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Bay streetcar tunnel closure: TTC detours, overnight, starting November 17



From 1 until 4:30 a.m. nightly, starting Tuesday, November 17, the TTC is closing

  • the Bay streetcar tunnel,

while crews conduct a regular, quarterly inspection of the streetcar infrastructure.

The transit agency is also detouring streetcars along these routes, while the tunnel is closed:

  • 310 Spadina overnight;
  • 509 Harbourfront; and
  • 510 Spadina.

Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Lower Spadina Avenue / Queens Quay West.

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Crews continue inspecting and maintaining the Bay streetcar tunnel and the TTC detours the cars overnight nightly until November 20.


As part of its preventative and corrective maintenance program, the TTC inspects and maintains the Bay streetcar tunnel quarterly, it says, “to ensure safe and reliable operations.”

Overnight nightly this week, TTC staff are working in the tunnel to inspect and maintain the tracks and overhead wiring and clean debris and sand from the tracks and drainage system. They use chipping tools to work in certain areas of the tunnel nightly from 1 until 4:30 a.m.

The crews also use a high-pressured water and vacuum system to clear obstructions in the catch basins and pump pits the tunnel and near the bottom of the ramp from the Queens Quay West portal. According to the TTC, “This method of removing the obstructions and residue is efficient and quick.” Expect noise when the equipment is fully operating.

All vehicles access the tunnel from the ramp. Crews park the truck with the water / vacuum system outside at the bottom of the ramp or on Bay Street north of Queens Quay West. You may hear beeping when vehicles back up on the ramp. You may also notice bright lights.


509 Harbourfront

From 1 until 4:30 a.m. and from Tuesday, November 17 until Friday, November 20, streetcars start and end their trips in Spadina / Queens Quay Loop, while crews inspect the Bay streetcar tunnel.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queens Quay at Rees Street and beside Harbourfront Centre and
  • in the Bay streetcar tunnel:
  • in Queens Quay Station; and
  • in Union Station.

Instead, eastbound cars drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • in Spadina / Queens Quay Loop.

Shuttle buses replace the cars. Eastbound streetcar passengers may transfer to eastbound buses on Queens Quay West beyond Lower Spadina Avenue.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • in the Bay streetcar tunnel:
  • in Union Station and
  • in Queens Quay Station and
  • on Queens Quay West beyond York and Rees Streets.

Shuttle buses replace the cars.

510 Spadina
310 Spadina overnight

From 1 until 4:30 a.m. and from Tuesday, November 17 until Friday, November 20, streetcars start and end their trips in Spadina / Queens Quay Loop, while crews inspect the Bay streetcar tunnel.

South- and eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queens Quay at Rees Street and beside Harbourfront Centre and
  • in the Bay streetcar tunnel:
  • in Queens Quay Station; and
  • in Union Station.

Instead, south- and eastbound cars drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • in Spadina / Queens Quay Loop.

Shuttle buses replace the cars. South- and eastbound passengers may transfer to eastbound buses on Queens Quay West beyond Lower Spadina Avenue.

West- and northbound cars skip their regular stops

  • in the Bay streetcar tunnel:
  • in Union Station and
  • in Queens Quay Station and
  • on Queens Quay West beyond York and Rees Streets.

Shuttle buses replace the cars.

310 / 509 / 510 Spadina / Harbourfront shuttle buses

From 1 until 4:30 a.m. and from Tuesday, November 17 until Friday, November 20, buses replace streetcars along the 310 Spadina overnight, 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes, while crews inspect the tunnel.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Fort York Boulevard at Lower Spadina Avenue, then proceed:

southward along Lower Spadina;
eastward along Queens Quay West;
northward along Bay Street;
eastward along King Street West; and then
southward along Yonge Street to Wellington Street West,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Queens Quay West at Rees Street and beside the Harbourfront Centre,
  • on Bay Street beyond Queens Quay West and Lake Shore Boulevard West and at Front, Wellington and King Streets West and
  • on Yonge Street at Wellington Street West.

Buses serve passengers at stops beside the curb on Queens Quay West, instead of the “island” streetcar stops on the south-side streetcar right-of-way.

Westbound buses start their trips on Yonge Street at Wellington Street West, then proceed:

westward along Wellington West;
southward along Bay Street;
westward along Queens Quay West;
northward along Dan Leckie Way; and then
eastward along Fort York Boulevard to Lower Spadina Avenue,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Yonge Street at Wellington Street West,
  • on Bay Street at Front Street West and beyond Harbour Street,
  • on Queens Quay West beyond York and Rees Streets and Lower Spadina Avenue and
  • on Fort York Boulevard at Lower Spadina Avenue.

Westbound bus passengers may transfer to west- and northbound streetcars on Queens Quay West beyond Lower Spadina Avenue.

Buses serve passengers at stops beside the curb on Queens Quay West, instead of the “island” streetcar stops on the south-side streetcar right-of-way.