Toronto Transit Commission facilities

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Toronto Transit Commission facilities are bus garages, carhouses, and subway yards for fleet and rolling stock of the Toronto Transit Commission.

Current[edit]

Arrow Road Bus Garage[edit]

Arrow Road Garage operates a number of routes throughout North York, Etobicoke, Vaughan, and small portions of Old Toronto, and services mainly Orion VII Diesels, and Orion VII NG hybrids, and the new Novabus LFS.

  • Address: 700 Arrow Road
  • Opened: 1988
  • Facility: Bus garage

Birchmount Bus Garage[edit]

Birchmount Garage is one of three bus facilities in Scarborough and is located at Birchmount & Danforth Roads. The garage operates many routes in East York, eastern portion of Toronto such as East Danforth, Markham, and Scarborough neighborhoods of Birch Cliff, Bendale, Clairlea, Cliffside and Kennedy Park). It services Orion VIIs and Orion VII NGs.

  • Address: 400 Danforth Road
  • Opened: 1956
  • Facilities: A 89,500 square feet (8,310 m2) garage, 2 wash racks, 2 fueling stations, 4 inspection pit stations, 10 40-foot (12.192 m) hoists, and 1 UWE heating system for storage outdoors.

Davisville Subway Yard[edit]

Main article: Davisville Yard
Davisville Yard, station and the McBrien Building at 1900 Yonge St.

Davisville Subway Yard, which is located on the west side of Yonge Street south of Chaplin Crescent, opened in 1954 with the Yonge Subway. The facility is used to store trains and other non-revenue rail equipment. The carhouse performs light maintenance and repairs on the trains. Davisville was the only yard on the line until the Wilson Yard opened in 1978, as part of the Spadina extension.

  • Address: 1900 Yonge Street, Toronto
  • Opened: 1954
  • Facility: subway yard, subway carhouse, maintenance shops

Eglinton Bus Garage[edit]

Eglinton Bus Garage

The Eglinton Bus Garage[1] is located at Comstock Rd & Lebovic Rd. The current garage opened in 2002, replacing the old Eglinton Garage located at Yonge and Eglinton (now used as a permanent bus terminal for Eglinton Station) and the Danforth Garage. The garage services the TTC's Orion VIIs.

  • Address: 38 Comstock Road
  • Opened: 2002
  • Facility: Bus garage

Greenwood Subway Yard[edit]

Main article: Greenwood Subway Yard
Greenwood Complex

The Greenwood Complex is a subway yard and subway maintenance shop on the Bloor-Danforth line. Maintenance and storage of trains for the Bloor-Danforth subway are done at Greenwood Carhouse.

  • Address: 400 Greenwood Avenue
  • Opened: 1965
  • Facility: subway yard, subway carhouse, maintenance shops

Hillcrest Complex[edit]

Main article: Hillcrest Complex

Hillcrest Complex is the TTC's largest facility and is responsible for most of the maintenance work on the system's surface vehicles, including heavy overhauls, repairs and repainting.

  • Address: 1138 Bathurst Street
  • Opened: 1924

Lakeshore Bus Garage[edit]

Wheel-Trans vehicles at Lakeshore

Lakeshore Garage supports the TTC Wheel-Trans fleet of ELF, Friendly Buses and Orion II Community buses. Lakeshore opened in 1980 as the main garage for Gray Coach Lines, which moved out in 1991 following the sale of Gray Coach Lines to Stagecoach Holdings. From 1991 onwards the facility has been occupied by Wheel-Trans.

  • Address: 580 Commissioners Street
  • Opened: 1980
  • Facility: bus garage

Leslie Barns[edit]

Main article: Leslie Barns

Leslie Barns is a light rail vehicle storage and maintenance facility located at the southeast corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard. It will house and service the new Flexity Outlook light rail vehicles. The facility opened on November 22, 2015, but will not be fully occupied until 2016.

Malvern Bus Garage[edit]

Malvern Complex in Scarborough

Malvern Garage is a bus garage servicing vehicles in the Malvern Division. The garage operates some routes in north and eastern Scarborough and Markham such as Agincourt, L'Amoreaux, Malvern, Milliken, Ontario and the east half of North York (Bayview Woods – Steeles and Newtonbrook). It services Orion VII Hybrids, and Orion VII NG hybrids, and the new Novabus LFS Artics. During peak periods approximately 230 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

  • Address: 5050 Sheppard Avenue East
  • Opened: 1983
  • Facility: bus garage

McCowan RT Yard[edit]

SRT trains in the McCowan Carhouse

McCowan Yard was opened in 1985 to service the Scarborough RT.

