There’s no doubt about the benefits of having the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) staged in downtown Toronto but it will come at a cost once again this year.
The TIFF ‘Festival Street’ event will close King St. W. between Spadina Ave. and University Ave. from 5 a.m. on Sept. 8 until 5 a.m. on Sept. 12.
This will result in the diversion of the 504 King streetcar for the four-day festival.
Despite concerns in the past about the disruption, TTC officials say the event is a major draw to the city.
There’s a bigger picture that we have to be mindful of. Certainly we at the TTC are mindful of it and that is what TIFF does for the overall economy that we are part of. So we have to play our part,” said TTC spokesman Brad Ross.
In addition to the King streetcar, the 514 Cherry and 304 King night route will also be impacted by the road closure.
“What we’ve said is we’ll do all we can to mitigate the inconvenience,” Ross said. “We’ll make sure at the corner of King and Spadina, for example, that we have police officers to assist with traffic so that streetcars that have to turn there can do so as effortlessly as possible.”