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Streetcars return to King West, starting September 3

This Saturday, September 3, for the first time since… oh, I don’t know, maybe forever? passengers on the TTC’s 504 King route can ride the entire length of the route without a single detour or diversion from construction.

That’s the day that the City of Toronto’s project to rebuild the watermains along King Street West between The Queensway / Queen Street West and Close Avenue ends and the TTC resumes regular streetcar service along the street west of Shaw Street.

A series of construction projects including two related waterworks jobs on King West — one in 2010 and one in 2011, the reconstruction of Roncesvalles Avenue, upgrades at King Street West and Parliament Street and the TTC’s complete rebuilding of the grand King West / Bathurst streetcar track junction have prevented regular service along the route at various intervals since July 2009.

Streetcars operating along the 508 Lake Shore route also resume service along King Street West on Tuesday, September 5. However, 508 Lake Shore passengers are not as lucky as 504 King passengers. Starting this weekend, a TTC project to repair the tracks at Long Branch Loop mean that the TTC is turning back 508 cars at Kipling Avenue.