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Subway closes early, March 5; no subway service, March 6, 7: Finch to St Clair



The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Finch and St Clair stations earlier than usually Friday, March 5. Line 1 trains operate only between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations after 11 p.m. that...... Read on...

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The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Finch and St Clair stations earlier than usually Friday, March 5. Line 1 trains operate only between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations after 11 p.m. that day. It continues to close the subway between the two stations all day Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7.

Shuttle buses partly replace subway service. The buses start and end their trips in the bus terminals at Finch and St Clair stations, but also drop off or pick up passengers on the street near the other sections on this part 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, streetcars and Line 4 Sheppard trains. However, North York Centre Station is closed.

Note also that the TTC is closing exits / entrances at other stations:

  • at Sheppard - Yonge Station, the automatic exits / entrances at Yonge Street and Poyntz Avenue and at Yonge Street and Anndale Drive are closed. Use other station entrances.
  • at York Mills Station, the Old York Mills Road exit / entrance is closed. Use the other station entrances in the York Mills Centre and the Yonge Corporate Centre or at the corner of Yonge Street and Wilson Avenue.
  • at Lawrence Station, the automatic entrances / exits at Ranleigh Avenue and Bedford Park Avenue are closed. Use the entrances at Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Although all shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans service is also available from all stations. Ask TTC staff in each station for information about Wheel-Trans.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, Metrolinx contractors work on the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line. TTC crews will take advantage of the closure to maintain 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 three more times in March:

  • Monday, March 8 until Thursday, March 11 — Finch to Eglinton — close early — tunnel and signal upgrades; track work.
  • Saturday, March 13 — Eglinton to King — signal upgrades.
  • Sunday, March 14 — Sheppard - Yonge to Bloor — signal upgrades.

Eglinton Crosstown LRT - Yonge: Facility services building construction, March 6, 7



Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy. Since Saturday, July 6, 2018, the Metrolinx contractors have been building the the facility services building for the TTC’s Line 1 Yonge...... Read on...

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


Since Saturday, July 6, 2018, the Metrolinx contractors have been building the the facility services building for the TTC’s Line 1 Yonge - University subway. Crews have also been undertaking various activities inside the TTC’s Eglinton Station.

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^ Rendering of the future facility services building on Berwick Avenue. Image: Metrolinx

The building will house a new ventilation system for the subway line. It will stand on the subway corridor, south of Berwick Avenue. The new ventilation system will extract smoke during emergencies at Eglinton Station. Fans will include acoustic dampers to reduce noise and, except for emergencies, will only during testing.

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^ A TTC subway train emerges southbound from the Berwick Portal — the site of the future facility services building. Image: Metrolinx

Due to the location of the new building, crews can only work safely while subway trains are not operating. The TTC is closing part of Line 1 to accommodate construction:

  • after 11 p.m. Friday, March 5; and
  • all day Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, Metrolinx contractors install pre-cast concrete panels and complete other architectural works for the building.

The City of Toronto is closing

  • Berwick Avenue east of Yonge Street

from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6, Sunday, March 7 and Monday, March 8

to accommodate the Metrolinx construction activity.

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For transit passengers:

  • TTC buses continue to enter and exit Eglinton Station bus terminal along Berwick from and to Yonge Street.
  • “Paid duty” Toronto Police Service officers direct buses into and out of the terminal.

For pedestrians:

  • The work zone blocks the sidewalk on the south side of Berwick west of Yonge.
  • Pedestrians may walk only on the north side. At times, pedestrians can expect contractor crews to stop of divert when a crane is operating.

For motorists:

  • The City is also temporarily prohibiting parking on Berwick.
  • You can access the parking lot for Canada Square from Duplex Avenue.
  • You can access the loading dock for #2180 Yonge Street only from Yonge Street.
  • Hillside Avenue West — one block south of Berwick — remains open to traffic between Duplex Avenue and Yonge Street, while Berwick is closed.

GO replacing some Lakeshore West trains with buses, March 12, 13, 14



During the weekend of Friday, March 12, Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14, GO Transit is suspending some evening and morning train service between Union Station and Port Credit GO Station on the Lakeshore West line “due to critical...... Read on...

