A westbound 505 Dundas streetcar at
the intersection of Dundas and Dufferin Street
|Termini||Broadview Station (East)|
Dundas West Station (West)
|Stations|| Dundas, |
|Daily ridership||32,410 (2014)|
|Operator(s)||Toronto Transit Commission|
|Rolling stock||Replacement bus service|
|Line length||10.735 km (6.67 mi) |
|Track gauge||4 ft 10 7⁄8 in (1,495 mm) - TTC gauge|
|Electrification||600 VDC Overhead|
The 505 Dundas is a streetcar route run by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The route is roughly U-shaped running mainly along Dundas Street between Dundas West and Broadview stations along subway Line 2 Bloor–Danforth.
The route starts at Dundas West station on subway Line 2 Bloor–Danforth and goes south along Dundas Street West. The street curves southeast and passes Howard Park. Here it briefly merges with the 506 Carlton line as it passes over a bridge for the main Canadian National Railways line that runs down to Union Station. To the east of the bridge past Lansdowne Avenue it continues on its own again in a roughly south-east direction before turning eastward at Ossington Avenue. Downtown, the route passes subway Line 1 Yonge–University at two stations: St. Patrick station at University Avenue and Dundas station at Yonge Street. It continues east towards Broadview Avenue where it turns north and merges with the 504 King streetcar line. Both streetcar routes end their journey at Broadview station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth.
The route operates seven days a week from early morning to after midnight. During weekday rush hours, day time and early evenings, average service frequency is 5–7 minutes. Saturday daytime services have an average frequency of 5–7 minutes with Sunday daytime service frequency averaging 6–8 minutes.
Just prior to 1966, the east and west ends of Dundas Street were covered by separate streetcar routes. Dundas Street West was served by the pre-1966 Dundas streetcar route running from the Runnymede Loop at Runnymede Road to the City Hall Loop south of Bay and Dundas streets. Dundas Street East was served by part of the now-defunct Harbord streetcar line between Broadview Avenue and Spadina Avenue. The two routes overlapped between Bay Street and Spadina Avenue.
When subway Line 2 Bloor–Danforth opened in 1966, the Harbord streetcar route was abandoned, and the Dundas streetcar route was extended eastward onto Dundas Street East and then north on Broadview Avenue to terminate at Broadview station. At the west end of the line, the Dundas streetcar still operated to the Runnymede Loop passing through Dundas West station in both directions. There was still a branch to the City Hall Loop where every second eastbound Dundas streetcar used to terminate and turn back.
In 1968, the section of the Dundas streetcar line between Dundas West station and the Runnymede Loop was replaced by the 40 Junction bus. Now, except for the branch to the City Hall Loop, the Dundas route became the same as today's 505 Dundas route.
On January 6, 1975, the City Hall Loop was closed due to construction of the Eaton Centre. Any downtown short-turning of eastbound Dundas streetcars was around an on-street loop: south on Church Street, west on Queen Street, north on Victoria Street then west on Dundas Street.
Sites along the line (from west to east)
- Kensington Market
- Chinatown at Spadina Avenue
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Yonge–Dundas Square and Toronto Eaton Centre
- East Chinatown at Gerrard Street
- TTC Open Data (September 2014). "TTC Ridership - All Day Weekday for Surface Routes". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
- "505 Dundas - Temporary bus replacement - Streetcar shortage". Toronto Transit Commission. February 18, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- Toronto Transit Commission (September 18, 2009). "TTC Service Summary" (PDF).
- Moore, Oliver (January 11, 2018). "Toronto's King streetcar sees 'spectacular' rise in ridership". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
- "TTC Ride Guide 1965". Toronto Transportation Commission. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
- "TTC Ride Guide 1966". Toronto Transportation Commission. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
- Bow, James (September 6, 2017). "Route 505 - The Dundas Streetcar". Transit Toronto. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
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