Last week, I said that I would publish the current version of the five-year track reconstruction program, and although this is a bit later than I claimed I would get to it, here it is.
Note that this info may appear to be for the serious railfans among us, but this also affects things like the overall condition of the streetcar infrastructure and future service disruptions. Nerdy yes. Trivial, no.
I will spare the more delicate among my readers the gory details by placing them after the break.
The following list is taken from the detailed 2009-2013 Capital Budget and, as always, is subject to change depending on the whims of various local utilities and other demigods.
- Queen from Connaught to Coxwell plus the runaround track on Connaught
- Special work at the east exit from Russell Yard, the south end of the carhouse and at Queen and Vancouver (west exit)
- Coxwell Loop
- King from Queen to Close (the last remaining “old” track on King)
- Roncesvalles from Dundas to Queen (the final street design is still not settled)
- Queensway transit lanes extended east to Roncesvalles
- East-to-north left turns with signal priority (for transit, I hope) at Glendale, Sunnyside and Roncesvalles
- New farside stop eastbound at Queen and Roncesvalles
- Removal of E to SE channel at Queen and Roncesvalles
- Bathurst from south of the rail corridor bridge to Fleet (this may become embroiled in a possible redesign of the bridge itself)
- Wellington from Church to King and York
- Intersections of York at Queen, Richmond and Adelaide
- St. Clair from Caledonia to Gunn’s Road including reconstruction of Gunn’s Loop and removal of Townsley Loop
- Shaw from King to Queen
- Ossington from Dundas to College
- Victoria from Adelaide to Dundas
- York from King to Queen (note that intersections are done in 2009)
- Adelaide from Charlotte to Bay and from Yonge to Church (this track has been inoperable for years and will finally establish another eastbound diversion route between Spadina and Church)
- McCaul from Queen to College including McCaul Loop
- Richmond from east of Yonge to York
- Spadina from Sussex to Bloor Portal and from King to Queen’s Quay
- Spadina and Adelaide
- Spadina and King
- Bathurst and King
- Queen and Parliament
- Queen’s Quay from Spadina to the portal west of Bay (this will eliminate the “old” noisy track on the Harbourfront line) (note also that 2010 is the anticipated construction date for the Queen’s Quay redesign and possibly of the Harbourfront East trackage.
- Roncesvalles Carhouse tracks 5-10 and 29 and SW exit
- Dufferin from Springhurst to Queen including Dufferin Loop
This is an extremely aggressive schedule for one year given the leisurely pace of recent construction projects. A lot of work is concentrated downtown and it will be interesting to see how traffic behaves as one by one each of the streetcar “sidestreets” is shut down for construction.
- Kingston Road from Queen to Victoria Park including Bingham Loop
- Roncesvalles carhouse tracks 11-14
- Spadina Circle
- Spadina and Dundas
- Spadina and Queen
- Queen’s Quay Loop
- Gerrard bridge
- Long Branch and Kipling Loops
- King and Parliament
- Wolseley Loop
- Dundas and Roncesvalles
- Roncesvalles Carhouse tracks 15-17
- Bathurst and Dundas
- Queen and Victoria
- Adeaide and Charlotte
- King and Charlotte
- Queen’s Quay and Spadina
- Howard Park and Roncesvalles
- Dundas and Parliament
- Dundas / Victoria / Dundas Square
Somewhere in all of this I appear to have missed Parliament Street itself which clearly and rather desperately in places needs reconstruction.
I am troubled by the inclusion of intersections on Spadina that are less than 20 years old and don’t (at least superficially) appear to be falling apart.
We will see how the TTC copes with bus substitution on one of its heaviest routes and whether it is capable of completing this trackwork quickly.
At the end of all of this, the TTC will have finally completed the reconstruction of the streetcar infrastructure into a robust format, a process that has spanned nearly two decades. The annual expenditure on trackwork is expected to drop substantially in future years.