Morn­ing de­rail­ment halts sub­way ser­vice

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - JENNY YUEN

TTC sub­way trains be­tween St. Clair West and Union sta­tions were halted around 5:30 a.m. when a work car de­railed at St. Ge­orge sta­tion, the TTC said. At around 1 p.m., the tran­sit com­mis­sion an­nounced ser­vice was re­stored.

“We don’t know the source of the work prob­lem, that part of it is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” TTC CEO Rick Leary told CP24.

“It was a com­plex de­rail­ment, it took time be­cause the safety of ev­ery­one is so crit­i­cal, it took time to get it back in place.”

Mayor John Tory is call­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how the city’s tran­sit agency han­dled a de­rail­ment that shut down a stretch of a ma­jor sub­way line.

No­body was in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

The af­ter­math of the de­rail­ment clogged much of the tran­sit sys­tem dur­ing the morn­ing rush, and Tory says a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion may have added to that.

A TTC spokes­woman says shut­tle buses are in place, and the agency has also added ex­tra buses and street­cars on al­ter­nate routes.

But Tory says de­tails of the de­lay weren’t shared with tran­sit work­ers or mem­bers of the pub­lic quickly or ef­fec­tively enough.

“Clearly, there is an in­ad­e­quacy, es­pe­cially in the dig­i­tal age, in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of that in­for­ma­tion the minute that those kinds of things hap­pen,” the mayor told a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day morn­ing.

“In days gone by, you didn’t have this kind of dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­stan­ta­neous in­for­ma­tion be­ing con­veyed. There re­ally isn’t any rea­son any­more.”

Tory said he could see pas­sen­gers get­ting off buses and head­ing for sub­way sta­tions where ser­vice had al­ready been can­celled at 6 a.m. “Obviously, that bus driver didn’t know, be­cause had he or she known, they would’ve said ‘Please don’t get off the bus.’”

ERNEST DOROSZUK/TORONTO SUN

De­layed TTC rid­ers wait for shut­tle buses out­side of St. Clair West Sta­tion yes­ter­day.

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