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Read these daily “on schedule” posts to find news and other information that affects your daily commute. You’ll learn about public meetings, special events and construction projects that affect transit services today.

Metrolinx raising fares, September 1

At its meeting, Thursday, June 28, the Metrolinx board of directors approved a staff proposal to raise GO Transit and [Union Pearson Express[( fares, starting Friday, September 1. By increasing fares, Metrolinx says, it can “maintain and improve our service as we expand our transit network to serve more customers.”

It’s freezing fares for short-distance trips. This means adult single fares do not increase between $5.02 (the minimum fare) and $5.65 for a passenger paying with a paper ticket. Short-distance fares for children, students and seniors also remain the same as currently.

Fares for trips that currently cost more than $5.02 with PRESTO fare cards and $5.65 without PRESTO increase by about three per cent.

Other fare types will increase similarly, including “concession fares” (senior and student fares) and package pricing (group fares and family fares).

Since the fares vary, depending on how far each passengers travels, the cost of a single adult ride for a passenger using a paper ticket, increases incrementally.

Sample fares (Current and new adult fares with and without PRESTO):

  • Between Union Station and Bloor GO Station: Current without - $5.30; New without - $5.30; Current with - $4.71; New without - $4.71.
  • Union Station and Cooksville GO Station: Current without - $6.75; New without - $6.95; Current with - $6; New without - $6.17.
  • Union Station and Rouge Hill GO Station: Current without - $7.05; New without - $7.25; Current with - $6.26; New without - $6.44.
  • Union Station and Oakville GO Station: Current without - $8.65; New without - $8.90; Current with - $7.68; New without - $7.91.
  • Union Station and Meadowvale GO Station: Current without - $9.20; New without - $9.50; Current with - $8.17; New without - $8.44.
  • Union Station and Georgetown GO Station: Current without - $11.10; New without - $11.45; Current with - $9.86; New without - $10.17.
  • Union Station and Allandale Waterfront GO Station: Current without - $13.55; New without - $13.95; Current with - $12.03; New without - $12.35.
  • Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport: Current without - $12; New without - $12.35; Current with - $9; New with - $9.25.

TTC installing PRESTO fare-gates
at Davisville Station, starting August 22

The TTC continues to install new PRESTO fare gates at more stations.

Davisville Station is next.

TTC crews are removing turnstiles and high gates and replacing them with new, PRESTO-enabled fare gates. The new gates provide easier access and improve the flow of passengers into and out of stations.

Crews start working at the automatic entrance Tuesday, August 22. The entrance closes at 9 p.m. and will remain closed until the end of September or September 30. Once they’ve finished working, you can only access this entrance with a PRESTO fare card.

Crews start working at the main entrance Monday, August 28.

The collector booth, main fare line and street level elevator to the concourse will be closed until early October or October 13.

You can access the station through a temporary entrance in the main lobby that connects to the bus terminal. A station collector will collect fares at the entrance. A PRESTO card reader will also be available. You can use the stairs or elevator in the bus terminal to access the subway. You can exit the station by a temporary walkway through the bus terminal.

When the collector booth is closed, you can buy tickets, tokens or TTC passes from the TTC’s Customer Service Centre Mondays to Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (until 7 p.m. Thursdays) or at your destination.

You can also buy a PRESTO card at the Gateway Newsstand in Davisville Station or on-line by visiting

Bartley Bull Parkway construction:
Brampton Transit detour starts August 21

The City of Brampton is closing:

  • Bartley Bull Parkway between Erindale and Lockton Crescents

during the Region of Peel’s ongoing project to upgrade the water-mains.

Brampton Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while the street is closed:

  • 8 Centre.

The Brampton Transit detour during water-main construction on Bartley Bull Parkway continues until August 25.

Construction started Monday, September 12, 2016. The work has delayed Brampton Transit buses since Wednesday, July 7. Construction on Bartley Bull Parkway and the Brampton Transit delays continue until September 1.

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TTC replacing skylights at Glencairn Station

The TTC intends to replace leaking skylights and structural supports along the entire length of the station and those over each of the three entrances — on the north and south sides of Glencairn Avenue and on Viewmount Avenue. The coloured skylights will incorporate art work by the original artist, Rita Letendre.

It is restricting access through the Viewmount entrance for about a month, so that crews can work there. The TTC hasn’t yet established the start date but will post signs warning you about the upcoming closure, once it has determined the dates.

During this project, crews may also partly block the sidewalks on Glencairn and Viewmount Avenues, while they work over the entrances. Toronto Police Service officers and TTC sustomer service representatives will be available to direct you safely around the work zone.

Crews also use part of Benner Park — on the north side of Viewmount Avenue — for site-office trailers during construction.

