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No Scarborough RT service, July 4, 5


The TTC is closing the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line this Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, as crews rehabilitate the tracks and vehicles on the line to make the service more reliable and comfortable until the City of Toronto and the TTC build the “Scarborough Subway”.

Buses replace service along the entire line between McCowan and Kennedy stations, stopping at all stations along the way. You can also exit the buses at other transit stops if you ask the drivers to stop. Collector booths at all Line 3 stations remain open so you can buy TTC fares.

Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available if you need accessible transit between Scarborough Centre and McCowan stations. You can speak with any uniformed TTC employee at either station to use this service.

Collector booths at Kennedy, Lawrence East and Scarborough Centre stations remain open for passengers to buy TTC fares. Midland, Ellesmere and McCowan stations are closed.

Regular service resumes Monday, July 6.

While the line is closed, crews are:

  • replacing the power rail **between Lawrence East and Kennedy stations;
  • clearing obstructions from the track-drainage system between Midland and Kennedy stations and between McCowan and Scarborough Centre stations.
  • continuing to inspect all systems along the entire line; and
  • maintaining trees between Lawrence East and Kennedy Stations.

Crews may work overnight to make sure that the they finish work before the RT opens for service Sunday. Crews start work early Saturday morning shortly after Friday service ends. Equipment includes work cars and hand-held power tools, rail saws, grinders, hammer drills, chain saw and a high-pressure water pump. Tree maintenance takes place during daytime.

This is the third of five occasions that the TTC has scheduled for closing Line 3 this year as it refurbishes vehicles, tracks and signals for the line and provides more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. It previously closed the line Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 and Saturday, June 20. It will close the line again Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.

The TTC will “decommission” the line — stop operating trains — after it opens the Scarborough subway extension.

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