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City of Toronto, TTC replacing tracks and water main, upgrading streetscape on Queen Street West



The City of Toronto and the TTC are co-ordinating several construction projects to upgrade infrastructure

  • on Queen Street West between Fennings and Bay Streets.

(Fennings Street is one block east of Dovercourt Road.)

Projects include:

  • replacing the streetcar tracks between Fennings and Bay Streets;
  • replacing the streetcar tracks at the intersection of Queen Street West with Shaw Street;
  • replacing the water main and the City-owned portion of substandard water services between University Avenue and Bay Street; and
  • improving the streetscape on Queen Street West between Spadina Avenue and McCaul Street, in partnership with the Queen Street West Business Improvement Area.

To reduce the impact of construction on local businesses and residents, the City and TTC will sequence construction work to take place in smaller work zones of about 300 metres each. Crews start working at Bay Street and continue working westward along Queen West toward Spadina Avenue (June until August). They then start working from Fennings Street eastward towards Spadina (August until December). Each work zone blocks access to vehicles for as long as four weeks to allow crews to complete the work more quickly.

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Since Sunday, May 9, the TTC has detoured streetcars along these routes, to accommodate these major construction projects:

  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace streetcars east of Queen Street East / Parliament Street. The buses operate along two routes.

  • 301 Queen overnight shuttle bus;
  • 501L Queen / Long Branch shuttle bus; and
  • 501P Queen / Park Lawn shuttle bus.

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The ongoing construction project at the intersection of Queen Street West / King Street West / The Queensway / Roncesvalles Avenue also continues to affect service along the routes.

The TTC may also have to further detour buses around some of the work zones along parallel streets, when necessary. It will revise these detours as the projects progress. It will also maintain regular service along north-south routes crossing Queen Street West as best as possible. However, expect it to detour buses and streetcars along these routes around work zones, when necessary.

Infrastructure construction on Queen Street West between Fennings and Bay streets continues “until December”, meaning as late as until December 31.


Crews work on this project 24 hours a day seven days a week. They conduct excavation and heavy breaking during various times throughout the day. However, they only break concrete from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. each day. Concrete-breaking is the most disruptive activity, but typically takes place during the first two to three days for each phase of the construction.

Expect periods of 24 hour operations (overnight activities) by TTC crews when they install new rail. The TTC says, “Around-the-clock work during rail installation is required to preserve the integrity and quality of new rail, concrete and to support the progress of the daytime activity. Overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving new rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding.”


501 Queen

Starting Sunday, May 9, eastbound cars start their trips at Charlotte Loop - on Charlotte Street north of King Street West — then proceed:

southward along Charlotte;
eastward along King Streets West and East; and then
northward along Parliament Street to Queen Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen East.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • in Long Branch Loop,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Thirty-Seventh Street, Long Branch Avenue, Thirty-First, Twenty-Eighth, Twenty-Seventh and Twenty-Second Streets and Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, across from Fifteenth Street, at Thirteenth, Tenth, Seventh, Fifth, Third and First Streets, Royal York and Miles Roads, Norris Crescent, across from Mimico Avenue, at Superior Avenue and across from Burlington and Louisa Streets and Legion Road, at Marine Parade Drive [west] and beside #s 2155 and 2111 Lake Shore West,
  • in Humber Loop,
  • on The Queensway beyond South Kingsway, Windermere and Ellis Avenues and Colborne Lodge Drive, at Parkside Drive, across from Glendale Avenue and at King Street West,
  • on Queen Street West at Triller, Beaty, Jameson and Dunn Avenues, across from Brock Avenue and at Dufferin, Sudbury and Abell Streets, Dovercourt Road, Lower Ossington Avenue, Shaw Street, Strachan Avenue, Niagara, Tecumseth and Bathurst Streets, Augusta and Spadina Avenues, Peter and John Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria, Church, Jarvis, Sherbourne, Ontario and Parliament Streets.

