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Spadina track repairs: Buses replace streetcars north of Queens Quay, overnight, June 22 to 24



The TTC has announced that it is repairing tracks on Spadina Avenue or Lower Spadina Avenue — likely south of King Street West — overnight this week, , streetcars along these routes operate only between Spadina / Queens Quay Loop...... Read on...

The TTC has announced that it is repairing tracks on Spadina Avenue or Lower Spadina Avenue — likely south of King Street West — overnight this week,

, streetcars along these routes operate only between Spadina / Queens Quay Loop and Union Station:

  • 310 Spadina overnight; and
  • 510 Spadina.

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Shuttle buses replace the cars north of Queens Quay West.

Track repairs on Spadina or Lower Spadina Avenue and the resulting TTC detours continue until June 24 (4 a.m.)


Pickering GO Station: Another staircase closed, starting June 21



Metrolinx continues working to enhance Pickering GO Station, as part of the GO Expansion Program. Starting Monday, June 21, [GO Transit](http://www.gotransit.com/ is updating the staircase between the station building and platform 3. You can still access platform 3 from an...... Read on...

Metrolinx continues working to enhance Pickering GO Station, as part of the GO Expansion Program.


Starting Monday, June 21, [GO Transit](http://www.gotransit.com/ is updating the staircase between the station building and platform 3. You can still access platform 3 from an alternate staircase.

Crews work Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The work zone does not restrict access to the train platforms.

Platform-3 staircase construction at Pickering GO Station continues until June 23.


Since Friday, May 21, GO has been updating and replacing the staircases in the east tunnel.

GO is closing each staircase in phases, maintaining access to the platform from an alternate staircase.

Upgrading the staircases in the east tunnel of Pickering GO Station continues until July 6.


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


Bloomington GO Station opens June 28



^ Image, Metrolinx. Metrolinx and GO Transit are opening the new Bloomington GO Station Monday, June 28. has announced the official opening date of Bloomington Station. The new station extends GO’s Richmond Hill line by one stop — about...... Read on...

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^ Image, Metrolinx.

Metrolinx and GO Transit are opening the new Bloomington GO Station Monday, June 28. has announced the official opening date of Bloomington Station. The new station extends GO’s Richmond Hill line by one stop — about five kilometres further northward beyond Gormley GO Station.

Metrolinx has built the new transit hub near Highway 404 and Bloomington Road as part of the GO Expansion program. GO trains drop off or pick up passengers at the station Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and by buses along the 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto route during other times Mondays to Fridays.

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^ A look inside the station, with a lot of glass and views to spare. Image, Metrolinx.

The station features:

  • 12-car platform with heated shelters and a snow-melt system;
  • A bus loop with six bus bays for GO Transit and any future local transit connections;
  • Large modern waiting areas with plenty of natural lighting and views;
  • Bike parking with quick access to the platform;
  • Easy access from Highway 404 for dropping off and picking up passengers;
  • 238 surface parking spots;
  • A three-level parking structure with 760 more parking spots. The structure includes a car-counting system to help passengers locate available parking spots faster; and
  • Accessible, well-lit ramps throughout the structure and two elevators to allow passengers access to every level of the station.

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^ The station atrium. Image, Metrolinx.

The entrance waiting area is 62 square metres (668 square feet) and has a large glass roof atrium that allows for plenty of natural lighting. Elevators and accessible ramps throughout the building allow passengers to easily navigate all four levels of the station.

Metrolinx designed the station to achieve LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Gold certification. LEED is a world-wide green building certification program. The roof has solar panels to help generate electricity and the station uses low-energy LED (light-emitting diode) lights - one of the features that helps reduce the overall carbon footprint. Metrolinx has also incorporated a storm-water management system - the building collects water, which the transit agency then reuses around the site.

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^ The solar system on the station’s roof will provide most of the station’s power during summer and offset some of the power needs during winter. Image, Nitish Bissonauth.

According to Metrolinx, “The station is meant to optimize… space… while minimizing footprint. By incorporating a multi-level parking structure, [we were] able to minimize the disruption to the surrounding ecology, preserving significant wetlands and a pond within the station site.”

Metrolinx says that, since the station is in Ontario’s Greenbelt, it’s surrounded by significant wildlife, which includes frogs. The transit agency has thought about the frogs’ commute by keeping migration paths open and creating a special underground crossing from the pond to nearby wetlands.

Metrolinx procured the Bloomington GO project using a “design, bid, build delivery model. It awarded the $82.4M contract to Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. in December 2016. Construction at the station started in early spring 2017.


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


Sources:

  • Metrolinx News blog post, “Metrolinx announces official opening date for Bloomington GO Station”, by Nitish Bissonauth, Metrolinx bilingual spokesperson, media relations and issues specialist, here.
  • Government of Ontario news release, “Ontario to Officially Open New Bloomington GO Station”, here.

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^ Train platform at Bloomington GO Station. Image, Metrolinx.


TTC and partners host virtual meeting on Waterfront East LRT project, June 21



The City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto and the TTC are hosting a virtual meeting tonight, Monday, June 21 to consult with members of the public on the Waterfront East light rail transit project. The meeting takes place from 7 until...... Read on...

The City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto and the TTC are hosting a virtual meeting tonight, Monday, June 21 to consult with members of the public on the Waterfront East light rail transit project.

