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Maintaining TTC ensures system is safe and reliable

8/19/16 6:00 AM

Last weekend’s planned Line 2 Bloor-Danforth subway closure between Pape and St George stations enabled us to complete extensive maintenance work on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct.

Working hundreds of feet above the Don Valley, our crews replaced a number of the massive beams that hold the subway tracks in place, difficult and time-consuming work that can only be done during a protracted closure of the subway.

This project is just part of the extensive maintenance and upgrade work that we have been doing in recent years to catch up with programs that had previously been deferred.

At the same time, we are fixing worn streetcar track, overhauling elevators and escalators, and upgrading our bus fleet with the same overriding objective: to make your journey more reliable in the future.

It’s not just infrastructure and vehicles that are being overhauled. We are also changing our maintenance philosophy to one of fix before failure rather than fix on failure, adopting proactive techniques that will take time to embed, but that will deliver improved service reliability. Finally, we have ordered specialist maintenance vehicles to automate some of the more risky and time-consuming tasks, part of our overall push to make the TTC more efficient.

Clearing the maintenance backlog will neither be quick nor cheap and it is a real challenge to achieve on the lowest operational subsidy of any North American transit company.

But it’s the right thing to do and it will enable us to improve service going forward. Thanks for bearing with us.

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