Instead, eastbound cars pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street,
  • on King Street West beyond Blue Jays Way, John Street, University Avenue and Bay Street,
  • on King Street East beyond Yonge, Church and Jarvis Streets and at Sherbourne, Ontario and Parliament Streets and
  • on Parliament Street at Adelaide and Queen Streets East.

Shuttle buses replace the cars west of Parliament Street from Long Branch Loop and from Park Lawn Loop**.

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Westbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen Street East and Parliament Street, then detour:

southward along Parliament;
westward along King Streets East and West;
northward along Spadina Avenue;
eastward along Adelaide Street West; and then
southward along Charlotte Street to Oxley Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East at Ontario, Sherbourne, Jarvis, Church, Victoria and Yonge Streets,
  • on Queen Street West at Bay Street, across from York Street, at University Avenue, St. Patrick, John and Soho Streets, Spadina and Augusta Avenues, Bathurst Street, Palmerston Avenue, Claremont Street, across from Strachan Avenue, at Shaw Street, Ossington Avenue, Dovercourt Road and Beaconsfield and Gladstone Avenues, beyond Dufferin Street and at Brock, O’Hara, Lansdowne, Sorauren, Triller and Roncesvalles Avenues and
  • on The Queensway at Glendale Avenue and Parkside Drive, beyond Colborne Lodge Drive, Ellis and Windermere Avenues and at South Kingsway,
  • in Humber Loop,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West across from #s 2111 and 2155 Lake Shore West, beyond Park Lawn Road, at Legion Road, Louisa, Burlington and Superior Streets, Mimico and Hillside Avenues, Symons Street and Royal York Road, beyond Dwight Avenue, at Third and Fifth Streets, Islington Avenue, Tenth, Thirteenth and Fifteenth Streets, Kipling Avenue, Twenty-Second, Twenty-Sixth, Twenty-Ninth and Thirtieth Streets and across from Long Branch Avenue, Thirty-Seventh and Thirty-Ninth Streets and
  • in Long Branch Loop.

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

  • on Parliament Street at Richmond, Adelaide and King Streets East,
  • on King Street East at Ontario and Sherbourne Streets and beyond Jarvis and Church Streets,
  • on King Street West beyond Yonge and Bay Streets, University Avenue, John and Peter Streets and
  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street.

Shuttle buses replace the cars west of Parliament Street to Long Branch Loop and to Park Lawn Loop. Westbound streetcar passengers can transfer to westbound buses at stops on Queen Street East between River and Parliament Streets.

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501L Queen (Long Branch) shuttle buses

Starting Sunday, May 9, buses replace streetcars along the 501 Queen route west of Parliament Street.

Eastbound buses start their trips in Long Branch Loop, then proceed:

eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard West;
northward along Windermere Avenue;
eastward along The Queensway and Queen Streets West and East; and then
northward along Broadview Avenue to Dundas Street East,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • in Long Branch Loop,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Thirty-Seventh Street, Long Branch Avenue, Thirty-First, Twenty-Eighth, Twenty-Seventh and Twenty-Second Streets and Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, across from Fifteenth Street, at Thirteenth, Tenth, Seventh, Fifth, Third and First Streets, Royal York and Miles Roads, Norris Crescent, across from Mimico Avenue, at Superior Avenue and across from Burlington and Louisa Streets and Legion Road, at Marine Parade Drive [west] and beside #s 2155 and 2111 Lake Shore West,
  • on The Queensway beyond Windermere and Ellis Avenues and Colborne Lodge Drive, at Parkside Drive, across from Glendale Avenue and at King Street West,
  • on Queen Street West at Triller, Beaty, Jameson and Dunn Avenues, across from Brock Avenue and at Dufferin, Sudbury and Abell Streets, Dovercourt Road, Lower Ossington Avenue, Shaw Street, Strachan Avenue, Niagara, Tecumseth and Bathurst Streets, Augusta and Spadina Avenues, Peter and John Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria, Church and Jarvis Streets.

