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Queen East construction, special event:
TTC detours, November 25 to 28



The TTC is already detouring streetcars during long-term City of Toronto water-main construction on Queen Street West west of Spadina Avenue.

This weekend it’s detouring the streetcars further as its crews repair the tracks at two sites:

  • on Queen Street East at Sumach Street; and
  • on Queen Street East east of Broadview Avenue.

Saturday, November 26, it will detour the cars further when the City closes the intersection of Queen Street West at Bay Street to accommodate the annual Cavalcade of Lights on Nathan Phillips Square.

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along these routes, during the construction and event:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace route 301 and 501 streetcars between Shaw and Church Streets and between Parliament Street and Coxwell Avenue.

It’s also detouring streetcars operating along these routes during construction at Broadview:

  • 304 King overnight;
  • 504 King; and
  • 514 Cherry.

Shuttle buses replace route 304 and 504 streetcars between Broadview Station and King Street East / Sherbourne Street.

The Cavalcade of Lights also requires the TTC to detour buses operating along this route:

  • 6 Bay.

Buses serving the 502 Downtowner route also operate along Queen Street West between Bay and Yonge Streets after 6 p.m. Friday, November 25, but the TTC has not announced detours for that route.

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^ This map shows the detour routing for routes 301 and 501 this weekend, except during the Cavalcade of Lights.

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^ This map shows the detour routing for routes 6 and 501 during the Cavalcade of Lights.

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^ This map shows the detour routing for routes 304 and 504 this weekend. Note that Sumach Street is further east than it appears on this map and that track upgrades at Queen East / Sumach do not affect service along routes 304 and 504.


To reduce disrupting the nearby communities, the TTC has recently acquired a concrete milling machine which speeds the work to replace streetcar tracks from seven to three days and reduces the amount of backhoe excavation and noise levels. However, effectively installing new rails still requires overnight work and “around the clock”, to allow regular streetcar service through the area to resume Monday morning.

At Queen Street East and Sumach Street: TTC track crews replace worn rails at the westbound streetcar stop. They’ll temporarily block the centre traffic lanes through the work zone, while they occupy the track area. The City of Toronto is prohibiting traffic and restricting turns to keep workers safe and keep traffic moving through the area.

  • Step 1 - Friday, November 25: at about 9 a.m., a TTC track crew is on-site to deliver materials in the curb lanes and pre-weld the new rail before installing it.
  • Step 2 - At about 6 p.m., the TTC detours streetcars and the track crew starts using the milling machine to remove the majority of the concrete in the track area. Afterwards, they’ll chip the concrete to completely expose the rails.
  • Step 3 - Saturday, November 26: They remove any remaining concrete from areas where they could not use the milling machine. They replace the old rail with the new rail by cutting, welding and grinding. They’ll place new concrete will be placed in the track area (this may occur overnight) and set it to cure.
  • Step 4 - Sunday, November 27: They start placing the last of the concrete at about 8 a.m. The newly placed concrete requires curing time before the crew can remove the work zone so full road and and streetcar service can resume Monday morning.

At Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue

The City of Toronto is repairing small sections of the track allowance at the intersection. The City’s contractor is completing this work as part of the warranty of the work that it completed in intersection in 2014. There is no cost resulting from this work.

During this warranty work, the City’s contractor is:

  • removing parts of the concrete that are deficient;
  • replacing the concrete; and
  • curing the concrete from 6 p.m. Saturday, November 26 until 9 a.m. Sunday, November 27.

The contractors work from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. until noon Sunday.


6 Bay

In previous years, the TTC often detours buses operating along this route, if the crowds of event-goers becomes too large, or during the fireworks display. This part of the post details how it will detour the buses this year, if necessary.

From 4:30 until 11:30 p.m. Saturday, November 26, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Bay Street and Dundas Street West, then detour:

westward along Dundas West;
southward along University Avenue; and then
eastward along Adelaide Street West to Bay,
resuming their regular route southward along Bay.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street at Hagerman Street, Nathan Phillips Square and Queen and Adelaide Street West.

