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Leslie / Queen construction:
TTC detours start May 11



Update — Friday, June 20, 2:47 p.m.: Streetcars resume regular service through the intersection along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes Sunday, *June 22. Buses continue to operate along the 301 Queen overnight, 501 Queen and 502 / 503 Downtowner / *Kingston Rd shuttle routes. The TTC continues to provide extra service along the 31 Greenwood, 72 Pape, 83 Jones and 143 Downtown / Beach express routes. It also detours parts buses operating along the 31B Greenwood and 83 Jones routes during ongoing construction on Leslie south of Queen.


Update — Saturday, June 7, 7:39 a.m.: Construction on Victoria Street has ended. TTC buses serving the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes now operate as far west as Victoria Street. Buses operating along the 502 / 503 Downtowner / Kingston Rd route resume service to Victoria Monday, June 9.


Update — Friday, May 30, 7:16 p.m.: Streetcars resume regular service through the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 31. Construction on Victoria north and south of Queen East continues until June 6. Buses continue only as far west as Church Street until June 6.


Update — Wednesday, May 21, 3:15 p.m.: Starting today, the TTC is combining the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd routes, so that all buses serving passengers on Kingston Road operate along Queen Street East to Church Street, providing more frequent service to passengers Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.


Update — Friday, May 20, 4:44 p.m.: The TTC is revising the path for buses operating along the route in downtown Toronto, so that all buses start and end their trips at Queen Street East and Church Street.

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Passengers from the Beach, Leslieville, Riverdale, Corktown and other neighbourhoods in east-end Toronto are about to face longer commutes as the TTC upgrades the streetcar infrastructure on Queen Street East, starting Sunday, May 11.

In another project, it’s upgrading the tracks, curves and switches at an older junction at Queen Street East and Victoria Street, one block east of Yonge Street. In this project, the TTC creates a new streetcar junction to connect Leslie Barns, the new streetcar storage and maintenence facility, to the rest of the streetcar track network at Queen Street East and Leslie Street.

The TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes while the intersection is closed. Shuttle buses replace 501 cars on Queen Street East between Woodbine Loop and Church Street and 301 overnight cars between Neville Park Loop and Church. Buses also replace regular streetcar service along the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd tripper routes. All buses detour around the construction zone.

The TTC is also increasing service along north-south routes in the area, including 31 Greenwood, 72 Pape and 83 Jones, so that passengers can choose to ride the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway to get to and from downtown during the work. It’s also making minor changes to its 143 Beach / Downtown express route to add service to passengers in the area during the construction.

The project continues until June 21.

After the TTC has finished these two junction projects, it will start yet another one at Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue from Monday, June 30 until Friday, July 25.


Construction will block all vehicles from passing through the intersection of Leslie and Queen. No parking will be available in the active work zone.

Motorists should expect delays on Queen, but more Toronto Police Service officers will be in the area to monitor traffic on neighbouring residential streets and crack down on speeders. The City of Toronto will add more time to the “green-light” time at traffic signals so that east - west traffic can move more efficiently along Eastern Avenue and Dundas and Gerrard Streets East during this project.

The contractor will maintain sidewalk access to residences and businesses. However, expect some periods of excavation on sidewalks to test soil and install street lights and poles.


The TTC has produced a video in which the TTC’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Byford, explains to its Executive Director of Corporate Communications, Brad Ross, why the TTC is undertaking these three projects at major streetcar junctions this spring and summer.


This is the sixth summer in a row that buses have replaced streetcars along Kingston Road.

See:

  • 2009: “Buses replace streetcars along Kingston Road, starting August 9” here.
  • 2010: “Buses replace streetcars along Kingston Road during construction at Bingham Loop”, here.
  • 2011: “Buses replace streetcars along Kingston Road until September 12”, here.
  • 2012: “Buses replace streetcars along Kingston Road and Queen East, starting May 6”, here.
  • 2013: “Kingston Road track upgrades: Buses replace streetcars, starting June 3” here.

Also from the Transit Toronto archives:

  • “A history of streetcars on Queen Street”, by James Bow, here.
  • “A history of streetcars on Kingston Road”, by James Bow, here.

143 Beach / Downtown express

Mondays to Fridays during rush hours from Monday, May 12 until Friday, June 20, buses stop both ways at Eastern Avenue and Leslie Street to add more service to passengers traveling between the construction area and downtown.

Westbound buses pick up passengers at the northeast corner of Eastern Avenue and Leslie Street. Eastbound buses drop off passengers at the southwest corner of Eastern and Leslie.

The TTC is also adding extra westbound trips along the route Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours and eastbound trips during afternoon rush hours.

502 Downtowner

Mondays to Fridays before 7 p.m. from Monday, May 12 until Friday, June 20, buses replace streetcars along the entire route.

