502 Downtowner car on Kingston Road,
travelling westbound at Main Street
|Termini||Bingham Loop (East)
McCaul Loop (West)
|Operator(s)||Toronto Transit Commission|
|Rolling stock||Shuttle buses|
|Line length||9.38 km (5.83 mi) |
|Track gauge||4 ft 10 7⁄8 in (1,495 mm) - TTC Gauge|
|Electrification||600 VDC Overhead|
The 502 Downtowner is a streetcar line (with shuttle bus replacement service in 2018) operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It runs from the Bingham Loop at Victoria Park Avenue and Kingston Road in the Beaches neighbourhood to McCaul Loop in downtown Toronto.
Currently, the route is operating with buses instead of streetcars due to a streetcar shortage.
It runs southwest on Kingston Road then turns west along Queen Street. It goes west along Queen to McCaul Street where there is a turning loop just north of Queen Street West. The route is grouped together with the 503 Kingston Road for accounting purposes, as they share a large amount of the same track.
Route 502 Downtowner operates in the rush hour only with a 12-minute service frequency. It overlaps route 503 Kingston Rd from the Bingham Loop to the streetcar junction at King Street East and Queen Street East. Route 503 Kingston Rd provides daytime service (no evening service) on Kingston Road on workdays only.
Evening, weekend and holiday service is provided by the 22A Coxwell bus route replacing streetcar service along Kingston Road. The section to the west of Queen and Coxwell is served by the 501 Queen and 504 King streetcars. Both of these routes have all day services.
A streetcar route along Kingston Road and Queen Street between Victoria Park Avenue and McCaul Street has existed under various route names and with some variations in routing since about 1930, according to TTC system maps and ride guides.
By 1930, the Queen streetcar route (not the same as today's 501 Queen) ran from the Birchmount Loop to the McCaul Loop. A 1930 system map indicates that some streetcars turned back at the Bingham Loop, while an extra fare was required to go beyond Victoria Park Avenue to the Birchmount Loop.
By September 1938, the route from the Birchmount Loop to the McCaul Loop had by then been renamed from "Queen" to "Kingston Rd" (not the same as today's 503 Kingston Rd). Despite the name change, there was no change in routing.
On July 1, 1954, the Birchmount Loop was abandoned and the Bingham Loop became the eastern terminal of the Kingston Rd route. Thus, in 1954, the Kingston Rd route became identical to the present-day 502 Downtowner route.
Prior to 1966, the Coxwell streetcar provided evening, weekend and holiday service on Kingston Road. There was an off-hour extension of the Coxwell route from Coxwell Avenue and Queen Street to the Bingham Loop. In 1966, with the opening of Line 2 Bloor–Danforth, the 22 Coxwell bus replaced the Coxwell streetcar to service Kingston Road to the Bingham Loop in the off-hours.
By May 11, 1968, a new rush-hour route, called the Kingston Rd Tripper, was created running from the Bingham Loop to King and York streets. This tripper route would become today's 503 Kingston Rd route. "Tripper" here means a rush-hour variant of a base route which in this case was the Kingston Rd route (today's 502 Downtowner) to the McCaul Loop.
On April 2, 1973, the new Downtowner streetcar route replaced the Kingston Rd route (not the same route as today's 503 Kingston Rd). However, Downtowner initially did not terminate at McCaul Street, but continued further west to Bathurst Street then north to terminate at Bathurst station. The eastern terminal of the route remained the Bingham Loop. On September 4, 1974, the route west of McCaul Street became rush-hour only. Then, on March 9, 1984, all streetcars on the Downtowner route terminated at the McCaul Loop thus permanently eliminating the branch to Bathurst station. Thus, in 1984, the Downtowner route became identical to the 1954–1973 Kingston Rd route and today's 502 Downtowner route. Also, the Kingston Rd Tripper became known simply as the "Kingston Rd" (today's 503 Kingston Rd).
Since October 11, 2016, the 502 Downtowner route has been temporarily operated by buses due to a shortage of streetcars resulting from the late delivery of the new Bombardier Flexity Outlook streetcars.
On February 20, 2018, the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd routes reversed roles. Prior to that date, route 502 provided base, workday service supplemented by route 503 in the rush hours. Since that date, route 503 provides base service while route 502 provides rush-hour only service.
Sites along the line (from east to west)
- Upper Beaches
- South Riverdale
- Moss Park and Moss Park Armoury
- St. Michael's Hospital
- Eaton Centre
- Old City Hall
- Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square
- Osgoode Hall
- Four Seasons Centre
- Ontario College of Art & Design
- Toronto Transit Commission (March 26, 2017). "TTC Service Summary" (PDF).
- Toronto Transit Commission (September 18, 2009). "TTC Service Summary" (PDF).
- "TTC Description of 502 Downtowner". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "503 Kingston Rd - Service change - King Street Transit Pilot". Toronto Transit Commission. February 19, 2018. Archived from the original on February 6, 2018.
- "Toronto Transit Commission route 503 'Kingston Rd' - CPTDB Wiki". cptdb.ca. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- "Toronto Transit Commission route 504 'King' - CPTDB Wiki". cptdb.ca. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- "Toronto Transit Commission route 501 'Queen' - CPTDB Wiki". cptdb.ca. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- "TTC System Maps". Toronto Transportation Commission. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
- "TTC System Map - May 1, 1930". Toronto Transportation Commission. May 1, 1930. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
- "TTC System Map - September 1, 1938". Toronto Transportation Commission. September 1, 1938. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
- "TTC System Map - July 1, 1954". Toronto Transit Commission. July 1, 1954. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
- Bow, James (January 17, 2018). "Route 502 And 503 - The Kingston Road Streetcars". Transit Toronto. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
- "TTC Ride Guide - May 11, 1968". Toronto Transit Commission. May 11, 1968. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
- "502 Downtowner - Service operated by buses". Toronto Transit Commission. October 11, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
- Media related to 502 Downtowner at Wikimedia Commons
Route map: Google
- 502 Downtowner map
- Bow, James. "Route 502 And 503 - The Kingston Road Streetcars". Transit Toronto.