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TTC replacing tracks on Queen at Pape, Empire,
detouring streetcars, October 10 to 15



From Tuesday, October 10 until Sunday, October 15, TTC track crews are replacing the rail at two streetcar stops on Queen Street East — the westbound stop at Pape Avenue and the eastbound stop at Empire Avenue. Crews work at both sites at the same time.

(Track crews will replace the rail at the westbound stop at Carlaw Avenue later).

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along this route, while work proceeds:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses continue to operate through both work zones, but the TTC is extending the path for buses operating along this route:

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Crews complete early concrete saw-cutting at all three stops Friday, October 6 before they start working at Pape and Empire.

Starting 5 a.m. Tuesday, October 10, they’ll block the centre lanes in each direction through both work zones. The City of Toronto is restricting on-street parking near both work zones so that crews can work safely.

Crews generally work on projects of this nature “around-the-clock” to reduce the amount of time for blocking traffic, diverting transit services and disturbing the nearby community.

By about 7 a.m. Tuesday, a track crew starts using a milling machine to remove most of the concrete in the track area near the streetcar stops. Crews then chip the remaining concrete to completely expose the rails. Other crews deliver new, previously welded strings of rail to the work area so the track crews can get ready to install it at the stops. They store the new rail in the centre-lane track allowance until they can install it.

Then the crews replace the old rail with the new rail, requiring them to cut, weld and grind the rail. Finally, they place new concrete in the track area and leave it to cure. After the concrete cures, motorists can again drive in all lanes of the roadway.


501 Queen
301 Queen overnight

From 5 a.m. Tuesday, October 10 until 5 a.m. Sunday, October 15, westbound cars star their trips at Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue, then detour:

northward along Broadview;
westward along Dundas Street East; and then
southward along Parliament Street to Queen East,
resuming their regular route westward along Queen.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East at Greenwood and Alton Avenues, Jones, Brooklyn, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, west of Booth Avenue, at Boulton and Broadview Avenues and Carroll, River, Sumach, Sackville and Parliament Streets.

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

  • on Queen Street East [eastbound] at Broadview Avenue,
  • on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Munro, River, Sumach, Sackville and Parliament Streets and
  • on Parliament Street at Shuter Street and Queen Street East.

Eastbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen Street East at Broadview Avenue,
ending their trips.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East at Saulter Street, Empire, Logan, Carlaw, Pape and Caroline Avenues, across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie and Laing Streets, across from Greenwood Avenue and at Connaught Avenue.
301/501 Queen shuttle

(The TTC has not confirmed how buses loop at the west end of their route. We’ve based this section of the post on information that it supplied on previous occasions when it operated buses to and from Queen Street East and Victoria Street.)

From 5 a.m. Tuesday, October 10 until 5 a.m. Sunday, October 15, westbound buses operate along their regular route to Queen and King Streets East, then proceed:

westward along Queen East;
southward along Church Street;
westward along Richmond Street East; and then
northward along Victoria Street to Queen East,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Queen Street East at River, Sumach, Sackville, Parliament, Ontario, Sherbourne, Jarvis and Church Streets and
  • on Victoria Street at Queen Street East.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Victoria Street at Queen Street East, then proceed:

eastward along Queen East to River Street,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Victoria Street at Queen Street East and
  • on Queen Street East at Church, Jarvis, Sherbourne, Ontario, Parliament, Sackville, Sumach and River Streets.