Toronto Transit Commission route 510 'Spadina'
|Number of Branches||3|
|Distance||6.17km (Spadina Station - Union Station)|
|Types of vehicles used||CLRV|
|Ridership (2011)||55,400 (combined with 509 Harbourfront)|
509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina are two of 11 streetcar routes operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The two are grouped together for accounting purposes because they share a significant portion of their route.
510 Spadina operates from an underground platform at Spadina Station into a Right-of-Way along the entire length of Spadina Avenue to Queens Quay, where streetcars operate in another Right-of-Way and a tunnel underneath Bay Street to reach the underground loop at Union Station. The northern terminus for all streetcars is Spadina Station, and the southern termini include Union Station, King Street and Queens Quay & Spadina.
- June 22, 1990 - 604 Harbourfront begins running from Union Station to Spadina Avenue.
- July 27, 1997 - Route extended from Queens Quay to Spadina Station. Route becomes 510 Spadina.
- June 17, 2012 - Route is replaced by buses as reconstruction of the tracks and passenger islands is carried out. Modifications are required to meet accessibility standards for the new LRVs that are to enter service in 2014.
- July 5, 2012 - The Shuffle Demons perform their 1986 single "Spadina Bus" along Spadina Avenue on TTC 2252, a 1982 GM New Look.
This route has 3 branches:
- 510 Spadina Station - Union Station
- 510 Spadina Station - Queen's Quay & Spadina
- 510 Spadina Station - King
Overnight service is not provided, however the route operates until 1:00 AM every day.
Service is usually operated by CLRV streetcars, primarily due to the concerns about ALRVs at in the underground section. Should an ALRV encounter any problems, it can be difficult for one to be pushed or move with one powered truck up the grade at the portal on Queens Quay. There also is insufficient space to manually crank the brakes of an ALRV. At the Union Station loop, the operator cannot see the rear of an ALRV around the curve.