TTC Promises Fix For Subway Shaking
People who live at the west end of the Bloor-Danforth subway line are cautiously optimistic they'll soon be able to sleep through the night, their dishes won't rattle & their picture frames won't need adjusting after every passing train.
Over 100 people packed a community meeting with the TTC at the Old Mill Inn in Etobicoke Thursday.
Vibrations around stations like Keele, Jane & Old Mill have as much as quadrupled since 2000. One woman who lives near Old Mill says when a subway passes, it actually feels as if the train is driving through her house.
Marc Bracken with Aercoustics Engineering says rails can become corrugated over time or develop rough patches. Subway wheels aren't perfectly smooth either. When a train skids some of the steel is worn away, creating a flat spot on the wheel & a "bump" every time it rolls over that flat spot. Those flats can also damage the track.
But many neighbours aren't convinced wear & tear is the only issue. They want the TTC to look into how speeding trains & braking are impacting vibrations.
Though they're still working on detailed timeline, the TTC plans to grind down the bumpy tracks to smooth & replace them where necessary by some time in 2013.
TTC Chair Karen Stintz is vowing to keep tabs on the progress of repairs at the commission's monthly meeting.
TTC CEO Andy Byford recognizes that neighbours have heard this all before, but says he's serious about fixing the problem despite a cash crunch at City Hall. Byford says getting to zero vibration isn't do-able, but he'll do what he can to get it to a "reasonable" level.