Other than temporarily restricting access on Viewmount Avenue, the station continues to serve passengers as usual during construction.

Crews mostly work Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

No subway service, August 19, 20:
Kipling to Islington


The TTC is closing its Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line between Kipling and Islington stations Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20. All Line 2 trains operate only between Islington and Kennedy Stations this weekend.

Frequent shuttle buses replace subway service, operating along Bloor Street West between Kipling and Islington stations.

The TTC is extending the path for buses operating along the 192 Airport rocket route this weekend. Buses drop off or pick up passengers in Kipling Station bus terminal, but they also continue further eastward to start and end their trips in Islington Station terminal. The TTC is also operating more buses along the route.

Wheel-Trans vehicles also operate between Kipling and Islington stations. Speak to any TTC staff member to ask for Wheel-Trans service.

If you are travelling westbound along the subway and need an elevator, exit the train at Jane Station and ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans.

While this section of the subway is closed, TTC crews are upgrading the tracks between the stations. This weekend, they’re replacing rails and ties the ties and rails between the Bloor Street West bridge and Islington Station. They’ve been working overnight since Thursday, July 27 to prepare for this project by removing the ballast — gravel between the rails.

This is the first time this year that the TTC has closed this section of the subway over a weekend. It will close the same section of Line 2 Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24.

In this video, the TTC’s chief executive officer Andy Byford and Executive Director of Corporate Communications Brad Ross explain why the TTC closes parts of the subway weekends.

Weekend events affect transit services,
August 18, 19, 20

Carrots, cacti, classic cars, corn dogs and cotton candy are front and centre at many of the special events that affect transit services this weekend.

The events take place in Barrie, Bradford, Brampton, Burlington, the Dundas area of Hamilton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, central Hamilton, the Hespeler area of Cambridge, the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Markham village, Milton, the North York, Scarborough and central areas of Toronto, and the Unionville area of Markham affect transit services this weekend.

Veterans ride free of fare, Warriors Day,
August 19


Veterans can ride free of fare on several transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area this Saturday, August 19.

On that day, the Canadian National Exhibition hosts its annual Warriors Day events, including a parade, and vets and companions can enter the CNE for free.

The free transit service for veterans is available on vehicles serving all routes that the transit systems operate Saturday, not just those traveling to and from the “Ex”. In most cases, the families of deceased veterans may also ride buses, streetcars and subway trains free of fare.

Generally, transit systems ask veterans to wear their uniforms, medals or something else that would clearly identify them as veterans, so they don’t have to pay a fare, like other passengers. Families of deceased veterans riding transit vehicles should also bring some form of identification.

Transit systems that offer free rides for vets this Saturday include:

Military parades and demonstrations have been an important tradition of the Canadian National Exhibition since it started in 1879. This year’s Warriors’ Day Parade is the ninety-sixth at the CNE. In 1921, the “Ex” board of governors decided that the parades would formally salute veterans of World War I. The board formed the Warriors’ Day Parade Council to make sure that Torontonians paid ongoing tribute to former and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II.

The parade, which this year salutes the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the 75th Anniversary of The Dieppe Raid starts at the Princes’ Gates and continues down Princes’ Boulevard.

Let's GO -- and TTC -- to "the Ex",
August 18 to September 4


A shot of Exhibition loop at the east end of the Exhibition grounds, looking northeast from the Shell Oil Tower in September 1975. This photo originally comes from the Charles Houser collection and was donated by Pete Coulman.

On September 9, 1881, two horses pulling a Toronto Street Railway car full of passengers arrived at Strachan Avenue and Wellington Street, the new end of the line for the TSR’s King route. The passengers stepped off the car and into the history books as they walked down Strachan to the entrance of the local fairgrounds and introduced Torontonians and visitors alike to the idea that traveling by transit was a safe, convenient — and, often, fun — way to get to the exhibition.

Nearly 136 years later, as the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) gets ready for its 138th season at Exhibition Place, transit still plays an important role in the success of the annual fair. This year, the “Ex” starts Friday, August 18 and continues until Labour Day, Monday, September 4.

As usual, the TTC is revising and increasing its services to help fair-going crowds head to the “Ex”.

Since GO Transit now provides regular train service along the 01 Lakeshore West line to and from Exhibition GO Station seven days a week during the fair, it’s not operating extra service, except during the Labour Day holiday weekend.

