Track Renewal

King Street West between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street

Please see our video explaining service changes on the 501 Queen, 504 King, 508 Lake Shore and 63 Ossington routes:

What we are doing and why

In late February 2024, the City of Toronto started infrastructure upgrades on King Street West from Dufferin Street to Shaw Street. The project includes:

  • Replacing the watermain on King Street West (Dufferin Street to Shaw Street). For more information on this work, please see the City's project webpage.
  • Renewing the aging streetcar tracks on King Street West (Dufferin Street to Shaw Street).
  • A full renewal of the streetcar tracks at the King Street West and Dufferin Street intersection.

As a result, starting on February 18, 2024, the following routes began diverting around this construction:  

 

501 Queen 

  • 501A Queen streetcars are diverting onto Dufferin Street (to Dufferin Gate Loop) until 10 p.m.
  • 501B Queen streetcars are operating west to Long Branch Loop along to regular routing after 10 p.m.

504 King 

  • 504 King streetcars are diverting onto Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Shaw Street. 
  • 504A King streetcars are operating between Dundas West Station and Distillery Loop. 
  • 504B King streetcars are operating between Humber Loop and Broadview Station until 10 p.m., and between Roncesvalles Avenue and Broadview Station after 10 p.m.
  • 304 King streetcars are diverting onto Queen Street West. between Roncesvalles Avenue and Shaw Street, operating between Dundas West Station and Broadview Station.

508 Lake Shore

  • 508 Lake Shore streetcars are diverting onto Queen Street West between Shaw Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

63 Ossington

  • 63 Ossington buses have been extended along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. This provides service both ways along this section of King Street West, Liberty/East Liberty Avenue, and Strachan Avenue.

View a PDF of the map.

Details on how TTC routes will be adjusted for streetcar track renewal at the King/Dufferin intersection in the summer (Phase 3) will be included in the City's Construction Update #1. This update will be mailed ahead of the start of work.

Wheel-Trans services will remain accessible in all areas where local traffic is permitted.

Construction phases and work hours

Construction is expected to take place in five phases from February 20 to December 2024:

  • Phase one: from late-February to August 2024, will include water main replacement on King Street West from Dufferin Street to Shaw Street (in progress).
  • Phase two: from mid-May to late June 2024, will include streetcar track renewal on King Street West from Dufferin Street to Fraser Avenue.
  • Phase three: from June to August 2024, will include streetcar track renewal at the intersection of King Street West and Dufferin Street.
  • Phase four: from August to late September 2024, will include top layer streetcar track renewal on King Street West from Fraser Avenue to Atlantic Avenue.
  • Phase five: from September to early December 2024, will include top layer streetcar track renewal on King Street West from Atlantic Avenue to Shaw Street.

Please note that excavation activities and concrete and rail removal 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 delivering and moving the new rail into position for installation. Rail delivery, welding and storage details will be communicated to affected businesses and residents ahead of this work commencing. 

Travel and parking restrictions

  • To complete the watermain replacement work, the roadway will be reduced to a single lane in each direction on King Street West.
  • To safely facilitate streetcar track renewal work during phases two, four, and five, the section of King Street West where crews are working will be closed to through traffic.
  • During phase three, the intersection of King Street West and Dufferin Street will be fully closed to through traffic in all directions to allow crews to replace the streetcar tracks. 
  • Sidewalk access will generally be maintained for pedestrians. Any temporary disruptions to access will be communicated with signage by the contractor.
  • Parking will not be permitted within the work areas.

As details regarding this work are finalized the website will be updated.

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
KingStreetTrackRenewal@ttc.ca 
437-551-4609

For any City of Toronto inquiries:

Mark de Miglio
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
KingWestConstruction@toronto.ca
416-395-7178

 

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