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Subway riders in for a detour

Tunnel repairs will mean some riders on Bloor-Danforth must switch trains

Dec. 13, 2006. 01:00 AM

On weekends in February and March, the Bloor-Danforth subway will be rerouted so that work crews can fix a deteriorating section of the train tunnel roof near the Bay St. station.

Commuters will not have to get on a shuttle bus or find their way on foot, but the plan to get trains past Bay station took TTC staff about a year to figure out, and relies on an out-of-use rail that runs beneath the station’s tracks and platform.

“We have a lot of water leaks because the tunnel is underground. The water has caused the tunnel structure to deteriorate,” said the TTC’s Rick Cornacchia, acting general manager of operations.

Westbound trains will run on the unused track that dips beneath Bay station, then veer southwest to Museum station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. From there commuters will have to catch another train north to St. George station in order to reconnect with the Bloor-Danforth line heading west.

Eastbound trains will run essentially the same route in reverse, and ascend from the underground track beneath Bay station to rejoin the Bloor-Danforth line at the Yonge/Bloor station.

Sound confusing?

On Saturdays and Sundays from Feb. 18 to March 31, TTC staffers will be available on the St. George and Museum platforms to help commuters understand which southbound and northbound trains are actually headed for the east-west Bloor-Danforth line.

The changes will affect commuters on the following six Saturdays: Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. And on the following six Sundays: Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

On those days, Bay station will be closed and commuters will have to walk to Museum station. Or, via the underground walkway accessed through buildings adjacent to Bay station, commuters could walk in warmth to the Yonge-Bloor station.

Regular service will resume Sunday, April 1.