June 29, 2010

The final section of the St. Clair streetcar right-of-way has been completed west of Lansdowne Avenue to Gunns Loop, just west of Keele Street. As a result, streetcars on the 512 St. Clair route will run along the entire seven-kilometre route from St Clair Station to Gunns, starting on Wednesday, June 30.

Customers and local businesses will benefit from the new, dedicated right-of-way for streetcars. The new streetcar service is more frequent, more reliable, and faster. Service now operates every three to four minutes in peak periods, and every five to nine minutes at all other times of the week. Scheduled travel times have been reduced by between 10 and 14 per cent in the peak periods, and by up to 25 per cent at off-peak times. Road and sidewalk reconstruction has enhanced the urban design of the street.

The design and construction techniques used to build the new streetcar right-of-way track infrastructure on St Clair Avenue West will contribute to a measurable improvement to the long-term performance of the track and concrete pavement, as well as providing a smoother and quieter ride for streetcar passengers.

The TTC would like to thank area residents, businesses and its customers for their patience and support during the various stages of the project.

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