TTC extends new signaling system to Queen Station

Feb 24 2020, 11:32 am

The TTC extended its modernized signalling system to Queen Station, now making more than half of Line 1 up-to-date with the new technology.

The work being done to improve the signalling system is part of the Automatic Train Control (ATC) system upgrade to improve safety and travel time. Now distances between trains will be automatically controlled, rather than human controlled. Automatic trains are expected to reduce travel times.

According to a statement from the transit system, over the weekend the ATC was implemented between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Queen station, meaning five more stations now have the upgrade from the previous boundary at St. Patrick Station.

“Taking ATC thought Line 1’s downtown U is a major milestone for this project and customers travelling in this area are already experiencing the improved service and increased reliability that come with fewer signal-related delays,” the TTC said in a statement.

While the work was being done, an additional turn-back train was added to King Station, providing more service to people while the ATC was being implemented over the weekend.

According to the TTC, now when trains enter northbound in Queen Station, customers will experience a slight pause, which is a temporary measure for customers to ensure a smooth stop when arriving at the station.

The next phase of the project will extend the ATC from Queen Station to Rosedale Station, which is scheduled to be completed this November.

The entirety of Line 1 set to be fully upgraded to the ATC by September 2022.