This year the City of Toronto and TTC will be replacing the streetcar tracks on Lake Shore Blvd West between Dwight Avenue and Humber Loop.

TTC recently completed some preliminary rail welding work on Lake Shore Boulevard West between Islington Avenue and Fourth Street. This advance work allows for faster installation or rail during the project. The welding work zone was cleared on April 19.

Next step – rail being moved

The new rail is being moved from its current location on Lake Shore Boulevard West closer to the west limit of the upcoming track replacement project. The rail pile will remain stored at this location and will be depleted as track reconstruction east of Dwight Avenue progresses.

Rail storage details

  • The rail will be stored on the streetcar track allowance from just east of Third Street extending to 2765 Lake Shore Boulevard. The rail will be completely clear of the storage area by the end of November.
  • The rail strings will be moved (pulled) over the next two days between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. with police assistance.
  • The signalized intersection crossing at Third Street will not be affected by the rail storage.
  • The storage area will be secured with crowd control barricades and traffic barrels.
  • One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Lake Shore Boulevard through the storage area.
  • Traffic will be restricted from turning left at Second Street/Lake Shore Boulevard intersection.
  • On-street parking will be maintained.
  • No driveways will be blocked.
  • The sidewalk will not be affected.

Track replacement project

Construction on Lake Shore Boulevard between Dwight Avenue and Humber Loop is scheduled to begin on May 20. Rail installation is expected to start in mid-June and will be completed before the end of November.

TTC service changes

Earlier this year, buses replaced Queen streetcars west of Roncesvalles Avenue on The Queensway and on Lake Shore Boulevard West to the Long Branch Loop, bypassing Humber Loop. These service changes will continue throughout 2017 to accommodate the various projects.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve transit infrastructure in Toronto.

For further information:

Diego Sinagoga, Senior Community Liaison, 416-393-2197; diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca.