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Section of Line 1 to be closed starting Friday for signal work

A TTC subway car. UNSPLASH/Justin Main

The TTC says it’s taking advantage of reduced ridership amid the pandemic, to speed up signal work on a portion of the Yonge subway line.

Starting this Friday, the TTC will be closing Line 1 between Finch and Sheppard-Yonge stations until Dec. 11.

The closure will then be extended to St. Clair Station on Dec. 12 and 13.

TTC Chair Jaye Robinson says doing the work while ridership is low will result in cost and time savings, reducing the project timeline for tunnel improvements for several years.

“While subway ridership is low, we are proactively accelerating capital work on Line 1 to reduce our state-of-good repair backlog and improve service for TTC passengers,” she explained in a statement
“This innovative approach will result in remarkable cost and time savings, reducing the project timeline for necessary tunnel improvements for several years.”

Shuttle buses will be running during the closures, with regular subway service on Line 1 set to resume by 6 a.m. December 14.