Two 504 King cars push east of Yonge
during the morning rush hour
|Termini||Broadview Station (East)
Dundas West Station (West)
|Operator(s)||Toronto Transit Commission|
|Depot(s)||Russell, Roncesvalles |
|Rolling stock||CLRV, ALRV (Rush Hour)|
|Line length||13.97 km (8.68 mi) |
|Track gauge||4 ft 10 7⁄8 in (1,495 mm) - TTC Gauge|
|Electrification||600 VDC Overhead|
The 504 King is a streetcar route operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is grouped together with the 508 Lake Shore for accounting purposes. In 2005-2006, these routes carried 47,900 passengers on an average weekday (of which the vast majority were carried by 504 King), making 504 King the busiest TTC streetcar route in terms of number of passengers. The route operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. During weekday rush hours, day time and early evenings, average service frequency is 4 minutes or less. Saturday daytime services have an average frequency of 4–5 minutes with Sunday daytime service frequency averaging 6–7 minutes.
The route provide primary service along King Street in Toronto's downtown core. 504 cars provide additional service to the 508 route along Roncesvalles Avenue and Broadview Avenue. Both lines interchange mid-route with the Yonge-University-Spadina line at St. Andrew and King stations. The 504 King interchanges with the Bloor-Danforth line at its termini, Dundas West and Broadview stations, which the route shares with 505 Dundas streetcars.
The lines are usually operated with Toronto's single-length CLRV streetcars. In 2006 the TTC briefly considered adding couplers to its streetcars in order to run the King route with trains of two or three units, as was common on busy routes until the opening of the Bloor-Danforth subway; the hope was that this would keep them from bunching and becoming stuck in traffic. The plan was rejected.
During rush hour periods, 504 King is operated by ALRVs in addition to the regular CLRVs.
On March 22, 2007, the Toronto Transit Commission proposed a pilot project for right-of-way dedicated lanes along the 504 King Streetcar route similar to the 510 Spadina and 512 St. Clair routes. The TTC proposed that the pilot project take place in the summer of 2007. The proposal suggested there would only be a single lane available to cabs, cars and deliveries in that designated area in each direction. Unlike Spadina and St. Clair, the street would be closed entirely to through traffic and streetcars would run at ground level, not in a raised median. The TTC was trying to implement a trial transit mall on King from Yonge to University, with hopes of eventually closing King to cars from Dufferin to Parliament. It was also hoped that traffic on King would be partially alleviated by the proposed Waterfront West LRT and the planned network of streetcar routes for the Port Lands. The pilot project proposed for 2007 has not been implemented and the project has not been mentioned since the announcement of the Transit City initiative.
Sites along the line (from east to west)
- George Brown College
- St. Lawrence Hall
- Commerce Court
- Scotia Plaza
- Toronto-Dominion Centre
- First Canadian Place
- Royal Alexandra Theatre
- Roy Thomson Hall
- Princess of Wales Theatre
Cherry Street extension
The first element of the Port Lands streetcar right-of-way network will be a short stretch of track on the east side of Cherry Street from King Street south to the north side of the railroad corridor. This initial segment would only add three stops to the TTC network, but will later be expanded to Queen's Quay. Once constructed, every third or fourth eastbound 504 King streetcar will be turned down Cherry Street instead of going to Broadview Station. The re-construction of Cherry Street will start in 2011 and be completed by 2013.
- Toronto Transit Commission (September 18, 2009). "TTC Service Summary".
- Ridership cost stats bus streetcar. Toronto Transit Commission
- Kevin McGran. All aboard for the King St. choo-choo. Toronto Star. April 15, 2006.
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