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November Service Changes Removes Streetcars from Queens Quay, Returns them to St. Clair



The TTC has announced its service changes effective Sunday, November 20, and although the changes haven’t yet been reflected on the TTC’s website, transit users should brace themselves for significant changes.

The TTC has announced that they will replace the streetcar tracks inside the Bay Street tunnel between Union Station and Queens Quay. Between November 20 and December 17, buses will replace 509 Harbourfront streetcars, and 510 Spadina streetcars will be cut back to the Queens Quay/Spadina loop. Customers who board 509 and 510 streetcars at Union station will have to head up to the west side of Bay Street, just south of Front, in order to catch their buses.

Streetcar service on St. Clair resumes on November 20 between St. Clair West station and Keele. Buses will continue to ply St. Clair Avenue east of St. Clair West while construction continues on elevators at St. Clair station loop, and while streetcar track reconstruction remains frozen while the judicial review of the St. Clair private right-of-way project continues into spring.

The late evening closures that have been affecting the Scarborough RT since late June will come to an end on November 26; normal service will resume the next day. And the track reconstruction project on Bathurst will also come to an end, with normal service resuming on 7 and 511 Bathurst routes.

The November service changes also call for a significant upgrade in service in 192 Airport Rocket route. This route, established a few years ago with 45 minute frequencies, has proven so popular that service will now run every ten to twelve minutes from noon to midnight, every day of the week. Transit guru columnist Ed Drass has also noted that the TTC is looking into crowding issues on the 191 Highway 27 Rocket, and a service increase on this route may happen shortly.


Santa Claus Parade on Sunday

You better not pout! The Santa Claus Parade takes place this Sunday and will be shutting down streets throughout downtown Toronto. The parade route starts from Christie Pits and heads east on Bloor Street to Avenue Road, before turning south along University Avenue to Queen, and then east along Queen to Yonge then south on Yonge to Front and east on Front to Jarvis. The parade begins at 12:30 p.m. It is likely that 501 Queen streetcars will be diverted, and delays may affect bus and streetcar routes which cross the parade.

If you are heading to the parade or if you are heading downtown at all on Sunday, it’s recommended that you leave the car at home, or park at the outlying subway stations and take transit into the city. Christie, Bathurst, Spadina, St. George, Museum, Queen’s Park, St. Patrick, Osgoode, Queen and King stations are along the parade route.

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