Updated September 20, 2012 at 6:00 am:
Correction: The work planned for Bingham Loop is the removal of the special work at Victoria Park leading to the unused tail track. This will eliminate a totally unnecessary wear point at the entrance to the east-to-north curve. In the original version of the table, I listed this as the removal of the runaround track.
Update: The question of track on Adelaide has been answered by the TTC in the following note from Brad Ross:
We’re protecting Adelaide at York, meaning that we’ll keep the utilities out of the East to North and North to East curve areas. When Adelaide is redone we’ll make provision as required at York. No timeline for Adelaide, York is in our 2013 program. We plan to remove all abandoned track including all obsolete turns at the intersection of Queen, Richmond and Adelaide – southbound track.
The intersection at York does not now include a north-to-east curve, but this would be a logical mate to a planned new curve east-to-north at King and York. In brief, the 2013 job will see a simple straight through northbound track at Adelaide, but the TTC is allowing for installation of curves when/if Adelaide is eventually rebuilt.
Original post from September 16 follows the break.
Such were the peculiarities and politics of the 2012 budget cycle that there were no “Blue Books” released this year with all of the details of the TTC’s plans for capital projects. I’m looking forward to getting this info for the 2013 budget when it appears this fall, but meanwhile the current version of the track plans came my way courtesy of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association who had requested them from TTC CEO Andy Byford.
The listing here is reformatted from the TTC’s version to group related projects together. Also included are (where I know them) the dates of previous reconstruction projects to give an idea of the age of the infrastructure involved.
Of particular note here is the status of track on one-way streets. Recently, due to a fatality with a cyclist on Wychwood Avenue, the question of unnecessary streetcar track came up. Many comments gave the impression that there are rails all over Toronto that are unused, but this is not true. Now that the tangent track reconstruction projects are moving off of the main routes onto the diversion trackage, the last of the “wrong-way” tracks will vanish.
- 2013: York from Wellington to Queen
- 2013: Richmond from east of Yonge to York
- 2014: Wellington from Church to York
Plans for the intersection at Adelaide and York note that the existing 3/4 grand-union (almost all of which could not be used because it goes the “wrong” way will be replaced by a single northbound track on York. This implies that the track on Adelaide from Victoria to Charlotte is to be abandoned. That is an odd state of affairs considering that the TTC is installing new overhead poles along this stretch. Possibly a left hand/right hand problem.
I have asked the TTC for an explanation of this situation.
It would appear that the TTC does not plan even to retain the track from York east (with added curves as needed to allow this to be an eastbound bypass for King).
Notable in the plan is that after 2013 and the reconstruction of Kingston Road, the scale of work drops considerably. The reason for this is that all of the mainline trackage, and most of the diversions, will have been rebuilt to the “new” standards finally catching up with the poorly built installations of the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Intersections will take longer because they didn’t move to the current robust style until a decade after the tangent track.
In 2015, there will be a City moratorium on all non-essential road construction thanks to the Pan Am Games. Why this should blow out an entire year’s potential is a mystery, but the Games have taken on a status where no interference will be allowed.
In 2016, we will be treated to another rebuild of the Queen-King-Roncesvalles intersection, and we must hope that it will outlast the previous version which will only be 15 years old at this point. Whether the proposed extension of the Queensway right-of-way east to Roncesvalles will occur at the same time as the track construction project is unknown as this scheme has not yet been through an EA process.
In other track-related news, streetcars will divert around the King Street leg of the Don River bridge starting Monday, September
17 24 to allow for reconstruction of this part of the bridge. The work is expected to run through the end of 2012. All cars will run via Queen and Parliament with no replacement service on King. This will affect 504 King, 503 Kingston Road Tripper and carhouse trips for 510 Spadina (when they return later this year).