Instead, southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Chestnut Street,
  • on University Avenue at Queen Street West,
  • on Adelaide Street West east of University Avenue and at York and Bay Streets.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Bay Street and Adelaide Street West, then detour:

eastward along Adelaide Streets West and East;
northward along Victoria Street; and then
westward along Dundas Streets East and West to Bay,
resuming their regular route northward along Bay.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street north of Adelaide Street West, at Queen Street West and Albert Street, across from Hagerman Street and at Dundas Street West.

Instead, northbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Adelaide Street East east of Yonge Street,
  • on Dundas Street East at Yonge Street and
  • on Dundas Street West at Bay Street.
514 Cherry

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 25 until 10 a.m. Saturday, November 26, from 11:30 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday, November 27 and after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, the TTC usually detours streetcars operating along this route through the junction at Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue. The TTC has not announced further detour routing information for streetcars operating along this route during the track repairs this weekend.

504 King
304 King overnight

From 6 p.m. Friday, November 25 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 28, westbound streetcars operate along their regular route to Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East, then detour:

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

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Broadview Avenue at Mount Stephen Street and Dundas and Queen Streets East,
  • on Queen Street East at Carroll Street and
  • on King Street East at River, Sumach and Sackville Streets, across from Trinity Street and at Parliament Street.

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

  • on Gerrard Street East at St. Matthews Road and River, Sumach, Sackville and Parliament Streets and
  • on Parliament Street across from Oak Street and at Dundas Street East, Shuter Street and Queen, Richmond, Adelaide and King Streets East.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between Broadview Avenue / Gerrard Street East and King Street East / Parliament Street.

Eastbound cars reverse the westbound detour routing.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on King Street East at Trinity, Sackville, Sumach and St. Lawrence Streets,
  • on Queen Street East across from Carroll Street and at Broadview Avenue and
  • on Broadview Avenue north of Queen Street East, at Dundas Street East, across from Mount Stephen Street and at Gerrard Street East.

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

  • on Parliament Street at Richmond and Queen Streets East, Shuter Street, Dundas Street East, Oak Street and Gerrard Street East and
  • on Gerrard Street East at Sackville, Sumach, River and Blackburn Streets and Broadview Avenue.

Shuttle buses replace the cars between King Street East / Parliament Street and Broadview Avenue / Gerrard Street East. Eastbound streetcar passengers may transfer to eastbound buses at stops on King Street East between Sherbourne and Parliament Streets.

304 / 504 King shuttle bus

From 6 p.m. Friday, November 25 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 28, eastbound buses start their trips in Broadview Station terminal, then proceed:

southward along Broadview Avenue; and then
westward along Queen and King Streets East to Sherbourne Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops:

  • in Broadview Station terminal,
  • on Broadview Avenue at Danforth Avenue, across from Wolfrey Avenue, Millbrook Crescent and Withrow and Langley Avenues and at Jack Layton Way, Gerrard Street East, Mount Stephen Street and Dundas Street East and
  • on Dundas Street East at Munro, River, Sumach, Sackville, Parliament, Ontario and Sherbourne Streets.

Westbound bus passengers may transfer to westbound streetcars at stops on Dundas Street East between Parliament and Sherbourne Streets.

Eastbound buses reverse the westbound routing.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops:

  • on King Street East at Sherbourne, Ontario, Parliament, Trinity, Sackville, Sumach and St. Lawrence Streets,
  • on Queen Street East across from Carroll Street and at Broadview Avenue,
  • on Broadview Avenue north of Queen Street East, at Dundas Street East, across from Mount Stephen Street and at Gerrard Street East, Langley and Withrow Avenues, Millbrook Crescent and Wolfrey and Danforth Avenues and
  • in Broadview Station terminal.
501 Queen
301 Queen overnight

From 6 p.m. Friday, November 25 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 28, eastbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen Street West and Shaw Street, then detour:

southward along Shaw;
eastward along King Streets West and East; and then
northward along Church Street to Queen East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen.

The cars then operate along their regular route to Queen and Parliament Streets, then further detour:

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

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street West at Strachan Avenue, Tecumseth, Niagara 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 and Church Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Sackville, Sumach and River Streets, across from Carroll Street, at Broadview Avenue, east of Saulter Street, at Empire, Logan, Carlaw, Pape and Caroline Avenues, across from Jones Avenue, at Laing Street, across from Greenwood Avenue and at Connaught, Woodward and Coxwell Avenues.