Westbound buses operate along the regular 502 Downtowner route to Queen Street East and Greenwood Avenue, then detour:

northward along Greenwood;
westward along Dundas Street East; and then
southward along Jones Avenue to Queen East,
resuming their regular route westward along Queen.

Westbound buses skip regular 502 Downtowner stops

  • on Queen Street East at Alton Avenue, Leslie Street and Jones Avenue.

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

  • on Greenwood Avenue north of Queen Street East, at Kerr Road and Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Leslie Street and
  • on Jones Avenue at Endean Avenue and Queen Street East.

Eastbound buses reverse the westbound detour routing.

Eastbound buses skip regular 502 Downtowner stops

  • on Queen Street East across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie and Laing Streets and across from Greenwood Avenue.

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

  • on Jones Avenue north of Queen Street East and at Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Leslie Street and Greenwood Avenue,
  • on Greenwood Avenue at Dorothy Street and
  • on Queen Street East east of Greenwood Avenue.

Since buses carry fewer passengers than streetcars, the TTC is increasing the frequency of service along the route Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers every 10 minutes, instead of every 12 minutes. (Combining service with buses operating along the 503 Kingston Rd route means buses serve each stop every 5 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.)

Buses further detour in downtown Toronto until Friday, May 30 during TTC construction at Queen Street East and Victoria Street.

Update — Friday, May 20, 4:44 p.m.: The TTC is revising the path for buses operating along the route in downtown Toronto, so that all buses start and end their trips at Queen Street East and Church Street.

Update — Friday, May 30, 7:16 p.m.: Streetcars resume regular service through the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 31. Construction on Victoria north and south of Queen East continues until June 6. Buses continue only as far west as Church Street until June 6.

31 Greenwood

From Thursday, May 8 until Saturday, June 21, the TTC is diverting buses operating along the 31B branch of the route, so that they no longer operate along Leslie Street between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue.

From Sunday, May 11 until Saturday, June 21, the TTC is increasing service along the route. Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every seven to ten minutes at most times of the week and every 12 to 13 minutes late evenings.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 10 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, Sundays and holidays before 10 p.m. They serve stops along the route every 12½ minutes, instead of every 25 minutes, after 10 p.m.

The buses serve the stops every 8 minutes, instead of every 12 minutes, Mondays to Fridays before about 3 p.m. They serve the stops every 6 minutes, instead of every 8 minutes, during afternoon rush hours. They serve the stops every 7 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m. And, they serve the stops every 12½ minutes, instead of every 25 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

The buses serve stops every 12&frac; minutes, instead of every 25 minutes Saturdays before about 8 a.m. They serve the stops every 10 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, Saturdays from about 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. They serve the stops every 12½ minutes, instead of every 25 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

83 Jones

From Sunday, May 11 until Saturday, June 21, the TTC is increasing service along the route. Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 11 to 14 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and midday and every 15 minutes Monday-to-Friday evenings and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The TTC continues to detour the buses around the construction zone on Leslie Street between Queen Street East and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 15 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, at all times Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Buses serve stops along the route every 11 minutes, instead of every 12 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. They serve the stops every 16 minutes, instead of every 14 minutes from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. They serve the stops every 14 minutes, instead of every 18 minutes, during afternoon rush hours. And, they serve the stops every 15 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, after about 7 p.m.

503 Kingston Rd tripper

Mondays to Fridays during rush hours from Monday, May 12 until Friday, June 20, buses replace streetcars along the entire route.

Westbound buses operate along the regular 503 Kingston Rd tripper route to Queen Street East and Greenwood Avenue, then detour:

northward along Greenwood;
westward along Dundas Street East; and then
southward along Jones Avenue to Queen East,
resuming their regular route westward along Queen.

Westbound buses skip regular 503 Kingston Rd tripper stops

  • on Queen Street East at Alton Avenue, Leslie Street and Jones Avenue.

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

  • on Greenwood Avenue north of Queen Street East, at Kerr Road and Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Leslie Street and
  • on Jones Avenue at Endean Avenue and Queen Street East.

Eastbound buses reverse the westbound detour routing.

Eastbound buses skip regular 503 Kingston Rd tripper stops

  • on Queen Street East across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie and Laing Streets and across from Greenwood Avenue.

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

  • on Jones Avenue north of Queen Street East and at Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Leslie Street and Greenwood Avenue,
  • on Greenwood Avenue at Dorothy Street and
  • on Queen Street East east of Greenwood Avenue.

Since buses carry fewer passengers than streetcars, the TTC is increasing the frequency of service along the route Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers every 10 minutes, instead of every 12 minutes. (Combining service with buses operating along the 502 Downtowner route means buses serve each stop every 5 minutes.)

