The Exhibition Loop-Dufferin Gate Loop Streetcar Extension project is part of the Council-approved Waterfront Transit Network plan. The project proposes a new streetcar connection between Exhibition Loop, on the north side of Exhibition Place, and Dufferin Gate Loop on Dufferin Street, north of the Dufferin Gate of Exhibition Place. This connection would allow a new streetcar service to be operated between Union Station, Dufferin Street, King Street, the Queensway, and farther west. The project would provide future connections to any higher-capacity streetcar line built along the Gardiner Expressway/Lake Shore Boulevard West corridor.
Work on the project is being undertaken in coordination with other capital infrastructure improvements in the area, including replacement of the Dufferin Bridges over the Lake Shore West Rail Corridor and Gardiner Expressway, Liberty New Street, Metrolinx’s Exhibition GO Station improvements, and electrification of the Rail Corridor. In addition, the work is being considered in the context of the City’s Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment, longer-term Master Planning for Exhibition Place, and the redevelopment plans for Ontario Place by the Province of Ontario.
The TTC completed the Preliminary Design and Engineering for the Exhibition Loop-Dufferin Gate Loop Streetcar Extension in early 2020. The project is currently on hold until further details about the Ontario Line station, and other initiatives in the Exhibition Place and Ontario Place areas, are available.