What we are doing and why

As part of its preventative and corrective maintenance program, TTC will be conducting wood-tie replacement in the open-air section between Davisville and Eglinton stations. In particular, this work will focus on the track section between Imperial Street and Lola Road. The work will range from replacing ballast (stones), replacing wood ties and tamping new ballast to secure the track system in place. The work is essential to maintain the track in state of good repair and ensure a safe and smoother subway operations through the area.

Early subway closure

Subway service on Line 1 between Lawrence and Bloor-Yonge will end nightly at 11 p.m. on May 25 to 28. Regular subway service will resume each morning at approximately 6 a.m. These early subway closures will allow crews to expedite the wood-tie replacement work, which would normally take up to 5 weeks of nightly activity between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. to complete.

Night work

This wood-tie replacement work can only be safely conducted when the subway is not operating. Crews will begin working and delivering materials shortly after subway service ends each night.

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 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. Crews will also use portable and hand-held hydraulic equipment to complete the work.

Noise can be expected when some equipment and subway work-cars are in full operation.

TTC service – May 25 to 28

After 11 p.m. nightly, shuttle buses will run frequently and stop at each station between Lawrence and Bloor-Yonge stations. Summerhill Station will be closed. All other stations will remain open for PRESTO fare purchases and access to surface routes.

Note: Trains will operate at a reduced speed both ways through the work area between Davisville and Eglinton stations for the duration of the maintenance project.

Maintaining subway infrastructure in a state of good repair is critical to ensuring a safe, reliable transit system.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this necessary track maintenance.