TTC Service Changes Effective November 24 and December 22, 2013

Most of the service changes in November and December relate to construction projects that will wind down this fall.

Effective November 24, 2013

Bathurst Street Toronto Water work

The 511 Bathurst service will return to streetcar operation.  A special schedule for 512 St. Clair that kept mid-day service at peak levels (because the extra cars could not return to Roncesvalles Carhouse) will be replaced with the normal schedule.

Sterling/Dundas track and overhead work

The scheduled short turn of 505 Dundas, 506 Carlton and 306 Carlton Night services at Lansdowne will end and all service will run through to the usual destinations for these routes.

Dufferin Street paving

29 Dufferin will resume its normal route between College and Queen with the completion of paving north of Queen.

Dufferin Bridge

The Dufferin bridge at the CNE remains closed and all operations to Princes’ Gates have been dropped from the schedules.  This reduces the number of vehicles in service during certain periods.

Metrolinx construction

Service relief buses will be provided on 32 Eglinton West to compensate for construction delays with the LRT project.  A revised schedule will be implemented in January 2014.

Additional running time will be added on 59 Maple Leaf to compensate for work on the GO Transit grade separation in Weston.

Since August 19, 2013, 63 Ossington has looped at Eglinton Avenue rather than Eglinton West Station to avoid construction work.  This is expected to last until late November.

Lawrence West Station construction

Construction at Lawrence West Station required buses on many routes to be extended to Lawrence Station.  The following routes will now revert to their normal eastern terminus:   52C Lawrence West/Culford, 58 Malton, 59 Maple Leaf.  The 400 Lawrence Manor community bus will resume serving Lawrence West Station at the west end of its route.

Ossington Avenue trackwork

Service on 63 Ossington and 316 Ossington Night Bus will revert to Ossington Avenue between College and Dundas with the completion of the track replacement project.  Additional running time added for the diversion will be removed, but service improvements from August and September 2013 schedules will remain.

Updated:  Through service on Ossington resumed on October 28.

Queensway overhead work

In October, services on 501 Queen, 508 Lake Shore and 301 Queen Night Car were cut back to Humber Loop for streetcar island reconstruction on Lake Shore.  Starting in late November, the TTC will rebuild the overhead on The Queensway and these services will turn back from Sunnyside Loop.

The 301/501 Queen Shuttle bus will be extended east from Humber Loop via The Queensway and King to Dufferin Loop.  Service will operate every 6 minutes during peak periods, and every 6-10 minutes at other times (except for 30 minute night service).

The work is not expected to require the entire schedule period, and streetcar service will return to Humber Loop when possible.

Seasonal Changes

The Sunday/Holiday service to the Brick Works via 28A Davisville should have ended at the start of September, but this was missed in schedule changes at that time.  Saturday service is not affected.

Service to Canada’s Wonderland ends on Sunday October 27 after which buses on 165 Weston Road North will turn back at Major Mackenzie Drive.  The change will be formally in the schedule as of November 24.

Standby buses and streetcars will be provided across the system to handle demand due to Christmas shopping as needed.

Effective December 22, 2013

Kingston Road construction

Streetcar service on routes 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Road will resume to Bingham Loop.  The weekday extension of 22A Coxwell to Bingham will be dropped, and 22 Coxwell will operate as normal between Danforth and Queen.

Additional service on 12 Kingston Road, 64 Main, 69 Warden South, 92 Woodbine South that was provided during construction will be removed.

Lake Shore construction

Streetcar service on 501 Queen, 508 Lake Shore and 301 Queen Night Car will resume to Long Branch Loop.

Warden Avenue construction in York Region

68 Warden will revert, mostly, to the May 2013 schedules as provision for road work by York Region is no longer required.  Saturday late evening headways improved to 16’15” in September 2013, and this change will remain in place.

Christmas and New Year

For the two weeks of the holiday period, summer schedules will operate on weekdays except where these are holidays.  No school trips will be scheduled, but extra service using standby vehicles will be provided on many days.

The late night closing times for the Yonge Subway vary depending on the nature of each day.

Because of New Year celebrations downtown, the 501 Queen car will divert via Church, King and Spadina after 11:00 pm on December 31.  Extra service will be provided on 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina.

