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Bathurst / Fleet track repairs, phase 2: TTC detours, starting October 3



From Saturday, October 1 until Thursday, October 6, TTC track crews are repairing the streetcar tracks in the Bathurst Street / Fleet Street area. Starting 4 a.m. Monday, October 3 the crews start phase 2 of the project. They work...... Read on...

From Saturday, October 1 until Thursday, October 6, TTC track crews are repairing the streetcar tracks in the Bathurst Street / Fleet Street area.

Starting 4 a.m. Monday, October 3 the crews start phase 2 of the project. They work in a section of TTC’s dedicated right-of-way on Fleet Street and on Bathurst Street between Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West. During this project they:

  • break and remove concrete to expose rail components;
  • replace old rail components with new rail; and
  • place new concrete.

The transit agency is detouring streetcars along these routes, while the streets are closed:

  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 511 Bathurst.

Shuttle buses replace the cars** west of Bathurst Street.

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Due to ongoing construction at the intersection of King Street West with Shaw Street, the TTC has been detouring streetcars along this route to Fleet Street:

From Monday, October 3 until Thursday, October 6, it’s further detouring the cars.

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Shuttle buses also replace route 504 cars during the King / Shaw construction, but they operate along their regular route.

The TTC started phase 1 of the project Saturday, October 1, which also included track work on Bathurst between Fleet and Lake Shore Boulevard West.


For safety of the track crew and road users, the City of Toronto is temporarily restricting traffic on various streets near Fleet and Bathurst streets. “Paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers are be on-site to direct traffic, as necessary.

  • Bathurst Street:
  • The work zone restricts southbound traffic lanes. Expect temporary diversions for safety. Local traffic continues to flow between Fort York Boulevard and Fleet Street.
  • Northbound traffic lanes are open.
  • Fleet Street:
  • The work zone blocks eastbound lanes to traffic — no access to northbound Bathurst Street.
  • Westbound traffic lanes are open.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West:
  • The work zone restricts westbound traffic lanes.
  • You can’t turn right — westward-to-northward — from Lake Shore West to Bathurst Street.
  • You can’t turn left from eastbound Lake Shore West to Fleet Street - no access to northbound Bathurst Street from Fleet Street.

The TTC says, “While excavation work will end by 10 p.m. daily, rail work of this nature requires periods of late evening and overnight work to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete. Some of this work will include clean-up, welding and grinding.”


Subway closes early, October 3 to 6: Sheppard West to St Clair West



The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway earlier than usually between Sheppard West and St Clair West stations Monday, October 3 until Thursday, October 6. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and...... Read on...

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The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway earlier than usually between Sheppard West and St Clair West stations Monday, October 3 until Thursday, October 6. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Sheppard West stations and between St Clair West and Finch stations after 11 p.m. those evenings.

Frequent shuttle buses partly replace subway service. The buses drop off or pick up passengers near all stations on the closed section of the line. (Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)

Most stations on the closed section of Line 1 remain open so you can pay fares or connect with TTC buses and streetcars and York Region Transit buses. However, Yorkdale and Glencairn stations are closed.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tracks.

According to a TTC news release, “While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and state of good repair work as well as… signal upgrades.”


The TTC is closing this section of Line 1 at least once more during October:

  • Tuesday, October 11 until Thursday, October 13 — Sheppard West to St Clair West — close early — track work.

King East / Sumach track and switch replacement project: TTC restores some service through intersection, October 1



Starting yesterday, Saturday, October 1, the TTC is again operating streetcars through part of the intersection of King Street East with Sumach Street. According to local transit commentator, Steve Munro: “This is a temporary arrangement pending completion of the re-electrification...... Read on...

Starting yesterday, Saturday, October 1, the TTC is again operating streetcars through part of

  • the intersection of King Street East with Sumach Street.

According to local transit commentator, Steve Munro:

“This is a temporary arrangement pending completion of the re-electrification of switches at King and Sumach. Once that is completed, expected within a few days, the 504B will revert to the standard route via King between Parliament and the Don Bridge. If this situation lasts to Monday, October 3 or later, the 503 Kingston Road car will also continue to divert via Queen and Parliament.

“This change will reduce streetcar congestion at Broadview Station because only half of the service will go that far east on the line. It will also eliminate some of the wheel squeal problems at King and Parliament, although not completely until the 504B service returns to its normal route.

“Service will return to… Sumach and Cherry Streets that have been without reliable service since the beginning of August. The 504 shuttle bus was extremely erratic with very wide gaps in service, and it [was] cancelled completely on September 4 even though signs remained on transit shelters advertising its existence. The area is also served by the 121 Esplanade-River bus which has its own problems with reliability.”

So, since yesterday, the TTC has again split service along the 504 King route into two branches:

  • 504A (Exhibition Loop - Distillery Loop); and
  • 504B (Exhibition Loop - Broadview Station).

Streetcars along the 504A branch have resumed their regular route to and from the Distillery District along Sumach and Cherry streets. The transit agency continues to detour cars along the 504B branch off King East between Queen Street East and Sumach.

