Toronto Transit Commission facilities

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Toronto Transit Commission facilities are bus garages, carhouses, and subway yards for fleet and rolling stock of the Toronto Transit Commission.

Current[edit]

Arrow Road Bus Garage[edit]

Arrow Road Garage[1] operates a number of routes throughout North York and Etobicoke, and services mainly Orion VII, Orion VII NG hybrid Nova RTS buses and will hold the Novabus LFS 40ft in mid-late 2015 (on order). During peak periods approximately 230 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

Birchmount Bus Garage[edit]

Birchmount Garage[3] is one of three bus facilities in Scarborough and is located at Birchmount & Danforth Roads. The garage operates many routes in East York, Toronto and in the west end of Scarborough. It services Orion VIIs and Orion VII NGs. It was built and opened on June 1, 1956 and is the oldest active garage the TTC has. During peak periods approximately 165 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

Davisville Subway Yard[edit]

Davisville Yard and McBrien Building at 1900 Yonge. (Top centre of photo)

Davisville Subway Yard was opened with the Yonge Subway in 1954. This facility is used to store trains and other non-revenue rail equipment. The carhouse performs light maintenance and repairs on the trains. Until the Wilson Complex was opened as part of the Spadina extension in 1978, Davisville was the only yard on the line.

  • Location: Yonge Street south of Chaplin Crescent (west of Yonge)
  • Opened: 1954
  • Facility: Subway yard
  • Status: Active
  • Buildings: Yes
  • Transit Toronto - Davisville Yard

The property is also home to:

Eglinton Bus Garage[edit]

Eglinton Bus Garage

The Eglinton Bus Garage[4] is located at Comstock Rd & Lebovic Rd. The current garage opened in 2002, replacing the old Eglinton Garage located at Yonge and Eglinton (now used as a permanent bus terminal for Eglinton Station) and the Danforth Garage. The garage services the TTC's Orion VIIs. The facility is sometimes referred to as "Comstock Garage" or "New Eglinton Garage" as prior to being officially named "Eglinton" the working name was "Comstock". During peak periods approximately 250 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

Greenwood Subway Yard[edit]

Main article: Greenwood Subway Yard
Greenwood Complex

The Greenwood Complex is a subway yard and subway maintenance shop on the Bloor-Danforth line. Maintenance and storage of trains for the Bloor-Danforth subway are done at Greenwood Carhouse. Equipment repairs, overhauls of subway cars and maintenance of revenue service equipment (turnstiles, etc.) are done at the Greenwood Shops.

  • Address: 400 Greenwood Avenue
  • Opened: 1965
  • Division: Danforth Subway
  • Facility: subway yard, subway carhouse, maintenance shops
  • Status: active
  • Buildings: Yes
  • Transit Toronto - Greenwood Yard

Hillcrest Complex[edit]

The Inglis Building at Hillcrest

Hillcrest Complex[5] is the TTC's largest facility and is responsible for most of the maintenance work on the system's surface vehicles, including heavy overhauls, repairs and repainting. It is located adjacent to the intersection of Bathurst Street and Davenport Road. The site is also home to the TTC's Transit Control Centre, but the operational headquarters of the organization remain at the McBrien Building at 1900 Yonge Street.

Hillcrest Complex was opened in 1924 by the TTC to replace smaller facilities inherited from the Toronto Railway Company and Toronto Civic Railways.

  • Address: 1138 Bathurst Street
  • Facility: streetcar and bus garage; maintenance shops; administration offices; Transit Control Centre
  • Status: active
  • Buildings: The complex consists of several buildings built at various times including:
    • D.W. Harvey Shops - Streetcar maintenance facility
    • W.E.P. Duncan Shops - Heavy bus maintenance facility
    • David L. Gunn Building - Transit Control Centre
    • H.C. Patten Building - RSEM (Revenue) building
    • J.G. Inglis Building - Administrative offices, employment office, etc.
    • Davenport Building
    • Support Services Building
    • Subway Operations Building

Lakeshore Bus Garage[edit]

Wheel-Trans vehicles at Lakeshore

Lakeshore Garage supports the TTC Wheel-Trans fleet of ELF, Friendly Buses and Orion II Community buses. Lakeshore opened in 1980 as the main garage for Gray Coach Lines, which moved out in 1991 following the sale of Gray Coach Lines to Stagecoach Holdings. From 1991 onwards the facility has been occupied by Wheel-Trans.

Leslie Barns[edit]

Main article: Leslie Barns

Leslie Barns is a light rail vehicle storage and maintenance facility under construction at the southeast corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard. It will house and service the new Flexity Outlook light rail vehicles.

