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"Transit Options for Scarborough":
Panel discussion, March 27



Scarborough Transit Action and Scarborough Residents Unite are hosting a panel discussion on transit options for Scarborough, this Monday, March 27.

Panelists include:

  • Councillor Paul Ainslie, councillor for Ward 43 and an advocate for light rail transit;
  • Councllor Glenn de Baermaeker, councillor for Ward 38 and an advocate for a subway;
  • Tricia Wood, urban geography professor at York University and transit columnist for Torontoist;
  • Michael Collins, researcher with the City Institute at York University and a Master in Environmental Studies concentrating on planning for sustainability and equitability in public transportation.

Moderator: Glynn Bowering, managing editor for Spacing and host of Spacing Radio.

The event takes place in Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Road, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 27.


Getting there by public transit:

  • Westbound TTC buses operating along the 86 Scarborough, 116 Morningside or 198 U of T Scarborough rocket routes to Eglinton Avenue East and Markham Road. Cross Eglinton East at the signal and continue walking southward along the east side of Markham to Kingston Road and the recreation centre. Or, cross Markham at the signal to the northwest corner and board a southbound bus operating along the 102 Markham Rd route.
  • Eastbound TTC buses operating along the 86 Scarborough, 116 Morningside or 198 U of T Scarborough rocket routes to Eglinton Avenue East and Markham Road. Cross Markham at the signal and continue walking southward along the east side of Markham to Kingston Road and the recreation centre. Or, cross Eglinton East at the signal to the northwest corner and board a southbound bus operating along the 102 Markham Rd route.
  • Southbound buses operating along the 102 Markham Rd route to Markham and Kingston Road. Cross Markham at the signal to the northeast corner and the recreation centre.
  • Northbound buses operating along the 102 Markham Rd route to Markham Road just north of Kingston Road, beside the recreation centre.


In the news: Saturday, March 25, 2017



Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • Beach Metro News article, “Deja Views for March 7, 2017”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The lost beauty of the TTC’s original colour scheme”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “Roncesvalles braces for more streetcar construction”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “With transit tax credit gone, Sousa vows to ‘provide support’ for transit”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “David Miller believes Scarborough subway will never be built”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Mayor Tory vows Scarborough subway will be built, despite what David Miller says”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Federal budget includes billions for housing and transit in Toronto”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Bob Kinnear quits as head of TTC union after bitter fight”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, ” Metrolinx, Bombardier in court over light-rail contract”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “TTC not ready to commit to driverless buses”, here.
  • CodeRedTO.com post, “New Pembina Institure report on succcess factors for rapid transit projects”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Scarborough councillors urge residents to ‘stand up’ for subway”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC chair concerned that elimination of public transit tax credit may hurt ridership”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Kinnear resigns after power struggle at ATU Local 113”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map post, “Dude, Why a Bus Map?”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map post, “Map 1.0”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map post, “We have fired up conversation!”, here
  • Eyeopener article, “How the federal budget will affect you”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Downtown Toronto, Scarborough councillors face off over Bloor - Danforth subway extension”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Judge questions Metrolinx’s urgency to cancel Bombardier contract”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Time is of the essence in Eglinton Crosstown LRT fight”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Bombardier says cancelling Toronto rail deal would cause ‘irreparable’ harm”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Did Trudeau’s budget just sock it to transit riders?”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “TTC union head Bob Kinnear resigns amid power struggle”, here.
  • insauga post, “Federal Budget Cancels Public Transit Tax Credit in Mississauga and Canada”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com column, “EDGES OF TORONTO: Marching for a Scarborough subway, promises in hand”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Pro-LRT groups challenge Scarborough subway supports to defend plan”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “Schedulers keep TTC on the move”, here.
  • InsideToronto.com article, “New Presto gates being installed at Vic Park Station”, here.
  • Marshall’s Musings post, “A better Hurontario Street”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Budget 2017: Liberals to cut tax credit for public transit passes”, here.
  • Metro Toronto column, “Federal budget makes transit more expensive and that’s not what Toronto needs”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Transit advocates worry about Metropass costs”, here.
  • Mississauga News article, “Metrolinx pressing 905 transit agencies for more dough to run Presto”, here.
  • Mobile Syrup post, “Freedom Mobile expands wireless service to 14 new TTC subway stations”, here
  • National Observer article, “It will take Canada a decade to build world-class public transit in its cities, budget says”, here.
  • rabble.ca post, “In a city of side hustles, sting of transit credit cut hurts precarious workers most”, here.
  • Railway Technology post, “IO, Metrolinx seek parties for Lakeshore East-East Corridor expansion project”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Can we save the tax credit for public transit?”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “On Sunday, some douchebag punched a GO bus operator. On Tuesday, said douchebag was found and arrested”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “Are you sitting down? Good. What I’m about to tell you might shock you. You are not the most important person on the train”, here.
  • Spacing Toronto editorial, “It’s time to stop the Scarborough subway”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “Scarborough’s New / Old Transit Map”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Many SmartTrack Stations Will Survive? (I)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “”How Many SmartTrack Stations Will Survive? (II)”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “How Many SmartTrack Stations Will Survive? (III)”, here.
  • Talk Radio AM640 report, “Federal Budget 2017: End of transit tax credit brings mixed emotions in Ontario”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Fewer People Using Transit and More Cars on the Road Would Be Outcome of SmartTrack, Says Metrolinx Study”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Federal Budget Demands Transit Users Pay More”, here.
  • Toronto Observer post, “Bob Kinnear steps down as head of TTC union”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bombardier failed to meet LRV contract, Metrolinx argues in court”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Subway, not LRT plan, only option for Scarborough: Colle”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Council deserves all the facts over clashing Scarborough LRT reports, Matlow says”, here.
  • Toronto Star column, “How to turn around the Scarborough subway’s dead end”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Council’s flip-flop on Scarborough subway wreaked havoc on Metrolinx order, claims Bombardier”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Transit advocates, residents plan panel on future of Scarborough transit”, here.+ Toronto Star article, “Toronto still more than $7 billion short for transit projects even after federal budget funding”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Transit users lose tax break on monthly passes in federal budget”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Killing the transit tax credit catches riders off guard and could hurt the TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Bus and streetcar safety plan is saving lives, TTC says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC ridership is lower than expected for January and February”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC employees at risk after policy change, union says”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “TTC bus driver retires after 42 years on the road”, here.
  • Toronto Star report, “TTC report looks at the impact of driverless buses”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Woman accused of buying TTC tokens with forged credit cards”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Scarborough councillors urge residents to stand up for ‘better transit’”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Time to stand up for transit expansion in Toronto: Mayor John Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Mayor Tory says federal budget benefits Toronto”, here.
  • Toronto Sun editorial, “What happened to our ‘green’ PM?”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Tax credit decision could have major impact on TTC riders”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Your turn, Wynne: Mayor Tory”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Budget maintains ‘status quo’: Sousa”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “TTC keeping ‘close eye’ on low ridership numbers”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Bob Kinnear resigns as head of TTC union”, here.
  • South Bayview Bulldog post, “Eglinton LRT Station will sit to the west of Canada Square”, here.
  • TTCriders.ca post, “Federal budget punishes most loyal TTC riders. Is that you?”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “407 Transitway: The Northern GTA;s Express Bus Corridor”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Photo of the Day: Symmetrical Tracks”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Toronto’s Housing Crisis: Impacts on Transportation & Transit”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Highway 427 Expansion: $616M Design-Build Contract Signed”, here.
  • Wired post, “Keep riding the subway by all means, but know it’s not as green as you think”, here.
  • Yahoo News post, “The Weeknd, Future pose on Toronto subway for music video”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com editorial, “Transit requires big picture planning”, here.
  • YorkRegion.com article, “New GO station extends Richmond Hill line to Bloomington and Highway 404”, here.
Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe


