Toronto International Film Festival – 2015 King Street TTC Service UPDATE

Dear Neighbours,

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of our city's most important arts and cultural festivals, is just around the corner. This year, a portion of King Street will be closed for the first four days of the Festival: Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13. This closure will support free pedestrian programming called "Festival Street" and ensure the safety of the large crowds who attend the opening days of TIFF.

I have worked closely with the TTC, Transportation Services, Economic Development and Culture, and TIFF to discuss the details of the closure over the past several months. We have worked hard to ensure that an extensive communication and mitigation plan is put in place to inform residents of the closure and the re-routing of the 504 King streetcar, as well as to minimize the impact on residents, road, and transit users.

The TTC has worked to create a diversion plan that addresses last year's congestion on the Queen Streetcar route and better supports transit riders along the King route. Please click here to view a map of all TTC service changes for September 10-13.

The 504 King streetcar will be divided into two separate services. Streetcars from the west will be turning north at Bathurst Street to Bathurst subway station returning to Dundas West station via south on Bathurst Street and west on King Street.

504 King streetcar service from the east will be turning back via a loop, travelling westbound on Wellington Street from Church Street to York Street, and eastbound only on King Street from York Street to Church Street.

504 King bus service will bridge the gap, operating on King Street between Parliament Street in the east and Dufferin Street in the west, with a diversion to Richmond Street (westbound) and Adelaide Street (eastbound) between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue.

Overnight, the 304 King night bus will divert to Queen Street from Spadina Avenue to Church Street eastbound, and from York Street to Spadina Avenue westbound.

TIFF is distributing the TTC information materials to residents in Wards 20, 19, 18, and 14 who are most affected by the changes to transit service. There will also be extensive communication locally and across the King streetcar route to ensure maximum awareness of the closure and modified service.

As we look ahead to future years, we will be working closely with City Staff, the TTC and TIFF to discuss the area of the street closure, and to review possible alternate options and configurations that minimize the impact on transit users and continue to support TIFF's success in our City.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office at any time if you have any questions.

Take care,

Joe