The TTC is entering the final stages of testing the new Line 1 extension.
The new six-station, 8.6-km extension of Line runs from the current terminus at Downsview Station (which is being renamed Sheppard West Station in May) through York University and into York Region, ending at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at Hwy. 7 and Jane Street.
Starting this weekend until full service starts on December 17, trains will off-load customers at Sheppard West Station then continue north, stopping at all new stations as a ‘ghost service’.
From Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station, trains will return south, simulate regular service and pick up customers at Sheppard West Station on its way to Finch Station.
TTC operators are currently preparing for the official launch of the new service, and are using the next three weeks to become familiar with the extension and its new features like ATC, ensuring service is reliable when the extension opens.
The test trips will also be timed for service planning purposes and, if needed, adjusted to maintain service levels.
Starting this Sunday at Sheppard West Station, customers will now be required to exit on the northbound side of the platform and only be able to board on the southbound side.
Station staff will set up barricades and direct customers to help them adjust to the change.
The Line 1 extension features six, modern, bright, energy-efficient stations all equipped with the TTC’s new fare gates with PRESTO and state of the art signalling systems.