The Harbourfront LRT: Opening Ceremonies, June 22-24, 1990

Text by: James Bow, photos by James Bow, except where noted

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As the first wholly new streetcar line to have been built since the 1920s (the Long Branch line), and the first construction of streetcar tracks on private right-of-way since the opening of the Queensway in 1955, I as a fan of streetcars in Toronto, eagerly awaited the opening of the new Harbourfront LRT.

Knowing that the line was due to open to the public on Saturday, and having some time on my hands the Friday beforehand, I took my camera and walked down to Harbourfront to take some pictures just before the opening of the line. To my surprise, the official opening ceremonies (commonly held the day before the public opening of a project) were just getting started. These are the pictures I took, displayed as thumbnails. Simply click on the picture to see the full shot.

604 Harbourfront Image Archive

604 HARBOURFRONT vanished a few years after its launch. Resident noise complaints forced the TTC to replace the PCCs with CLRVs, and the route number disappeared on February 17, 1996 as 510 SPADINA got ready to launch. But Harbourfront did not die as a route name. Even after the opening of the Spadina line, some streetcars departing Union were short turned at Queens Quay and Spadina for extra summer service on the busy Harbourfront section. Also, in the year 2000, service began on the new 509 HARBOURFRONT route running from Union Station to the CNE. It's a different route number, but it's the same service, only longer.