TTC unveils $61,000 gates at Queens Quay tunnel to stop confused motorists from entering

TTC unveils $61,000 gates at Queens Quay tunnel to stop confused motorists from entering

In its latest effort to prevent motorists from driving in to the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel, the TTC unveiled drop-down gates that open only for streetcars.

“It should be next to impossible for motorists to mistakenly find their way into the #TTC streetcar tunnel on Queens Quay,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green tweeted with a video he posted Friday.

The 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcars, which use the Queens Quay tunnel, will be equipped with transponders that automatically trigger the gates to open when approaching, Green said. Once the streetcars have passed, sensors will signal the gates to close.

Installation of the $61,000 system began in late July and had to go through testing and operator training before it could be implemented.

The tunnel has been a notorious magnet for wayward drivers. Since 2014, there have been at least 26 incidents of cars entering the streetcar tunnel, often causing big delays to service.

The TTC has implemented numerous measures to curb drivers from entering the streetcar-only area.

In April, the commission installed bright-yellow bollards at the Queens Quay and York St. intersection.

In September, streetcar tracks at Spadina Ave. and Queens Quay were painted red in an effort to alert drivers to avoid the area, though Star photographers noted drivers confusingly continued onto the streetcar tracks.

Bianca Bharti is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @biancabharti.

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