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TTC Report Recommends New Harbourfront Streetcar

by James Bow
Transit Toronto News Archive - September 23, 1998

Work to Begin Soon on Harbourfront Streetcar Extension: A TTC Report has recommended accepting the tender of Bridgecon Construction to build streetcar tracks on Queens Quay, linking Spadina Avenue with Bathurst Street. This link is required to install direct service between Union Station and the Canadian National Exhibition by early 2000.

The price quoted by the bid was just over $1.6 million and includes not only the tracks but trolley poles and wires along Queens Quay and Bathurst Street to the intersection of Bathurst and Fleet. Construction will commence in two phases, first building tracks on Queens Quay from Spadina Avenue to Portland, and the second building the remainder from Portland to Bathurst.

The second phase will only commence when the TTC receives permission from the province to deviate from the Environmental Assessment for the Waterfront West Light Rail Transit. This assessment, approved a decade ago, granted the TTC permission to build tracks along Queens Quay, but only to Portland. There, the line was to turn onto Portland and then proceed along a reconstructed Lake Shore Boulevard to Fleet Street.

As this is the more expensive option, the TTC wish to make a change. The report gives no indication as to when shovels will hit the ground, but the matter goes to the TTC’s Board for approval today, which should clear the path for physical action.