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Canada Tough commute in Toronto with subway closure, hundreds of collisions

17:30  02 december  2019
17:30  02 december  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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A portion of the TTC's Bloor subway remains closed on Monday morning after a small fire on the tracks near Dundas West Station. 

Shuttle buses are running as large crowds are being forced out of the subway.

According to the TTC, about 40 people were forced to walk through a subway tunnel after one train was evacuated due to the fire. Crews are now assessing the damage and have no estimate as to when service will be back up and running. 

The shutdown is making an already difficult commute that much worse, with roads, sidewalks and transit routes are icy and snow-covered across the Greater Toronto Area from Sunday's storm. 

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Enough snow has fallen to trigger another round of plowing from the city, which it says will be ongoing until Monday evening. 

According to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, there were 500 crashes in the GTA in the 24 hours between Sunday and Monday morning. 

a group of people walking on a city street: Crowds at Keele and Bloor streets waiting for shuttle buses. Service on a portion of Line 2 has been down for much of Monday morning. © Provided by cbc.ca Crowds at Keele and Bloor streets waiting for shuttle buses. Service on a portion of Line 2 has been down for much of Monday morning.

The snow also led the Halton District School Board to cancel some school buses, but keep schools open. 

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The same zone 3 closure applies to the Halton Catholic District School Board — with buses continuing to run in zones 1 and 2. 

In both Durham boards, school buses are cancelled in zones 1 (Brock), 2 (Uxbridge), and 3 (Scugog), and schools remain open. 

OPP working to clear collisions 

Collisions on Monday morning are slowing down GTA highways.

"We've got snow covering the lanes, the ramps, the shoulders," said Schmidt. "The highway itself is very slippery. We're dealing with dozens of collisions." 

Schmidt says traffic is moving slow in general — and that even snow plows, out on their runs to clear the highway surfaces, are trapped in the congestion. 

"Be careful wherever you are, and make sure before you get on the road, you've wiped and brushed the snow off your vehicle, off all windows, all the way around your car," said Schmidt.  

Yesterday's mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain led to a power outage in the city's west end, collisions, and the cancellation of a number of flights — as well as two planned Santa Claus parades in Mississauga and Burlington.  

There was also a major pile-up near Kingston which sent between 15 and 20 people to hospital and killed one person. 

As for what's to come this week, there's a chance of flurries on Thursday and Friday.  

"If you look ahead for the next week or so, there's no major warm up in the forecast... it looks like the snow should stick around." said Mark Schuster, a senior meteorologist with Environment Canada. 

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