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No place to go: Transit headaches for TTC and GO riders

Last Updated Apr 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT

A crowd waits for a TTC subway train on April 16, 2018. CITYNEWS/Richard Bloom

Transit riders not only had to cope with navigating the slushy and icy sidewalks Monday after the ice storm and continued rainfall, but also with getting to their destination.

First, on Sunday, the TTC was forced to shut down Line 3 (Scarborough RT) because of ice that built up on the third rail. Service resumed just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

Ahead of the Monday morning commute, the TTC also suspended subway service on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between Victoria Park and Kennedy stations because of hydro issues at Warden Station. Just after 7 a.m., TTC spokesman Brad Ross tweeted that service had resumed.

There was also no subway service on Line 2 from Kipling to Jane stations due to a late-clearing work from the weekend. Service resumed just before 7:30 a.m.

Then, just when TTC riders were able to breathe a sigh of relief, three more issues popped up — two on Line 2, and one on Line 4 (Sheppard Yonge).

Around 8 a.m., the TTC said subway service was suspended on Line 2 from Woodbine to Kennedy stations due to a mechanical issue on a train at Victoria Park Station. Trains were back up and running a short time later.

And just before 8:30 a.m., subways were not running on Line 4 between Yonge-Sheppard and Bayview stations due to “loss of power.” Trains were running again an hour later.

The TTC also said riders can experience longer than normal travel times on Line 2 between Kipling and Royal York stations due to signal-related problems.

Across the GO Transit network, trains were not moving across the Milton line due to a person on the tracks. The line was reopened a short time later but with delays of up to 75 minutes. Earlier, trains on the Milton line were also running up to 40 minutes late due to a switch problem.


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Hey, let’s build some more streetcars and LRT vehicles that can’t go through ice and snow. We need more underground subways that aren’t affected by weather. I heard that some streetcar routes had to be replaced by busses. Let’s get rid of all tracked vehicles.

April 16, 2018 at 9:32 am

@Prof. M: and let’s tell people to use said unreliable transit when the weather is bad.

Politicians have no brains.

April 16, 2018 at 10:38 am