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

  • on Shaw Street at Adelaide and King Streets 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 Street,
  • on Church Street at Lombard Street and Queen Street East,
  • on Parliament Street at Shuter Street, Dundas Street East, Oak Street and Gerrard Street East,
  • on Gerrard Street East at Sackville, Sumach, River and Blackburn Streets, Broadview Avenue, DeGrassi Street, Logan, Carlaw, Pape, Marjorie and Jones Avenues, Leslie Street, Alton and Greenwood Avenues, Woodfield Road and Ashdale and Coxwell Avenues and
  • on Coxwell Avenue across from Robbins Avenue and at Dundas and Queen Streets East.

Shuttle buses replace the cars, operating between Shaw Street and Kingston Road. Eastbound streetcar passengers may transfer to eastbound buses at Queen Street West and Shaw Street or at stops on Queen Street East between Church and Parliament Streets.

Westbound cars reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • 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,
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria and Yonge Streets and
  • 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, eastbound cars drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Coxwell Avenue at Dundas Street East, Robbins Avenue and Eastwood Road,
  • on Gerrard Street East at Ashdale Avenue, Highfield Road, Greenwood and Prust Avenues, Leslie Street, Jones, Marjorie, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, across from DeGrassi Street, at Broadview Avenue, St. Matthews Road and River, Sumach, Sackville and Parliament Streets,
  • on Parliament Street across from Oak Street, at Dundas Street East and at Shuter Street and Queen Street East,
  • on Church Street at Richmond, Adelaide and King Streets East,
  • on King Street East at Yonge Street,
  • 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, operating between Kingston Road and Shaw Street. Eastbound streetcar passengers may transfer to eastbound buses at Queen Street East and Coxwell Avenue and at stops on Queen East between Parliament and Church Streets.

301 / 501 Queen shuttle buses

From 6 p.m. Friday, November 25 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 28, the TTC replaces streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes with buses between Shaw and Church Streets and between Parliament Street and Coxwell Avenue.

It operates the buses along two different detour routings:

(Note that the TTC has not announced details about how the buses loop at the west end of their route. We’ve based this part of the post on information that it has supplied on previous occasions that its started and ended shuttle bus trips at Shaw Street.)

From 6 p.m. Friday, November 25 until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 26 and from 11:30 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday, November 28, 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;
northeastward along Kingston Road; and then
eastward into Queen / Kingston Road loop,
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, Parliament, Sackville, Sumach and River Streets, across from Carroll Street, at Broadview Avenue, east of Saulter Street, at Empire, Logan, Carlaw, Pape and Caroline Avenues, across from Jones Avenue, at Laing Street, across from Greenwood Avenue and at Connaught, Woodward, Coxwell and Eastern Avenues.

Westbound buses start their trips in Queen / Kingston Road loop, 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 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, Parliament, 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,
  • 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.

From 4:30 until 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 26, 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 Street West;
southward along University Avenue;
eastward along Adelaide Streets West and East;
northward along Church Street;
eastward along Queen East;
northeastward along Kingston Road; and then
eastward into Queen / Kingston Road loop,
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 and University Avenue,
  • on Adelaide Street West east of University Avenue and at York and Bay Streets,
  • on Adelaide Street East east of Yonge Street,
  • on Church Street at Lombard Street and Queen Street East,
  • on Queen Street East at Jarvis, Sherbourne, Ontario, Parliament, Sackville, Sumach and River Streets, across from Carroll Street, at Broadview Avenue, east of Saulter Street, at Empire, Logan, Carlaw, Pape and Caroline Avenues, across from Jones Avenue, at Laing Street, across from Greenwood Avenue and at Connaught, Woodward, Coxwell and Eastern Avenues.

Westbound buses start their trips in Queen / Kingston Road loop, then proceed:

westward along Queen Street East;
southward along Jarvis Street;
westward along King Streets East and West;
northward along University Avenue;
westward along Queen East;
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 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, Parliament, Ontario, Sherbourne and Jarvis Streets,
  • on King Street East at Church and Yonge Streets,
  • on King Street West at Bay and York Streets and University Avenue,
  • on Queen Street West 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.