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Gerrard East, Coxwell streetcar infrastructure:
TTC upgrades and detour, July 9 to 30



Update — Thursday, July 27, 5:18 p.m.: Construction Gerrard Street East ended early — 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26. Streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route have resumed regular service. Shuttle buses no longer operate along the east end of the route. Buses continue to operate along the 306 Carlton night route due to ongoing construction on College Street in the west end of the route.


Update — Tuesday, July 18, 10:32 a.m.: The projects on Coxwell Avenue and on Gerrard Street East at Kingsmount Road have ended.


Sunday, July 9, the TTC ends its various infrastructure upgrade projects on Gerrard Street East between Parliament Street and Coxwell Avenue. Streetcars again operate along Gerrard East west of Coxwell Avenue.

That same day at 5 a.m., the TTC starts three more streetcar infrastructure projects east of Coxwell Avenue:

  1. upgrading the overhead wiring on Gerrard Street East between Main Street and Coxwell Avenue;
  2. replacing the rail at the westbound stop on Gerrard Street East at Kingsmount Park Road; and
  3. repairing the track area on Coxwell Avenue between [upper] Gerrard Street East / Fairford Avenue and Eastwood Road / [lower] Gerrard Street East;

The projects require the TTC to revise services along these routes:

  • 306 Carlton overnight; and
  • 506 Carlton.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Main Street Station and Coxwell Avenue.

(Updated — Thursday, July 27, 5:18 p.m.) Infrastructure upgrades on Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue — and the TTC detour — continue until July 30 26.

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The TTC continues to detour streetcars in the west end of the 506 Carlton route during construction on College Street. Shuttle buses operate between Lansdowne and Spadina Avenues.


Between Main Street and Coxwell Avenue

Crews are installing new trolley wire to prepare for operating the TTC’s new accessible Toronto Flexity cars along this part of the street in the future.

(Updated — Thursday, July 27, 5:18 p.m.) From Sunday, July 9 until Saturday, July 29 26, TTC staff work from 1 until 5 a.m. each night to complete this overhead work as safely and with as little impact to traffic as possible, starting at Coxwell Avenue and progressing eastward.

The crews use two to four overhead trucks with hydraulic equipment. You may hear beeping sounds from back-up alarms on the TTC trucks or notice bright equipment lights.

The crews may block the centre traffic lanes while they work, but most traffic can continue through the work zones.


Kingsmount Park Road

During this project, TTC track crews are replacing worn rail at the westbound streetcar stop.

Starting Monday, July 10, the crews generally work from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day, but may occasionally work overnight “to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete” and to complete the project as quickly as possible.

  • Step 1: The track crew starts milling the concrete from the track area to expose the old rail. They also welding and grind the new rail during the day.
  • Step 2: They remove the old rail and install, weld and grind new rail installed. They place concrete in the track area.
  • Step 3: They allow the new concrete to cure before they remove the work zone and all traffic can resume along this part of the roadway.

Regular traffic can continue in both directions along the curb lanes through the work area. The City of Toronto is prohibiting parking near Kingsmount Park Road to maintain a safe work zone for the crew.


Coxwell Avenue

During this project, TTC crews are returning the concrete margin areas of the tracks to a state of good repair for all road users. They’re breaking and chipping the concrete to complete the work.

Crews set up a work zone in the streetcar allowance around 7 a.m. Sunday, July 9. They occupy the streetcar track allowance to conduct the repairs until they complete the project.

Regular traffic can continue in both directions along the curb lanes through the work areas. The City of Toronto is prohibiting parking on Coxwell Avenue and restricting some turns to maintain a safe work zone for the crew.

During this project, crews break the old concrete and install new concrete. They’re mostly removing the old concrete between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. each day. After they finish removing the old concrete, they place the new concrete and leave it overnight to cure.

Traffic continues to move along the street only in the curb lanes for about 24 hours after the crew installs the new concrete. After the concrete has cured, they remove the work zone and all traffic can resume along the track area.


506 Carlton

(Updated — Thursday, July 27, 5:18 p.m.) From 5 a.m. Sunday, July 9 until Sunday 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 26, westbound cars start their trips in Queen / Coxwell Loop, then proceed:

eastward along Queen Street East; and then
northward along Coxwell Avenue to Eastwood Road / [lower] Gerrard Street East,
resuming their regular route westward along Gerrard East.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in Main Street Station terminal,
  • on Main Street at Danforth Avenue and Gerrard Street East,
  • on Gerrard Street East at Norwood Road, across from Glenmount Park Road, at Golfview and Woodbine Avenues, Kingsmount Park Road, across from Bowmore Road and Beaton Avenue and at Coxwell Avenue and
  • on Coxwell Avenue at [lower] Gerrard Street East.

Instead, westbound cars drop off or pick up passengers in temporary stops

  • in Queen / Coxwell Loop,
  • on Coxwell Avenue at Dundas Street West, Robbins Avenue and Eastwood Road.

Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Coxwell Avenue.

Eastbound cars operate along their regular route to Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue, then detour:

southward along Coxwell; and then
eastward into Queen / Coxwell Loop,
ending their trips.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Coxwell Avenue at [upper] Gerrard Street East,
  • on Gerrard Street East at Beaton Avenue, Bowmore and Glenmount Park Roads, Woodbine and Golfview Avenues, Kingsmount Park and Norwood Roads and Main Street,
  • on Main Street at Danforth Avenue and
  • in Main Street Station terminal.

Instead, eastbound cars drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Coxwell Avenue across from Robbins Avenue and at Dundas Street East and
  • in Queen / Coxwell Loop.

Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Coxwell Avenue. Eastbound streetcar passengers may transfer to eastbound buses at Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue.

306 Carlton overnight

(Updated — Thursday, July 27, 5:18 p.m.) Due to this project and another on College, the TTC is operating buses, instead of streetcars, along the entire route between Main Street and Dundas West Stations from Sunday, June 18 at least until Sunday, July 31Sunday, October 15.

506 Carlton shuttle bus

(Updated — Thursday, July 27, 5:18 p.m.) From 5 a.m. Sunday, July 9 until Sunday 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 26, the TTC operates buses, instead of streetcars along the 506 Carlton route east of Coxwell Avenue.

Westbound buses start their trips in Main Street Station, then proceed:

southward along Main;
westward along Gerrard Street East;
southward along Coxwell Avenue;
eastward along Queen Street East; and then
southward along Eastern Avenue south of Queen East,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • in Main Street Station terminal,
  • on Main Street at Danforth Avenue and Gerrard Street East,
  • on Gerrard Street East at Norwood Road, across from Glenmount Park Road, at Golfview and Woodbine Avenues, Kingsmount Park Road, across from Bowmore Road and Beaton Avenue and at Coxwell Avenue,
  • on Coxwell Avenue at [lower] Gerrard Street East, across from Robbins Avenue and at Dundas and Queen Streets East and
  • on Eastern Avenue south of Queen Street East.

Westbound bus passengers may transfer to westbound streetcars on Coxwell Avenue at Gerrard Street East.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Eastern Avenue south of Queen Street East, then proceed:

south- and westward along Eastern;
northward along Coxwell Avenue;
eastward along Gerrard Street East;
northward along Main Street; and then
eastward into Main Street terminal,
ending their trips.