July 14, 2017
A key element of our ongoing modernization of the TTC is the progressive upgrading of our fleets to serve the third largest transit system in North America.
This year, we will introduce 300 new buses, part of a wider, two-year order of nearly 800 vehicles, a move that enables us to phase out less reliable buses that are approaching the end of their working life.
In Scarborough, the first two completely refurbished RT units have re-entered service and two more will now be similarly overhauled as we life extend Line 3 until the opening of the Scarborough subway extension in 2026.
Forty new streetcars are now in Toronto, on track for a total of 70 by year end. And all 82 Toronto Rocket subway trains are now available for service on Line 1 Yonge-University.
Our plans don’t stop there. We will soon start trialling a new type of vehicle for our Wheel-Trans customers, one that retains ramp entry and can accommodate multiple wheelchairs or scooters. On Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, we are already working on plans for new trains and a new signalling system, as part of a complete modernization package.
These improvements come with other projects, including upgrades to onboard information systems, the ongoing rollout of PRESTO, and our continued focus on keeping the existing network in a state of good repair.
The recent announcement from Ottawa that further funding for capital projects is available, subject to contributions by other orders of government, means that our modernization of the TTC can continue apace.
Line 2 Bloor-Danforth
This weekend, July 15-16, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth will be closed for track work between Jane and Ossington stations only. Shuttle buses will operate during the closure, stopping only at subway stations along the route. Wheel-Trans will operate between the affected stations for customers who need it. Speak with any TTC staff member to request the service. Regular service resumes Monday at 6 a.m.
Bloor West Street Fest – July 15
Bloor St. W. will be closed this weekend between Runnymede Rd. and Jane St. for the Bloor West Street Fest. During this event, Line 2 shuttle buses will divert both ways between Runnymede and Jane stations via Runnymede Rd., Annette St., and Jane St.
Honda Indy – July 15-16
Customers heading to the Honda Indy this weekend at Exhibition Place can take advantage of the following service increases:
- Extra service on the 511 Bathurst and 509 Harbourfront routes to Exhibition Loop
- An express shuttle bus service will run from Jane Station to Exhibition Place
- Extra service on the 29 Dufferin to Exhibition Place (Sunday only)
Last weekend, Line 1 was closed between Bloor-Yonge and Lawrence stations. During the closure, TTC crews were able to complete crucial work, including:
- 400 feet of rail grinding
- Structural work on tunnel liners
- Replacement of six train stop heaters
- Installation of 1,800 feet of cable for Eglinton LRT
- Replacement of 1,200 feet of cable at Rosedale
- Removal of 170 feet of hoarding and scaffolding
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we complete work that will make the TTC more modern, efficient and safer.
For more information on subway closures and surface diversions, visit the Service Advisories page.
Name: Melanie Manos
Position: Co-ordinator, Closures and Diversions
Years of service: 5
I started at the TTC five years ago as a bus operator out of Wilson Division before becoming a supervisor. I’ve been the co-ordinator of closures and diversions for just over a year now. Part of my role includes attending community meetings with Councillors to discuss what we’re doing to minimize disruptions to service. In Toronto, there are so many events happening around the city in the summer; I work with event organizers to help plan diversions and figure out how events will affect our service. My favourite part of the job is planning diversion routes while ensuring that customers are accommodated. Getting the event to run smoothly without receiving customer complaints means I’ve done my job well. We always want to make sure customers have plenty of notice and a good alternative to the route. I love having the opportunity to move around to different roles within the TTC; I’ve learned so much about the ins and outs of the system here that I never would have known working on the front line.
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