Despite extensive coverage by both online and print media, Monday’s splitting of the 24-kilometre Queen streetcar route came as a bit of a surprise to many, necessitating lengthy explanations at the new turnpoints (Parliament, Shaw), as well as the odd enraged passenger (a particularly vocal, slightly off-kilter, middle-aged man waiting at Shaw screamed, “Where is the Long Branch and all those f**king c**ksuckers at?!”). In the name of research, Torontoist travelled the entire length of the route, beginning at Yonge and Queen, continuing all the way east to Neville Park, and then traversing the entire 24 kilometres to Long Branch, getting off and on as required. To see how we fared, see the photo gallery above.
Regardless of the split, riding across Toronto on the Queen streetcar—if you have the time—should be on everyone’s list of things to do before they die. Viewing the breadth of our colourful city with its storefronts, landmarks, green spaces, and people beats TV any day.
All photos by Ayngelina Brogan/Torontoist.