[My thanks to the Transit Toronto site from which I picked up this information. With the Film Festival in progress, I’ve been a bit distracted.]
The TTC recently presented details of its preferred location and proposed layout for a new carhouse in the Port Lands. Of several sites considered, the now-vacant land at the south-east corner of Leslie and Lake Shore wins out. The land is close to Queen Street (only a few blocks to the north), and as vacant land can be easily redeveloped.
The presentation linked from the project’s website gives an overview of the site selection process as well as drawings of the new carhouse.
The big issue now will be funding. Over the past year, the debate centred on getting and paying for 204 new streetcars, but nobody talked about the carhouse they would need. That’s one of the outstanding issues going into the capital budget planning for coming years.
One item of great interest is that the drawing on page 15 clearly states that the yard capacity is 100 cars, plus 36 cars inside the carhouse.
The long-term status of Roncesvalles and Russell is undecided at this point. In the short term, they will be needed to house the existing CLRV/ALRV fleet. However, the proposed new carhouse is clearly too small, and the TTC must intend to use another site, possibly the nearby Russell Yard, as a spillover location.