ttc closure delays

Huge TTC service outage throws Toronto morning rush hour into chaos

It's just another weekday morning in Toronto, as a major outage has temporarily halted service on the TTC's Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, making for a chaotic morning commute for passengers between Victoria Park and St George stations.

The TTC reported the outage at 7:19 a.m., citing signal problems and assuring commuters that dreaded shuttle bus replacements were on the way.

These shuttle buses, known for their inadequacy in replacing high-capacity subway lines and notoriously cramped conditions, are especially concerning for commuters given the recent spike in COVID cases.

And it seems like the TTC was struggling to get enough of these buses on the road fast enough to meet rush-hour demand.

The replacement buses filled up quickly, and many people either couldn't fit or just didn't want to assume the crammed close-quarters health risk.

Throw in the stress of being late for work or school with the inconvenience and perceived health risks of shuttle buses, and commuters are bound to get a little irritated.

With tensions high, sometimes things even boil over, and a few reports of fighting have come in this morning.

With approximately 9.5 kilometres of track out of commission this morning, it's going to take a lot of these shuttle buses to move a large portion of the city.

The TTC has been providing regular updates to the situation on their @TTCnotices Twitter feed.

Lead photo by

Latest Videos

Latest Videos

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Canada doubles financial requirements and cuts work hours for international students

Here's what the TTC map would look like if the busiest routes were upgraded

TTC and GO Transit rides will be free on New Year's Eve in Toronto this year

Archaeologists unearth long-lost Toronto building remnants in subway station dig

Toronto Dating Chronicles: blind date leads to confusing ending

Former $1 million lottery winner charged in death of unhoused person in Toronto

12 Days of Giveaways Day 7: Win a brand-new pair of Skullcandy headphones

Six TTC stations will shut down for this entire weekend