June 17, 2016
Keeping the TTC’s subway infrastructure in a state of good repair is an ongoing challenge as we work hard to catch up after decades of underinvestment.
There is much work still to do to renew track, signals and other critical equipment so we can deliver more reliable service and run more trains. The good news is that we have now secured additional funds for this to happen.
Transit systems neglect state of good repair at their peril. Earlier this week, I was honoured to serve on an international panel, struck by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to give guidance to its transit provider, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), as it struggles with a rash of serious safety incidents and infrastructure failures.
WMATA have been ordered by their safety regulator to undertake a series of “safety surges” of protracted line closures to facilitate emergency track repairs and staff training.
Here at the TTC, we have also closed sections of the system over a number of weekends, but this is part of a proactive program to improve track and signal systems before they present a safety risk.
Weekend closures and speed restrictions, as we currently have southbound at Summerhill Station, are frustrating and I do appreciate your patience while we undertake this vital upgrade work.
It will all be worth it. Not only will we deliver transformed system reliability and capacity, we will also avoid a situation where such closures become a necessity.
This Mon., June 20, the first phase of the work to improve sections of College St. will begin, with crews removing and reconstructing streetcar platforms at Bathurst St. and at Bay St. to meet accessibility guidelines set out by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Between June 20 and June 26, the intersection of College and Bay Sts. will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and the intersection of College and Bathurst Sts. will be completely closed. Lane restrictions at Bay St. will be removed on Mon., June 27. Work will continue at the intersection of College and Bathurst Sts., which will remain closed, until July 12.
During this entire period, 506 Carlton weekday service will be split into two portions (east and west). On weekdays, streetcars will be maintained on the eastern portion of the route, and shuttle buses will operate on the western portion of the route. Overnight and on weekends, the entire 506/306 Carlton route will be operated by shuttle buses.
511 Bathurst streetcars will be replaced by shuttle buses, which will divert via Harbord St., Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. W.
For specific details about service changes and diversions, and the next stages of work, visit ttc.ca.
Line 1 Yonge- University
Line 1 Yonge - University will be closed this weekend from St Clair West to Downsview stations only as TTC crews conduct signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will operate, stopping at subway stations along the route.
Regular service resumes Monday at 6 a.m.
Taste of Little Italy
Starting at 6 p.m. today, streetcars on the 506 Carlton route will divert via Bathurst St., Dundas St. and Ossington Ave. for the Taste of Little Italy festival. Streetcars will divert until 5 p.m. on Sun., June 19.
For more information on upcoming route diversions and scheduled subway closures, visit the Service Advisories page at ttc.ca or receive up-to-the-minute advisories by following @TTCNotices on Twitter.
The first new streetcar route in Toronto in 16 years, the 514 Cherry route, running from the Distillery Loop to the Dufferin Gates Loop, will improve capacity along the busiest section of King Street and provide new streetcar service on Dufferin Street in Liberty Village and to the West Don Lands. The route will operate every 15 minutes or better, all day, every day, and will be partially operated with new accessible streetcars.
121 Fort York- Esplanade
The 121 Fort York- Esplanade will replace the 172 Cherry Street bus route, maintaining service along The Esplanade to the Distillery District, while extending service to new and fast-growing neighbourhoods west of downtown including Fort York and CityPlace. The route will connect at Union Station and oper-ate every 15 minutes or better, all day, every day.
The new route will operate to the Port Lands and Cherry Beach between May and October.
72B Pape (Pape Station to Union Station via Queens Quay)
The 72B Pape bus route will restore direct bus service from Pape Station to downtown Toronto. Ride all the way from Leslieville to Union Station in approximately 20 minutes.
Service will also be increased on the 72 Pape bus route, north of Eastern Avenue, to reduce crowding.
Name: Edmond Emmanuel
Position: Engineering Technologist
Years of service: 6
Before I started here six years ago, I always wanted to work for the TTC and be a part of moving people around this city. In my current job, I solve problems the shop finds when completing component overhaul for our subway trains and streetcars. Sometimes it’s a straightforward equipment failure, but a lot of the time we have to come up with creative engineering solutions to get equipment back up and running to serve customers. Dealing with 30 year-old components is a challenge and I love the opportunity to problem-solve day after day and to fix and reuse old components using my engineering skills.
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