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TTC removing, relocating streetcar stops,
starting November 23

The TTC is continuing its process to speed up streetcar service by removing stops that are too close to others or relocating stops to intersections with traffic signals or pedestrian crosswalks.

It started the first phase of this process, Sunday, May 31. That was the last day that TTC streetcars dropped off or picked up passengers at special “Sunday-only” stops, many of which were within one or two blocks of nearby stops.

Starting this week, it’s removing or relocating five more stops:

301 / 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore:
  • Removing the eastbound stop on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Summerhill Road.
505 Dundas:
  • Removing the west- and eastbound stops on Dundas Street East at Victoria Street.
511 Bathurst:
  • Relocating the southbound stop on Bathurst Street between Bloor Street West and Lennox Street to the signal at Lennox Street;
  • Removing the northbound stop on Bathurst Street at Bloor Street West for regular-hour streetcar service. (However, the TTC is retaining this stop for overnight buses operating along the 310 Bathurst route.)
  • Relocating the northbound stop on Bathurst Street north of Carr Street to the signal at Eden Place.

Last year, the Toronto Transit Commission approved removing the stops as part of its ongoing effort to speed up streetcar service and to improve passenger safety.

According to a TTC news release,

“All streetcar stops will now be located at signalized intersections or crosswalks, enhancing customer safety.

“This initiative will also improve service by removing some stops that are too close together. Transportation best practices state that streetcar stops should be 250 to 350 metres apart, and no less than 200 metres to one another.”