(Update — Saturday, June 7, 7:39 a.m.: Construction on Victoria Street has ended. TTC buses serving the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes now operate as far west as Victoria Street. Buses operating along the 502 / 503 Downtowner / Kingston Rd route resume service to Victoria Monday, June 9.)


(Update — Friday, May 30, 7:16 p.m.: Streetcars resume regular service through the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 31. Construction on Victoria north and south of Queen East continues until June 6. Buses continue only as far west as Church Street until June 6.)


(Update — Wednesday, May 21, 3:15 p.m.: Starting today, the TTC is combining the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd routes, so that all buses serving passengers on Kingston Road operate along Queen Street East to Church Street, providing more frequent service to passengers Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.)


(Update — Friday, May 20, 4:44 p.m.: The TTC is revising the path for buses operating along the route in downtown Toronto, so that all buses start and end their trips at Queen Street East and Church Street.)

72 Pape

From Sunday, May 11 until Saturday, June 21, the TTC is increasing service along the route. Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every six to nine minutes at most times of the week.

The TTC is operating more buses along the route at all times of the week to provide extra service to passengers during new streetcar track construction at Queen Street East and Leslie Street.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 9 minutes, instead of every 12 minutes, Sundays and holidays.

The buses serve stops along the route every 6 minutes 40 seconds, instead of every 8 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 8 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from about 7 until 10 p.m. They serve the stops every 6 minutes 40 seconds, instead of every 9 minutes, during afternoon rush hours. And, they serve the stops every 9 minutes, instead of every 12 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

The buses serve the stops every 15 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, Saturdays before about 8 a.m. They serve the stops every 8 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, from about 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. They serve the stops every 9 minutes, instead of every 12 minutes after about 7 p.m.

The TTC is also increasing service along the route, so that buses operate to and from Commissioners and Cherry Streets at all times of the week.

501 Queen
301 Queen overnight

From Sunday, May 11 until Saturday, June 21, westbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen Street East and Coxwell Avenue, then detour:

northward along Coxwell;
westward along Gerrard Street East; and then
southward along Broadview Avenue to Queen East,
resuming their regular route westward along Queen.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East at Kent Road, across from Connaught Avenue, at Greenwood and Alton Avenues, Leslie Street, Jones, Brooklyn, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, west of Booth Avenue and at Boulton Street and Broadview Avenue.

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

  • on Coxwell Avenue at Dundas Street East, Robbins Avenue and Eastwood Road,
  • on Gerrard Street East at Rhodes Avenue (Sundays only), Ashdale Avenue, Hiawatha Road (Sundays only), Highfield Road, Greenwood and Prust Avenues, Leslie Street, Jones, Marjory, Pape, Carlaw and Logan Avenues, Howland Road (Sundays only), across from DeGrassi Street and at Broadview Avenue and
  • on Broadview Avenue at Mount Stephen Street and at Dundas and Queen Streets East.

Eastbound cars reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East west of Saulter Street, at Empire Avenue, Booth Avenue (Sundays only) and Logan, Carlaw, Pape and Caroline Avenues, across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie and Laing Streets, across from Greenwood Avenue and at Connaught, Woodward and Coxwell Avenues.

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

  • on Broadview Avenue north of Queen Street East, at Dundas Street East, across from Mount Stephen Street and at Gerrard Street East,
  • on Gerrard Street East at DeGrassi Street, across from Howland Road (Sundays only), at Logan, Carlaw, Pape, Marjory and Jones Avenue, Leslie Street, Alton and Greenwood Avenues, Woodfield Road, Hiawatha Road (Sundays only), Ashdale Avenue, Rhodes Avenue (Sundays only) and Coxwell Avenue,
  • on Coxwell Avenue across from Robbins Avenue and at Dundas and Queen Streets East.

Streetcars further detour in downtown Toronto until Saturday, May 31 during TTC construction at Queen Street East and Victoria Street.

Shuttle buses replace 501 streetcars along Queen Street East, operating between Woodbine Loop (Queen Street East and Kingston Road) and Simcoe Street, west of University Avenue. More buses replace 301 overnight streetcars between Neville Park Loop and University.

Update — Friday, May 30, 7:16 p.m.: Streetcars resume regular service through the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 31. Construction on Victoria north and south of Queen East continues until June 6. Buses continue only as far west as Church Street until June 6.

501 Queen shuttle bus

From Sunday, May 11 until Saturday, June 21, buses replace streetcars between Woodbine Loop (Queen Street East and Kingston Road) and Simcoe Street, west of University Avenue. Buses operate Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Westbound buses start their trips in Woodbine Loop, then proceed:

eastward along Queen Street East;
northward along Greenwood Avenue;
westward along Dundas Street East; and then
southward along Jones Avenue to Queen East,
resuming their regular route westward along Queen.

Westbound buses skip regular 301 / 501 Queen stops

  • on Queen Street East at Alton Avenue, Leslie Street and Jones Avenue.

