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TTC service information for Toronto Raptors Parade tomorrow

June 16, 2019

The TTC is advising customers travelling in or around the downtown core tomorrow to leave themselves extra travel time, as many downtown bus and streetcar routes will divert to accommodate the parade and events celebrating the Toronto Raptors.

The TTC is adding additional resources to accommodate commuters and those participating in the parade, including:

- A large volume of extra staff situated throughout the subway system and around downtown to help direct customers, answer questions, asses service and manage crowding.

- More frequent subway service.

- More frequent streetcar and bus service in the downtown core

The TTC will also be participating in the parade. A vintage General Motors bus, wrapped specially for the occasion, will transport dignitaries along the route during the event.

Several routes will be on diversion and/or modified service to accommodate the significantly increased volume of traffic expected in and around downtown, including:

- 5 Avenue Rd
- 6 Bay
- 29 Dufferin
- 72 Pape
- 121 Fort York-Esplanade
- 501 Queen
- 504 King
- 505 Dundas
- 509 Harbourfront
- 510 Spadina
- 511 Bathurst

Please note that the 510 Spadina will not be available at Union Station after 9 a.m. Anyone travelling in that area should use the 509 Harbourfront instead to connect with the 510 at Spadina Ave. and Queens Quay (Spadina Loop). Some of the diversions will be in place as early as 6 a.m. tomorrow and may continue into the evening rush hour. Please check ttc.ca for more detailed diversion routing information.

Toronto is a big city and although a great deal of advance planning is occurring, diversions and service may change as conditions deem necessary. Please continue to be patient and respectful of your fellow commuters and check @TTCnotices regularly for the most up-to-date service information.

Also, the TTC is reminding customers that service on Line 1 between Eglinton and Bloor Yonge will end at 11 p.m. tomorrow night for ATC signal upgrades. Shuttle bus service will be provided and the University side of Line 1 will operate as usual.

The TTC wishes the entire City of Toronto and Greater Toronto Area a fun and celebratory day at the parade and reminds everyone to travel safely.
 

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Though Montreal and Toronto have different 'geography" and different travelling patters this may be of interest.

A shuttle service by ferry between Pointe-aux-Trembles and Montreal’s Old Port started Sunday morning. The pilot project, which follows a one-week trial last year, will run seven days a week until Sept. 28.

The Société des traversiers du Québec has awarded a three-year, $7-million contract to Croisières Navark to operate the water shuttle.

Aimed at pedestrians and cyclists, the shuttle offers an alternative to the lengthy commute for east-end residents.

Tickets can either be booked online at navark.ca or bought on site. Credit cards and cash are accepted.

The ferry costs $3.50 for a pedestrian and $4.50 for a cyclist. It travels between the end of St-Jean-Baptiste Blvd. to the ferry dock at the Old Port, and a one-way trip takes about 30 minutes. Ferries depart every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 60-75 minutes the rest of the day and on the weekend. The full schedule is available at navark.ca.

See: https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/ferry-service-from-pointe-aux-trembles-starts-sunday
 

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Admittedly, today's events downtown are somewhat out of the ordinary.

That notwithstanding, they serve to reinforce the case both for the Ontario Line and also for expanding existing near to over capacity stations on Line 1.

Due to unsafe levels of crowding, trains bypassed Osgoode, Queen and Dundas!

The first 2 of these should be substantially enlarged by the Ontario line (this will be incredibly important in terms of exiting capacity in an emergency.

Dundas clearly needs a dedicated north exit off each platform; but I would also argue for enlarged mezzanines by at least 25% and finding room for large stairs/escalators to and from the surface on both the east and west sides.

The TTC already recognizes that St. Andrew, King and College are all close to their breaking points.

Its absurd that we've let it get this bad.
 
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^To be fair, this was the largest crowd ever concentrated in Downtown Toronto in our city's history. Not even the G20, 2015 Pan Am Games, 1992/1993 Blue Jays crowds come close to what we witnessed today. The TTC was actually surprisingly able to manage the crowds pretty well and I have to give them credit for not crippling service with various delays.

The problems we saw today are more related to not having any redundancies in our system directly caused by political ineptness from various levels of governments for eons. Torontonians should also get a pat on the back because they have a role in how we got to this mad state as well.
 

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Admittedly, today's events downtown are somewhat out of the ordinary.

That notwithstanding, they serve to reinforce the case both for the Ontario Line and also for expanding existing near to over capacity stations on Line 1.

Due to unsafe levels of crowding, trains bypassed Osgoode, Queen and Dundas!

The first 2 of these should be substantially enlarged by the Ontario line (this will be incredibly important in terms of exiting capacity in an emergency.
Ontario Line would have done absolutely nothing to prevent overcrowding on the streets, which is what lead to the stations being closed. Lines backed up from the stage down the street to the station and onto the train. There is no Line 1 platform or other redesign which could help people leave the station when there is no space on the surface streets. Ontario Line stations in that area would also have been closed.

Additional capacity is always useful for removing crowds from an area after an event but it's not particularly helpful in moving people into an area when that area has already reached (what the police/fire services consider) maximum capacity.
 
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Ontario Line would have done absolutely nothing to prevent overcrowding on the streets, which is what lead to the stations being closed. Lines backed up from the stage down the street to the station and onto the train. There is no Line 1 platform or other redesign which could help people leave the station when there is no space on the surface streets. Ontario Line stations in that area would also have been closed.

Additional capacity is always useful for removing crowds from an area after an event but it's not particularly helpful in moving people into an area when that area has already reached (what the police/fire services consider) maximum capacity.
While I agree capacity of streets/squares was an issue as well; there was in fact space on Yonge Street itself, both at Shuter and at Dundas, as well as points east. Neither of these stations needed to be shut solely on the basis of street-level crowding.

Osgoode is a different story, though Queen west of Simcoe had space, if you could get the crowd up to street level close to that point.

The current exits are all right at the corner of University and Queen which stifles any room to maneuver as it were.

If Osgoode had exits further west, as well off the extreme north and south of the platform, it would have helped a bit.

Also helpful would be more pedestrian/public space in downtown in general and in this precinct in particular.

That said, none of this would have made yesterday easy, just a bit less challenging.
 

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Ontario Line would have done absolutely nothing to prevent overcrowding on the streets, which is what lead to the stations being closed. Lines backed up from the stage down the street to the station and onto the train. There is no Line 1 platform or another redesign which could help people leave the station when there is no space on the surface streets. Ontario Line stations in that area would also have been closed.
Much of Monday's problems were that a huge portion of the parade was not strung along the subway lines (as Pride and Santa Claus have learned years ago). Therefore, too many people drove or were stuck using a few mostly Line 1 (University leg) stations. An open Ontario Line would have strung the parade over more of the subway system lessening some gridlock. It would have helped, at least a bit.
 

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