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Storm stalls TTC services



Transit Toronto readers have e-mailed us to let us know how tonight’s severe storm has damaged TTC services.

The storm pulled down many hydro lines, resulting in a loss of power to parts of the subway system and also stalling some streetcars. In many areas, tree limbs had fallen onto roadways, backing up traffic, stalling TTC bus services and requiring last-minute detours. Some readers reported floods that also blocked roadways and affected services.

By now, most service has returned to normal, but plan to add extra time to all trips when traveling tonight.

Here’s some of what took place… in addition to the earlier fire at Sheppard Station and the various problems on GO trains:

  • about 7:20 p.m. readers reported no signal power between Downsview and Wilson Stations. All 1 Yonge - University - Spadina trains turned back at Wilson and shuttle buses carried passengers to Downsview.
  • about 7:25 p.m. readers reported that a widespread power failure in the northern part of the city resulted in some stations along the 4 Sheppard subway line to using emergency power only and reducing air conditioning in the stations.
  • about 7:41 p.m. readers reported that floods had filled the streetcar tunnel between Union Station and Queens Quay. Service along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina lines stopped, but readers reported that service returned to normal around 8:02 p.m.
  • at 8:23 p.m., the TTC e-mailed passengers to let them know that the subway was not operating between Downsview and Wilson and that shuttle buses were operating instead — but we had already learned that an hour earlier.
  • about 8:42 p.m., readers reported that normal service was returning between Downsview and Wilson, but that more signal problems were occurring at Bloor and Yonge Stations.
  • about 10:03 p.m. the TTC reported that it was shutting down the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway between Downsview and St. Clair West Stations and that shuttle buses were operating between the two stations, but did not explain why.