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

  • on Greenwood Avenue north of Queen Street East, at Kerr Road and Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Leslie Street and
  • on Jones Avenue at Endean Avenue and Queen Street East.

Eastbound buses operate along the regular 301 / 501 Queen route to Queen Street East and Jones Avenue, then proceed:

northward along Jones;
eastward along Dundas Street East;
southward along Greenwood Avenue;
eastward along Queen East;
northeastward along Kingston Road; and then
eastward into Woodbine Loop,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses skip regular 301 / 501 Queen stops

  • on Queen Street East across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie and Laing Streets and across from Greenwood Avenue.

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

  • on Jones Avenue north of Queen Street East and at Dundas Street East,
  • on Dundas Street East at Leslie Street and Greenwood Avenue,
  • on Greenwood Avenue at Dorothy Street and
  • on Queen Street East east of Greenwood Avenue.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 10 minutes before about noon and after about 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays. They serve stops every 7½ minutes from about noon until 7 p.m. and every 9 minutes from about 7 until 10 p.m.

They serve stops every 14 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Combining service with buses operating along the 502 Downtowner route, means buses serve each stop every 7 minutes.) They serve stops every 8 minutes from about 7 until 10 p.m. and every 9 minutes after about 10 p.m.

They serve stops every 9 minutes before about 8 a.m. and after about 10 p.m. Saturdays. They serve stops every 8 minutes from about 8 a.m. until noon and from about 7 until 10 p.m. They serve the stops every 6½ minutes from about noon until 7 p.m.

Buses further detour in downtown Toronto until Saturday, May 31 during TTC construction at Queen Street East and Victoria Street.

(Update — Saturday, June 7, 7:39 a.m.: Construction on Victoria Street has ended. TTC buses serving the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes now operate as far west as Victoria Street. Buses operating along the 502 / 503 Downtowner / Kingston Rd route resume service to Victoria Monday, June 9.)


(Update — Friday, May 30, 7:16 p.m.: Streetcars resume regular service through the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 31. Construction on Victoria north and south of Queen East continues until June 6. Buses continue only as far west as Church Street until June 6.)


(Update — Wednesday, May 21, 3:15 p.m.: Starting today, the TTC is combining the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd routes, so that all buses serving passengers on Kingston Road operate along Queen Street East to Church Street, providing more frequent service to passengers Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.)


(Update — Friday, May 20, 4:44 p.m.: The TTC is revising the path for buses operating along the route in downtown Toronto, so that all buses start and end their trips at Queen Street East and Church Street.)

301 Queen overnight shuttle bus

From Sunday, May 11 until Saturday, June 21, buses replace streetcars between Neville Park Loop and Simcoe Street, west of University Avenue.

Westbound buses start their trips in Neville Park Loop, then proceed:

eastward along Queen Street East;
northward along Greenwood Avenue;
westward along Dundas Street East; and then
southward along Jones Avenue to Queen East,
resuming their regular route westward along Queen.

Westbound buses skip regular 301 / 501 Queen stops

  • on Queen Street East at Alton Avenue, Leslie Street and Jones Avenue.

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

  • on Greenwood Avenue north of Queen Street East and at Kerr Road and
  • on Jones Avenue at Queen Street East.

Eastbound buses operate along the regular 301 / 501 Queen route to Queen Street East and Jones Avenue, then proceed:

northward along Jones;
eastward along Dundas Street East;
southward along Greenwood Avenue;
eastward along Queen East; and then
southward into Neville Park Loop,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses skip regular 301 / 501 Queen stops

  • on Queen Street East across from Jones Avenue, at Leslie and Laing Streets and across from Greenwood Avenue.

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

  • on Jones Avenue north of Queen Street East and at Dundas Street East and
  • on Greenwood Avenue at Queen Street East.

Buses further detour in downtown Toronto until Saturday, May 31 during TTC construction at Queen Street East and Victoria Street.

(Update — Saturday, June 7, 7:39 a.m.: Construction on Victoria Street has ended. TTC buses serving the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes now operate as far west as Victoria Street. Buses operating along the 502 / 503 Downtowner / Kingston Rd route resume service to Victoria Monday, June 9.)


(Update — Friday, May 30, 7:16 p.m.: Streetcars resume regular service through the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 31. Construction on Victoria north and south of Queen East continues until June 6. Buses continue only as far west as Church Street until June 6.)


(Update — Wednesday, May 21, 3:15 p.m.: Starting today, the TTC is combining the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd routes, so that all buses serving passengers on Kingston Road operate along Queen Street East to Church Street, providing more frequent service to passengers Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.)


(Update — Friday, May 20, 4:44 p.m.: The TTC is revising the path for buses operating along the route in downtown Toronto, so that all buses start and end their trips at Queen Street East and Church Street.)