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Update on Bay/King and Bay/Dundas diversions

Bay and King

On Tuesday, a slab of marble fell from an upper storey of First Canadian Place to a podium roof, resulting in massive traffic delays when the City and Toronto Police closed Bay Street, King Street and Adelaide Street in case more slaps fell from the building.

Late yesterday, the City re-opened Adelaide and Bay Streets, but King Street remains closed between Bay and York Streets.

Although the TTC’s website and its information line do not advise passengers that detours are in place, a visit this morning to King and Bay shows that the TTC is still diverting some services around the closed section of King.

Westbound streetcars on the 504 King route are running on their regular routes to King and Church Streets, then proceed southward along Church, westward along Wellington Street and northward along York Street and then return to their usual route at York and King Streets.

Eastbound streetcars on the 504 King route have a wider detour. They operate on their usual routes to King and Spadina Avenue, then turn northward along Spadina, eastward along Queen Street and southward along Church Street before returning to their usual route at King and Church.

The TTC has replaced streetcars with buses on the 508 Lake Shore route. The buses follow their usual route to King and York, then detour northward along York Street, eastward along Adelaide Street, southward along Bay Street and then contine eastward along King Street to Church. I did not see any 503 Kingston Road tripper cars, during my visit, but they may be running on their usual loop along Church, Wellington and York to King and then continuing north along York to Queen Street before heading eastwards to Kingston Road.

Express buses on the 141, 142, 143 and 144 Downtown Express routes have resumed their regular routes.

Buses on the 6 Bay route have resumed operating along Bay Street, but not along their normal route. They resume a detour route that began on Monday to avoid the ongoing streetcar track reconstruction project at Bay and Dundas Streets.

Bay and Dundas

The TTC and the City have been reconstructing the streetcar tracks along Dundas Street since April and the project will continue throughout this summer.

On Monday, the TTC began diverting northbound buses on the 6 Bay route to prepare for this weekend, when the City will completely close the interesection of Bay and Dundas Streets to through north-south traffic.

On Monday, most of Tuesday and starting again last night and continuing today, northbound 6 Bay buses operate along their normal route to Bay and Adelaide Streets, then detour eastward along Adelaide, northward along Yonge Street, and then westward along Gerrard Street before returning to their usual route at Bay and Gerrard. Southbound buses are following their usual route.

Starting at 7 a.m. tomorrow, however, buses in both directions will detour. Northbound buses will follow the Adelaide-Yonge-Gerrard diversion. Southbound buses will follow their usual route to Bay and Gerrard then proceed eastward along Gerrard Street, southward along Yonge Street and then westward along Richmond Street. They return to their usual route at Richmond and Bay Streets.

The reconstruction project will close the Bay / Dundas intersection throughout the long Victoria Day weekend. The TTC expects the 6 Bay buses will resume their regular routes along Bay Street at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

Streetcars on the 505 Dundas route continue to detour around the various sections of Dundas Street where construction is taking place. Westbound streetcars run from Dundas West Station along Dundas Street West, College Street, Carlton Street, Church Street, Dundas Street East, Parliament Street, Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue to Broadview Station. Eastbound streetcars reverse this route.

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