A Ten-Minute Subway Delay Causes Absolute Chaos At A Toronto TTC Station (VIDEO) - Narcity

A Ten-Minute Subway Delay Causes Absolute Chaos At A Toronto TTC Station (VIDEO)

This is what a ten minute subway service suspension looks like in Toronto and it's shocking.

Passengers at Toronto's Bloor-Yonge subway station were forced into gridlock following a service suspension during peak rush hour. Bloor-Yonge, one of the busiest transfer stations on the subway line, became so crowded during the disruption that the entire platform was forced into a standstill. 

The video of yesterday's delay will shock you speechless. Every inch of space is occupied from wall to wall. Even the stairs and escalators were jammed. Anxious muttering can be heard in the background. A few TTC employees in bright reflective uniforms can be spotted in the crowd, attempting to keep the situation contained.

"Line 1: No service due to an earlier operational problem," the TTC tweeted at 4:55 PM yesterday. Thankfully, the service disruption resolved itself quickly. The TTC tweeted again less than 10 minutes later saying that regular service had resumed. But, the damage was already done.

At peak rush hour, even a ten-minute delay can cause complete chaos on TTC platforms. Overcrowding is one of the greatest issues impacting the TTC, especially at busier stations where crowded platforms can jeopardize people's safety.

In May, a report about temporary solutions for overcrowding on the Yonge Line was released by the TTC. An extra train has been added to the line this fall, as well as 10 new staff to help manage crowds at Bloor-Yonge and St. George. Those temporary measures will cost a total of $5 million when it's all said and done.

According to the Star, Line 1 is already over capacity and has been for years. The capacity is 28,000 and it carries about 28,000 to 30,000 people southbound every hour. However, the TTC is committed to improving the system, and plan to carry passengers at capacity by the end of 2018. 

The TTC is also working on a subway relief line from Pape to Queen station, but we likely won't see its completion until 2031.

Source: The Star

 

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