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Subway closes early, April 5 to 8: Finch West to Lawrence West



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From Monday, April 5 until Thursday, April 8, the TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University earlier than usually between Finch West and Lawrence West stations. Line 1 trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Finch West stations and between Lawrence West and Finch stations after 11 p.m. those evenings.

Shuttle buses partly replace subway service. The buses start and end their trips in the terminals at Finch West and Lawrence West, then drop off or pick up passengers at stops on the street near all other stations on the closed section of the line.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)

Most stations on this section of Line 1 remain open so that passengers can pay for fares or connect with TTC buses. However, Downsview Park and Yorkdale stations are closed.

Although shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans service is also available. Ask TTC staff in each station for information about Wheel-Trans at that station.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, TTC crews are repairing leaks and maintaining the tracks. According to a TTC news release, “While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and state of good repair work as well as… signal upgrades.”


Shuttle buses

(The TTC has not confirmed routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it and third-party sources [such as TransSee] have provided on previous occasions when this section of the subway has been closed.)

All day Sunday, December 2, southbound buses start their trips in Finch West Station terminal, then proceed:

westward along Four Winds Drive;
northward along Tangiers Road;
eastward along the York University Busway;
southward along Dufferin Street and William R. Allen Road;
eastward into Sheppard West Station bus terminal;
eastward along Sheppard Avenue West;
southward along Wilson Heights Boulevard;
west- and southward along Transit Road into Wilson Station bus terminal,
north- and **eastward along Transit Road;
southward along William R. Allen Road and Yorkdale Road, stopping at Yorkdale Station;
southward along Yorkdale and Allen;
eastward along Lawrence Avenue West; and then
southward into Lawrence West Station bus terminal.

Northbound buses start their trips in Lawrence West Station bus terminal, then proceed:

westward along Lawrence Avenue West;
northward along William R. Allen and Yorkdale Roads, stopping at Yorkdale Station;
northward along Yorkdale and Allen;
southward along Wilson Heights Boulevard;
west- and southward along Transit Road into Wilson Station bus terminal,
north- and **eastward along Transit Road;
northward along Allen;
eastward into Sheppard West Station bus terminal;
westward along Sheppard Avenue West;
northward along Dufferin Street and William R. Allen Roadway;
westward along Finch Avenue West;
northward along Keele Street;
eastward along Four Winds Drive; and then
southward into Finch West Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Note that shuttle buses don’t operate to and from Downsview Park Station directly. Board buses along the 84 Sheppard West, 101 Downsview Park or 108 Driftwood buses to connect with shuttle-bus service at Sheppard West Station.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.

Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives.

Consider boarding buses and streetcars at subway stations on the Yonge branch of the subway line, instead of the University branch. If you’re travelling from the west, keep riding your bus or streetcar until you reach a Yonge-branch station, instead of exiting at a University-branch station. This applies not just to the closed section of the subway, but to stations north and south of the closure, so you can avoid the University branch entirely.

North of the closed section of the subway, ride:

  • buses along the 60 Steeles West route to Finch Station, instead of Pioneer Village Station.

At the closed section of the subway, ride:

  • buses along the 36 Finch West route to Finch Station, instead of Finch West Station;
  • buses along the 84 Sheppard West route to Sheppard - Yonge Station, instead of Sheppard West Station;
  • buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes to York Mills Station, instead of Wilson Station; or
  • buses along the 52 Lawrence West route to Lawrence Station, instead of Lawrence West Station.

South of the closed section of the subway, ride:

  • buses along the 14 Glencairn route to Davisville Station, instead of Glencairn Station;
  • buses along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton Station, instead of Eglinton West Station;
  • streetcars along the 512 St Clair route to St Clair Station, instead of St Clair West Station.
  • buses along the 127 Davenport route to Spadina Station (to connect with Line 2), instead of Dupont Station.
  • buses along the 26 Dupont route to St George Station (to connect with Line 2), instead of Dupont Station.
  • buses and streetcars along the 506 Carlton route to College Station, instead of Queen’s Park Station;
  • streetcars along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas Station, instead of St Patrick Station;
  • streetcars along the 501 Queen route to Queen Station, instead of Osgoode Station; or
  • streetcars along the 504A / 504B King route to King Station, instead of St Andrew Station.
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