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article imagePart of Yonge subway line shut down in Toronto, creates delays Special

By Andrew Moran     Aug 14, 2011 in World
Toronto - Once again, the Toronto Transit Commission shut down a part of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line over the weekend for track maintenance. Shuttle buses were ordered, but that didn't stop delays from occurring.
This year, the Toronto Transit Commission has not only captured countless local news headlines, it has also undergone numerous track repair maintenance schedules on both the Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth Subway Lines.
There was no subway service between the Eglinton and Bloor Subway Stations. Subway shuttle buses were ordered, but the buses were full heading south from Eglinton and heading north from Bloor, which made it virtually impossible for riders to catch a bus.
Three TTC subway shuttle buses along Yonge Street near Davisville Station.
Three TTC subway shuttle buses along Yonge Street near Davisville Station.
TTC crews are installing new track lines at St. Clair Subway Station.
Many riders were forced to wait upwards of 20 minutes, especially at stops between Bloor and Eglinton Stations.
Subway service resumes from Bloor onwards.
TTC riders packing a subway shuttle bus at Yonge and Bloor Streets
TTC riders packing a subway shuttle bus at Yonge and Bloor Streets
The repairs have created countless delays and confusion for some transit commuters. One gentleman asked a TTC employee if the interruption of service was temporary, in which the operator emphatically replied: “All weekend.”
Indeed, the subway shuttle service and track maintenance will occur all weekend. Regular subway service resumes Monday morning.
There was also a temporary delay along the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line due to a security issue, which created a 15-minute setback.
TTC Yonge Subway Shuttle Bus
TTC Yonge Subway Shuttle Bus
Nevertheless, some transit patrons were upset about the repairs.
“I have tickets to the [Blue] Jays game, and I think I’m going to miss the first half if we don’t catch a bus soon,” said Jamie Young at the Davisville Subway Station stop, a Toronto Blue Jays fan who was attending Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with three of his friends.
“My friends and I have been waiting for this day for quite some time and for today’s delay to interfere with our plans is disappointing.”
Another individual was going to be late for work and said she wasn’t forewarned about the delays.
TTC riders packing in a Yonge Subway Shuttle bus at Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue.
TTC riders packing in a Yonge Subway Shuttle bus at Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue.
“This is about the fifth subway closure this year and this is getting absolutely ridiculous,” said Denise Robinson, a nurse who was waiting for the subway shuttle bus at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue. “I wasn’t told about this shutdown and now I’m gonna be late for work, yet again, because of the TTC.”
Others took their frustrations to Twitter.
One Twitter user tweeted: “So where are those shuttle buses that supposed to replace the subway?”
“Oh #ttc how I DON'T miss you..... where's my bus...,” wrote another Twitter user.
On August 28 and September 25, subway service between St. George and Pape Stations will start at 12 p.m. due to a track replacement. As usual, subway shuttle buses will be running between those stations and stopping at each station in between.
Update #1: There was a delay along the SRT line, which forced shuttle buses from McCowan Station.
Update #2: A passenger was kicked off a shuttle bus after she started screaming at the operator. A police officer was called to the station.
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