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Weather disrupted TTC services again,
January 8

The cold weather (and other issues) continued to hamper the TTC in its efforts to provide service to passengers yesterday, Wednesday, January 9, especially along streetcar routes and the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line, similar to delays and service issues on January 6 and 7 (See Transit Toronto’s posts here, here and here):

  • “mechanical issues” aboard a Scarborough RT train at Ellesmere Station required the TTC to operate shuttle buses to replace RT service throughout the morning rush hours.
  • a watermain break at Dufferin Street and Wingold Avenue required the TTC to detour buses serving the 29 Dufferin route on a wide diversion along Tycos Drive, Caledonia Road and Castlefield Avenue.
  • “overhead [wiring] issues” on Queen Street East, required the TTC to detour streetcars operating along the 501 Queen, 502 Downtowner, 503 Kingston Rd tripper and 504 King routes along Parliament Street, Dundas Street and Broadview Avenue through much of the morning rush hours until about 10:15 a.m…
  • … and then a collision on Dundas Street East east of Parliament Street further delayed those cars and those operating along the 505 Dundas route, too.
  • for the afternoon rush hour, it supplemented service along the 501 Queen and 504 King routes with shuttle buses — and entirely replaced service along the 508 Lake Shore by shuttle buses.
  • “slower than normal operating conditions” required the TTC to supplement service along the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line with shuttle buses during the afternoon rush hour.
  • another watermain break late last night near The Queensway and Windermere Avenue required the TTC to detour buses operating along the 77 Swansea route for several hours (and the buses continue to detour this morning).

GO Transit experienced a number of “mechanical issues” plaguing trains, but especially buses, yesterday, delaying commuters on several routes and lines. But, for GO the issue was a major collision on Highway 401 near Aberfoyle, delaying service on all bus routes to Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo for as much as an hour behind schedules. And, signals failed to operate near Mimico GO Station late last evening, temporarily delaying train service along the 01 Lakeshore West line.

Today promises to be warmer, and this weekend, while not exactly “shorts and T-shirt weather” will be positively balmy, when compared to conditions earlier this week. Hopefully, the weather break gives the TTC, GO — and passengers — a break, too.

(Note: after we drafted this post, we learned that TTC trains operating along the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line are bypassing St. Clair Station due to a broken watermain, flooding the station. That wasn’t the kind of break we were looking for!)

icestorm shelter.JPG

Speaking of bad weather… Darren Parberry sent us this photo of a transit shelter on Keele Street north of Eglinton Avenue West after the December 22 ice storm. City crews removed the tree after six days.