Toronto commuters have spoken and they have some choice words for the TTC today. Riders of the rocket from all ends of the city embarked on their daily trip into the downtown core this morning, only to be frustrated, devastated and late for what feels like the hundredth day in a row. This time, the TTC delays were once again caused by signal issues in the early morning, which then had a "domino effect" on Line 1 train service, the TTC's Stuart Green tells Narcity.
According to Green, the TTC experienced "some delays getting trains out of the yard on the west side of Line 1 early on and that impacted trains getting through to the Yonge side". At around 6:20 AM, the TTC told riders to prepare for delays of up to 15 minutes northbound between Eglinton and Union Stations as a result of an "earlier operational problem".
The northbound delays also had an impact on the southbound service. Trains began to reach capacity and were forced to bypass stations altogether. Then, as morning rush hour ticked on, the crowds at southbound platforms on the Yonge line grew larger by the minute. To make matters worse, a medical emergency at Rosedale station just after 8:00 AM resulted in even more backup.
Countless commuters have said that the delays tacked an extra 45 minutes to an hour onto their trip.
Morning scenes at Finch station today. It's a disaster waiting to happen. Signal problems are a daily thing at TTC these days. More than 45 minutes travel time from Finch to Bloor on Line 1. Anyone listening? @TTChelps #TorontoCommute pic.twitter.com/01cdeNMuir— Kapil Sharma (@ImKapil_Sharma) January 30, 2019
Four subway trains have gone by me at Yonge and Eglinton. I haven’t been able to get on any of them they are so overcrowded. I give up @TTChelps. 10 more years at least until a relief line. pic.twitter.com/vzJoNirgWL— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) January 30, 2019
According to an earlier tweet by TTC Customer Service, this morning's colossal delay was a result of one signal problem at St. Clair West. "It's a delicate system with 10s of thousands of ppl coming & going every minute. One problem can have a big ripple effect," they wrote.
Understandably, Toronto commuters were unable to contain their frustration. Many of them took to Twitter today to describe their experiences, and call on the TTC to find a more effective solution for delays like these.
@TTChelps This poor quality of service is absolutely ridiculous and is embarrassing for Toronto as a whole. My students come from all over the world, and they all say that the TTC is the worst transit system they have ever used. So ya. Get it together.— Diana (@alienpeanut911) January 30, 2019
These @TTChelps #ttc delays are becoming more consistent and is sparking an outrage amongst commuters - likely forcing the hand of funding. It’s all a ploy. A sick game. All commuters get out of this are higher fares.— Anesha Sylvia (@memoirsofanesha) January 30, 2019
@TTChelps Overcrowding isn't merely an inconvenience. It has made the #TTC unsafe and inaccessible to anyone who may need a blue seat (or even something to hold onto). What is being done to make it safer for elderly, people with disabilities and pregnant women?— Emily Vandermeer (@EmilyVanHolman) January 30, 2019
Purposely left 7:45 to get to work early. Almost 2 hours later to get to Union Stn and I had to get off the train to catch a bus at Pape, bc line 1 has delays at every stop. So I'll be paying more $ for the same bullsh*t...just confirming... #TTC #TTCDelays @TTCnotices @TTCchair— Michelle Medford (@MichTMedford) January 30, 2019
Signal troubles? Reduced speed zone? These cannot be reasons that stretch on for weeks and weeks. They need to be either solved or anticipated. #ttc is the best way to move the city in every scenario. Why does it have to be so awful?— Gabriel Radford (@gaberad) January 30, 2019