The morning commute was hectic for many on Thursday, as streetcar service still remains suspended along Queen Street after TTC crews found damage on 25 of its vehicles overnight.
The TTC first announced the service disruption on Wednesday afternoon and said the 501, 501L, and 508 streetcars would be out of operation and replaced with buses after discovering damage to the emergency braking system on seven streetcars.
However, on Thursday morning, the TTC said it discovered the same damage on a total of 25 streetcars overnight and as a result, buses are still running along Queen Street.
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The TTC said the main Queen route passed its overnight inspection, however, crews continue to inspect tracks on diversionary routes.
#TTC 501 Queen update: Crews continue to inspect tracks on diversionary routes, but main Queen route passed inspection. Overnight a total of 25 cars found with same damage so buses will continue on Queen for now. Further updates this afternoon.
— TTCStuart (@TTCStuart) November 28, 2019
However, the TTC is advising riders that buses are unable to entre Humber Loop from the streetcar tracks and are diverting via Windermere and Lake Shore to route in both directions.
501 Queen. Buses are replacing streetcars along the entire route due to on going track inspections. Buses are unable to enter Humber Loop from the streetcar tracks and are diverting via Windermere and Lake Shore to route in both directions.
— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) November 28, 2019
Despite buses being in operation, commuters said there weren’t enough and many were left waiting on the street for long periods of time.
Where are the buses though????
— stefan (@guydebort) November 28, 2019
Where are the buses. Waiting 20 min. Now a crowd waiting. , probably won’t be able to board.
— Kel T (@kelsrq) November 28, 2019
When are these shuttle buses coming ? customers have been waiting 20+ mins
— Vanessa (@van_005) November 28, 2019
On a bus not much room left good luck today!
— Leslie White (@Whitles01) November 28, 2019