With friends in Grand Bend.
Always great to see these track-level shots of infrastructure upgrades. Note the installation of concrete ties.
Last weekend saw some temporary service adjustments for the Barrie Line and UP Express. But the pause – and patience by customers – produced some mighty work on the lines. It also led to a lesson in how past work was done, more than half a century ago.
It was one giant weekend to-do list – and all of it was checked off.
For Barrie Line and UP Express customers, last weekend (Sept 21-22) saw changes to routines as temporary service adjustments were made to allow for needed rail work. That toiling produced a lot of needed repairs and upgrades.
Hard at it – Track is installed with new concrete ties. Photo by George Wang.
Train service on the Barrie Line was replaced with buses during the weekend and the UP Express train ran every 30 minutes rather than the usual15 minutes – all to ensure GO and UP services…
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Brings back memories of how I was there at 5:30AM to be on the first revenue-service UP Express train. I was second in line and first to have a lost and the found item:
No time off for the young Toronto Pearson rail shuttle, as it continues to carve out an iconic place in quick and convenient travels between Canada’s largest airport and the downtown core. But there is a bit of a party going on for riders.
Talk about an old transit soul in a young bloodline.
Today (June 6, 2019) UP Express marks its 4th anniversary, shuttling customers – travellers from near and very far – between Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and downtown Toronto’s Union Station.
And while still a relatively new system, it serves an estimated 11,000 riders each day – departing every 15 minutes for the 25-minute run, each direction.
UP Express began to roll on June 6, 2015, in time for the 2015 Pan American Games.
An UP Express train leaves Pearson International Airport, heading to Union Station. It’s been on line for four years.
In honour of the…
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Great to see. Look forward to going to the Doors Open event on Saturday and seeing this LRV in person!
During our ongoing Crosstown Progress series, looking at every major element of Toronto’s Crosstown light rail transit project, we’ve seen work on the line, but haven’t seen the machines that will run on those rails. That changes today. Our Metrolinx light rail vehicles are being tested, and we can finally show you how they look while on the move.
Bigger than any baby, our next generation of transit vehicle is taking first public steps – and we could not be prouder.
The giant doors of the Eglinton Crosstown Maintenance Facility, at Toronto’s Mount Dennis station, are swinging open, as Metrolinx unveils our line of new light rail vehicles (LRV). Before today, the tinkering and tightening has largely been far out of sight of the public. Now it’s time to open those bay doors and let our LRVs play – and be tested – outside.
“I had a chance…
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Happy to have helped provide pictures for what the old Union Station Bay Concourse looked like before the renovation started.
Away from public view, the new section of Union Station is fast taking shape. Come this way to see for yourself.
A quarter inch of plywood. That’s what separates today from tomorrow for an important section of Canada’s most vital transit hub.
For customers and travellers who regularly use Union Station, it’s been impossible not to hear the bangs and clatter coming from beyond the construction walls at the east end of the building.
But today, we can lead you past those walls, to show you where construction on the Bay Concourse is today, and where it will head tomorrow.
A worker walks by a section of the Bay Concourse on April 30, 2019. (Photo by Matt Llewellyn)
The floors are poured, most of the railings are now being installed and later this year the City of Toronto, and its contractor, will pass over the baton to Metrolinx. At that…
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Great to see progress on the Hurontario LRT.
A busy interchange along the future Hurontario LRT route had the potential to create major congestion. Here’s how engineers resolved the complicated obstacle, ensuring traffic flow for both the LRT and your family’s SUV.
Actually, we can get you here from there.
Rathburn Road West is home to one of Mississauga’s largest transit hubs. On any given day, 1,800 MiWay buses pass through the City Centre Transit Terminal. Meanwhile more than 630 GO buses deliver travellers to one of the region’s busiest stations just down the street. It only makes sense the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) line connects with the same stop.
Beyond transit, this bustling area also plays host to one of the largest shopping malls in the country, as well as Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion campus.
The team working on the Hurontario LRT project faced a significant challenge – how to get commuters from Hurontario Street onto…
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If you see a “bull’s eye” light on one of Toronto’s old streetcars still operating and want to know the history of them, here’s a great post by Sean Marshall.
Replica of Toronto Railway Company streetcar #327 operates at the Halton County Radial Railway museum, with the unique glass bulbs visible below the metal “Belt Line” sign. Photo taken June 2012
In 1891, the Toronto Railway Company (TRC) was created, taking over the city’s streetcar system from its predecessor, the Toronto Street Railway. The TRC quickly began electrifying Toronto’s transit network, operating fifteen routes across the city. Electric streetcars were faster than horse-drawn trams, and passengers had difficulties figuring out which streetcar was theirs at night.
This was a problem as many streetcar routes overlapped. For example, Dupont and Avenue Road streetcars operated on Yonge Street south of Bloor, and Belt Line and Yonge streetcars both ran on Front Street. While the TRC had metal signs on the top and sides of each streetcar to denote the route, they weren’t illuminated. With electric light still in its infancy — arc…
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