June 08, 2015

#TTCFail: Complete subway shutdown strands Toronto rush hour commuters

Rebel Staff

It's always "rush hour" in Toronto on weekdays, but Monday at 6:20am is still probably the worst time for the city's entire subway line to shut down in all directions.

That's what happened this morning, bringing the city's commute to a virtual standstill.

“We lost our communications between transit control and all of our subways and Scarborough RT line,” TTC’s Danny Nicholson explained. “For safety reasons, right now, we’ve ordered all vehicles to do a stop and stay while we look into what’s happened.”

Nicholson said they had also lost their ability to send out e-alerts to inform customers of service interruptions.

The shut down put added pressure on the city's streetcars and buses, which were otherwise unaffected. However, the TTC didn't deploy shuttle buses to any subway stations.

Torontonians turned to Twitter to express their frustrations, and #TTCFail quickly started trending.

Others expressed gratitude that Uber was still operating in the city despite pressure from cab companies and bureaucrats.

Some lost no time using the outage to promote products, services and causes.

The main subway lines reopened at 7:45am, but travellers were warned to expect longer than normal travel times.

The TTC estimates that it normally services approximately 1.6 million passengers a day.

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commented 2015-06-09 01:43:28 -0400
I agree Jamie, it is already being used as a means to bleed more money from the fed (in the House) when Ontario should take care of it themselves. Wynne should stop whining. I don’t want to see another federal dollar going to that bankrupt province(province of my birth).

Has this ever happened before? (I don’t ever recall) and why did it happen. We’ll have to wait and see.

What is a world class transit system Jimmy D., who has one and how do they finance it?
commented 2015-06-08 16:56:41 -0400
The TTC is a joke and not the kind of subway/transit system that Toronto should have if we are to believe that the bullshit that Toronto is a world class city.
commented 2015-06-08 11:10:47 -0400
In the short term, this is good news for Ontario: maybe Queen’s Park took a one-day break from scheming how to screw us in ways we haven’t been before.

In the long term, it’s a bad thing: Tory and Wynne will be pointing at this as evidence that Harper has to pry more money out of our to fix their problems.
commented 2015-06-08 09:56:43 -0400
This would be one of the times where personal transportation (car, motorcycle, bicycle, horse) would be more reliable than mass transit… but heaven forbid the “green committee agitators” would admit this…!