Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said officers were called to the tunnel, located in the middle of Queens Quay West near Bay Street, at around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. When police arrived, she said they found the male driver behind the wheel.
She said the man was arrested and charged with impaired driving.
This is the second incident in a week which saw a vehicle enter the streetcar-only tunnel.
TTC spokesperson Brad Ross told Global News there have been approximately more than two dozen instances in which transit staff were notified of vehicles making it into the tunnel. TTC staff have installed signs and lights in an effort to prevent vehicles from entering the streetcar right-of-way.
After the incident on Sunday, Ross said staff began looking at gate designs. He said the gate, which could be similar to ones used in parking garages, would potentially be triggered by a transponder on the streetcar.
Ross said these types of incidents have a major impact on the TTC’s operations.
“We’re talking the 509 and 510, two very busy streetcar routes … we cannot use Union Station. It’s a very significant inconvenience for our customers,” he said, adding the transit agency has to pull buses from other surface routes to operate a shuttle service for customers.
“For us, we have to bring a special crew in to do this work and we need to make sure the track hasn’t been damaged.”
Ross didn’t have a timeframe on when the gate would be operational, noting staff need to continue with the design work, installation and testing.