Kennedy and back.

Further details can be found here

GO Bramalea Opens 450 New Parking Spaces this Monday

Commuters in the northwest of the GTA will have 450 new reasons to park their cars and take public transit into Toronto starting this Monday, as GO Transit has announced completion of its south parking lot at Bramalea GO station (more details can be found here.

The new spaces are south of the main lot, across the railway tracks. Drivers wishing to use this lot must enter off of Alfred Kuehne Blvd., which runs off Advance Blvd.

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