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Toronto Transit Planning Projects to Improve Transit: Public Meetings June 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 2015

Image: Courtesy Metrolinx
Image: Courtesy Metrolinx

This video presents Planning for the Relief Line:

  • The City of Toronto and the TTC are planning for the “Relief Line”, a future rapid transit line that would connect downtown Toronto to the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River.
  • It will assist in relieving crowding on the Yonge Subway line and the Bloor-Yonge interchange station as well as provide riders with more travel options.

The City of Toronto, Metrolinx (an agency of the Government of Ontario) and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working together on the following related transit planning initiatives to help improve the transit network in Toronto as well as  integrate connections between existing transit lines and future projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area in Canada:

"Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along All Corridors" Courtesy Government of Ontario
“Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along All Corridors” Courtesy Government of Ontario

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The Big Move: Investment Strategy Infographic. Courtesy Metrolinx
The Big Move: Investment Strategy Infographic. Courtesy Metrolinx
  • SmartTrack (including the Eglinton West Corridor)

    • The SmartTrack concept builds on the provincial GO Regional Express Rail initiative.
    • It proposes a 53-kilometre, all-day, two-way, frequent service operating within two GO Rail corridors (Kitchener and Stouffville/Lakeshore East) and a new heavy rail corridor to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre.
City of Toronto Planning Map of GO RER and Smart Track: Courtesy City of Toronto
City of Toronto Planning Map of GO RER and Smart Track: Courtesy City of Toronto
  • Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE)

    • To replace the aging Scarborough Rapid Transit  (SRT) line, this new line (SSE) extends the Bloor-Danforth line from Kennedy Station to Sheppard Avenue with at least three new stations, helping to make the subway network more accessible to Scarborough residents, and improve transit accessibility for residents across the City to important destinations in Scarborough.
    • Also, this line will eliminate the need to transfer at Kennedy Station.
Planning map of Scarborough Subway Extension: All station location and alignment options being considered are located within the study area: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission
Planning map of Scarborough Subway Extension: All station location and alignment options being considered are located within the study area: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission
  • Relief Line

    • The City of Toronto, in partnership with the TTC, are studying options for a new rapid transit line connecting the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway (Line 1) downtown, travelling east and north to meet the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) somewhere between Broadview and Coxwell.
Planning map of Relief Line: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission
Planning map of Relief Line: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto’s City Planning Division, Metrolinx and the TTC will host the following joint public information sessions on these transit planning initiatives:

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TTC Relief Line’s Station Locations to Connect Line 1 to Line 2: Public Meetings Mar.9 & 12, 2015

Image extracted from video below
Image extracted from video below

This video presents Planning for the Relief Line.

  • The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are planning for the “Relief Line”, a future rapid transit line that would connect downtown Toronto to the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River.
  • It will assist in relieving crowding on the Yonge Subway line and the Bloor-Yonge interchange station as well as provide riders with more travel options.

The Relief Line is a new rapid transit line that would connect Line 1 Yonge-University in downtown Toronto to Line 2 Bloor-Danforth east of the Don River in Toronto, Ontario, Canada .

The City, TTC and Metrolinx have identified capacity issues bringing people to and from work in the downtown core. Union Station and the Bloor-Yonge interchange currently experience extreme congestion at times, and even with planned operational and equipment improvements, both will be over capacity in the next 15 years or so. A new rapid transit line is an option to provide relief to both Bloor/Yonge and Union Stations to help maintain access into downtown.

The City of Toronto, in collaboration with TTC and Metrolinx, are studying options for a new rapid transit line connecting the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway downtown, travelling east and north to meet the Bloor-Danforth Subway somewhere between Broadview and Coxwell.

