It’s official. The Toronto Transit Commission has a new name – Leslie Barns – for its newest home for Toronto’s streetcars. Formerly known as the “Ashbridges Bay Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility,” Leslie Barns is now under construction at the southeast corner of Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street.
New Streetcars… New Home
When construction is complete in July 2014, Leslie Barns will provide a state-of-the-art storage and maintenance facility for Toronto’s new streetcar fleet. Existing TTC streetcar facilities − the Roncesvalles and Russell (Connaught) Carhouses − are both over 80 years old and cannot support the maintenance and full storage needs of the new streetcar fleet. However, they will continue operating to store approximately half of the new streetcars.