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|Yonge subway closure scheduled this weekend||| Print ||
|Written by Michael Radoslav|
|Friday, 23 March 2012 13:58|
Excursions downtown will take longer this weekend as maintenance work will close part of the Yonge subway line.
The TTC will halt subway service from Bloor station to Union station this weekend for track maintenance as of Friday night at midnight.
Service will resume on Monday at 6:10am.
TTC spokesperson Danny Nicholson told thedailyplanet.com that the closure is necessary to construct crossover tracks at King station.
Thirty-five shuttle buses will be dispatched, arriving every two-to-three minutes, said Nicholson.
TTC staff will be present on platforms and on the street to help direct passengers, he added.
“We’re installing crossover tracks which will allow subways to turn back” at King station and head north, Nicholson said, adding that the TTC installed two crossover tracks last year, one south of College station and another south of St Clair station.
Nicholson said there will be weekend closures in late April and late May as well, since it will take three weekends to complete the project.
The TTC, however, has not yet released the dates of those service weekends, said Nicholson.
Nicholson explained that at this point the TTC is used to running with shuttle buses as they have shut down the Yonge subway line for maintenance in the past.
Nicholson recommends people consider taking the subway along the Bloor-Danforth line and heading south from St. George station instead.
“There are several ways to get downtown,” Nicholson said, adding that the TTC encourages passengers to “give themselves a bit of extra time” on their commute this weekend.
While the service disruption will be eased by the presence of shuttle buses, Rob Hubacheck, 18, a first-year Humber electronics student, told thedailyplanet.com that he views the environmental impact of increased road traffic as a cause for concern.
Hubacheck said the absence of subways not only adds buses to the roads, but also leads to more people opting to drive, which will create more pollution.
“If we don’t have public transportation, even for a few days, it is promoting people to use other forms of transportation, including cars,” said Hubacheck.
“All of it adds up.”
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