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Emergency closure allowed TTC to make critical repairs to improve reliability

4/17/14 6:00 AM

Last Saturday’s special closure of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between Eglinton and Bloor Stations until noon allowed TTC crews to tackle a number of infrastructure issues in the Davisville area that have negatively affected reliability of subway service in recent weeks.

In the additional time afforded by the closure, our crews carried out proactive checks of critical equipment, made repairs and replaced parts as required and undertook work to stabilize the track. This all helps to mitigate the likelihood of further signal problems in this area. At the same time, crews undertook a big cleanup of leaves and debris in the entire open section between Eglinton and St Clair Stations.

While the work performed should result in more reliable service, the underlying need to completely replace this 60-year-old section of track and signals has not gone away. We will undertake this work as soon as I am satisfied that my engineers have found the quickest, most customer-friendly and least disruptive way of providing alternate service while the work is done.

Over the next decade, substantial investment needs to be made across the TTC – new vehicles, infrastructure renewal, and in expanded capacity to meet rising demand.

To that end, I welcome the recent commitment by the Ontario Government to provide substantial, dedicated funding for transit over the next 10 years. It’s what we have been calling for and we have projects ready to go that will enable us to truly transform the TTC. 

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