Eastbound bus passengers may transfer to eastbound streetcars at stops on Queen Street East between Parliament Street and Broadview Avenue.

Westbound buses start their trips on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East, then proceed:

westward along Dundas East;
southward along River Street;
westward along Queen Streets East and West and The Queensway;
southward along Windermere Avenue;
westward along Lake Shore Boulevard West; and then
northward into Long Branch Loop,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Munro and River Streets,
  • on Queen Street East at Sumach, Sackville, Parliament, Ontario, Sherbourne, Jarvis, Church, Victoria and Yonge Streets,
  • on Queen Street West at Bay Street, across from York Street, at University Avenue, St. Patrick, John and Soho Streets, Spadina and Augusta Avenues, Bathurst Street, Palmerston Avenue, Claremont Street, across from Strachan Avenue, at Shaw Street, Ossington Avenue, Dovercourt Road and Beaconsfield and Gladstone Avenues, beyond Dufferin Street and at Brock, O’Hara, Lansdowne, Sorauren, Triller and Roncesvalles Avenues and
  • on The Queensway at Glendale Avenue, at Parkside Drive, beyond Colborne Lodge Drive and Ellis Avenue,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West across from #s 2111 and 2155 Lake Shore West, beyond Park Lawn Road, at Legion Road, Louisa, Burlington and Superior Streets, Mimico and Hillside Avenues, Symons Street and Royal York Road, beyond Dwight Avenue, at Third and Fifth Streets, Islington Avenue, Tenth, Thirteenth and Fifteenth Streets, Kipling Avenue, Twenty-Second, Twenty-Sixth, Twenty-Ninth and Thirtieth Streets and across from Long Branch Avenue, Thirty-Seventh and Thirty-Ninth Streets and
  • in Long Branch Loop.

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501P Queen (Park Lawn) shuttle buses

Starting Sunday, May 9, buses replace streetcars along the [501] Queen route west of Parliament Street.

Eastbound buses start their trips in Park Lawn Loop, then proceed:

northward along Marine Parade Drive and Park Lawn Road;
eastward along The Queensway and Queen Streets West and East; and then
southward along Jarvis Street to Richmond Street East,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • in Park Lawn Loop,
  • on Park Lawn Road beyond Lake Shore Boulevard West and across from #88 Park Lawn, the eastbound off-ramp from the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway and the westbound on-ramp to the Gardiner,
  • on The Queensway beyond Park Lawn Road, across from Stephen Drive, beside #125 Queensway, beyond South Kingsway, Windermere and Ellis Avenues and Colborne Lodge Drive, at Parkside Drive, across from Glendale Avenue and at King Street West,
  • on Queen Street West at Triller, Beaty, Jameson and Dunn Avenues, across from Brock Avenue and at Dufferin, Sudbury and Abell Streets, Dovercourt Road, Lower Ossington Avenue, Shaw Street, Strachan Avenue, Niagara, Tecumseth and Bathurst Streets, Augusta and Spadina Avenues, Peter and John Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria, Church, Jarvis, Sherbourne, Ontario, Parliament, Sackville, Sumach and River Streets, across from Carroll Street and at Broadview Avenue and
  • on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East.

Eastbound bus passengers may transfer to eastbound streetcars at stops on Queen Street East between Parliament Street and Broadview Avenue.

