More TTC subway closures coming in the spring
The closures will disrupt travel around a number of events, including Hot Docs, the Luminato Festival and NXNE.
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Get used to riding a shuttle bus, Toronto. Subway closures are planned for nearly every weekend between now and July.
The TTC avoids doing maintenance during the cold winter months, spokesman Brad Ross said, but now that spring is nearly here, maintenance-related closures will be coming fast and furious – unlike your rush-hour streetcar.
Starting March 5, a portion of either the Bloor-Danforth or Yonge-University line will be closed most weekends. In fact, closures are slated for seven weekends in a row from April 2 to May 15.
The closures will affect those travelling to a number of local events and festivals, including Hot Docs and Luminato, as well as anyone hoping to catch Dion Phaneuf’s first visit to Toronto in an Ottawa Senators jersey March 5.
The work is “absolutely necessary because of the age of the system,” Ross said, and includes both state of good repair and the installation of the automatic train control (ATC) system on Line 1.
The new control system is expected to be up and running on Line 1 by 2019, and will increase capacity and reduce delays, Ross said.
“It’s a case of short term pain for what will really be long term gain,” he said.
Ross said the TTC co-ordinates with the city to avoid closures during “major” festivals or events, but it’s not always possible.
“There’s never going to be an ideal weekend. There’s always something happening in a city of this size,” he said.
Shuttle buses will be available during all closures. A full list of the affected weekends can be found on the TTC’s website.
The dates are “tentative” and subject to change, Ross said.