Service to the Zoo will be extended until 10:00 pm.


12 thoughts on “TTC Service Changes Effective November 24 and December 22, 2013

  1. The Lawrence 52 always had its eastern end at Yonge Street. I take it you mean only a branch or two will end at Lawrence West. If the whole route went then there’d be no service on Lawrence from Yonge to Allen Road.

    Steve: Yes, it is only the 52C Culford service that operates from Lawrence West.

    The 400 Lawrence Manor has not been travelling to Yonge Street.

    Steve: The perils of throwing everything into one list. The 400 Lawrence Manor was turning short of the subway station, but will resume service there.

    As for the 58 and 59, the TTC went to all the trouble of mounting schedule frames for them at Avenue Road and Lawrence. I have to wonder if they might continue to serve Yonge. Certainly the increased service has been great.

    Steve: Ah, yes, but perish the thought that you get extra service you do not “deserve”.


  2. Wow are my eyes deceiving me? Are we actually seeing that the TTC is able to co-ordinate work to happen during the same time period, instead of multiple different periods (well, relatively speaking)? Say it ain’t so!

    The person who figured out that they can do overhead wire replacement on The Queensway, at the same time as the streetcar island reconstruction project on Lake Shore deserves an award!


  3. It’s midday, and there are eight buses out on the 501 shuttle covering Humber to Long Branch. On a grossly inflated one-hour round trip (leaving up to 10 minutes layover at each end) that’s a headway of under eight minutes, something we never see with streetcars in rush hour, never mid midday. No wonder people say “buses are better than streetcars”.

    If the idea is that a bus holds a lot fewer people than an ALRV, and it’s a capacity-for-capacity substitution, the only times I’ve seen ALRVs full or packed have been in the morning when there’s a 20+ minute gap, and sometimes with school crowds in the afternoon.

    I think Service Planning just likes to get a whole lot of buses out there.

    Steve: Also, the construction budget pays for them, and so there is no worry about overservicing the route. Why they can do this sort of thing when they don’t build extra running time in for diversions like the 504 and 501 operations around intersection replacements is a complete mystery.


  4. Part of what can complicate matters is the Ministry of Labour. The TTC is the ‘Constructor’ for overhead wiring activities, but if they invite Contractors working on islands to work within their work zone, their Contractor may then fall under their health and safety plan which can complicate insurance, liability, etc. In effect, the TTC would legally become the ‘Constructor’ for both activities I suspect that for the Queensway project, the work zones have adequate ‘separation in space or time’ to mitigate constructor issues and still allow for their sub to work independantly.


  5. Crews have started at the west end of Lake Shore by tearing up the safety islands in both directions at Thirty Seventh St. It is evident from the excavation that the new platforms will be considerably longer and probably 30 or 40 cm wider than the existing platforms.

    The big protectors (aka “car launchers” on Lake Shore) take quite a bit of jackhammering to budge….


  6. At first I was surprised when I saw buses on the “511 Bathurst” streetcar route. This was when I went down to the Toronto Island Airport to board a plane to Moncton, New Brunswick. This TTC’s switch to buses waited until after Labour day, which was the last day of the CNE. The reason for the switch to buses was City of Toronto watermain and sewage pipe work.

    By now, I’ve gotten accustomed to riding these “shuttle” buses on the “511 Bathurst” route when going down to the waterfront (to Harbourfront Centre I’d also take a “509 Harbourfront”), Liberty Village, and the Exhibition grounds (the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is coming soon). However, by late-November, I’d be looking forward to streetcars returning to the “511 Bathurst” route – to go to events like the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale (at the Direct Energy Centre) and the Frost Fair at Historic Fort York (first full weekend in December).


  7. There are more things afoot on Lake Shore than just replacing the safety islands.

    They seem to be digging up all the other stops in a big rectangle, I would guess three metres by five metres (so the sidewalk is closed). This is happening at eastbound stops between Twenty-Eighth and Fifteenth as far as I have noticed. I assume that they will eventually get around to all sidewalk stops in both directions. This should be preparation for the LFLRVs, with ticket machine provisions and curb cutouts?

    Also, the overhead is being changed. I see a new wire attached to the old wire. I don’t know if there will also be a change to pantograph-friendly brackets at the same time.


