Toronto’s Union Station shut down due to massive flood of rainwater and possibly sewage
A flood of rainwater and sewage shut down Toronto’s Union Station Friday afternoon, closing the key transit hub for hours and ensuring a nightmare afternoon commute.
TTC Chair Andy Byford was among the first to see the flood.
“I was on a train heading south to Union Station. I looked out the window and you could see water pouring onto the platform.”
He is not optimistic that Union will be useable for the afternoon commute.
“We are in the middle of a massive cleanup of the foul water,” said Mr. Byford. “I cannot see how this station could possible reopen for rush hour.”
The floodwater is “a cross between water and sewage,” confirmed Toronto Fire spokesman Adrian Ratushniak. (Photos: First three photos by Alana McCarthy; fourth Aron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)
TTC retires its oldest operating subway train — the last with bench seating and without air-conditioning
After 35 years in service and “a lot” of stops across Toronto, the oldest subway train in the TTC’s fleet, the last with bench seating and without air conditioning, was retired Friday morning.
At 7:27 a.m., the H4 train left eastbound for Greenwood Station. From there it crossed the city twice on the Bloor-Danforth line. The train’s arrival at Kennedy Station after 9:00 a.m. was its last stop.
“I don’t think anybody will miss the lack of air conditioning, but they were a good stable hard-working subway train, very reliable in its day,” said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross. “It’s progress, but it’s also some nostalgia on a day like today.” (Photos: TTC)