Toronto has been hit with a massive rainstorm, and we were hit hard. An entire summer's worth of rain has been dumped on the city and it has caused a lot of damage. Basements were flooded, streets completely washed out, and storm drains burst.
It's not even over yet. The storm has wreaked havoc on the TTC, stranding thousands of commuters and the delays are still ongoing.
The biggest line hit by the storm was the TTC subway Line 1, from Finch to Union. This morning the TTC tweeted from their official alerts account that there was not only one, but three different problems on the Yonge line.
First, there was a fire which shut down the track between Bloor and Eglinton. Then there were signal issues on the line at Summerhill and Bloor. And to make matters worse, flooding completely closed the track between Finch and Wilson.
Major delays on Line 1: No train service Finch West to Wilson due to flooding. No train service Eglinton to Bloor due to fire investigation. Shuttle buses operating. Signal issues at Summerhill and Bloor.— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) 8 August 2018
While the fire issues have since been resolved, the flooding is an ongoing issue and that stretch of subway remains closed and there are still delays between Bloor and Finch due to the unresolved signal issues.
Commuters caught up in the transit mess shared photos of insanely crowded subway platforms and their experiences on Twitter and it looks awful.
go for a coffee. we have a sea of people in Eglinton pic.twitter.com/8NQGa7KDFJ— jhoan salinas (@j_a_salinas) 8 August 2018
i understand there are things beyond the TTC's control but there was no subway service southbound of eglinton, literal thousands of people with no idea of where to go, and they couldn't even get a Real Live Person on the PA to give updates— food for thot (@nekhoma) 8 August 2018
Stranded at Eglinton, station is packed, been standing here for 25 mins and one shuttle bus has gone by. I know the #ttc is doing what it can but I can't help but feel it can do better.— LindsayPinter (@LindsayPinter) 8 August 2018
The TTC is updating the situation through their official Twitter account as the issues are resolved. In the meantime, there are shuttle buses operating in the affected areas.