This Saturday (Dec 19, 2015): Bus Service Only on Queen St W

Toronto Hydro will be conducting work on Queen Street West between Lisgar Street to Dovercourt Road. To accommodate this work, streetcars on the 501 Queen route will be temporarily diverted on Saturday, December 19, 2015 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

A bus service will operate on Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street.

  • 501 Queen streetcars will divert both ways via; Queen Street, Shaw Street, King Street and The Queensway to regular routing.
  • 501 Queen buses will operate both ways between Sunnyside Loop (near Queen/Roncesvalles) and the Queen/Bathurst area. Buses will turn back to westbound routing via; Queen Street, Ryerson Avenue, Wolseley Street, Denison Street and Queen Street.

Thank you for your patience as Toronto Hydro undertakes this work.

TTC contacts
Customer Service, 416-393-3030 (daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed holidays) or @TTChelps
TTY Line, 416-481-2523 (daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays).
Route/Schedules/Fares: 416-393-4636 or ttc.ca

Download the TTC Notice here.

Portuguese Day Parade this Sunday, June 14 (Road Closures)

On Sunday, June 14, 2015, at 11 am, the Portuguese Day Parade will take place. Event organizers anticipate 10,000 participants, 100 motor vehicles, 40 floats, and six musical bands.

Parade route:
• Formation area: Lansdowne Avenue and College Street
• Southbound on Lansdowne Avenue to Dundas Street W
• Eastbound on Dundas Street West to Trinity Bellwoods Park
• Dispersal area: Dundas Street W and Gore Vale Avenue as well as Trinity Bellwoods Park

Motorists can expect delays in the area and should consider alternate methods of transportation.

Full road closures:
9 am – 1 pm: Lansdowne Avenue, from Bloor Street West to College Street
10:45 am – 3 pm: Lansdowne Avenue, from College Street to Dundas Street West
Dundas Street West, from Sorauren Avenue to Bathurst Street

The TTC will be re-routing buses during the event and will experience delays.

The parade will take place regardless of weather conditions.

Queen West Planning Study – Mon, March 30, 2015

You are invited to attend a presentation and open house which will focus on movement – transit, walking, traffic, parking and cycling – in the West Queen West corridor.

Staff from the TTC, the Toronto Parking Authority, Transportation Services, and Toronto Cycling will be on hand to share information and take your questions and comments. Feedback received at this meeting will be vital to understanding movement issues in the corridor and to help staff develop recommendations for City Council.When: Monday, March 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School – Gymnasium, 30 Humbert Street

To speak to the planner directly, contact Avery Carr, at 416-392-0423 or acarr2@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

You may also contact Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, at (416) 392-7919, Councillor Ana Bailao, Ward 18, at (416) 392-7012, and Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19, at (416) 392-4009.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to be included in notifications, please email your name and full mailing address to Colleen Auld at cauld@toronto.ca.

Download the meeting notice here.

Construction Notice: Bathurst Street Watermain Replacement

 

Construction to replace the watermain will begin August 6 and run through until January 24, 2014 between 7am till 7pm weekdays on Bathurst Street, Croft Street and Vankoughnet Street (see map below).

Bathurst_construction

Disruptions

  • As with all construction projects, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, some pedestrian and traffic restrictions will be necessary. Please note the following:
  • At certain times during the work, vehicle and pedestrian traffic may be disrupted. Closure of traffic lanes will be restricted to the immediate work area wherever possible.
  • Signs will be posted to advise of detours, lane closures and pedestrian crossings.
  • Emergency (police, fire and medical response) access will be maintained at all times.
  • Recycling and garbage collection will not be affected. Please follow your normal routine.

Impacts on TTC Service

  • From September 3, 2013 to November 23, 2013, Buses will be running on Bathurst Street in place of streetcars.

For more information, see the full Construction Notice.

Transit Town Hall Minutes — from February 25, 2013

subway_ttc_transitThe speakers were Rosario Marchese (facilitator/host) and representatives from the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Richard Joy, and the former Chief Planner for the City of Toronto and Paul Bedford (planner at U of T and Ryerson).

Canada is the only G8 nation without a national strategy on transportation. We currently have a $6B per year gridlock problem, in terms of lost productivity, which is expected to worsen to $15B per year by 2031. It was suggested that, in terms of traffic congestion, it would be like the population of the City of Kingston moving to the Toronto region every year, or the greater Montreal area moving here by 2031.

The current regional transportation system is not adequate for the population it serves. This can be seen in: infrequent service schedules; inadequant service areas outside of Toronto; inefficient linkages among the various transportation modes, both within and outside of Toronto (TTC, Go Train, etc.); too expensive, particularly if having to combine transit fares from more than one municipality. Metrolinx has a plan but the question is how to fund it.

Summary of comments:

  • The current commute in the Toronto region is 80 minutes – we placed 19th out of 23 major North American cities;
  • Funding for a new plan cannot come from existing sources as they are all tapped out, and must come from a mix of new sources – new taxes/fees that would be designated for transportation use alone;
  • While a national strategy is needed, it is recognized that this cannot wait for the Federal government, as given past history; it may take too long or never happen. Decisions need to be made regarding what the province and municipality can do and then aim to include the Federal level as soon as possible;
  • 66% of members of the Board of Trade recognize transportation as a major concern and are ready to embrace a national plan. The B of T will be coming out with a recommendation, re: funding mix, in the near future;
  • We need a dedicated and predictable funding plan, i.e. a 4 year plan that will invest $2 billion per year, in addition to what is being spent currently, for the next 30 years. It is expected that this type of plan/strategy will cost about $65 billion. This is high due to the lack of action towards improving transportation over the last few decades;
  • The funding mix needs to be economically fair to all, including those who have been hit by cuts most in the last few years;
  • The answer has to involve municipal, provincial and federal POVs as well as those of residents from Toronto and outside – this is a regional problem, requiring a regional approach;
  • Need a variety of transportation methods, i.e. building more subways alone is not the solution as 60% of riders use surface vehicles;
  • We have lots of infrastructure, i.e. extensive railway track, but we don’t use it efficiently;
  • The cost has to be borne by all, car owners, public transportation users, etc.
  • Not doing anything will have huge consequences – economic, social, political, etc.

Related Reading:

City of Toronto – http://www.feelingcongested.ca/#home
Metrolinx – http://www.metrolinx.com/en/regionalplanning/bigmove/big_move.aspx Toronto Region Board of Trade – http://www.bot.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Infrastructure_Committee