At most times of the week, GO trains operate along the 01 Lakeshore West line every 30 minutes — or even more frequently — to and from Exhibition. Trains operating along the 12 Niagara Falls line also stop at Exhibition GO Station Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

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Since those first passengers in 1881, Toronto’s public transit vehicles — horse cars, streetcars, buses and trains — have been carrying passengers to and from the Canadian National Exhibition — and the various fairs that preceded it. From 1883 until 1885, Toronto’s and Canada’s first electric-powered streetcar carried passengers through the exhibition grounds from the end of the horse car line at Strachan Avenue and Wellington Street — then the main entrance to the fair — to the area of the current Dufferin Gate. (The city as a whole had to wait until August 16, 1892 before an electric streetcar entered regular service along city streets.)

All four of Toronto’s public transit agencies — the Toronto Street Railway, the Toronto Railway Company, the Toronto Transportation Commission and the Toronto Transit Commission — have traditionally dedicated extra human and equipment resources in making sure that everyone gets happily, safely and efficiently to and from the great fairs. And, Canada’s railways and interurban bus companies have also played their parts in the history of the Exhibition, especially the TTC’s former interurban subsidiary company, Gray Coach Lines, the forerunner of today’s GO Transit.

Starting in the 1930s, Gray Coach operated buses directly to a terminal on the Exhibition grounds — immediately west of the Automotive Building (today’s Beanfield Centre — from various cities and towns in Southern Ontario, including Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Galt (Cambridge), Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Oshawa, Preston (Cambridge) and St. Catharines. For those who lived in other towns, GCL operated special flag buses from the downtown bus terminal on Bay Street to the CNE. (They were “flag” buses, because you could wave at, or “flag”, the driver to stop and pick you up.) Your Gray Coach ticket from elsewhere in Ontario let you ride the flag bus from the downtown terminal for free. The downtown flag buses also served major downtown hotels, including the Royal York and the King Edward.

In the 1960s and 70s, the TTC also got into the flag bus business, operating express buses from suburban points to the same Exhibition bus terminal near the Automotive Building that you could also flag down. In 1961, buses operated from Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, Jane Street and Wilson Avenue, Royal York Road and Anglesey Boulevard, Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East and Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue. In 1982, the last year of this service, the buses still operated from Jane and Wilson and Eglinton and Pharmacy, but also ran from Yonge and Steeles Avenue, Bloor Street West and the East Mall, Islington Avenue and Elmhurst Drive and Ellesmere and McCowan Roads.

The Transit Toronto archives contain several informative articles by James Bow describing the history of transit services to the Canadian National Exhibition.

You can read about:

  • the history of transit service to Exhibition Place here (with John F. Bromley).
  • the history of the 509 Harbourfront streetcar route here.
  • the history of the present 511 Bathurst and the former Fort streetcar routes here.
  • the history of the 514 Cherry streetcar route here.
  • the history of Exhibition East and Fleet loops here.
  • the history of the Dufferin streetcar here (with John F. Bromley).

Other relevant history articles on our site:

  • the history of the 7 Bathurst bus route by Jeffrey Kay with Pete Coulman, here.
  • the history of the 29 Dufferin bus route by Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • the history of the 93 Exhibition West express route (1988 - 2002) by Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • the history of the 121 Fort York - Esplanade route here.
  • the history of the 193 Exhibition rocket route by Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • the history of the 307 / 310 Bathurst night route by Jeffrey Kay with Pete Coulman, here.
  • the history of the 314 Dufferin - Bathurst overnight route (1987 - 1996) by James Bow, here.
  • the history of the 329 Dufferin overnight route by Jeffrey Kay, here.

TTC upgrading west parking lot at Finch Station, starting August 21

Monday, August 21, TTC contractors start a project to upgrade the west commuter lot at Finch Station. The construction project temporarily reduces the number of parking spaces available to commuters.

To decrease the impact on parking, crews are working on the project in stages. During each stage, the work zone occupies as many as 500 of the 1,600 parking spots. However, the other 1,100 spaces in the west lot and all 1,675 spots in the east commuter lot remain available.

Monday, August 28, crews block the Yonge Street entrance into the lot until early 2018 or until about March 31. Use the Hendon Avenue entrance. The Hendon Avenue entrance access gates will be in the “open” position during construction, so you can quickly enter and exit the lot. A later phase of the project requires crews to close the Hendon Avenue entrance — but not until after the Yonge Street access has reopened.

The Toronto Parking Authority (“Green P”) is installing temporary “pay and display” parking meters during this stage of construction to reduce congestion at the Hendon Avenue exit.

While crews work in the west commuter lot, they are:

  • resurfacing the lot;
  • improving the drainage systems;
  • improving the lighting system by installing light-emitting diode (LED) energy-efficient lights; and
  • increasing the number of accessible parking spaces.

The TTC finished a project to upgrade the east commuter lot earlier this summer.

Construction in the west commuter lot at Finch Station continues until September 30, 2018.

