Transit Notice – Streetcar track maintenance – Rail grinding

Scheduled Grinding Dates and Locations in Ward 14:

December 21 and 22
(Timelines subject to change – weather dependent)
-Dundas Street West – Sterling Road to Sorauren Avenue
-Howard Park Avenue – Indian Road to Parkside Drive

Work description and purpose
As part of its streetcar track maintenance program, the Toronto Transit Commission is exploring rail-grinding technology, which is progressing in the industry.

The TTC has obtained a contracted service to provide rail grinding along a number of sections of its streetcar track network that have developed some rail roughness. This grinding work is intended to improve the current condition of the rail surface that will aid in reducing noise and vibration levels, extend the life of the rail and provide a smoother streetcar operation through those areas.

Work hours
To ensure that this grinding operation is carried out to its optimum potential, the slow moving rail-grinding unit will begin operations from approximately 9 p.m. and will continue until the start of morning streetcar service, approximately 5 a.m. A street sweeper will be used to clean the track area each day following grinding operations. Sparks will be contained however, sound emissions will be evident when the grinder is in full operation. Streetcars will be diverted after 9 p.m. to accommodate the grinding work. A shuttle bus service will be provided.

The TTC will assess and evaluate the effectiveness and the results attained by this grinding equipment for possible future use along other sections of the streetcar track network.

The TTC regrets any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of this night work.

TTC contacts
Diego Sinagoga, Community Liaison, 416-393-2197; diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca.
Customer Service, 416-393-3030 (daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed holidays) or @TTChelps.
TTY Line, 416-481-2523 (daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays).
Route/Schedules/Fares: 416-393-4636 (INFO) or ttc.ca.Rail Grinding - Surface Dec 2014-page-001