TTC delays and Road Closures – Weekend of Sept. 16 -18/11

Update: see previous posts – December 17, 2010 TTC Streetcar & Bus Collide, Injuring TTC Passengers et al,  June 11, 2010 Idling Laws – Toronto,  October 12, 2009 T.T.C’s Fines Increase effective October 12, 2009

Toronto Transit Commission (a.k.a “TTC”):

Subway waiting times are decreasing, but ridership is increasing. The City of Toronto is threatening to lay off employee's, raising the price of tokens by 10¢ and to reduce service, resulting in longer waiting times for subways and buses and frustration for riders

On September 6, 2011 the TTC increased the midday (Monday to Friday) subway service on the Bloor-Danforth Subway line to reduce crowding and congestion by increasing the arrival times of subway cars from 4 minutes, 16 seconds down to 4 minutes, 7 seconds, an improvement of nine (9) full seconds.

On September 4, 2011 the TTC increased the midday and early evening (Monday to Friday and during daytime on Sundays and holidays) subway service on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway line to reduce crowding and congestion by increasing the arrival times of subway cars.

Service will be increased in the midday and early evening from Monday to Friday, and during the daytime on Sundays and holidays, to reduce crowding. During the midday from Monday to Friday the service will be improved from every 4 minutes 4 seconds to every 3 minutes 56 seconds (an improvement of eight (8) full seconds). During the early evening from Monday to Friday the service will be improved from every 4 minutes 15 seconds to every 3 minutes 50 seconds (an improvement of twenty-five (25) full seconds).

During the daytime on Sundays and holidays on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, the service will be improved from every 4 minutes 52 seconds to every 4 minutes 30 seconds (an improvement of twenty-two (22) full seconds).

The City of Toronto is proposing TTC fare hikes, job cuts and longer wait times. The Better Way,  is in fact, the Only Way for countless commuters and anyone in this position will no doubt suffer if such measures are implemented.

Yonge Subway – Weekend subway closure

Bus service replaces train service between Bloor-Yonge and Eglinton stations during track construction. Effective Sat. & Sun. September 17 and 18, 2011

Regular TTC riders will have to adjust their travel plans this coming weekend due to track work.


Weekend Subway Closure from Bloor-Yonge to Eglinton stations during new track installation on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2011.

When the construction is completed, the new cross-over is aimed at creating a more efficient and reliable service.

Frequent, accessible bus service provided between Bloor-Yonge and Eglinton stations.

All trains on the Yonge Subway will turn back north at Eglinton Station.

Accessible buses will stop at all stations from Bloor-Yonge to Eglinton during the closure. Buses will board on the street at all stations, except at Eglinton station where buses will enter the station.                                                                                                     

All trains on the Yonge Subway will turn back south at Bloor-Yonge Station.

Regular subway service resumes for the start of service on Monday.


Road  Closures:

Don Valley Parkway Closed this Weekend for Annual Fall Maintenance

The City of Toronto’s Transportation Services division will be performing maintenance activities on the Don Valley Parkway from Saturday, September 17 to Monday, September 19. Performing this work safely requires full closure of the Don Valley Parkway from September 17 to 19, 2011.

The Don Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway from Saturday, September 17 at 2 a.m. to Monday, September 19 at 5 a.m.

Specific activities that will be undertaken during this closure include
• slope stabilization from Beechwood Drive to Pottery Road
• removal and replacement of a steel beam guard rail
• replacement of precast subway beams at lower deck of Prince Edward Viaduct
• pavement evaluation
• catch basin cleaning to ensure proper drainage
• pavement markings and sign maintenance
• closed-circuit television camera maintenance
• inspection and repair of overhead signs
• RESCU vehicle detector repairs
• guide rail repair, and
• expressway sweeping operations and litter removal.                                                                                                                                

Motorists can use Don Mills Road, Bayview Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue and Kingston Road as alternative routes during the closure. Whenever possible, people are encouraged to consider using public transit as a convenient alternative to driving.


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