In the event of freezing rain or an ice storm, anti-freeze is applied to the overhead network to keep the wires free from ice so streetcars can collect energy and operate. Overhead crews are on standby, positioned around the city in the event of power loss or overhead wires coming down.

The same anti-freeze used on the overheard is applied to all switches across the network. If it’s really cold or a snow/ice storm is forecasted TTC storm service extra vehicles will run overnight, keeping switches free from any ice build-up that the anti-freeze was unable to prevent.

Buses will operate on some streetcar routes (and sections of streetcar routes) so we can keep more streetcars in the downtown core, which will help keep switches and overhead wires clear of ice. Buses will operate on the 506 Carlton, 511 Bathurst, and 512 St Clair routes (as well as sections of the 501 Queen and 504 King routes) to keep more streetcars in the downtown core on the 501, 504, 509, and 510 routes.

Important notice about parking on streetcar routes: Never block the tracks if you park on a streetcar route, even if snowbanks are preventing you from parking closer to the curb. Blocking streetcar tracks can lead to service delays and temporary route diversions. The parked vehicle will also be towed.

Route adjustments during ice storms:

501 Queen - operating in three parts:

  • Buses operating between Long Branch and Humber Loop in the west.
  • Streetcars operating between Humber Loop and Connaught Avenue.
  • Buses operating between River Street and Neville Park Loop in the east.

503 Kingston Rd. -  Buses operating on the route

504A King -  Buses operating on the route to from Distillery Loop to King St. Shuttle bus service will be provided along Sumach St./Cherry St. as service will not go into the Distillery Loop

504B King – There will be no streetcar service to Dufferin Gate Loop. Customers can board the 29 Dufferin bus and transfer at King St.

505 Dundas - Buses operating on the route

506 Carlton -  Buses operating on the route. Buses will serve High Park Station instead of High Park Loop

509 Harbourfront - Operating normally

510 Spadina - Streetcar service terminates at Queens Quay and Spadina. Customers can transfer to the 509 route if they want to continue their journey, which has increased service

511 Bathurst -  Buses operating on the route

512 St Clair -  Buses operating on the route