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Queen Street West track and water-main construction: Phase 1 starts July 12; TTC detouring buses



Update — Sunday, November 14, 4:52 p.m.: Phase 5A construction — at the rail junction of Queen Street West and Shaw Street — and the resulting TTC detours start Monday, November 15.


Update — Friday, October 29, 12:24 p.m.: Phase 8 construction — between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street — and the resulting TTC detour start Monday, November 1. Phases 5, 5A, 6 and 7 are still upcoming.


Update — Thursday, October 7, 8:31 a.m.: Phase 4 construction — between Duncan Street and Spadina Avenue — and the resulting TTC detour start “the week of” Monday, October 11.


Update — Saturday, September 25, 7:25 a.m.: Phase 3 construction — between east of Simcoe Street and Duncan Street— and the resulting TTC detour start Monday, September 27.


Update — Monday, August 23, 12:35 a.m.: Phase 2A construction — between University Avenue and Simcoe Street — and the resulting TTC detour start Monday, August 23.


Update — Monday, August 9, 7:10 a.m.: Phase 2 construction — between York Street and University Avenue — and the resulting TTC detour start Monday, August 9.


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Starting Monday, July 12, the City of Toronto is closing:

  • Queen Street West between west of Bay Street and York Street,

to accommodate Phase 1 of a major project to upgrade infrastructure on Queen West between Fennings and Bay Streets.

During this phase, crews are replacing:

  • the top the layer of TTC track;
  • the 100-year-old water main; and
  • substandard water service connections.

(Crews are not replacing the track at the intersection of Queen Street West with York Street).

The TTC is detouring shuttle buses along these routes, while the street is closed during phase 1:

  • 301L Queen / Long Branch overnight;
  • 501L Queen / Long Branch; and
  • 501P Queen / Humber.

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Phase 1 construction on Queen West between Bay and York and the resulting TTC detours continue “for approximately 4 weeks”, meaning as late as until August 7.


The City and the TTC are co-ordinating several construction projects to upgrade infrastructure, including:

  • 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.

Since Monday, May 9, the TTC has detoured streetcars along these routes to accommodate this and other projects on Queen Streets East and West:

  • 301 Queen overnight;
  • 501 Queen.

Buses have replaced the cars along the routes west of Parliament Street since then.


Since “the week of” Tuesday, May 25, crews have been storing and welding rail in the track area of Queen Street West between York and Bay Streets to prepare for phases 1 to 4 of this project.

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.


501 Queen / Long Branch shuttle bus
301 Queen / Long Branch overnight shuttle bus
501P Queen / Humber shuttle bus

From Monday, July 12 until Saturday, August 7, eastbound buses operate along their regular routes to Queen Street West and University Avenue, then detour:

southward along University;
eastward along Adelaide Street West; and then
northward along Yonge Street to Queen,
resuming their regular routes eastward along Queen East.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street West at York, Bay and Yonge Streets.

Westbound buses operate along their regular routes to Queen and Yonge Streets, then detour:

southward along Yonge;
westward along Richmond Street West; and then
northward along York Street to Queen West,
resuming their regular routes westward along Queen.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street West at Bay Street, across from York Street and at University Avenue.