This has nothing to do with LRT, but since I have not seen the discussion on any other sites, I thought I would throw it out here…
As we all know by now, there was a major power failure in the west end last night with much of it continuing well into today. The Bloor-Danforth subway operations were not effected directly, since propulsion and signalling power were not lost. However, stations between Jane and St. George lost power. Last evening, operations could continue with the emergency lighting at these stations, but as this is from battery power, it was gone by the morning.
The morning rush hour saw service split with one section operating from Kipling to Jane and the other from Kennedy to St. George, with shuttle buses between Jane and St. George. There were unconfirmed reports that trains actually ran through, out of service, between Jane and St. George.
My question is, “Why did they not run trains express between Jane and St. George?”
Shuttle buses would still be needed for people needing access to and from the intermediate stations, but the number of shuttle buses needed would have been less. Furthermore, the great majority of passengers who were travelling all the way through the effected area would not have been inconvenienced with the need to change to a shuttle and back to the subway again. In fact, their trip might have been a couple of minutes quicker!
Somebody please give me a logical reason why this could not have been done!