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506 Carlton returns to Gerrard and Coxwell

July 14, 2023

Starting Mon., July 17, the 506 Carlton streetcar will return to service along Gerrard St. E. and Coxwell Ave., following completion of streetcar track replacement, three weeks ahead of schedule.

The intersection at Coxwell Ave. and Lower Gerrard St. E. / Eastwood Rd. closed to all traffic in June, while TTC crews worked to install new streetcar tracks, and to realign overhead cabling. This followed replacement of water main infrastructure in the area by Toronto Water.

“This is a tremendous example of how the TTC carefully plans and executes major infrastructure work,” said TTC Chair Jon Burnside. “The incredible team of engineers and repair crews completely rebuilt the Gerrard and Coxwell streetcar tracks, re-established and aligned new overhead cables, tested and commissioned the resumption of service in less than a month. It’s a large piece of work delivered ahead of schedule.”

New streetcar tracks for the intersection were precision-built, pre-configured and staged at the TTC’s Hillcrest Complex, which enabled engineers to excavate and replace the old rail infrastructure efficiently, with the least disruption to local residents and businesses.

“Our employees dedicate themselves to getting our customers to and from their destinations safely and on time,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “That also means going above and beyond to ensure our system is in a state of good repair, and to resume services as quickly as possible when major work, like track replacement, is required.”

The 506 Carlton streetcar will service stops both ways along Gerrard St. E., and south on Coxwell Ave. to Queen St. E.

The 506C bus replacement will continue to operate between Castle Frank and Victoria Park stations, with stops along Parliament St., Gerrard St. E., Greenwood, Danforth and Coxwell avenues, Upper Gerrard St. E., and Victoria Park Ave.

The TTC is committed to keeping customers informed about work and events that impact service and about alternate routes. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.ttc.ca, follow @TTCNotices on Twitter or sign up for eAlerts.

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506 Carlton returns to Gerrard and Coxwell

July 14, 2023

Starting Mon., July 17, the 506 Carlton streetcar will return to service along Gerrard St. E. and Coxwell Ave., following completion of streetcar track replacement, three weeks ahead of schedule.

The intersection at Coxwell Ave. and Lower Gerrard St. E. / Eastwood Rd. closed to all traffic in June, while TTC crews worked to install new streetcar tracks, and to realign overhead cabling. This followed replacement of water main infrastructure in the area by Toronto Water.

“This is a tremendous example of how the TTC carefully plans and executes major infrastructure work,” said TTC Chair Jon Burnside. “The incredible team of engineers and repair crews completely rebuilt the Gerrard and Coxwell streetcar tracks, re-established and aligned new overhead cables, tested and commissioned the resumption of service in less than a month. It’s a large piece of work delivered ahead of schedule.”

New streetcar tracks for the intersection were precision-built, pre-configured and staged at the TTC’s Hillcrest Complex, which enabled engineers to excavate and replace the old rail infrastructure efficiently, with the least disruption to local residents and businesses.

“Our employees dedicate themselves to getting our customers to and from their destinations safely and on time,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “That also means going above and beyond to ensure our system is in a state of good repair, and to resume services as quickly as possible when major work, like track replacement, is required.”

The 506 Carlton streetcar will service stops both ways along Gerrard St. E., and south on Coxwell Ave. to Queen St. E.

The 506C bus replacement will continue to operate between Castle Frank and Victoria Park stations, with stops along Parliament St., Gerrard St. E., Greenwood, Danforth and Coxwell avenues, Upper Gerrard St. E., and Victoria Park Ave.

The TTC is committed to keeping customers informed about work and events that impact service and about alternate routes. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.ttc.ca, follow @TTCNotices on Twitter or sign up for eAlerts.

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so tremendous they forgot to add an extra turning track
 
so tremendous they forgot to add an extra turning track

Not on this project.

All turning movements are possible at this intersection.

Totally fair gripe about a couple of other spots, but not this one.
 
Oh I'm confusing it with another intersection then, sorry!
There's been more than one - but you are probably thinknig of Broadview and Gerrard, where they were supposed to add a northbound to westbound curve, which would allow 506 to divert westbound Gerrard/Coxwell/Queen/Broadview/Gerrard rather than Gerrard/Coxwell/Queen/Parliament/Carlton.
 
TTC weekend travel information

July 20, 2023

This Sun., July 23 only, subway service on Line 2 between St George and Broadview stations will begin by noon to accommodate beam replacement on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct.

Shuttle buses will operate. TTC staff will be on hand to direct customers to shuttle boarding and offloading locations.

Bay and Sherbourne stations will be closed. All other stations will remain open for customers to load their PRESTO card, purchase PRESTO Tickets, or connect to surface routes.

