December 4, 2015
Last week (Nov. 27) , Mayor John Tory, TTC Chair Josh Colle and a number of TTC Commissioners vis-ited Wilson Yard to witness the progress being made in replacing the 60-year-old signalling system on Line 1.
Where the current, traditional system relies on fixed gaps between trains to maintain safety, the modern equipment being installed enables trains to run much closer together, safely, allowing much-needed line capacity once the system is in place.
Replacing safety-critical equipment, such as a signalling system on a subway system that must continue to operate, is not something that can be done quickly or easily — crews only have access to the track when trains are not running. We don’t have the luxury of a long-term closure of the line to install the new equipment, and the few hours afforded us each night after service ends don’t allow sufficient time to get this complex work completed. This is why we use weekend closures, supported by a substitute bus service.
With the press of a start button, our guests rode a train under Automatic Train Control (ATC) along our specially constructed test track. Once installation and testing is complete, we’ll progressively introduce ATC over a two-year period from the end of 2017.
ATC is a key element of our modernization of the TTC. It will deliver greater service reliability and much-needed additional line capacity.
Thank you for patience during the closures to get this work finished; the new system will be worth the wait.
Today marks the end of an era at the TTC. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the last of the Orion V bus series will make its final run on the 196 York University Rocket route from Downsview Station to York University and back.
The Orion V began service in Toronto in 1996. The TTC had two series, 135 diesel (7000-7134) and 50 natural gas buses (9400-9449), which were subsequently converted to diesel. The TTC now has 1570 Orion VII buses and 223 Nova buses — articulated and conventional — all low-floor with ramps for accessibility
This weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, there will be no subway service between St George and Keele stations on Line 2 as the TTC conducts state-of-good-repair work, including replacing track switches near Ossington and Christie stations.
Christie Station will be closed, but all other stations will remain open for the sale of fare media. A frequent shuttle bus service will operate along Bloor St. between St George and Keele stations.
Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available for customers who require accessible transit. Customers can speak with any uniformed TTC employee at any station to make use of this service.
Regular subway service will resume on Monday morning at 6 a.m.
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In my current position I am responsible for leasing and management within TTC properties. I love working for the TTC because I get to meet and work with many people inside and outside the organization, who provide beneficial services to our customers. I also enjoy working with a team of colleagues who share my passion for customer service and making their ride on TTC more enjoyable. Outside of work I coach minor hockey and love classic cars.
Wi-Fi expanding to more stations
Wi-Fi is now available at Sherbourne, Castle Frank, Bathurst and Christie stations, and BAI Canada has committed to a full rollout across the subway system, with plans to bring 25 more stations online by the end of the summer. All stations will be complete by 2017.
Also, starting today, and for the rest of December, Wi-Fi in TTC stations is being sponsored by Twitter. To get onto Wi-Fi, customers will need to log into their Twitter accounts. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one simply by providing your email address or phone number. Once logged into the Wi-Fi network, you will remain connected for 12 hours while in TTC stations with Wi-Fi.
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