August 26, 2016
On Tuesday (Aug. 23), Mayor John Tory and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced the details of the first round of federal infrastructure funding that Ottawa and the City are making available for Toronto's transit infrastructure. As staff, we put together a shopping list of shovel-ready projects which will complement the work we have already been doing to modernize the TTC.
That same day, I was up at the TTC's Wilson Yard to inspect progress on two of our "mega projects."
Wilson Yard is being enlarged and remodelled to accommodate additional trains to serve the Line 1 subway extension to York Region. This stunning addition to our subway will open at the end of next year and will feature six new stations, including one at York University.
The new extension is being equipped with a state-of-the-art signalling system that will ultimately be fitted throughout Line 1 and then Line 2. This system will transform service reliability and enable us to run more trains, thereby adding much-needed capacity.
This new signalling on the University portion of Line 1 will be introduced in phases, starting with the section from Dupont to Yorkdale in the fall of next year. This is highly complex work, especially when combined with concurrent projects, such as completing the new subway extension and the rollout of PRESTO.
Progress on site reassured me that we are still on track. Everyone, myself included, remains laser-focused on the task in hand to complete the modernization of the TTC.
Line 1 Yonge-University
This weekend, Line 1 Yonge-University will be closed between Lawrence and Bloor-Yonge stations for track work and signal maintenance. Shuttle buses will run, stopping only as subway stations along the route.
Wheel-Trans will operate between York Mills and Bloor-Yonge stations for customers who need it. Customers can speak with any TTC staff member to request the service.
Regular subway service resumes Mon. Aug 29 at 6 a.m.
Toronto Tamil Festival
Buses on the 102B, 102C and 102D Markham Road route are diverting until Sunday night for the Toronto Tamil Festival, which will close Markham Rd. from McNicoll Ave. to Passmore Ave.
For diversion routing, visit the Service Advisories page.
For details on these, and other, route diversions, you can receive up-to-the-minute advisories by subscribing to eAlerts or following @TTCnotices on Twitter
Why does TTC only offer Wind Mobile service? Will you be introducing other carriers, and if so, when?
Thank you. All the best, Faith
Answer: Hi Faith,
The TTC’s wireless communications network, being deployed by BAI Canada, fully supports cellular service. Last summer, WIND Mobile became the first wireless carrier to offer cellular service; the network is designed and ready for all licenced carriers to join, including the ‘Big 3’ — Rogers, Bell and Telus.
The same wireless transit network in New York City, built by BAI Canada’s sister company, already hosts all major U.S. carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
We know Torontonians are anxious for more cellular service underground — BAI Canada and the TTC are continuing to work with the remaining Canadian telecommunications companies to establish these partnerships to offer this service to more riders.
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