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Tory asks TTC to find immediate relief for crowding on Yonge subway line

NEWS STAFF | posted Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A huge backlog formed on the Yonge-Bloor subway platform after a series of TTC service disruptions on Feb. 9, 2016. TWITTER
Mayor John Tory is asking the TTC to come up with creative ideas for immediate relief for crowding on the Yonge subway line.

In a letter to TTC CEO Andy Byford, Tory said while the Relief Line, SmartTrack and Automatic Train Control will improve conditions in the future, riders also need help now.

“We are all acutely aware of the crunch in peak hours, where people are often left waiting for a train to go by before they can embark, and platforms left completely full at Yonge-Bloor station,” Tory wrote in a letter to TTC CEO Andy Byford.

“I want to make sure we are doing everything we can now to make the ride better for riders.”

A possible solution, Tory said, is to have some subway trains start their journey not at the start of the line, but further down. There would then be more room for people at busier stations.

TTC riders make 750,000 trips on Line 1 every day.

Read Tory’s letter below or click here.

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