May 27, 2016
This Saturday (May 28) marks the official opening of the Leslie Barns, the TTC’s new, state-of-the-art streetcar carhouse at Leslie St. and Lake Shore Blvd. E.
We really look forward to welcoming local residents, people from across Toronto and various dignitaries to the facility, as our contribution to the city’s Doors Open event.
Leslie Barns is the first, purpose-built streetcar barn constructed in Toronto since the mid-1920s and it has been designed to house, maintain and service the majority of the new low-floor streetcar fleet that is being progressively introduced to transform streetcar travel.
Const ruct ion on the Barns faced many challenges, including the remediation of contaminated soil and the replacement of a nearly 100-year-old sewer and watermain that runs under Leslie St. The result is a magnificent, architecturally stunning facility that will serve Toronto and the TTC for decades to come.
In welcoming everyone to the Barns this weekend, I would like to especially thank the residents and businesses of Leslieville for their patience during construction. I also acknowledge and salute the project team and community office staff who all worked so hard to deliver this beautiful symbol of a modernized TTC.
Line 1 (Yonge-University)
This weekend, May 28-29, there will be no service on Line 1 between St Clair West and Downsview stations only as TTC crews conduct signal and other maintenance work. Shuttle buses will operate throughout the weekend, stopping only at subway stations along the route.
Shuttle buses will not enter Glencairn and Yorkdale stations. Customers must board and exit at the intersection of Glencairn Ave. and Bathurst St., and at the Yorkdale Rd. and Allen Rd. underpass.
Wheel-Trans will be available for those who need it. Customers can speak to any TTC staff member to request the service.
Highlights of this weekend’s work include:
- Installing up to 46,500 ft. of cable for Automatic Train Control (ATC)
- Installing 40 beacons
- Replacing 12 skylights at Lawrence West Station
- Replacing 900 sq. ft. of tile
Regular service resumes Monday morning at 6 a.m.
This weekend, from today at 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday, streetcars on the 501 Queen route will divert both ways via Church St., King St. and Parliament St., and will turn back at the TTC’s Russell Carhouse at Queen St. and Connaught Ave. as TTC and City of Toronto crews conduct essential maintenance work at three locations along Queen St. E.
Shuttle buses will operate between Queen St. W. and University Ave. to Neville Loop in the Beach.
As a reminder, streetcars continue to divert for watermain work on Queen Street W., between Shaw St. and Spadina Ave. This diversion will continue until October.
Though shuttle buses operating on streetcar routes are Proof-of-Payment, only a limited number of buses are equipped with PRESTO readers. Customers should carry cash and tokens during this transition period.
Be sure to stay up to date on all closures and diversions by following @TTCnotices on Twitter
The TTC is proud to officially open the Leslie Barns Maintenance and Storage facility to the public for Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf.
For the first time, we are inviting the public to see the inner workings of our brand new facility. We are also officially opening the Barns with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m.
Guests can join the festivities with increased service on the 83 Jones bus from Donlands Station, with buses running every ten minutes or better to the intersection of Lake Shore Blvd. and Leslie St., or take the 501 Queen streetcar to Leslie St. and walk south. (Please note that the 501 Queen streetcar will be replaced by buses east of Connaught Ave.) To find out more about Leslie Barns and plan your trip, visit ttc.ca.
Name: Lionel Jordan
Position: Senior Instructor – Streetcar and Light Rail Vehicles
Years of service: 38
Thirty-seven years ago, I was asked by one of my managers to help with training due to an influx of new drivers, and I never went back. I love my job, especially the interaction with people from all different backgrounds, all over the world. My favourite part is helping people to learn the new streetcars. It’s been more than 30 years since the last one, so there’s a big difference in the technology. The new streetcars will be housed in Leslie Barns, our state-of-the-art facility. It’s got the largest green roof in Canada, and it’s three and a half stories high, so as the heat rises, the air circulates, keeping it cool all summer!”
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