Customers who require Wheel-Trans service can speak with any TTC customer service staff member for assistance.

While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and state-of-good-repair work.

Weekend events

The TTC is the best way to get around Toronto this weekend. Some TTC services will divert due to road closures for street events and festivals.

Fun Philippines Toronto Street Festival: 12 a.m. Sat., July 22 – 12 a.m. Mon., July 24, the 7 Bathurst, 307 Bathurst Night Bus, and 160 Bathurst North, will be diverting between York Downs Dr. and Wilson Ave.

OssFest: 6 a.m. Sat., July 22 – 4 a.m. Sun., July 23, the 63 Ossington and 363 Ossington Night Bus, will be diverting between Dundas St. W. and Queen St. W.

Fusion of Taste Festival: 6 a.m. – midnight, Sat. July 22, the 73 Royal York will divert between Islington and Barker avenues.

Junior Carnival Parade: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. July 22, the 39A Finch East, 132 Milner, and 133 Nielson will divert around the parade route.

Other service advisories

11 p.m. Fri., July 21 – 4 a.m., Mon., July 24, the 511 Bathurst will divert both ways between College and King streets, for track maintenance. A bus replacement service will operate between Bathurst Station and Front St. W.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. July 22, customers on the 59 Maple Leaf, 89 Weston, and 989 Weston Express can expect delays on Western Rd., from Park St. to St. Philips Rd., due to construction related work in the area.

Customers are encouraged to visit ttc.ca and subscribe to e-Alerts or follow @TTCNotices on Twitter for the latest travel information.
 
TTC weekend travel information

July 20, 2023

This Sun., July 23 only, subway service on Line 2 between St George and Broadview stations will begin by noon to accommodate beam replacement on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct.

Shuttle buses will operate. TTC staff will be on hand to direct customers to shuttle boarding and offloading locations.

Bay and Sherbourne stations will be closed. All other stations will remain open for customers to load their PRESTO card, purchase PRESTO Tickets, or connect to surface routes.

Customers who require Wheel-Trans service can speak with any TTC customer service staff member for assistance.

While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and state-of-good-repair work.

Weekend events

The TTC is the best way to get around Toronto this weekend. Some TTC services will divert due to road closures for street events and festivals.

Fun Philippines Toronto Street Festival: 12 a.m. Sat., July 22 – 12 a.m. Mon., July 24, the 7 Bathurst, 307 Bathurst Night Bus, and 160 Bathurst North, will be diverting between York Downs Dr. and Wilson Ave.

OssFest: 6 a.m. Sat., July 22 – 4 a.m. Sun., July 23, the 63 Ossington and 363 Ossington Night Bus, will be diverting between Dundas St. W. and Queen St. W.

Fusion of Taste Festival: 6 a.m. – midnight, Sat. July 22, the 73 Royal York will divert between Islington and Barker avenues.

Junior Carnival Parade: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. July 22, the 39A Finch East, 132 Milner, and 133 Nielson will divert around the parade route.

Other service advisories

11 p.m. Fri., July 21 – 4 a.m., Mon., July 24, the 511 Bathurst will divert both ways between College and King streets, for track maintenance. A bus replacement service will operate between Bathurst Station and Front St. W.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. July 22, customers on the 59 Maple Leaf, 89 Weston, and 989 Weston Express can expect delays on Western Rd., from Park St. to St. Philips Rd., due to construction related work in the area.

Customers are encouraged to visit ttc.ca and subscribe to e-Alerts or follow @TTCNotices on Twitter for the latest travel information.

Is it me or have they been doing beam replacement for over 10 years?
 
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Is it me or have they been doing beam replacement for over 10 years?
It maybe 10 years, but to replace every beam takes time and only so many can be done each year. There is a lot more involved than just replacing a beam and given the age of the bridge, some unknown issues will arise from time to time causing delays or will be done at a later date..
 
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TTC and ATU Local 113 work together with ATU International on a new Bus Design Innovation Program starting with a concept to improve bus operator health and security

July 20, 2023

The TTC and ATU Local 113 have unveiled bus-of-the-future design-concepts to greatly improve security and provide a healthier working environment for bus operators, as part of a Bus Design Innovation Program together with ATU International and Centennial College.

Building on best practices from transit agencies globally, the design provides a complete barrier that shields a bus operator’s workspace from the passenger compartment – greatly reducing the risk of being assaulted, while maintaining a clear unobstructed view of both mirrors to ensure safe operation of the vehicle.

