TTC fire delay

Hydro vault fire cripples downtown TTC subway service

A hydro vault fire has shut down one of Toronto's most-travelled subway routes for more than two hours now – and it won't be up and running for some time yet.

TTC officials announced shortly after noon on Tuesday that service had been suspended on Line 1 from Spadina to Union Station for a fire investigation at Queen's Park.

Trains started turning back at both Union and Spadina stations at that point due to what the TTC described as a "hydro vault fire" at University and College.

Even mid-day, when ridership on the subway is typically much lower than what we see during mornings, afternoons and evenings, passengers are lighting up Twitter with complaints about delays.

It's been a rough day overall for the TTC, and largely through no fault of its own. 

Service was suspended both ways at Warden Station earlier this morning due to a trespasser at track level, followed by a fire investigation at Jane Station, a medical emergency on a train near Summerhill Station and now the 512 St. Clair streetcar is turning back at St Clair West Station because of a collision.

Subway service between Spadina and Union will be suspended "until at least 4 p.m.," according to City Councillor Michael Thompson

"Be sure to plan an alternate route," he suggests – especially heading into the afternoon rush hour, which could very well see a crush of commuters stopped up by a still suspended line. 

In the meantime, TTC customers can hop aboard shuttle busses, hail cabs, call their moms, cry on Twitter, or walk a few blocks over to access stations on the adjacent Yonge Line.

Update: TTC officials announced just before 4 p.m. that the delay at Queens Park had been cleared and that subway service has now resumed on Line 1.

Lead photo by

Lauren O'Neil


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