March 10, 2017
Earlier this week (March 7), the City’s Executive Committee accepted staff recommendations on the alignment for the Line 2 Bloor- Danforth subway extension from Kennedy Station to the Scarborough Town Centre, thereby enabling work on this project to progress to the next stage.
Working with colleagues from City Planning, TTC staff concluded that a route under McCowan Avenue provides the most benefit from both a transit and a city-building perspective.
This is just one of many initiatives underway to improve transit in our city. The extension of Line 1 Yonge-University to York Region will open at the end of this year. Meanwhile, Metrolinx has completed tunnelling work on the future Line 5 light rail line along Eglinton Avenue, due to open in 2021.
In addition, very good progress is being made on the rollout of a modern and more reliable signal system on Line 1, which will allow for additional train capacity of up to 25%.
Only two weeks ago, I was encouraged to witness just how much progress is being made on this transformative project. At the mere press of a button, our test train drove itself between St Clair West and Lawrence West stations using only the signal system’s new software.
While much more testing must be accomplished this year, necessitating weekend subway closures, the new signals will begin to come online this fall between Dupont and Wilson stations. We will then progressively convert the rest of Line 1 by the end of 2019, then move to Line 2.
These projects are part of a wider program to give Toronto the modernized and expanded transit network it needs and deserves.
Sugar Shack TO
When: Mar. 11- 12, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily
Where: Sugar Beach
How to get there: Take the 6 Bay from Union Station or 75 Sherbourne from Sherbourne Station to Queens Quay and Dockside Dr.
St. Patrick’s Day 5k
When: Sat., Mar. 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: From the intersection of Wellington St. W/ Yonge St. to Bremner Blvd.
How to get there: Line 1 to King Station
International Women’s Day March
When: Sat., Mar. 11, 1–3 p.m.
Where: From 1 Kings College Cir. (University of Toronto Campus) to Jorgenson Hall (Ryerson Campus)
How to get there: Line 1 to Museum or Queen’s Park Station
Some surface routes will be affected during these events.To find out more and plan your trip, visit our 'Service Advisories' page
This March Break, consider purchasing a Day Pass for one day of unlimited travel on the TTC. We’re extending our weekend Day Pass deal to include Mar. 13 to 17, to help you and your group get around the city for a great price. From Sat., Mar. 11 to Sun., Mar. 19, individuals or groups can explore the city for one day for just $12.50.
Children 12 and under always ride for free.
Name: Ness Ryan
Position: Supervisor - Rail Vehicles
Years of service: 12
Before coming to Canada and joining the TTC, I was an aircraft mechanic. Ialways had an interest in transportation, whether aviation or public transit, so it was a natural fit for me to go into transit. It’s a different challenge and different set of customers when dealing with public transit. Aviation deals with a very specific clientele, while at the TTC, I work on a system that benefits a much broader group of people. I have the great pleasure of working on safety and reliability for a system that people depend on to get to work, or to get their children to school. The impact I get to make every day on the people and culture of Toronto is what keeps me driven to continue doing what I’m doing.
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