Following far too many confused motorists driving into the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel, the TTC is taking steps to put a stop to it.
According to TTC spokesperson Stuart Green, the installation of two 10-foot safety gates just outside of the TTC Queens Quay tunnel entrance has officially started.
Green says the new safety gates will be operational after testing and timing of streetcar transponders is complete in the next few weeks.
Installation of two 10-foot safety gates at #TTC Queens Quay tunnel has started. Will be operational after testing and timing of streetcar transponders is complete in a couple of weeks. Lights and gates and bollards. No excuses for cars entering the tunnel! pic.twitter.com/FNKFzNEaZ4
— TTCStuart (@TTCStuart) July 25, 2018
The new safety gates are just one of the many measures already in place to prevent drivers from entering the streetcar tunnel, which also includes bollards, warning lights, signs, rumble strips and raised track.
Whenever an automobile gets stuck, it can take hours to extricate the vehicle, which can extremely disrupt streetcar services.
According to the TTC, at least 26 drivers have driven into the Queens Quay tunnel, which connects the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcar routes to Union Station, since 2014.