Work description and purpose

The City of Toronto and TTC are coordinating a number of infrastructure improvement projects along the west end of the 501/301 Queen Streetcar route in 2017 and early 2018. Buses replaced streetcars between Roncesvalles Avenue and Long Branch Loop in 2017, and will continue to early 2018.

Construction projects include:

  • Bridge Rehabilitation - The Queensway Bridge over the Humber River,
  • Track renewal on The Queensway from Parkside Drive to Humber Loop,
  • Track replacement on Lake Shore Boulevard from Humber Loop to Dwight Avenue,
  • Humber Loop Improvements: new accessible platforms, new shelters, new rails, roofing replacement, new electrical substation to protect the long term integrity of rails on Lake Shore Boulevard West.

Preliminary work on The Queensway

TTC crews have removed the streetcar overhead contact wires and overhead poles (two still to be removed) within the streetcar right-of-way (r-o-w). Old rail has also been removed within the r-o-w between Ellis Avenue and Windermere Avenue to accommodate the process of welding new rail into longer strings for installation at a later date in the project.

Track reconstruction

Construction is starting on The Queensway at the east end of the project limits (just east of Parkside Drive) inside the r-o-w and through intersections progressing west to Humber Bridge. The work will include; the complete removal the old track system and track bed, underground utilities work, installation of new track system, new overhead wire infrastructure and poles, and reconstructing streetcar platforms for TTC’s new low floor streetcars and meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) guidelines. The new overhead poles will be installed along the south boulevard of the streetcar r-o-w.

Tree line along streetcar r-o-w on The Queensway

269 deciduous trees on the narrow turf boulevard along the north and south side of the streetcar r-o-w will be removed. While the majority of the trees are in good condition, they are in the path of construction and will be affected by construction work/activities. All 269 trees will be replaced in the same general areas where they were removed with similar trees -- a variety of native species having a tolerance to road conditions. Another 28 existing trees will be protected during construction.

Traffic restrictions

The Queensway: One westbound and two eastbound traffic lanes will be maintained through the work zone for the duration of the project -- (the westbound traffic lane adjacent to the streetcar r-o-w is required for construction staging purposes). Intersections: North/south traffic lanes will be closed on scheduled weekends for track construction. (Colborne Lodge Drive, Ellis Avenue and Windermere Avenue)

Work hours

Work on this project will use extended hours to ensure the project is completed on schedule. The work hours are typically 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with work on weekends when required. The track installation phase of this project will involve periods of late evening and overnight work. The overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding. After-hours work by TTC is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project on schedule.

TTC service changes

To accommodate the projects on The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard, buses have replaced streetcars west of Roncesvalles Avenue, on The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard, bypassing Humber Loop.


Infrastructure Improvements on Lake Shore Boulevard West - Update

Start: June 26, 2017

The City and TTC are replacing the streetcar tracks on Lake Shore Blvd West from Dwight Avenue progressing east toward Humber Loop. This project will also include: reconstructing the eastbound and westbound streetcar platforms located east of Brookers Lane, road resurfacing, sidewalk improvements, and curb modifications for the TTC’s new low floor streetcars will be completed to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) guidelines.

Lane restrictions adjacent to the track allowance are “moving lane restrictions” as work progresses.

The track work at the intersections at Royal York and at Park Lawn will be conducted with road closures and will affect TTC buses. Details will be provided in City/TTC notices prior to the closures.

Extended & Overnight Hours:

Work on this project will use extended hours to ensure the project is completed on schedule. The work hours on this project are typically 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, with work on weekends if necessary.
The track installation phase of this project will involve periods of late evening and overnight work.  The overnight rail work by the TTC may consist of moving rail into position, rail installation/ assembly and rail welding / grinding.  After-hours work by the TTC is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.

TTC service: 

  • On May 7, 2017 buses replaced streetcars along the entire length of the 501/301 Queen route between Neville Park Loop to Long Branch Loop. A second branch of the bus service is operating between Neville Park Loop and Park Lawn Loop.
  • On September 3, 2017 streetcars returned on the Queen route east of Roncesvalles Avenue. Buses will continue operating west of Roncesvalles Avenue due to ongoing construction along The Queensway/Humber Loop/Lake Shore.


Infrastructure improvements on The Queensway - Update

Parkside Drive to Windermere Avenue
Rail installation begins

Start date: June 22, 2017

Work for The Queensway Track project from Parkside Drive to Windermere Avenue has reached a point where the installation of new rail can now begin.

New rail installation

The new rail that is presently stored on The Queensway track corridor west of Windermere Avenue will be moved/pulled as required to the east end of the work for installation as work progresses in a westerly fashion. Due to the potential safety risk resulting from the high volumes of traffic and pedestrian movement in the Windermere Avenue area, moving the rail strings to the east end of the work limits for installation will take place between approximately 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Traffic/road restrictions

During periods when the rail strings are being moved from the storage area to the installation area, one westbound traffic lane on The Queensway will be closed from South Kingsway to just east of Parkside Drive. During other times, the westbound lane closure will be shortened to the length of the work zone areas. Periodically, one eastbound lane will be closed in work areas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Work Hours

Rail installation by TTC track crews will involve periods of late evening and overnight work.  The overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving rail into position, rail installation/assembly and rail welding / grinding.  After-hours work by TTC is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project on schedule.

TTC contacts

  • Diego Sinagoga, Senior Community Liaison, 416-393-2197; diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca.
  • Customer Service, 416-393-3030 (daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed holidays) or @TTChelps.

See general project information below

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve transit infrastructure in Toronto.

For information about transit service:

Customer Service, 416-393-3030 (7 a.m.- 10 p.m., except statutory holidays.)

For information during construction:

Diego Sinagoga - Community Liaison, 416-393-2197, diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca