TTC signal work closes part of Line 1 this weekend
May 17, 2017
This weekend, May 20-21, TTC crews will continue installation and testing of the new Automatic Train Control (ATC) signal system, requiring Line 1 Yonge-University to close between St George and Sheppard West (formerly Downsview) stations.
Because of on-street construction around Eglinton West, St Clair West and Dupont stations, shuttle buses will run between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations only. To supplement shuttle service and move customers more efficiently to the Yonge St. side of Line 1, the TTC is doubling service on nine east-west bus and streetcar routes in the closure area.
Surface routes with extra service are:
- 7 Bathurst
- 14 Glencairn
- 32 Eglinton West
- 52 Lawrence West
- 84 Sheppard West
- 96 Wilson
- 109 Ranee
- 127 Davenport
- 512 St Clair
To provide better bus service, parking will be restricted on Lawrence Ave. W. between Allen Rd. and Yonge St., and on Bathurst St. between Bloor St. and Barton Ave.
Wheel-Trans buses will operate during the closure for customers requiring an accessible connection. Customers can speak with any TTC staff to request the service.
Dupont and Glencairn stations will be closed. All other stations will be open for fare sales and access to surface vehicles.
During the closure, crews will perform essential train testing of the new ATC system between Spadina and Sheppard West stations in preparation for the opening of the Line 1 extension to York Region.
This is the fifth of 11 closures on this portion of Line 1 this year as the TTC modernizes its subway operations. When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.
While the TTC does much of its subway maintenance work at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend closures to complete ATC and state-of-good-repair work, like replacing track and maintaining switches. One weekend of work during a closure is equivalent to about five weeks of nightly work.
Here is a video explanation of signal systems, Automatic Train Control, and why the TTC needs weekends to complete critical work.
Regular subway service resumes Monday at 6 a.m., operating on a Saturday schedule. The next scheduled subway closures are:
- May 27-28 - Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: St George to Broadview
- June 3-4 - Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard West to St George
- June 10-11 - Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: St George to Broadview
505 Dundas/65 Parliament
The 505 Dundas and 65 Parliament routes continue to divert for City of Toronto watermain work and TTC track work, as streetcars and buses are restricted from the intersection of Dundas St. E. and Parliament St. The routes will divert as follows until June 5:
- 505 Dundas streetcars will divert in both directions via Dundas, Bay and College Sts., stopping at College Station, Carlton, Parliament and Gerrard Sts. and at Broadview Ave.
- 505 Dundas shuttle buses will provide service on Dundas and Shuter Sts. and Broadview Avenue, between the intersection of Dundas and Bay Sts. and Broadview Station.
- 65 Parliament buses will divert in both directions via Parliament, Shuter, Sherbourne, Gerrard and Parliament Sts.
Customers must transfer between 505 streetcars and 505 shuttle buses on Dundas St. W. at Bay St., or on Broadview Ave. between Broadview Station and Gerrard St. E.
As the TTC and the City of Toronto complete important infrastructure work this weekend - and throughout the spring and summer - customers should check ttc.ca for bus and streetcar route diversions. As well, to accommodate the many events that occur in a vibrant and exciting city like Toronto, some surface routes will divert for short periods of time. Customers can receive up-to-the-minute advisories by subscribing to e-Alerts or following @TTCnotices on Twitter.
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