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TTC repairing, replacing rail on Queen East east of Kingston Road, starting July 26



By 7 a.m. on Monday, July 26, TTC track crews start setting up a work zone for a project to replace worn rail on Queen Street East at Lockwood Road, westbound stop. From Wednesday, July 28 until Sunday, August 1, crews also replace rail at the stops on Queen East at Glen Manor Drive and repair rail in Neville Park Loop, starting Tuesday, August 3.

Crews work only in the track area to:

  • saw-cut, mill and breaking concrete to expose the old rail;
  • replace the old rail with new rail; and
  • place new concrete.

The TTC is replacing streetcars with buses during this project. Buses operate along these routes:

  • 301 Queen - Long Branch overnight shuttle buses;
  • 501L Queen - Long Branch shuttle buses;
  • 501P Queen - Humber shuttle buses;
  • 503 Kingston Rd shuttle buses.

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During this project, the TTC is extending the path of buses along the 301 / 501L / 501P routes. The new temporary terminal is Neville Park Loop, instead of Gerrard Street East beyond Broadview Avenue. Route 503 buses operate only between Bingham Loop and Coxwell Avenue.

Track repairs on Queen Street East east of Kingston Road and the resulting TTC detours continue until August 5.

The TTC is also upgrading the overhead wiring and repairing tracks during the same time period on Queen East between Woodbine Avenue and Leslie Street.


After 7 a.m. of the first day at each site, the track crew starts setting up the work zone and cutting into the concrete. Crews also mill and excavate to expose the old rail. The TTC says, “While most work typically ends at 11 p.m., rail work of this nature requires periods of around-the-clock work to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete.”

The crews cut, weld and grind the new rail after they’ve replaced the old rail. They pour concrete in the track area and set it to cure. Crews remove the work zone so that all traffic can again flow along the roadway by the evening of the last day at each site.

The work zones restrict traffic to the curb lanes. The City of Toronto is prohibiting on-street parking near work zones to maintain traffic flow. Work zones may block motorists from turning left onto or off of Queen East.


501L Queen / Long Branch shuttle buses
501P Queen / Humber shuttle buses
301 Queen / Long Branch overnight shuttle buses

From 5 a.m. Monday, July 26 until 4 a.m. Thursday, August 5, westbound buses start their trips in Neville Park Loop, then proceed:

eastward along Queen Street East to River Street,
resuming their regular route westward along Queen East.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Gerrard Street East beyond Broadview Avenue;
  • on Gerrard Street East at St. Matthews Road;
  • on River Street beyond Gerrard Street East and at Dundas and Queen Streets East.

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

  • in Neville Park Loop,
  • on Queen Street East at Neville Park Boulevard, Silver Birch and Beech Avenues, Glen Manor Drive, Wineva, Bellefair, Elmer and Woodbine Avenues, Lockwood and Kingston Roads, Coxwell Avenue, Woodfield Road, Greenwood and Alton Avenues, Leslie Street, Jones, Brooklyn, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, beyond Booth Avenue and at Boulton and Broadview Avenues and Carroll and River Streets.

Eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue, then detour:

eastward along Queen East; and then
southward into Neville Park Loop,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Broadview Avenue beyond Queen Street East, at Dundas Street East and across from Mountstephen Street and
  • on Gerrard Street East beyond Broadview Avenue.

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

  • on Queen Street East at Broadview Avenue, Saulter Street, Empire, Logan, Carlaw, Pape and Caroline Avenues, across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie Street, across from Alton and Greenwood Avenues, at Woodfield Road, Coxwell, Eastern, Sarah Ashbridge and Woodbine Avenues, across from Elmer and Bellefair Avenues and at Wineva Avenue, Glen Manor Drive, Beech and Silver Birch Avenues and Neville Park Boulevard and
  • in Neville Park Loop.
503 Kingston Rd shuttle buses

Mondays to Fridays before about 7 p.m. (except holidays) and from Monday, July 26 until Wednesday, August 4, buses replace streetcars along the route as far west as Coxwell Avenue.

Westbound buses operate along the regular path for route 503 to Kingston Road and Coxwell Avenue, then detour:

south- and eastward along Eastern Avenue; and then
northward along Coxwell Avenue to just beyond Eastern,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses skip regular route 503 stops

  • on Queen Street East at Coxwell Avenue, Woodfield Road, Greenwood and Alton Avenues, Leslie Street, Jones, Brooklyn, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, beyond Booth Avenue and at Boulton and Broadview Avenues and Carroll Street,
  • on King Street East at River, Sumach, Sackville, Ontario and Sherbourne Streets and beyond Jarvis and Church Streets,
  • on King Street West beyond Yonge and Bay Streets, University Avenue and John and Peter Streets,
  • on Spadina Avenue beyond King Street West and
  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street.

Instead, westbound buses drop off passengers at temporary stops

  • on Eastern Avenue beyond Queen Street East and
  • on Coxwell Avenue beyond Eastern Avenue.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Coxwell Avenue beyond Eastern Avenue, then proceed:

northward along Coxwell to Queen Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen East.

Eastbound buses skip regular route 503 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, at Sherbourne Street, across from Ontario Street and at Parliament, Sackville, Sumach and Lower River Streets,
  • on Queen Street West across from Carroll Street and at Broadview Avenue, Saulter Street, Empire, Logan, Carlaw, Pape and Caroline Avenues, across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie Street, across from Alton and Greenwood Avenues and at Woodfield Road and Coxwell Avenue.

Instead, eastbound buses pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Coxwell Avenue beyond Eastern Avenue.
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