Buses continue to replace streetcars west of Bathurst Street due to two other construction projects further westward along the route. That’s why cars along both branches of the route operate to and from Exhibition Loop, instead of Dundas West Station or Dufferin Gate Loop.

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^ This map shows the detours for streetcars along the 504 King route, starting Saturday, October 1. Note that buses replace streetcars west of Bathurst Street due to two other construction projects. The buses also detour around the work zones for those projects.

The TTC continues to operate buses, instead of streetcars, along this route:

  • 304 King overnight.

(The map above shows the detour path for buses operating along route 304.)

It also continues to detour those buses off King East east of Sumach.

If construction still blocks streetcar service along that same section of King by Monday, October 3, the TTC will also continue detouring streetcars along this route, too:

  • 503 Kingston Rd.

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^ Map of detour routing for streetcars along the 503 Kingston Rd route. Note that streetcars no longer loop through Charlotte Loop (near King and Spadina Avenue), but continue further westward along King Street West and Bathurst Street to operate to and from Wolseley Loop (on the east side of Bathurst north of Queen Street West).


Construction blocks GO bus access to Yorkdale terminal, overnight, October 2, 3



Due to a construction project, GO Transit buses won’t operate through Yorkdale GO Bus Terminal from 11 p.m. Sunday, October 2 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 3. Instead, GO buses along these routes drop off or pick up passengers at...... Read on...

Due to a construction project, GO Transit buses won’t operate through Yorkdale GO Bus Terminal from 11 p.m. Sunday, October 2 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 3. Instead, GO buses along these routes drop off or pick up passengers at the TTC stop on Yorkdale Road, in front of the Nordstrom store:

  • 19 Mississauga / North York;
  • 27 Milton / North York;
  • 34 Pearson / North York;
  • 36 Brampton / North York express; and
  • 92 Oshawa / Yorkdale.

GO revises bus services, October 1: Buses serve passengers in new Cornell and Scarborough Centre terminals



Starting Saturday, October 1, GO Transit is revising the path for several bus routes so that the buses operate through the new Cornell and Scarborough Centre terminals. It’s revising service along these routes: 41 Hamilton / Pickering; 52 Oshawa /...... Read on...

Starting Saturday, October 1, GO Transit is revising the path for several bus routes so that the buses operate through the new Cornell and Scarborough Centre terminals.

It’s revising service along these routes:

  • 41 Hamilton / Pickering;
  • 52 Oshawa / Vaughan;
  • 56 Oshawa / Oakville;
  • 92 Oshawa / Yorkdale;
  • 94 Pickering / Mississauga; and
  • 96 Oshawa / Finch express.

Bathurst / Fleet track repairs, phase 1: TTC detours, starting October 1



From Saturday, October 1 until Thursday, October 6, TTC track crews are repairing the streetcar tracks in the Bathurst Street / Fleet Street area. From 4 a.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Monday, October 3, crews work in a section of...... Read on...

From Saturday, October 1 until Thursday, October 6, TTC track crews are repairing the streetcar tracks in the Bathurst Street / Fleet Street area.

From 4 a.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Monday, October 3, crews work in a section of TTC’s dedicated right-of-way on Fleet Street and on Bathurst Street between Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West. During this project they:

  • break and remove concrete to expose rail components;
  • replace old rail components with new rail; and
  • place new concrete.

The transit agency is detouring streetcars along these routes while the streets are closed:

  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 511 Bathurst.

Shuttle buses replace the cars:

  • 509 Harbourfront shuttle buses; and
  • 511 Bathurst shuttle buses.

509_RR_Oct1.gif

Due to ongoing construction at the intersection of King Street West with Shaw Street, the TTC has been detouring streetcars along this route along the sections of tracks that the TTC is repairing:

This weekend, it’s further detouring the cars.

Shuttle buses also replace route 504 cars during the King / Shaw construction, but they operate along their regular route this weekend.

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After 4 a.m. Monday, the TTC revises the various detour routings to accommodate phase 2 of the project.


For safety of the track crew and road users, the City of Toronto is temporarily restricting traffic on various streets near Fleet and Bathurst streets. “Paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers are be on-site to direct traffic, as necessary.

  • Bathurst Street:
  • The work zone restricts southbound traffic lanes. Expect temporary diversions for safety. Local traffic continues to flow between Fort York Boulevard and Fleet Street.
  • Northbound traffic lanes are open.
  • Fleet Street:
  • The work zone blocks eastbound lanes to traffic — no access to northbound Bathurst Street.
  • Westbound traffic lanes are open.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West:
  • The work zone restricts westbound traffic lanes.
  • You can’t turn right — westward-to-northward — from Lake Shore West to Bathurst Street.
  • You can’t turn left from eastbound Lake Shore West to Fleet Street - no access to northbound Bathurst Street from Fleet Street.

About 5 a.m. Saturday, October 1, the track crew starts setting up a work zone in the area and, by 7 a.m., cutting into the concrete. They start excavating about 8 a.m. to expose the old rails that they intend to replace.

