From May to September, the 501 Queen route will be replaced by buses to accommodate for the amount of construction taking over Queen Street throughout the summer. This is the first time ever that Queen Street will be left without operating streetcars.
Ensuing construction includes TTC track work on the Queensway, the Humber Loop and Lakeshore West, city work on the Queensway bridge, and city and TTC work at Queen and Coxwell. The city will also be replacing the sidewalk between Spadina and Bathurst, as well as the Eaton Centre’s overhead walking path.
The 501 Queen route is the longest operating streetcar route in North America, stretching across 25 kilometres of track and running from Etobicoke to the Beaches. 65 buses are said to beus ed to replace the street cars this summer.
“It just sort of made sense to put buses right along the entire route as opposed to having people get on buses, diverting them, having them get back on a streetcar,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green told the Toronto Star.
The route west of Roncesvalles will continue to run with buses after September.
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