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Bay streetcar tunnel closure: TTC detours, May 29, 30, 31



Starting 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 29, the TTC is closing

  • the Bay streetcar tunnel,

while crews conduct a regular inspection of the streetcar infrastructure.

The TTC is operating buses, instead of streetcars, along this route, while the tunnel is closed:

  • 509 Harbourfront.

The transit agency is also detouring streetcars along these routes:

  • 310 Spadina overnight; and
  • 510 Spadina.

Buses replace route 310 / 510 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 until May 31 (4:30 a.m.).


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

This weekend, 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 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 29 until 4:30 a.m. Monday, May 31, buses replace streetcars.

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

eastward along the Exhbition Loop access road, Manitoba Drive and Fleet Street;
north- and eastward along Fort York Boulevard;
southward along Bathurst Street;
eastward along Queens Quay West;
northward along Bay Street;
westward along Wellington Street West; and then
northward along York Street to King Street West,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • in Exhibition Loop,
  • on Manitoba Drive at Strachan Avenue,
  • on Fleet Street at Fort York Boulevard,
  • on Fort York Boulevard beyond Bastion Street and at Bathurst Street,
  • on Queens Quay West beyond Bathurst Street, Dan Leckie Way and Lower Spadina Avenue, at Rees Street and beside the Harbourfront Centre,
  • on Bay Street beyond Queens Quay West and Lake Shore Boulevard West and at Front Street West,
  • on Wellington Street West at York Street and
  • on York Street at King Street West.

Eastbound buses skip regular route 509 stops

  • on Fleet Street beyond Fort York Boulevard, across from Bastion Street and at Bathurst Street and
  • in the Bay streetcar tunnel:
  • at Queens Quay Station; and
  • at Union Station.

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 York Street at King Street West, then proceed:

eastward along King West;
southward along Bay Street;
westward along Queens Quay West;
northward along Bathurst Street;
westward along Lake Shore Boulevard West;
northward along Fort York Boulevard; and then
westward along Fleet Street, Manitoba Drive and the Exhibition Loop access road to Exhibition Loop,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on York Street at King Street West,
  • on Bay Street beyond Front Street West and Harbour Street,
  • on Queens Quay West beyond York and Rees Streets, Lower Spadina Avenue and Dan Leckie Way,
  • on Bathurst Street beyond Queens Quay West,
  • on Fleet Street beyond Fort York Boulevard,
  • on Manitoba Drive beyond Strachan Avenue; and
  • in Exhibition Loop.

Westbound cars skip regular route 509 stops

  • in the Bay streetcar tunnel:
  • at Union Station; and
  • at Queens Quay Station
  • on Fleet Street beyond Bathurst and Bastion Streets.

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.

510 Spadina
310 Spadina overnight

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 29 until 4:30 a.m. Monday, May 31, 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.

Buses replace the cars east of Queens Quay West and Lower Spadina Avenue. 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.

Buses replace the cars east of Queens Quay West and Lower Spadina Avenue.





























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