September 2017 Update - Streetcar Testing at the Queen and Leslie Street intersection

Please see the streetcar noise report (PDF) for the Queen/Leslie intersection.


January 19, 2017 - Noise and Vibration Testing Report – Legacy Streetcars

Post construction noise and vibration testing was undertaken for the operation of “legacy” streetcars on Leslie Street – in addition to the testing of the new, low-floor streetcars. Please see the third party acoustic engineering firm’s Noise and Vibration Report for the “old” streetcars This PDF will open in a new window..


Martin Goodman Trail Open - December 17, 2016

With the completion of landscaping, the Martin Goodman trail has re-opened along Leslie and Lake Shore - outside the Leslie Barns. Trees were planted, benches have been installed, lines are now painted on the Martin Goodman Trail, and two full height viewing panels are in place to allow for clear looks into the facility.

Please see the Construction Photo Gallery this is an external link and will open in a new window. for new images of the viewing panels.


December 16, 2016 - Noise and Vibration Testing Report

Post construction noise and vibration testing for the operation of new streetcars on Leslie Street was undertaken. Please see the third party acoustic engineering firm’s Noise and Vibration Report This PDF will open in a new window..


Leslie Barns - Public Art Competition

The City of Toronto (Arts and Culture) is managing a public art competition for the Leslie Barns. Please visit the City’s website this is an external link and will open in a new window. for information.


Update - October 21, 2016

Landscaping activity is progressing around the Leslie Barns facility. Hydro seeding was recently applied to areas around existing plantings. Within a few weeks this seeding should sprout into new grass. Walking paths and seating areas have now been constructed, red decorative panels have been placed and lighting has been installed. Final landscaping work around the facility is expected to be completed this Fall with the Martin Goodman Trail re-opening early December along Lake Shore Boulevard between Coxwell Avenue and Leslie Street.

final layer of asphalt applied to the Martin Goodman Trail in preparation for its re-opening

Final layer of asphalt applied to the Martin Goodman Trail in preparation for its re-opening.

New seating area installation surrounded by newly hydro-seeded soil

New seating area installation surrounded by newly hydro-seeded soil.


Update - August 29, 2016

On August 29, TTC's contractor commenced some sidewalk repairs in sections of Leslie Street. The sections are located on both sides of Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Queen Street.

Curb lane occupations adjacent to the work area are required during work hours and temporary sidewalk closures may also be required to safely complete the work as quickly as possible.

Transit service

Access to all TTC transit stops and services will be maintained during this work.

Work hours

Work will be completed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Friday with possible weekend work beginning at 9 a.m.


Update - August 2, 2016

On Tuesday, August 2, curb repairs began. The work will be performed in sections between Commissioners Street and Queen Street, one side at a time. Curb work is expected to be completed in mid-September.

Transit service

Access to all TTC transit stops and services will be maintained during this work.

Traffic and pedestrian access information

  • A curb lane occupation adjacent to the work area will be required during work hours.
  • Street parking adjacent to an active work area will be removed for safety reasons. The contractor will maintain as many spots as possible while work is being executed in these sections.
  • Driveway or garage access will be maintained to all businesses and residences.
  • Localized sidewalk closures may be required but access to local businesses and homes will be maintained at all times.
  • City waste pickup on Leslie Street will be accommodated for all homes and businesses during this activity.

Work hours

Work will be completed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Friday with possible weekend work beginning at 9 a.m.


Update - June 23, 2016

Brown and Storey Architects Inc. won the landscape design competition for their conceptual plans of the area around the Leslie Barns facility at Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard. Brown and Storey’s concept, 'Capture the Moment' incorporates the natural elements of the area linking the Eastern Beaches, Martin Goodman trail and Leslie Spit. The plantings were selected to integrate well with the Leslie Spit ecosystem.


Leslie Barns Survey - now closed

During the Leslie Barns construction, the TTC made efforts to engage the community using a variety of communication tools. A survey, which is now closed, was conducted to collect feedback on how effective these tools were and how they can be improved for future projects.

Upon completion of the survey, respondents had the opportunity to enter a draw for the chance to win 1 of 3 Metropasses. Winners of the Metropasses will be announced by the end of June.

Thank you for your participation.


Official opening of Leslie Barns

On Saturday, May 28, the TTC’s Leslie Barns Maintenance and Storage facility was open to the public for Doors Open presented by Great Gulf.


Spring 2016 Newsletter - May 12, 2016

Please see the Spring, 2016 update on the Leslie Barns, including the Doors Open Toronto event on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Download the PDF to read more - Spring 2016 Newsletter this PDF will open in a new window.


Construction Update - April 22, 2016

Red panel installation on west side of Leslie Barns site

Image of red panel installation on the Leslie Barns acoustic wall. View of the west side of Leslie Barns between Commissioners Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.

Crews are currently installing red decorative steel panels and mesh for future greenery on the acoustic wall. Hundreds of trees and plantings will follow. For more details of the landscaping improvements, please see our Landscape Design page.


Construction Update - April 20, 2016

Narrowing Martin Goodman Trail

As early as Monday April 25, the Martin Goodman Trail on the east side of Leslie Street, between Lake Shore Boulevard and Commissioners Street was temporarily narrowed from four meters to three metres. This was to allow for streetscaping activity around the Leslie Barns facility which is taking place throughout Summer 2016. A fence is in place to delineate the trail from the work zone and advisory signage installed.


Construction Update - April 11, 2016

Martin Goodman Trail route diversion

As of Monday, April 11, the Martin Goodman Trail on the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard, between Coxwell Avenue and Leslie Street is closed. This is to allow for streetscaping activity around the Leslie Barns facility which will be taking place through Summer 2016. The trail on the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard will remain accessible at all times. Signage will be placed to direct cyclists and pedestrians to the north side trail. Access to the MGT on Leslie Street, south of Lake Shore Boulevard will remain accessible.


Construction Update - April 1, 2016

Perimeter Landscaping

Crews began work on April 4 in preparation of the Brown and Storey-designed landscape improvements around the perimeter of the Leslie Barns. Work began with excavation in the off road area on the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard.

There is no anticipated impact to cyclists/pedestrians or vehicular traffic during this work. Perimeter landscaping upgrades will require a future re-routing of the Martin Goodman Trail.

For more details of the landscaping improvements, please see our Landscape Design page.


Construction Update - March 2016

Red Panel Installation, Acoustic Wall

Preparation to install the Brown and Storey Architects-designed red acoustic wall panels around Leslie Barns began on March 8, 2016. The first step involves installing frame holders, followed by installation of the panels themselves.

A rendering of the red decorative panels and viewing panels.

The Landscape Design page shows both full height and small viewing panel (above) renderings.


Construction Update - January 22, 2016

On Tuesday, January 26, crews installed the new controller for the pedestrian signals/push buttons at the Queen Street and Leslie Street intersection.


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