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.
Is this the unknown reason? Not enough trains at Bloor Yonge. pic.twitter.com/Qu1VSCBMzT— Richard Ford (@R_C_Ford) November 6, 2018
This is an extremely unhelpful message. What does "no service" mean? For how long? Are there buses? What should passengers do? What was the "operational problem" ?— Dickon Wallis (@dickon_w) November 7, 2018
Update Line 1: Shit's bad yo— Doritos for Women (@LizardRumsfeld) November 6, 2018
"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.
Someone is going to die falling on those tracks one day with this over crowding gongshow that the ttc ignores.— Big Red (@elusivebigred) November 6, 2018
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.
Same regret today. Waited four subways at Yonge and Bloor. TTC commute time ended up double what it would have been on bike.— Katie Fisher (@katiefisher) November 7, 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