Trips through the little-used legs of the Wye between Bay, St. George and Museum Stations will be standard operation for six weekends from February 24 to March 31, 2007. Thank to Tim Bryant for pointing out the change in the planned start date. The TTC page on this event is here:
This unusual operation is required to permit work on the tunnel west of Upper Bay Station where the Bloor line passes under the Park Plaza Hotel. This can only be achieved by closing the line for a few days at a time. Conveniently, the wye is in just the right location to permit a subway “diversion”, not the sort of thing you see every day.
The Bloor-Danforth route will “divert” south on University Avenue, turn around and return north so that trains can continue their trips in each direction.
The westbound service (“Kipling via Museum”) will divert westbound from Yonge Station through Lower Bay Station and south on the University line. After stopping at Museum to drop off passengers, the trains will deadhead south to Osgoode pocket track. They will return north, pick up at Museum, turn west through Upper St. George Station and then through the connection track down to the Bloor line and Spadina Station.
The eastbound service (“Kennedy via Museum”) will divert eastbound from Spadina Station through Upper St. George Station and south on University. After a stop at Museum, the trains will deadhead south to St. Andrew pocket track. They will return north, pick up at Muesum, turn east through Lower Bay Station and then through the connection track up to Yonge Station on the Bloor line.
Bay Station will be closed, as will Lower St. George. You will be able to see Lower Bay, but not use it. Museum will become the grand transfer station for the two Bloor services and the regular University-Spadina trains which will operate over their normal route.
Each of the three routes (Bloor Westbound, Bloor Eastbound and Yonge-University) will run a wider-than-normal 6 minute headway. This will give enough room for a combined 2 minute headway on University from Museum to Osgoode. Note that this is possible because the Bloor trains will only be stopping at Museum, and each direction of Bloor-Danforth service has a separate turnback south of Osgoode and St. Andrew stations. This will keep the folks in the tower busy as they route trains hither and yon all day long, and Museum Station platform will no doubt be the scene of much confusion, at least for the first weekend.
The TTC is lucky to have two separate turnbacks on University so that each of the two services can be managed independently. Also, with several minutes of dead-heading south from Museum, there will be lots of time for the guards to walk back to the north end of the train and set up for a quick turnaround at the pocket tracks.