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Queen East Track Reconstruction Draws to a Close as New Work Opens on Queen West

Barring unexpected delays, service should return to normal in the Beaches this Sunday as trackwork is completed along the stretch of Queen Street east of Kingston Road. Weekend streetcars will no longer ply Kingston Road, with the last 501 diversion leaving Bingham Loop some time around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning. The first 501 Queen streetcar to depart Neville is set to leave the loop at 4:57 a.m.

Queen Street will have one day of regular service before diversions strike again, however. On Monday, June 20, work begins on replacing track on Queen Street between Noble Street and Fennings Street, (roughly from Dufferin to Dovercourt). To accommodate the work, 501 and 301 streetcars will divert in both directions via Shaw and King to Roncesvalles. There will be no replacement bus service on Queen between Shaw and Roncesvalles. The diversion is scheduled to continue until work ends in mid-August.

The construction will also affect the 29 Dufferin bus, as the intersection at Queen and Dufferin is completely rebuilt and new east to south and north to west switches are added. Starting June 20, southbound buses will operate along the normal route to Dundas, and then head east along Dundas to Ossington, then south via Ossington, Queen and Shaw to King, turning west along King to rejoin the route at Dufferin. Northbound buses will divert along King, Shaw and Queen to Gladstone, rejoining the route there. 329 Dufferin night buses are also affected. Normal service will resume July 7.

Full details can be found here.

(Update: Friday, 07:57): Residents reported that, last night and this morning, the TTC have been operating test streetcars along the new track.

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