Toronto storm causes nightmare commute on the TTC
It's the first day back after a treacherous ice storm that pummeled Toronto. And for anyone trying to get to work today, the aftermath was all too real.
This weekend saw the storm responsible for widespread power outages across the city manage to encompass several parts of the transit system as well.
Good morning - start of service #TTC is as follows: Line 3 - shuttle buses. Line 2, Kennedy to Victoria Park - shuttle buses. 511 and 512 streetcar routes - buses. Follow @TTCnotices for all other service disruptions and updates.— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) April 16, 2018
Line 2 saw power outages between Kennedy and Victoria Park to the east and between Jane and Keele to the west that had the TTC breaking out the shuttle buses.
Eastbound platform at Victoria Park is packed. Overheard #TTC crew member say that they're going to stop letting people up to prevent even more crowding. Might be faster for me to ride west then again east than it is to wait on that platform. #commuterlife #fb pic.twitter.com/dfsTpGQVyl— Elphie (@Elphie) April 16, 2018
There was also a delay at Davisville on Line 1 that had everyone huddled together outside on the platform as packed trains continually passed by.
Warden and Finch stations also experienced a brief power outage, and both Lines 3 and 4 saw challenges this morning.
Anticipating technical difficulties, the TTC tried its best to off-set the delays by storing passenger trains inside of tunnels and rolling out storm trains to coat the third rails with glycol.
To ensure the best service possible in the morning, we are storing subway trains in tunnels to ensure doors are not frozen at start of service tomorrow. Throughout the evening, storm trains will operate in the open cut areas to keep the third rail clear of ice. #TTC— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) April 16, 2018
But alas, commute times proved extra long while nearly the whole system was impacted in some way.
no big deal..took me 1.5 hrs to get to yonge via line 4!— Sally (@devilet_sasa) April 16, 2018
Those travelling surface routes were not spared either as buses and streetcars had their fair share of difficulties trying to work through road conditions—something the city is actively working to remedy.
Slowly but surely, delays have begun to clear and things are running smoothly again, but maybe still plan ahead for longer than usual commutes over the next 24 hours.
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