TTC CEO Andy Byford provides your monthly dose of transit infotainment—and tries to prepare you for the travel hassles ahead.
If you’ve been a TTC rider for long enough, you know how it feels when maintenance and construction projects regularly disrupt your trips—it’s easy to become frustrated by seemingly inexplicable or senselessly cruel TTC delays. Over the past few years, the TTC has been trying to alleviate rider confusion and anxiety through a series of YouTube videos.
The latest features the TTC’s universally liked CEO Andy Byford and spokesperson Brad Ross (who also appears to be universally liked by those acquainted with him) discussing a number of upcoming closures. The first will affect Queen Street East near Leslie from May 11 to June 11. This closure, they explain, is necessary so that workers can lay connecting streetcar tracks for the TTC’s new facilities at Leslie Barn, which are being built to accommodate the shiny new streetcars you may have seen them testing around town.
For people who rely on the Queen East streetcar, there will obviously be consequences—the trip will take an extra 12 minutes as the streetcar diverts to Gerrard Street East. But the TTC will be running more buses in the affected area, both along Queen and to Pape, Donlands, and Greenwood stations.
The second closure will occur at Queen and Victoria streets from May 11 to 31, while the TTC works on its state-of-good-repair backlog (streetcars currently have to slow down there because of the quality of the concrete). Workers will be tearing up the intersection, and streetcars on the route will divert south to King Street.
The third closure will take place from June 30 until July 25 at Queen and Broadview, otherwise known as the intersection with Dangerous Dan’s and Jilly’s. This closure will be taking place so that workers can repair switches and connections. The Queen streetcar will divert up to Gerrard. There will be buses pressed into service, and the road will remain open for vehicles and cyclists.