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Streetcars on King re-routed around east-end work zone

TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Starting on Monday, February 24, TTC streetcar service on King Street East will be diverting around a new construction zone as TTC track crews begin rail welding work in preparation for a multi-phase track replacement project along King Street.

Preliminary rail welding will take place on King Street East, between River Street and Ashby Place. As a result, 504 KING & 503 KINGSTON RD streetcars will divert both ways via Parliament Street and Queen Street East. Westbound cars will run west on Queen, south on Parliament and west on King. Eastbound cars will run east on King, north on Parliament and east on Queen.

TTC customers using streetcar stops on King Street, between River and Parliament Streets, are asked to walk just north to Queen Street for their streetcar service. There will be no replacement bus service in place. Weather permitting, the diversion is scheduled to last until March 9.

Two other work zones will need to be set up along King Street in March prior to the start of track reconstruction. These work zones are required in advance of rail replacement so specialized welding equipment - only available at certain times of the year - can be used. The preliminary work allows for speedier track installation with less track maintenance.

From April to October, the TTC, in conjunction with City of Toronto Works and Emergency Services, will be replacing worn eastbound and westbound tracks along King - from Close Avenue in the west to River Street in the east.

Both the TTC and the City of Toronto will be providing additional details on construction and temporary transit services as work progresses.

For more information on these, and other service changes, TTC customers can call 416-393-INFO (4636) or access the TTC internet site at

For further information: Marilyn Bolton, Media Relations, (416) 393-3741