Early Closures on Line 1 Subway Starting Next Week

Early Closures on Line 1 Subway Starting Next Week

Starting next week, there will be a series of closures on the Line 1 Subway. These closures are being done for tunnel and signal upgrades, and to support work on the Eglinton Crosstown project. Be advised of closures on the following dates:

Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 11 to 14
Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 18 to 21
Finch to St Clair full weekend closure January 23 and 24
Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 25 to 28

Shuttle buses will be …

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Yonge Street Transformation

Yonge Street Transformation

The future of Willowdale looks much brighter today after Council strongly supported the plan to Transform Yonge between Sheppard and Finch.

When it’s completed, we’ll have a wide boulevard for pedestrians, restaurant patios, plantings, and a bicycle lane separated from both cars and pedestrians. The space will be created by reducing traffic lanes to two in each direction, plus turn lanes and bus bays.

The plan – which was strongly supported by community leaders, urban experts and advocates for pedestrian and cycling safety – will change our …

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Solutions to Street Racing May Come With Cameras

Solutions to Street Racing May Come With Cameras

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

Does COVID-19 have an impact on neighbourhood noise?  We were starting to wonder over the summer.  While there have always been issues with souped up cars racing on our major roads in the middle of the night, especially on Yonge Street, Doris Avenue or Beecroft Road, complaints we received went through the roof in 2020.  Was car racing seen as an appropriate socially distanced recreational activity?

The most obvious concern, driving at high rates of speed, is a major hazard …

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TTC Closures This Weekend

TTC Closures This Weekend

There will be no service on Line 1 between Finch and St Clair stations this weekend, December 12-13. Work will continue on the installation of the Automatic Train Control signal system, so that trains can run more efficently. Shuttle buses will be running frequently during the closure.

John has worked with TTC staff to ensure that people are at least as safe while traveling on shuttle busses as they would be if the subway was running.

The TTC will have ambassadors handing out masks at the stations, …

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Sheppard-Finch Subway Closure Until December 14

Sheppard-Finch Subway Closure Until December 14

Until December 14, the Yonge subway line will be closed between Sheppard and Finch stations. In that time the TTC will be doing work on signal upgrades and asbestos removal, completing two and a half years of work in just 10 days.

To service these stations, shuttle busses will be deployed between Sheppard and Finch Stations, and John has worked with TTC staff to ensure that people are at least as safe while traveling on shuttle busses as they would be if the subway was running.

The …

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Entering The Future

Entering The Future

Entering The Future

While going through some old North York papers last week, I stumbled upon a document labelled “Vision 2020”, written 25 years ago, about the need to plan ahead for the year we’re now in. I couldn’t remember anything coming of it, so I searched Google.  Not even a mention.

That year, when opportunity came knocking, nobody was home. But next month at Council, we have a rare chance to shape Willowdale’s future in a way that will improve the lives of those who will …

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Looking Forward MoveTO Means More Reliable Transportation

Looking Forward MoveTO Means More Reliable Transportation

If COVID-19 has had one benefit, it may be the largest drop-off in traffic volumes ever recorded in Toronto. But eventually, it would be wise to expect a return to the growth of traffic and congestion seen over many decades. The current drop in demand should only present an opportunity to be ready for the rebound.

This week, City Council unanimously approved an action plan, dubbed MoveTO, to manage congestion and create an improved transportation network. Though many of the components have been in the works for several …

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Upcoming Subway Closures

Upcoming Subway Closures

From the morning of December 4 to the evening of December 14, the subway will be closed between Sheppard-Yonge and Finch stations so that the TTC can perform signal upgrades and asbestos removal from a section of subway tunnel just north of North York Centre station. The work that’s being done over these 10 days is what would normally be accomplished over two and a half years’ worth of nightly closures.

To service these stations, shuttle busses will be deployed between Sheppard and Finch Stations. John …

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COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

TORONTO – Residents in Willowdale joined local Councillor John Filion along with advocates from across the city at a virtual press event this morning calling on Toronto City Council to support recommendations for the reconstruction of Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch Avenues.

The report REimagining Yonge, returning to the City’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee on December 1, would revitalize Yonge St. with much wider sidewalks, enough room for planting, benches and outdoor patios plus a bike …

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Improving Transit? Lets Follow the Numbers

Improving Transit? Lets Follow the Numbers

COVID-19 has exposed many inequities in our city and put an enormous strain on municipal infrastructure. Transit has been impacted tremendously. For many thousands, including many workers on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic, public transit is the best and only affordable option to get around. More busses are needed to adequately meet this need while allowing riders to be safely distanced. On busy bus routes, including local bus lines on Steeles Avenue, Finch Avenue, and Sheppard Avenue, this remains a big …

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Community Conversations about Parks Improvements and Road Safety with Councillor Filion

Community Conversations with Councillor Filion and Local Community Leaders!

Over the next month Councillor Filion is pleased to host a series of community conversations about two important, Willowdale-based topics:

Parks Improvements
Road Safety

Each conversation will focus on ways that these topics affect a specific geographic neighbourhood in Willowdale. The panelists are made up of community leaders in that neighbourhood so that each conversation will have a distinct local feel. A question and answer period for participants will be open at the end of each conversation.

To find out when …

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ASE Cameras Ticket 416 in Willowdale

ASE Cameras Ticket 416 in Willowdale

After three months of operation, Willowdale’s Automatic Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras are still catching speeders. While the number of tickets issued dropped from 580 in the first month to 416 in the third, speeds aren’t dropping appreciably. Unfortunately, WIllowdale also has the dubious honour of catching the six biggest repeat offenders in the entire city, issuing them 6 tickets each so far.

The cameras have been moved from their old locations at Lillian St south of Abitibi Ave & Patricia Ave west of Homewood Ave to …

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