For the third day in a row, a TTC subway service suspension at the height of morning rush hour has caused thousands of Toronto commuters to line up for shuttle buses. Today's delay was caused by an injury at track level, which forced a service shut down between St. George and Ossington Stations at just after 8:30 AM.
All passengers were forced to exit the trains and queue up for replacement buses at street level. Platforms that were already completely jammed began to fill up even more as transit riders had nowhere else to go. It was certainly chaotic, and many were understandably frustrated. It is, after all, the third consecutive day that a service suspension has forced closures on the Bloor-Danforth line.
On Monday, a service suspension on Line 1 was followed shortly by another on Line 2, between St. George and Woodbine. Police were responding to a suspicious incident at Broadview Station, which turned out to be an unmarked package that was later deemed safe. On Tuesday, Broadview Station was shut down again by police due to yet another suspicious package sighting. One suspect was arrested in connection to the package.
Today's injury at track level is suspected to be an attempted suicide. Despite the serious nature of the closure, many commuters were disappointed at having their travel delayed once again, especially during rush hour. And those delays really do bring out the worst in people.
Same question for Ossington station. It’s been +1h. People are getting agressive. There’s two men who literally started a fight!— Myriam RD (@myriamdawn) March 20, 2019
We need a better way - 2 buses to move 1,000 people at Ossington station - your better off walking as you will not get on a bus as there is a lack of buses at the station pic.twitter.com/bcvgpw34Bj— Gus Lamb (@GusLamb67) March 20, 2019
Yep. A 30 minute ride has already turned into a 1 and a half hour. With no expectations of leaving the station anytime soon.— Cacau (@cau__) March 20, 2019
So many people trying to get off the @TTChelps at Ossington to catch shuttle buses that the exit is blocked. “Personal injury at track level” has closed Line 2 at Spadina. pic.twitter.com/zA89jfn9ve— Mike Crawley (@CBCQueensPark) March 20, 2019
But hey, at least our ride-share services are reliable. Sometimes.
On second thought, maybe the good old fashioned taxi is the way to go.