During the weekend of Friday, March 12, Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14, GO Transit is suspending some evening and morning train service between Union Station and Port Credit GO Station on the Lakeshore West line “due to critical work” to upgrade its rail infrastructure.

GO says, “This construction work is part of important upgrades to aged rail infrastructure. These upgrades will improve train speeds, service life and reliability, allowing us to provide better service to you in the future.”

From late Friday evening until early Saturday morning and from late Saturday until early Sunday, GO operates express buses between Union Station Bus Terminal and Port Credit GO Station bus terminal. Trains continue to operate between Port Credit and Aldershot GO stations throughout the weekend.

Friday, March 12
  • Starting 10:30 p.m., GO is suspending train service between Port Credit and Union Station. GO buses pick up passengers at Union Station GO Bus Terminal or the bus terminal at Port Credit GO Station and operate “express” — without stopping — between the two points.
  • GO buses leave four minutes later than usual train times at Port Credit GO.
  • GO buses leave ten to 15 minutes earlier than train times at Union.
  • Trains leaving Port Credit for Aldershot leave five minutes later than usually.
Saturday, March 13
  • Trains operate with regular service from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m., GO is suspending train service between Port Credit and Union Station. GO buses pick up passengers at Union Station GO Bus Terminal or the bus terminal at Port Credit GO Station and operate “express” — without stopping — between the two points.
  • GO buses leave nine minutes later than usual train times at Port Credit GO.
  • GO buses leave ten to 15 minutes earlier than train times at Union.
  • Trains leaving Port Credit for Aldershot leave five minutes later than usually.
Sunday, March 14
  • Before 9:30 a.m., GO is suspending train service between Port Credit and Union Station. GO buses pick up passengers at Union Station GO Bus Terminal or the bus terminal at Port Credit GO Station and operate “express” — without stopping — between the two points.
  • GO buses leave nine minutes later than usual train times at Port Credit GO.
  • GO buses leave ten to 15 minutes earlier than train times at Union.
  • Trains leaving Port Credit for Aldershot leave five minutes later than usually.

If you’re transferring at Union Station between Lakeshore East and Lakeshore West trains, you may experience delays due to the schedule changes to accommodate this and another construction project along the Lakeshore East line.


Passengers with accessibility needs can access the south platform at Port Credit GO Station by using the accessibility ramp beside the passenger drop-off and pick-up area or “Kiss and Ride”.

Parking is limited at Port Credit GO Station, due to Metrolinx construction for the Hurontario light rail transit project. You can park at the previous stop on the line — at Clarkson GO Station — or the next stop — Long Branch GO Station.


GO trains don’t operate to or from Long Branch, Mimico and Exhibition GO stations:

  • after 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 12;
  • before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Saturday, March 13; and
  • before 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 14.

Passengers travelling to or from Long Branch, Mimico and Exhibition stations can board MiWay or TTC buses.


If you use the default-trip option for your PRESTO fare-card account (meaning you’ve set the card to recognize a regular trip if you always travel by train between the same stations), remember to press “override” on the PRESTO device, then tap as you would normally.


GO adjusting schedules for Lakeshore East trains, March 6 and 7



Metrolinx contractors are upgrading signal infrastructure on GO Transit’s Lakeshore East corridor this weekend. As a result, GO is temporarily adjusting its schedules for trains along the line Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7. All eastbound trains leave stations...... Read on...

Metrolinx contractors are upgrading signal infrastructure on GO Transit’s Lakeshore East corridor this weekend. As a result, GO is temporarily adjusting its schedules for trains along the line Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7.

All eastbound trains leave stations 10 minutes later than usually. Schedules on gotransit.com reflect this weekend’s temporary departure times. GO buses along the 81 Port Perry / Whitby, 88 Peterborough / Oshawa and 92 Oshawa / Yorkdale routes will wait in the terminals at Whitby and Oshawa GO stations for passengers transferring from the trains.

Durham Region Transit passengers should check schedules on-line if they plan to connect with GO trains.

The eastbound train that usually leaves Union Station at 12:45 a.m. continues to operate at its usual time.

Passengers connecting at Union Station with trains along the Lakeshore West line should also check schedules. Construction on that line this weekend may mean that trains leave Union at different times than usually. You may also have to board buses and travel to Port Credit GO Station before you can board the trains.


