Morning derailment halts subway service
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.’”
Delayed TTC riders wait for shuttle buses outside of St. Clair West Station yesterday.