TTC removing all streetcars from Queen Street for entire summer

Feb 28 2017, 6:45 pm

What’s that they say about Toronto having only two seasons?

Winter and Construction amirite?

Multiple construction projects planned for summer 2017 are about to take TTC Queen West streetcar out of commission for the whole season.

Scheduled from May 7 to approximately September 3, service is to be replaced with buses along the 25 kilometre route.

In the city’s west-end, ongoing track and bridge work on The Queensway, Lake Shore Boulevard, and at the Humber Loop has already forced streetcars off the tracks since early in the new year.

Starting this spring, other city and TTC construction projects affecting the line will also include; new sidewalks going in between Spadina and Bathurst; the installation of a new overhead path connecting the Eaton Centre to the department stores on the south side; water and track work at Queen East and Coxwell.

TTC spokesperson Stuart Green told daily Hive that, “It just sort of made sense to replace the streetcars with buses rather having riders get on and off at various points along the route. It’ll allow for a more seamless commute for our customers.”

Streetcars should be reinstated in September along the majority of the route with the exception of the year-long diversion west of Roncesvalles.

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