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TTC revising streetcar service during ice storms



The TTC has revealed a plan to revise its streetcar services during ice storms. It plans to concentrate streetcar services in downtown Toronto, while buses replace the cars at the outer ends of the routes. Along some routes, buses replace streetcars entirely.

The TTC says, “By concentrating streetcar service downtown, we are able to reduce the wait time between streetcars, which will keep the overhead wires from freezing and interrupting service.”

Buses replace streetcars along all or part of these routes during storms:

Streetcars operate with regular service along this route:

  • 510 Spadina.

Due to an ongoing shortage of cars, buses already replace streetcars at all times along these routes:

  • 502 Downtowner;
  • 503 Kingston Rd; and
  • 511 Bathurst.

Strangely, the TTC has not announced what happens to service along the 505 Dundas route during an ice storm.

It also has not described how overnight streetcar services operate during storms, but, presumably, streetcars operating along the 301 Queen, 304 King and 306 **Carlton overnight routes follow the same paths as regular “daytime” cars along 501 Queen, 504 King and 506 Carlton routes.


TTC streetcar service during ice storms


506 Carlton

During an ice storm, streetcars operate only between High Park Loop and Parliament Street / Gerrard Street East. Buses replace the cars in the east and west ends of the route.

Eastbound cars operate along their regular route to Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue, then proceed:

southward along Broadview;
westward along Dundas Street East; and then
northward** along Parliament Street to Gerrard East.
ending their trips.

Westbound cars start their trips on Parliament Street, just south of Gerrard Street East, then proceed:

along their regular route eastward along Gerrard East.


In the east end of the route, buses operate between Main Street Station and Parliament Street / Gerrard Street East.

Westbound buses operate along the regular 506 route to Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue, then proceed:

southward along Broadview;
westward along Dundas Street East; and then
northward along Parliament Street to Gerrard Street East,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Parliament Street, just south of Gerrard Street East, then proceed:

along their regular route eastward along Gerrard East.

During an ice storm, the TTC provides no transit service to westbound route 506 stops

  • on Gerrard Street East at St Matthews Road and River, Sumach, Sackville and Parliament Streets.

In the west end of the route, buses operate between Keele Station and Lansdowne Avenue / College Street.

Eastbound buses start their trips in Keele Station bus terminal, then proceed:

southward along Keele Street and Parkside Drive;
eastward along Howard Park Avenue and Dundas Street West; and then
northward along Lansdowne Avenue to College Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses start their trips on Lansdowne Avenue south of College Street, then proceed:

westward along College Street, Dundas Street West and Howard Park Avenue;
northward along Parkside Drive and Keele Street; and then
eastward into Keele Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

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514 Cherry

During an ice storm, the TTC reassigns the streetcars that ordinarily operate along the route to bolster service along the 504 King route.

A Wheel-Trans vehicle operates from the Distillery Loop:

northward along Cherry and Sumach Streets;
eastward along King Street East;
northward along River Street;
westward along Queen Street East;
southward along Power Street;
eastward along King East; and then
southward along Sumach and Cherry to Distillery Loop,
ending their trips.

During an ice storm, the TTC provides no transit service to westbound route 514 stops

  • on King Street East at Sackville Street, across from Trinity Street and at Parliament Street.

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509 Harbourfront

During an ice storm, the TTC replaces streetcars with buses between Exhibition Loop and Lower Simcoe Street / Queens Quay West. Passengers travelling to and from Union Station must board streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route.

Eastbound buses start their trips in Exhibition Loop, then proceed:

eastward along the Exhibition Loop access road and Manitoba Drive;
southward along Strachan Avenue;
eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard West and Fleet Street;
southward along Bathurst Street;
eastward along Queens Quay West;
northward along Rees Street;
eastward along Lake Shore West; and then
southward along Lower Simcoe Street to Queens Quay West,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses start their trips on Lower Simcoe Street north of Queens Quay West, then proceed:

along the regular 509 route to Exhibition Loop.

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504 King

During an ice storm, streetcars operate only between Dufferin Gate Loop and Broadview Avenue / Dundas Street East. Buses replace the cars in the east and west ends of the route.

Eastbound cars start their trips in Dufferin Gate Loop, then proceed:

northward along Dufferin Street,
eastward along King Streets West and East and Queen Street East; and then
northward along Broadview Avenue to Dundas Street East,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars start their trips on Broadview Avenue south of Dundas Street East, then proceed:

westward along Dundas East;
southward along Parliament Street;
westward along King Streets East and West;
southward along Dufferin Street;
westward along Springhurst Avenue;
southward along Fort Rouille Street; and then
eastward into Dufferin Gate Loop,
ending their trips.


In the east end of the route, buses operate between Broadview Station and Broadview Avenue / Dundas Street East.

Westbound buses start their trips in Broadview Station terminal, then proceed:

westward along Erindale Avenue; and then
southward along Broadview Avenue to Dundas Street East,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Broadview Avenue north of Dundas Street East, then proceed:

southward along Broadview;
eastward along Queen Street East;
northward along Parliament Street;
eastward along Gerrard Street East;
northward along Broadview Avenue; and then
eastward into Broadview Station terminal,
ending their trips.

During an ice storm, the TTC provides no transit service to westbound route 504 stops

  • on King Street East at River, Sumach and Sackville Streets, across from Trinity Street and at Parliament Street.

In the west end of the route, eastbound buses start their trips in Dundas West Station bus terminal, then proceed:

eastward along Edna Avenue;
southward along Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue;
eastward along King Street West;
southward along Dufferin Street;
westward along Springhurst Avenue;
southward along Fort Rouille Street; and then
eastward into Dufferin Gate Loop,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses start their trips in Dufferin Gate Loop, then proceed:

northward along Dufferin Street;
westward along King Street West;
northward along Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West; and then
westward into Dundas West Station terminal,
ending their trips.

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501 Queen

During an ice storm, streetcars operate only between Sunnyside Loop and Queen Street East / Broadview Avenue. Buses replace the cars in the **east and west ends of the route.

Eastbound cars start their trips in Sunnyside Loop, then proceed:

southward along Sunnyside Avenue;
eastward along The Queensway and Queen Streets West and East to Broadview Avenue,
ending their trips.

(The TTC has not announced how the cars turn around at Broadview. One likely turn-around route would be:

(northward along Broadview;
(westward along Dundas Street East; and then
(southward along Parliament Street to Queen East.)

Westbound cars operate along their regular route to Sunnyside Loop,
ending their trips.


In the east end of the route, buses operate between Neville Park Loop and Broadview Avenue / Queen Street East.

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

westward along Queen Street East;
northward along Parliament Street;
eastward along Dundas Street East; and then
southward along Broadview Avenue to Queen East,
ending their trips.

Eastbound cars start their trips on Broadview Avenue north of Queen Street East, then proceed:

eastward along Queen East to Neville Park Loop,
ending their trips.


In the west end of the route**, buses operate in both directions along the route between Long Branch and Sunnyside Loops.

The TTC has not explained how buses operate near Humber Loop. Buses may operate along either Windermere Avenue or Park Lawn Road to carry passengers between The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard West.

The TTC likely temporarily cancels its current shuttle-bus services along the 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch and 501M Queen / Marine Parade routes during an ice storm.

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512 St Clair

During an ice storm the TTC replaces streetcars with buses along the entire route. Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops beside the curb, instead of centre-road, “island” streetcar stops.

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