504 King

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504 King
CLRVs 4049 and 4090 Eastbound on King.jpg
Two 504 King cars push east of Yonge
during the morning rush hour
Type Streetcar Route
Locale Toronto, Ontario
Termini Broadview Station (East)
Dundas West Station (West)
Stations TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg King
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg St. Andrew
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Dundas West
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Broadview
Daily ridership 53,100
Operator(s) Toronto Transit Commission
Depot(s) Russell, Roncesvalles [1]
Rolling stock CLRV, ALRV (Rush Hour)
Line length 13.97 km (8.68 mi) [1]
Track gauge 4 ft 10 78 in (1,495 mm) - TTC Gauge
Electrification 600 VDC Overhead
Route map
 00  Route connection
 00  Route terminus
BSicon uBHF.svg Route transfer
BSicon uBST.svg Sunday-only stop
BSicon uINT.svg Carhouse
Bloor–Danforth to Kennedy Stn.
Dundas West Station BSicon BUS1.svg  40   168  BSicon CLRV.svg  505  BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Bloor Street BSicon CLRV.svg  505 
Dundas Street 505 to Broadview Stn.
Roncesvalles Avenue/Dundas St. W. ↑
Boustead Avenue BSicon CLRV.svg  505 
Hewitt Avenue
Howard Park BSicon CLRV.svg  506 
Constance Street
↓ Geoffrey Street/Grenadier Road ↑
St. Vincent de Paul RC Church
↓ High Park Boulevard/Fermanagh Avenue ↑
Fern Avenue
Garden Avenue
Galley Avenue
Marion Street
Grafton Avenue
Roncesvalles Carhouse
Queen Street West BSicon CLRV.svg  501   508 
Wilson Park Road
Jameson Avenue
Dunn Avenue
Cowan Avenue
Spencer Avenue
Dufferin Street BSicon BUS1.svg  29 
Fraser Avenue
Joe Shuster Way
Atlantic Avenue
CN Weston sub. & CP MacTier sub.
Sudbury Street
Shaw Street BSicon BUS1.svg  63 
Strachan Avenue BSicon BUS1.svg  63 
Niagara Street
Tecumseth Street
Bathurst Street BSicon BUS1.svg  145  BSicon CLRV.svg  511 
Portland Street
Brant Street
Spadina Avenue BSicon CLRV.svg  510 
↓ Blue Jays Way/Peter Street ↑
John Street
Simcoe Street
St. Andrew Station BSicon BUS1.svg  142  BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
York Street
Bay Street BSicon BUS1.svg  6 
King Station BSicon BUS1.svg  97  BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Victoria Street
Church Street
Jarvis Street BSicon BUS1.svg  141 
Sherbourne Street BSicon BUS1.svg  75 
Ontario Street
Parliament Street BSicon BUS1.svg  65 
Trinity Street
Sackville Street
Sumach Street
501 & 502 to downtown
King Street East/Queen Street East ↕
River Street BSicon CLRV.svg  501   502 
CN Kingston sub.
CP Bala sub.
Don River
Don Valley Parkway
Carroll Street
Broadview Avenue/Queen Street East ↑ BSicon CLRV.svg  501   502 
501 & 502 to Neville/Bingham
Dundas Street BSicon CLRV.svg  505 
Mt. Stephen Street
Gerrard Street BSicon BUS1.svg  506 
St. John's Presbyterian Church
Langley Avenue
Withrow Avenue
Bain Avenue
Millbrook Crescent
Wolfrey Avenue
Danforth Avenue
Erindale Avenue & Broadview Avenue
Broadview Stn. BSicon BUS1.svg  8   62   87   100  BSicon CLRV.svg  505  BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Bloor–Danforth to Kipling Stn.
A 504 King car as it approaches the Queen Street Viaduct

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.[2] 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.[3]

During rush hour periods, 504 King is operated by ALRVs in addition to the regular CLRVs.

Proposed right-of-way[edit]

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)[edit]

Cherry Street extension[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Toronto Transit Commission (September 18, 2009). "TTC Service Summary". 
  2. ^ Ridership cost stats bus streetcar. Toronto Transit Commission
  3. ^ Kevin McGran. All aboard for the King St. choo-choo. Toronto Star. April 15, 2006.

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