Mar 01, 2016
By Jane Brown
All TTC subway and streetcar service has resumed downtown after this morning’s power problems caused by an early morning hydro vault fire at Richmond and Church.
It was just after 10:30 this morning that the all-clear was given by TTC crews, allowing service to resume on the Yonge-University loop between Bloor and St. Andrew stations and the downtown streetcar lines.
TTC CEO Andy Byford says customers were great during this massive inconvenience.
“A couple of them gave us some good compliments about the way we’ve organized this this morning, because we had no notice that this was going to happen. This mysterious fire happened in an underground vault underneath the sidewalk, so I have no idea what caused that. But people have been appreciative of the fact that we’ve really thrown a lot of resource into this and also the fact that it has been very well organized. I also had a couple of nice compliments about the way that we’ve communicated and kept people informed,” Byford explained after power was restored.
Service on most of the Yonge-University subway loop was suspended for the entire morning rush, as was downtown streetcar service. More than 130 shuttle buses were brought in to ferry passengers. GO Transit also offered TTC customers service on trains to Union station by paying TTC fare.