Toronto Tests Sidewalk Surfaces + Part of Bloor-Danforth Subway to Close Dec.1-2, 2012 & Other TTC News

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

City of Toronto’s Pilot Project to Evaluate Four Sidewalk Surfaces:

  • Objectives are:
    • To help blind and visually impaired pedestrians know when they are approaching an intersection

    • To help the city understand people’s preferences, identify concerns with surfaces and compare installation and maintenance activities for each of the surfaces

    • To determine the policy, standards and specifications for use on city sidewalks

  • The construction of the pilot project was completed on November 8, 2012 and will be in place until July, 2013
TTC Subway on Platform
TTC Subway on Platform

TTC to Close Portion of Bloor-Danforth subway for Weekend Track Work

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will be conducting track work at Jane Station on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2:

  • There will be a full replacement of the cross-over track
  • This work requires the TTC to close the Bloor-Danforth line from Keele Station to Kipling Station during this period
  • A frequent shuttle bus service will operate between Keele and Kipling stations
    • The shuttle buses will stop:
      • inside Keele Station
        • With Keele Station not accessible, a Wheel-Trans vehicle will be stationed at Dundas West Station
      • Islington station
      • Kipling station
      • on the street outside High Park Station
      • Runnymede Station
      • Jane Station
      • Old Mill Station
      • Royal York Station
  • Normal subway service will resume on Monday, December 3 at 6 a.m.

Other TTC News:

  • You may have heard that there will be a five-cent increase in the price of a single Adult token, and a proportionate increase in all other fares (excluding Cash fares and children’s fares) effective on Jan. 1, 2013
    • A modest fare rise, in line with the rate of inflation, was required to balance the TTC budget
  • TTC ridership continues to grow with year-to-date results being 2.4 per cent above budget
    • The growth is being driven by strong Adult Monthly Metropass sales, which are five per cent above budget

    • The ridership projection for 2012 has been increased to 514 million from a previous forecast of 511 million

  • TTC approved the award of a contract worth $25 million over 20 years to Broadcast Australia Pty Ltd. for a wireless network in the subway system
    • Broadcast Australia will be required to successfully install a wireless network at a minimum of two subway stations prior to approval by the TTC for system-wide implementation

    • The contract includes an additional $8,000-per-station-payment to the TTC to recover design review costs

    • TTC will create a project manager position to co-ordinate all design and installation activities associated with the project

  • TTC approved the award of a contract worth $5.9 million to Buttcon Limited for the installation of an elevator and associated easier access features at Lawrence West Station
    • “Construction is expected to begin next year as is easier access work at Woodbine, Coxwell and St Clair West subway stations”

  • TTC will name the future streetcar maintenance and storage facility, being built at Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, as The Leslie Barn
    • The overall project has been developed with extensive input from the local community, and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014

  • You can get the complete info from official documentation (Commission Meetings, Agendas, Minutes, etc.) of Commission decisions and related reports are available on the TTC website, under “Public Meetings”)
    • If you have any questions about the above Commission Highlights, please contact or call 416-393-3793

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

City of Toronto Traffic Services
City of Toronto Traffic Services

T.O. INview – short for Toronto Infrastructure Viewer:

  • is the City’s web-based mapping system that allows staff and the public to identify the location and other important details of planned capital construction projects
  • has been updated to show work planned for 2013
  • viewers can learn about projects that the City, utilities, and other agencies including Metrolinx and the TTC, plan to construct
  • New for 2013, the site now features information from Economic Development and Culture, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Cycling Infrastructure within the Transportation Services Division

Toronto Road Restrictions Web Page

  • T.O. INview features planned road work but not emergency/short-term work
  • That kind of information is available at, the City’s road restrictions web page, which is a source of information about short-term construction work as well as special events affecting Toronto roads

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


City of Toronto T.O. INview website update for 2013

The City of Toronto has added 2013 information to its website for the public to get a preliminary look at planned capital construction work taking place across the city.

T.O. INview – short for Toronto Infrastructure Viewer – enables viewers to quickly determine what work is planned in their community and get a sense of its likely impact locally.

The map highlights scheduled infrastructure construction being carried out by City divisions, including Transportation Services, Toronto Water and City Planning, as well as by transit authorities and utility companies.

New for 2013 and available now is information from Economic Development and Culture and Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in addition to details about cycling infrastructure proposed by Transportation Services.

T.O. INview provides details about the type of work planned, such as road resurfacing or watermain reconstruction, and is designed to improve the co-ordination of projects – with the goal of more efficient capital spending and greater convenience for the public.

T.O. INview can be accessed at

T.O. INview features planned road work but not emergency/short-term work. That kind of information is available at, the City’s road restrictions web page, which is a source of information about short-term construction work as well as special events affecting Toronto roads.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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