If you ride the 501 Queen streetcar, chances are you've endured spotty service along its route that extends from the Beach to the border of Etobicoke.
The TTC has heard your complaints loud and clear and says it will be making significant changes to the legendary route to "make it more reliable and more frequent."
The 501 Queen is the longest streetcar route in the city and one of the longest in North America. But it is also a continuing source of rider complaints, with overcrowding, short-turning and irregular service topping the list. In fact, the TTC admits on its website that "the 501 Queen streetcar has long had problems maintaining reliable service."
"Service will be added at busy off-peak times to reduce crowding, and service over the entire route — from Neville Park to Long Branch — will operate every 10 minutes-or-better, all day, every day," the TTC says on its site.
Here are the upcoming changes:
- From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., the route will be temporarily split into two sections, operating between Long Branch Loop and Humber Loop, and between Neville Park and Humber Loop. Customers will transfer between the two routes at Humber Loop.
- And from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., some trips will be scheduled to operate from Neville Park to Long Branch, while some trips turn back at Humber Loop.
- From 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., the 301 Queen Blue Night service will operate between Neville Park and Long Branch.
- During the morning peak period, three additional trips will operate eastbound from Long Branch, departing at 7:19 a.m., 7:29 a.m. and 7:39 a.m. These trips will provide transfer-free service through Humber Loop toward Neville Park.