Streetcar Track Switching (Updated)

Early on June 11, two streetcars collided at Bay and Dundas due to an open switch incident.  Coverage of this can be found at the Globe & Mail and at the Sun.

Reports suggest that the operator of an eastbound car failed to check the setting of the east-to-north switch, drove into the intersection and turned into the path of a westbound car.  Reading the Globe article, I can’t help thinking that a discussion of the situation and the history of streetcar switching is badly needed.

TTC officials say it is the driver’s responsibility to check that every switch on the tracks is aligned properly before proceeding, a rule established in 2002 to avoid accidents like yesterday’s.

From other background, it appears that the Dundas route was diverting on Tuesday evening around events at Dundas Square, and the east-to-north switch would have been left open for that diversion.

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