Starting this past Sunday (October 13th), service along Lake Shore Blvd. W. provided by the 501 Queen and 508 Lakeshore streetcars will be served by bus. 501 and 508 cars will be terminating their westbound runs at Humber Loop.
The T.T.C. is replacing the island stops along Lake Shore Blvd. W. so they can accommodate the new longer streetcars. This means that the streetcars cannot operate while this work is being performed.
Buses will serve the Lake Shore between Long Branch Loop and Humber Loop. Buses will operate from Long Branch Loop heading east along the Lake Shore to Park Lawn, then north on Park Lawn to the Queensway and then east into Humber Loop. Heading west, buses will run west along the Queensway, south on Park Lawn, and west on the Lake Shore to Long Branch Loop. This means that stops between Park Lawn and Humber Loop will be missed and will not be in operation until the streetcars return.
Construction is scheduled to last from October 13th to December 22nd. The main advantage, at least to local users along the Lake Shore, is that the bus service tends to be more reliable then the notoriously unreliable 501 Queen car.
The question this raises however, is why the T.T.C. could not divide this work into two and work on it between Humber Loop and Kipling Ave. where there is a loop. Then cars could return to the Lake Shore as far as Kipling Ave. while work proceeds west between Kipling and Long Branch Loop. This would also allow for stops between Park Lawn and Humber Loop to be operational at an earlier time and freeing up some buses for other routes.
Any stop which currently uses an island has seen the stop moved to the curb lane, so passengers should take note of any changes at their stop when they arrive so they do not miss the bus.