line 3 ttc derailment

TTC's Line 3 could permanently close earlier than expected after derailment

The TTC's Line 3 Scarborough RT service could permanently shut down earlier than expected after its derailment incident on Monday night, according to the TTC. 

Forty-five people were onboard the train during the derailment, which occurred around 7 p.m. near Kennedy and Ellesmere roads, just outside of Ellesmere Station. Although the cause is still unknown, the rear car on the southbound train separated from the rest of the train and derailed. 

Five people sustained minor injuries during the derailment, which ranged from severe bumps to bruises, and were transported to the hospital out of caution. 

"When the train came off the tracks, they were obviously tossed and jostled, and you know some bangs and bumps and bruises and most likely some trepidation and anxiety," Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessopp told reporters at the scene. 

Following the incident, the TTC replaced Line 3 with shuttle buses from Kennedy to McCowan stations, and it's not clear if the line will return at all before its scheduled decommission on Nov. 23, 2023. 

TTC spokesperson Stuart Green told CBC Radio's Metro Morning that internal conversations are happening about whether or not the TTC line will resume service before it's shuttered in the fall. 

The line was already scheduled to be replaced by buses until the completion of the Scarborough Subway Extension, which is currently slated for opening in 2030. 

"The damage was significant. We need to know exactly what caused it. Was it something to do with age? Something to do with infrastructure? Was it the vehicle? All of that is under investigation. At this point we just don't know what caused it," Green told CBC

Although the TTC could technically move up the timeline to decommission the Scarborough RT early, the agency will still need some time to adequately replace the service with a reliable bus network. 

"If we don't believe it's safe to restart train service, we would not restart it. We're having this conversation internally about whether or not we just leave it shut down," Green told CP24

TTC CEO Rick Leary also provided a statement on Monday night which revealed that an immediate review of the incident has been ordered using outside expertise as necessary. 

"I know this will be an inconvenience to our customers, but it's the right thing to do," Leary said. "I apologize to all those impacted by the incident."

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Nicoli OZ Mathews

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