Several changes will take effect on October 13, 2019 (unless otherwise noted) and include service reliability improvements, service increase, improvements due to the Junction Area Study, new express stops, route/service/seasonal adjustments, and construction-related changes.

Service reliability improvements

The Service Reliability Program, which continuously monitors and improves schedules to better match observed operating conditions, will result in new schedules for the following lines/routes:

  • 12 Kingston Rd
  • 16 McCowan
  • 17 Birchmount
  • 34 Eglinton East
  • 47 Lansdowne
  • 51 Leslie
  • 66 Prince Edward
  • 71 Runnymede
  • 75 Sherbourne
  • 77 Swansea
  • 79 Scarlett Rd
  • 83 Jones
  • 87 Cosburn
  • 96 Wilson
  • 98 Willowdale-Senlac
  • 100 Flemingdon Park
  • 102 Markham Rd
  • 108 Driftwood
  • 165 Weston Rd North
  • 506/306 Carlton
  • 509 Harbourfront
  • 510 Spadina

Service increase

506/306 Carlton
Low-floor streetcars are being introduced on the 506 Carlton route and schedules will be adjusted to reflect the capacity of these vehicles. There will continue to be a mix of low-floor streetcars and older CLRV streetcars until November. Buses will continue to operate during the busiest times in the morning peak period to reduce wait times and supplement capacity.

Overnight service will be increased to reduce storage requirements for low-floor streetcars. Service will operate every 20 minutes.

510/310 Spadina
Overnight service will improve to reduce low-floor streetcar storage requirements. Overnight service will operate every 15 minutes between Spadina Station and Union Station.

Improvements due to the Junction Area Study

30 Lambton becomes 30 High Park
As part of the Junction Area Study, this route name will change from 30 Lambton to 30 High Park, and connect between High Park Station and Runnymede Loop at Runnymede Road and Dundas Street West. This service will replace the existing 30 Lambton service on the High Park Avenue corridor. Service will operate every 20 minutes at all times except the late evening, when service operates every 15 minutes.

40 Junction becomes 40 Junction-Dundas West
As part of the Junction Area Study, the route name will change from 40 Junction to 40 Junction-Dundas West, and operate from Dundas West Station to Kipling Station via Dundas Street West. This new route will replace part of the former 30 Lambton. Part of the service from Dundas West Station will turn back at Jane and St Clair in all periods of the week to provide higher frequency service in the Junction Area.

Service between Dundas West Station and Jane Street will operate every 8 to 9 minutes during peak periods and every 10 to 15 minutes in off-peak periods. Service west of Jane Street along Dundas Street West will operate every 16 to 18 minutes during the peak periods and every 20 to 30 minutes in the off-peak periods.

71 Runnymede
This route will change as part of the implementation of the improvements from the Junction Area Study. All service on this route will operate between Runnymede Station and Industry Street. Service north of St Clair will operate approximately every 10 to 15 minutes in all periods except late evening, which operates approximately every 20 minutes.

Service along St Clair Avenue West previously operated by the 71A (Runnymede Station-Gunns Loop) branch will be replaced by a new 189 Stockyards service that operates continuously along St Clair Avenue West to provide customers with better connections. The 189 Stockyards will operate from High Park Station and Keele Station, and along St Clair Avenue West between Keele Street and Scarlett Road.

Schedules will also be revised, Monday to Friday, to improve service reliability. Service levels and trip times will change throughout the day. 

189 Stockyards
As part of the Junction Area Study, the new route 189 Stockyards will commence service. The 189 Stockyards will operate from High Park Station to Scarlett Road, via Keele Street and St Clair Avenue West. This route will operate all periods of the week, and will provide seamless service on St Clair Avenue West, west of Gunns Loop. Service will operate every 20 to 30 minutes at all times.

New express stops

941 Keele Express (effective October 15) 
Two new express stops will be introduced to 941 Keele Express to standardize stop express stop spacing on the corridor. The new stops will be at Keele Street and St Regis Crescent (stop ID 13924 and 4036), and at Keele Street and Whitburn Crescent / Downsview Park Boulevard (stop ID 4048 and 4047).

