Roncesvalles Carhouse

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Roncesvalles Carhouse
TTC Roncesvalles Carhouse expansion building.JPG
Maintenance building for Flexity Outlook streetcars
Location 20 The Queensway
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°38′22″N 79°26′52″W / 43.63944°N 79.44778°W / 43.63944; -79.44778Coordinates: 43°38′22″N 79°26′52″W / 43.63944°N 79.44778°W / 43.63944; -79.44778
Operated by Toronto Transit Commission
Structure type Streetcar carhouse, maintenance and storage facility
Opened 22 January 1895 (1895-01-22)
Rebuilt 1921

The Roncesvalles Carhouse, located at northwest corner of The Queensway and Roncessvales Avenue in Toronto, is the oldest of the Toronto Transit Commission’s carhouses.[1]

The carhouse is located west of the City's downtown core and maintains about half of the system's streetcars. The facility houses streetcars for 501 Queen, 504 King, 506 Carlton, 508 Lake Shore, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst, and 512 St. Clair routes.[2]


The Toronto Railway Company opened the Roncesvalles Carhouse on January 22, 1895. When the TTC took over in 1921 they demolished the old car barn and constructed the current facility, with the tracks realigned north-south.[2]

A new maintenance building has been added to handle the new low floor Flexity streetcars[3] introduced in 2014.

Sunnyside Loop[edit]

This is an anticlockwise streetcar loop, exterior to the southwest corner of the carhouse property. It is used to turn back westbound 501 Queen or 508 Lake Shore streetcars, which can only enter the loop westbound from The Queensway and exit southbound on Sunnyside Avenue to return eastbound. There is no passenger access and it is also the southern terminus of the 313 Jane Blue Night Network bus.[4]


  1. ^ "Public invited to tour TTC Roncesvalles Carhouse during Doors Open Toronto". News. TTC. 24 May 2012. Retrieved August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b James Bow. "Roncesvalles Carhouse". Transit Toronto. Retrieved August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Procurement Authorization, Roncesvalles Carhouse Maintenance Facility Extension" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. 31 January 2012. Retrieved August 2015. The Roncesvalles Carhouse expansion is required to maintain the new Low Floor Light Rail Vehicles 
  4. ^ TTC pages for Route 313 Jane

External links[edit]

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