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TTC upgrading Vincent (or "Keele") Yard,
closing Dorval Road for eight months



Update, Sunday, June 18 2017, 6:04 p.m.: The TTC has reopened the facility to store and maintain trains overnight.


*Update — Friday, February 17, 2017, 4:23 a.m.: From 2 p.m. Friday, February 17 and from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, the TTC is closing its Keele Station parking lot on Indian Road to let crews install electrical cables along the subway bridge as part of the Vincent Yard project. The work also blocks the eastern secondary entrance into Keele Station off Indian Grove.


*Update — Friday, February 10, 2017, 4:07 a.m.: From 2 p.m. Friday, February 10 and from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, the TTC is closing its Keele Station parking lot on Indian Road to let crews install electrical cables along the subway bridge as part of the Vincent Yard project. The work also blocks the eastern secondary entrance into Keele Station off Indian Grove.


Update — Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 9:49 p.m.: Lighting and power-system onstruction continues until August 19.


Update — Monday, June 6, 2016, 1:54 p.m.: From Tuesday, June 14 until Friday, July 8, crews are replacing light standards along the track and upgrading the power system between Indian Grove and Dorval Road.


Update — Friday, April 29, 2016, 9:44 p.m.: Work continues to block the laneway until June 13.


Update — Sunday, March 21, 2016, 8:44 a.m.: Starting Monday, March 22, the TTC is upgrading water-mains at Dundas West Station as part of this project.


Update — Friday, March 4, 2016, 2:08 p.m.: Starting Monday, March 7, TTC crews are digging four shafts as part of the upgrade project. They’re blocking through traffic from the laneway between Dorval Road and Dundas Street West until April 30.


Update — Thursday, December 4, 10:22 p.m.: The TTC has completed this stage of the project to upgrade the yard and Dorval Road has reopened ahead of schedule. TTC contractors rehabilitated the structure and waterproofed part of the yard infrastructure, providing fire sprinklers to the storage tracks.

It will restore the Dorval Community Garden next spring. Working with the City of Toronto’s urban forestry unit, the TTC removed non-native, invasive trees along the laneway so it could build a new retaining wall.


Update — Monday, September 8, 11:04 p.m.: The TTC closed Dorval Road to all traffic today.


In August, the TTC will start to retrofit and rehabilitate part of the Keele (or “Vincent”) Yard under Dorval Road, near Dundas West Station.

You may have noticed this yard — which has been mostly idle in recent years — as you travel along the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Keele and Dundas West Stations. The work will lead to the TTC again actively storing trains overnight in the yard. (Another part of the project involves building new tracks to store trains overnight near Kipling Station.)

During this project, crews will waterproof a section of the concrete structure below Dorval Road, reline the water-main and clean the storm sewer under a concrete laneway extending eastward from Dorval. This work will allow the TTC to provide fire sprinklers to the storage tracks.

Construction will restrict vehicles on Dorval Road between Edna Avenue and Bloor Street West. However, pedestrians will still be able to walk along this section of the street, except for about four weeks, while crews build a temporary walkway. The TTC will fully reinstate the Dorval Community Garden and the parking lot for the nearby Lithuanian cultural centre when it completes the project.

Construction continues for about eight months or until April, 2015.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • A history of the Vincent Subway Yard by James Bow, here.