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Gerrard East track, wiring upgrades:
TTC detours, October 28 to 31



TTC crews are upgrading streetcar infrastructure at two different sites on Gerrard Street East this weekend:

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes, while the work proceeds:

  • 306 Carlton overnight; and
  • 506 Carlton

from 6 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Coxwell Avenue and Parliament Street.


506 Carlton
306 Carlton overnight

From 6 p.m. Friday, October 28 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 31, westbound cars operate along their regular route to Coxwell Avenue and [lower] Gerrard Street East, then detour:

southward along Coxwell;
westward along Queen Street East; and then
northward along Parliament Street to Gerrard Street East,
resuming their regular route northward along Parliament.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Gerrard Street East at Ashdale Avenue, Highfield Road, Greenwood and Prust Avenues, Leslie Street, Jones, Marjory, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, across from De Grassi Street, at Broadview Avenue, St. Matthews Road and River, Sumach, Sackville and Parliament Streets.

Instead, westbound cars drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Coxwell Avenue across from Robbins Avenue and at Dundas and Queen Streets East,
  • on Queen Street East at Kent Road, across from Connaught Avenue, at Greenwood and Alton Avenues, Leslie Street, Jones, Brooklyn, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, west of Booth Avenue, at Boulton Street, Broadview Avenue and Carroll, River, Sumach, Sackville and Parliament Streets and
  • on Parliament Street at Shuter Street, Dundas Street East, Oak Street and Gerrard Street East.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Coxwell Avenue and Parliament Street. Westbound streetcar passengers may transfer to westbound buses at Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

Eastbound cars reverse the westbound detour routing.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Gerrard Street East at Sackville, Sumach, River and Blackburn Streets, Broadview Avenue, De Grassi Street, at Logan, Carlaw, Pape, Marjory and Jones Avenue, Leslie Street, Alton and Greenwood Avenues, Woodfield Road and at Ashdale and Coxwell Avenues.

Instead, eastbound cars drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops:

  • on Parliament Street across from Oak Street, at Dundas Street East, Shuter Street and Queen Street East,
  • on Queen Street East at Sackville, Sumach and River Streets, across from Carroll Street, at Broadview Avenue, at Saulter Street, Empire, Logan, Carlaw, Pape and Caroline Avenues, across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie and Laing Streets, across from Greenwood Avenue and at Connaught, Woodward and Coxwell Avenues and
  • on Coxwell Avenue at Dundas Street West, Robbins Avenue and Eastwood Road.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Parliament Street and Coxwell Avenue. Eastbound streetcar passengers may transfer to westbound buses at Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East.

306 / 506 Carlton shuttle buses

From 6 p.m. Friday, October 28 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 31, buses replace streetcars operating along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes between Coxwell Avenue and Parliament Street.

(The TTC has confirmed that the buses operate along Gerrard Street East between the two streets but has not confirmed how the buses loop at both ends of their routes. We’ve based this section of the post on information that the TTC has supplied on previous occasions that it’s operated buses along this section of Gerrard Street East.)

Westbound buses start their trips on Eastern Avenue south of Queen Street East, then proceed:

south- and westward along Eastern;
northward along Coxwell Avenue; and then
westward along Gerrard Street East to Sherbourne Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Eastern Avenue south of Queen Street East;
  • on Coxwell Avenue north of Eastern Avenue, at Dundas Street East, Robbins Avenue and Eastwood Road and
  • on Gerrard Street East at Ashdale Avenue, Highfield Road, Greenwood and Prust Avenues, Leslie Street, Jones, Marjory, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, across from De Grassi Street, at Broadview Avenue, St. Matthews Road and River, Sumach, Sackville and Parliament Streets.

Westbound bus passengers may transfer to westbound streetcars at Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Gerrard Street East at Sherbourne Street, then proceed:

northward along Sherbourne;
eastward along Carlton Street;
southward along Parliament Street;
eastward along Gerrard Street East;
southward along Coxwell Avenue;
eastward along Queen Street East; and then
southward along Eastern Avenue to just south of Queen Street East,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Carlton Street at Ontario and Parliament Streets,
  • on Parliament Street at Gerrard Street East,
  • on Gerrard Street East at Sackville, Sumach, River and Blackburn Streets, Broadview Avenue, De Grassi Street, at Logan, Carlaw, Pape, Marjory and Jones Avenue, Leslie Street, Alton and Greenwood Avenues, Woodfield Road and at Ashdale and Coxwell Avenues,
  • on Coxwell Avenue across from Robbins Avenue and at Dundas and Queen Streets East and
  • on Eastern Avenue south of Queen Street East.

Eastbound bus passengers may transfer to eastbound streetcars at Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue.


Between Coxwell and Carlaw Avenues

From Friday, October 28 until Sunday, October 30, the TTC continues upgrading the streetcar overhead infrastructure and installing new trolley wire. TTC overhead crews previously worked along this stretch of Gerrard Street East from Friday, October 14 until Sunday, October 16 and are returning this weekend to complete the work.

Upgrading the overhead wiring is necessary so that the TTC can operate its new, accessible Toronto Flexity streetcars in the future. Over the past two years, electrical crews have been upgrading the overhead wire system along most streetcar routes in the city.

To complete this overhead work as safely and with as little impact to traffic as possible, crews are working each night from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

On average, they’ll use two to three overhead trucks with hydraulic equipment. You can expect to hear beeping sounds from back-up alarms on the trucks and notice equipment lights.

Traffic continues to operate through through the moving work zone, although crews may temporarily block some traffic lanes.


At River Street

Starting at about 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, October 28, TTC track crews are replacing worn rails at the eastbound streetcar stop on Gerrard Street East just west of River Street.

The work will restrict traffic to just one lane in each direction through the work zone. The City of Toronto will prohibit on-street parking and limit turning in the area to create a safe work zone for the crew and keep traffic moving.

Crews are working “around the clock” — 24 hours a day — to make sure regular streetcar service can resume Monday, October 31. They’ll work in three stages to complete the project:

  • Step 1: The track crew starts milling the concrete from the track area to expose the rail they’re replacing.
  • Step 2: They’ll remove the old rail and install, weld and grind new rail. They’ll place concrete in the track area.
  • Step 3: They’ll allow time for the the new concrete to cure properly before they remove the work zone so regular transit service may resume.