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TTC work car derails near St George Station; no Line 1 service, St Clair West to Union

Update — Thursday, February 13, 1:02 p.m.: @TTCSue says, “Official and verified - service has resumed.

“Expect delays as Transit Control works towards balancing headways (the distance between trains).

“Thanks to our customers for their patience - and thank to our employees for their hard work and dedication.”

@TTCnotices adds, “Shuttle buses continue to operate while service regulates.”

Update — Thursday, February 13, 12:50 p.m.: TTC says the test trains are clear, but it still needs 30 minutes to restore full service.

Update — Thursday, February 13, 12:23 p.m.: The TTC is operating test trains through the area where the train derailed.

Update — Thursday, February 13, 12:23 p.m.: @TTChelps reports that:

  • “The subway service suspension between St Clair West and Union Stations continues. The work car that derailed earlier this morning has been re-railed. Before restoring subway service, several important things need to happen.”
  • “We are in process of moving the work car and all of the equipment that was used to re-rail it back to Greenwood Yard.
  • “We can then move the T1 subway cars that we had borrowed from Line 2, back to Line 2. At that point, our Transit Control team will work on spacing out the headways so subway service runs on a consistent schedule.”

Update — Thursday, February 13, 11:50 a.m.: Sue Motahedin, (@TTCSue), head of TTC Customer Service explains that “the subway infrastructure team needs to inspect the area where the derailment occurred to ensure there is no damage. If there is damage, it will be repaired.

“Once that is done, Transit Control works on normalizing headways - meaning, we get the trains properly and safely spaced out to provide consistent service.

“It will still be a little while before service is restored - we’ll keep you updated asap.”

Update — Thursday, February 13, 10:57 p.m.: TTC crews have successfully re-railed the work car.

Update — Thursday, February 13, 9:42 a.m.: The TTC says passengers aboard buses along the 7 Bathurst route can expect major delays due to congestion south of St Clair. This is likely due to the presence of shuttle buses along this section of Bathurst Street.

Update — Thursday, February 13, 9:36 a.m.: The TTC says it’s operating 102 shuttle buses to replace Line 1 subway service.

Update — Thursday, February 13, 8:35 a.m.: The TTC has reassigned six trains that usually operate along Line 2 Bloor - Danforth to operate temporarily along Line 1 between Finch and Union stations. It’s also added extra streetcars to the 510 Spadina and 512 St Clair routes and extra buses along the 97 Yonge route.

The TTC has cancelled Line 1 Yonge - University service between St Clair West and Union stations after a work car derailed near St George Station this morning, Thursday, February 13.

The TTC says it’s operating shuttle buses along streets between the two stations to partially replace subway service. Note, however that the average six-car subway train carries 1000 passengers, while a standard bus can only carry 51 passengers.

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TTC crews work to re-rail the derailed work car and restore regular service. Photos: TTC.

According to TransSee, a web application that provides real-time bus tracking and predicts next-vehicle arrivals, about 90 buses are currently providing shuttle-bus service. Since the TTC doesn’t have an extra 90 buses to spare, it has reassigned them from service along other routes. That means that the subway closure impacts bus passengers in many parts of Toronto.

As a result of the service disruption, the TTC is also encouraging passengers to use alternative routes to travel to and from downtown Toronto. Passengers that would usually transfer to Line 1 at St George Station can board streetcars along the 504 King route or buses along the 505 Dundas route at Dundas West and Broadview stations, streetcars along the 511 Bathurst route at Bathurst Station, streetcars along the 510 Spadina route at Spadina Station or buses along the 6 Bay route at Bay Station to travel southbound from Line 2.

Passengers may also board GO Transit or Union Pearson Express trains at Danforth, Kennedy, Kipling, Bloor or Downsview Park GO stations or Union Station for the cost of a TTC fare. TTC PRESTO fare-card users do not have to tap before boarding.

The TTC says passengers travelling along the Yonge branch of Line 1 can also expect delays between Finch and Union stations.

Although TTC train derailments are rare, this is the second time in three weeks that such an incident has occurred. A “tiny piece of protruding rail” may have caused a train to derail near Keele Station Wednesday, January 22.) In both events, the trains that derailed carried no passengers.

Shuttle buses

According to TransSee, southbound buses start their trips on St. Clair Avenue West beside St Clair West Station, then proceed:

westward along St. Clair West;
southward along Bathurst Street;
eastward along Davenport Road;
southward along Kendal Avenue;
eastward along Macpherson Avenue;
southward along Spadina Road;
eastward along Bloor Street West;
southward along Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent West and University Avenue; and then
eastward along King Street West to Yonge Street beside King Station,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips on King Street West at Yonge Street beside King Station, then proceed:

southward along Yonge;
westward along Wellington Street West;
northward along University Avenue, Queen’s Park Crescent East and Queen’s Park;
westward along Bloor Street West;
northward along Spadina Road;
westward along Davenport Road;
northward along Walmer Road;
eastward along Austin Terrace;
northward along Spadina Road; and then
westward along St. Clair Avenue West to beside St Clair West Station,
ending their trips.

Some buses operate through Spadina Station bus terminal. Some buses operate along Bay Street, instead of Yonge Street, between King and Wellington Streets West.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.

Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives.

Consider boarding buses and street cars at subway stations on the Yonge branch of the subway line, instead of the University branch. If you’re travelling from the west, keep riding your bus or streetcar until you reach a Yonge-branch station, instead of exiting at a University-branch station. This applies not just to the closed section of the subway, but to stations north and south of the closure, so you can avoid the University branch entirely.

North of the closed section of the subway, ride:

  • buses along the 36 Finch West route to Finch Station, instead of Finch West Station.
  • buses along the 84 Sheppard West route to Sheppard - Yonge Station, instead of Sheppard West Station;
  • buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes to York Mills Station, instead of Wilson Station.
  • buses along the 52 Lawrence West route to Lawrence Station, instead of Lawrence West Station;
  • buses along the 14 Glencairn route to Davisville Station, instead of Glencairn Station; or
  • buses along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton Station, instead of Eglinton West Station.
  • streetcars along the 512 St Clair route to St Clair Station, instead of St Clair West Station.
  • buses along the 127 Davenport route to Spadina Station (to connect with Line 2), instead of Dupont Station.
  • buses along the 26 Dupont route to St George Station (to connect with Line 2), instead of Dupont Station.

At the closed section of the subway, ride:

  • streetcars along the 506 Carlton route to College Station, instead of Queen’s Park Station;
  • buses along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas Station, instead of St Patrick Station;
  • streetcars along the 501 Queen route to Queen Station, instead of Osgoode Station; or
  • streetcars along the 504A / 504B King route to King Station, instead of St Andrew Station.

You can also ride the Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway to connect with Line 1 at Yonge Station, instead of St George Station.

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