If you regularly commute in Toronto, chances are you’ve experienced the dreaded TTC subway delay. It’s that awful moment when you walk into your station and see overcrowding on the platforms and 15-minute wait times.

Thankfully, this sort of thing doesn’t happen every day, but when it does, it’s almost always awful enough to cause quite the Twitter backlash.

A series of service delays on two TTC lines made for a frustrating morning commute Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

It all began with a service disruption between St. Claire West and Glencairn Stations due to a medical emergency on line 1.

After that, a signal problem at Warden station caused delays of up to 15 minutes on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth between Woodbine and Kennedy stations.

Understandably, the combo of delays was enough to get some commuters' blood boiling, and it wasn’t long before complaints began popping up online.

“This sh*t with the TTC is ridiculous. Kennedy station looks like Yonge right now because of signal issues. So, what exactly were all these 'upgrades' that were done over the last few years? They didn’t update much,” wrote one disgruntled commuter.

“TTC functioning like a flaming pile of garbage again today,” added another.

As with most Toronto subway issues, shuttle buses were eventually called in on line 1 to help ease the growing platform congestion.

According to the TTC, the delays on line 1 were the result of a customer who was unable to be moved from the train and needed EMS assistance. 

"Shuttle buses take some time to arrive as we have to pull them off other routes and get there in rush hour traffic. There are no trains as a customer needs EMS, and we can't move them from the train,” a tweet from the transit agency read.

As of 11 a.m., 15-minute delays on line 2 are still to be expected while they work to fix the signal issue.

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