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Subway Emergency Simulation, Subway Tunnel – York University Station, Bus routes 41, 60, 106, 107, 195, 196A, 196B, 199B servicing York University

October 13, 2017

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:  6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As part of the commission process of the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) and its commitment to enhancing safety, the Toronto Transit Commission will conduct several emergency exercises to test the effectiveness of emergency planning, equipment and training.

Emergency Simulation

On Wednesday, October 25th from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., the TTC will be conducting an emergency simulation in the tunnel south of the York University Station. Key elements in the exercise include: observing/evaluating protocols and procedures, and examining opportunities for improvements.

The general scenario involves an emergency response to evacuate a subway train in the tunnel leaving York University Station while maintaining operations elsewhere in the transit System. The exercise will involve approximately 600 participants in passenger roles.

White non-toxic theatrical smoke will be used during this activity to simulate the emergency situation. The smoke will emanate through the tunnel vent shafts at various locations, i.e. at the station and The Pond Rd. A mega-phone may be used intermittently during the exercise. Activity during this simulation will be apparent at street level.

During the exercise the participants will be evacuated from the subway tunnel at York University Station at approximately 9 a.m. to a place of safety on the campus grounds. The simulation will be completed by 4 p.m. at which time regular bus service will resume.

Emergency Response Services

Toronto emergency services; Police, Fire and Paramedics will participate in the exercise and have a large presence at the site. Additionally, 911 Emergency Dispatch is of course informed.

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TTC Service

The York University bus service will operate on ‘special event mode’ from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

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Construction Information Line: 1-800-223-6192


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