Toronto: TTC Alert for 501 Queen & 509 Harbourfront Streetcars Starting July 29, 2012

This “explainer video” presents “TTC – 509 Harbourfront streetcar line using buses until 2013”:

  • The TTC 509 Harbourfront streetcar line will be using buses starting July 29, 2012, as major work is undertaken on Queens Quay West by Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission
  • To learn more about the diversion and construction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Buses to replace TTC’s 509 Harbourfront streetcar during Queens Quay revitalization

TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) track work involves a total revitalization of Queens Quay, including:

  • utility upgrades
  • new storm, sanitary and watermain infrastructure
  • rebuilding of the TTC right-of-way streetcar tracks and overhead power system

Due to track work associated with Waterfront Toronto’s project to rebuild Queens Quay W., the 509 Harbourfront streetcar will be replaced by buses from July 29 to the spring of 2013.

The 509 Harbourfront replacement bus route details are as follows:

  • From Union Station to Exhibition Loop:
    • Bus stop on Bay St., just south of Front St. W.:
      1. bus travels south on Bay St.
      2. west on Queens Quay
      3. north on Bathurst St.
      4. west on Lake Shore Blvd. W.
      5. north on Fort York Blvd.
      6. west on Fleet St. to Exhibition Loop
  • From Exhibition Loop:
    1. east on Fleet St.
    2. south on Fort York Blvd
    3. east on Lake Shore Blvd W.
    4. south on Bathurst St.
    5. east on Queens Quay
    6. north on Bay St, servicing the temporary bus stop at Union Station on the east side of Bay St., just north of Front St. W.
  • Please note that customers must have a transfer before boarding the 509 replacement bus service at Union Station, as well as to transfer to the subway at Union Station from the 509 replacement bus.

TTC 501 Queen streetcar diversion update

As construction on Queen St. E. progresses, the TTC will be changing the diversion of the 501 Queen streetcar service starting today, July 29, as follows:

  • For TTC customers living in the Beach:
    • streetcar service will return along Queen St. E. to Neville Loop.
  • Construction, however, continues near the TTC’s Russell Carhouse on Queen St., just east of Greenwood Ave.:
    • As such, the 501 Queen streetcar will divert in both directions (as shown with the red line in the map above) via:
      • Coxwell Ave.
      • Gerrard St. E.
      • Broadview Ave.
    • Replacement buses will continue to operate along the affected portion of Queen St. E. (as shown with the black line in the map above):
      • from Woodbine Loop (near Kingston Rd.)
      • along Eastern Ave.
      • and back to Queen St. E.
      • then west to Parliament St.

The TTC is also undertaking track work through the month of August at the entrance to the Russell Carhouse on Connaught Ave. (as shown in the map above) requiring:

  • streetcars returning to the yard to queue in the eastbound direction on Queen St. E. between Leslie St. and Greenwood Ave. as TTC personnel undertake a special maneuvering for each car to allow them to be stored in the yard.
    • Eastbound traffic will be restricted to one lane.
    • Toronto Police will assist with the flow of eastbound traffic daily between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

TTC Contact Info:

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)
    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily
    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays
  •  Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000  Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Happy Travelling the TTC Way!


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