Updated May 18:
Service to Exhibition Loop resumed today with normal operations on the Bathurst and Harbourfront cars to Exhibition Loop.
Updated May 15:
For those who were wondering why the TTC is fixing the track on Fleet Street when it is supposed to be replaced later this month, here is the answer: our friends at Toronto Hydro can’t handle two projects at the same time, and since they’re busy on St. Clair, Fleet will have to wait. Come back in the fall.
Streetcar service should return to Fleet Street once the patchwork on the track is completed. The schedule for May-June still shows the cars running to Exhibition, and so the TTC should be able to restore service once there is track to run on.
More news when it’s available.
The original post follows below.
I spoke with Jim Teeple of the TTC this evening about the Harbourfront line and found out what is going on there.
First off, contrary to some reports, the problem is not in the tunnel, and it is at Rees Street as previously reported.
There is a problem with the track sinking for reasons they don’t yet understand, and the effect is that the track brake drags on the concrete (that’s why they want to grind some of it off). If the track brakes get badly hung up, this could cause a derailment.
The delay in activity is caused by the fact that the TTC wants to dig to see what is happening under the trackbed, but cannot do this until the utility companies come and mark where their services are. Apparently they are taking their time about it.
Dare I ask what whizbang designer had the idea of putting utilities under the tracks in the first place? The usual scheme is to put them in the curb lanes where they can be repaired or modified without disturbing the transit service.