August 19, 2016
Last weekend’s planned Line 2 Bloor-Danforth subway closure between Pape and St George stations enabled us to complete extensive maintenance work on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct.
Working hundreds of feet above the Don Valley, our crews replaced a number of the massive beams that hold the subway tracks in place, difficult and time-consuming work that can only be done during a protracted closure of the subway.
This project is just part of the extensive maintenance and upgrade work that we have been doing in recent years to catch up with programs that had previously been deferred.
At the same time, we are fixing worn streetcar track, overhauling elevators and escalators, and upgrading our bus fleet with the same overriding objective: to make your journey more reliable in the future.
It’s not just infrastructure and vehicles that are being overhauled. We are also changing our maintenance philosophy to one of “fix before failure” rather than “fix on failure,” adopting proactive techniques that will take time to embed, but that will deliver improved service reliability. Finally, we have ordered specialist maintenance vehicles to automate some of the more risky and time-consuming tasks, part of our overall push to make the TTC more efficient.
Clearing the maintenance backlog will neither be quick nor cheap and it is a real challenge to achieve on the lowest operational subsidy of any North American transit company.
But it’s the right thing to do and it will enable us to improve service going forward. Thanks for bearing with us.
TTC streetcar service to the Exhibition grounds has resumed and will remain in place for the duration of the Canadian National Exhibition.
We have also added extra service starting today until September 5 to get you to the CNE. Use any of the following routes to Dufferin Gate Loop (west end of CNE grounds) or Exhibition Loop (east end of CNE grounds):
- From Dundas West Station, take the 193 Exhibition Rocket express service to the Dufferin Gate Loop.
- From Dufferin Station, take the 29 Dufferin express or local service south to the Dufferin Gate Loop.
- From Bathurst Station, take the 511 Bathurst service south to the Exhibition Loop.
- From Union Station, take the 509 Harbourfront service to the Exhibition Loop.
You can also plan your trip in advance by visiting ttc.ca
Taste of Manila
Buses on the 7/310 Bathurst and 160 Bathurst North routes will divert starting tonight at midnight until Sunday at 11 p.m. for the Taste of Manila festival, which will close Bathurst St. from Wilson Ave. to Laurelcrest Ave.
Buses will divert via Wilson, Wilson Heights, and Sheppard Aves.
Bay Street Tunnel
The Bay Street tunnel will be closed this Sunday from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. due to Toronto Hydro work, causing the 317/510 Spadina, 6 Bay and 320 Yonge night routes to divert. For more information on this diversion, visit ttc.ca.
For details on these, and other, route diversions, you can receive up-to-the-minute advisories by subscribing to eAlerts or following @TTCnotices on Twitter
Name: Valorie Flynn
Position: Stores Technician
Years of service: 35
When I was hired by the TTC, I became the first woman in trades departments, working as a helper. Now, 31 years later, I’m a stores technician, floating from garages to carhouses where I order parts, load and unload trucks, and deal with operations and mechanics. My friends are the best part of my job; I love working with people. In my free time, I volunteer as a Service Officer for the Legion, where I take care of veterans and cadets of all ages. I take veterans out on day trips, and I make sure they get the benefits and medals they deserve. Recently I was awarded the Department of Veterans Affairs Accommodation for taking care of our veterans, which I’m quite proud of. Our veterans won’t be with us forever, and they’re the most wonderful people to talk to. I hope parents bring their children out to Warriors’ Day to meet our veterans.
Free rides for veterans on Warriors’ Day
This Saturday, August 20, the TTC is proud to be abl e to of fer Canadian veterans of war and peacekeeping missions, along with one companion, free transit to commemorate the 95th Annual CNE Warriors’ Day. Veterans and peacekeepers are asked to show their service medals/ribbons to receive free TTC service.
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