The following page outlines the background of the Leslie Barns and Connection Track project.


Preliminary Project Update - December 2012

The following preliminary project overview provides an update on the connection tracks to be built on Leslie Street, between Queen Street East and Commissioners Street. The tracks will connect the Leslie Barns with the existing TTC Streetcar network. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013. As well as the connection tracks, work will include multiple utility upgrades and streetscape enhancements.

Access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout construction, with alternative access provided when closures are required on Leslie Street. One sidewalk on one side of the road will always be maintained, as will bike trails in existing or alternate location. For more information, please view the Leslie Barns – Connection Track & Streetscape Enhancements Preliminary Project & Construction Overview PDF file (1 MB). This construction staging is in development and will updated following meetings in the community.

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Project Update - October 2012

Construction of the future Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility continues at the southeast corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard. The contract for construction specific to Leslie Street (which will include multiple utility upgrades, connection tracks, and streetscape enhancements)  is scheduled to be issued in the Fall and awarded by the end of 2012.

Construction on Leslie Street is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013.

Community outreach to discuss construction plans will be scheduled soon!

For more information on the updated streetscape improvement plans, please see our Landscape Design page.

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July 3, 2012

Ashbridges Bay Streetcar Facility for new and improved streetcars.

On-site Activity
The Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility is under construction. Crews and equipment will arrive this week to prepare for installation of water monitoring wells, a dewatering system and a storm water management pond at the south-east corner of the property.

When will the work take place?
The contractor is expected to be on site six days per week, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays, as per City of Toronto bylaws.

Traffic details and what to expect
Truck traffic associated with work around the main facility will be restricted to using Commissioners Street. This will minimize any impact to those wishing to visit businesses on Leslie Street, south of Lake Shore.

Further information
The Ashbridges Bay Facility will maintain and store Toronto"s new low-floor accessible streetcars. The streetcars will begin arriving in 2013 and will be operational on city streets in 2014.

Site Selection

Which sites were explored?

The TTC considered six potential sites for the new LRV Maintenance and Storage facility. Each of these sites met the TTC's needs in terms of size of site and location.

Map of potential sites


  1. Ashbridges Bay: South-east corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East.
  2. Eastern Avenue: Between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East, east of Heward Avenue.
  3. TEDCO: North side of Unwin Avenue, east of Regatta Road.
  4. Cascade: South side of Commissioner’s Street, east of Bouchette Street.
  5. Concrete Plant: South-west corner of Leslie Street and Commissioner’s Street.
  6. Hearn Generating Plant: North side of Unwin Avenue, east of Site 3.

Initial Consultation

A series of three Public Open Houses were held on June 16, 17 and 18, 2009.

The following material was presented at the public meeting:

Comment forms were distributed at the meetings. Approximately 200 comments were received, the majority of which focused on opposition to the Eastern Avenue site, which was not selected.

Site Recommendation

The six potential sites were evaluated based on property size, community considerations, operational issues, cost and potential for the site to be in service by 2013. Three sites (Ashbridge's Bay, Eastern Avenue and TEDCO - Unwin Avenue) best met those criteria. Of these, the Ashbridge's Bay site has been identified as the preferred location for the new facility, based on:

  • Proximity to an existing streetcar line (Queen Street);
  • Vacancy, and ability to meet 2013 completion date;
  • Property size;
  • Existing industrial and commercial land uses;
  • Community feedback

Feedback from the community received during the initial consultation period generally supports this recommendation. The majority of respondents were strongly opposed to the Eastern Avenue site.
Preliminary conceptual drawings of layouts and elevations for the facility at this location were presented to a meeting of the Portlands Action Committee on September 17, 2009.

Decision History

City Council approved the acquisition of this site from the Toronto Port Authority for TTC purposes at their meeting on November 30 and December 1, 2009.

The Toronto Transit Commission approved the Ashbridges Bay site at their meeting on December 16, 2009.

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Transit Project Assessment - December 2010

Minister of the Environment Issues “Notice to Proceed”

The Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility has been approved by the Ontario Minister of the Environment. A copy of the “Minister’s Notice to Proceed and the Proponents’ Statement of Completion” is available upon request. For a copy, email lesliebarns@ttc.ca.

Background

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is planning to construct a Maintenance and Storage Facility at the south east corner of Leslie Street and Lakeshore Blvd as well as build a connection track on Leslie Street.

The facility is required to provide service and storage for the new low-floor streetcars  that will be replacing the current fleet of streetcars in Toronto. The new vehicles will begin arriving in 2013 and will provide transit users, reliable and accessible transit.

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Environmental Project Report – November, 2010

Cover page of Environmental Project Report; renderings of facility and vehicle

Executive Summary: Ashbridges Bay Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Maintenance and Storage Facility - Transit Project Assessment

Following City Council approval on June 9, 2010 for the “Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility” and connection tracks on Leslie Street, the environmental impact (positive and negative) for the project was assessed in accordance with the Transit Project Assessment Process, as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Undertakings (2008).

Please review the Environmental Project Report:

A public meeting specific to the Transit Project Assessment Process was held July 28, 2010.

Please view:

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Meetings with Leslie Street Residents – July 2010

On July 14 and 15, 2010 meetings specific to the mitigation process for Leslie Street properties were held. TTC will complete testing of the new Light Rail Vehicles  to confirm  the noise and vibration levels and required mitigation based on MOE guidelines for any properties affected.

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City Council and Commission Reports

July 6, 2011 Commissioners re-affirm Leslie Street as the best option for a track connection between the Ashbridges Bay MSF and Queen Street.

Connection Track

April 8, 2010 – Public meeting to discuss the route the new and improved streetcars will travel from the Queen Street tracks to the Russell and Ashbridges yards:

  • Public Consultation Report - April 8, 2010 (PDF)

February 18, 2010 - Public Open House at the EMS Academy to gather feedback on preliminary designs for the Facility and connection track.

  • Public Consultation Report - Feb 18, 2010 (PDF)