Andy Byford - CEO of TTC Expansion of TTC network must include the Relief Line

Earlier this week (April 3), I joined Mayor John Tory, TTC Chair Josh Colle and a number of City Councillors at an event at Bloor-Yonge Station to invite the provincial government to help fund the planned Relief Line.

Notwithstanding all the discussion about other planned extensions to the TTC network, I have maintained since the day I arrived in Toronto that a new line must be prioritized to provide relief to the busiest section of Line 1 Yonge-University and to alleviate pressure on its most vulnerable point, namely Bloor- Yonge Station.

The exact alignment of this Relief Line will be determined through detailed planning and an environmental assessment, but broadly speaking, it is anticipated to run from an interchange on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth in the east, then south before turning west along Queen St. E. to downtown.

Further phases could see the line push further west to Dundas West Station and north of Pape Ave. to Eglinton Ave., but all that is yet to be determined.

What is clear is that, even with the additional line capacity that Toronto Rocket trains and new signalling bring to Line 1, modelling tells us that Bloor-Yonge Station and sections of Line 1 will be at or above capacity by 2031 if nothing is done, which is why we need to act now.

Clearly, funding is a factor, hence the Mayor’s call to the province earlier this week. We also need to factor in the impact of other planned improvements, such as integrated fares with GO, the Scarborough Subway Extension and SmartTrack.

I am pleased to see an emerging recognition among all parties — and at all levels of government — that doing nothing is not an option and that we must push on now with expanding transit in this great city.

Have your say about TTC Wheel-Trans

You are invited to join TTC staff to have your say about the new Wheel-Trans 10-Year Strategy at public meetings across the city.

Give feedback on upcoming initiatives including:

  • New community bus routes
  • Family of Services Pilot Project
  • New fleet vehicle design
  • Mobility transfer hub concept design

You’ll also get an update on the recent changes to Wheel-Trans eligibility.

Etobicoke: Apr. 12, 2017 – 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School,
28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive – Atrium

North York: Apr. 13, 2017 – 2 - 4 p.m. and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (two sessions)
North York Civic Centre, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room – enter via 5 Park Home Avenue

Toronto: Apr. 20, 2017 – 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308/309

Scarborough: Apr. 24, 2017 – 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School,
959 Midland Avenue – Cafeteria

For more information or to request special accommodation, contact

Service Alerts

This weekend, Apr. 8-9, Line 1 Yonge-University will be closed between St George and Downsview stations as the TTC continues work on the new Automatic Train Control (ATC) signal system. When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25% increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.

Shuttle buses will operate between Downsview and Lawrence West stations only during this closure. Service is being doubled on nine surface routes that run between the University portion and Yonge portion of Line 1, and to the 7 Bathurst route. Please consider using these routes for your journey.

Regular service resumes Monday at 6 a.m.

501 Queen

Streetcars on the 501 Queen route will divert this weekend from 8 p.m. on Fri., Apr. 7 until Mon., Apr. 10 at 5 a.m. due to streetcar track work at the intersection of Bay St. and Queen St. W.

Service on the 501 Queen route will run as follows:

Eastbound streetcars will divert via Spadina Ave., King and Church Sts.

Westbound streetcars will divert via Church, King, and York Sts.

Shuttle buses will run on Queen St. between Jarvis and Bathurst Sts.

For more information on this closure and to plan your trip, visit the Service Advisories page.

Employee Profile
Angela Li - Statistical Analyst

Name: Angela Li 
Position: Statistical Analyst
Years of service: 5

If you move the people, you move the city. As the Statistical Analyst for the subway system, I analyze all of the subway performance data every day, including number of trains per hour, delay types and durations, and schedule adherence. I identify trends, determine where risks and shortcomings exist and help senior management to achieve our goal at TTC of providing a safe, efficient and reliable service to customers. I love my job and make sure that we take advantage of every opportunity to improve, by reviewing what we can do better. I ride the subway to work every day and am so proud of what I contribute to making this city a better place. TTC has been a terrific opportunity for me to grow my skills while building on past experience and I am thankful for that.

Connecting you to the Green Living Show

Green Living Show Get free admission to this weekend’s Green Living Show when you show your PRESTO card or April Metropass. The 2017 Green Living Show is being held Apr. 7 to 9 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, a short walk from Union Station.

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