Bryan Martyniuk lives in Thunder Bay and sent along pictures of 4446 from today. 4446 will be the next new streetcar to join the TTC’s fleet. It’s a little too far for me to get up to Thunder Bay to see the new streetcars or GO Transit coaches roll off the line so it’s great to have Bryan be there.
4446, a Flexity Freedom, and GO 4020, a bilevel coach. The GO coach is in primer paint and will head to North Bay for the final paint job. Photo credit Bryan Martyniuk.
On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the TTC began operation of its new Flexity streetcars with pantograph power collection on the 509 Harbourfront route. This is a short, comparatively isolated route running entirely with Flexitys where problems, if any, can be ironed out on a small piece of the network. Any off route moves including carhouse trips are done with trolley poles, and the normal changeover point between modes is at Exhibition Loop.
While my fiancee was at a bridal store for a wedding party she’s in I was able to do something I really enjoy in Toronto: walk along a street and find a cafe I’ve never been to.
That’s the exciting party of a vibrant, mixed use street. You never know where you’ll end up.
Bookshelf at Enigma on Bloor Street West.
The Bloor-Dundas hub has a lot of potential in my mind because of the excellent transit service:
Two streetcar routes and several bus routes;
GO Transit train service and a 7 minute UP Express ride from Union Station;
West Toronto Rail Path; and
It’s almost connected with the new Bloor Street bike lanes.
Location of Enigma.
The other fun part of finding a new, local, small cafe is that you know you’re supporting hard-working small business leaders, just like my friends at T By Daniel in Brampton and on Main Street. It’s also accessible by good transit service and worth checking out.
I was thrilled to see a tweet by Councillor Joe Cressy that a pinch point for people walking and cycling along the Martin Goodman waterfront trail will now be eliminated. Right now the sidewalk and the bicycle trail merges for a short distance just east of Bathurst St. There is a “cyclist dismount” sign where cyclists are asked to walk their bikes along the trail/sidewalk before resuming.
This has been a challenging and unsafe situation since it opened and it’s great to see that it will now be fixed.
Blue = Martin Goodman Trail, pink = sidewalk, orange = expanded deck to create more space.
Toronto is blessed with many ravines that offer an escape from the busiest of city life. Had some free time so I walked in the Nordheimer Ravine. I started at St. Clair West and ended up at the Summerhill TTC subway station.
Nice wooden bridge just ahead.
Sadly you’ll sometimes see plaques like this in Toronto covered in graffiti. Thankfully this one wasn’t.
I enjoyed seeing this YouTube video posted today by the Eglinton Crosstown LRT team. It shows the construction work on the surface portion of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The LRT will open in 2021 and yes, I’ll be there opening day. More details on the project here.
Metrolinx has issued permits for third-party work required before City contractors can complete the trail work. The third-party work includes a cable utility relocation at the new Belleville Underpass, and the trail crossing over the active rail line by the new Pottery Road trail bridge. The rail crossing work can only happen on weekends due to weekday commuter rail traffic.
Meanwhile, City contractors are assembling all the plant material and new soil required for site restoration and enhancements, ready to mobilize when the third-party providers have completed their work in the next few weeks. Re-grading and paving the affected portions of trail will be the last step.
Plans are coming together for a re-opening event and celebration of Toronto’s ravines in September. It will be announced here, and we hope you will join us to ride, walk, and enjoy the new connections and underpass.