November 6, 2015
This month, a major milestone will be reached in the modernization of Toronto’s streetcar network when we begin moving into our new, state-of the-art streetcar facility, the Leslie Barns.
Situated at the southeast corner of Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street, the Barns will be the primary streetcar maintenance facility, as well as servicing and storage base for our incoming fleet of high capacity, accessible, air-conditioned streetcars, the first 10 of which now serve the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes.
This facility complements two existing, smaller streetcar carhouses and will enable us to carry out heavy maintenance on the new cars, as well as overnight storage, cleaning and pre-service checks. Suspended catwalks give technicians access to roof-borne equipment, while inspection pits enable crews to check brakes, trucks and other under-floor gear, safely and efficiently.
The storage yard and tracks adjacent to the main building will accommodate up to 100 vehicles, and a dedicated connection track has been constructed along Leslie Street to allow access to and from Queen Street East.
Finally, the building has been designed to meet the very latest environmental standards. A storm water pond will collect rain water for reuse, for example, and various features have been incorporated to reduce ambient noise. The city’s largest green roof is also a unique and noticeable feature of the facility — one we’re immensely proud of.
While the Leslie Barns will become fully operational later this year, the streetscaping and landscaping outside the Barns — and in the community — will be completed next spring. Businesses and residents in the area have endured prolonged construction and disruption and we thank them for their patience. The Leslie Barns represents a major investment in Toronto’s transit network and is a key element in our ongoing modernization of your TTC.
Also, Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) customers have endured an unacceptably high number of delays this week due to a series of unrelated infrastructure problems. While the common denominator is the age and increasing unreliability of track and signals equipment, I have challenged my team to find immediate ways to improve service to an acceptable level. Thanks for your patience — this is a top priority for my team.
The Toronto Royal Canadian Legion and the TTC kicked off the annual poppy sales with a special ceremony at Spadina Station.
Veterans of war and peacekeeping operations, including ten Second World War , attended. The veterans pinned poppies on grade six students from Davisville Public School.
The event was highlighted by Davisville student Abdikarim Abukar, who read the war story of 91-year old John Swallow, a Royal Canadian Air Force bomber and retired TTC streetcar operator.
The TTC encourages all customers to support our veterans and buy a poppy.
Photo: Davisville student Abdikarim Abukar read WWII veteran (and retired TTC employee) John Swallow’s war story at the launch of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy campaign at Spadina Station.
Let us know how we are doing — join us at our annual Customer Town Hall.
Date: Thurs., Nov. 12
Time: 6 p.m. — one-on-on discussions with TTC staff, 7-9 p.m. — public forum
Place: Toronto City Hall.
Unable to attend? You can participate in the Customer Town Hall through a live-stream broadcast by visiting http://www.youtube.com/officialttcchannel on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
Name: Richard Horn
Position: Safety and Environmental Coordinator, Plant Maintenance
Years of experience: 34
I came to work at the TTC expecting to stay for about five years. That was over 34 years ago and I’m still here, for many reasons: the company has provided sustenance to my family and allowed my wife and I to visit and help several children who live in unbelievable conditions in Haiti; it has provided me with exposure to some unique environments; with opportunities to work in the architectural and safety field as the company grew; with many years of being able to make a positive influence on our environment. But one of the main reasons for staying is the people, many who have a passion to make our transit system great again. Hats off to those who really care.
Track work on portion of Line 2 This weekend
This weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, there will be no subway service between St George and Keele stations on Line 2 as the TTC conducts state-of-good-repair work, including replacing track switches near Ossington and Christie stations.
Christie Station will be closed, but all the other stations will remain open for the sale of fare media. A frequent replacement bus service will operate along Bloor St. between St George and Keele stations.
Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available for customers who require accessible transit. Customers can speak with any uniformed TTC employee at any station to make use of this service.
Regular subway service will resume on Monday morning at 6 a.m.
E-Tickets are great for events…like the Santa Claus Parade
Going to the Santa Claus Parade next Sunday?
Avoid lineups by buying and using the Family/Group Day Pass as your ticket through the TTCconnect app on your iOS or Android device. The Family/Group Pass is also available at all TTC Collector Booths.
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