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Subway shut down from Broadview to St. George over fluid spilled on tracks

The TTC has shut down subway service on Line 2 between Broadview and St. George stations on Monday morning, after an overnight work car spilled fluid on the tracks that led to train operators reporting slippery conditions, the transit agency says.

It’s unclear how long the shutdown will last. The TTC says some trains are also being turned at Woodbine station to reduce subway traffic between that station and Broadview Station, as well as overcrowding at Broadview.

The TTC’s Stuart Green told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning that operators reported the fluid hampered the ability to stop trains at the next station, with some experiencing a small but not significant overshoot of their regular stopping point. TTC officials said later Monday morning that the mess was caused by spilled hydraulic fluid.

Work crews are manually cleaning it up.

The TTC initially said subway service was suspended between St. George and Broadview, then later reporting the closure extended to Woodbine Station, then updated again to say only some trains were being turned at Woodbine.

About 30 shuttle buses were deployed by 8:15 a.m., and Green urged commuters further east of the disruption to consider taking GO Transit into the core.

The TTC says shuttle bus service has been extended from St. George to Donlands Station to “ease the pressure” on Line 2. 

Service levels on both the 504 King and 505 Dundas streetcars have also been increased to help commuters downtown, the transit agency says.

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