TTC prepared for expected winter storm

The TTC’s Transit Control Centre is monitoring a winter storm due to hit Toronto over the coming days. While this storm has the potential to impact service, the TTC is taking extra steps to ensure it delivers the best service possible.

The precise track and full impact of this storm are still unknown, but the TTC is mobilizing its enhanced Severe Weather Plan to ensure it is able to continue to deliver the essential transit service customers need.

Coordinated inter-departmental preparation began on Jan. 30 when Environment Canada first identified the potential threat this storm poses.

Since then, TTC staff have been holding multiple calls internally and with the City of Toronto.

Actions already underway include:

• 50 extra buses from 7am – 7pm with a mid-day overlap.
• Line 3 Scarborough SRT proactively closed with 25 buses replacing service until weather permits it to re-open.
• Anti-icing and snow clearing protocols in place in all bus, streetcar and subway divisions.
• Subway trains will be stored in tunnels along the main lines to avoid issues getting out of the yards.
• The entire streetcar overhead network and vehicles have been treated with an anti-icing application, however, should any issues arise on 512 St. Clair, the route will be serviced with replacement buses.
• Private contractor tow trucks are ready, and the TTC’s fleet of snow-clearing equipment will be deployed as conditions progress.
• Coordination with the City is ongoing with regular daily touchpoints.
• Social media and web updates will be pushed out frequently to keep customers informed.

As always, the TTC is committed to safe and reliable service in the most extreme weather, but operations can be impacted by road conditions.

Customers are advised to follow @TTCNotices on Twitter or check for updates and in the event of bad weather, to leave extra travel time.

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