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1. TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION

On June 26th and 27th, all subway services are expected to run normally. However, the 504 King, 6 Bay and the 72A Pape routes will be diverted through alternative routes. The 97B Yonge and 503 streetcar routes will be diverted on June 25th, neither route operates on weekends. The 509 and 510 streetcars will not stop at Queen's Quay station.

The TTC has suggested riders sign up for TTC eAlerts at www.ttc.ca. Updates will also be posted on Twitter and the TTC's Public Address system.

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2. GO TRANSIT

GO Transit operate as usual during the G20 Summit. However, as the Integrated Security Unit implements its security measures starting Tues., June 21st, there could be service disruptions. Schedule changes will be communicated as soon as possible through local media and the GO Transit web site.

Union Station will be open. However, from the evening of Friday, June 25, 2010 to Sunday, June 27, 2010, exits to Front Street will not be in use. Travelers will have to exit using the east or west side of Union Station. In addition, the Blue Route between Union Station and the Air Canada Centre will be open.

During this time, no vehicle traffic will be permitted on Front Street, west of Bay Street. A temporary "Kiss & Ride" and a temporary "Taxi Stand" will be located on Front Street east of Bay Street. Motorists wishing to access these locations should approach northbound on Bay Street from Lakeshore Boulevard West.

Traffic disruptions will be significant in this area and members of the public are encouraged to use public transit or the pedestrian walkways to enter or leave Union Station.

In addition, should security reasons dictate a securing of the perimeter prior to Friday, June 25, 2010; the above  changes to Union Station will also be in effect at that time. Members of the public are encouraged to listen to their local media for up to date information.

3. VIA RAIL

Last updated June 4

Via Rail Canada will move its operations out of Toronto's Union Station during the G20 Summit at the end of June.

Via says it will use suburban stations from June 24 through 27.

Stations in Oakville, Brampton, Oshawa and north Toronto will be used during the summit period. Passengers with Via connections will be shuttled between suburban stations to their connecting trains.

Via says it will make every effort to minimize shuttle travel times, but advises that travelers should expect delays. Additionally, due to extremely low advance ticket sales, Via says it will be operating a weekend schedule during those dates.

"Due to the proximity of Union Station to the main meeting location we know that there will be major congestion," said Via president Marc Laliberte. "We regret the inconvenience these changes may cause, but we believe that making them well in advance and communicating this information to travellers now will help minimize access issues for our customers."

Union Station will be open from the evening of Friday, June 25, 2010 to Sunday, June 27, 2010, but exits to Front Street will not be in use. Travelers will have to exit using the east or west side of Union Station.  In addition, the Blue Route between Union Station and the Air Canada Centre will be open.

During this time, no vehicle traffic will be permitted on Front Street, west of Bay Street. A temporary "Kiss & Ride" and a temporary "Taxi Stand" will be located on Front Street east of Bay Street. Motorists wishing to access these locations should approach northbound on Bay Street from Lakeshore Boulevard West.

Traffic disruptions will be significant in this area and members of the public are encouraged to use public transit or the pedestrian walkways to go into or leave Union Station.

In addition, should security reasons dictate a securing of the perimeter prior to Friday, June 25, 2010; the above  changes to Union Station will also be in effect at that time. Members of the public are encouraged to listen to their local media for up to date information.

4. GARDINER EXPRESSWAY

Last updated: June 11

Expect delays and closures during the G20 to accommodate motorcade travel. The public should expect closures and restrictions on the highways in and around Toronto on Thursday June 24th to Sunday June 27th due to G20 security operations. These measures will have a significant impact on traffic flow on the Gardiner Expressway, QEW, Highway 427 and Highway 401, the DVP and connecting arterial roads.

These closures will affect inbound traffic into Toronto on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and outbound traffic on Sunday.

The York, Bay and Yonge Street exit on the eastbound Gardiner will be closed on Thursday, June 25th until Sunday June 27th. The York Street ramp onto the westbound Gardiner will be closed on Sunday, June 27th.

Traffic disruptions are subject to change, public transit is encouraged.

Details:

Thursday June 24 to Saturday June 26: The eastbound QEW/Gardiner Expressway: expect periodic full closures and significant delays during these periods. At Highway 427, all eastbound traffic will be re-routed to Highway 427 northbound. The eastbound York, Bay, Yonge Streets exit will be closed.

Sunday June 27: Gardiner Expressway westbound: expect periodic full closures and significant delays which may also affect the Don Valley Parkway southbound and the westbound York Street exit will be closed.

5. LAKE SHORE BOULEVARD

Last updated: June 11

Lakeshore Boulevard will not be closed. However, there will be lane restrictions between Bay Street and Bremner Boulevard to accommodate a pedestrian walkway. There will be officers posted at three "cuts" in this walkway to facilitate vehicle access. These gaps will be at:

  • the entrance to the ACC/Maple Leaf Square underground;
  • at Bremner Boulevard;
  • the exit from the ACC/Maple Leaf Square underground.

Other roadways within the area of King Street, Yonge Street, Queens Quay and Spadina Avenue will experience closures or restrictions.

Parking: Parking in this area will be severely restricted. The public should be aware of changes to parking signs in the area. Cars will be towed. Please call 416-808-2222 if your care has been towed.

6. TORONTO ISLAND FERRY SERVICE

The ferry route between Ward's Island and the mainland will shut down on the evening of June 24th following its last departure from the city at 11:15 p.m. and from the island at 11:30 p.m.

In its place, the public ferry route will be redirected to Ward's Island to accommodate residents.

This disruption is expected to last until June 28th.

In addition, there will be increased police presence on Lake Ontario during the G20 summit.

7. TORONTO ISLAND AIRPORT

From June 24-28th, there will be airspace restrictions that will potentially impact recreational or charter operators who use Toronto airspace.

For up to date information on prohibited operations within the Toronto area check the NAV CANADA website frequently.

8. HIGHWAY 427

People who use Highway 427 should expect significant traffic delays, especially to and from Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Motorists should expect delays and should avoid these routes during the identified periods if possible. The use of public transit is strongly recommended during that time. Signs will be posted along the highway corridors to advise motorists of the closures, restrictions and the anticipated significant delays.

- Lane reductions on Highway 401 eastbound collectors to Highway 427 southbound at Renforth Avenue: expect significant delays.

- Highway 427 southbound collector lanes: expect periodic full closures and significant delays.

- Highway 427 southbound express ramp to the eastbound Gardiner Expressway: expect periodic full closures and significant delays.

- Southbound Highway 427 traffic will be required to exit to westbound QEW during these periods.

- Highway 427 northbound collector lanes from Browns Line to Highway 401 will be closed from early morning Sunday until late evening: expect significant delays. During this period there will be no access to the Highway 427 northbound collector lanes from any ramps.

Other road closures: Highway 401 eastbound ramp to Renforth Avenue and the on-ramps from Renforth Avenue to Highway 427 southbound will also experience periodic closures.

Highway 27 southbound will be periodically closed at the 401 overpass during periods when Highway 427 southbound collector lanes are closed. During these periods there will be no access to Highway 427 collector lanes from Highway 27: expect significant delays.

Eglinton Avenue West will be closed between Highway 427 and Renforth Ave.

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