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Expect delays to TTC services
during Jack Layton funeral procession tomorrow

Update — Saturday, August 27, 4:10 p.m.: Regular streetcar service has resumed.

Update — Saturday, August 27, 1:20 p.m.: Due to the large crowds near Roy Thomson Hall and in David Pecaut Square, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 504 King route. The cars likely detour along Spadina Avenue, Queen Streets West and East and Church Street. Shuttle buses replace the cars, with the eastbound buses likely operating along Adelaide Street West between John Street and University Avenue and westbound buses likely operating along Wellington Street West to avoid the crowds.

The state funeral and procession for the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition and member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, the Honourable Jack Layton, affects traffic and transit services in downtown Toronto tomorrow, Saturday, August 27 from about 1 until 4 p.m.

The procession sets out from City Hall at about 1 p.m.:

westward along Queen Street West;
southward along University Avenue;
westward along King Street West; and then
southward along Simcoe Street to to Roy Thomson Hall.

A secondary procession of delegates moves from City Hall:

southward along Bay Street; and then
westward along Wellington Street West to Roy Thomson Hall

The processions likely only briefly delay transit services. The road closures are “moving”, meaning that Toronto Police Service officers close and then reopen the streets as the procession passes, then clears the streets. The police expect that the processions close the roadways for no more than 15 minutes.

TTC staff are directing streetcars and buses through the area and helping with the large number of passengers likely traveling to and from the funeral by subway. Expect large crowds entering and exiting the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway line at St. Andrew Station and detours and delays for buses operating along the 6 Bay route and streetcars operating along the 501 Queen and 504 King routes.

From noon until 4 p.m., eastbound streetcars operating along the 504 King route do not drop off and pick up passengers at the stops on King Street West and Simcoe Street. Depending on the size of the crowds outside Roy Thomson Hall, the City of Toronto may decide to completely close King Street West to all traffic. In that case, also expect detours along the 504 King route.

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