August 8, 2014
Regular streetcar service on McCaul Street is rare both because of how this trackage fits into the network and because the narrow street invites autos and trucks to park foul of the tracks. Below, a few shots of McCaul Street while the 505 Dundas route is still there.
Regular service through Dundas & Spadina resumes on Tuesday, August 12.
August 6, 2014
All track is in place at Spadina and Dundas and concrete work is well underway around the special work. Work to link the approaches to the intersection with the new track has begun.
August 1, 2014
The north and east quadrants, plus the diamond, of the intersection are now in place or substantially complete, and the foundation for the west quadrant is in place.
July 29, 2014
Excavation of the old track from Dundas & Spadina is now underway. All of the track panels for the new intersection have been spotted ready for installation on trailers nearby.
The old theatre on the corner was originally the Standard Theatre, later the Victory burlesque house.
Updated July 28: The Broadview shuttle bus route has changed to more closely match the King route and serve its stops for connections on Broadview. The south end loop is now west on Queen, north on Parliament, east on Dundas, south on River and east on Queen to Broadview.
July 9, 2014
In the continuing reconstruction of intersections on Spadina, the TTC will turn to Dundas Street for its next project. (The intersection at College will likely be done in 2016.)
The TTC has posted an explainer video on YouTube as well as details of the temporary services that will operate while the intersection is partly or totally closed.
The 505 Dundas car will divert both ways via McCaul, College and Bathurst Streets from July 14 until the new track is ready for use in mid-August.
The 510 Spadina car will be converted to a bus service from July 14 to August 30.
From July 14 to 28, Toronto Water will make repairs under the intersection. Spadina will remain open, in part, for traffic, and the replacement bus service will operate through from Bloor to Queens Quay as a continuous route.
From July 28 to August 11, the TTC will rebuild the track and this will close the intersection completely. The bus service will be split into two routes: the north half will loop via College, Huron and Baldwin, and the south half will simply U-turn at Sullivan Street.
While 510 Spadina operates with buses, the TTC will make changes to the loop at Spadina Station to accommodate the new streetcars. Replacement of the special work in the loop is also planned.
Streetcars will return to 510 Spadina on August 31 with the debut of new vehicles, although not initially as 100% of the service, and only to Queens Quay. Service to Union Station is not planned until the October schedules come into effect at Thanksgiving weekend.
Another project affecting 505 Dundas (and 504 King) is that streetcar service will be replaced on Broadview Avenue north of Gerrard from July 20 to August 31. This was intended to provide for Toronto Water work from Danforth northward, but that project was deferred after the July-August schedules had been drawn up and crews selected. The TTC will take advantage of the shutdown to work on pantograph-friendly overhead conversion which, as I write this, has only happened at Broadview Station.
- 504 King cars will loop via Parliament, Dundas and Broadview returning south to Queen.
- 505 Dundas cars will loop via Parliament, Gerrard and Broadview returning south to Dundas.
- The 504/505 Broadview shuttle will operate south to Queen & Broadview looping west to River, north to Dundas and returning back east to Broadview.
Details of the service to be operated will appear in my overview of the July-August schedule changes to be published later this month. This article will be updated with construction photos when there is something beyond a big hole in the ground to show.