512 St. Clair

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512 St. Clair
Streetcar arrives at Keele from Gunns Loop.JPG
Streetcar arriving at Keele from Gunns Loop
Type Streetcar Route
Locale Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Termini St. Clair Station (East)
Gunns Loop (West)
Stations TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg St. Clair
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg St. Clair West
Daily ridership 38,113 (2014)[1]
Operator(s) Toronto Transit Commission
Depot(s) Roncesvalles[2]
Rolling stock CLRV
Line length 7.00 km (4.35 mi)[2]
Track gauge 4 ft 10 78 in (1,495 mm) Toronto gauge
Electrification 600 VDC Overhead
Route number 512
Route map
Station with off-street
fare-paid platforms
Connection BSicon BUS1.svg  00 
Terminus BSicon BUS1.svg  00 
Gunns Loop BSicon BUS1.svg  71 
Gunn's Road
Weston Road to Northland and Avon Loops
Keele Loop
Keele Street BSicon BUS1.svg  41   89 
CN Weston sub. & CP MacTier sub.
Townsley Loop BSicon BUS1.svg  127 
Old Weston Road BSicon BUS1.svg  41   127   168 
Hounslow Heath Road/Silverthorn Ave
Laughton Avenue
CN Newmarket sub.
Caledonia Road BSicon BUS1.svg  47B   47C 
Earlscourt Loop BSicon BUS1.svg  47 
Lansdowne Avenue BSicon BUS1.svg  47   47B   47C 
Earlscourt Avenue
Dufferin Street BSicon BUS1.svg  29 
Northcliffe Boulevard
Glenholme Avenue
Rogers Road
Oakwood Avenue BSicon BUS1.svg  63   161 
Oakwood Loop BSicon BUS1.svg  63A 
Robina Avenue
Winona Drive
Arlington Avenue
Christie Street BSicon BUS1.svg  126 
Wychwood Carhouse
Wychwood Avenue
Vaughan Road BSicon BUS1.svg  90 
Bathurst Street BSicon BUS1.svg  7 
St. Clair West Station BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
BSicon BUS1.svg  33   90   126 
Tweedsmuir Avenue
Spadina Road BSicon BUS1.svg  33 
Russell Hill Road
Dunvegan Road
Avenue Road BSicon BUS1.svg  5 
Deer Park Crescent
Yonge Street BSicon BUS1.svg  97 
St. Clair Subway Station BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
BSicon BUS1.svg  74   88 
to Mount Pleasant Loop
Avoca Avenue 
Vale of Avoca (Avoca Ravine)
Inglewood Drive
St. Clair & Mt. Pleasant
Moore Park Loop
Heath Street
Moore Avenue BSicon BUS1.svg  88 
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Belt Line
Merton Street
Davisville Avenue BSicon BUS1.svg  28 
Belsize Drive
Manor Road
Soudan Avenue
Eglinton Avenue BSicon BUS1.svg  34   51   54   56   100   103 
Mount Pleasant Loop

The 512 St. Clair streetcar is an east-west streetcar route in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission.


The streetcar route along St. Clair Avenue was created by the Toronto Civic Railways in 1911 in a successful attempt to promote development in a newly annexed section of the city.[3] Originally, the route ran in a dedicated right-of-way. The route was transferred to the Toronto Transportation Commission upon its creation in 1921, which removed the dedicated right of way in 1928. It is the northernmost streetcar route still in operation, and was the first to make an underground connection with the subway at St. Clair West Station. It formerly continued beyond St. Clair Station and up Mount Pleasant Road to Eglinton Avenue, but this portion was later made a separate route that was subsequently converted to bus operation in the 1970s.

When first built, the St. Clair streetcar operated in a dedicated right-of-way, similar to the modern 510 Spadina route. A dedicated right-of-way is a lane generally in the centre of the street, reserved for transit vehicles. However, it was removed between 1928 and 1935 and replaced with paved trackage open to mixed traffic. The TTC later came to regret this decision, and in 2005 it began rebuilding a dedicated streetcar right-of-way.

Time-based transfers[edit]

Since July 31, 2005, the TTC has been running a pilot project of time-based transfers[4] on this route, under which passengers who take a transfer may disembark and then board another streetcar from the same route, even one going in the opposite direction, as long as they do so within a certain amount of time after their original boarding. This means that one can stop part-way through a journey and then continue, or even make a round trip, without paying multiple fares. Since December 14, 2015, passengers who pay the driver at the farebox are now required to obtain a time-based transfer as a result of the Proof-of-payment (POP) system now in place on all TTC streetcar routes as passengers maybe asked at anytime to show POP. (NOTE: The time-based transfer pilot is not available on the Presto card itself, meaning Presto users who wish to take advantage of this pilot project will need to board at the front door of the vehicle in order to obtain the special time-based transfer). This program will cease to exist as of September 3, 2017, when the new air-conditioned and accessible Flexity Outlook streetcars are rolled out onto this route, as drivers of the new streetcars are situated inside an enclosed cab meaning they are not responsible for fare collection or providing paper transfers. [5]


The line is operated with Toronto’s non-articulated CLRV streetcars.

