TTC to Upgrade Overhead Electrical System Along Spadina Streetcars

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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William C. Vantuono

TORONTO – Beginning June 23rd, TTC will implement service changes on Spadina Avenue to allow for critical track renewal to take place.

The TTC announced crews will upgrade the overhead electrical system along its Spadina streetcar right-of-way between King St. and Queens Quay and from College St. to Spadina Station. At Spadina Station, crews will perform track renewal work which will allow for a future platform extension. From June 23rd to December, the TTC will replace its 510 Spadina streetcar service with buses. There will be no 510 Spadina streetcar service both to and from Union Station.

TTC Chair Jamaal Myers said, “The modernization of the overhead power network on Spadina Ave. is part of our commitment to ensuring a safe and reliable transit system for all TTC riders. . . While temporary bus replacements may cause inconvenience, dedicated TTC teams will be working hard to ensure the upgrades are finished on time or ahead of schedule by the end of this year. I am pleased that the TTC is actively engaging with customers, businesses, and residents to ensure everyone is aware of the temporary changes.”

TTC CEO Rick Leary said, “We are actively communicating these changes so that everyone is aware of what we are doing and why these streetcar infrastructure upgrades on Spadina Ave. are necessary. . . This week, TTC staff are hosting pop-up sessions at Spadina Station to answer customer questions, and we have consulted with the Chinatown BIA and committed to ensuring that our work does not disrupt the upcoming Chinatown Festival in August. I want to express my gratitude to our customers and the local community for their patience and understanding as we complete these critical infrastructure improvements.”

Mayor Olivia Chow said, “I know many people rely on the Spadina streetcar and construction can be challenging. This is important work that will ensure a safe and reliable TTC service for many years to come. . . I’m glad to see the TTC has consulted widely with the community, including businesses in Chinatown, to ensure people are aware of the upcoming changes. I want to acknowledge the hardworking TTC crews who will be working day and night to have this important work completed by the end of the year.”

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