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TTC work to snarl riders on streetcar routes including St. Clair

CityNews | posted Friday, Jun 17th, 2016

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For the thousands of TTC riders who rely on the St. Clair streetcar to get to and from work, Friday’s commute will be the last normal one for a while.

Just six years after it opened, the TTC is shutting down the 6.6-kilotmetre dedicated stretch of streetcar lanes starting Sunday so that changes can be made to accommodate the TTC’s new streetcars.

The new streetcars are set to roll on St. Clair in 2018, and the retrofit is required for customer safety.

During the closure, streetcars on the 512 route will be replaced by buses until Sept. 4.

The TTC released a video explaining the work being done. Watch it below or click here to view it.

The St. Clair and St Clair West stations also have to be modified.

At St. Clair station, crews will install a new roof and replace the streetcar loading platform, while at St. Clair West station the work includes construction of new elevators and replacing streetcar tracks.

Some of the work won’t be completed until the end of the year, but streetcar tracks between St. Clair West and Gunns Loop should be back in service by Labour Day.

Below is a detailed breakdown of the service that will be impacted, via a TTC release.

June 19 to Sept. 4

  • 512 St Clair buses will replace streetcars along the entire route, operating on St. Clair Ave.
  • 90 Vaughan buses will be re-routed to Bathurst station instead of St. Clair West station

Sept. 4 to December

  • Streetcars will return to the western portion of the 512 St Clair route between St Clair West Station and Gunn’s Loop
  • 512 St. Clair buses will continue to replace streetcars between St. Clair West and St. Clair stations

Meanwhile, starting Monday and until July 12, the College and Bathurst intersection will be fully closed in all directions for TTC track work, as well as road and sidewalk repairs. TTC service will be affected on the 506 Carlton and 511 Bathurst streetcar lines and the 47 Lansdowne bus route. Click here for details.

Also, keep in mind there is no subway service on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between St. Clair West and Downsview stations this weekend due to signal upgrades.

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