Updated April 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm:
The TTC has announced that the track east of Spadina on Queen’s Quay will be shut down for repairs starting Monday, April 16 until Monday, May 7. During this time:
- 509 Harbourfront cars will operate between Exhibition Loop and Spadina Loop (at Queen’s Quay)
- 510 Spadina cars will operate between Spadina Station and Spadina Loop
From May 6 onward, the 510 service is scheduled to only operate as far south as Queen’s Quay, and the 509 service will be the only route running through to Union. This effectively means that the last day for 510 Union service is Sunday, April 15.
Preliminary information from Waterfront Toronto about the Queen’s Quay West project indicates that early utility work will start in May, and major construction in July. WFT expects to hold a public briefing with details of the construction staging in early May. Until now, the problem with nailing down the schedule has rested with utilities that were unwilling to commit to specific work dates. (This is not unlike the situation we encountered on St. Clair.)
There is no information yet on how TTC service will operate during the construction period.
Original post from April 5, 2012 follows below:
The TTC will implement several service changes effective Sunday, May 6, 2012. These are subdivided into various groups:
- Seasonal changes
- Road and track construction projects
- Subway construction projects
- Adjustments for ridership
Still notable by its absence from the list is a startup date for the Queen’s Quay project. I have re-iterated my request to Waterfront Toronto for details on this. Meanwhile, the TTC will be splitting the Spadina and Harbourfront routes apart (details later in this article) because of the declining state of track on Queen’s Quay and its effect on service reliability.
All of the seasonal changes are detailed in the list linked below.
A small number of changes deal with scheduling or demand issues.
Scarborough Town Centre Construction
The east bus access to Scarborough Town Centre Station will be closed for bridge work on weekends during the May schedule period. This will require diversions of many routes to access the station from the west.
- 9 Bellamy
- 199 Finch Rocket
- 38 Highland Creek
- 169 Huntingwood
- 16 McCowan
- 129 McCowan North
- 131 Middlefield
- 132 Milner
- 133 Neilson
- 131 Nugget
- 134 Progress
Queen Street and Russell Carhouse Track Construction
Trackwork on Queen between Coxwell and Vancouver (not quite the west end of Russell Carhouse) will cause a major reorganization of services in this area.
The normal route for cars entering and leaving service is via Queen and Coxwell, but this route will not be available. All cars will enter and leave the yard via the western tracks and will reach their route via Queen and Broadview.
Service to Eastern Avenue will operate west from Queen & Greenwood to Leslie, then south and east via Leslie, Eastern, Coxwell and Queen returning via the same route.
301/501 Queen, 502 Downtowner, 503 Kingston Road, 535 Standby
During track construction, streetcar service will operate between Russell Carhouse in the east, and McCaul, Humber and Long Branch in the west.
Bus service is planned operate from Neville Loop to Broadview looping via King, River, Dundas, Carroll and Queen. (Note that this is physically impossible because of the reconstruction of River and I suspect buses will turn north on River from Queen.)
Night bus service will operate from Neville Loop to University looping via University, Adelaide and York. A timed transfer is planned at Broadview with the 301 streetcars.
Streetcar services on Kingston Road will be replaced with a single bus route operating to Broadview and looping via the same route as the Queen buses. This replacement also ties in with watermain work on Kingston Road. Evening and weekend service will continue to be provided by 22A Coxwell.
Buses will divert around the construction zone via Leslie, Eastern and Coxwell.
From the arrangement of the streetcar services, it appears that the western entrance to Russell Yard will be kept open until the work further east is completed. The section from Vancouver to Greenwood would, logically, be handled over a long weekend like many intersection projects, but no details have been announced yet.
Queen’s Quay Service
Because the track continues to deteriorate on Queen’s Quay in anticipation of the much-delayed reconstruction project, the Spadina and Harbourfront services will be split off from each other. Harbourfront cars will operate from Union to Exhibition with a short turn service to Spadina. Spadina cars will operate from Bloor to Queen’s Quay.
The scheduled headways on the two branches of the Harbourfront line do not blend, and this will almost certainly produce erratic service by design. On Spadina, the substantial demand “around the corner” from stops between Front and Queen’s Quay bound for points east and Union Station will be interrupted by the split operation.
Spadina Subway Construction
Schedules on 41 Keele and 107 Keele North have been changed to allow extra running time through the congested construction area.
Schedules on 73 Royal York and 89 Weston have been changed to allow extra running time through the construction area where the Weston rail corridor crosses Weston Road at St. Phillips Road.