The meeting takes place from 7 until 9 p.m. You must register to attend the event.

Join the meeting online through Zoom.

Or, join by phone: 1-647-374-4685
Webinar ID: 629 9971 2910
Passcode: 8255128245

If you can’t attend this meeting, the project team will share meeting notes and a recording. You can also contact the project team with any comments or questions you have.


During the event, you can learn more about ongoing work for the LRT extension, including:

  • early designs for extending Queens Quay East between Parliament Street and Distillery Loop, including options for crossing under the rail corridor at Cherry Street;
  • the design of the surface section of the LRT and Queens Quay East streetscape, including an update on the Yonge Street Slip;
  • the design of the underground section of the LRT between Union Station and the proposed portal on Queens Quay East and a new design concept plan for Bay Street after completing underground construction;
  • project phasing and implementation
  • the upcoming transit project assessment process (TPAP) for the project
  • feedback from the February consultations.

Single-track subway operation, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to Pioneer Village, June 21 to 24



Late nights Monday, June 21 until Thursday, June 24, Line 1 Yonge - University subway trains in both directions operate along the southbound tracks only between Vaughan Metropolitan and Pioneer Village stations, while TTC crews repair a leak on...... Read on...

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Late nights Monday, June 21 until Thursday, June 24, Line 1 Yonge - University subway trains in both directions operate along the southbound tracks only between Vaughan Metropolitan and Pioneer Village stations, while TTC crews repair a leak on the northbound tracks. Regular service resumes by 6 a.m. each morning.

(Since the single-track operation occurs after midnight each night, technically, the closure is from Tuesday, June 22 until Friday, June 25.)

During single-track operation, both south- and northbound trains alternate along the northbound tracks.

Passengers must board northbound trains on the southbound platforms at Pioneer Village and Highway 407 stations. You may also have to wait for trains longer than usually.


Subway closes early, June 21 to 24: Sheppard - Yonge to Bloor



The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Sheppard - Yonge and Bloor stations earlier than usually Monday, June 21 until Thursday, June 24. Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Sheppard - Yonge stations...... Read on...

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The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Sheppard - Yonge and Bloor stations earlier than usually Monday, June 21 until Thursday, June 24. Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Sheppard - Yonge stations and between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Bloor stations after 11 p.m. those days.

Shuttle buses partly replace subway service. The buses drop off or pick up passengers on the street near stations 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 2 Bloor - Danforth and Line 4 Sheppard trains. However, Summerhill Station is closed.

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

  • 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, TTC crews are testing the automatic train control (ATC) signalling system in the subway corridor.

The TTC says that “The existing signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment, much of which is over 60 years old, need replacing as their failure significantly impacts service. Once Automatic Train Control is fully installed and operational, [passengers] will see improved frequency of subway service, less crowding and greater reliability of the signal system.”

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 ATC signal upgrades.”


Subway opens late, June 20, Broadview to St George



The TTC is delaying the start of service along Line 2 Bloor - Danforth between Broadview and St George stations this Sunday, June 20. All Line 2 trains operate only between Kennedy and Broadview stations and between Kipling and...... Read on...

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The TTC is delaying the start of service along Line 2 Bloor - Danforth between Broadview and St George stations this Sunday, June 20. All Line 2 trains operate only between Kennedy and Broadview stations and between Kipling and St George stations before noon that day.

Shuttle buses partially replace subway service between the two stations, stopping on the street near stations on the closed section of the line.

Most stations on the closed section of Line 2 remain open so you can pay for fares or connect with buses, streetcars and Line 1 Yonge - University subway trains. However, Sherbourne and Bay stations are closed before noon.

Although shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans service is also available between Broadview and St George stations. Ask staff in each station for information about Wheel-Trans service.


While this section of Line 2 is closed, City of Toronto contractors work under the Prince Edward Viaduct to replace beams.


Conlin East Oshawa construction: DRT detour, starting June 20



Starting 7 a.m. Monday, June 21, the City of Oshawa is closing Conlin Road East between Riverton Street and Wilson Road North to accommodate contractors who are installing deep sanitary sewers for a new development. Durham Region Transit is detouring...... Read on...

Starting 7 a.m. Monday, June 21, the City of Oshawa is closing

  • Conlin Road East between Riverton Street and Wilson Road North

to accommodate contractors who are installing deep sanitary sewers for a new development.

Durham Region Transit is detouring buses along these routes, while the street is closed:

  • 405 Wilson; and
  • 980 Late night.

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Construction on Conlin Road East and the resulting DRT detours continue until June 25.


No subway service, June 19, 20: Finch to St Clair



All day Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, the TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Finch and St Clair stations. Line 1 trains operate only between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations those days....... Read on...

All day Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, the TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Finch and St Clair stations. Line 1 trains operate only between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations those days.

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 stations 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 or GO Transit and York Region Transit buses. 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 tracks and signals 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 state of good repair work as well as… signal upgrades.”


The TTC is closing this section of Line 1 once more in June:


Weekend events affect transit services, June 19, 20



Special events affecting transit services this weekend — Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 — take place in the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes and Toronto....... Read on...

Special events affecting transit services this weekend — Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 — take place in the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes and Toronto.


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