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Dundas West / College track-replacement project: TTC revises detours, November 23



Update — Thursday, December 10, 4:13 p.m.: Apparently, buses along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton route resumed regular service west of Lansdowne Avenue Tuesday, December 8.


Update — Wednesday, December 9, 11:40 a.m.: @TTCHelps reports that streetcars along the 505 Dundas route have resumed regular service to and from Dundas West Station.


Since Monday, November 16, the City of Toronto has closed

  • the intersection of Dundas Street West with College Street,
  • College Street between Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue and
  • Dundas Street West between College Street and Lansdowne Avenue

to accommodate a TTC / City project (.pdf) to replace the streetcar tracks.

The City previously closed (and continues to close)

  • Dundas Street West between west of Sterling Road and College Street

to accommodate an earlier track-replacement project. The closure continues “until the end of 2020”, meaning this part of Dundas West remains closed at least as long as until January 5, 2021.

Starting late Tuesday, November 10, TTC crews started storing flat-bed trailers containing pre-assembled sections of rail in the track area on College and Dundas west of Lansdowne Avenue to supply early construction activity. It replaced streetcars with buses on Dundas west of Bathurst and continued to operate buses on College during this phase of the project.

Since crews have now removed the trailers from the tracks, starting 5 a.m. Monday, November 23, the TTC is revising how it detours services in the Dundas / College area.

The detours affect buses and streetcars along these routes:

  • 306 Carlton overnight;
  • 505 Dundas; and
  • 506 Carlton.

505-506_TR_Nov11-2.gif

Unofficially, shuttle buses may partly supplement streetcar service along the 505 Dundas route between Lansdowne and Ossington Avenues.

Dundas West - Sterling - College construction map.jpg

The project follows earlier, nearby projects to replace the tracks:

  • on Howard Park Avenue and in High Park Loop, starting Monday, June 22;
  • at the intersection of Dundas Street West with Howard Park Avenue, starting Sunday, September 27; and
  • at the intersection of Dundas Street West with Sterling Road and on Dundas West between west of Sterling Road and College Street / St. Helens Avenue, starting Wednesday, October 28.

During this project, the City is prohibiting through traffic and on-street parking on Dundas Street West between Sterling Road and Lansdowne Avenue.

Crews work in the track area all day, every day. They’ll excavate, break concrete and complete other noisy activities only from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily. The TTC says that concrete-breaking… is the most disruptive and typically lasts the first two days for each phase of the construction.

According to the TTC, “The rail installation phase of this project requires periods of around-the-clock work by TTC to preserve the integrity and quality of new rail and concrete, and to support the daytime work. Overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving new rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding.”


In a related project, starting Monday, October 26, the City is also improving intersection and sidewalks, installing cycling infrastructure and rebuilding the roadways on:

  • Lumbervale Avenue between St. Helens and Lansdowne Avenues; and
  • St. Helens Avenue between Lumbervale Avenue and College Street.

The project to replace the streetcar tracks at Dundas West / College is the last of three projects during recent years to upgrade the tracks in the Dundas West / Lansdowne / College triangle. Previous projects include:


506 Carlton
306 Carlton overnight

From 10 p.m. Sunday, September 27 until “early January 2021”, eastbound buses start their trips in Dundas West Station terminal, then proceed:

eastward along Edna Avenue;
eastward along Bloor Street West; and then
southward along Lansdowne Avenue to College Street,
resuming their regular route eastward along College.

Eastbound buses skip regular route 306 stops

  • on Dundas Street West beyond Roncesvalles Avenue, at Howard Park and Sorauren Avenues and across from Sterling Road and
  • on College Street at Lansdowne Avenue.

Eastbound buses skip regular route 506 stops

  • in High Park Loop,
  • on Howard Park Avenue beyond Parkside Drive and at Indian Road, Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West,
  • on Dundas Street West at Sorauren Avenue and across from Sterling Road and
  • on College Street at Lansdowne Avenue.

Instead, eastbound route 306 / 506 buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Bloor Street West at Sterling Road and Lansdowne Avenue and
  • on Lansdowne Avenue beside #422 Lansdowne and at Whytock Avenue.

Westbound buses reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Westbound buses skip regular route 306 stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Sterling Road, across from Sorauren Avenue and at Morrow Avenue and at Bloor Street West.

Westbound buses skip regular route 506 stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Sterling Road, across from Sorauren Avenue and at Morrow Avenue,
  • on Howard Park Avenue at Roncesvalles Avenue, Indian Road and Parkside Drive and
  • in High Park loop.

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

  • on Lansdowne Avenue across from Whytock Avenue and beside #533 Lansdowne and
  • on Bloor Street West at Symington Avenue and Dundas Street West.

Passengers travelling to and from stops on Howard Park have no transit service until “early January 2021”. Alternatives include:

  • 80 Queensway: Board or exit from buses on Parkside Drive at Howard Park Avenue.
  • 304 / 504A King: Board or exit from streetcars on Roncesvalles Avenue at Howard Park Avenue.
505 Dundas

From 5 a.m. Monday, November 23 until “early January”, 2021, eastbound cars start their trips on Lansdowne Avenue south of College Street, then proceed:

eastward along College; and then
southward along Ossington Avenue to Dundas Street West,
resuming their regular route eastward along Dundas West.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • in Dundas West Station terminal,
  • on Dundas Street West beyond Roncesvalles Avenue, at Howard Park and Sorauren Avenues, across from Sterling Road, and at Lansdowne, Brock and Sheridan Avenues, Dufferin Street, Gladstone Avenue, Lisgar Street, Dovercourt Road and Ossington Avenue.

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

  • on Lansdowne Avenue at College Street,
  • on College Street at Brock Avenue, Dufferin Street, Rusholme Park Crescent, Dovercourt Road and Ossington Avenue and
  • on Ossington Avenue at Churchill Avenue and Dundas Street West.

Westbound cars operate along their regular route to Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue, then detour:

northward along Lansdowne to College Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Sterling Road, across from Sorauren Avenue, at Morrow Avenue, across from Roncesvalles Avenue and
  • in Dundas West Station terminal.

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

  • on Lansdowne Avenue at College Street.

Shuttle buses may support streetcar service on Dundas Street West between Ossington and Lansdowne Avenues.

505 Dundas shuttle buses (unofficial)

According to Steve Munro, shuttle buses circle around the Lansdowne / College / Ossington / Dundas loop in the opposite direction from the streetcars. Streetcars proceed around the loop counterclockwise. Buses proceed around the loop clockwise.

From 5 a.m. Monday, November 23 until “early January”, 2021, buses start their trips on Lansdowne Avenue north of Dundas Street West, then proceed:

eastward along Dundas West;
northward along Ossington Avenue;
westward along College Street; and then
southward along Lansdowne Avenue to Dundas West,
ending their trips.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Brock and Sheridan Avenues, Dufferin Street, Gladstone Avenue, Lisgar Street, Dovercourt Road and Ossington Avenue,
  • on Ossington Avenue across from Churchill Avenue and
  • on College Street at Dovercourt Road, Havelock and Dufferin Streets and at Brock and Lansdowne Avenues.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops every 10 minutes during all time periods except overnight and before about 8 a.m. Sundays.

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