Complex and multiple TTC service changes slated for local routes due to Ontario Line work and other projects

A 501 streetcar heads east along Queen Street East in the Beach in this Beach Metro Community News file photo. Big changes are coming to TTC routes and services in East Toronto starting in May due to a number of construction projects including work on the Ontario Line subway.

A long list of complex changes are coming to bus and streetcar routes in East Toronto for this spring, summer and into the fall, with a number of them being implemented at the beginning of May.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will be making the changes due to construction projects that are upcoming.

Some of the many routes and services that will be impacted include the 501 streetcar as it travels along Queen Street East; the 504/505 streetcars serving Broadview Avenue, Dundas Street East and Kingston Road; the 506 streetcar along Gerrard Street East; the 64 Main bus; the 23 Dawes Road bus; the 20 Cliffside bus; the 22 Coxwell bus; and the 31 Greenwood bus.

As of May 1, the 501 streetcar will be diverting at Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue to head north to Dundas Street East. It will then travel along Dundas Street to McCaul Street before rejoining Queen Street West.

This diversion is expected to be a long-term one due to construction work at the bridge over the Don River on Queen Street East and for the building of the Ontario Line subway at Yonge Street and Queen Street East.

On May 7, numerous changes will kick in for routes based out of Broadview Station (which is seeing work to expand the size of its streetcar loop) and also due to sewer construction work along Broadview Avenue between Danforth Avenue and Gerrard Street East. With the complexity of both projects, the work is expected to continue through the summer. Impacts to transit riders will include the suspension of streetcar services to Broadview Station, to be replaced by shuttle buses on the 504/505 routes.

Also effective as of May 7 will be significant changes to the 506 streetcar route from Main Station. This will be due to sewer work being done in the Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street East area and also paving work at Main Station.

The east end of the 506 streetcar route will see shuttle buses available between Castle Frank and Victoria Park stations.

The streetcar will be diverting at the Woodbine Loop (Queen Street East and Kingston Road) and will not be servicing Main Station. The service will operate on Gerrard Street East between Broadview Avenue and Parliament Street heading eastbound only on Gerrard Street East. The westbound-only streetcars will travel along Dundas Street East. Also, 505 Dundas streetcars will divert to the Bingham Loop (Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue) as they will be replacing the 22A Coxwell bus service that usually runs in that area on weekends and holidays.

Construction work for the Ontario Line at Queen Street East and Degrassi Street will also be impacting TTC service starting in July or August.

The changes here will impact the 501 streetcar service in the construction area and is dependent on the sewer work at Gerrard and Lower Coxwell being completed on time. The plan is for the 501 streetcar to divert from Queen up to Gerrard between Broadview and Coxwell while the Degrassi work is taking place.

The paving work at the Main Station bus bay will also force a number of bus service changes which are slated to begin on May 7. As of that date, the 23 Dawes, 62 Mortimer, 64 Main, 87 Cosburn, 113 Danforth, and 135 Gerrard will be stopping on Main Street outside the station and not in the bus bay area.

Also, the 20 Cliffside route will be shortened to Victoria Park Station, and the 62 Mortimer route will be extended to Victoria Park Station while the paving work takes place at Main.

An in-depth look at the many changes upcoming can be found at the website of Toronto transit analyst Steve Munro: https://stevemunro.ca/2023/04/14/construction-on-broadview-gerrard-coxwell-main-station-and-queen-east/

Other websites with informaton on these service and route changes include:

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/infrastructure-projects/broadview-construction/

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/infrastructure-projects/coxwell-avenue-gerrard-street-east-intersection-construction/

https://www.ttc.ca/about-the-ttc/projects-and-plans/Gerrard-and-Coxwell

https://www.ttc.ca/about-the-ttc/projects-and-plans/Main-Street-Station


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