The Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) work on Lake Shore Boulevard West has ended. Streetcars on the 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore routes are now operating along their normal routes and bus replacements have ended.
The TTC had shut down service on Lake Shore Blvd. W. between Humber Loop and Long Branch Loop in order to replace the platform stops along the route with longer platforms which will accommodate the new streetcars that the TTC is currently receiving.
The replacement work began back on October 13th. Shuttle buses starting operating between Humber Loop and Long Branch Loop, thus causing streetcars to short turn at Humber Loop.
As part of the construction work, one stop in each direction has been removed from the lake Shore just east of Long Branch Loop (opposite Thirty Ninth Street.) This stop used to be a platform stop, but has been removed. With its closeness to Long Branch Loop and the stops at Thirty Seventh Street, this appears not to be a big inconvenience for passengers.
The TTC normally operates their Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV) type streetcars along the Lake Shore, and the platforms at stops were long enough for those cars. The ALRV is 76 feet long with three sets of doors, while the new Flexity Outlook cars are 99 feet long with five sets of doors.
The new cars are expected to hit the Lake Shore on the 501 Queen car sometime in 2015, followed by the 508 Lake Shore sometime in 2016.
- Lakeshore Blvd Streetcar Construction (thebongelliblog.wordpress.com)
- Construction Affects the 501 Queen Car (torontostreetcars.wordpress.com)