Queen East / George track work: TTC detour, overnight, March 3, 4



From 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 until 5 a.m. Thursday, March 4, TTC track crews are repairing a broken rail on Queen Street East, just east of George Street. Crews work only in the track area to: break and remove...... Read on...

From 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 until 5 a.m. Thursday, March 4, TTC track crews are repairing a broken rail

  • on Queen Street East, just east of George Street.

Crews work only in the track area to:

  • break and remove concrete to expose the old rail;
  • replace the old rail with a new piece of rail; and
  • place asphalt.

The TTC is detouring streetcars along these routes, while the crews work in the track area:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

The transit agency is already replacing streetcars with buses west of York Street. It’s also further detouring shuttle buses along this route during this overnight track-repair project:

It has not announced changes to the 501P Queen shuttle-bus route.


From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, the day crew starts breaking up the concrete to expose the old rail, while streetcars continue to operate through the area. After 11 p.m., while the TTC replaces the cars with buses, the night track crew cut and replace the rail. They also weld and grind the old rail. They place asphalt in the track area by 5 a.m. March 4, so that streetcar service can resume.

The work zone restricts traffic to the curb lanes in each direction. It may also block motorists from turning left onto or from Queen Street East.


Geotechnical investigations in Union Station rail corridor, starting March 4



From 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4 until 5 a.m. Friday, March 5 and continuing overnight nightly, GO Transit crews are investigating underground conditions in the Union Station rail corridor between York and Bay Streets, as part of the Union Station...... Read on...

From 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4 until 5 a.m. Friday, March 5 and continuing overnight nightly, GO Transit crews are investigating underground conditions in the Union Station rail corridor between York and Bay Streets, as part of the Union Station Enhancement Project. The project includes building a southern passenger concourse and improving platforms.

Overnight work is necessary during this phase of the project, as crews cannot work safely, while trains are active and operating during the day.

You may notice the crews working on the southernmost track, while you wait for trains on nearby platforms 26 and 27. GO says, “We are doing this work to plan for future improvements at your station. This will not affect how you get on the GO.”

Geotechnical investigations in the Union Station rail corridor continue nightly until March 8 (5 a.m.)

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Agincourt GO Station: Temporary pedestrian detour, starting March 8



Metrolinx continues to update amenities, enhance accessibility and make accessing services at Agincourt GO Station easier and more convenient, as part of the GO Expansion Program. Starting “the week of” Monday, March 8, GO Transit is closing the pedestrian track-crossing...... Read on...

Metrolinx continues to update amenities, enhance accessibility and make accessing services at Agincourt GO Station easier and more convenient, as part of the GO Expansion Program.


Starting “the week of” Monday, March 8, GO Transit is closing the pedestrian track-crossing and pathway connecting Marilyn Avenue and the intersection of Lockie Avenue with Agincourt Drive to accommodate construction at Agincourt GO Station. Directional signs guide you around the work zone along a temporary pedestrian detour.

Construction at Agincourt GO Station blocks the pedestrian pathway between Marilyn and Lockie Avenues “approximately one week”, meaning as late as until March 19.


Since Monday, January 25, GO has closed the station building and opened a temporary passenger trailer with washrooms.

Since Monday, January 11, it has also relocated the PRESTO fare machines near the platform next to the trailer.

Since February, GO has been demolishing the station building to accommodate construction work on the north side of the platform and the new station building. GO is demolishing the building because it conflicts with part of the west-side train platform that is currently under construction.

By the end of this project, the contractors will have built a new station building, a second platform and new pedestrian tunnels with elevators. Construction at Agincourt GO Station continues until “later this year”, meaning as late as until December 31.

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Since Wednesday, December 23, 2020, GO has temporarily changed how you access the station to accommodate ongoing construction activities to build a new station structure.

GO extended the construction zone beside the station building westward to include part of the central parking lot. Crews have set up a temporary pedestrian pathway and crossing from the Dowry Street entry to the current GO Station building and platform. They also set up a pathway to connect pedestrians from Dowry Street to the Sheppard Avenue East entry.

Construction signs are in place to direct pedestrians to access the GO Station and these temporary pedestrian pathways.


