2020 Subway Closures Schedule

Infrastructure and Engineering crews will carry out complex installations and testing of track, signals and other safety-critical equipment across most of the subway/rt network in 2020. Here is a schedule of approved closures (note: a full-day closure is equal to about five weeks of night work):

January 11-12: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for track work.
January 18-19: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for Crosstown construction.
January 20-23: Line 1 Yonge-University: Spadina to St Andrew for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
January 25-26: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for track work.
January 27-30: Line 1 Yonge-University: Spadina to St Andrew for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).

February 1-2: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Eglinton for ATC work.
February 3-6: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Keele to Ossington for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
February 8-9: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for track maintenance.
February 10-13: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Keele to Ossington for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
February 18-20: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to St Clair for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
February 21: Line 1 Yonge-University: St Clair West to Union for ATC work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
February 22: Line 1 Yonge-University: Bloor-Yonge to Osgoode for ATC work.
February 23: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for track maintenance.
February 24-27: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for track maintenance (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).

February 29-March 1: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Sheppard-Yonge for track work.
March 2-5: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Eglinton for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
March 7-8: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to Eglinton for track work.
March 9-12: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St. Clair for ATC work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
March 14: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to Eglinton for track work.
March 21-22: Line 1 Yonge-University: Lawrence to St Clair for ATC work.
March 23-26: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Sheppard-Yonge for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
March 29: Line 1 Yonge-University: Lawrence to St Clair to allow Eglinton Crosstown construction.

April 19: Line 1 Yonge-University: Eglinton to Bloor-Yonge for ATC work.
April 26: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for track work.
April 26-27-28: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Greenwood to Kipling (westbound only) for track work (early closure approximately 1 a.m.).

May 4: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for ATC work.
May 4-7: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Kipling to Jane for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
May 10: Line 1 Yonge-University: Lawrence to St Clair for ATC work.
May 11-14: Line 1 Yonge-University: St Clair to Union for track work.
May 16: Line 1 Yonge-University: Lawrence West to St Clair West for track work.
May 19-21: Line 1 Yonge-University: Eglinton to Union for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
May 23: Line 1 Yonge-University: Eglinton to King for ATC work/testing.
May 24: Line 1 Yonge-University: Bloor-Yonge to St Andrew for ATC work/testing.
May 25-28: Line 1 Yonge-University: Bloor-Yonge to Lawrence for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
May 30-31: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Eglinton for track work.
May 31: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: St George to Broadview for City/TTC track work on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct (late opening approximately 12 noon).

June 1-4: Line 1 Yonge-University: Bloor-Yonge to Eglinton for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
June 6: Line 1 Yonge-University: Bloor-Yonge to Lawrence for ATC work.
June 7: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Eglinton for track work.
June 7: Line 3 Scarborough: Kennedy to Scarborough Centre for track work.
June 8-11: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Eglinton for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
June 13-14: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for track work.
June 15-18: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair for ATC work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
June 20-21: Line 1 Yonge-University: Sheppard-Yonge to St Clair to allow Eglinton Crosstown construction and TTC track work.
June 25-26: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Sheppard-Yonge for track work.
June 27-28: Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Eglinton for track work.

July 6-9: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Kipling to Jane for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
July 11-12: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Kipling to Jane for track work.
July 13-16: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Woodbine to Kennedy for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
July 18-19: Line 1 Yonge-University: Lawrence to St Clair to allow Eglinton Crosstown construction.
July 20-23: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Woodbine to Kennedy for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).
July 26: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: St George to Broadview for City/TTC track work on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct (late opening approximately 12 noon).

August 1-2: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: St George to Woodbine for track work.
August 4-6: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: St George to Woodbine for track work (early closure approximately 11 p.m.).

Please note: dates and locations subject to change. Updated August 1.

 

About subway closures

Regular maintenance, renewal and upgrade work in the subway and on the SRT is critical to enhancing safety and service reliability as the TTC delivers on its commitments to modernization.

The TTC’s Five-Year Corporate Plan (and longer-term capital program) outlines the significant work being scheduled to modernize and improve transit services. Subway infrastructure and existing system assets (i.e. track, signals, etc.) are showing their age under ever-increasing service and ridership demands.

Similar to other subway systems around the world, the TTC is investing in major infrastructure improvement projects. This includes new trains, track replacement, capacity enhancements and the resignalling of Line 1 Yonge-University. All are vital in order to improve frequency, reliability and capacity at North America’s third largest transit system.

To carry out complex installations, commissioning and testing, it’s increasingly necessary to work outside the short, nightly three-hour maintenance window available (six hours on Saturday). Sections of the subway need to be closed early, or for a full day, or weekends or potentially longer.  With fewer customers travelling on weekends, this is often the best time for full-day closures.

Each full-day closure is the equivalent of about five weeks of night work. Weekend closures provide more than 50 uninterrupted hours. Closures of this type enable crews to significantly speed up delivery of track and signalling renewals.

The TTC does its best to keep closures to an absolute minimum, and provides replacement buses when the subway is closed. But planned service changes still cause significant disruption to customers and increases travel times. And with more buses on the roads, road users can be affected from increased traffic congestion. As a result, the TTC works closely with the City when considering closures, and considers the following factors:
> The impact each closure has on service levels across the city and how this will affect customer travel patterns.
> The detailed requirements of each project (including signal upgrades, general maintenance and other external works) where specific jobs must be carried out in order or at a specific time.
> The availability of suitable alternative routes (including the provision of replacement bus services).
> The need to support major events.

By co-ordinating closures, the TTC aims to keep the level of rider and road user disruption to a minimum.

Closures on Line 1 will be required for the replacement of the entire signal system, as will vital track renewal work on both Line 1 and Line 2 Bloor-Danforth. The entire signal system replacement on Line 1 (including the Spadina Extension) is scheduled for completion by mid-to-late 2022. Therefore full-day and weekend closures will be required each year until then.

Critical subway infrastructure (i.e. signal systems, tunnel structures or track beds) requires constant maintenance and, after more than half a century of service in some cases, full replacement. As the TTC delivers these improvements, the subway system will become more reliable, more efficient and provide greater capacity for its 1.7 million daily riders.

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