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The Cold Weather Once Again Forces Streetcars out of Service

The TTC is facing a shortage of 35 streetcars heading into the afternoon rush hour.

Photo by St-Even, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

It’s going to be another challenging commute for Torontonians. The TTC has announced that the bitterly cold weather is once again going to affect streetcar service during afternoon rush hour: issues with the aging vehicles and their response to extreme cold will result in a shortage of 35 streetcars (the TTC was down 61 streetcars at certain points during this morning’s rush hour). A total of 195 streetcars are usually on the streets during peak service hours. Although buses will be called into action, the TTC warns that “even with supplemental bus service, the afternoon commute will take longer than usual.” It’s also going to be keeping buses on standby for tomorrow morning, because it looks as if Toronto’s in for another frigid night.