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TTC subway operators reducing speed through sections of the subway system: March 8 Update.



Updating our earlier posts of Thursday, January 18, Monday, February 5, Monday, February 12, Thursday, February 15, Thursday, February 22 and Friday, March 1.


TTC transit control continues to ask subway operators to reduce their speed through certain areas of the subway system as a safety precaution due to crews at track level performing ongoing maintenance on the tracks. These reduced speed zones mean that trains travel more slowly than normally in the area.

In a news release, the TTC explains, “In the last seven days, TTC crews have made significant progress in lifting speed restrictions along more than 850 metres of track on Line 1 Yonge-University and Line 2 Bloor-Danforth. [Passengers] are now experiencing faster commutes between Glencairn and Lawrence West stations, and Summerhill and St Clair stations on Line 1, and between Victoria Park and Warden stations on Line 2.”

Here’s where reduced speed zones are still in effect on Lines 1 and 2:

  • Line 1 Yonge - University
  • Southbound between St Andrew and Union stations;
  • Southbound between Davisville and St Clair stations;
  • Northbound between Union and King stations;
  • Northbound between Bloor and Rosedale stations;
  • Northbound between St Clair and Davisville stations; and
  • Northbound between York Mills and Sheppard - Yonge stations.
  • Line 2 Bloor -Danforth:
  • Eastbound between Castle Frank and Chester stations.

At reduced speeds, trains are moving at between 15 and 25 kilometres per hour (km/h), instead of normal speeds of 40 to 50 km/h.


Local transit commentator, Steve Munro, offers a detailed review of the reasons for the slow orders in a post on his blog, “The State of Disrepair”, here.