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Queen and Broadview to reopen early, more woes loom

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 17, 2014

toronto queen broadviewIt looks like relief is in sight for the businesses of Riverside. The TTC says it is planning to reopen the intersection of Queen and Broadview a week earlier than scheduled following streetcar track replacement work.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross attributes the rare good news to "a lot of really good timing and hard work by everybody involved to get things finished ahead of schedule."

"The big push for us was to reopen that intersection, to resume our service, to allow traffic to start flowing through there again," he says. "Queen East this spring and summer has really borne the brunt of a lot of important work that had to get done."

As in Leslieville with the closure of Queen and Leslie earlier this summer, businesses that rely on the 501 Queen streetcar complained of a precipitous drop in revenue. Michael Summerfield of the bar Prohibition estimated business had fallen by 30 to 35 per cent earlier this week. He said the business had considered temporarily closing down.

Ross says some sidewalk work still needs to be carried out but that it will be undertaken at a later date. The east-end streetcar headache isn't quite finished yet, however.

The Broadview streetcar tracks between Danforth and Broadview subway station are due to close for six weeks starting this Sunday for rail replacement and overhead wire upgrades, just hours after the reopening of Queen and Broadview.

As a result, the 504 King will divert up Parliament, travel east on Dundas, then south on Broadview to Queen, back to Parliament. The 505 Dundas will divert up Parliament to Gerrard, travel east to Broadview, turn south and rejoin Dundas (see graphic.)

Shuttle buses will complete the connection to Broadview subway station for both routes.

Queen and Broadview is due to open late on Saturday when the TTC completes a series of safety tests. There are no diversions planned on Queen for the remainder of the year.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the scope of the closure on Broadview. Although the planned construction work is north of the Danforth, streetcars will not be able to go north of Gerrard on Broadview. Shuttle buses will run between Dundas and Broadview station, stopping at Gerrard.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo by Steven Hoang



sukawad / July 17, 2014 at 01:24 pm
Jesus christ.

All that bitching and moaning from the bars/shops and the god damn intersection opens EARLY.

explain?? / July 17, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Can you explain this to us.

"Broadview between Dundas and Danforth is due to close for six weeks" ...

Then you say "the 505 Dundas will divert up Parliament to Gerrard, travel east to Broadview, turn south and rejoin Dundas.

If Broadview is closed between Dundas & Danforth, how will the 505 come south again from Gerrard ???
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from sukawad / July 17, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Blame the early reopening on the comfortable weather.
come on man / July 17, 2014 at 01:35 pm
Man, you guys are way off on this.

The construction is happening NORTH of Danforth, by the station.

It is not between "Dundas and Danforth".
KevinN / July 17, 2014 at 01:41 pm
LOL @ replies.
DavidC / July 17, 2014 at 01:46 pm
I had actually heard that the City work that was planned was cancelled/postponed so why are the TTC doing any work now. Could they not wait until the City work on Broadview is re-scheduled? It seems it will be closed now for TTC work and alter for City work.
come on man / July 17, 2014 at 02:06 pm
You're welcome Chris.
Maynard / July 17, 2014 at 02:17 pm
This is a bummer for me, only because the detour meant I could get from Queen/Church to Coxwell/Gerrard without any transfers.
Bob replying to a comment from DavidC / July 17, 2014 at 02:26 pm
The TTC can still go around fixing overhead wires.

According to Steve Munro's blog, buses are scheduled along with short turning the streetcars and they can't just swap buses with streetcars on the fly
Aaron / July 17, 2014 at 02:31 pm
The answer to this mess...............SUBWAYS!
Chipotle / July 17, 2014 at 02:39 pm
Glad to see this intersection opening a little sooner...great news for the area.

Everyone keeps saying "more Subway", but in my opinion their sandwiches are not as good as they used to be. I'm more of a Chipotle fan myself.
Dave replying to a comment from sukawad / July 17, 2014 at 04:11 pm
But most of the business's are surviving week to week, pay cheque to pay cheque.

DangerousDanRULES / July 17, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Everyone get your CLOGGERS on to support the DOUBLE D. The burgers are bigger and better at Dangerous Dan's! Especially the Collossal Colon Clogger.

kn / July 17, 2014 at 05:34 pm
But streetcars are so romantic. People from all over the world come to see them!!
Ron replying to a comment from DangerousDanRULES / July 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm
You're right Dangerous Dans is great. Diner Style, Burger Joint, Deli. Great spot
a10 / July 18, 2014 at 03:52 am
I really like your theme. You know what you're talking about. Thanks for your information
Idiots replying to a comment from Aaron / July 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm
The answer to this mess is less ignorance.

Because, of course, no one remembers this right?
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