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The Spadina Bus is Coming Back, Temporarily

The 510 Spadina streetcar line will be out of service for maintenance, starting Monday.

The TTC has just announced that, starting Monday, the Spadina Avenue streetcar will temporarily be out of service while construction crews perform track maintenance and make improvements to other aspects of the streetcar right-of-way, like the platforms. They’ll also be upgrading the power system so that it’s ready for the arrival of our new-model streetcars. (When last we checked, the first of those were due to show up in 2013.) The track work is expected to be finished in the fall, with more to come next summer.

To replace the streetcars until the work is finished, the TTC will be operating buses on Spadina, using temporary curb stops. (The buses won’t run in the streetcar lane.) This will inevitably mess up traffic on one Toronto’s busier arterials, but there is good news: the 1986 Shuffle Demons single “Spadina Bus,” written before the streetcar line went into service in 1997, is now on top of the zeitgeist once again.

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