Route/service/seasonal adjustments

85 Sheppard East
Service to Toronto Zoo will end at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays to reflect fall operating hours at the Toronto Zoo. Service after 6 p.m. will not enter the Zoo.

On Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14 (Thanksgiving Day), service to the Toronto Zoo will end at approximately 8 p.m. 

86 Scarborough
Service to Toronto Zoo will end at approximately 6 p.m. on all days of the week to reflect fall operating hours at the Toronto Zoo. Service to the Zoo will continue on weekends. Saturday and Sunday schedules will end at approximately 6 p.m.

On Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14 (Thanksgiving Day), service to the Toronto Zoo will end at approximately 8 p.m.

121 Fort York-Esplanade
Seasonal service extensions to Ontario Place and Cherry Beach will end and all service will operate on the 121A (Princes’ Gate-Distillery) branch. Buses will operate again via Navy Wharf Court and Blue Jays Way to restore service to the eastbound stop on Bremner Boulevard, farside at Spadina Avenue.

175 Bluffer’s Park
Seasonal service to Bluffer’s Park will end. Service will return in spring 2020.

509 Harbourfront
Service will be increased in the morning peak period to reduce crowding, with resources reallocated from the afternoon peak period, when service will be reduced.

Summer service increases Monday to Friday evenings and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays will end.

Construction-related changes

Keele Station – Easier Access Construction – Bus Bay Impacts (until early 2020)
Construction will start at Keele Station for the Easier Access project. Part of the bus terminal will be occupied for construction staging and the bay assignments for bus routes at this station will need to move around to accommodate the construction. See signage in the station for details.

Runnymede Station – Easier Access Construction – Bus Bay Impacts (until end of 2020)
Construction of a new elevator between street level and the subway concourse will start at Runnymede Station as part of the Easier Access project. The entire bus terminal will be closed temporarily for construction and bus routes will need to divert:

  • 71 Runnymede and 77 Swansea will be interlined and operate continuously through Bloor Street in both directions. Customers will use on-street stops on Runnymede Road in front of the station.
  • 79 Scarlett Rd will divert southbound via Annette Street, High Park Avenue, and Bloor Street West to Runnymede Station. Southbound buses will serve a drop-off only stop in front of High Park Station. Northbound trips on the 79 Scarlett Rd will board in front of Runnymede Station.

34 Eglinton East (effective October 15, 2019) 
Schedules will be revised, Monday to Friday, to improve service reliability during continued LRT construction on Eglinton Avenue for Line 5. Service levels and trip times will change throughout the day. Service will also be reduced to reallocate resources to other routes. 

36 Finch West (effective October 15, 2019) 
Due to Metrolinx Line 6 construction at Finch Ave West and Keele Street, schedules will be adjusted in all periods. Additional time and buses will be added to mitigate anticipated delays. Service levels will be maintained throughout the day.

72 Pape
Beginning October 30, 2019 until mid-2020, Waterfront Toronto will close Commissioners Street from Cherry Street to Saulter Street as part of the Port Lands Flood Protection Project. As a result, 72 Pape service will be rerouted (service levels will remain unchanged):

  • 72B (Pape Station-Union Station) buses will divert via Villiers Street and Saulter Street, in both directions
  • 72C (Pape Station-Commissioners) buses will turn back via Saulter, Villiers, Don Roadway, and Saulter to Commissioners

This change is necessary as Waterfront Toronto works to provide flood protection for the Port Lands for future development and to renaturalize the mouth of the Don River.

Between October 13, 2019 and October 30, 2019, service will operate on the current routing, but will not be reflected in online schedules and real-time information.

505 Dundas
City watermain construction on Dundas Street is now complete and regular service has resumed. Bus service will continue as TTC upgrades streetcar overhead in preparation of full low-floor streetcar service in spring 2020.