April 15, 2016
Last week, the TTC was honoured to host the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, at our Hillcrest Complex. In his speech, Minister Sohi reiterated his government’s intention to invest in cities and transit infrastructure, which was good news for the TTC and Toronto as we tick both of those boxes.
Most encouragingly, the minister described how allocation of the funds available for transit projects will be calculated by ridership, not per capita, as has traditionally been the case. With a 26-per-cent share of national public transit ridership, this means that the TTC can look forward to a sizeable injection of funds, once the final calculations have been made.
Photo: TTC Chair Josh Colle and Minister of Infrastructure Amarjeet Sohi joined employees on a tour of the TTC's Harvey Shop
This is very good news, not least because the TTC has argued long and hard for increased, sustainable and predictable funding, so that we may tackle a legacy of decades of underinvestment in critical infrastructure projects, and begin to address a $2.7-billion shortfall in what is needed over the next 10 years to keep the existing network in a state of good repair.
Coupled with our successful call for increased operating subsidy from Toronto City Council, we are making headway in our campaign to get the TTC the funding it needs to provide the safe and reliable service that you deserve.
One of our most pressing infrastructure projects is the renewal of the subway signalling system to radically improve service reliability and to enable us to run more trains. Line 1 (Yonge- University) resignalling is underway, and I recently visited the facility in Rochester, N.Y. where our new signal system is being tested and manufactured. It was good to see state-of-the-art equipment, labelled up for dispatch to the TTC and ready to be installed over the coming weeks.
The new system will be introduced in several phases from the fall of 2017. Once Line 1 is complete, at the end of 2019, we will turn our attention to Line 2 (Bloor- Danforth). That project is currently unfunded so you can be sure it will feature prominently on our shopping list, given the good news that we heard from Ottawa last week.
Last weekend, April 9-10, TTC crews completed signal and track work, including the following, during the Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) subway closure between Bathurst and Jane stations:
- Re-insulation of 950 ft. of track
- Step board painting
- Replacing 30 feet of rail at High Park Station
- Replacing 7 signal relays
- Conducting track circuit upgrades from Landsdowne to Keele
- Rail drilling for reliability
This weekend, Line 1 (Yonge-University) will be closed from St George to Lawrence West stations for signal and track maintenance work. Customers can catch shuttle buses at subway stations along the route, though shuttle buses will not enter St Clair West, Eglinton West or Glencairn stations. Instead, you can board and exit shuttle buses at St. Clair Ave. W. and Bathurst St., Eglinton Ave. W. and Bathurst St., and Glencairn Ave. and Bathurst St.
Regular service resumes Monday morning at 6 a.m.
Late Opening - Line 2
Line 2 will open at noon this Sunday as TTC crews complete signal work and rail replacement. Shuttle buses will operate, and all stations will remain open during this period.
For more information on upcoming subway closures and diversions, visit the Service Advisories page.
Name: Brenna Taylor
Position: Station Supervisor
Years of experience: 16
I started working at TTC 16 years ago, and I’ve been a Station Supervisor for the past 4 months. It’s an extremely busy job; we spend our days in charge of the care and concern of employees and customers who use our system every day. We respond to anything asked of us, including emergency response, shuttle buses, going to track level, and even putting out fires. I love the variety - every call is different. I enjoy engaging with customers and I’m always there to help if anyone needs it. It’s been a pleasure getting to know a lot of employees and we really have a fantastic work force. There’s no other job like it.
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