Streetcars return to (upper) Spadina, November 18



After an absence of five months, the TTC will again operate streetcars along the 510 Spadina route — north of King Street West — starting tomorrow, Sunday, November 18.

At the north end of the line, all cars start their trips in the Spadina Station streetcar terminal. At the south end, southbound cars loop on the street by operating along their regular route to Spadina Avenue and Adelaide Street West, then detouring:

eastward along Adelaide West; and then
southward along Charlotte Street to King West,
ending their trips.

Northbound cars start their trips on Charlotte north of King West, then proceed:

southward along Charlotte; and then
westward along King West to Spadina,
resuming their regular route northward along Spadina.

Buses continue to replace the cars south of King Street West to the Queens Quay / Spadina Loop. At the north end of their route, the buses also loop along Charlotte Street and drop off and pick up passengers at stops beside the curb and not at the regular “island” streetcar stops in the centre of the roadway. According to Steve Munro, the TTC expects streetcar service to resume between King and Queens Quay West Sunday, December 23. The buses operate every six minutes at all times except Sunday-and-holiday mornings, when they operate every ten minutes.

With the project to redesign the street and the streetcar right-of-way along Queens Quay West continuing, streetcar service to Union Station along the 510 Spadina route will not likely resume until spring.

The TTC started a project to rebuild parts of the tracks and the passenger islands to accommodate its new, longer, low-floor streetcars, Sunday, June 17.