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King streetcar, buses to divert for TIFF street party

Public transit users should prepare for some changes to the ever-busy King streetcar route during a four-day street party to mark the start of the Toronto International Film Festival.

504 streetcars and buses to be rerouted from Thursday to Sunday

TTC employees were handing out pamphlets this week to tell customers about 504 route diversions during a TIFF street party. (David Donnelly/CBC News)

Public transit users should prepare for some changes to the ever-busy King streetcar route during a four-day street party to mark the start of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Starting Thursday and ending on Sunday, the 504 streetcars and buses will be rerouted around the portion of King Street that will be closed for the street party: Spadina Ave. to University Ave.

From Sept. 10 to 13, food trucks, musicians, and family-friendly activities will take over the neighbourhood.

The 504 streetcar service will be split into two routes, an east service and a west service, to divert around the festival.

For the west service, the 504 streetcar will start as usual at Dundas West Station, will travel along King Street to Bathurst Street and then head north on Bathurst all the way to Bathurst Station, where it will turn back and return to Dundas West Station along the same route.

The east service will operate from Broadview Station and will run along King Street, south on Church Street, west on Wellington Street, north on York Street and then back east along King.

Meanwhile, the 504 bus that normally only operates during the morning and afternoon rush hours will operate all day and into the evening. The eastbound service will start at Dufferin Street, travel along King, head north on Spadina, turn east on Adelaide Street, head south on University Avenue to King, where it will continue east to Parliament Street as usual.

The westbound service will travel along King, north on University, turn west on Richmond Street, south on Spadina and then back to King.

The new 304 King "blue night" service after the subway closes will divert via Spadina, Queen and Church from the west and York, Queen and Spadina from the east.

TTC staff will be out along the routes to answer passenger questions.

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