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Buses to replace Queen streetcars starting Sunday for summer roadwork

CityNews | posted Friday, May 5th, 2017

There will be no streetcars running on Queen Street this summer due to construction — but the TTC will be running more of its popular replacement buses instead.

From May 7 to Sept. 3, buses will run along the entire 501 Queen route to avoid diverting for work at Coxwell Avenue, between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue, and the installation of a new pedestrian bridge at the Eaton Centre.

Buses have already been running west of Roncesvalles Avenue due to major road and track work.

The TTC said it would bring in 65 buses for the morning and evening rush hour.

About 43,000 people use the line every day.

What you need to know if you take the 501

TTC spokesman Stuart Green said the 501 Queen schedule will change when bus service kicks in on the entire line. Riders, especially those who travel during off-peak hours and overnight, should check their schedule beforehand.

The existing stops will remain in place and will only be relocated if there is TTC construction or road work.

Buses will be pulled off existing streetcar routes where buses are being used. Those routes will use streetcars instead.

  • 511 Bathurst will resume operation with streetcars for the summer
  • 503 Kingston Rd will also be operated with streetcars for the first half of the summer
  • 504 King supplemental buses will be replaced by streetcars


In case of a subway shutdown. buses are generally pulled from less busy routes, but they may also be pulled from 501 if needed.

Related stories:

No streetcar service on Queen Street this summer: TTC

Queen West streetcar riders loving replacement buses


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