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City crews changing signals, traffic lanes,
to prepare for King Street Pilot Project

Update — Thursday, November 9, 1:31 p.m.: City crews have finished installing overhead signs.

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During its meeting of Thursday, July 6, City of Toronto council approved a pilot project to designate King Street between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets as a transit-priority street, starting 7 a.m. Sunday, November 12.


During the pilot, which continues until the end of 2018, motorists in private vehicles can’t drive through intersections — they can only turn right onto cross streets. Only TTC, emergency and road maintenance vehicles and bicycles can continue along the street without turning. Taxicabs can also operate through intersections — but only from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Starting next week, City crews are changing the street to prepare for the pilot. They’re installing new pavement markings, barriers and signs and adjusting signals. They’re

  • (Updated — Thursday, November 9, 1:31 p.m.) Monday, October 30: starting to install overhead signs. They’ll keep bags over the signs until 7 a.m. Sunday, November 12, when the pilot launches. (The crews had finished by November 9.)
  • Monday, November 6: starting to install curbside signs.
  • Wednesday, November 8: starting to mark the pavement — painting turn arrows and lines on the street.
  • Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10: installing new transit shelters at certain stops.
  • Friday, November 10: installing “streetcar-stop elements” — concrete barriers, planters, tactile strips and ramps.
  • Friday, November 10: removing on-street parking.
  • Saturday, November 11: activating new signal timing from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Expect delays for buses and streetcars operating along the 304 King overnight, 504 King and 514 Cherry overnight routes during this work.

The City is also temporarily closing parts of streets as it prepares for the pilot project:

  • Thursday, November 9, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.: southbound lanes of Charlotte Street between Adelaide and King Streets West to Adelaide Street West is closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate the King Street Transit Pilot project launch event. Streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route won’t be operating along the street.
  • Friday, November 10, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.: eastbound curb lane of King Streets West and East between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets closed for road work.
  • Friday, November 10, 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Saturday: westbound curb lane of King Street between Jarvis and Bathurst Streets closed for road work.

Expect delays for buses and streetcars operating along the 304 King overnight, 504 King and 514 Cherry overnight routes during this work.

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