May 31, 2017

Street festivals lead to temporary diversions

This weekend, June 3-4, TTC crews will continue installation and testing of the new Automatic Train Control (ATC) signal system, requiring Line 1 Yonge-University to close between St George and Sheppard West (formerly Downsview) stations.

Because of on-street construction around Eglinton West, St Clair West and Dupont stations, shuttle buses will run between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations only. To supplement shuttle service and move customers more efficiently to the Yonge St. side of Line 1, the TTC is doubling service on nine east-west bus and streetcar routes in the closure area.

Surface routes with extra service are:

  • 7 Bathurst
  • 14 Glencairn
  • 32 Eglinton West
  • 52 Lawrence West
  • 84 Sheppard West
  • 96 Wilson
  • 109 Ranee
  • 127 Davenport
  • 512 St Clair

To provide better bus service, parking will be restricted on Bathurst St. between Bloor St. and Barton Ave. and extra subways will be added for those attending the Toronto Blue Jays games both days.

Wheel-Trans buses will operate during the closure for customers requiring an accessible connection. Customers can speak with any TTC staff to request the service.

Dupont and Glencairn stations will be closed. All other stations will be open for fare sales and access to surface vehicles.
During the closure, crews will perform essential train testing of the new ATC system between Spadina and Sheppard West stations in preparation for the opening of the Line 1 extension to York Region.

This is the sixth of 11 closures on this portion of Line 1 in 2017 as the TTC modernizes its train operations. When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.

While the TTC does much of its subway maintenance work at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend closures to complete ATC and state-of-good-repair work, like replacing track and maintaining switches. One weekend of work during a closure is equivalent to about five weeks of nightly work.

Here is a video explanation of signal systems, Automatic Train Control, and why the TTC needs weekends to complete critical work.

Regular subway service resumes Monday at 6 a.m.

The next scheduled subway closures are:

  • June 10-11 - Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: St George to Broadview for City and TTC work on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct.
  •  June 17-18 - Line 1 Yonge-University: St George to Sheppard West (formerly Downsview) for ATC work.
  • June 24-25 - Line 3 Scarborough: McCowan to Kennedy stations for track, infrastructure and life extension work.

Dundas West Fest

This Saturday, June 3, the Dundas West BIA will hold its fourth annual Dundas West Street Festival, closing Dundas St. W. from 8 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. During the road closure, streetcars on the 505 Dundas route will divert in both directions via Ossington Ave. and College St.

Pape Village BIA Summerfest

This Sat., June 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pape Ave. will be closed from Mortimer Ave. to Cosburn Ave. (south side) and from the north side of Cosburn Ave. to the south side of Gamble Ave. for the Pape Village Summerfest. Buses on the 25 Don Mills, 81 Thorncliffe Park and 185 Don Mills Rocket routes will divert as follows:

Northbound: North on Pape Ave., east on Mortimer Ave., north on Donlands Ave., west on O'Connor Dr., north on Pape Ave. to route.

Southbound: South on Pape Ave., east on O'Connor Dr., south on Donlands Ave., west on Mortimer Ave., south on Pape Ave. to route.

Dundas St. E. and Parliament St.

With the completion of City of Toronto and TTC work at Dundas St. E. and Parliament St., regular service returns to the 505 Dundas and 65 Parliament routes on Mon., June 5 at 5 a.m..

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