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Daily “on schedule” posts offer news and other information about your daily commute. You’ll learn about public meetings, special events and construction projects that affect transit services today.

TTC revises routes and services,
February 18

The TTC is shuffling its streetcar services as a major part of its next service change, starting Sunday, February 18. An ongoing shortage of cars and upcoming construction projects require the TTC to replace streetcars with bus on two routes. Meanwhile, streetcar service resumes on two more.

Here’s the status of streetcar services after February 18:

  • 301 Queen overnight: Streetcars continue only between Sunnyside and Neville Park loops. Buses serving the 301L Queen / Long Branch overnight route operate between Long Branch and Dufferin Gate loops and replace streetcar service west of Roncesvalles Avenue.
  • 306 Carlton overnight: Buses replace streetcars along the regular route.
  • 310 Spadina overnight: regular streetcar service.
  • 501 Queen: Streetcars continue only between Sunnyside and Neville Park loops. Buses serving the 501L Queen / Long Branch overnight route operate between Long Branch Loop and Dufferin Street / Queen Street West and replace streetcar service west of Roncesvalles Avenue. Buses no longer operate along the 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle bus route.
  • 502 Downtowner: Buses continue to operate, but only Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.
  • 503 Kingston Rd: Streetcars resume and the TTC is extending the path so that the buses operate as far west as Spadina Avenue.
  • 504 King: 8 streetcars operate as extras during rush hours.
  • 505 Dundas: Buses replace cars along the entire route.
  • 506 Carlton: Buses replace cars along the entire route. In the west end, the buses operate to and from High Park Station, instead of High Park Loop.
  • 509 Harbourfront: regular streetcar service.
  • 510 Spadina: regular streetcar service.
  • 511 Bathurst: Streetcars resume.
  • 512 St Clair: regular streetcar service.
  • 514 Cherry: More frequent service during off-peak hours.

The King Street Pilot project continues to influence streetcar service levels, as the TTC revises or increases service along the 503 Kingston Rd and 514 Cherry routes.

Less frequent GO trains, Oshawa to Whitby,
this weekend, February 17, 18, 19

Metrolinx contractors are working on the tracks into and out of the new East Rail Maintenance and Storage Facility this weekend. GO Transit is operating less frequent trains along the 09 Lakeshore East line east of Whitby this weekend to accommodate the work.

Trains only operate hourly to and from Oshawa GO Station Saturday, February 17, Sunday, February 18 and Family Day, Monday, February 19. Trains operate to and from Whitby every 30 minutes, as usually.

Westbound trains that usually start their trips at 11 minutes past the hour in Oshawa will start, instead, at 17 minutes past the hour in Whitby. Eastbound trains that leave Union Station at 43 minutes past the hour end their trips in Whitby, instead of Oshawa.

The westbound trains that leave usually Oshawa at 41 minutes past the hour continue all the way to Union Station. The trains that leave usually Union at 13 minutes past the hour continue all the way to Oshawa.

GO says that, by completing on the new rail facility in east Whitby, it can soon offer Lakeshore East passengers better service and more service along the line.

Kids 12 and younger ride free of fare
on GO Transit, UPX, February 17, 18, 19

In honour of the Family Day holiday, this Monday, February 19, Metrolinx is offering its youngest passengers free rides this weekend. Kids 12 years of age or younger may board GO Transit trains or buses or Union Pearson Express trains all day Saturday, February 17, Sunday, February 18 and Monday.

(If you’re younger than 12, you always ride free on UPX.)

Children do not require a ticket to travel this weekend. If a child transfers from a local transit service onto GO, he or she will not be eligible for the co-fare discount. This doesn’t apply to TTC, as children 12 and younger always travel for free.

If you plan on bringing a large group of kids about GO or UPX, make sure you call you “Let GO know”. Call ahead to 1-888-GET-ON-GO (438-6646) in advance so staff can can help accommodate your group.

Some GO trains pick up Union Station passengers
at different platforms, starting February 14

Starting today, Wednesday, February 14, Metrolinx is enhancing safety and communications systems at Union Station, including better platform lighting, electronic signage and a new public address system. It’s also repairing stairwells.

During this phase of the ongoing project to revitalize Union Station, some GO Transit trains pick up passengers at different platforms than usually in the station.