Since Saturday, August 19, 2020 GO has opened a temporary south platform. It also closed the north platform and north walkway for construction.

Two new entrances safely lead you to the new platform - one is near the station building and another farther south, giving you direct access to the platform from the parking lot.

Not all doors on your train will open at Agincourt. If you’re unsure, check the graphic in this post or ask a Customer Service Ambassador for help. You may have to adjust where you normally board your train. Some coaches won’t open from outside of the train. Spread out along the platform and keep the accessibility coach available for those who need it most. Agincourt Graphic_ENG.png

The new platform means a shorter walk from the bus loop and parking lot to where you board your train. GO is also temporarily relocating accessible parking to the north parking lot.

GO says, as work progresses, you can expect more changes to the parking lots. However, the current number of parking spaces will remain the same.

When crews have finished working on the south side of the platform and installed the first tunnel and elevator, they’ll start working on the north side of the station. Door restrictions will also change then.


Crews continue building a new canopy structure over the Sheppard Avenue East staircase at the station.

“Until May 2021” (meaning as late as until May 31), GO is closing the staircase and the north sidewalk on Sheppard East between the signalized intersection at the entrance of the Agincourt GO Station and the rail line. The south sidewalk is open at all times. Once construction is complete, the staircase and the sidewalk will be re-opened to pedestrians.


When construction ends, you’ll benefit from:

  • a new station building that will be LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified;
  • a new passenger pick-up and drop-off area (or “Kiss and Ride”);
  • a new second track and platform;
  • a renovated original platform;
  • two new pedestrian tunnels with elevators;
  • canopies and integrated shelters on the platforms to protect you from the elements;
  • a better connection to Sheppard Avenue East at the south end of the platforms; and
  • more landscaping.

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^ Rendering of the future Agincourt GO Station building. Image: Metrolinx


Metrolinx and GO plan to accommodate more passengers and increase service along the Stouffville line, as part of their GO Expansion Program (formerly “regional express rail”).


Subway closes early, March 1 to 4: Finch to Eglinton



The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University between Finch and Eglinton stations earlier than usually Monday, March 1 until Thursday, March 4. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Eglinton stations after 11 p.m....... Read on...

2021 - 03-01 - Finch to Eglinton.jpgThe TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University between Finch and Eglinton stations earlier than usually Monday, March 1 until Thursday, March 4. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Eglinton stations after 11 p.m. those days.

Shuttle buses partly replace subway service, dropping off or picking up passengers at stops on Yonge Street near stations on the closed section of the line. TTC staff are available in each station to direct you to shuttle-bus stops.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)


Although shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans is also available for passengers. Ask TTC staff in each station for help or information about Wheel-Trans service.


Most stations on the closed section of the subway line remain open so you can pay for fares or connect with TTC buses and Line 4 Sheppard subway trains. However, North York Centre Station is closed. Note also that the TTC is temporarily closing exits / entrances at three stations:

  • At Sheppard - Yonge Station, it is temporarily closing the automatic entrance / exits on Yonge Street at Poyntz Avenue and Anndale Drive. You can use all other exits / entrances at the station.
  • At York Mills Station, it is temporarily closing the Old York Mills Road entrance / exit. Enter or exit the station in the York Mills Centre or Yonge Corporate Centre or at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Wilson Avenue.
  • At Lawrence Station, it’s closing the entrances / exits at Bedford Park and Ranleigh Avenues. Enter or exit the station on Yonge Street at Lawrence Avenues East and West.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tunnel, signals and tracks in the subway corridor.

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 [signal] upgrades.”


The TTC is closing this section of Line 1 three more times this month:

  • Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7 — Finch to St Clair — tunnel and signal upgrades.
  • Monday, March 8 until Thursday, March 11 — Finch to Eglinton — close early — tunnel and signal upgrades.
  • Sunday, March 14 — Sheppard - Yonge to Bloor — automatic train control installation.

Centennial GO Station: Bike shelter unavailable, starting March 1



Starting Monday, March 1, GO Transit construction, temporarily blocks access to the bike shelter at Centennial GO Station. The shelter is unavailable “for approximately one week”, meaning as late as until March 8....... Read on...

Starting Monday, March 1, GO Transit construction, temporarily blocks access to the bike shelter at Centennial GO Station.

