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Streetcars return to King East, June 5



Commuters in Corktown, the Distillery District and other nearby neighbourhoods have some transit news to celebrate this week.

According to the TTC ‘s “route diversions” webpage, streetcar service along the 503 Kingston Rd and 504 King routes resumes on King Street East beyond Parliament Street this Friday, June 5.

Although the TTC “thanks you for your patience” on its webpage, this diversion did not result from TTC work along the street.

City of Toronto inspectors deemed that the King Street arm of the bridge that also carries Queen Street East across the Don River was “unsafe” back in September, 2013.

Since then a variety of agencies, mostly Infrastructure Ontario, have been working under the bridge to replace or rebuild the pillars that support this section of the bridge.

Restoring streetcars to this section of King East is especially important since they’ll provide transit service to the nearby athletes village for the upcoming Pan Am / ParaPan Am Games.

King East-area passengers have received repeated notices about when this bridge would reopen and transit service would resume. Originally, the TTC advised them that they could look forward to the return of streetcars “in November” (2013). Later notices suggested “fall 2014” as the time for the bridge to reopen and streetcars to reopen. Then, a “spring 2015” date appeared, followed by a firmer date of May 10, 2015. All these dates have passed and the bridge remained closed.

Buses that operate along the 303 Don Mills overnight route likely also resume regular service early Saturday, June 6.

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