Posted November 02, 2018 04:03:33 The Globe and Mail has learned that the Scarborough subway extension between Scarborough and Toronto will open for extended hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except in areas designated for rush hour.
The extended hours are being imposed to ease pressure on commuters who must make long trips between Scarborough, a major city with a population of over 2 million, and Toronto.
The extension is scheduled to open in 2018.
The Scarborough subway opened in the spring of 2020.
The subway will be fully operational from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5.
This means that there will be no rush hour service on the line, although the Scarborough Transit Authority will be able to run special trains between stations during peak hours.
“The Scarborough subway will reopen between 6 a,m.
and 6 p.,” said TTC spokesperson Alex Galloway in an email.
“We know the number of people who will need to travel through the Scarborough area during peak times.
We will be adding additional capacity during peak periods for those people.”
The Scarborough extension is the latest in a series of TTC projects to be extended.
The agency said last month it would extend subway service to York University and McMaster University.
A new tunnel under the Yonge subway station is due to open this year.
The TTC has also announced plans to open a new station on the TTC’s downtown network that will be located just west of Queen Street.
TTC chair Karen Stintz has been pushing to reopen the subway since she took office in June.
She said in November that the subway extension is one of her top priorities, but has had to postpone many other projects as it tries to balance operating costs and maintaining service.
TTC spokesperson Galloway said in a statement that the extension will open in late 2018 and that the TTC will “be providing additional service throughout the year as we continue to work through the various project schedules.”
TTC spokeswoman Erin McKeown said that, because of the timing of the extension, it is not a priority for the agency to reopen in the fall, although she added that the agency will continue to update riders about service changes and when the extension might open.
In November, the TTC also announced that the next phase of the Scarborough Subway Extension, to be completed by 2019, would be extended to two stops south of Yonge Street, where the subway will continue from Yonge to Bloor.
The expansion is the second major extension the TTC has made since the beginning of the decade.
In March, it announced it would open a second line in the north-end of Toronto that would extend from Bloor to Kennedy Road, just south of the YONGE subway station.