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Big improvements on horizon for TTC’s Line 2

12/9/16 6:00 AM

While major projects such as the rollout of the PRESTO smart card, a new streetcar fleet and completion of the Spadina subway extension garner headlines, an ongoing focus of my team is to repair and renew the existing network to keep it safe, reliable and clean.

Decades of underinvestment in the TTC have resulted in a backlog of infrastructure work, essentially programs that keep assets and vehicles in good working order. Our five-year plan to modernize the TTC is tackling this challenge head-on, taking the tough decisions now, in order to make the TTC better for the future.

It is for this reason that we use unpopular, but necessary weekend subway closures to speed up replacement of worn-out track, to progressively upgrade the signalling system, and to do other work that requires more time than is available overnight when trains are not running.

A good example of such a project was completed earlier this week. For years, the section of Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, between Castle Frank and Sherbourne, has suffered from regular speed restrictions as a result of how the track was originally installed back in 1966. Last weekend, TTC crews installed new track that fixes the problem once and for all, a job that had to be done, but one that tested the patience of customers while the site was prepared and the work undertaken.

Going forward, our plans include completion of the new signal system on Line 1 Yonge-University, then a comprehensive modernization of Line 2, including new trains and signalling system over the coming years.

This work will require time and funding, but we will not let up on our efforts to deliver you the service that you rightly demand.

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