SETAC – South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee

508 Lake Shore Streetcar Route coming back!

Transit Toronto reports that the 508 Lake Shore streetcar route is returning September 3, 2019, fully accessible with the new Flexity streetcars:



In 2019, Bombarider picked up its pace of streetcar deliveries, easing the streetcar shortage enough for the TTC to consider converting all 501 QUEEN service to Flexity operation. In July 2019, the commission announced that 501 QUEEN would become fully accessible, from Long Branch to Neville Park, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. As part of this improvement, service on the 508 LAKE SHORE route would be restored, also using Flexity LRVs. Cars would depart Long Branch loop in the morning at 6:40, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50 and 8:30 a.m (five streetcars, instead of the previously scheduled three). In the afternoon, cars would be scheduled to depart westbound from King and Church at 4:20, 4:40, 5:00, 5:20, and 5:40 p.m…


The restoration of the 508 LAKE SHORE streetcar in September 2019 was a pleasant surprise to railfans, many of whom believed that the service was gone for good. While service remains modest, its restoration means that the TTC believes in the usefulness of direct trips between southern Etobicoke and downtown Toronto, and more may materialize if the restored service proves popular

Steve Munro lists the 508 routing as:

Streetcar trippers will operate on 508 Lake Shore with five trippers in each peak period.

  • In the AM peak cars will follow the Queen route from Long Branch to Roncesvalles, then run east to Parliament via King Street. They will return to Roncesvalles Carhouse via Parliament and Carlton/College, a route used by Long Branch trippers years ago to provide supplementary westbound service on Carlton to the University of Toronto. Cars will leave Long Branch Loop between 6:40 and 8:10 am.

  • In the PM peak, the trippers will run east from Roncesvalles to Broadview via King, then loop via Broadview, Dundas and Parliament running west from King and Parliament to Long Branch. Cars will leave Church Street westbound between 4:20 and 5:40 pm.

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