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Transit Toronto video of ION opening day



Transit Toronto videographer Damian Baranowski also visited Waterloo Region on the first day of ION light rail transit service.

You can view more Transit Toronto videos on our YouTube channel.



Time-lapse videos of ION LRT



T2P Films has released time-lapse videos of Waterloo Region’s ION light rail transit line.



T2P Films also operated the Virtual TTC Academy (2012-2017) where transit enthusiasts get together to simulate virtual Toronto subway operations in the free train simulator, OpenBVE.



More "Secrets of the TTC" videos
explore more lines



T2P Films has released more videos in its series, “Secrets of the TTC”.



T2P Films also operated the Virtual TTC Academy (2012-2017) where transit enthusiasts get together to simulate virtual Toronto subway operations in the free train simulator, OpenBVE. You can view some of the runs here.



No Line 3 Scarborough service, June 23



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The TTC is closing Line 3 Scarborough all day Sunday, June 23, continuing the late-night closure after 11 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Shuttle buses operate on nearby streets to replace the rapid transit line. The buses stop near all stations along the line between McCowan and Kennedy Stations.

Buses operate along Progress and Midland Avenues and Eglinton Avenue East, stopping on Midland at Ellesmere Road for passengers travelling to and from Ellesmere Station and on Midland at Lawrence Avenue East for Lawrence East Station.

McCowan, Ellesmere and Midland stations are closed. You may buy fares at Scarborough Centre, Lawrence East and Kennedy stations.

Wheel-Trans buses operate between Scarborough Centre and Kennedy stations. Ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans accessible service.

While the line is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tracks and signals on the line. The TTC continues its program of rehabilitating Line 3 tracks and vehicles to provide a more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. It will close the line when it extends Line 2 Bloor - Danforth to Scarborough Centre.


This is the third time this year that the TTC has closed Line 3 for maintenance. It previously closed the line:

It has not announced any more closures of the line this year.


Line 3 opened March 24, 1986, so the tracks, stations and vehicles are now more than 33 years old.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:



Metrolinx maintaining Lakeshore West tracks,
delaying weekend GO trains, June 22, 23



Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, Metrolinx crews are maintaining the tracks along GO Transit’s 01 Lakeshore West line between Mimico GO station and Union Station.

Trains must operate more slowly than usually through the work areas. Expect delays of as much as 20 minutes behind schedule.

GO says, “Regular maintenance is essential so we can run our trains at higher speeds, keep service running consistently and make sure you’re getting where you need to go safely.”

GO is also operating with hourly service along the line this weekend.



Metrolinx maintaining Lakeshore East tracks,
delaying weekend GO trains, June 22, 23



After 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, Metrolinx crews are maintaining the tracks along GO Transit’s 09 Lakeshore East line between Guildwood and Danforth GO stations.

Trains must operate more slowly than usually through the work areas. Expect delays of as much as 10 minutes behind schedule.

GO says, “Regular maintenance is essential so we can run our trains at higher speeds, keep service running consistently and make sure you’re getting where you need to go safely.”

GO is also operating with hourly service along the line this weekend.



GO trains return to Niagara:
Weekends, June 22 to September 2



GO Transit is again offering seasonal weekend GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto.

This year, the service is available Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Saturday, June 22 until Labour Day, Monday, September 2. The trains likely roll again during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Saturday, October 12 until Monday, October 14 — although GO hasn’t officially yet confirmed that.

(GO is already operating one train in each direction along the line Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.)

Trains serving the 12 Niagara Falls line operate several times each Saturday, Sunday and holiday, dropping off and picking up passengers at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO stations and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Rail stations.

The travel time between Union Station and Niagara Falls is about two hours, passing through many cities and towns and across the Welland Canal.

Although GO says it will make “every effort… to get you there on time”, you may experience delays because GO, freight and VIA trains share a single track through this corridor. Since a lift bridge carries the tracks across the canal, ships passing through the canal may also delay the trains.

GO is equipping all trains operating along the line Saturdays, Sundays and holidays with two special bicycle coaches. The bike coaches can hold 18 bikes on the lower level. All regular coaches can also hold two bikes.



Less frequent Lakeshore West GO trains,
June 21 evening, June 22, 23



GO Transit is operating trains along the 01 Lakeshore West line every hour, instead of every 30 minutes, this weekend, as Metrolinx crews replace a section of track at Exhibition GO Station.

Hourly eastbound service starts with the train leaving Aldershot GO Station at 9:01 p.m. Friday, May 3. GO is cancelling the eastbound trains that usually leave Aldershot at 31 minutes past the hour. (These cancelled trains usually end their trips in Union at 41 minutes past the next hour.)

Hourly westbound service starts with the train leaving Union Station at 9:43 p.m. Friday. GO is cancelling the westbound trains that usually leave Union at 13 minutes past the hour. (These cancelled trains usually end their trips in Aldershot at 21 minutes past the next hour.)

Expect delays of as much as 10 minutes behind schedule both ways, as trains slow down at the work zone near Exhibition.

