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Streetcars return to Lake Shore West,
December 21



The City of Toronto’s ongoing battle to maintain the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway in safe condition recently passed another milestone as construction no longer blocks the bridge that carries the expressway over the streetcar tracks connecting Lake Shore Boulevard West with Humber Loop. The work prevented the TTC from operating streetcars along that stretch of track.

Starting tomorrow, Sunday, December 21, the TTC cancels its temporary bus service along the 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch and the 301M / 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle bus routes and again operates through streetcar service along the 501 Queen route to Long Branch Loop seven days a week. Early Monday, December 22, it resumes through service to Long Branch along the 301 Queen overnight route and later Monday during rush hours it resumes through service along the 508 Lake Shore route.

Passengers no longer have to transfer between buses and streetcars at Humber Loop to continue their journeys further east- or westward along the routes.

Work on this phase of bridge project at Humber Loop has required the TTC to replace the streetcars with buses since Sunday, August 31. An earlier phase of the project required it to use buses from Sunday, March 30 until Saturday, May 10.


508 Lake Shore

Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, streetcars again operate along the entire route from King Street in downtown Toronto to Long Branch Loop. The cars replace the temporary service by buses operating west of Humber Loop along the 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch and 301M / 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle bus routes.

501 Queen

Seven days a week, starting Sunday, December 21, every second streetcar starts and ends its trip in Long Branch Loop. Alternate cars start and end their trips in Humber Loop. The streetcars replace the temporary service by buses operating west of Humber Loop along the 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch and 301M / 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle bus routes.

Since streetcars carry more passengers than buses, the TTC is also decreasing the frequency of service to stops west of Humber Loop seven days a week.

Starting Sunday, August 31, streetcars drop off or pick up passengers at stops west of Humber Loop every 20 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, Sundays and holidays before 8 a.m. They serve the stops every 19½ minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, from about 8 a.m. until noon. They serve the stops every 12 minutes, instead of every 8½ minutes from about noon until 7 p.m. They serve the stops every 18 minutes, instead of every 9½ minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m. And, they serve the stops every 19 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, after 10 p.m.

Starting Monday, December 22, the cars serve stops every 10 minutes 20 seconds, instead of every 6 minutes 15 seconds, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. They serve the stops every 12 minutes 20 seconds, instead of every 7 minutes 15 seconds, from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. They serve the stops every 10 minutes 15 seconds, instead of every 6 minutes 40 seconds, during afternoon rush hours. They serve the stops every 11 minutes, instead of every 8 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m. And, they serve the stops every 18 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, after 10 p.m.

Starting Saturday, December 27, the cars serve stops every 15 minutes, instead of every 9 minutes, Saturdays from about 8 a.m. until noon. They serve the stops every 13 minutes 45 seconds, instead of every 8½ minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m. They serve the stops every 15 minutes, instead of every 8 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m. And, they serve the stops every 18 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, after 10 p.m.

(Buses operating along the short 301M / 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle bus route dropped off and picked up passengers at stops every 20 minutes at all times of the week, except Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, when the buses served stops every 15 minutes.)

Since the TTC is again operating a longer route, it’s also making minor changes to the service levels east of Humber Loop at various times of the week. It’s slightly increasing the frequency of service Sunday-and-holiday mornings, Mondays to Fridays during afternoon rush hours and Saturday mornings. It’s slightly decreasing the frequency Monday-to-Friday midday.

Starting Sunday, December 21, the streetcars drop off or pick up passengers at stops east of the Humber every 9½ minutes, instead of every 9 minutes 45 seconds, Sundays and holidays before 8 a.m.

Starting Monday, December 22, the cars serve the stops every 6 minutes 10 seconds, instead of every 6 minutes, Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. They serve the stops every 5 minutes 8 seconds, instead of every 6 minutes 40 seconds, during afternoon rush hours.

Starting Saturday, December 27, the cars serve the stops every 6 minutes 53 seconds, instead of every 6 minutes 45 seconds, Saturdays from about 8 a.m. until noon.

301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch shuttle bus
301M / 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle bus

Saturday, December 20 was the last day that buses operate along the routes. Starting Sunday, December 21, streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route again drop off or pick up passengers stops on Lake Shore Boulevard West between Humber and Long Branch Loops seven days a week. Cars operating along the 508 Lake Shore route add extra service to the stops Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight route serve the stops from about 1:30 until 5:30 a.m. seven days a week

301 Queen overnight

Streetcars again operate along the entire loop between Neville Park and Long Branch Loops from about 1:30 until 5:30 a.m. seven days a week. The cars drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 30 minutes. The cars replace the temporary service by buses operating west of Humber Loop along the 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch shuttle bus route.


Sources:

  • Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Service Changes Starting December 21, 2014”, here.
  • TTC webpage, “Route Diversions”, here.
  • TTC document, “Service Summary, November 23, 2014 to January 3, 2015”, here. (.pdf)





























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