In the news: Monday, August 14, 2017

Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area media report on public transit issues today.

Greater Toronto Area
  • 680 All News Radio report, “Eglinton Crosstown LRT takes major step forward”, here.
  • BlogTO post, “The secret meaning behind TTC route numbers”, here.
  • Canadian Press article, “OPSCA seizes animl seen in online video being hit by owner on TTC train” (from the CTV News Toronto website), here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Toronto police release photo of suspect after bomb threat on subway train”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “How much information should the TTC give passengers about delays?”, here.
  • CBC News Toronto report, “Woman dead after car collides with TTC bus in Scarborough”, here.
  • CityNews Toronto report, “Photo released of man wanted in TTC bomb threat scare”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC apologizes for morning subway delays brought about by signal issues”, here.
  • CP24 report, “TTC says centralized track facility will save money, reduce streetcar delays”, here.
  • CP24 report, “Scarborough crash involving TTC bus and vehicle leaves woman, 50, dead”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map? post, “There is no central transit terminal around Hamilton and that is a problem”, here.
  • Dude, Where’s My Bus Map? post, “Private transit services in Ontario: Some thoughts”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “Man wanted by Toronto police after bomb threat halts TTC subway service”, here.
  • Global News Toronto report, “TTC, Toronto mayor apologize following subway delays”, here.
  • Globe and Mail article, “Suicide on the subway”, here.
  • article, “TTC subway delays lead to commuter havoc on Line 1”, here.
  • article, “Eglinton Crosstown LRT track installation underway”, here.
  • Metro Toronto article, “Why Toronto’s subway shut down for 40 minutes during rush hour”, here.
  • Oshawa Express article, “No opening date for new Oshawa GO Station”, here.
  • post, “First track installed at Ontario’s $4.1bn Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Canada”, here.
  • Ride This Crazy Train post, “A picture tells a thousand words”, here.
  • Steve Munro’s post, “510 Spadina Platform Delays”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “Dear Metrolinx: The Problem is Not Your Communications Strategy or Your Branding”, here.
  • Torontoist post, “West Coast Cities Are Putting Toronto to Shame When It Comes to Transit Ridership”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Police seek suspect after bomb threat forces evacuation of Toronto subway”, here.
  • Toronto Star editorial, “Mayor John Tory is right - TTC fares should be frozen”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Mayor sorry for morning commuter chaos on the TTC”, here.
  • Toronto Star article, “Dundas St. East to open two months early”, here/
  • Toronto Star article, “Woman dies in Scarborough collision involving TTC bus”, here.
  • Toronto Sun article, “Worker snafu leads to TTC subway chaos”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “‘The First Spike’: Metrolinx Lays Tracks for Crosstown LRT”, here.
  • Urban Toronto post, “Construction Progresses on New Gardiner Expressway Ramp”, here.
  • article, “Mayor says push on to silence Markham train horns by early 2018”, here.
  • article, “Is the cessation of train whistles worth the million-dollar price tag?”, here.
Elsewhere in Southern Ontario
  • AM 900 CHML commentary, “Council’s LRT motion could cost taxpayers millions”, here.
  • AM 900 CHML report, “Small step toward HSR run LRT in Hamilton”, here.
  • Bay Observer commentary, “My Take: The Original LRT - More than a Century Ago”: Bratina, here.
  • Bayshore Broadcasting report, “Simcoe County Council Approves Regional Transit System”, here.
  • Betakit post, “Innisfil saved $73,500 through Uber public transportation partnership”, here.
  • CBC News Hamilton report, “City wants HSR to operate an maintain Hamilton’s new LRT”, here.
  • CP24 report, “More than 5,000 trips taken since Innisfil partnered with Uber to provide public transit”, here.
  • Financial Post article, “Ontario town’s experiment using Uber as public transportation is working, officials say”, here.
  • Hamilton Community News article, “Hamilton council wants HSR to oversee LRT, despite potential risks”, here.
  • Hamilton Spectator article, “Councillors ‘Keep Transit Public’ after HSR rally at City Hall”, here.
  • Hamilton Spectator column, “LRT vote stokes provincial election fears”, here.
  • Kitchener Post column, “Via Rail needs new equipment before it falls apart”, here.
  • article, “City (of Kingston) endorses Via’s proposed high-frequency rail train expansion”, here.
  • Kingston Whig-Standard article, “[Kingston] City council supports Via Rail expansion”, here.
  • Niagara Falls Review article, “Niagara leaders pleased with seasonal GO reception”, here.
  • article, “Uber off to a good start, says Innisfil staff report”, here.
  • article, “Orillia’s troublesome transit terminal deserves attention: Councillor”, here.