Andy Byford - CEO of TTC Vital TTC subway infrastructure work resumes this weekend

This weekend, we will undertake our first planned subway closure of the year, in order to resume essential work to renew track and signaling on Line 1 (Yonge-University).

During this closure from St George to Lawrence West, signal crews will install around 37,000 feet of cables needed for the new signaling system. At the same time, track crews will replace 2,700 feet of worn-out track, and grind 6,000 feet of rail to ensure a smooth journey.

TTC Employees Track Work

By giving crews around 50 hours of unfettered access to the track over a weekend closure, we can achieve the equivalent of five weeks’ worth of work, thereby bringing the reliability and line capacity benefits of renewed infrastructure that much closer.

We fully recognize that planned closures test your patience so we maximize the amount of other work done in the affected area while trains are not running. This includes escalator and elevator maintenance that would otherwise have to be undertaken during the week and proactive maintenance and cleaning of the entire closed section.

The new signaling system will go live in phases from the fall of next year and the whole line will be equipped by the end of 2019. Service reliability will be transformed and the system will enable us to run more trains to accommodate ever-increasing ridership. Once we have finished Line 1, we will install similar equipment as part of the modernization of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth).

Thanks for bearing with us while we modernize the TTC. It will be worth the wait.

Service this weekend

Line 1

This weekend, March 5-6, Line 1 will be closed from St George to Lawrence West stations while we conduct subway signal and maintenance work.
Shuttle buses will run, stopping at subway stations along the route. However, while Metrolinx performs additional work at Eglinton West Station, shuttle buses will stop at the intersection of Eglinton Ave. W. and Bathurst St. rather than at the station.

Regular service resumes Mon., March 7 at 6 a.m.


63/363 Ossington and 109 Ranee Buses

Metrolinx work will require the 63/363 Ossington and 109 Ranee buses to divert. See for details on this diversion.


501/301 Queen Streetcar

An overnight water main inspection on Queen St. W. at Shaw St. will require the 301/501 Queen streetcars to divert both ways via King St. W. and Shaw St. from midnight until 10 a.m. on Sun., March 6.
Shuttle buses will run on Queen St W. between Bathurst St and Roncesvalles Ave.

Want to know why planned subway closures happen, and what goes on while service is suspended? Watch our latest video on the TTC YouTube Channel

Statement on Tuesday’s service suspension

In the early morning of March 1 (Tuesday), a fire in a TTC underground chamber that houses electrical cables caused a service suspension in the downtown core affecting both the subway and streetcar networks during the morning rush hour. The TTC continues to investigate the cause of the fire.

 The TTC would like to thank its partners at Toronto Police, Toronto Fire, City Transportation and Metrolinx in assisting us and our customers, to whom we are also grateful for their patience and co-operation, during a very difficult morning.

Employee Profile
Emily Rendina - Senior Clerk

Name: Emily Rendina
Position: Senior Clerk - Duncan Shop
Years of service: 33

I provide secretarial and clerical support to the Sr. Manager of Shops and perform a variety of administrative duties for Duncan Shop. Approaching my 34th year with the TTC, I often get asked why I have not yet retired since I am eligible to do so. My response is always the same: Not only am I proud to work for this company, but I love to work in the Bus Maintenance Department. Our department overhauls buses and puts them back on the road. Many of my colleagues have become friends and we work as a team as we strive to get the job done. I try to leave work every day with a feeling of satisfaction knowing that I went the extra mile. I look forward to going in to work not only because I enjoy what I do and we try to make it fun at the same time but also because I enjoy the people I work with. I choose to stay and continue to enjoy what I do.

There are no major disruptions at this time.


POP All-door boarding is now available on all TTC streetcar lines 24 hours a day, seven days a week with proof-of-payment.

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