(With some text by Richard White.)
This weekend, Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, the TTC is repairing tracks and switches near St. George Station on the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line. It’s detouring all trains that would ordinarily operate along this part of the Bloor - Danforth tunnel.
In the east, trains operate between Kennedy and Museum stations and, in the west, between Kipling and Museum stations. Trains from the east use a “wye” (or “Y” — because of its shape) junction linking Museum to the Bloor - Danforth line below Bay Station.
Trains operating to and from Museum serve St. George station, dropping off and picking up passengers at the upper platform that, normally, only trains operating along the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line use.
Passengers riding all 2 Bloor - Danforth trains must transfer at Museum. They cannot ride the same trains to travel along the University or Spadina lines.
Since the TTC never intended Museum Station to be a terminal, passengers may fill the platforms to capacity. To avoid the crowds that likely will cram Museum Station, try transferring between the 2 Bloor - Danforth and 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subways at St. George Station if you are traveling to and from the west or Bloor - Yonge Station if you are traveling to and from the east.
Museum is not an accessible station but, if you’re only changing trains, you don’t have to worry — you simply leave one train, cross the platform and then board another train. If you’re using a wheelchair or other mobility device and you need to get to the street, an accessible alternative would be to leave the train at St. George and take the elevator to street level if you are coming in from the west or, if you are coming in from the east, ride to Bloor - Yonge Station and use an elevator to head to the street from there.
Here’s what you can expect throughout the weekend — from 5 a.m. on Saturday, November 26 until 5 a.m. on Monday, November 28:
- Bay Station is closed to passengers. If you usually board or leave the subway at Bay Station, this weekend, you’ll have to use Bloor - Yonge, Museum or St. George Stations if you want to travel along the 2 Bloor - Danforth line.
- All 2 Bloor - Danforth trains operating to or from Bloor - Yonge Station pass through — but don’t stop at — the TTC’s “ghost station”, lower Bay Station.
- All east- and westbound trains detour to Museum Station, where they end their trips. If you want to travel further east- or westward along the line, you’ll have to exit the train at Museum, cross to the other side of the platform, then board a train going in the opposite direction to continue your trip.
- Both 1 Yonge - University - Spadina and 2 Bloor - Danforth subway trains share the same platforms at Museum Station.
- Southbound trains heading to downtown and Finch Station, eastbound trains to Kennedy Station and westbound trains to Kipling Station all stop at the southbound platform of Musuem Station. All 2 Bloor - Danforth passengers must exit the train and cross to the northbound platform to continue their trip. All 1 Yonge - University - Spadina trains operate normally and passengers may remain on the trains.
- Northbound trains heading to Downsview Station, eastbound trains to Kennedy Station and westbound trains to Kipling Station all stop at the northbound platform of Museum Station. The northbound platform will be crowded as passengers traveling in all directions will be boarding trains. Check the destination signs of each train to make sure that you’re getting on the right train. Listen to announcements over the public address system, read signs or ask TTC staff on the platform for directions to make sure you’re going the right way.
- Both 1 Yonge - University - Spadina and 2 Bloor - Danforth subway trains also share the same platform on the upper level of St. George Station. Southbound trains heading to downtown and Finch Station and eastbound trains to Kennedy Station share the southbound platform. Northbound trains to Downsview Station and westbound trains to Kipling Station share the northbound platform. Trains do not operate through the lower level of St. George. Check the destination signs of each train to make sure that you’re getting on the right train. Listen to announcements over the public address system, read signs or ask TTC staff on the platform for directions to make sure you’re going the right way.
- Both 1 Yonge - University - Spadina and 2 Bloor - Danforth subway trains travel to Queen’s Park, St. Patrick and Osgoode Stations. Yonge - University - Spadina trains operate normally, so that passengers can board and exit trains as they usually do. Bloor - Danforth trains carry no passengers and pass through all three stations without stopping.
- After all passengers leave the trains at the southbound platform of Museum Station, all 2 Bloor - Danforth trains travel southward to just north of St. Andrew Station, where they turn around and head northward to pick up passengers again at the northbound platform of Museum.
The TTC previously closed Bay Station and detoured 2 Bloor - Danforth trains to Museum on several weekends in February and March, 2007 and twice last year — on the Victoria Day weekend, from early Saturday, May 22 until early Tuesday, May 25 and from early Saturday, August 14 until early Monday, August 16, 2010. It also closed Bay and detoured trains to Museum from early Saturday, May 14 until early Monday, May 16 this year.