What we are doing and why

As part of TTC’s system wide overhead upgrade for pantograph operations for its new low-floor streetcars, overhead work will take place on the 501/301 Queen route this summer. This overhead work coincides with track renewal work currently underway at the King/Queen/Roncesvalles intersection, and a track renewal project on Queen Street West between Bay Street to Fennings Street. Rail repairs will also be completed at various locations on Queen Street East.

Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue – July 26 to August 5, 2021

During this 10-day period, streetcars will be replaced with buses on Queen and Kingston routes to accommodate overhead upgrade work and rail repair work between this section of Queen Street East.

Overhead work and rail repairs

  • Intersection upgrades at Queen/Vancouver, Queen/Connaught and Queen/Coxwell.
  • East of Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue - new support span cables and hardware fittings.
  • While the majority of the work activities will be contained within the track lanes, the overhead crews will also require access to the sidewalk poles. There is no effect to the community hydro power during this TTC work.
  • TTC crews will conduct multiple local concrete and rail repairs along this section of roadway during this 10-day period that normally requires streetcars to be removed from service.

CafeTO patios

Overhead crews will work around patio hours. Some early morning or late evening work may be required if the work location is directly adjacent to or at a patio. Business owners will be contacted.

Traffic and parking restrictions

  • Traffic lanes will be reduced through the overhead and track repair moving work zones. Toronto Police Services will be onsite to help manage traffic movement through work zones at intersections.
  • During work within the intersections, existing on-street parking where permitted along Queen Street will be maintained as best as possible. The location of the moving work zone may inhibit left turns.
  • On-street parking will be restricted in areas to maintain traffic through the moving work zones.

Work hours

  • While the majority of the overhead work will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., some overnight activities will be necessary during this 10-day period
  • Overhead work of this nature is generally not very noisy, but some noise will be unavoidable. Nearby residents may hear the backup beeping noise from the trucks.
  • Three to four work trucks will be used to complete this work, and to help facilitate physical distancing.
  • Typically, rail repairs are conducted around-the-clock. Efforts are made to complete breaking/removal of concrete to expose the rail by 11 p.m. Installation of the new rail is generally overnight.

TTC service – 5 a.m. July 26 to 4 a.m. August 5, 2021

  • 501/301 Queen streetcars will be replaced with buses and will operate along the entire Queen route from Neville Park Loop to Long Branch Loop, and through the moving work zones.
  • 503 Kingston Rd streetcars will be replaced with buses operating between Bingham Loop and Woodbine Loop. Customers can transfer to Queen buses to continue their trip along Queen Street.

Thank you for your patience as we work to upgrade the streetcar overhead infrastructure and make essential rail repairs to maintain safe streetcar service.

For further information:

Diego Sinagoga, Senior Community Liaison Officer, 647-468-4183, diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca