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Caribbana Comes to Toronto. GO and TTC are Ready

The great Caribbean festival returns to the city, shutting down Lakeshore Boulevard between Strachan and Colbourne Lodge on Saturday and bringing tens of thousands of people to the parade route. If you are travelling through the west end of Toronto south of Bloor Street, expect delays. If you are attending the event itself, take public transit.

GO will schedule additional trains to depart Oakville at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m., making all stops to Union station. Additional trains will depart Pickering at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., making all stops to Exhibition GO station. That’s thirty minute service on a Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., although bus connections will not be provided to the extra trains.

The TTC will service the parade by expanding service on the 509 Harbourfront, 511 Bathurst and 29 Dufferin routes. There should be a vehicle departing Union, Bathurst and Dufferin stations every 1-2 minutes. Express buses will also service the parade from Keele, Dundas West and Lansdowne stations, operating every 2-4 minutes.

The TTC will be offering its weekend and holiday passes: a day’s worth of travel for two adults and up to four children, which is an excellent deal for families leaving their cars behind.

TTC Announces Service Changes, Effective Sunday

The new August board period begins on Sunday, July 31, meaning that there will be more changes in how the TTC operates. The bulk of the improvements come in the form of new accessible services on a number of routes. Details of the changes can be found here.

As part of the change, the TTC will begin testing its new time-based transfer on the 512 St. Clair streetcar route. Transfers issued on the route will be good for two hours after issuing, and can be used to board any other TTC vehicle, including the vehicle you just left, to continue your journey.

The timing of this test is interesting, because it coincides with severe disruptions to the St. Clair route (see below).

St. Clair Right of Way Project Begins

Effective Sunday, the St. Clair streetcar will be split in two, with streetcars continuing to operate west of St. Clair West only. Work to replace track between Yonge and Spadina will begin shortly (new track is already being stored near the St. Clair/Mount Pleasant intersection), and the TTC is taking this opportunity to renovate the St. Clair station streetcar loop, installing an elevator as part of its plan to make the station accessible. Buses will replace streetcars between St. Clair and St. Clair West stations.

Further details can be found here

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