Starting next week, the TTC will be closing a downtown section of Line 1 to carry out various improvements to the line.
The partial shut down, which will span from St. George station to St. Andrew station, will begin on Monday March 15 at 6 am and will last 10 days, ending at 6 am on March 25.
Museum, Queen’s Park, St Patrick, and Osgoode stations will be closed for the entirety of the 10 days. All subway entrances to these stations will be closed, including TTC connections to hospitals. St. George and St. Andrew, however, will remain accessible for fare sales and connection to Line 2 and surface level transit options.
“These closures when ridership is reduced make sense and will mean that the TTC can save years of work while making real progress on necessary repair work,” said Mayor John Tory. “I want to thank our TTC workers for continuing work on important transit system upgrades and providing safe and reliable service throughout the pandemic.”
The work will include tunnel lining repairs, asbestos removal, station cleaning, and electrical work. The TTC has been taking advantage of the low ridership during the pandemic and is working to eliminate several years’ worth of early access, weekend, and platform closures.
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“While ridership is low, the TTC is accelerating critical state-of-good-repair and asbestos abatement work on our subway tunnels,” said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson. “This innovative approach will limit the need for disruptive station platform closures and by-pass operations at St. Patrick, significantly reducing the overall impact on our riders.
Riders can expect shuttle busses, running every 60 seconds during peak periods, to replace the subway service. TTC customers coming into the city are also being encouraged to get on Line 1 at the Finch Station, or any station on the Yonge side of the line, to avoid the area that will be closing.
Riders who require Wheel-Trans service can speak with any TTC customer service staff for assistance, the TTC says.