Maybe it is how things are done in the past, but why should a busy streetcar route be shut down when a subway that follows it is opened?Concerning the plans to spit the 501 into two routes, the 501A and 501B.
Wouldn’t the 501B Long Branch to Riverside Loop be only a temporary route. Until that is, the Ontario Line (AKA Downtown Relief Line) goes into operation? Whenever that would be.
With the Ontario Line’s Leslieville Station or the Downtown Relief Line’s Carlaw Station (both located on Queen Street East), wouldn’t it become the new eastern “terminal” for the 501B? And would it be a on-street transfer or off-street paid-area transfer? For both the 501A and 501B?
That should put a wrinkle with Metrolinx plans.