  8. Which route will become the first recipient of the LFLRVs (low-floor light rail vehicles)? It’s likely that it will be “511 Bathurst”, an entirely street-level streetcar route which runs from Bathurst station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line down to Exhibition loop, via Fleet Street. I use the “511 Bathurst” streetcar on a regular basis – for trips to Exhibition Place, Fort York, the waterfront (which I also use the “509 Harbourfront” route) and Liberty Village – so I’m looking forward to riding on the new LFLRVs when they’re running on this route.

    Steve: Current plans are to start with 510 Spadina. The TTC will publish an updated rollout plan in the agenda for the December board meeting.


  9. It won’t be too long before streetcars return to the “511 Bathurst” route – the past two and a half months, shuttle buses have been running on this route due to City of Toronto watermain construction. I missed the streetcars, although I’ve gotten accustomed to riding the shuttle buses (to get to Exhibition Place for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair). However, it won’t be until at least well into 2014 that streetcar tracks on Queens Quay West will be built and eventually complete. This means that the LFLRVs will likely see their first appearance and use on the “511 Bathurst” route.

    Steve: The Spadina route will be back in operation in mid-February. It and Bathurst are planned to be the first routes to get the new cars along with Harbourfront. It is quite likely that the track will be finished on Queens Quay before the TTC has enough new cars to cut over operation of these lines.


  10. AT the rate TTC track work is progressing along Queens Quay West, it looks like the “511 Bathurst” route will become the first to see the new LFLRVs (low-floor light rail vehicles) when they arrive. The “511 Bathurst” is an entirely street-level streetcar route, whereas the routes which use Queens Quay West have a portal which streetcars go underground (the portal at the foot of Bay Street near the Island Ferry Docks).


  11. Don’t count on that. The LFLRV schedule is just as far behind as the work on Queens Quay. Last I heard TTC hasn’t even signed off on production yet. They were supposed to have 6 more on property before 2013 year end (3+6 for 9 total) and that’s clearly not going to happen.


  12. I haven’t seen a post on the South Etobicoke transit meeting, so I’ll include some comments here.

    As Mitch Stambler’s presentation kind of indicated, the eastbound and westbound stops at Thirty-Ninth Street are gone. There’s just a wedge-shaped stretch of new pavement. These stops were removed without any consultation that I’m aware of, and they are my home stops. There’s still a bus stop on both sides, so the 501 shuttles stop there, but what will happen when the streetcars are back? Allied to this, the eastbound 39th stop on the safety island was also served by all Shorncliffe and Islington South buses, while there was a separate curbside bus stop westbound for the 110B (the only bus that passes westbound). It would not surprise me if the buses won’t stop there eastbound any more, because all 123s and the 110A would have very little space to get into the left lane to make the turn onto Brown’s Line — something that wasn’t an issue when they served the safety island.

    The presentation was incorrect on one stop detail: the stop that they’re “waiting to see about” is westbound at Long Branch Ave. The existing stop has lost its railings but is otherwise there and untouched. There is a big development coming on the north side of Lake Shore directly next to the current stop, with new access streets. However, there will need to be some kind of westbound stop in the general area, otherwise it’s a long stretch between the stops at Thirtieth to the east and Thirty-Seventh in the west.

    The overhead has been renewed, although I have seen only a few random pantograph-friendly hangers close to Long Branch loop. What’s more interesting is that power feeds to the overhead is now much more frequent, about every third support span, and is paired. I have not walked the entire route, but there are at least a couple of paired power feeds in a few short blocks west from Islington, and the maximum distance between power feeds is about two no-feed span wires, i.e. every third (or better) span has a power feed. Obviously the overhead department is setting up for nose-to-tail LFLRVs on Lake Shore!

    Curbside stops all now have the yellow-rubber wheelchair ramps onto the roadway, partway back from the stop post and presumably lining up with the accessible entrance to the LFLRVs.

    It is interesting that all this work has been done now on Lake Shore, when the 501 route is a very late adoptee of LFLRVs.

    Steve: I think that they are getting all of the stop adjustment work on all lines out of the way early.

    Sorry about not writing up the South Etobicoke meeting. It has been rather hectic lately.


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