Relief Line Study Area map
Relief Line Study Area map
  • The eastern section of the Relief Line between Downtown and the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River would provide the greatest and most immediate impact to relieving overcrowding on the Yonge Subway.
  • Riders west of Yonge Street already have the option of the University line to travel into the downtown.
  • The first phase of the proposed new line would offer the same service to riders from the east and north, including East York, Scarborough, and parts of North York and the former City of Toronto.
  • Potential future phases of the Relief Line can include extensions west from the central business district to Bloor-Danforth Subway somewhere between Lansdowne and Keele as well as North from the Bloor-Danforth Subway to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in the vicinity of Don Mills Road. These extensions have not yet been studied.

The City and TTC are specifically looking for feedback at this time on:

  • potential station area options between downtown and the Danforth, east of the Don River, and
  • evaluation criteria that will be used to determine the preferred route and station locations.

You will have the opportunity to learn more about the study and provide feedback at the following identical public meetings:

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You’re Invited: Toronto 2015 Budget Meeting Feb.2 & 3 + TTC 2015-2024 Budget Meeting Feb.2, 2015

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Image extracted from video below.

TTC 2015-2024 Budget Meeting on Feb.2, 2015

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will hold a special Board meeting on the 2015 TTC Wheel-Trans and Operating budgets and the 2015-2024 TTC Capital budget.

  • The meeting will take place on Monday, February 2, 9:30 a.m., Toronto City Hall, Committee Room # 2.
  • The meeting is open to the public.
  • This meeting will deal with the following items:
  1. 2015 TTC and Wheel-Trans Operating Budgets
  2. 2015-2024 TTC Capital Budget

This video presents The Toronto 2015 Budget will #getTOmoving.

Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle recently announced a $95 million investment that will “significantly expand and enhance transit service, reduce wait times and crowding, and make using the TTC more affordable for families by eliminating fares for children 12 years and under.”

  • To help balance the TTC budget, Mayor Tory asked the City to increase the TTC’s subsidy to nearly $479 million, an increase of more than $38 million from 2014. Effective March 1, as well, a 10-cent proportionate fare increase will apply to all TTC fares except for cash fares, investing an additional $43 million in revenue to pay for new services that will meet an increasing ridership, estimated to be 545 million in 2015.

These new investments will provide the following enhanced services to Toronto commuters:

  • Restoration of all day, everyday bus service that was cut in 2011.
  • Ten-minute or better bus and streetcar service on key routes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. six days a week (9 a.m. on Sundays).
  • Reduced wait times and crowding at off-peak times.
  • Reduced wait times and crowding on 21 of the busiest routes during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Proof-of-payment and all-door boarding on all streetcar routes.
  • Expansion of the Express Bus network, adding four new routes to a network that serves 34 million rides annually.
  • Expanding the Blue Night Network, adding 12 routes to the 22-route network that serves 4 million rides annually.
  • Adding up to two additional subway trains on Lines 1 and 2 during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Route management improvements designed to reduce short-turns, bunching and gapping of bus and streetcar routes.
  • Additional resources to focus on subway reliability around signals, track and communications systems.
  • 50 new buses and a temporary storage facility to allow for the Express Bus network expansion, reduction of wait times and crowding on some peak-period routes, as well as the need for spare buses during maintenance.

Timing of the introduction of additional service, as well as the restoration of service, is being developed by staff. Financial details of the new services will be detailed in the February 2 budget report to the TTC board.

Please click here to read the Agenda and Reports from February 2, 2015.

City of Toronto 2015 Budget Meeting Feb.2 & 3

This video presents 2015 Toronto Budget – The Capital Budget.

  • Learn more about the City of Toronto’s capital budget.