Weekend events affect transit services, March 26



In Toronto, events, festivals, road races or parades occur most weekends from early April until late October, generally resulting in the City closing streets and the TTC detouring transit services.

The Greek Independence Day Parade affects Toronto transit services this weekend, while the festival (and road race!) season has already started elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as the Around the Bay Road Race blocks the streets of Burlington and, especially, Hamilton.



TTC revises routes and services, starting March 26



The TTC is making fairly minor changes to its services, starting Sunday, March 27.

In particular, it’s reorganizing the various branches of the 73 Royal York route, to operate extra rush-hour service further north along the route.

It’s also revising service levels along three streetcar routes to continue to provide a reliable service during upcoming construction projects (although it also cancelled one of those projects after it drew up the schedules for this service period.


  • TTC: “Service Changes”, here.
  • TTC: “Service Summary, February 12, 2017 to March 25, 2017”, here. (.pdf)
  • TTC: “Service Summary, March 26, 2017 to May 6, 2017”, here. (.pdf)
  • Steve Munro: “TTC Service Changes, Effective March 26, 2017”, here.
  • Triplinx.


Bay Street hydro work:
TTC detours, March 25, 26



The City of Toronto is closing

  • Bay Street, southbound lanes, between Front Street West and Queens Quay West

all day Saturday and continuing overnight to early Sunday morning to accommodate Toronto Hydro crews who are working on the street.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes, while the lanes are closed:

  • 6 Bay;
  • 320 Yonge overnight.

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Wellesley Street West crane activity:
TTC detour, March 25



The City of Toronto is closing

  • Wellesley Street West between Bay and Yonge Streets

Saturday morning, afternoon and early evening as crews lift a crane at a construction site.

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

  • 94 Wellesley.

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HSR revises services, March 27



The Hamilton Street Railway makes very minor changes to its services, starting Monday, March 27.



Eglinton - Crosstown LRT -- Yonge / Eglinton:
TTC evening and overnight detours, March 22 / 23



eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors continue working to build the future Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line.

The contractors have removed one of two tunnel-boring machines from an extraction shaft on Eglinton Avenue East at Holly Street.

Tonight, Wednesday, March 22, crews operate a crane to lift parts of the machine onto a truck to haul them away to storage.

The City of Toronto is closing

  • Eglinton Avenue East between Dunfield Avenue and Holly Street

from 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, to accommodate the evening work.

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

  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 51 Leslie;
  • 54 Lawrence East;
  • 56 Leaside;
  • 332 Eglinton West overnight;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight; and
  • 354 Lawrence East overnight.

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Most of these buses are already detouring to accommodate other work on the project.



Eglinton - Crosstown LRT: "Tele Town Halls":
March 20 to April 18



eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors continue working to build the future Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line.

Starting tonight, Monday, March 20, the Crosstown team is hosting four “tele town halls”. (These events complement an ongoing series of station open houses.) These live and interactive phone meetings are similar to radio call-in shows. The tele town halls provide you and other residents living near the Eglinton corridor the opportunity to join the conversation to ask the team questions about the project.

If you live in these areas, the team will be calling you, and if you’d like to participate or listen in, all you have to do is stay on the line when they call.

If you are interested in participating, but don’t have a landline, you can still join. Connect to the call from your cellular phone by dialing 1-877-229-8493, ID Code: 112697 at 7 p.m. each of the four evenings. Alternatively, you can tune into The Crosstown Facebook page to link to a web audio stream.



Toronto Transit Commission meets, March 22



The Toronto Transit Commission meets this Wednesday, March 22 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.