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Weekend closures essential to TTC reliability

7/21/17 6:00 AM

Last weekend, TTC crews successfully replaced a stretch of worn out rail on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, between Jane and Ossington stations. This was proactive work that removed the risk of a major disruption had the affected rail been left to possibly break.

This is typical of the proactive approach to maintenance that we have now adopted and that is resulting in improved service and fewer delays. Through better understanding of the state of our assets, we aim to fix infrastructure before it becomes a problem, by renewing track, drainage systems and signals.

A lot of this work takes place overnight in the few hours available when trains are not running. Crews inspect subway track and carry out cleaning and other maintenance activities, always mindful of the need to have their work completed and be clear of the track to ensure a prompt start-up of service each morning.

Bigger tasks like last weekend’s rail replacement are simply not possible during the overnight maintenance window. For that reason we use weekend closures, which achieve the equivalent of five weeks’ worth of individual nights.

I know from feedback that such closures are not popular, but they are necessary if we are to avoid the problems of some American systems, such as Washington, D.C., where the infrastructure has degraded to the point that entire sections of the subway have faced weeklong closures for emergency work.

By taking proactive action to maintain our infrastructure, and by progressively renewing our signalling system to add capacity for the future, we are rebuilding the TTC to serve this great city for decades to come.

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