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Snow and Ice Shut Down the SRT

The Scarborough RT will be out of commission this afternoon, while workers clear the system of ice and snow.

Photo by Loozrboy, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

It’s another doozy of a winter day for Toronto: a snowfall warning is in effect, and we’re expected to get up to 15 centimetres of the stuff before it starts tapering off in the late afternoon. In order to get ready for the afternoon commute, which is sure to be a messy one, the TTC will be shutting down the Scarborough RT from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. so that crews can clear away ice and snow. The TTC will be running 24 shuttle buses between Kennedy and McCowan stations while the SRT is out of service.

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  • Digital

    Exactly why we do not want another LRT, thank you.

    • citizenontherun

      Clearly you did that thing where you speak before actually looking up any information. The SRT uses ICTS tech and that nice shiny magnet in the middle propels the car forward. Now when this magnet is blocked by say snow and ice, it no make car go.

      LRT’s on the other hand would plow through that snow like Rob Ford at a party (and yes that’s a cocaine reference). Why? Well because LRT’s don’t use ICTS tech. There’s more to it, but I’m sure you’d be confused by it. Next time read before you open your burger hole.

      • vampchick21

        Apparently Digital likes the idea of paying for the 3 stop subway for the next few generations.

        A 3 stop subway that doesn’t actually change a damn thing for transit in Scarborough as a whole.

        • Digital

          I didn’t refer to a subway in any way, shape or form.

          As for your second sentence, I agree.

          • vampchick21

            I’m aware of what you said. I can read. Hence my typing out words here. Fact is, the LRT opponents have been touting a subway as the magical solution. You, by putting yourself in the anti-LRT camp, by default in the frame of the current debate, have placed yourself in the subway camp, mainly because in your statement you did not provide an option to LRT.

          • Digital

            No, I put myself in the camp that we need many more subways. We are the only major city with 2 lines, most other major cities go into the double digits, yet our politicians keep saying we are a world class city while they are the ones talking about transit for decades and doing nothing about it.

            I guess that means I’m in camp 3.

          • vampchick21

            So what are you saying exactly for Scarborough?

          • Digital

            That at a bare minimum we need 2 more lines from far East to West along Eglinton and Albion/Wilson/YorkMills/Ellesmere, or one along the same path that links up on both ends. I know I wont live to see it but that’s what we need to start catching up with the rest of the world.

          • OgtheDim

            Sure….now all you have to do is raise federal provincial and city taxes all up by 15-20% to pay for both the building and the operating expenses…..what you don’t think that’s going to happen………..well lets see, there is this thing that is less expensive that actually does the job up to the capacity we want and works in all weather………..its called LRT.

            Thanks for coming out.

            Try the veal.

          • Digital

            Obviously the funding formula we use now does not work or it would be done. We have to stop thinking in ways our failed gov. has been thinking for years because we know that does not work. It should all be funded by the feds, the way other countries do.

            Baby cow… um, no thanks.

          • nevilleross

            You need to read more about LRT before you open your mouth-here’s a website that provides info; http://lrt.daxack.ca

            And you’re right, one should cut down on meat anyway.

          • Geoff

            And we need those lines now because… ? What Toronto actually needs is transit expansion that looks at all options and is based on actual needs, not arbitrary lines based on an absurd subway fetish.

          • Digital

            Our needs now or later on? If you mean now then yes a couple subway stops every decade is fine, more expensive but you get what you’re asking for that way.

            Hey it’s better than an absurd traffic jam car fetish, no?

          • nevilleross

            What Toronto needs is to get over its subway fetish, and just resume the building of Transit City with all of the lines built as originally planned; Subways don’t work anymore (for Toronto), are passe in most parts of the world, and are just plain too expensive to be building.

          • Geoff

            That is absolutely not true. Toronto has 3 lines not 2. I think you forgot Sheppard. Also, counting the Yonge/University line as one line, while technically true, is a bit misleading. It’s really like 2 lines that join at Union Station.

            The cities that have a lot more subway than Toronto also have much higher populations and population densities. Basing our transit system off of theirs makes little sense.

            Contrary to your claim, there also are major cities with less subway than us. Sydney, Australia ranks higher than us as a international city in most Indexes yet it has absolutely no subway. It does, however, have LRT. So much for the international cities need a lot of subway myth.

          • Digital

            I seriously totally forgot about the Sheppard line, I apologize to it’s 12 users.

            Our population density is spread all around Toronto because we don’t have a transit system, catch 22.

            That is not contrary, it is an exception. I did not say ALL cities, come on.

          • citizenontherun

            2? Sheppard makes it 3. By the way, that line is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t build subways for subways sake.

          • jimro

            Major city – by what criteria? Number of subway lines?

      • Jacob

        Yup. Calgary gets more snow than us, and their LRT system runs fine year-round.

        But hey, knowledge just gets in the way…

        • Digital

          Cool but I ‘m not the one closing it down.

          • vampchick21

            Our LRT didn’t close down. It doesn’t exist. Unless you are also confusing the current RT with LRT?

          • Digital

            That is correct.

          • vampchick21

            I am correct that you are confusing the current RT with LRT?

          • Digital

            Yes

          • vampchick21

            Okie dokie then.

      • Digital

        cool

    • OgtheDim

      Just to bug you that’s why.

      Its all a big gigantic conspiracy by big pharma to get you annoyed, have a heart condition, and then they’ll sell you drugs.

      The only way you can stop their nefarious plan is to read up on reality and thus become less angry, through education.

    • Welshgrrl

      So by the same token, if roads and highways get shut down because of bad weather we should remove all roads and highways then?

      • em_robin

        By the same token, we should have never built them in the first place!

        • Digital

          Cities are built for cars not people.

          “By the same token”… oh I get it now lol good one.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Parking lots are built for cars, cities (including streets) are built for people.

          • dsmithhfx

            When we get self-driving cars, we won’t need people!

          • Digital

            utopia at last

      • bobloblawbloblawblah

        We should just put the bad weather underground and have done with it.

        • Digital

          The answer is always so simple we over look it every time, ty.

    • dsmithhfx

      “We” being the minority in recent opinion polls…

      • Digital

        Polls are for stripers

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          I think you mean strippers.

    • jimro

      Just because this one was poorly designed doesn’t mean that others will be the same! The St. Clair and Spadina LRT’s are running just fine and unaffected by the weather.

      • KeithB

        Seems to work in cities in Europe too.

  • Punned_It

    I hope the folks in Scarborough enjoy riding the bus. They will be doing it for the next 10 years while they wait for their subway.

    • jimro

      But not so many years if sanity reigns and the LRT plan is brought back.

    • KeithB

      snicker..er I mean, Gee that’s awful.