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TTC Alert: Union Station Closed Due to Flooding


Video by Nick Vasil

Commuters beware: Union Station is flooding due to today’s heavy rains, and much service is on hold. There is no subway service from Osgoode Station to Bloor Station (shuttle buses have been ordered) and the Spadina 510 streetcar is turning back at the Spadina Loop. Front Street has also been closed from Yonge Street to York Street while emergency crews deal with the situation.

1:29 PM: TTC CEO Andy Byford, speaking on CP24, warns that he “can’t see Union Station reopening for several hours.” We’d say it would be prudent at this point to make alternate travel plans for the evening rush.

1:43 PM: New TTC alert: “Any passengers wishing to access the Union GO Terminal should walk through the PATH system.”

1:54 PM: Andy Byford has confirmed to CBC reporter Jamie Strashin that “there’s no way” subway service will resume for the evening rush hour.

2:17 PM: TTC now alerting that the PATH access to the GO Terminal at Union is closed. GO says that riders “can continue to use the York teamway and the Bay West teamway to access our trains.” VIA Rail says that all trains “are still running as scheduled from Union.”

2:57 PM: From the City: “Flood clean up will likely go into weekend.” Subway still closed; GO still running but asking passengers to “consider using the stairwells from York and Bay streets leading directly to the platforms.”

3:05 PM: One new service change: 72 Pape buses are now diverting westbound (via Church, Front, Jarvis, and the Esplanade) due to road closures caused by the Union flood.

3:57 PM: The TTC has confirmed that subway service will be closed throughout the afternoon rush hour from Osgoode to Bloor stations (you can board northbound trains at Osgoode, but not southbound), and that the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcars continue to turn back at the Spadina loop rather than proceeding east to Union Station. 104 shuttle buses are in service and stopping at all the subway stations currently without service except Union.

7:14 PM: TTC CEO Andy Byford tells CP24 that he hopes subway service will resume this evening. Nothing yet though.

10:55 PM: And…full service has just resumed!

Comments

  • Cliff S

    Maybe the above ground LRT’s aren’t a bad idea after all.

    • Anonymous

      LRT’s are a great idea, that is until the streets are flooded or buried in a snowstorm.

      • Anonymous

        It’s easier to plough a street than drain a tunnel. I suspect cheaper, too.

      • Jacob

        Because Calgary (with its popular LRT system) never gets snow, right?

  • Adam

    Will VIA trains be affected, leaving from Union?

    • Anonymous

      They have no service alerts out at the moment, will double-check with them and post any news.

      • Anonymous

        VIA tweeted their trains are runnign as normal.

    • http://twitter.com/DarksydeCAD William

      They shouldn’t be, GO had had no delays reported, the tracks there are above grade. I would call just in case

  • Ninojolly

    some pics

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    https://​fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/​hphotos-ak-ash3/​598895_10151790182010243_592015​242_24399921_162

  • Asdfas

    This has got way out of control: http://pic.twitter.com/fbWiOaBM

  • Ci

    Are trains cancelled heading northbound from Union to Bloor (towards Finch) as well?

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Right now no subway service in either direction from Osgoode to Bloor stations (i.e. around the bottom of the loop).

  • A_

    Come on, guys – subway costs are so much lower: you don’t need to replace trains OR—oh, what?

  • Barbopolous

    Can you take the subway north at Osgoode, or do I have to go up to St. Patrick?

    • Anonymous

      As of a few minutes ago, they were running northbound from Osgoode.

  • Anonymous

    What’s different? We had heavy rain before. Is it the construction made some sewers inaccessible to the rain water? Fix it so the next heavy rain does not cause the problem again.

    • Anonymous

      There have been reports of a sewer line break.

    • Anonymous

      Union has flooded before, quite recently in fact.

    • Anonymous

      There has been major flooding in the subway at least 3 or 4 times in the last few years.

  • Guest

    Is the Bloor-Danforth line all good???!

    • Anonymous

      Yes!

  • HollowayE

    Recently, Montreal gets a dumping of heavy rain (from severe thunderstorms) and its Metro system gets flooded. Yesterday, flooding in the Union station in Toronto’s subway system, prompted TTC to close a section of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line and dispatch shuttle buses. It was commuter chaos in both cities, as people scrambled to find alternate routes to get home from work. The rains and flooding turned the streets into ‘canals’- take the ‘gondola’ – as in Venice, Italy.

    Elizabeth, from Etobicoke.