TTC seeks to take advantage of declining ridership as it closes part of Line 1 for nearly 10 days to overhaul signaling system

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Part of the metro line 1 will be closed for signaling work for nearly 10 days as the TTC strives to speed up the installation of a new signaling system during a period when ridership is down significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The TTC will close the section of Line 1 between Finch and Sheppard-Yonge stations starting at 11 p.m. on December 4.

The closure will then be extended at St. Clair station over the weekend of December 12th to 13th.

The TTC says full service on the line will not resume until 6 a.m. on December 14.

“We are taking this opportunity to make the most of our reduced ridership and imperative repair work in the metro while disrupting as few customers as possible,” TTC CEO Rick Leary said in a statement from hurry. “This work will allow our teams to make several years of progress in modernizing the system and providing the best possible service to our customers. ”

The TTC has typically opted for weekend or early weekday evenings to accommodate work on the new signage system, but decided to allow a longer closure, so it can take advantage of the levels. ridership that are still down 50% from where they were. pre-pandemic.

The TTC says that the work planned for line 1 will allow it to avoid more than two years of nightly closures.

“I know these closures are frustrating, but the TTC is doing this job now during the pandemic, when the number of subway riders is drastically reduced, to save years in the long run,” Mayor John Tory said in the communicated. “I would like to thank our TTC employees for doing all they can to expedite the installation of the ATC signaling system. These improvements will help provide a more reliable metro ride for more passengers.

The TTC says that shuttles will run during the closure and that customers can wait for one every minute or so “during peak periods.”

North York Center station will be closed from 11 p.m. on December 4 to 6 a.m. on December 14, but all other stations will remain open for sale of fares and connection to surface routes.

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