Mar 01, 2016
By Jane Brown
Many employees will be late for work this morning as a result of major and unexpected problems with the TTC.
An early morning hydro vault fire near Church and Richmond caused a power outage which has forced TTC streetcar service to be suspended downtown. As well, there is still no service on the Yonge-University subway line along the loop between Bloor and St. Andrew Stations.
Shuttle buses are running in place of the suspended subway and streetcar service.
As to when service will be restored, TTC CEO Andy Byford explains the process.
“My crews can get into that vault once the TFS (Toronto Fire Service) give us the all clear, we think it could be pretty quick then to splice it, to what’s called single-end feed the system. In other words, to run the power from one end, but my crews can’t go in, until Toronto Fire, who have primacy, and rightly so, say it’s safe to go in,” Byford told reporters this morning.
Commuters do have other options. GO Transit is reminding TTC customers they can get to Union station by way of Kennedy, Kipling, Danforth, Long Branch and Bloor GO stations and TTC fare will be accepted this morning.