TORONTO – The TTC apologized for Friday morning’s subway delay on the Yonge-University-Spadina line, but warned of more commuter headaches over the next couple of years due to upgrades.
Subway riders encountered delays of up to 30 minutes on the YUS line due to what the TTC referred to as “radio communications” issues.
The delays were first reported at around 6 a.m., but were cleared just after 8 a.m.
Shuttle buses were brought in to ease crowding along the YUS line during the morning rush hour.
During the delay, some TTC workers at College station told 680News the issue was signals not communicating with each other, thus causing some subway trains to sit and wait.
However, TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said “there was some misinformation from some of our train crews.”
In July, signal problems caused massive delays, causing TTC brass to issue an apology. However, this time, it was not the aging signal system that let riders down.
Ross told 680News the radio communications system that allows dispatch to speak to individual trains had crashed.
“So our backup system kicked in. What the backup system does is still allow us to talk to trains, but not to individual trains. We can speak to the whole fleet, and those trains can talk to us, but again, they’re talking to everybody at the same time,” Ross said.
He said that led to a lot of chatter and meant a slowdown because it took longer for dispatchers to zero in on specific trains.
Although Ross expressed sympathy with the plight of passengers, he also reminded everyone that it’s going to be a slow-go for the next couple of years as the underground gets upgraded.
There will be a nine-day shutdown in October on the YUS line to work on the signal system. Also, Pape station will be closed Aug. 19-30.