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Streetcars return to Queen and Church, September 8?

The TTC has scheduled streetcar service to resume through the intersection of Queen Street East and Church Street, starting at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8.

Streetcars operating along the 501 Queen and 301 Queen overnight routes would no longer divert along Parliament Street, King Street East, Church Street, Richmond and Adelaide Streets East and Victoria Street, but instead remain on Queen Street East through the intersection.

The TTC will continue to replace streetcars with buses along the 502 Downtowner route, but the buses would continue along Queen Street East through the intersection, instead of detouring along Jarvis Street, Richmond and Adelaide Streets East and Victoria Street. Streetcar service along the 502 Downtowner route likely will resume in October. Officially, the TTC still cites construction at Bingham Loop as the reason for using buses instead of streetcars along the route, but, little work seems to be occurring at Bingham and some readers write that the TTC has postponed the Bingham project until next year.

While the TTC has officially scheduled the regular streetcar service to resume on September 8, two unofficial sources offer alternative timelines.

Eagle-eyed infrastructure expert David Fisher suggests that the tracks may be open for service earlier on Labour Day, Monday, September 7. (If streetcar service resumes on Monday, passengers should note that that may affect the detour of streetcars during the Labour Day parade.)

On the other hand, intrepid transit guru Steve Munro notes that service may not resume until later in September.