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Construction at Roncesvalles / Howard Park
affects TTC service, September 19 to October 6



The City of Toronto is closing

  • the intersection of Roncesvalles and Howard Park Avenues

from 11 p.m. on Sunday, September 19 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6.

The City is closing the streets so that contractors can complete the next phase of the ongoing City and TTC project to redesign Roncesvalles Avenue and rebuild the streetcar tracks. They will also rebuild the switches and curves for the complex track junction at Roncesvalles and Howard Park.

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route and buses operating along the 313 Jane overnight, 504 King shuttle and 301 / 501 / 504 Queen / King shuttle routes while the intersection is closed.

Passengers have no transit service in either direction on Roncesvalles Avenue between Dundas Street West and High Park Boulevard or on Howard Park Avenue, while construction continues.

506 Carlton

From 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 19 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, eastbound streetcars start their trips at Dundas West Station, then proceed:

eastward along Edna Avenue; and then
south- and southeastward along Dundas Street West to Howard Park Avenue,
resuming their regular route southeastward along Dundas West.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • in High Park Loop,
  • on Howard Park Avenue east of Parkside Drive, at Indian Road, Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West.

Instead, streetcars drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • in Dundas West Station terminal and
  • on Dundas Street West at Bloor Street West, Roncesvalles and Howard Park Avenues.

Westbound cars operate along their regular route to Dundas Street West and Howard Park Avenue, then detour:

northeast- and northward along Dundas Street West; and then
westward into Dundas West Station terminal,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Howard Park Avenue at Roncesvalles Avenue, Indian Road and Parkside Drive and
  • in High Park Loop.

Instead, westbound cars serve temporary stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Roncesvalles Avenue and Bloor Street West and
  • in Dundas West Station terminal.
313 Jane overnight

Between 2 and 5 a.m. from Monday, September 20 until Wednesday, October 6, the TTC further revises the detour route. (The buses have already been detouring around construction on Roncesvalles Avenue since Tuesday, July 13.)

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue, then detour:

southeastward along Dundas Street West;
southward along Lansdowne Avenue;
westward along Queen Street West to Roncesvalles Avenue,
resuming their regular route westward along the Queensway to Sunnyside Loop.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Roncesvalles Avenue south of Boustead Avenue, at Howard Park Avenue, Constance Street, Geoffrey Street, High Park Boulevard, Fern and Galley Avenues and the Queensway.

Instead, southbound buses drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Howard Park and Sorauren Avenues, across from Sterling Road and St. Helens Avenue and at Lansdowne Avenue and
  • on Lansdowne Avenue south of Rideau Avenue, at #106 Lansdowne, Seaforth Avenue and Queen Street West
  • on Queen Street West at Sorauren, Triller and Roncesvalles Avenues.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Roncesvalles Avenue and High Park Boulevard, then detour:

westward along High Park;
northward along Parkside Drive; and then
eastward along Bloor Street West to Dundas Street West,
resuming their regular route northward along Dundas West.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Roncesvalles Avenue at Fermanagh Avenue, Grenadier Road, Howard Park Avenue and across from Boustead Avenue.

Instead, northbound buses drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Parkside Drive at Geoffrey Street, Howard Park Avenue, Ridout Street and Bloor Street West and
  • on Bloor Street West at Indian Road.
504 King shuttle

Mondays to Fridays only from about 5 a.m. on Monday, September 20 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, the TTC further revises the detour route. (The buses have already been detouring around construction on Roncesvalles Avenue since Tuesday, July 13.)

South- and eastbound buses start their trips at Dundas West Station, then proceed:

eastward along Edna Avenue;
south- and southeastward along Dundas Street West;
southward along Lansdowne Avenue;
westward along Queen Street West ant the Queensway to Sunnyside Loop,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip regular 504 King streetcar stops

  • on Roncesvalles Avenue south of Boustead Avenue, at Howard Park Avenue, Constance Street, Geoffrey Street, High Park Boulevard, Fern and Galley Avenues and the Queensway.

Instead, southbound buses drop off and pick up passengers at stops

  • in Dundas West Station terminal,
  • on Edna Avenue at Dundas Street West (Sundays only),
  • on Dundas Street West at Bloor Street West, Roncesvalles, Howard Park and Sorauren Avenues, across from Sterling Road and St. Helens Avenue and at Lansdowne Avenue,
  • on Lansdowne Avenue south of Rideau Avenue, at #106 Lansdowne, Seaforth Avenue and Queen Street West
  • on Queen Street West at Sorauren, Triller and Roncesvalles Avenues and
  • in Sunnyside Loop.

Northbound buses operate from Sunnyside Loop, then proceed:

eastward along the Queensway;
northward along Roncesvalles Avenue;
eastward along High Park Boulevard;
northward along Parkside Drive;
eastward along Bloor Street West;
northward along Dundas Street West; and then
westward into Dundas West Station terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses skip regular 504 King streetcar stops

  • on Roncesvalles Avenue at Fermanagh and Westminster Avenues, Grenadier Road, Howard Park and Hewitt Avenues and across from Boustead Avenue. on Roncesvalles Avenue opposite Boustead Avenue and
  • on Dundas Street West at Bloor Street West.

Instead, northbound buses drop off and pick up passengers at stops

  • in Sunnyside Loop,
  • on The Queensway at Roncesvalles Avenue / King Street West,
  • on Roncesvalles Avenue north of Queen Street West, at Marion Street and Garden Avenue,
  • on Parkside Drive at Geoffrey Street, Howard Park Avenue, Ridout Street and Bloor Street West,
  • on Bloor Street West at Indian Road and
  • in Dundas West Station terminal.
301 / 501 / 504 Queen / King shuttle bus

Since Sunday, September 5, the TTC has operated shuttle buses to replace 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen streetcar service west of Roncesvalles Avenue, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Buses operate between Long Branch Loop and Dundas West Station Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only until late November, while TTC crews maintain and repair the streetcar tracks on The Queensway.

