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Queen / Sherbourne track upgrades:
TTC detours, November 11 to 14



Starting today, Friday, November 11, TTC track crews are replacing the worn rails at the west- and eastbound streetcar stops on Queen Street East at Sherbourne Street to reduce noise and to make sure streetcars operate safely through the area.

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

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between River and Shaw Streets.

Buses operating along the 502 Downtowner route usually also operate along the closed section of Queen Street West before 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. However, the TTC has not provided detour information for that route.

Rail replacement at Queen East and Sherbourne and the TTC detours continue until 5 a.m. November 14.

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To reduce disrupting the nearby community during these projects, TTC recently acquired a concrete milling machine, which decreases the work timeline from seven to just three days, reduces the amount of digging by backhoe and, in turn, reducing noise levels. Crews must still work overnight and chip the concrete to effectively install the new rails.

Crews will block one lane of traffic as they replace the rail. The City of Toronto will prohibit on-street parking and restrict turns to create a safe work zone for pedestrians and workers.

This weekend, crews work on the westbound stop. They’ll previously worked on the westbound stop at the intersection last weekend, from Friday, November 4 until early Monday, November 7.

  • Step 1: Starting at about 9 a.m. Friday, November 11, a TTC track crew occupies the curb lane west of Sherbourne Street to pre-weld the new rail.
  • Step 2: At about 6 p.m., the TTC diverts streetcar and the track crew uses the milling machine to remove the majority of the concrete in the track area of the streetcar stop. Then they’ll chip the remaining concrete to completely expose the rails.
  • Step 3: Saturday, November 12, the crew removes any remaining concrete in areas where it could not use the milling machine. They’ll cut, weld and grind the old rail and then it with the new rail. They’ll place concrete in the track area and set it to cure.
  • Step 4: Sunday, November 13 at about 8 a.m., the crew places the rest of the concrete. The newly placed concrete requires curing time before the crew can remove the work zone so that full road and streetcar service can resume Monday, November 14.

501 Queen

From 6 p.m. Friday, November 11 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 14, westbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen Street East and Parliament Street, then detour:

southward along Parliament;
eastward along King Streets East and West to Spadina Avenue,
resuming their long-term detour route westward along King West.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East at Ontario, Sherbourne, Jarvis, Church, Victoria and Yonge Streets,
  • on Queen Street West at Bay Street, across from York Street, at University Avenue, west of Simcoe Street, at John and Soho Streets, Spadina and Augusta Avenues, Bathurst Street, Palmerston Avenue, Claremont Street, across from Strachan Avenue and at Shaw Street.

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

  • on Parliament Street at Richmond, Adelaide and King Streets East,
  • on King Street East at Ontario, Sherbourne, Jarvis, Church and Yonge Streets,
  • on King Street West at Bay and York Streets, University Avenue, John and Peter Streets, Spadina Avenue, Portland, Bathurst, Tecumseth and Niagara Streets, Strachan Avenue and Shaw Street and
  • on Shaw Street at Adelaide and Queen Streets West.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Church and Shaw Streets. Westbound street car passengers may transfer to westbound buses at stops on Queen Street East between River and Church Streets.

Eastbound cars reverse the westbound detour routing.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street West at Strachan Avenue, Niagara, Tecumseth and Bathurst Streets, Augusta and Spadina Avenues, Peter and John Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria, Church, Jarvis, Sherbourne, Ontario and Parliament Streets.

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

  • on Shaw Street across from Adelaide Street West and at King Street West,
  • on King Street West at Strachan Avenue, Niagara, Tecumseth, Bathurst and Portland Streets, Spadina Avenue, Blue Jays Way, John Street, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets,
  • on King Street East at Church, Jarvis, Sherbourne, Ontario and Parliament Streets and
  • on Parliament Street at Richmond and Queen Streets East.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Shaw and Parliament Streets. Eastbound street car passengers may transfer to eastbound buses at Queen Street West and Shaw Street.

501 Queen shuttle

From 6 p.m. Friday, November 11 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 14, buses replace streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes between River and Shaw Streets.

Westbound buses start their trips on River Street at Queen Street East, then proceed:

westward along Queen Streets East and West;
southward along Shaw Street;
eastward along King Street East; and then
southward along Strachan Avenue to Canniff Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on King Street East at Church and Yonge Street,
  • on King Street West at Bay and York Streets,
  • on Queen Street West at University Avenue, west of Simcoe Street, at John and Soho Streets, Spadina and Augusta Avenues, Bathurst Street, Palmerston Avenue, Claremont Street, across from Strachan Avenue,
  • on Shaw Street south of Queen Street West and across from Adelaide Street West,
  • on King Street West east of Shaw Street and
  • on Strachan Avenue at Canniff Street.

Westbound bus passengers may transfer to westbound streetcars on Queen Street West at Shaw Street.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Strachan Avenue at Caniff Street, then proceed:

southward along Strachan;
westward along Douro Street;
northward along Shaw Street;
eastward along Queen Streets West and East;
northward along Parliament Street;
eastward along Shuter Street; and then
southward along River Street to Queen East,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Strachan Avenue at Canniff Street,
  • on Shaw Street north of King Street West and at Adelaide and Queen Streets West,
  • on Queen Street West at Strachan Avenue, Niagara, Tecumseth and Bathurst Streets, Augusta and Spadina Avenues, Peter and John Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets,
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria, Church, Jarvis, Sherbourne, Ontario and Parliament Streets and
  • on Parliament Street at Shuter Street.

    Eastbound bus passengers may transfer to eastbound streetcars on Queen East at Parliament Street.

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