Track Renewal

Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street

What we are doing and why


In December 2022, the City of Toronto and TTC finished installing new streetcar tracks on Adelaide Street (York Street to Charlotte Street). The new tracks will allow the TTC to operate future reliable route diversions in the downtown core to minimize the impact on customers and maintain service standards.


Queen Street closure


On May 1, 2023, Metrolinx closed Queen Street (Bay Street to Yonge Street and Yonge Street to Victoria Street) for 4.5 years to begin construction of the new Ontario Line Subway. 501 Queen Streetcars started diverting via McCaul Street, Dundas Street, and Broadview Avenue to regular routing. This diversion was put into place to provide continuous, frequent, and reliable 501 Queen Streetcar service during Ontario Line construction downtown until a permanent streetcar eastbound diversion is constructed on Adelaide Street (York Street to Church Street). The tracks for a westbound diversion are currently in place on Richmond Street. Learn more about the planned 501 Queen streetcar diversion here.


After careful review and monitoring, the TTC determined that splitting the 501 Queen Streetcar into multiple shorter sections would provide better service to customers while still providing connections to nearby subway stations. The multiple shorter sections began operating in early September 2023. Learn more about the new diversions here.


map of 501 queen diversions as of September 3

View a PDF of the map.

Work hours and timelines


Work at both the Adelaide/York and Adelaide/Bay intersections was completed in mid-December. Crews continue underground utility repair work at different sections of Adelaide Street between York Street and Victoria Street. 


The remaining streetcar track renewal work on Adelaide Street, west of Victoria Street and between Sheppard Street and Bay Street will continue in the new year. Exact dates will be posted on this webpage once confirmed.


In October 2023, Metrolinx began streetcar track renewal work on York Street from Queen Street West to Adelaide Street. Learn more about this work here. The new tracks on York Street will connect Adelaide Street and Richmond Street to Queen Street on the west end of the future streetcar diversion, while Church Street will provide the same connection further east.


Please note that excavation activities and heavy breaking (concrete and rail) will be carried out at various times throughout the day. The majority of excavation work will take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Around-the-clock (24/7) work during new rail installation 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 moving the new rail into position for installation.

TTC crews completed rail welding work in August 2023. The small number of welded rail strings are currently stored in a pile on the south curb lane on Adelaide Street, west of Church Street (protected by concrete barriers). Crews will draw welded rail strings from this pile on an as-needed basis until they are depleted. 


Contact us

If you are interested in receiving updates about this project, please email your contact information to the project's Community Liaison Officer.

Please be sure to include your name, address (including city and postal code), phone number and email address. Also, please let us know how you prefer to be contacted – by email, regular mail or both.

Michael Vieira
Senior Community Liaison

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