TORONTO – The TTC is considering closing a portion of the Yonge subway line for an undetermined amount of time in 2014 for significant track work.
The TTC has not yet decided if or when the Yonge subway line will be shut down between Eglinton and St. Clair stations, or for how long.
However, if a closure is deemed necessary, it would last for weeks, and not just over a weekend.
In order to avoid a partial shutdown, one of the options under consideration is to dedicate a north-south shuttle bus lane above ground.
“We would have to put a lot of buses on, we would have to do it in a very militaristic type of fashion in terms of the relentlessness of the bus service. We’d have to work with the city and police in terms of some lane restrictions perhaps — southbound during the morning rush hour, northbound during the afternoon rush hour,” TTC spokesperson Brad Ross told 680News.
However, that plan would take a lane away from motorists.
Coun. Josh Matlow told the National Post that if subway riders can’t get where they need to go, they will opt to drive, resulting in “more cars within the same space.”
Matlow wants a full explanation and a strategic plan from TTC CEO Andy Byford before final decisions are taken. He is also asking if the work can be done overnight or on weekends, or in August when fewer people are in the city.
The TTC said the aging track bed along the line’s busy stretch needs repair, and that there is really no way to get the work done without shutting it down for a while.
Due to the current track bed situation, trains are being forced to slow down through that section, which is one of the busiest and most strategic line of the network.
The TTC has acknowledged it is looking at all possible options to make sure that the impact on traffic and commuters is minimized.
680News political affairs specialist John Stall spoke with TTC spokesperson Brad Ross about the possible closure of the Yonge subway line. Listen to the interview below:
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