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Westbound buses start their trips on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East, then proceed:

westward along Dundas East;
southward along River Street;
westward along Queen Streets East and West and The Queensway;
southward along Park Lawn Road and Marine Parade Drive; and then
westward into Park Lawn Loop,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Queen Street East at Sumach, Sackville, Parliament, Ontario, Sherbourne, Jarvis, Church, Victoria and Yonge Streets,
  • on Queen Street West at Bay Street, across from York Street, at University Avenue, St. Patrick, John and Soho Streets, Spadina and Augusta Avenues, Bathurst Street, Palmerston Avenue, Claremont Street, across from Strachan Avenue, at Shaw Street, Ossington Avenue, Dovercourt Road and Beaconsfield and Gladstone Avenues, beyond Dufferin Street and at Brock, O’Hara, Lansdowne, Sorauren, Triller and Roncesvalles Avenues and
  • on The Queensway at Glendale Avenue, at Parkside Drive, beyond Colborne Lodge Drive, Ellis and Windermere Avenues and at South Kingsway, across from #125 Queensway and at Stephen Drive,
  • on Park Lawn Road beyond The Queensway, beside #134 Park Lawn, at the westbound on-ramp to the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard West and
  • in Park Lawn Loop.

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301 Queen overnight

Starting Monday, May 10, eastbound cars start their trips at Charlotte Loop - on Charlotte Street north of King Street West — then proceed:

southward along Charlotte;
eastward along King Streets West and East; and then
northward along Parliament Street to Queen Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen East.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • in Long Branch Loop,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Thirty-Seventh Street, Long Branch Avenue, Thirty-First, Twenty-Eighth, Twenty-Seventh and Twenty-Second Streets and Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, across from Fifteenth Street, at Thirteenth, Tenth, Seventh, Fifth, Third and First Streets, Royal York and Miles Roads, Norris Crescent, across from Mimico Avenue, at Superior Avenue and across from Burlington and Louisa Streets and Legion Road, at Marine Parade Drive [west] and beside #s 2155 and 2111 Lake Shore West,
  • in Humber Loop,
  • on The Queensway beyond South Kingsway, Windermere and Ellis Avenues and Colborne Lodge Drive, at Parkside Drive, across from Glendale Avenue and at King Street West,
  • on Queen Street West at Triller, Beaty, Jameson and Dunn Avenues, across from Brock Avenue and at Dufferin, Sudbury and Abell Streets, Dovercourt Road, Lower Ossington Avenue, Shaw Street, Strachan Avenue, Niagara, Tecumseth and Bathurst Streets, Augusta and Spadina Avenues, Peter and John Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria, Church, Jarvis, Sherbourne, Ontario and Parliament Streets.

Instead, eastbound cars pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street,
  • on King Street West beyond Blue Jays Way, John Street, University Avenue and Bay Street,
  • on King Street East beyond Yonge, Church and Jarvis Streets and at Sherbourne, Ontario and Parliament Streets and
  • on Parliament Street at Adelaide and Queen Streets East.

Shuttle buses replace the cars west of Parliament Street from Long Branch Loop.

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Westbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen Street East and Parliament Street, then detour:

southward along Parliament;
westward along King Streets East and West;
northward along Spadina Avenue;
eastward along Adelaide Street West; and then
southward along Charlotte Street to Oxley Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East at Ontario, Sherbourne, Jarvis, Church, Victoria and Yonge Streets,
  • on Queen Street West at Bay Street, across from York Street, at University Avenue, St. Patrick, John and Soho Streets, Spadina and Augusta Avenues, Bathurst Street, Palmerston Avenue, Claremont Street, across from Strachan Avenue, at Shaw Street, Ossington Avenue, Dovercourt Road and Beaconsfield and Gladstone Avenues, beyond Dufferin Street and at Brock, O’Hara, Lansdowne, Sorauren, Triller and Roncesvalles Avenues and
  • on The Queensway at Glendale Avenue and Parkside Drive, beyond Colborne Lodge Drive, Ellis and Windermere Avenues and at South Kingsway,
  • in Humber Loop,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West across from #s 2111 and 2155 Lake Shore West, beyond Park Lawn Road, at Legion Road, Louisa, Burlington and Superior Streets, Mimico and Hillside Avenues, Symons Street and Royal York Road, beyond Dwight Avenue, at Third and Fifth Streets, Islington Avenue, Tenth, Thirteenth and Fifteenth Streets, Kipling Avenue, Twenty-Second, Twenty-Sixth, Twenty-Ninth and Thirtieth Streets and across from Long Branch Avenue, Thirty-Seventh and Thirty-Ninth Streets and
  • in Long Branch Loop.

