Track Renewal

Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street

Queen Street closure

In May 2023, Metrolinx closed Queen Street West from Bay Street to Yonge Street and Yonge to Victoria Street to begin construction of the new Ontario Line Subway. Metrolinx advises the closure is planned for 4.5 years.

Service Changes

Due to the closure, 501A Queen streetcars are currently operating on Queen Street West between the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles (KQQR) intersection and the Queen Street West and McCaul Street. To connect customers further east, the 501B Queen Replacement bus provides the following service:

  • Eastbound: Bathurst Street, east on Queen Street West, south on Bay Street, east on King Street, north on Church Street, and east on Queen Street East, to Broadview Avenue.
  • Westbound: River Street, west on Queen Street East, south on Church Street, west on Richmond Street, north on Bay Street, west on Queen Street West to Bathurst Street.

Learn more about the 501 Queen streetcar diversion here.

This diversion is in place until the City and TTC complete streetcar track installation work along Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street, and Metrolinx completes streetcar installation on York Street from Queen Street West to Adelaide Street.

Map depicting how the 501 Queen streetcar will begin diverting once the streetcar tracks are installed on Adelaide Street and York Street.

Adelaide streetcar track renewal (York Street to Church Street)

In April 2024, crews completed track renewal work on Adelaide Street are undertaking minor intersection repairs and repaving sections of the road. Earlier this year, TTC crews initiated overhead wiring work on Adelaide Street, which is required to power the 501 Queen streetcar diversion.

York streetcar track renewal (Queen Street West to Adelaide Street)

In May 2024, Metrolinx's contractor began track renewal work on York Street from Adelaide Street towards Queen Street West. TTC crews have installed new rail from Adelaide Street and Richmond Street, which will be following by the pouring of new concrete by Metrolinx's contractor. It is anticipated that Metrolinx's contractor will start track renewal work from Richmond Street to Queen Street West on June 7, which will require a partial closure of the intersection for several days. Learn more about this work here.

Work hours and timelines for TTC work on Adelaide Street

  • Excavation activities and heavy breaking (concrete and rail) will be carried out at various times throughout the day; however, the majority of excavation work will take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Around-the-clock (24/7) work by TTC crews is required to preserve the integrity and quality of new rail and concrete.
  • Additional overnight rail work by TTC crews may consist of welding new rail and moving the new rail into position for installation when needed.

Travel restrictions on Adelaide Street

  • To safely complete the track renewal and underground utility work on Adelaide Street, travel lanes will need to be reduced to a single shared travel lane (eastbound).
  • The contractor may need to close specific intersections along Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street to complete the required work. The City and TTC will provide notice ahead of these closures in terms of how they affect the travel of people driving, cycling, and taking transit.
  • Sidewalk access will be maintained for pedestrians. Any temporary disruptions to access will be communicated with signage by the contractor.

Contact us:

If you are interested in receiving updates about this project, please email your contact information to the project’s TTC Community Liaison:

Michael Vieira

Senior Community Liaison  



For City of Toronto inquiries:

Steven Ziegler

Senior Public Consultation Coordinator


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