Early Sunday TTC service to continue after Parapan Am

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Brunch may just become more do-able.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is currently in talks of whether or not it would be possible to have earlier subway starts times on Sundays. Similar services were offered during the Pan Am Games and are continuing to be offered during the Parapan Am Games.

Until Aug. 15, subway service begins at 6 a.m. on Sundays, three hours earlier from their usual 9 a.m. service.

The extended weekend hours have been popular with TTC commuters, many of them saying the early-bird service should continue after the Games end.

According to the TTC, the problem with having earlier subway start times on Sundays is not the cost but a maintenance issue.

Typically, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., TTC crews are busy with system maintenance duties.

“That three-hour Sunday window is really critical to us in keeping the system maintained,” TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said. “But we also recognize that people need and want to get to where they’re going.”

One suggestion involves shutting down the subway earlier on Sunday or Monday. Another possibility would be to open the subway lines earlier during big events on Sundays.

“The encouraging thing is that because we were able to do it for the Pan Am Games, it shows it can be done,” TTC Chair and Coun. Josh Colle said.

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