TTC Commissioners directed TTC staff yesterday to investigate the possibility of operating subway service overnight instead of shutting service down between 1:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The experimental service could be operated next year on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. The Toronto Sun has more details.
One of the arguments against 24 hour service is that shutting down the subway allows station and track maintenance to take place without disrupting passengers. However, Phillip Webb, who has studied this issue before, suggests that this maintenance period could be exchanged for occassionally shutting down sections of the subway for sixty hours over a weekend.
This question becomes moot in 2016 when a new signal system to be installed on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line becomes operational, allowing trains to operate â€œwrong wayâ€ on a single track, leaving the other track open for maintenance. Such operation is already possible on the Sheppard subway, but the demand simply isn’t there for all night service on that part of the system.
Staff is expected to complete its report early next year.