TTC plans to launch new streetcar route this June
Get ready to meet the 514 streetcar route. A report to be voted on by the TTC board next week recommends the introduction of new a streetcar line that would operate between Cherry St. and Dufferin St. This new route would provide transit accessibility for the Canary District, but also relief for the busiest stretch of the 504 King route.
There's been talk of streetcars on Cherry St. for a while, but it's close to reality now. Should the board approve the recommendation, service would get underway on June 19. The new route would be the third to employ the TTC's new low-floor streetcars, which have greater capacity than the vehicles currently servicing King St. right now.
The introduction of the new line would come at no additional cost to the TTC, as it would be offered by redistributing current service on King St. With 65,000 passengers a day, this is the busiest surface route in the city, which will be helped by the addition of larger vehicles and more frequent service throughout its most packed section.
This should be a no brainer.
Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that the 514 line would be the second to employ the TTC's new streetcars, but it is in fact the third (behind the the 510 and 509).
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