Roncesvalles Carhouse serves the St. Clair streetcar route. When a 512 St. Clair streetcar begins service, it travels from the yard at Roncesvalles and the Queensway, along King Street, then on Bathurst Street, which connects to St. Clair Avenue. When a 512 streetcar finishes service, the roll sign indicates "512 RONCESVALLES", and the vehicle travels on Vaughan Road to Bathurst and King Streets, ending in Roncesvalles Yard, with some ending at Bathurst Street's Hillcrest Yard.

Upgrade to dedicated right-of-way[edit]

CLRV #4146 waits for a green light at the Yonge Street passenger shelter.
CLRV #4164 moves east along its dedicated right-of-way.

Following the success of the new 510 Spadina route along dedicated right-of-ways on Spadina and Queen's Quay and on portions on several streetcar routes, the TTC decided to upgrade the St. Clair streetcar to a dedicated right-of-way. The tracks along the route needed replacement, and the TTC estimated that building a dedicated right-of-way would cost only $7 million more than simply replacing the tracks. Furthermore, St. Clair Avenue is one of the few streets in Toronto wide enough to accommodate a dedicated right-of-way without significantly reducing the width of traffic lanes.

Possible extensions[edit]

Two major plans have been proposed and examined in the past. The first plan would see Route 512 extended west along St. Clair Avenue West to Runnymede Road, and south underneath the Canadian Pacific Railway Galt Subdivision line to a bus loop at Runnymede Road and Dundas Street West, replacing a portion of route 71 Runnymede. Streetcar tracks would then be extended southeast along Dundas Street West to Dundas West Station where the 504 King and 505 Dundas streetcar routes currently terminate. The tracks on Dundas would be served by a new route replacing the current 40 Junction bus route. While this scheme may not be warranted by potential ridership[citation needed], it would cut down the amount of deadhead (not-in-service) time required by St. Clair streetcars to get to St. Clair Avenue.

The other plan comes as part of Transit City, the Light Rail expansion proposal. It would see route 512 extended west on St. Clair all the way to Jane Street, replacing portions of routes 71 Runnymede and 79 Scarlett Road, where it would connect with the planned Jane Street LRT.

Stops and connecting routes[edit]

The St. Clair west right of way consists of 26 stops (east to west). Full Streetcar service resumed (St. Clair Station to Gunns Loop) on June 30, 2010.[6] Streetcar service resumed to Earlscourt Loop (Lansdowne Ave.) December 20, 2009,[7] with a pre-opening event on the 19th utilizing the TTC's two remaining PCC streetcars. Prior to that portion of the line being reopened streetcars only serviced stops between St. Clair and St. Clair West Stations.

The Torontoist reports that, even during rush hour, it takes 29 minutes to travel the entire route, from Yonge Street to Gunns Road.[8]

Night route[edit]

Unlike the 512 route, the 312 Blue Night buses stop at the curb (sidewalk), not the streetcar islands. Recently, the TTC placed several signs along the route to indicate this, likely due to passenger confusion over new, "far-side" streetcar stops while the curb bus stops remain "near-side" (stopping before crossing the intersection).

Transfer points on St. Clair and Jane, 312 St. Clair Blue Night bus:[9]


  • Bromley, John F., and Jack May. Fifty Years of Progressive Transit, Electric Railroaders’ Association, New York (New York), 1978.
  • Filey, Mike. Not a One-Horse Town: 125 Years of Toronto and its Streetcars, Gagne Printing, Louiseville (Quebec), 1986.
  • Hood, J. William. The Toronto Civic Railways: An Illustrated History, The Upper Canada Railway Society, Toronto (Ontario), 1986.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TTC Open Data (September 2014). "TTC Ridership - All Day Weekday for Surface Routes". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Toronto Transit Commission (September 18, 2009). "TTC Service Summary" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Lloyd Alter (2013-11-25). "Streetcars save cities: A look at 100 years of a Toronto streetcar line". Treehugger.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-11-25. A hundred years ago, a new streetcar line was installed on St. Clair Avenue in Toronto in a dedicated right-of-way. In 1928 they got rid of the right-of-way to make more room for cars; In 2006 they rebuilt it again, putting the right of way back. 
  4. ^ "Time-based Transfers: 512 St Clair Pilot Program". Toronto Transit Commission. 
  5. ^ TTC to end time-based transfer program blogto
  6. ^ "512 St Clair - Full streetcar service resumes June 30, 2010". Toronto Transit Commission. June 30, 2010. Archived from the original on June 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ "TTC Streetcar service advisory: 512 St. Clair and 505 Dundas routes". Toronto Transit Commission. 
  8. ^ Dan Foster (2011-04-05). "A St. Clair Journey". Archived from the original on 2013-12-23. 
  9. ^ Toronto Transit Commission. "TTC Blue Night Service Map" (PDF). 

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