Streetcar 4199 heading south on Bathurst St.
|Termini|| Bathurst (north)|
Exhibition Loop (south)
|Daily ridership||17,394 (2014)|
|Operator(s)||Toronto Transit Commission|
|Depot(s)||Leslie Barns, Roncesvalles, Russell|
|Rolling stock||Flexity Outlook|
|Line length||6.47 km (4.02 mi)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 10 7⁄8 in (1,495 mm) – TTC gauge|
|Electrification||600 V DC overhead|
The 511 Bathurst operates between Bathurst station and Exhibition Loop north–south along Bathurst Street in mixed traffic, and east–west along Fleet Street in a dedicated streetcar right-of-way shared with route 509 Harbourfront.
Late at night, the 511 Bathurst is replaced by the 307 Bathurst Blue Night bus, which also includes the route of the 7 Bathurst bus route, operating from Exhibition Loop to the city limits at Steeles Avenue.
Route 511 was once primarily operated with shorter CLRVs. However, during special events at Exhibition Place, such as the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), additional service was provided using larger ALRVs and, since 2015, Flexity Outlook streetcars.
Streetcar service on Bathurst Street started on July 27, 1885, when the Toronto Street Railway opened a horsecar line between Bloor Street and College Street. The line was extended to King Street in December 1889, and to Front Street on September 5, 1892. The Toronto Railway Company electrified the line on April 19, 1894, and extended it north to Dupont Street on July 10, 1894. The railway corridor south of Front Street remained a barrier until August 25, 1916, when a bridge was constructed at a southwest angle over the railway tracks. South of the rail corridor, streetcars ran along the edge of Fort York to provide seasonal service to Exhibition Place.
On December 21, 1921, the Toronto Transportation Commission extended the line to St. Clair Avenue. In 1931, the bridge over the railway corridor south of Front Street was realigned in a north–south alignment. On June 22, 1931, streetcar service started on Fleet Street, which became part of the "Fort" route.
Just prior to the opening of Line 2 Bloor–Danforth on February 25, 1966, Bathurst Street was served by two streetcar routes, Fort and Bathurst. The Fort route ran from Vaughan Loop (an on-street loop utilizing Vaughan Road and St. Clair Avenue) to Exhibition Loop. The Bathurst route ran south from Vaughan Loop to Adelaide Street turning east on that street, then south on Church Street, west on King Street to return north on Bathurst Street. However, before the city converted Adelaide Street to a one-way, eastbound street in 1960, Bathurst streetcars would loop downtown north from Adelaide Street on Church Street, west on Richmond Street, south on York Street to return westbound on Adelaide Street.
With the Line 2 Bloor–Danforth opening, service north of Bloor Street to Vaughan Loop was discontinued, with cars terminating at the then-new Bathurst station. Service north of Bloor was replaced with the 7 Bathurst bus, although the tracks there remain today for non-revenue use to connect the St. Clair streetcar line and the Hillcrest Complex to the rest of the streetcar network. Bathurst streetcar service along Adelaide Street was also terminated, with the tracks being ultimately abandoned with the exception of one track between Victoria and Church streets. The Fort and Bathurst routes were merged, and the "Fort" name was discontinued. With these changes, the Bathurst route resembled today's 511 Bathurst.
Between September 2007 and March 2008, the tracks along Fleet Street were rebuilt in a private right-of-way. Also, during this time, the overhead wire was rebuilt to allow for subsequent pantograph operation along Fleet Street, the first location to be so equipped.
Starting in 2015, the TTC introduced summer service using Flexity Outlook streetcars to handle events such as the 2015 Pan American Games at the "CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Park" and the Canadian National Exhibition.
Due to a streetcar shortage caused by late delivery of the Bombardier Flexity Outlook streetcars, the route was operated using buses rather than streetcars since November 20, 2016. TTC streetcar service on 511 Bathurst returned from May 7, 2017, until September 4, 2017, when the 511 Bathurst route reverted to replacement bus service due to an ongoing streetcar shortage.
On February 18, 2018, streetcars returned to the route, followed by another period of bus replacement starting September 2, 2018. On June 23, 2019, streetcars returned to 511 Bathurst, ending the temporary replacement bus service. It operated using a mixture of both CLRVs and Flexities until January 5, 2020, when the route was fully converted to all Flexities.
- TTC Open Data (September 2014). "TTC Ridership - All Day Weekday for Surface Routes". Toronto Transit Commission. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- Toronto Transit Commission (October 18, 2009). "TTC Service Summary" (PDF).
- "511 Bathurst". TTC. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "TTC ready to welcome the world to the Pan Am Games". Toronto Transit Commission. July 9, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
The 511 Bathurst route will see two of the TTC's new low-floor streetcars deployed on the route from July 10–26.
- Spurr, Ben (April 19, 2017). "St. Clair next in line for new TTC streetcars". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
[new rollout schedule] 511 Bathurst ... Summer 2017 temporary operation
- Springirth, Kenneth C. (2014). Toronto Streetcars Serve The City. Foothill Media. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-62545-028-9.
- Bow, James (June 25, 2015). "Route 511 - The Bathurst Streetcars". Transit Toronto. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
- "Ride Guide - 1965". Toronto Transit Commission. 1965. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
- "Ride Guide - May 1, 1959". Toronto Transit Commission. May 1, 1959. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
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- Mackenzie, Robert (September 3, 2007). "Fleet Street Track Reconstruction Starts Tomorrow, September 4". Transit Toronto. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
- Mackenzie, Robert (September 29, 2008). "Streetcars Roll Along Fleet Street Tomorrow". Transit Toronto. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
- Munro, Steve (October 22, 2016). "TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday, November 20, 2016". Steve Munro. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
The continued shortage of streetcars will trigger the following arrangement for service to Exhibition Loop: 511 Bathurst will be operated with buses, and these will run through to the Exhibition grounds.
- "511 Bathurst - Route Description". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
Effective May 7, 2017 until further notice: There is generally no accessible service on this route. New low-floor streetcars will begin to be introduced on this route in the summer of 2017. Until then, all service is provided by older non-accessible streetcars.
- "Service Advisories for 511 Bathurst". Toronto Transit Commission. October 10, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
Service Advisory - 511 Bathurst - Service operated by buses - Effective September 3, 2017
- "Service Changes". Toronto Transit Commission. February 18, 2018. Archived from the original on February 5, 2018.
- "TTC service improvements and changes". Toronto Transit Commission. September 2, 2018. Archived from the original on August 29, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "June Board Period Service Changes". May 31, 2019. Archived from the original on June 4, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
-  511 Bathurst - Low-floor Streetcar Conversion Effective date: January 5, 2020 www.ttc.ca, published January 2020
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