Starting today:

  • Barrie line trains leave platforms 11 and 12 at 4:10, 5:05, 6:05 and 7:05 p.m. The 7:40 p.m. train leaves from platforms 9 and 10.
  • A Kitchener line train leaves platforms 9 and 10 at 5:02 p.m.
  • Lakeshore East line express trains leave platform 24 at 5:35 and 6 p.m. Local trains (making regular station stops) leave platforms 25 and 26 at 5:40 and 6:13 p.m.

Metrolinx is assigning extra station attendants and transit safety officers to help guide passengers. Always check the departures boards before heading up to the platform.


Here’s how you can reach train and bus platforms directly for parts of Union Station:

Bay East Teamway

Platforms 4 - 13

Bay West Teamway

Platforms 3 - 12, 24 - 27

VIA Concourse

Platforms 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 24 - 27

York Concourse

Platforms 3 - 12, 24 - 27

York East Teamway

Platforms 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11

York West Teamway

Platforms 4 - 12, 24 - 27

Union Station Bus Terminal

Platform 3


Platform 3

"Six Points" / Dundas West overnight filming:
TTC, MiWay detours, February 14 to 17

Updated — Wednesday, February 14, 6:52 a.m.: The post now includes MiWay detour-routing information.

The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Dundas Street West near the “Six Points” intersection with Bloor Street West and Kipling Avenue

overnight four evenings and early mornings this week to accommodate a film shoot. It’s closing the street from 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 14 until 6 a.m. Thursday, February 15 and overnight nightly until 6 a.m. Saturday, February 17.

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

  • 30 Lambton.


MiWay is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the street is closed:


Note that MiWay stop #9008 is on the south side of Dundas Street West, not the north side. MiWay buses only operate eastbound along Dundas West, not both ways.

Streetcars return to Bathurst, Kingston Road;
disappear from Carlton, Dundas, February 18

The TTC is swapping streetcars and buses along several routes next week, due to the ongoing shortage of streetcars and several upcoming construction projects.

Starting Sunday, February 18, streetcars resume serving the 511 Bathurst route. The cars operate along the entire route between Bathurst Station and Exhibition Loop. (While buses have operates along the route, the TTC has been short-turning some service at Front Street West.) The TTC has operated buses along the route (this time) since Sunday, September 3.

Starting Tuesday, February 20, the TTC again operates streetcars, instead of buses, along the 503 Kingston Rd route. Due to upcoming construction on Wellington Street, the TTC is also extending the route further west along King Street West so that the cars operate between Spadina Avenue and Bingham Loop near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue. With this change, the TTC adds more streetcars to bolster service through the King Street Pilot area east of Spadina.

Buses continue to operate along the 502 Downtowner route on Kingston Road, but the TTC is swapping its service hours with its companion 503 Kingston Rd streetcar route. Buses operate along the 502 Downtowner route Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours, instead of all day before 7 p.m. Streetcars operate along the 503 Kingston Rd route before 7 p.m., instead of only during rush hours. The TTC has operated buses along route 503 (this time) since Monday, July 31.


Also starting Sunday, the TTC is replacing buses with streetcars along the entire 505 Dundas route due to upcoming construction projects:

  • TTC track construction on Broadview Avenue in May.
  • TTC track construction at Gerrard Street East and Broadview and Dundas Street East and Broadview this summer.
  • TTC track construction at Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue in September.
  • City of Toronto water-main and streetscape construction on Dundas Street West between Bathurst and Huron Streets in September.

Buses also replace streetcars along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes, also due to construction, starting Sunday. Buses serving the 306 overnight route follow their regular path between Dundas West and Main Street stations. Buses serving the 506 regular route operate between High Park and Main Street stations. The buses operate along Bloor Street West and Parkside Drive between High Park Station and Howard Park Avenue and do not operate through High Park Loop.


Several construction projects require the TTC to operate buses instead of streetcars along the 306 / 506 Carlton routes, including:

  • TTC construction at Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street in May.
  • TTC construction at Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue this summer.
  • TTC construction in Main Street Station this summer.

By resuming streetcar service along the 503 and 511 routes, the TTC can reassign some of the buses that temporarily replaced those services to the 306, 505 and 506 routes. It’s also revising bus service along the 301 / 501 Queen route to further supply buses to Dundas, College, Carlton and Gerrard Streets.

Construction on Lake Shore Boulevard West and The Queensway and in Humber Loop continues to affect the west end of the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes. Streetcars continue to operate only as far west as Sunnyside loop, just west of Roncesvalles Avenue.


