Plan ahead – summer construction to cause delays, transit route changes

A vehicles travels through construction that took place at Gerrard St.E. and Victoria Park Ave. in late 2016. PHOTO: Lara O'Keefe

If you’re planning on traveling in or outside of the East End this summer, you might want to take note. There are a number of TTC restrictions and diversions, many of which are in the Beach and surrounding area.

The 501 Queen streetcars were replaced by buses in May. This will continue until September due to various track and bridge work projects that run from Queen East through to Queen West.

Residents should be aware that there are two types of shuttle buses running, the first of which is the 501L/301L Queen. This bus travels between the Long Branch Loop and the Neville Park Loop and runs along Lakeshore Boulevard, Windemere Avenue, The Queensway, and Queen Street.

The second shuttle bus will be marked 501P/301P and provides service from the Park Lawn Loop and the Neville Park Loop. This bus travels along Park Lawn Road, The Queensway and Queen Street.

If you’re located slightly more east in the Upper Beach and Birch Cliff areas, you may need to plan for changes to the 12A Kingston Rd bus, which will be diverting in both directions via Kingston Road, Warden Avenue and Danforth Avenue. The 69 Warden South bus will also be diverting via Warden Avenue, Kingston Road, Birchcliffe Avenue, Hollis Avenue and Birchmount Road, and the 302 Kingston Rd – McCowan bus will be diverting in both directions via Kingston Road. These changes will come into effect July 17 and will continue until August 25.

The 12C Kingston Road will continue on its regular route.

If you’re traveling slightly north of the Beach area and plan on taking the 506 Carlton streetcar, be sure to plan ahead as there are quite a few changes scheduled from July 9 to July 30.

506 Carlton streetcars will be turning back west at Coxwell Avenue and diverting to the Queen/Coxwell Loop. If you happen to get kicked off at Coxwell, you can hop on a 506C Carlton shuttle bus, which will take you to Gerrard Street East between Coxwell Avenue and Main Street station.

The 306 Carlton all-night streetcars will also be replaced by buses.

When it comes to TTC construction projects, most are slated to take place in the month of July but since we all know construction rarely finishes on time, it may be safer to take these dates as a rough estimate.

TTC essential concrete repairs will be taking place on Coxwell Avenue between Upper and Lower Gerrard Street East from now until the end of July. At the same time, the TTC will also be upgrading overhead wiring on Gerrard Street East between Coxwell Avenue and Main Street Station.

Watch for road resurfacing taking place on Highfield Road and Billings Avenue from now until August 4.

Watermain and TTC track replacement will be the longest and most involved project and will be taking place between Queen Street East and Coxwell Avenue from July 31 to October 13.

For more information and to check all schedule and construction updates, visit

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