Spadina / College construction (phase 2):
TTC detours, April 6 to 27



From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the City of Toronto and the TTC will carry out major construction work at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and College Street.

The City and TTC intend the project to bring the streetcar-track infrastructure and nearby roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair.

During the project, crews will:

  • break concrete and excavate to remove the tracks during the week of March 30;
  • install new streetcar tracks for eight to nine days, including overnight;
  • rebuild and lengthen the streetcar platforms on College Street to accommodate new low-floor streetcars;
  • resurface the road; and
  • improve accessibility by rebuilding the sidewalks at each corner of the intersection.

The City and TTC have scheduled three phases for the project.

Phase 1: from Sunday, March 29 until Sunday, April 5:

  • crews will perform advance work by saw-cutting concrete in the intersection.
  • the City will maintain traffic through the intersection with temporary lane restrictions.
  • The TTC is replacing streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses. The buses operate through the intersection but only along part of the route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay West. Buses drop off or pick up passengers in the bus terminal in Spadina Station, instead of the streetcar terminal and serve stops beside the curb, instead of the centre-road “island” streetcar stops. Passengers traveling to and from Union Station can board streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route to Queens Quay West and Lower Spadina Avenue.

Phase 2: From Monday, April 6 until Sunday, April 26:

  • The City is fully closing the intersection to traffic in all directions.
  • The TTC detour streetcars operating along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes away from the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but diverts the buses around the intersection.

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Phase 3: From Monday, April 27 until Saturday, May 9:

  • The City is again only partially closing the intersection, maintaining one lane in each direction.
  • TTC streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route resume regular service through the intersection.
  • The TTC continues to operate buses along the 510 Spadina route, but the buses resume regular service through the intersection. (A future Transit Toronto post will detail information on TTC detours during this phase of the project.)

Construction during all three phases also affects TTC services along the 504 King and 509 Harbourfront routes.


As with all construction projects, expect noise, dust and other temporary inconvenience.

The City will impose parking, traffic and some pedestrian restrictions in and around the work area. During phase 2, it will close to all traffic:

  • College Street between Robert and Huron Streets;
  • Spadina Avenue between Spadina Crescent and Oxford Street; and

Crews will usually work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. weekends. To meet project timelines, they may work some late evenings and overnight while they are installing new overhead wiring, moving rails into position and installing, welding and grinding the new rails.

Also during phase 2, TTC crews will replace the worn rail at streetcar stops on Spadina Avenue both north- and southbound at Nassau Street and at the northbound stop at Harbord Street.

A track crew will work from about 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. to replace 36 metres of rail. Each location requires two to three days work to expose and replace the old rail for replacement install new concrete. Crews will complete the Nassau stop first and then the Harbord stop. They’ll finish both before April 27.


506 Carlton
306 Carlton overnight

From Monday, April 6 until Sunday, April 26, eastbound cars operate along their regular route to College Street and Ossington Avenue, then detour:

southward along Ossington;
eastward along Dundas Street West; and then
northward along Bay Street to College,
resuming their regular route eastward along College.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on College Street at Shaw, Crawford, Grace and Clinton Streets, Euclid and Palmerston Avenues, Bathurst and Borden Streets, Augusta and Spadina Avenues, Beverley and McCaul Streets, University Avenue, beside the Toronto General Hospital and at Elizabeth and Bay Streets.

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

  • on Ossington Avenue at Churchill Avenue and Dundas Street West,
  • on Dundas Street West at Shaw Street, across from Grace Street, at Bellwoods and Euclid Avenues, Bathurst Street, Denison and Spadina Avenues, Huron, Beverley and McCaul Streets, University Avenue and Chestnut and Bay Streets and
  • on Bay Street at Elm Street, Gerrard Street West and College Street.

Westbound cars reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on College Street at Elizabeth Street, beside #100 College, at University Avenue, across from McCaul Street, at St. George Street, Spadina Avenue, Major Street, across from Borden Street, at Bathurst Street, Palmerston and Euclid Avenues, Clinton, Grace, Crawford and Shaw Streets and Ossington Avenue.

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

  • on Bay Street at Gerrard Street West, Elm Street and Dundas Street West,
  • on Dundas Street West at Chestnut Street, University Avenue, McCaul, Beverley and Huron Streets, Spadina and Denison Avenues, Bathurst Street, Euclid Avenue, Grace and Crawford Streets and Ossington Avenue and
  • on Ossington Avenue across from Churchill Avenue and at College Street.
509 Harbourfront

From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the TTC is temporarily replacing streetcars with buses along the 510 Spadina route during construction at Spadina Avenue and College Street. It’s also withdrawing 510 service along Queens Quay West and through the Bay Street tunnel to and from Union Station.

