Subway service is scheduled to be suspended between Kipling and Islington stations on the weekends of August 19/20 and September 23/24 in order to carry out track work.

August 19/20 weekend: Work will involve rail and wood-tie replacement in the open-air section just west of Islington Station to the Bloor Street Bridge.

September 23/24 weekend: Work involves rail replacement west of the Bloor Street Bridge.

Advance work – starting July 27

Prior to the August 19/20 weekend closure some preparation work is required to ensure that the rail and wood-tie replacement work can be completed during the scheduled weekend closure.

Starting July 27 after regular subway service ends, track crews will begin removing ballast/stones along the section of track east of the Bloor Street Bridge – see map. This activity will occur nightly leading up to the August 19/20 weekend closure.


A subway work-car will be used nightly at track level between the work location to vacuum up/remove the old ballast (stones) and expose the wood-ties that support the mainline tracks. This method of removing the ballast from the track area is quick and less likely to cause damage to existing underground cabling and possible disruptions to subway service.

Additional night work (up to two weeks) will be required after the weekend closure in order to tamp the new ballast and stabilize the track system into place.

The equipment used will generate some noise when in full operation.

There is no advance work scheduled prior to the Sept. 23/24 weekend rail replacement work west of the Bloor Street Bridge.

Work hours

This preliminary work can only be carried out overnight when the subway is not in service (approx. 2 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday - Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday) and will continue nightly up to the weekend closure. Regular subway service resumes in the morning.

Note: Trains will operate at a reduced speed both ways through the work area for the duration of the project. As a requirement for the track work, the automatic rail lubrication system located west of Islington Station has been shut off. At completion of all the planned track maintenance and the August 19/20 subway closure, the lubricator will be reactivated. During the period when the lubricator is off, higher than normal squeal noise from subway operations will be audible.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve transit in Toronto.

For further information:

Paul Tran, Community Liaison, 416-981-1601;