May 13, 2016
Last week’s (May 6) announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that his government will invest up to $840 million in the TTC over the next three years is fantastic news.
In a historic visit to our Greenwood Yard, the prime minister was joined by Mayor John Tory and Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca to confirm the TTC’s allocation of the federal government’s overall investment in transit and big cities following on this year’s Federal Budget.
For the first time, allocation of funds will be based on ridership, not population. This is something that the TTC has long called for, as it reflects the fact that the TTC’s challenge is far greater than any other Canadian transit system, transporting 26 per cent of the nation’s ridership on the lowest operational subsidy in North America. Coupled with City Council’s record investment of an additional $95 million in operational funding last year, the TTC’s long campaign for increased funding is bearing fruit.
Mayor John Tory and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The first phase of infrastructure funding unveiled in the March budget included up to $3.4 billion over three years to upgrade and improve public transit systems across Canada. Starting this year, $1.5 billion will flow to the province and up to $840 million to the City and the TTC for continued state-of-good-repair work.
The federal government will fund up to 50 per cent of the cost of approved projects and how the money will be spent is up to the City, not Ottawa.
We have drawn up a list of “shovel ready” projects against which this additional funding can be allocated. This includes investment in new vehicles as well as continuing our work to improve the underlying state of good repair of the TTC’s service-critical infrastructure, such as track and signals.
I warmly welcome this transformative funding; it will enable us to expedite the modernization of your TTC.
Line 2 Late Opening
The portion of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between Pape and St George stations will open late this Sunday due to track and structure upgrades. Regular service will begin at 10 a.m. Shuttle buses will operate, stopping only at subway stations along the route.
509 Harbourfront/510 Spadina
The 509 Harbourfront and 510/317 Spadina routes will divert this weekend from Friday at midnight until Sunday at 4 p.m. for overhead wire work on Queen’s Quay. Both routes will be replaced by a frequent shuttle bus service, running as follows:
- Daytime (509 Harbourfront/510 Spadina) — from the intersection of Bay and Front Sts. to Exhibition Place
- Overnight (317 Spadina shuttle bus) — from the intersection of Bay and Front Sts. to the intersection of Queen’s Quay and Spadina Ave.
The 510/317 Spadina streetcar will run as normal between Spadina Station and Queen’s Quay Loop.
Proof-of-payment is in effect on buses that replace streetcars. PRESTO users must have tokens, cash or tickets, as the rollout of PRESTO on buses has just now begun.
As the TTC and the City of Toronto complete important infrastructure work this weekend — and throughout the summer — check ttc.ca for bus and streetcar route diversions. As well, to accommodate the many events that occur in a vibrant and exciting city like ours, some surface routes will divert for short periods of time. You can receive up-to-the-minute advisories by following @TTCnotices on Twitter.
Last weekend, Line 2 was closed between Bathurst and Jane stations for the second and final time this year, in order to make vital repairs and upgrades, including the following:
- 2,500 ft. of rail replaced
- 600 plates replaced to reduce track noise
- 50 track ties replaced for a smoother ride
Electrical and Signal Work:
- 22 signals replaced
- 27 track circuits upgraded
- Electrical conduits and wiring installed
- Four new heaters installed
Name: Dana Fong
Position: Customer Information Supervisor - Customer Service Centre
2 Months of Service
I really enjoy engaging with the customers and ensuring that they have the information that they need to easily navigate the TTC. It has been an exciting challenge so far; my colleagues have been extremely helpful, patient and motivating throughout the duration of my training. You can really tell that they value teamwork and take pride in a job well done. The TTC puts the customer at the centre of everything that it does while focusing on empowering and developing its employees and I feel proud to be a part of the TTC’s transformation and modernization journey.
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