During this period, the TTC operates its new Bombardier Flexity streetcars along the 509 Harbourfront route. The TTC will also allow passengers to pay fares using their PRESTO fare cards when boarding at stops along the 509 Harbourfront route.

It’s reassigning as many as six of the streetcars that usually serve the 510 Spadina route to bolster service along 509 Harbourfront, increasing serviceand increasing the frequency of service every day.

Starting Sunday, March 29, it operates streetcars along the route early Sunday mornings, before 8 a.m. The cars drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 13 minutes 20 seconds.

Streetcars also drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 4 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, Sundays and holidays from about 8 a.m. until noon;
  • every 3 minutes 45 seconds, instead of every 6½ minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m.;
  • every 5 minutes, instead of every 13½ minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • every 6 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

Starting Monday, March 30, the cars drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 3½ minutes, instead of every 6 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours;
  • every 4 minutes, instead of every 8½ minutes, from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
  • every 3 minutes, instead of every 5 minutes, during afternoon rush hours;
  • every 4 minutes, instead of every 7 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • every 5 minutes, instead of every 13 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

Starting Saturday, *April 48, the cars drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 6 minutes 40 seconds, instead of every 20 minutes, Saturdays before 8 a.m.;
  • every 4 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, from about 8 a.m. until noon;
  • every 3 minutes 15 seconds, instead of every 5½ minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m.;
  • every 4 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and +every 6 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

Also starting Sunday, March 29, 509 Harbourfront will also become a “POP” or “proof of payment” route. You can board streetcars by any door at any stop along the route. However you should retain your transfer to prove that you have paid a fare. Show your transfer or pass to a TTC fare inspector if he or she asks to see your proof of payment. POP service along the 509 Harbourfront route continues even after streetcars return to Spadina Avenue.

504 King

From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, all other streetcars that usually serve the 510 Spadina route will operate, instead, along the 504 King route. During this time, only streetcars will operating along the route, while the buses that have supplemented streetcars in recent months will serve 510 Spadina passengers.

Starting Monday, March 30, the TTC reassigns 15 of the 20 buses that usually operate along the route Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours and all 18 buses that usually operate during afternoon rush hours to serve passengers along the 510 Spadina route. It’s also reassigning the streetcars that usually serve 510 Spadina to 504 King.

Instead, it operates just five buses to drop off or pick up passengers along the busiest part of the route between Roncesvalles Avenue / Queen Street West / The Queensway and Queen Street East / Broadview Avenue during morning rush hours. It operates 15, instead of two, extra CLRVs - Canadian light rail vehicles - along that busiest section during afternoon rush hours.

It’s also operating even more extra streetcars along the entire route to bolster regular service during rush hours. It’s operating seven, instead of three, extra ALRVs - articulated light rail vehicles or “bendy” cars — and ten, instead of four, extra CLRVs during morning rush hours. It also continues to operate four extra CLRVs during afternoon rush hours.

It “re-swaps” the buses and streetcars between 510 Spadina and 504 King Monday, May 11.

510 Spadina

From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, May 9, the TTC replaces streetcars with buses along the route.

From Monday, April 6 until Sunday, April 26, it detours the buses around the intersection of Spadina Avenue and College Street.

Southbound buses start their trips in Spadina Station bus terminal, then proceed:

southward along Spadina Road and Spadina Avenue,
westward along Harbord Street;
southward along Bathurst Street;
eastward along Dundas Street West;
southward along Spadina and Lower Spadina Avenues;
eastward along Queens Quay West; and then
northward into Queens Quay / Spadina Loop,
ending their trips.

Northbound cars start their trips in Queens Quay / Spadina Loop, then proceed:

northward along Lower Spadina and Spadina Avenues;
eastward along Dundas Street West;
northward along Beverley and St. George Streets;
westward along Harbord Street;
northward along Spadina Avenue and Spadina Road; and then
eastward into Spadina Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops beside the curb and not the centre-road “island” streetcar stops. They start and end their trips in the bus terminal at Spadina Station and not the streetcar terminal. (Buses operating along the 127 Davenport route also start and end their trips in the same terminal.)

Passengers traveling along Queens Quay West between Lower Spadina Avenue and Bay Street must board streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route.