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G20 - Day 1



Yesterday, Monday, June 21 was the first day of summer. It was also the first day that Torontonians faced heightened security measures, anticipating the arrival of world leaders — and thousands of government and business officials and international media representatives — to downtown Toronto this weekend for the G20 Summit.

Although the TTC and GO Transit continue to, officially, operate regular service, we noticed, during our travels yesterday in downtown Toronto and at Exhibition Place, and from readers’ e-mails and tweets that, already, things aren’t quite “normal” for transit riders.

Simply: Expect delays on all buses and streetcars operating through the financial district.

Barricades block one southbound lane of traffic on Bay Street between Wellington and Front Streets West, backing up traffic along that street for most of the business day. Heavy traffic delayed buses operating along the 6 Bay route until the early evening. The barricades also have impact on other routes that operate southbound along that part of Bay, particularly, 72 A / B Pape via Commissioners and 97B Yonge. The security fences also eliminate most westbound traffic lanes on Wellington Street West, west of Bay Street, delaying 503 Kingston Rd buses.

Traffic that ordinarily would use Bay, Wellington or Front Streets is spilling onto other streets, affecting service along other transit routes in downtown Toronto, including 501 Queen and 504 King.

Over at Exhibition Place, buses serving the 29D Dufferin route are detouring off Manitoba Drive behind the Direct Energy Centre and the Ricoh Coliseum. Buses operate in both directions along Princes’ Boulevard, looping at the Prince’s Gate.

Toronto’s first G20-related protest affected transit service in the eastern downtown yesterday. Demonstrators marched from Allen Gardens to the intersection of Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street East, temporarily occupying a business and preventing customers from entering or leaving.

The standoff resulted in Toronto Police Service officers closing the area to traffic, affecting TTC service along the 75 Sherbourne and 505 Dundas routes, for about an hour.


More pleasantly, west and northwest of downtown Toronto, soccer fans celebrated the outcome of several FIFA World Cup matches involving local favourites, delaying service along a number of TTC routes, including 29 Dufferin, 47 Lansdowne, 63 Ossington, 505 Dundas, 506 Carlton and 512 St. Clair.

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