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Police funeral procession to disrupt streetcar services
in downtown Toronto tomorrow

A procession of Toronto Police Service officers and police officers from throughout North America will significantly affect traffic and transit service before the funeral of Sergeant Ryan Russell tomorrow, Tuesday, January 18.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Police are closing:

  • University Avenue between College Street and Queen Street West starting at 9 a.m. and between College Street and Front Street West starting at 10 a.m.

The street will remain closed to traffic in both directions until the procession has cleared the streets.

TTC passengers traveling on streetcars operating along the 501 Queen, 502 Downtowner, 504 King, 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton routes should expect detours and delays tomorrow morning after the rush hour. Although University Avenue is closed to traffic for most of the morning, police will let streetcars cross the street, except during the actual procession.

Plan on leaving early or adding more time to your trip tomorrow. As many as 10,000 mourners — including Sergeant Russell’s family, friends and colleagues, other police officers and members of the public — may attend the funeral, starting at 1 p.m. in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The large number of attendees on downtown streets before and after the service may also affect traffic and transit services tomorrow.

Sergeant Russell died of injuries he sustained after trying to stop a stolen snowplow near Avenue and Davenport Roads on Wednesday, January 12.