Malvern Bus Garage[edit]

Malvern Complex in Scarborough

Malvern Garage is a bus garage servicing vehicles in the Malvern Division. It services a large fleet of lift-equipped Orion Vs and Orion VII hybrid buses Orion VII NG hybrid buses, the new Novabus LFS Artic 4th Gen 9058-9093 (which will replace the Orion Vs by early 2015), and will hold the Novabus LFS 40ft in mid-late 2015 (on order). During peak periods approximately 240 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

McCowan RT Yard[edit]

SRT trains in the McCowan Carhouse

McCowan Yard was opened in 1985 to service the Scarborough RT.

Most maintenance on RT vehicles is done at the facility, but some work is done at Hillcrest Complex and Greenwood Subway Yard.

The facility will close and likely be demolished following the closure of the RT.

Mount Dennis Bus Garage[edit]

Buses on lifts at Mt Dennis Garage

Mount Dennis Garage, the newest of the TTC's garages, opened on 23 November 2008 (after sitting empty for a year). The facility covers routes for west and central Toronto. It services GM New Looks, GM/MCI Classics (which is now restricted to Toronto Island use), Orion VII Hybrids, and Orion VII NG hybrids. During peak periods approximately 240 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

Queensway Bus Garage[edit]

Queensway Garage is the major facility for Etobicoke and services New Flyer D40LF and Orion VIIs. During peak periods approximately 130 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

Roncesvalles Carhouse[edit]

Roncesvalles Carhouse

The Roncesvalles Carhouse houses approximately half the TTC's streetcars. The facility is located west of the City's downtown core and services half the system's streetcar routes.

Russell Carhouse[edit]

Streetcars parked at the Russell Yard

The Russell Carhouse houses approximately half the TTC's streetcars. The facility is located on Queen Street East near the intersection with Greenwood Ave. and services half the system's streetcar routes. The carhouse is named for T.A. (Tommy Alexander) Russell (founder of Russell Motor Car Company) and friend of Robert John Fleming (Canadian politician) former Mayor of Toronto and GM of Toronto Railway Company.

Vincent Subway Yard[edit]

Vincent Yard at Dundas West Station looking westwards towards Keele Station.

Vincent Yard (sometimes known as Keele) is the smallest subway yard in the subway system. The yard consists of a short four-track section of track and tunnels to store cars, and is located between the Dundas West and Keele Stations on the Bloor-Danforth line. The capacity of the yard is eight (6 car) train sets: one in the tunnel and one outdoors on each of the four tracks. Three of the tracks are closed off.

Although it may have been sometimes referred to as Keele Yard, the official name used by the TTC is Vincent after a long lost street of the same name that once ran in the area.[6]

Wilson Bus Garage and Subway Yard[edit]

Wilson Subway Yard viewed from a southbound train
Wilson Bus Garage viewed from a southbound train, facing west

The Wilson Complex is the largest bus facility and second largest subway yard in the system. The garage serviced the TTC fleet of natural gas powered buses before they were scrapped or converted to Diesel operation. Wilson services lift-equipped Orion Vs, Orion VII NGs, Orion VII EPA2010s, Orion VII NG hybrid buses, and the new Novabus LFS Artic 3rd/4th Gen 9000-9057. Like Arrow Road, it operates many of the largest routes throughout North York, North Toronto York, eastern portion of Central Toronto, and few in Scarborough.

Historic[edit]

  • Danforth Carhouse and Bus Garage (1921–2002) - converted to storage and office space
  • Davenport Bus Garage (1930–1992)
  • Eglinton Carhouse and Bus Garage (1921–2002) - bus garage converted to a (temporary) bus terminal at Eglinton station
  • Lansdowne Carhouse and Bus Garage (1921–1996) - demolished
  • Parkdale Bus Garage (1947–1980) - demolished
  • Sherbourne Bus Garage (1930–1980) - demolished
  • St. Clair Carhouse (1921–1992) - partially demolished and converted to Wychwood Barns
  • Woodbine Bus Garage (1954–1956) - demolished

Planned[edit]

McNicoll Bus Garage

In 2006 the TTC was proposing lands near Kennedy Road and McNicoll Avenue be acquired to build a bus garage. TTC hosted a public open house on November 27, 2013 to gather input from residence and area businesses. TTC has advised within the next five years, the TTC will need a new bus garage to accommodate its growing ridership and expanding bus fleet. Zoning by-laws allow the bus garage to be built as it is zoned for "Heavy Industrial". Residents raised concerns regarding increase emissions, added traffic, disruption of noise from early morning, and late evening bus traffic. TTC will run an Environmental Project Report to address these concerns. This will also include a Traffic Impact Study to determine what options will be needed. [7]

Mount Dennis/Weston Road LRT carhouse

Main article: Eglinton LRT Carhouse
Future site of the carbarn for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

A planned maintenance and storage facility for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT would be built on a derelict parcel of land between Weston Road and Black Creek Drive. The derelict parcel was a Kodak plant for almost 100 years. The yard will be adjacent to the Weston Road LRT station and a new GO train station.

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