508 Lake Shore
|508 Lake Shore|
Long Branch Loop to Parliament St. (a.m.)|
Church St. to Long Branch Loop (p.m.)
|Operator(s)||Toronto Transit Commission|
|Rolling stock||CLRV, ALRV|
|Line length||9.4 km (5.84 mi)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 10 7⁄8 in (1,495 mm) - TTC Gauge|
|Electrification||600 VDC Overhead|
The 508 Lake Shore was an east-west streetcar route in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission from 1995 to 2015. The route served the downtown financial district from the western limit of the city, and operated as a weekday rush hour service only.
The route shared much of its track with the 501 Queen and 504 King routes, following in the path of the 501 from the Long Branch Loop along Lake Shore Boulevard West and The Queensway as far as Roncesvalles Avenue, where it turned from Queen Street on to 504 King Street tracks. The route terminated at Parliament St in the morning, and originated at Church Street in the afternoon.
On January 6, 1992, the route began as an experiment to test how attractive it would be to riders. The TTC scheduled 3 runs for each of the morning and afternoon rush hours, signing eastbound streetcars as 504 PARLIAMENT and westbound as 507 LONG BRANCH. By February 1994, the experiment was deemed a success and additional afternoon rush-hour trips were added. On Sunday, March 26, 1995, the same date when route 507 Long Branch was merged into 501 Queen, the route received its 508 number, but rollsigns would not be updated until about 1999.
At the time of its cancellation, there were only three eastbound trips during the morning rush hour, and no service in the afternoon. Prior to January 2015 there were also four westbound trips in the afternoon rush hour.
Due to the streetcar shortage caused by the delayed deliveries of Bombardier Flexity Outlook streetcars, the route ceased operations entirely after the morning rush on June 19, 2015. As a result, streetcar service on Lake Shore Boulevard is now operated exclusively by the 501 Queen streetcar, while service on King street is operated by the 504 King streetcar.
- Toronto Transit Commission. "Service Summary - October 18, 2009, to November 21, 2009" (PDF).
- "Detailed description for 508 Lake Shore". Toronto Transit Commission.
- Bow, James (March 17, 2017). "Route 508 - The Lake Shore Streetcar". Transit Toronto. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
- "508 Lake Shore - All service removed After June 19, 2015". Toronto Transit Commission. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016.
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