July 21, 2017
Last weekend, TTC crews successfully replaced a stretch of worn out rail on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, between Jane and Ossington stations. This was proactive work that removed the risk of a major disruption had the affected rail been left to possibly break.
This is typical of the proactive approach to maintenance that we have now adopted and that is resulting in improved service and fewer delays. Through better understanding of the state of our assets, we aim to fix infrastructure before it becomes a problem, by renewing track, drainage systems and signals.
A lot of this work takes place overnight in the few hours available when trains are not running. Crews inspect subway track and carry out cleaning and other maintenance activities, always mindful of the need to have their work completed and be clear of the track to ensure a prompt start-up of service each morning.
Bigger tasks like last weekend’s rail replacement are simply not possible during the overnight maintenance window. For that reason we use weekend closures, which achieve the equivalent of five weeks’ worth of individual nights.
I know from feedback that such closures are not popular, but they are necessary if we are to avoid the problems of some American systems, such as Washington, D.C., where the infrastructure has degraded to the point that entire sections of the subway have faced weeklong closures for emergency work.
By taking proactive action to maintain our infrastructure, and by progressively renewing our signalling system to add capacity for the future, we are rebuilding the TTC to serve this great city for decades to come.
Last weekend, Line 2 was closed between Jane and Ossington stations. During the closure, TTC crews were able to complete crucial work, including:
- Replacement of 1,400 ft. of power cables
- Replacement of 603 ft. of rail
- Replacement of four main line switch machines
- Removal of a restricted speed zone between St George and Spadina stations
- Upgrading of three track circuits
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we complete work that will make the TTC more modern, efficient and safer.
For more information on subway closures and surface diversions, visit the Service Advisories
Line 2 Bloor-Danforth
This weekend, July 22-23, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth will be closed between St George and Broadview stations only due to City of Toronto work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. TTC crews will also take the opportunity to undertake subway maintenance.
Shuttle buses will operate throughout the closure, stopping only at subway stations along the route.
Wheel-Trans will operate between St George and Broadview stations upon request for customers requiring an accessible connection. Speak with any TTC staff to request the service.
Regular service resumes Monday at 6 a.m.
Special events taking place on the weekend will cause the following routes to divert. Visit ttc.ca to plan your trip:
Junior Carnival – July 22
- 39 Finch East
- 133 Neilson
Big on Bloor – July 22-23
- 300 Bloor-Danforth
OSS Fest – July 22-23
- 63 Ossington
Festival of South Asia – July 22-24
- 506 Carlton shuttle buses
Name: Terrence Medford
Position: Bus Operator
Years of experience: 20
I started at the TTC in 1997 as a bus operator at Malvern Division and I am still driving the same route today. I love driving and meeting new people every day; I try to always interact with customers and make them happy. A passion of mine is sports and I am lucky to be the president of recreation at Malvern Division for 12 years and the director of sports on the TTC’s recreation council. I am also the manager of the ATU113 basketball team. Our team just won the international tournament, which was a great experience. Outside of work, I play table tennis professionally and have won medals in both the Canada and Ontario senior games. I believe it is very important for employees to keep a work-life balance; sports are a form of relaxation and it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle.
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