Tunnel work will force detours, but catch ‘ghost’ stop
Get ready for an unusual ride on the Bloor-Danforth subway this Saturday and Sunday.
The TTC is planning some major tunnel reconstruction near St. George station over the next several weekends, and riders on the “Green” line will be taking a few exceptional detours.
Most importantly, all east and westbound trains will terminate at Museum station — on the University-Spadina or “Yellow” line.
To get a clearer picture of what this will mean, check the posters currently in subway stations or visit www.ttc.ca. On the weekend, riders can also listen for audio announcements on trains and in stations — this may provide a real workout for the TTC’s public address system.
Here’s what to expect: Bay station is to be closed entirely, as will the lower level of St. George station.
To travel past downtown along the Bloor line you’ll have to change trains at Museum — and simply walk across the platform.
The tricky part will be boarding the correct train to continue your trip. Transit personnel are supposed to be at both Museum and St. George stops.
The TTC has never undertaken such a detour on the subway — usually riders are shuttled past closures by bus.
It will likely take some time for dispatchers to get into a rhythm of sending trains through Museum, a normally quiet station. Those responsible for announcing the destination of incoming trains must find a clear, simple way to inform patrons.
It will also be crucial for subway drivers to properly warn riders aboard their trains.
This route diversion will create a rare opportunity to see one of the TTC’s lost subway stations.
Trains will pass slowly through “Bay lower” without stopping, giving riders a peek at a derelict platform that was used briefly in 1966 and thereafter only for movie and commercial shoots.
Curious subway fans will try to make the trip during the first two weekends, in case the TTC finishes its tunnel work sooner than expected.
There are going to be many confused faces during this period, so subway regulars can help by becoming informed of the changes and aiding other passengers.
If you have family or friends who don’t understand English well, please forewarn them of the detour.
There may not be transit employees on hand who speak every language of this diverse city, but multilingual operators are available through the TTC info line, 416-393-4636.
For more history of Toronto’s forgotten underground stops, search www.wikipedia.orgunder “lower bay ttc.”
While you’re at it, look up “ghost stations.”