City/TTC Construction notices related to the streetcar track and overhead infrastructure renewal in the Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue/Kingston Road intersection area have recently been issued to the local neighbour and online on the City's webpage. The information below provides an update on the preliminary TTC portion of the upcoming project.

What are we doing?

The intersection of Queen/Kingston/Eastern will be fully closed from September 7 to early November for reconstruction. However, some TTC preparatory activities will begin Tuesday, September 3.

    Overhead work – September 3 to 7, nightly 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.

  • TTC overhead crews will be working nightly to remove the existing streetcar overhead infrastructure in the area before the intersection is fully closed. On average, two to three TTC overhead trucks will be used to carry out this work. While efforts will be made by the crew to keep noise to a minimum, beeping sounds when the trucks are backing up will be audible. Equipment lights may also be noticeable.
  • After the intersection is re-opened in early November, overhead crews will again work nightly to install new overhead infrastructure until the end of the year. Traffic will be maintained during all overnight overhead activities with lane restrictions.

    Rail Delivery – September 3 to 7, nightly 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Pre-assembled rail panels on flat-deck trailers will be temporarily stored in the track allowance near the work area. The rail panels help speed up installation, thereby reducing overnight work. The trailers will be parked at each of the north, east and west work limits at Queen/Kingston, and will result in reduced traffic lanes.

Work hours (includes overnight) – September 9 to early November

  • The start of track work involves breaking and removing concrete within the streetcar track area. This activity is conducted up to 11 p.m. over the first few days of each staged section of removal.
  • The rail installation phase of this project will involve periods of late evening and overnight work and extended weekend hours by TTC crews. The overnight rail work may consist of moving rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding. After-hours work by TTC during rail installation is required to preserve the integrity and quality of the new rail and concrete, and to support the daytime construction.

TTC service - September 1 to late November

  • 501A Queen streetcars and 301 Queen Night streetcars will operate as far east as TTC’s Russell Yard (located west of Coxwell Avenue).
  • 501R Queen buses will operate between Neville Park Loop and River Street (Queen/King junction).
  • 301R Queen buses will operate between Neville Park Loop and Greenwood Avenue area.
  • 502 Downtowner weekday service will not operate during construction. Service will be consolidated with the 503 Kingston Rd route.

Effective September 9 through to early November

Service will divert around the Queen/Kingston intersection closure as follows:

  • 501R/301R Queen buses will divert both ways; Queen, Coxwell, Lake Shore, Woodbine and Queen.
  • 22/322 Coxwell buses will divert both ways; Coxwell, Queen, through the Queen/Coxwell Loop, Dundas and Kingston to route.
  • 503 Kingston Rd buses will divert both ways; Kingston, Dundas, Coxwell and Queen.
  • 143 Downtown / Beach Express will divert both ways; Queen, Woodbine, Lake Shore and Parliament to downtown routing.

For further information

TTC work: Diego Sinagoga, Senior Community Liaison, 416-393-2197;