“Safety and security is central to everything we do, and providing a safe and healthy work environment for transit operators is a top priority,” said TTC Chair Jon Burnside. “The full shield design-concept presented to the TTC Board will protect our team members from the very real risk of assault, but also allows them to communicate easily with passengers. It is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the TTC and our union partners work in partnership together.”

The TTC and ATU Local 113, working together with ATU International and Centennial College, have also begun work on a new system that will improve air quality and the health of passengers and operators.

“The Bus Design Innovation Program is transformative, and will greatly improve the security and safety of our bus operators,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “We aim to set new global standards in protection from assaults, and in air quality, to ensure the TTC is fully prepared for the next pandemic and seasonal viruses. I want thank our union partners and Centennial College for this incredibly important partnership with the TTC.”

“Our union has been leading the way in the industry on safety and security for our members and riders as violence and attacks have increased on transit systems. We look forward to this important partnership with the TTC and our Local 113 to implement these design concepts that will save lives,” said ATU International President John Costa.

“We have an opportunity in establishing a new global benchmark in bus design, as world leaders in safety and service quality. Together we can make a vital contribution to the health and safety of transit workers, TTC riders and the City of Toronto,” said Marvin Alfred, President, ATU Local 113.

These new designs, along with several others, were recently presented to the U.S. Federal Transit Administration and other transit systems in North America, and have received broad interest and support. Further updates on the Bus Design Innovation Program will be presented publically through upcoming TTC Board meetings.
 
TTC and ATU Local 113 work together with ATU International on a new Bus Design Innovation Program starting with a concept to improve bus operator health and security

July 20, 2023

The TTC and ATU Local 113 have unveiled bus-of-the-future design-concepts to greatly improve security and provide a healthier working environment for bus operators, as part of a Bus Design Innovation Program together with ATU International and Centennial College.

Building on best practices from transit agencies globally, the design provides a complete barrier that shields a bus operator’s workspace from the passenger compartment – greatly reducing the risk of being assaulted, while maintaining a clear unobstructed view of both mirrors to ensure safe operation of the vehicle.

“Safety and security is central to everything we do, and providing a safe and healthy work environment for transit operators is a top priority,” said TTC Chair Jon Burnside. “The full shield design-concept presented to the TTC Board will protect our team members from the very real risk of assault, but also allows them to communicate easily with passengers. It is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the TTC and our union partners work in partnership together.”

The TTC and ATU Local 113, working together with ATU International and Centennial College, have also begun work on a new system that will improve air quality and the health of passengers and operators.

“The Bus Design Innovation Program is transformative, and will greatly improve the security and safety of our bus operators,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “We aim to set new global standards in protection from assaults, and in air quality, to ensure the TTC is fully prepared for the next pandemic and seasonal viruses. I want thank our union partners and Centennial College for this incredibly important partnership with the TTC.”

“Our union has been leading the way in the industry on safety and security for our members and riders as violence and attacks have increased on transit systems. We look forward to this important partnership with the TTC and our Local 113 to implement these design concepts that will save lives,” said ATU International President John Costa.

“We have an opportunity in establishing a new global benchmark in bus design, as world leaders in safety and service quality. Together we can make a vital contribution to the health and safety of transit workers, TTC riders and the City of Toronto,” said Marvin Alfred, President, ATU Local 113.

These new designs, along with several others, were recently presented to the U.S. Federal Transit Administration and other transit systems in North America, and have received broad interest and support. Further updates on the Bus Design Innovation Program will be presented publically through upcoming TTC Board meetings.
Hopefully this will finally get Novabus to redesign their damn outdated bus design, and New Flyer will find a way to give operators some more leg room.

It's too bad Orion went out of business because their buses have a pretty ergonomic driver's compartment which works really well for operators.
 
Not really sure where to put this but i was browsing the TTC website and came across this page https://www.ttc.ca/accessibility/Contactless-Elevator-Access . It's about a pilot project they are trying out that uses an app on your phone to control the elevator. According to the FAQ section it's also being used at Toronto Pearson international airport as well.
 
I laughed when I saw this from their video:
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They are really asking for trouble (with that 2nd bullet) if this image gets out haha.

I'd hope they are at least spending money on better wayfinding within their elevators if they are going to spend money on this. I believe there is still inconsistent numbering with some stations (some stations count floors up, others down). Toronto tradition: the wayfinding is inconsistent and not intuitive. There are a couple good examples where the TTC elevator buttons are labeled effectively. 'Trains' comes to mind with subway/metro logo.

And the segregation of our transit agencies makes it worse when navigating between them...Go transit elevator labelling, for example, is much worse... Can you guess what LT or LP means in an elevator (Pickering Go station)? How about B1, B2 or C2 (union)? At least TTC for the most part sticks to numbers or obvious destination labels.
 

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