SETAC – South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee

501 Streetcar Route replaced by Two Bus Routes in 2017

The TTC will replace the western part of the 501 – past Roncesvalles Avenue – with buses:

“Starting Jan. 8, and throughout 2017, buses will replace streetcars on the portion of the 501 Queen route west of Roncesvalles Ave. to accommodate City of Toronto work on the Queensway Bridge, TTC streetcar track and overhead work, and the renewal of the Humber Loop,” reads a note on the TTC website.

The TTC will add shuttle buses to the routes as follows:

  • 501L/301L Queen – buses will operate between Dufferin Gate Loop and Long Branch Loop via Queen St. W., The Queensway, Windermere Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • 501M Queen – a secondary bus service will operate to link The Queensway with Lake Shore Blvd. W., Marine Parade Dr. and Park Lawn Rd. These buses will not enter Humber Loop.

You can expect the extra transfer and change to bus service to put a strain on the already transit-challenged residents of Humber Bay Shores south Etobicoke who commute to the core. On the bright side, the Humber Loop will be completely renovated as part of the project.

5 thoughts on “501 Streetcar Route replaced by Two Bus Routes in 2017

    1. setac Post author

      Hi Lulu,

      We are asking the TTC for clarification on the 501M hours, and to update the 501 Queen route information on the site.

      We’ll post here any information we receive.


      1. setac Post author

        Hi Lulu,

        The 501M circular shuttle service operates clockwise from approximately 5:45 a.m. to 1:45 a.m., every day. There is no overnight service on this shuttle route.

        The scheduled times for the 501M buses are available for specific stops. For instance:
        The stop at Queensway and Windermere is

        The stop on Marine Parade (east leg) at Lake Shore Blvd is

        TTC Customer Communications is revising the 501 Queen map on the site to better show the 501M service information.

        Thanks for bringing this to our attention!


    1. setac Post author

      Yes, it addresses the gap created by having the 501L use Windermere Ave. to connect between Lake Shore Blvd W and the Queensway during Humber Loop reconstruction. The detour eliminates streetcar service on The Queensway between the Humber Loop and Windermere Ave, and the 501M restores service in that corridor.

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