Transit problems plague residents in the west end
EtobicokeNewsTorontoTTC Jan 23, 2020 Jacob Brooks
Residents of west end Toronto are growing weary of TTC issues in and around Etobicoke.
Following a chaotic morning in transit after a subway train was derailed at Keele Station, commuters were frustrated at the lack of appropriate infrastructure in place to deal with such an event.
One section of Bloor Line 2 ground to a halt for close to five hours. Even when busses were hustled onto Bloor, there could be up to 1,000 commuters waiting outside a station.
@CTVToronto tweeted out:
“HAPPENING NOW: Commuters wait for shuttle buses during the morning rush as the TTC suspends subway service between Jane and Ossington stations due to a partial derailment.”
“This was a bad morning for our customers travelling into and out of the west end and for that we apologize,” read a tweet from TTC Spokesperson Stuart Green.
However, residents have been complaining about transit issues in the west end for a lot longer than yesterday morning, Jan. 22. Steve Ulrich, a committee member of the Humber Bay Shores Ratepayers and Residents Association, has described the TTC response to the issues as “robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
“Generally when transit shortages take place, they often take resources from the west end or something [in the] east end to preserve the core,” said Ulrich. “We really need Rapid/ Express transit that is reliable and affordable in Etobicoke Lakeshore.”
Ulrich’s comments come after nearly half a decade of issues with the 508 streetcar route, which was only reinstated in August; just to briefly be taken off the schedule earlier this month.
A TTC spokesperson said in a comment by email that they were unsure what issues Ulrich had specified.
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