TTC-streetcar-service-returns-to-Queen's-Quay

509 Harbourfont and 510 Spadina cars back on track

CBC News Posted: Oct 13, 2014 9:40 AM ET| Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014 9:40 AM ET

The waterfront  revitalization project began in 2012 and is meant to turn Queen's Quay into a more pedestrian-friendly area.

The waterfront revitalization project began in 2012 and is meant to turn Queen's Quay into a more pedestrian-friendly area.

The waterfront revitalization project began in 2012 and is meant to turn Queen's Quay into a more pedestrian-friendly area. (David Donnelly/CBC)

 Streetcars are back in service on the Queen's Quay after a nearly two-year hiatus.

Noticeable progress is being made on the waterfront revitalization project as the 509 Harbourfont and 510 Spadina cars are back on track along the waterfront thoroughfare.

"We're getting closer and closer to being finished," said Andrew Hilton, director of communications and marketing for Waterfront Toronto. "I think the street car is one of the most obvious signs that the project is on schedule and we're moving ahead."

Planning agency Waterfront Toronto on Tuesday detailed plans for a revitalization of a 1.5-kilometre stretch of Queen's Quay Boulevard between Yo Yo Ma Lane, just west of Lower Spadina Ave., and Bay St. Pictured is a rendering of the plan looking west at Lower Simcoe St. (Waterfront Toronto)

The design by West 8 + DTAH envisions the construction of a two-way streetcar corridor on the south side of Queen's Quay. Vehicle traffic would be reduced to a lane each on the north side. (Waterfront Toronto)

A granite pedestrian promenade will be built on the south side of Queen's Quay. The cobblestone surface will be built with Royal Canadian red granite, accented with maple leaf figures outlined with light grey St. Sebastien granite. (Waterfront Toronto)

This is a current photo of a section of what will become the pedestrian promenade on the south side of Queen's Quay. (Waterfront Toronto)

This is a depiction of what that same stretch will look like after the revitalization is completed. Under the new plans, the sidewalk will be widened to an average of five metres. (Waterfront Toronto)

The Martin Goodman Trail between Yo Yo Ma Lane and Bay Street will be revamped. As part of the plan, 25 backless benches installed along Queen's Quay. (Waterfront Toronto)

The proposed north sidewalk of Queen's Quay is shown here. (Waterfront Toronto)

The north portion of the Queen's Quay sidewalk as it currently stands. (Waterfront Toronto)

A rendering of what the same stretch will look like after the revamp. The entire Queen's Quay revitalization is expected to be completed by 2015 and is expected to cost approximately $110 million. (Waterfront Toronto)

The revitalization project began in 2012 and is meant to turn Queen's Quay into a more pedestrian-friendly area.

"This is a street that was meant for people, and that means a sidewalk that is three times the size it was," Hilton said.

Most of the TTC construction in the area was done to accommodate ticket vending machines and the new low-riding streetcars.

Waterfront Toronto estimates the revitalization project will cost $150 million and is slated for completion in spring 2015.

Store owner Gary Li says the upheaval has impacted his business, but says he plans to wait out the construction.

"My store is isolated, so it's hard for business," he said. "It's getting better but we are still suffering."

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