Good morning! It’s a warm, grey day in Toronto– cloudy, with 100% probabliity of protests (also some afternoon rain, but I think we can guarantee protests).
Here’s your traffic/transport update for Saturday.
- Roads closures: Take a look at Saturday’s protest list. The start times and planned routes are a hint (a hint!) at what roads might be closed when. We’ve got protesters gathering in Yonge-Dundas at 12pm, the US Consulate at 12:30 and Queen’s Park at 1:00pm. There are protesters camped at Allan Gardens (Carlton/Sherbourne) who are as of 9:15 being searched. Any and all of the connecting roads– Yonge, University, College/Carlton, Queen, Spadina, King etc. could be closed from noon onwards.
- ISU Announcements Link— Useful information on roads.
- Fence: The fence gates are closed. University Avenue is blocked off completely at Front. There is a surreal photo of people, shortly after they were closed, trying to get through.
- TTC: Some excellent advice from Brad Ross at the TTC at 9:00 Saturday morning…
- Expect significant delays in the downtown core today, especially on streetcar routes. Use the subway where you can. All lines/stns open
- … but remember, bomb scares have caused some disruptions on these lines over the past few days, so you might be stuck.
- GO Transit is up and running today and over the weekend. However, Union Station entrance access is limited to the Bay Street entrance (and York Street heading south). Front doors are fenced in If you usually travel through Union on the GO Train you will need to disembark at Union and get on a new train to continue.
- Via Trains are running, but they are not going to Union. If your ticket takes you to Union, you will be able to get off your Via train and catch a continuing Go Train at Oakville, Oshawa, Brampton and Oriole to get there.
- If you’re looking to shop this is not a great weekend. Food-shops normally open 24h were closed last night, and will continue to be closed at night until Monday. The Eaton Centre was evacuated yesterday due to a false-alarm bomb or weapons scare.
Let’s hope for peace and calm today for residents,visitors, police and protesters. We’re all affected by rising anger.