The TTC says, “While excavation work will end by 10 p.m. daily, rail work of this nature requires periods of late evening and overnight work to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete. Some of this work will include clean-up, welding and grinding.”


Highway 403 Hamilton closure affects Burlington Transit, GO and HSR service, September 30, October 1, 2, 3



From 11 p.m. Friday, September 30 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 3, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is closing Highway 403, all westbound lanes between Highway 6 and King Street West for construction. GO Transit is likely detouring Hamilton-bound buses...... Read on...

From 11 p.m. Friday, September 30 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 3, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is closing

  • Highway 403, all westbound lanes between Highway 6 and King Street West

for construction.

GO Transit is likely detouring Hamilton-bound buses along these routes during the closure:

  • 15 Brantford / Burlington;
  • 16 Hamilton / Toronto express;
  • 18 Lakeshore West;
  • 40 Hamilton / Pearson / Richmond Hill; and
  • 47 Hamilton / Vaughan.

All westbound buses are detouring but drop off or pick up passengers at all regular stops. GO shuttle buses are available between the Hamilton GO Centre mnd McMaster University. Expect delays as much as 20 minutes behind schedule.

Eastbound buses operate along their regular route.

Burlington Transit passengers can expect major delays for Hamilton-bound buses along this route:

  • 1 Plains - Fairview.

Hamilton Street Railway passengers aboard buses along these routes may experience less severe delays:

  • 5 Delaware;
  • 6 Aberdeen;
  • 7 Locke;
  • 8 York;
  • 9 Rock Gardens (Sunday only);
  • 10 B-Line express (Saturday only);
  • 11 Parkdale;
  • 51 University (Friday and Saturday only).
  • Waterdown on-demand.

Cherry Street construction: TTC detour, September 30, October 1, 2, 3



Starting 7 p.m. Friday, September 30, the City of Toronto is closing Cherry Street, northbound lanes, between Unwin Avenue and Commissioners Street while contractors connect the old and new alignments of the roadway at Polson Street. The TTC is detouring...... Read on...

Starting 7 p.m. Friday, September 30, the City of Toronto is closing

  • Cherry Street, northbound lanes, between Unwin Avenue and Commissioners Street

while contractors connect the old and new alignments of the roadway at Polson Street.

The TTC is detouring buses along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 172 Cherry Beach.

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Construction on Cherry Street and the resulting TTC detour continue until October 3 (5 a.m.)


Weekend events affect transit services, September 30, October 1, 2



Nuit Blanche and various Runs for the Cure — supporting breast cancer research — dominate the list of special events affecting transit services this weekend. The events take place in Brampton, the Bronte area of Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga, the...... Read on...

Nuit Blanche and various Runs for the Cure — supporting breast cancer research — dominate the list of special events affecting transit services this weekend.

The events take place in Brampton, the Bronte area of Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga, the Newcastle area of Clarington, Oshawa and Toronto.


Scarborough Subway Extension: GO Transit relocating bus stops at Scarborough Centre Station, October 1



Metrolinx is extending the TTC’s Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway further into Scarborough to McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue East. The subway extension will replace Line 3 Scarborough rapid transit. GO Transit has new on-street bus stops on Borough...... Read on...

Metrolinx is extending the TTC’s Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway further into Scarborough to McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue East. The subway extension will replace Line 3 Scarborough rapid transit.


GO Transit has new on-street bus stops on Borough Drive at Triton Road, west of Scarborough Town Centre beside the entrance to the Hudson’s Bay Company store. This bus stop replaces the GO bus terminal at Scarborough Centre Station and will be in service until about 2030, when GO expects to open a new, permanent terminal as part of the subway project.

Starting Saturday, October 1, GO, TOK Coachlines and Megabus relocate their stops to the new site.

The new stop features:

  • a new sidewalk on east side of Borough Drive;
  • six bus platforms;
  • four bus shelters; and
  • a fare device.

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The new stop is 70 to 200 metres to the closest TTC stop, where you can board north- and southbound buses along the 43B Kennedy via Progress route and southbound buses along the 21 Brimley route. The stop is also 250 to 350 metres to the Scarborough Town Centre [mall] and the TTC’s Line 3 Scarborough Centre station and bus terminal.

GO buses along these routes drop off or pick up passengers at the new stop

  • 41 Hamilton / Pickering;
  • 92 Oshawa / Yorkdale;
  • 94 Pickering / Mississauga; and
  • 96 Oshawa / Finch express.

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Starting Friday, October 9, the TTC will add a new stop for buses along the 985A Sheppard East express route at Triton Road and Borough Drive to improve access for passengers transferring between TTC and GO Transit. This will be in addition to buses along the 21 Brimley and 43B Kennedy via Progress routes that already stop at this intersection. TTC on-vehicle stop announcements aboard buses along all three routes will also indicate “GO Transit and Intercity Buses” at the transfer locations starting October 9.


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