(These buses also replace the buses operating along the 504 King shuttle route operating between Roncesvalles Avenue and Queen Street West / the Queensway and Dundas West Station Mondays to Fridays.)

During construction at Roncesvalles and Howard Park Avenues, the TTC revises the route of the buses.

Saturdays and Sundays (and early Monday mornings), from 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 19 until about 5 a.m. on Monday, October 4, eastbound buses start their trips at Long Branch Loop, then proceed:

eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard West;
northward along Park Lawn Road;
eastward along the Queensway;
northward along Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West; and then
westward into Dundas West Station terminal,
ending their trips.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only, eastbound 501 / 504 Queen / King shuttle buses skip regular 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen stops

  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road, opposite #2155 Lake Shore West (Christie’s) and at #2095 Lake Shore West,
  • in Humber Loop,
  • on the Queensway at South Kingsway, east of Windermere and Ellis Avenues and Colborne Lodge Drive, at Parkside Drive, east of Glendale Avenue and at Roncesvalles Avenue.

They skip regular 313 Jane overnight and 504 King stops

  • on Roncesvalles Avenue at Fermanagh and Westminster Avenues, Grenadier Road, Howard Park Avenue, across from Hewitt and Boustead Avenues and
  • on Dundas Street West at Bloor Street West.

They drop off and pick up passengers at stops

  • in Long Branch Loop,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West opposite Brown’s Line, at 37th Street, Long Branch Avenue, opposite 30th Street, at 27th, 28th and 23rd Streets, Colonel Smith Drive (Kipling Avenue), 15th, 13th, 10th, 7th, 5th, 3rd and 1st Streets, Royal York Road, Lake Crescent, Miles Road, Norris Crescent and Summerhill Road, opposite Mimico Avenue, at Superior Avenue, opposite Burlington Street, Louisa Street and Legion Road.
  • beside the curb along the Queensway between Park Lawn Road and Roncesvalles Avenue,
  • on Roncesvalles Avenue north of Queen Street West, at Marion Street and Garden Avenue,
  • on Parkside Drive at Geoffrey Street, Howard Park Avenue, Ridout Street and Bloor Street West,
  • on Bloor Street West at Indian Road and
  • in Dundas West Station.

Westbound buses start their trips in Dundas West Station, then proceed:

south- and southeastward along Dundas Street West;
southward along Lansdowne Avenue;
westward along Queen Street West and The Queensway;
southward along Park Lawn Road;
westward along Lake Shore Boulevard West; and then
northward into Long Branch Loop,
ending their trips.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only, westbound 501 / 504 Queen / King shuttle buses skip regular 504 King stops

  • on Roncesvalles Avenue south of Boustead Avenue, at Howard Park Avenue, Constance Street, Geoffrey Street, High Park Boulevard, Fern and Galley Avenues and the Queensway.

They skip regular 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen stops

  • on the Queensway at Glendale Avenue, Parkside Drive, west of Colborne Lodge Drive, Ellis and Windermere Avenues and at the South Kingsway,
  • in Humber Loop and
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West opposite #2095 Lake Shore West and west of #2155 Lake Shore West.

They drop off and pick up passengers at stops

  • in Dundas West Station and
  • on Dundas Street West at Bloor Street West, Roncesvalles, Howard Park and Sorauren Avenues, across from Sterling Road and St. Helens Avenue,
  • on Lansdowne Avenue south of Rideau Avenue, at #106 Lansdowne, Seaforth Avenue and Queen Street West,
  • on Queen Street West at Sorauren, Triller and Roncesvalles Avenues,
  • beside the curb along the Queensway between Roncesvalles Avenue and Park Lawn Road,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Legion Road, Louisa and Burlington Streets, Superior, Mimico, Hillside and Symons Avenues, Lake Crescent, Royal York Road, opposite 1st Street, at 3rd and 5th Streets, Islington Avenue, 10th, 13th, 15th Streets, Kipling Avenue, 22nd, 26th, 29th, 30th Streets, opposite Long Branch Avenue, 37th and 39th Streets and
  • in Long Branch Loop.


Construction at Roncesvalles and Howard Park Avenues is just the latest phase of a long project to redesign and rebuild Roncesvalles and its streetcar tracks. TTC passengers have faced a long series of service detours since work started on Monday, July 20, 2009, when the TTC replaced streetcars with buses.

The buses operated southbound along Lansdowne Avenue and northbound along Roncesvalles Avenue from Monday, July 20 until Monday, April 26, 2010, when the buses started operating in both directions.

Another City of Toronto project to replace the watermains along King Street West resulted in more detours for the streetcars and buses, starting Tuesday, June 1.

The City again closed Roncesvalles to southbound traffic — and buses started operating southward along Lansdowne and northward along Roncesvalles — on Tuesday, July 13.

The City closed the intersection of Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West starting Monday, August 23 until Tuesday, September 7, affecting TTC service along the 306 Carlton overnight, 313 Jane overnight, 504 King shuttle and 505 Dundas routes.


You can find out more about the project to redesign the street and rebuild the streetcar tracks on Roncesvalles Avenue here, here and here.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read

  • a history of streetcar service along Roncesvalles Avenue — and the entire 504 King route — by James Bow here.
  • a history of the 506 Carlton and 306 Carlton overnight routes by James Bow here.