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

  • on Parliament Street at Richmond, Adelaide and King Streets East,
  • on King Street East at Ontario and Sherbourne Streets and beyond Jarvis and Church Streets,
  • on King Street West beyond Yonge and Bay Streets, University Avenue, John and Peter Streets and
  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street.

Shuttle buses replace the cars west of Parliament Street to Long Branch Loop. Westbound streetcar passengers may transfer to westbound buses at stops on Queen Street East between River and Parliament Streets.

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301 Queen overnight shuttle buses

Starting Monday, May 10, buses replace streetcars along the [301] Queen overnight route west of Parliament Street.

Eastbound buses start their trips in Long Branch Loop, then proceed:

eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard West;
northward along Windermere Avenue;
eastward along The Queensway and Queen Streets West and East; and then
northward along Broadview Avenue to Dundas Street East,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • in Long Branch Loop,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Thirty-Seventh Street, Long Branch Avenue, Thirty-First, Twenty-Eighth, Twenty-Seventh and Twenty-Second Streets and Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, across from Fifteenth Street, at Thirteenth, Tenth, Seventh, Fifth, Third and First Streets, Royal York and Miles Roads, Norris Crescent, across from Mimico Avenue, at Superior Avenue and across from Burlington and Louisa Streets and Legion Road, at Marine Parade Drive [west] and beside #s 2155 and 2111 Lake Shore West,
  • on The Queensway beyond Windermere and Ellis Avenues and Colborne Lodge Drive, at Parkside Drive, across from Glendale Avenue and at King Street West,
  • on Queen Street West at Triller, Beaty, Jameson and Dunn Avenues, across from Brock Avenue and at Dufferin, Sudbury and Abell Streets, Dovercourt Road, Lower Ossington Avenue, Shaw Street, Strachan Avenue, Niagara, Tecumseth and Bathurst Streets, Augusta and Spadina Avenues, Peter and John Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria, Church and Jarvis Streets.

Eastbound bus passengers may transfer to eastbound streetcars at stops on Queen Street East between Parliament Street and Broadview Avenue.

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Westbound buses start their trips on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East, then proceed:

westward along Dundas East;
southward along River Street;
westward along Queen Streets East and West and The Queensway;
southward along Windermere Avenue;
westward along Lake Shore Boulevard West; and then
northward into Long Branch Loop,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Munro and River Streets,
  • on Queen Street East at Sumach, Sackville, Parliament, Ontario, Sherbourne, Jarvis, Church, Victoria and Yonge Streets,
  • on Queen Street West at Bay Street, across from York Street, at University Avenue, St. Patrick, John and Soho Streets, Spadina and Augusta Avenues, Bathurst Street, Palmerston Avenue, Claremont Street, across from Strachan Avenue, at Shaw Street, Ossington Avenue, Dovercourt Road and Beaconsfield and Gladstone Avenues, beyond Dufferin Street and at Brock, O’Hara, Lansdowne, Sorauren, Triller and Roncesvalles Avenues and
  • on The Queensway at Glendale Avenue, at Parkside Drive, beyond Colborne Lodge Drive and Ellis Avenue,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West across from #s 2111 and 2155 Lake Shore West, beyond Park Lawn Road, at Legion Road, Louisa, Burlington and Superior Streets, Mimico and Hillside Avenues, Symons Street and Royal York Road, beyond Dwight Avenue, at Third and Fifth Streets, Islington Avenue, Tenth, Thirteenth and Fifteenth Streets, Kipling Avenue, Twenty-Second, Twenty-Sixth, Twenty-Ninth and Thirtieth Streets and across from Long Branch Avenue, Thirty-Seventh and Thirty-Ninth Streets and
  • in Long Branch Loop.

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