Most maintenance on RT vehicles is done at the facility, but some work is done at Hillcrest Complex and Greenwood Subway Yard. The facility will close and likely be demolished following the closure of the RT.

  • Address: 1720 Ellesmere Road
  • Opened: 1985
  • Facility: RT carhouse

Mount Dennis Bus Garage[edit]

Buses on lifts at Mt Dennis Garage

Mount Dennis Garage, the newest of the TTC's garages, opened on 23 November 2008 (after sitting empty for a year). The facility covers routes for west and central Toronto. It services Orion VII Hybrids, and Orion VII NG hybrids, and Novabus LFS Artics. During peak periods approximately 230 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

  • Address: 121 Industry Street
  • Opened: 2008
  • Facility: bus garage and maintenance facility

Queensway Bus Garage[edit]

Queensway Garage is the major facility for Etobicoke and services New Flyer D40LF and Orion VIIs. The garage operates some routes mainly in Etobicoke such as Alderwood, Mimico, New Toronto, Rexdale and Thistletown as well as the west half of Old Toronto. During peak periods approximately 150 buses from the garage are in revenue service.[2]

  • Address: 400 Evans Avenue, Etobicoke
  • Opened: 1966
  • Facility: bus garage

Roncesvalles Carhouse[edit]

Main article: Roncesvalles Carhouse

The Roncesvalles Carhouse is located west of the City's downtown core and services most of the system's streetcar routes.

Russell Carhouse[edit]

Main article: Russell Carhouse

The Russell Carhouse, located on Queen Street East near the intersection with Greenwood Avenue, services most of the system's streetcar routes.

Vincent Subway Yard[edit]

Vincent Yard at Dundas West Station looking westwards towards Keele Station.

Vincent Yard (sometimes known as Keele) is the smallest subway yard in the subway system. The yard consists of a short four-track section of track and tunnels to store cars, and is located between the Dundas West and Keele Stations on the Bloor-Danforth line. The capacity of the yard is eight (6 car) train sets: one in the tunnel and one outdoors on each of the four tracks. Leading up to 2014, the yard has been used for work trains only, and three of the tracks were closed off. However, as of 2014, Vincent Yard is under construction in order to reactivate it for train storage.[3]

  • Location: northeast of Bloor Street West and Keele Street - High Park North
  • Opened: 1966
  • Facility: subway yard

Wilson Bus Garage and Subway Yard[edit]

Wilson Bus Garage viewed from a southbound train, facing west
Main article: Wilson Yard

The Wilson Complex is the largest bus facility and second largest subway yard in the system. The garage serviced the TTC fleet of natural gas powered buses before they were scrapped or converted to Diesel operation. Wilson services Orion VII NG hybrids, Orion VII NGs diesels, Orion VII EPA10s, and the new Novabus LFS Artic 3rd/4th Gen. This garage operates the most surface routes in the TTC network (the role previously taken by New Eglinton), it operates many of the largest routes throughout Central Toronto, North York, York, Old Toronto, Vaughan and few in East York and Scarborough.

Historic[edit]

  • Danforth Carhouse and Bus Garage (1921–2002) - converted to storage and office space
  • Davenport Bus Garage (1930–1992)
  • Eglinton Carhouse and Bus Garage (1921–2002) - bus garage converted to a (temporary) bus terminal at Eglinton station
  • Lansdowne Carhouse and Bus Garage (1921–1996) - demolished
  • Parkdale Bus Garage (1947–1980) - demolished
  • Sherbourne Bus Garage (1930–1980) - demolished
  • St. Clair Carhouse (1921–1992) - partially demolished and converted to Wychwood Barns
  • Woodbine Bus Garage (1954–1956) - demolished
  • Wychwood Barns (1913-1996) - part of St. Clair Carhouse, barns are now converted into community centre and urban park
  • George Street Yard (1894?-1960s) - annex for Sherbourne Garage and used to store and scrap streetcars; located at 170 The Esplanade East; now part of David Crombie Park built along with the St. Lawrence housing project (built between 1960s to1990s)
  • 165 Front Street East - Built 1886-1887 for Toronto Street Railway near St Lawrence Market as horse stables and became electrical generating plant 1891 after horsecar converted to electric car operations by Toronto Railway Company; later as storage space 1906 and acquired by TTC in 1921; used until 1924 and deemed surplus in 1970s; sold to Young People's Theatre 1977

Planned[edit]

Mount Dennis/Weston Road LRT carhouse

Main article: Eglinton LRT Carhouse
Future site of the carbarn for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

A planned maintenance and storage facility for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT would be built on a derelict parcel of land between Weston Road and Black Creek Drive.

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