The shelter is unavailable “for approximately one week”, meaning as late as until March 8.


Brampton Transit revises services, starting March 1



Starting Monday, January 4 Brampton Transit is revising its services, it says, “to efficiently move people around the city.” The transit agency continues to reduce service levels along many routes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trinity Common Terminal remains closed....... Read on...

Starting Monday, January 4 Brampton Transit is revising its services, it says, “to efficiently move people around the city.”

The transit agency continues to reduce service levels along many routes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trinity Common Terminal remains closed.


Brampton Transit continues to operate buses along these routes:

  • 1 Queen;
  • 2 Main;
  • 3 / 3A Chinguacousy;
  • 4 / 4A McLaughlin;
  • 5 / 5A Bovaird;
  • 6 James Potter;
  • 7 / 7A Kennedy;
  • 8 Centre;
  • 9 Vodden;
  • 10 South Industrial;
  • 11 / 11A Steeles;
  • 12 Grenoble;
  • 13 Avondale;
  • 14 / 14A Torbram;
  • 15 / 15A Bramalea;
  • 16 Southgate;
  • 17 Howden;
  • 18 Dixie;
  • 19 Fernforest;
  • 20 / 20A East Industrial;
  • 23 Sandalwood;
  • 24 Van Kirk;
  • 26 Mount Pleasant;
  • 27 Robert Parkinson;
  • 29 / 29A Williams;
  • 30 Airport Road;
  • 31 McVean;
  • 32 Father Tobin;
  • 35 Clarkway;
  • 50 / 50A Gore Road;
  • 51 Hereford;
  • 53 Ray Lawson;
  • 54 County Court;
  • 56 Kingknoll;
  • 57 Charolais;
  • 60 Mississauga Road;
  • 115 Airport express;
  • 501 Züm Queen;
  • 502 Züm Main;
  • 505 Züm Bovaird; and
  • 511 / 511A / 511C Züm Steeles.

Starting March 1, it’s adjusting service along these routes:

  • 2 Main - Weekday, Saturday and Sunday schedules;
  • 6 James Potter - Weekday and Saturday schedules;
  • 11 Steeles - Weekday schedules;
  • 12 Grenoble - Weekday schedules;
  • 15 Bramalea - Weekday schedules;
  • 16 Southgate - Weekday schedules;
  • 24 Vankirk - Weekday schedules;
  • 25 Edenbrook - Weekday schedules; and
  • 29 Williams - Weekday, Saturday and Sunday schedules.

BT continues to cancel service along these routes:

  • 18B Dixie (18 Dixie still available);
  • 21 Heart Lake (except for extra service to and from a high school;
  • 36 Gardenbrooke;
  • 40 Central Industrial;
  • 92 Bramalea GO;
  • 104 Chinguacousy express;
  • 185 Dixie express;
  • 199 UTM express;
  • 501A / 501C Züm Queen (501 Züm Queen still available); and
  • 561 Züm Queen West.

BT resumed extra service for passengers travelling to and from high schools, starting Monday, February 22 along these routes:

  • 9 Vodden;
  • 21 Heart Lake;
  • 32 Father Tobin;
  • 55 Elbern Markell;
  • 57 Charolais;
  • 200 Turner Fenton iRide high-school special;
  • 201 Mayfield iRide high-school special;
  • 202 Mayfield iRide high-school special;
  • 203 Mayfield iRide high-school special;
  • 204 Mayfield iRide high-school special;
  • 205 St. Thomas Aquinas iRide high-school special;
  • 206 St. Augustine iRide high-school special;
  • 207 Mayfield iRide high-school special;
  • 208 Mayfield iRide high-school special;
  • 209 St. Augustine iRide high-school special;
  • 211 Chinguacousy iRide high-school special;
  • 212 St. Roch iRide high-school special;
  • 213 St. Edmund Campion iRide high-school special;
  • 214 Cardinal Ambrozic iRide high-school special;
  • 215 St. Thomas Aquinas iRide high-school special;
  • 216 *David Suzuki iRide high-school special; and
  • 217 St. Thomas Aquinas iRide high-school special.

Previous Transit Toronto posts outlining how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Brampton Transit services:


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