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will hear pubic presentations on the proposed 2015 Operating Budget and the 2015-2024 Capital Budget and Plan at the following times and locations:

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Four TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) Alerts: May 7 – July 25, 2014

TTC Streetcar
TTC Streetcar

Here are four TTC Alerts for Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Due to the rebuilding of the streetcar corridor across the intersection of Queens Quay and Lower Simcoe Street in Toronto from May 7 to May 22, this intersection is partially closed to traffic.
    • Westbound traffic will remain open during the closure, as will all pedestrian access in the area.
    • Vehicles travelling northbound from the Queens Quay/Lower Simcoe area will be diverted to Rees Street or Dan Leckie Way.
    • Vehicles travelling southbound to reach Queens Quay can use Yonge Street, Bay Street, York Street, Rees Street, Lower Spadina Avenue or Dan Leckie Way

    TTC Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth): Subway closure between Woodbine and Kennedy stations.
    TTC Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth): Subway closure between Woodbine and Kennedy stations.
  • Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth): Subway closure between Woodbine and Kennedy stations due to rail installation on May 10-11; May 24-25; June 14-15.
    • All trains on Line 2: Bloor-Danforth will turn back westbound at Woodbine Station.
    • Main Street, Victoria Park, and Warden stations will all remain open for fare transactions and connecting surface routes.
    • Shuttle buses will provide frequent, accessible service between Woodbine and Kennedy stations.
      • Buses will enter Main Street, Victoria Park and Warden stations.
    • Shuttle buses will also run to Pape Station for customers requiring an accessible subway station.
TTC Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth): Speed restrictions and weekend closures.
TTC Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth): Speed restrictions and weekend closures.
  • Speed Restriction – Victoria Park to Kennedy Stations until the end of June + Weekend closures on May 10-11 and May 24-25. Another closure is planned for June.
    • Subway trains will operate slower than normal between Victoria Park and Kennedy stations on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) due to track installation.
    • The TTC is undertaking track rehabilitation and replacement work near Victoria Park Station that requires trains to pass over the area more slowly than normal to ensure safety is not compromised.
      • As a result, this slow order means trains on either side of Victoria Park Station become backed up, causing longer than normal commute times in the area.
    • While maintenance work does occur overnight, the complexity of the work involved – replacing what is called a cross-over, as well as the track bed and switches in the area — will also require weekend closures on May 10-11 and 24-25.
      • Another closure is planned for June.
      • Once complete, subway trains will be permitted to resume their normal speeds.
    • Riders can expect their travel times through this area to be twice what it would normally be.

This video presents “Queen Street East intersection closures/route diversions – May-July 2014.”

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You’re Invited: Free Rides on TTC’s Vintage Streetcar + TTC Service Changes Effective Mar.30, 2014

This video presents ‘Toronto TTC PCC Streetcars 75th Anniversary Fan Trip by Toronto Transportation Society.”

  • On October 6, 2013, a transit enthusiast group known as the Toronto Transportation Society, ran a fan trip using TTC PCC streetcar 4500.
  • The fan trip was to commemorate the 75th Anniversary since the introduction of the PCC streetcar in Toronto.

 TTC PCC streetcar 4500 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
TTC PCC streetcar 4500 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is thanking residents and businesses for their patience during the Kingston Rd. streetcar track construction last year by giving people FREE rides on their vintage PCC streetcar along Kingston Rd. on Sunday, March 30 from noon to 4 p.m. between Woodbine Loop and Bingham Loop (from Kingston Rd. eastbound, all streetcars turn onto Victoria Park Ave. northbound, turn west to enter this loop, and exit onto Bingham southbound to return to Kingston Rd. westbound).

  • President’s Conference Committee streetcars, better known to Torontonians as the PCCs or Red Rockets.
  • PCCs were a popular sight in Toronto from 1938 to 1995.
    • At one time, Toronto owned the largest fleet of PCCs in the world – 745 cars.
    • Two cars remain in the TTC fleet and are available for charters.

TTC Service Changes

Also, adjustments to TTC routes and schedules are effective Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service.
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily.

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays.

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

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TTC Alerts: Part of Yonge Subway Line Closed June 8-9 + Pape Station Closure Postponed June 2013 & Other News

TTC's image: Yonge Subway
TTC’s image: Yonge Subway

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada reported the following news:

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Toronto Alerts: Yonge Subway Closure-May 11 + Road Closures-May 12 + Aerial Pesticide Spraying May 21-Jun.11, 2013

Here are some alerts for the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada: