505 Dundas

The 505 Dundas is a streetcar route run by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The route is roughly U-shaped running mainly along Dundas Street between Dundas West and Broadview stations along subway Line 2 Bloor–Danforth.

505 Dundas
505 Dundas Westbound Dufferin.jpg
A westbound 505 Dundas streetcar at
the intersection of Dundas and Dufferin Street
TypeStreetcar route
LocaleToronto, Ontario
TerminiBroadview Station (east)
Dundas West Station (west)
StationsTTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Dundas,
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg St. Patrick,
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Dundas West,
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Broadview
Daily ridership32,410 (2014)[1]
Operator(s)Toronto Transit Commission
Depot(s)Leslie Barns[2]
Rolling stockFlexity Outlook
Line length10.92 km (6.79 mi)[2]
Track gauge4 ft 10 78 in (1,495 mm)
Electrification600 V DC overhead
Route number505
Route map

Transfer stop
Intermediate stop
Connection  00  Terminus  00 

Dundas West Station
BSicon BUS1.svg  40   168  BSicon CLRV.svg  504  TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Edna Avenue
Bloor Street
BSicon CLRV.svg  504 
Roncesvalles Avenue
BSicon CLRV.svg  504 
↓ Howard Park Avenue/Morrow Avenue ↑
BSicon CLRV.svg  506 
Sorauren Avenue
Metrolinx Galt Subdivision
Metrolinx Weston Subdivision
Sterling Road
Metrolinx Newmarket Subdivision
Lansdowne Avenue
BSicon BUS1.svg  47 
Brock Avenue
Sheridan Avenue
Dufferin Street
BSicon BUS1.svg  29   929 
Gladstone Avenue
↓ Lisgar Street/Rusholme Road ↑
Dovercourt Road
Ossington Avenue
BSicon BUS1.svg  63 
Shaw Street
Grace Street
Manning Avenue
Bathurst Street
BSicon BUS1.svg  145  BSicon CLRV.svg  511 
Denison Avenue
Spadina Avenue
BSicon CLRV.svg  510 
Huron Street
Beverley Street
McCaul Street
University Avenue
BSicon BUS1.svg  142  TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Chestnut Street
Toronto Coach Terminal
Bay Street
BSicon BUS1.svg  6  Toronto Coach Terminal
Yonge Street
BSicon BUS1.svg  97  TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Church Street
Jarvis Street
BSicon BUS1.svg  141 
Sherbourne Street
BSicon BUS1.svg  75 
Ontario Street
Parliament Street
BSicon BUS1.svg  65 
Sackville Street
Sumach Street
River Street
Metrolinx Bala Subdivision
Munro Street
Dundas Street & Broadview Avenue
BSicon CLRV.svg  504 
Mt. Stephen Street
Gerrard Street East
BSicon BUS1.svg  506 
Jack Layton Way - Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
Langley Avenue
Withrow Avenue
Millbrook Crescent
Wolfrey Avenue
Broadview Avenue
Broadview Station
BSicon BUS1.svg  8   62   87   100  BSicon CLRV.svg  504  TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg


The route starts at Dundas West station on subway Line 2 Bloor–Danforth and goes south along Dundas Street West. The street curves southeast and passes Howard Park. Here it briefly merges with the 506 Carlton line as it passes over a bridge for the main Canadian National Railways line that runs down to Union Station. To the east of the bridge past Lansdowne Avenue it continues on its own again in a roughly south-east direction before turning eastward at Ossington Avenue. Downtown, the route passes subway Line 1 Yonge–University at two stations: St. Patrick station at University Avenue and Dundas station at Yonge Street. It continues east towards Broadview Avenue where it turns north and merges with the 504 King streetcar line. Both streetcar routes end their journey at Broadview station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth.

The route operates seven days a week from early morning to after midnight. During weekday rush hours, day time and early evenings, average service frequency is 5–7 minutes. Saturday daytime services have an average frequency of 5–7 minutes with Sunday daytime service frequency averaging 6–8 minutes.


Just prior to 1966, the east and west ends of Dundas Street were covered by separate streetcar routes. Dundas Street West was served by the pre-1966 Dundas streetcar route running from the Runnymede Loop at Runnymede Road to the City Hall Loop south of Bay and Dundas streets. Dundas Street East was served by part of the now-defunct Harbord streetcar line between Broadview Avenue and Spadina Avenue. The two routes overlapped between Bay Street and Spadina Avenue.[3]

When subway Line 2 Bloor–Danforth opened in 1966, the Harbord streetcar route was abandoned, and the Dundas streetcar route was extended eastward onto Dundas Street East and then north on Broadview Avenue to terminate at Broadview station.[4] At the west end of the line, the Dundas streetcar still operated to the Runnymede Loop passing through Dundas West station in both directions. There was still a branch to the City Hall Loop where every second eastbound Dundas streetcar used to terminate and turn back.[5]

In 1968, the section of the Dundas streetcar line between Dundas West station and the Runnymede Loop was replaced by the 40 Junction bus.[5] Now, except for the branch to the City Hall Loop, the Dundas route became the same as today's 505 Dundas route.

On January 6, 1975, the City Hall Loop was closed due to construction of the Eaton Centre. Any downtown short-turning of eastbound Dundas streetcars was around an on-street loop: south on Church Street, west on Queen Street, north on Victoria Street then west on Dundas Street.[5]

On February 18, 2018, the route began being operated with buses instead of streetcars due to a streetcar shortage[6] and to reassign streetcars in order to address crowding on other routes.[7] Streetcar service was originally expected to return on March 29, 2020, but was delayed to complete upgrades to the overhead infrastructure for pantograph operation.[8][9] On April 20, 2020, Flexity Outlook streetcars went into service on 505 Dundas on the same day that streetcars were withdrawn from 511 Bathurst due to construction projects.[10]

Sites along the line (from west to east)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ TTC Open Data (September 2014). "TTC Ridership - All Day Weekday for Surface Routes". Toronto Transit Commission. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "TTC Service Summary March 29, 2020 to May 9, 2020" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. March 29, 2020.
  3. ^ "TTC Ride Guide 1965". Toronto Transportation Commission. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "TTC Ride Guide 1966". Toronto Transportation Commission. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Bow, James (September 6, 2017). "Route 505 - The Dundas Streetcar". Transit Toronto. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "505 Dundas - Temporary bus replacement - Streetcar shortage". Toronto Transit Commission. February 18, 2018. Archived from the original on January 26, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Moore, Oliver (January 11, 2018). "Toronto's King streetcar sees 'spectacular' rise in ridership". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "505 Dundas - Buses replace streetcars". Toronto Transit Commission. September 30, 2019. Archived from the original on March 7, 2020. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "505 Dundas - Bus operation continues – Overhead upgrades". Toronto Transit Commission. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "505 Dundas and 511 Bathurst service changes". Toronto Transit Commission. April 20, 2020. Archived from the original on April 21, 2020. Retrieved April 21, 2020.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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