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Streetcars return to Bathurst, Kingston Road;
disappear from Carlton, Dundas, February 18



The TTC is swapping streetcars and buses along several routes next week, due to the ongoing shortage of streetcars and several upcoming construction projects.

Starting Sunday, February 18, streetcars resume serving the 511 Bathurst route. The cars operate along the entire route between Bathurst Station and Exhibition Loop. (While buses have operates along the route, the TTC has been short-turning some service at Front Street West.) The TTC has operated buses along the route (this time) since Sunday, September 3.

Starting Tuesday, February 20, the TTC again operates streetcars, instead of buses, along the 503 Kingston Rd route. Due to upcoming construction on Wellington Street, the TTC is also extending the route further west along King Street West so that the cars operate between Spadina Avenue and Bingham Loop near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue. With this change, the TTC adds more streetcars to bolster service through the King Street Pilot area east of Spadina.

Buses continue to operate along the 502 Downtowner route on Kingston Road, but the TTC is swapping its service hours with its companion 503 Kingston Rd streetcar route. Buses operate along the 502 Downtowner route Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours, instead of all day before 7 p.m. Streetcars operate along the 503 Kingston Rd route before 7 p.m., instead of only during rush hours. The TTC has operated buses along route 503 (this time) since Monday, July 31.

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Also starting Sunday, the TTC is replacing buses with streetcars along the entire 505 Dundas route due to upcoming construction projects:

  • TTC track construction on Broadview Avenue in May.
  • TTC track construction at Gerrard Street East and Broadview and Dundas Street East and Broadview this summer.
  • TTC track construction at Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue in September.
  • City of Toronto water-main and streetscape construction on Dundas Street West between Bathurst and Huron Streets in September.

Buses also replace streetcars along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes, also due to construction, starting Sunday. Buses serving the 306 overnight route follow their regular path between Dundas West and Main Street stations. Buses serving the 506 regular route operate between High Park and Main Street stations. The buses operate along Bloor Street West and Parkside Drive between High Park Station and Howard Park Avenue and do not operate through High Park Loop.

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Several construction projects require the TTC to operate buses instead of streetcars along the 306 / 506 Carlton routes, including:

  • TTC construction at Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street in May.
  • TTC construction at Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue this summer.
  • TTC construction in Main Street Station this summer.

By resuming streetcar service along the 503 and 511 routes, the TTC can reassign some of the buses that temporarily replaced those services to the 306, 505 and 506 routes. It’s also revising bus service along the 301 / 501 Queen route to further supply buses to Dundas, College, Carlton and Gerrard Streets.

Construction on Lake Shore Boulevard West and The Queensway and in Humber Loop continues to affect the west end of the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes. Streetcars continue to operate only as far west as Sunnyside loop, just west of Roncesvalles Avenue.

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Starting Sunday, February 18, the TTC is shortening the 501L Queen / Long Branch bus route that the TTC has used to replace streetcar service on the west end of the route since January 2017. Starting Sunday, buses operate only between Long Branch Loop and the intersection of Queen Street West and Dufferin Street, instead of continuing to and from Dufferin Gate Loop at Exhibition Place. (Buses continue to operate along the 301L Queen / Long Branch overnight route to and from Dufferin Gate.)

The TTC is also cancelling the 501M Queen / Marine Parade route through the Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood between Park Lawn Road and Windermere Avenue.