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Buses replace streetcars on Bathurst, starting April 20



Update — Monday, September 21, 7:16 a.m.: The TTC is replacing the tracks between Dundas Street West and Wolseley Street, starting Monday, September 21.


Update — Sunday, June 20, 4:36 p.m.: The TTC is replacing the tracks in the Bathurst Station area, starting Monday, June 21.


Update — Sunday, June 7, 7:26 a.m.: The TTC is welding and storing rail on Bathurst near Carr Street, north of Queen Street West, starting Monday, June 8.


Update — Friday, May 22, 3:32 p.m.: The TTC is starting the project to replace the tracks between Front Street West and Fort York Boulevard Monday, May 25.


Update — Sunday, April 26, 3:32 p.m.: TTC crews are removing overhead wiring on Bathurst between Front West and Fort York as part of the track-renewal project, starting Monday, April 27.


Starting Monday, April 20, due to upcoming construction projects, the TTC operates buses, instead of streetcars, along this route:

  • 511 Bathurst.

Since buses carry fewer passengers than streetcars, the buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route more frequently.

Monday, November 25, 2019, the City of Toronto closed Fleet Street west of Bathurst Street to all vehicles, except streetcars. Accordingly, the buses divert from the regular 511 route around this section of Fleet by detouring along Fort York Boulevard, Lake Shore Boulevard West and Strachan Avenue.

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The TTC and City have planned three projects to upgrade the streetcar tracks on Bathurst Street in 2020, which is why the TTC has decided to operate buses along the route:

  • between Dundas Street West and Wolseley Street;
  • on the bridge over the Metrolinx / GO Transit tracks south of Front Street West; and
  • at Bathurst Station terminal.

(Updated — Friday, May 22, 3:32 p.m.) (Updated — Sunday, June 20, 4:36 p.m.) Construction on the first of the three projects, south of Dundas, starts soon. Construction on the second project at the railway bridge starts in May and will require buses to follow an extensive detour routing. Similarly, in June, construction starts at Bathurst Station and the buses detour to operate to and from Spadina Station terminal. Construction on the third project, south of Dundas, starts in September.

Buses continue to replace streetcars along the 511 Bathurst route until December 31.


511 Bathurst

Starting Monday, April 20, southbound buses start their trips in Bathurst Station terminal, then proceed:

southward along Bathurst;
west- and southward along Fort York Boulevard;
westward along Lake Shore Boulevard West;
northward along Strachan Avenue; and then
westward along Manitoba Drive and the Exhibition Loop access road to Exhibition Loop,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • in Bathurst Station terminal,
  • on Bathurst Street at Lennox, Harbord, Ulster and College Streets, across from Nassau Street, at Dundas Street West, at Robinson Street, Queen and King Streets West and Niagara Street,
  • on Fort York Boulevard west of Front Street, across from Gzowski Street and at Fleet Street,
  • on Manitoba Drive across from Canada Boulevard and
  • in Exhibition Loop.

Buses don’t serve passengers at these regular southbound route 511 streetcar stops:

  • on Fleet Street west of Bathurst and Bastion Streets and Fort York Boulevard.

TTC streetcars along the 509 Harbourfront route continue to serve passengers at these stops.

Northbound buses start their trips in Exhibition Loop, then proceed:

eastward along the Exhibition Loop access road, Manitoba Drive and Fleet Street;
north- and eastward along Fort York Boulevard;
northward along Bathurst Street; and then
eastward into Bathurst Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses serve passengers at stops

  • in Exhibition Loop,
  • on Manitoba Drive at Canada Boulevard,
  • on Fleet Street at Fort York Boulevard,
  • on Fort York Boulevard east of Bastion Street,
  • on Bathurst Street north of Fort York Boulevard, at Niagara Street, at King and Queen Street West, Carr Street, Dundas Street West and Nassau, College, Ulster, Harbord and Lennox Streets and
  • in Bathurst Station terminal.

Buses don’t serve passengers at these regular southbound route 511 streetcar stops:

  • on Fleet Street east of Fort York Boulevard, across from Bastion Street and at Bathurst Street and
  • on Bathurst Street at Fort York Boulevard.

TTC streetcars along the 509 Harbourfront route continue to serve passengers at the stops on Fleet Street.

During temporary bus service, the TTC is relocating the stop south of Fort York Boulevard to north of Fort York.


Since buses carry fewer passengers than streetcars, the TTC is adjusting its schedules so that buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route more frequently.

Starting Sunday, March 29, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 7 minutes 15 seconds, instead of every 8½ minutes, Sundays and holidays from about 8 a.m. until noon;
  • every 5 minutes 10 seconds, instead of every 7 minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m.;
  • every 8 minutes 45 seconds, instead of every 9 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • every 9 minutes, instead of every 9 minutes 20 seconds after about 10 p.m.

Starting Monday, March 30, buses serve passengers at stops:

  • every 5 minutes, instead of every 7 minutes 15 seconds, Mondays to Fridays before about 7 a.m.;
  • every 3 minutes 45 seconds, instead of every 7 minutes 15 seconds, during morning rush hours after about 7 a.m.;
  • every 4 minutes, instead of every 7 minutes, from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
  • every 3 minutes 45 seconds, instead of every 7 minutes 45 seconds, during afternoon rush hours;
  • every 7½ minutes, instead of every 8½ minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • every 7 minutes 15 seconds, instead of every 9 minutes 15 seconds, after about 10 p.m.

Starting Saturday, April 4, buses serve passengers:

  • every 8½ minutes, instead of every 8 minutes 45 seconds, Saturdays before about 8 a.m.;
  • every 7 minutes, instead of every 8 minutes, from about 8 a.m. until noon;
  • every 4 minutes 15 seconds, instead of every 6 minutes 10 seconds, from about noon until 7 p.m.; and
  • every 5 minutes, instead of every 8½ minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.
  • every
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