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TTC track crews gaining ground underground

10/31/14 6:00 AM

This weekend’s subway closure between Eglinton and Bloor stations will allow TTC crews to carry out extensive work to improve the reliability of track and signals, part of our overall program to replace 60-year-old infrastructure on that section of Line 1 (Yonge-University). The same closure is planned for next weekend, November 8-9.

The intrusive and safety-critical nature of this work means that it cannot be done in the few hours that are available to us each night when trains are not running. Our crews work in confined space to install new cables, conduit and other equipment along a 3,000-foot stretch of track. This is complex work that requires great care given the drains, sewers and other cable and electrical infrastructure in that area.

Crews will take the opportunity to install equipment that will be needed as part of the ongoing project to re-signal Line 1. They will also continue testing existing signals to ensure their ongoing reliability.

Work such as this does mean, of course, that we have to replace subway service with an extensive bus shuttle and we deploy a large fleet of vehicles and customer service staff to make things run as smoothly as possible. A bus shuttle can never match the carrying capacity of the subway, however, and in our vibrant and growing city, there is never an event-free or construction-idle weekend that is ideal.

On that note, I am encouraged by the results of the first weeks of operation of our revised subway timetable. While these are early days, the impact of the additional peak-hour trains on Lines 1 and 2 have led to improved punctuality and greater throughput of trains, thereby adding much-needed capacity on the subway.

I would like to thank customers for their patience while we continue our all-out push to modernize the TTC and to transform the service we provide. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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