I spoke to Vice-Chair Joe Mihevc at the TTC meeting on Wednesday about the situation at St. Clair West and on the portion of the line east to Yonge. Here is the current status.
The problem with rebuilding the track is that there is one section on the east side of the loop where there are electrical cables buried in the concrete. Breaking up the concrete so that these can be moved is a delicate business and won’t be done for a few months. Meanwhile, the rest of the loop is being installed.
In about two weeks, this will allow pavement restoration in most of the loop. At that point, the buses that enter from the west will be able to loop down the ramp and around the west and north sides of the platform. They will all exit via the ramp that comes out in the Loblaw’s building on the north side of the street.
Meanwhile, Mihevc is getting a complete runaround from staff on the installation of new shelters. It’s always something that will happen in a week or two, and has been like this since the summer. He is getting very frustrated because he takes the blame every time he parrots information to his constituents.
TTC staff should carefully consider what they are doing. Mihevc has defended staff positions on the St. Clair right-of-way against all criticisms and burned up some of his credibility, with me among others, in the process. The last thing the staff needs is to lose that champion in the Vice-Chair’s office. If he stops believing what he is told, they are in big trouble.
Of course, many of us stopped believing what staff said about St. Clair a long time ago. Vice-Chair Mihevc has some catching up to do.