Regular service resumes Monday, June 24.

Metrolinx is also maintaining the tracks along the line this weekend, possibly delaying trains by as much as 20 minutes behind schedule.


GO says, “This work can only be completed when trains aren’t running, so we’re doing the work over the weekends to minimize the disruption to you. As we increase GO Train service, we will need to add new infrastructure to accommodate more trains and to maintain our existing infrastructure. To do this work efficiently and minimize the disruption to you, we’ll sometimes need to temporarily adjust service.”

GO has already reduced service along the line three previous weekends this spring:



Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Birchmount:
Road closure, TTC detour, June 21 to 24



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


Crews continue preparing to build the LRT “guideway” — the transit-only lanes in the centre of the roadway, including tracks and passenger amenities

  • on Eglinton Avenue East at Birchmount Road

near the site of the future Birchmount stop.

The contractors must reconstruct the pavement at intersections on Eglinton Avenue East between Birchmount Road and Victoria Park Avenue before they can install the guideway infrastructure.

Starting 5 a.m. Saturday, June 22, crews pave traffic lanes on the south side of Eglinton East, blocking vehicle access to Birchmount south of Eglinton. The work zone also blocks north-south through traffic on Birchmount.

Paving the south side of Eglinton at Birchmount and the resulting TTC service changes continue until 11 p.m. June 23.

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Crews return to pave the north side of the intersection from 11 p.m. Friday, June 28 until 7 a.m. Canada Day, Monday, July 1.


For transit passengers

  • From 5 a.m. Saturday, June 22 until 11 p.m. Sunday, June 23, the TTC is detouring buses along this route:
  • 17 Birchmount.

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The TTC may also temporarily relocate bus stops near work zones. Passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:

  • 34 Eglinton East; and
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians

  • From 5 a.m. Saturday, June 22 until 11 p.m. Sunday, June 23, the north-south* crosswalk on the east side of Birchmount at Eglinton is closed. Cross on the west side.

For motorists

  • Birchmount is closed to north-south through traffic at Eglinton.
  • Southbound traffic on Birchmount must turn right or left onto Eglinton.
  • Northbound traffic on Birchmount must turn around southwards at Eglinton.
  • The work zone blocks eastbound curb lanes on the south side of Eglinton east and west of Birchmount.
  • Two lanes are available for traffic in each direction on Eglinton east and west of Birchmount.


ION light rail transit starts June 21



ION-GRT-events-banner-1000x400.jpgION, the light rail transit service of Waterloo Region, starts operating today, Friday, June 21.

(For residents of Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga and Brampton, this will be your first opportunity to view a light rail transit line in service — a glimpse into the future as Metrolinx continues to build the Eglinton Crosstown, Finch West, Hurontario and Hamilton LRTs.)

The Region is holding a special opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in Fairway Station. Public rides at all stations start after the ceremony.

During the opening weekend, trains operate:

  • Friday, June 21, noon until 8 p.m.;
  • Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.; and
  • Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Expect long lines during the opening weekend. You must exit trains after arriving in terminus stations (Conestoga or Fairway). However, you can:

  • join the line to ride again;
  • board a free bus shuttle to Conestoga or Fairway; or
  • board a regular Grand River Transit bus. (All GRT services are free of fare Friday, June 21 until Canada Day, Monday, July 1.)

ION ambassadors will help riders boarding Friday and Saturday. All stations will be in service. ION is also free of fare from June 21 until July 1.

The regular service schedule starts Monday, June 24. Trains operate every 10 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. and about every 15 minutes during all other times of the week.

GRT is also extensively revising its bus-route network to complement the ION service. It puts those major changes in effect starting Monday, June 24.

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ION stretches 19 kilometres between Conestoga Station in north Waterloo [city] and Fairway Station in south Kitchener. The region plans to extend the line further south into the Galt City Centre area of Cambridge, but doesn’t expect to start construction on that segment until 2025. An express ION bus will temporarily connect Cambridge with Fairway Station.

ION operates on a separate right-of-way, both on-road and off-road. It has 19 stations — six of those are “one-way” stations, where trains operate in just one direction, in uptown Waterloo and downtown Kitchener. Overhead lines power ION trains.

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A total of 14 Bombardier Flexity trains supply ION service. Each train is about 32 metres (105 feet) long. Each has seats for 60 people, with four priority seating areas and room for more than 140 people standing comfortably. Trains include passenger displays and audio announcements to display each station name.

Each station features

  • platform fare-card readers;
  • fare-vending machines;
  • distinct anchor walls that are unique to each neighbourhood;
  • benches;
  • information displays and audio speakers that provide up-to-date information;
  • a canopy and shelters;
  • security cameras and emergency call boxes;
  • a yellow platform edge to remind riders to stay clear of train. The black platform edge indicates where train doors will line up to help riders safely enter and exit the train.

Six stations — Conestoga, Research and Technology, Grand River Hospital, Kitchener Market, Mill, Block Line and Fairway — include public-art installations.

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All images: Region of Waterloo, Grand River Transit.