Starting Sunday, February 18, the TTC is shortening the 501L Queen / Long Branch bus route that the TTC has used to replace streetcar service on the west end of the route since January 2017. Starting Sunday, buses operate only between Long Branch Loop and the intersection of Queen Street West and Dufferin Street, instead of continuing to and from Dufferin Gate Loop at Exhibition Place. (Buses continue to operate along the 301L Queen / Long Branch overnight route to and from Dufferin Gate.)

The TTC is also cancelling the 501M Queen / Marine Parade route through the Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood between Park Lawn Road and Windermere Avenue.

Family Day holiday service, February 19

The TTC, GO Transit and other transit agencies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area are adjusting their schedules this Monday, February 19Thanksgiving.

Toronto Transit Commission meets, February 15

The Toronto Transit Commission meets Thursday, February 15 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room #1, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.

Peel Region affordable transit pass program
now permanently available for Mississaugans

If you live, work, or go to school in Mississauga and can’t afford a monthly bus pass for travel, you can apply for a discount.

The affordable transit program is a partnership between the Region of Peel and the City of Mississauga and offers eligible applicants a 50 per cent discount on the regular cost of a monthly MiWay transit pass to eligible applicants.

The Region recently made this program permanent after a successful pilot project in 2016 and 2017.

If you qualify for this discount, your spouse and any of your dependents who need a MiWay transit pass will also qualify.

Every person who needs this discount must register their own PRESTO farecard on the PRESTO website before applying. If you do not have a card, you can buy one from the MiWay fares booth at City Centre Transit Terminal, any Mississauga community centre, or the PRESTO website. However, the Region will not refund or discount the initial cost of the card.

You also need the current Notice of Assessment (NOA) for yourself and all applicants older than 18. If you do not have your NOA, you can ask the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to replace it for you by calling 1-800-959-8281, or contact the Peel Region at 905-793-9200 for help.

Once you apply and the Region has approved you, MiWay staff need to program the discount onto your card, allowing you to buy the pass at half price for twelve months.

When your approval period ends, the cost of monthly transit passes will return to full price.

To be eligible for a transit discount, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant, or have applied for permanent residency, sponsorship, or refugee protection in Canada;
  • live in Mississauga; and
  • have an after-tax income that matches or is lower than the amounts on this table.

Household size and after-tax income

1 person: $22,133
2 persons: $31,301
3 persons: $38,335
4 persons: $44,266
5 persons: $49,491
6 persons: $54,215
7 persons: $58,558

If you have questions about whether you’re eligible, e-mail the Affordable Transit Program.

To apply on-line, make sure you have:

  • the most recent NOA for every person you are including on your application; and
  • a registered PRESTO card for each member of your household you are applying for.

To apply for the transit discount by phone, call 905-793-9200 and ask to speak to the affordable transit program co-ordinator.

To make transit more affordable, York Region piloting one-year transit assistance program

York Region is piloting a one-year transit assistance program (TAP) to help make transit more affordable for some residents of the region.

If you’re eligible, you can buy a TAP pass for half the cost of a regular York Region Transit adult monthly pass. The TAP pass is valid for unlimited travel on YRT services for a calendar month. You can’t use the pass to board TTC buses operating in York Region. Seniors are not eligible for the program because seniors’ fares are already less than half regular YRT fares.

The pilot program is in effect from April 2018 until March 2019.

You’re eligible to apply for the program if:

  • you’re a resident of the York Region from 18 to 64 years old;
  • you don’t receive transit assistance through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program;
  • you agree to take part in surveys to evaluate the pilot; and
  • you have an income at or below these limits:

Family Size and Income Limit

1 person: $25,512
2 persons: $36,079
3 persons: $44,188
4 persons: $51,024
5 persons: $57,047
6 persons: $62,491
7 persons: $67,498

(Source: Statistics Canada Low Income Measure, Before Tax, 2015)

You can now apply by calling Access York at 1-877-464-9675 (Open Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.); TTY: 1-866-512-6228 or 905-895-4293 (for the deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing)/

Applicants 18 to 64 years old must apply on their own. Couples residing together must apply as a family. Couples or single persons who are the parent or guardian of children under the age of 18 years old would apply as a family.

Please have these documents ready when you call:

  • 2016 Notice of Assessment (NOA) from the Canada Revenue Service — it usually arrives by mail with information about a income-tax refund;
  • Your most recent Canada Child Benefit Statement (CCB) (if you have children under the age of 18 living with you); and
  • Proof of your current York Region residence (for example utility bill or drivers licence with your address on it.)