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More bus and streetcar diversions begin

Greater Toronto Area transit agencies are diverting routes around special events and construction projects.

New short-term diversions

GO Transit

The City of Toronto will close the Don Valley Parkway and the F. G. Gardiner Expressway tomorrow, Sunday, June 3, until 2 p.m. to accomodate participants in the annual Becel Ride for Heart

The City will close the entire Parkway. GO Transit will divert all buses on its 65 Barrie-Bradford and 71 Stouffville routes along Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue East to Highway 404 while the ride takes place.

The City will close the Gardiner from Carlaw Avenue to the Humber River. GO Transit will divert all buses on the 16 Hamilton QEW Express, 21 Milton and 31 Georgetown routes and the single early-morning all-bus trip on the 01 Lakeshore West route along Lake Shore Boulevard West.

Toronto Transit Commission

The City closed Bloor Street West from Queen’s Park to St. George Street at 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Friday June 1 to accomodate the grand opening of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum tonight, Saturday, June 2. The street will remain closed until 3 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, June 3.

Buses on the TTC’s 300 Bloor-Danforth overnight route must divert around this section Bloor. Although the TTC’s website or information line do not mention the diversion, eastbound buses will likely travel on their regular route to Bloor and St. George, then detour southward along St. George, eastward along Hoskin Avenue, southward along Queen’s Park Crescent West, eastward along Wellesley Street East and northward along Queen’s Park Crescent East and Queen’s Park to return to their regular route at Bloor and Queen’s Park. Westbound buses will likely detour along Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent West, Hoskin and St. George.

(Update: Sun, Jun 6, 6:40 p.m.): A reader writes: “The 300 that I took on Friday night diverted via St. George, Prince Arthur, and Avenue Road. Based on this, I would guess that the westbound buses used Lowther.

The City began the next phase of its ongoing project to reconstruct Dupont Street east of Davenport Road on Monday, May 28. The TTC began to divert buses on its 6 Bay and 26 Dupont routes on May 28. This long-term diversion will continue until the end of June.

This weekend, the City will begin to reconstruct the eastern part of the intersection of Dupont and Davenport. The TTC began to further divert buses on the two routes at 6 a.m. yesterday, Friday, June 1. Buses will resume their long-term diversion routes at 6 a.m. on Monday, June 4.

This weekend’s construction affects the on-street loop for buses on the 6 Bay route. Buses will proceed on their regular route to Davenport and Avenue Road, then proceed northward along Avenue and westward along Dupont and then southward along Bedford Road, before returning to their regular route at Bedford and Davenport.

This weekend, buses on the 26 Dupont route will run in both directions along Davenport between Dupont and Bedford, instead of eastbound buses operating eastward along Dupont and then southward along Bedford.


New long-term diversions

Toronto Transit Commission

Starting Monday, May 28 until the end of June

The City of Toronto will is beginning the next phase of roadway construction on Dupont Street, east of Davenport Road. The City is closing the eastbound lanes on Dupont, so the TTC will reroute buses on the 6 Bay route counter-clockwise northward along Bedford Road, westward along Dupont and the south-eastward along Davenport.

The TTC will divert eastbound buses on the 26 Dupont route south-eastward along Davenport and south on Bedford Road. Westbound buses will travel northward along Bedford to Dupont and then westward along Dupont.

The TTC will further reroute buses on both routes for a short-term diversion this weekend, June 1 to 3 and next weekend, June 8 to 10.


Starting Monday, June 4 until further notice

The TTC will begin an emergency project to repair the streetcar tracks on Queens Quay West, just east of Lower Spadina Avenue. During the project, the TTC will operate streetcars on the 509 Harbourfront route between Exhibition Loop and Queens Quay / Spadina Loop only. The TTC will also run streetcars on the 510 Spadina route between Spadina Station and Queens Quay / Spadina Loop only.

The TTC will replace streetcars with buses during this project. Buses will run between Union Station and Queens Quay / Spadina Loop along Bay Street and Queens Quay West. At Union Station, buses on the temporary replacement will continue northwards along Bay Street to Adelaide Street West, then loop eastward along Adelaide, southward along Yonge Street and then westward along Wellington Street West, before proceeding southward along Bay Street.

At Union Station, passengers can board the replacement buses on Bay Street just south of at Front Street West. Customers will wish to transfer between the buses and subway will require paper transfers.


Beginning 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 4 until August

The City of Toronto will begin the next phase of its project to reconstruct the roadway on Royal York Road, south of Norseman Street.

During the project, the TTC will divert all southbound 15 Evans and 76 Royal York South buses. The buses will follow their regular routes to Royal York and Norseman, then proceed westward along Norseman Street, southward along Chartwell Road, eastward along Edgecroft Road, southward along Bentley Drive, east- and southward along Uno Drive and eastward along Frankwood Road before resuming their regular route at Frankwood and Royal York.

Northbound buses will follow their regular routing.


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