Early morning commuters on the TTC likely got to their destinations much later than usual on Monday. Transit riders were alerted of two significant service suspensions on both Line 1 and Line 2 of the TTC subway. Service has mostly been restored, but not fully. It seems that the earlier delays are still causing significant backup, to the frustration of many Toronto commuters.
Service has finally resumed between Bloor-Yonge and Lawrence after being shut down for nearly an hour Monday morning due to signal problems. At the same time, service was suspended between St. George and Woodbine Stations due to a "suspicious incident" at Broadview Station. The line has since reopened, but all trains are still bypassing Broadview as police continue to investigate.
Shuttle buses have been deployed between Pape and Castle Frank as streetcars and buses divert around Broadview. The TTC is also warning commuters of continued delays as a result of the earlier signal problems. Take a look at what transit riders have been dealing with this morning:
Line 1: Delays of up to 15 minutes southbound from St Clair West to Bloor due to earlier delays.— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) March 18, 2019
Line 2: Trains, Buses, and Streetcars are not stopping at Broadview due to police activity. Shuttle buses are running between Pape and Castle Frank.— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) March 18, 2019
Attention Customers: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth has no service between St George & Woodbine due to a Police investigation @ Broadview. Shuttles buses are on the way.— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) March 18, 2019
As you can imagine, TTC riders are upset. Delays and backup are not anyone's idea of a great start to the work week. Here's a bit of what commuters had to say on the matter:
...except that I just waited at Lawrence for 20 minutes only to give up and grab an Uber. Your definition of “regular service” needs some revision.— Ross Johnston (@RossJohnston82) March 18, 2019
me: woohoo i left 20 min earlier today im definitely not gonna be late— char (@jefflynneshair) March 18, 2019
It has been a brutal winter for TTC delays. Who can forget the one week in February that Toronto commuters deemed the worst week ever on the TTC?
In exactly two weeks, TTC fare will go up by 10 cents a trip. It's safe to say that based on the constant service delays and interruptions that commuters have put up with recently, many consider it to be unfair.