It wouldn’t be the 6ix if our first day of snowfall didn’t align with chaotic Toronto transit delays. The TTC reported at 7:30 a.m. that there would be no service between Pape and St. George due to an unknown power outage. Investigators are currently looking into the cause and working to fix it as quickly as possible. Shuttle buses are running, and customers at Pape are being told to take the 72 Pape bus southbound to connect to the 506 Carlton route westbound into downtown or to utilize the GO service at Main Street Station.
UPDATE: As of 9:30 a.m. normal service has resumed between Pape and St George.
EARLIER: Frustrated commuters took to Twitter following the announcement to question the TTC if they would be offering the GO service for free. “Seriously, is GO free for stranded TTC users?” wrote one user about the situation. “Are you gonna be offering reimbursements?” wrote another.
A TTC spokesperson later stated that although the agency doesn’t have “the provisions” to provide funds for service delays or emergency services, Customers can show their TTC proof of payment at Main Street Station to ride GO Transit for free.
Of course, that didn’t stop other commuters from berating the transit system for letting them down on Toronto’s first winter day. "Happy First snowfall! You know what that means? It’s time for the TTC to forget that winter comes EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. And cause all commuters to be late with the delays. Yay winter,” wrote one disgruntled passenger.
“Line 2 out. buses late, the TTC regrets to inform you that winter is happening again this year,” wrote another.
Travellers also began sharing photos of their “morning adventure” which looked more like a bunch of angry of commuters walking in the snow.
At the moment, services are still suspended between Pape and St. George, further updates will be provided as the story continues to develop.
On the bright side of transit news, Metrolinx recently revealed that they would be bringing an exciting new tap feature to Presto machines next year. However, that also doesn’t involve the TTC, one step at a time people.