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A safe, modern TTC requires some inconvenience

6/17/16 6:00 AM

Keeping the TTC’s subway infrastructure in a state of good repair is an ongoing challenge as we work hard to play catch up after decades of underinvestment.

There is much work still to do to renew track, signals and other critical equipment so we can deliver more reliable service and run more trains. The good news is that we have now secured additional funds for this to happen.

Transit systems neglect state of good repair at their peril. Earlier this week, I was honoured to serve on an international panel, struck by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments ‎to give guidance to its transit provider, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), as it struggles with a rash of serious safety incidents and infrastructure failures.

WMATA have been ordered by their safety regulator to undertake a series of “safety surges” of protracted line closures to facilitate emergency track repairs and staff training.

Here at the TTC, we have also closed sections of the system over a number of weekends, but this is part of a proactive program to improve track and signal systems before they present a safety risk.

Weekend closures and speed restrictions, as we currently have southbound at Summerhill Station, are frustrating and I do appreciate your patience while we undertake this vital upgrade work.

It will all be worth it. Not only will we deliver transformed system reliability and capacity, we will also avoid a situation where such closures become a necessity.

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