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Weekend events affect transit, August 3, 4, 5 and 6



Special events in Barrie, Brampton, Hamilton and Toronto will affect public transit service this weekend.


The events include: Caribana Festival Parade, Canadian Football League action, Downtown (Brampton) Farmers Market and Kempenfest.


The events affect these routes:

Brampton Transit: 2 Main

GO Transit: 31 Georgetown

Greyhound Canada: Kempenfest Express Shuttles

Hamilton Street Railway: Tiger-Cats Express

Toronto Transit Commission: 29 Dufferin, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Bathurst, Caribana Parade Express Shuttles


Barrie

Kempenfest

Kempenfest is the City of Barrie’s annual celebration of arts, music, crafts and culture along the shores of Kempenfeldt Bay (Lake Simcoe) in downtown Barrie. The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. today, Friday, August 3 and from 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, Sunday, August 5 and Monday, August 6.

Greyhound Canada will operate free parking shuttle services from three locations in Barrie and vicinity to the event. You can park at one of the shuttle terminals and ride a free shuttle bus to the event.

Shuttles leave from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Slots at Georgian Downs (Innisfil Beach Road and 5th Sideroad), the Allandale Recreation Centre (Bayview and Little Avenues) and the Kozlov Centre (Bayfield Street and Cundles Road) to the event.

Greyhound also operates a free shuttle from the downtown Barrie Transit Terminal. The buses run express to Minet’s Point Road and Lakeshore Drive, then stop along Lakeshore at South Shore Community Centre, Tiffin Street and Victoria. Most Barrie Transit routes serve the downtown terminal, where you can transfer to the free shuttle to enjoy the festival.


Brampton

Downtown Farmers Market

The City of Brampton will close Main Street between Theatre Lane and John Street on Saturday, July 28 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate the Downtown Farmers Market.

Brampton Transit will divert buses on the 2 Main route during the event. Southbound buses will operate along their regular route to Main Street North and Nelson Street West, then detour westward along Nelson, southward along George Streets North and South, eastward along Wellington Street West, resuming their regular route at Wellington and Main. Northbound buses reverse the routing.

GO Transit has not announced detours, but it will likely also divert buses on the 31 Georgetown route during the event. Southbound buses would operate along their regular route to Main Street North and Nelson Street West, then detour westward along Nelson, through the Downtown Brampton Bus Terminal, then southward along George Streets North and South, eastward along Wellington Street West, resuming their regular route at Wellington and Main. Northbound buses would reverse this routing.


Hamilton

The Hamilton Street Railway and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will offer Canadian Football League fans free rides to and from Ivor Wynn Stadium this year.

Tonight, Friday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m., the Ti-Cats face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the HSR’s “Ticket to Ride” (Tiger-Cats Express) shuttle buses will offer fans with valid game tickets a free ride to the stadium.

Tiger-Cats Express buses leave from four locations, beginning at 5 p.m. and running every 20 minutes until 6:30 p.m. Buses leave from: Limeridge Mall, Eastgate Terminal, University Plaza in Dundas, King Street East and Hughson Street in downtown Hamilton, running semi-express to the Stadium.

All buses will drop off passengers at a stop on the east side of Melrose Avenue beside the stadium. For fifteen minutes after the game is over, the buses will pick up passengers from a stop on the west side of Melrose and return to Limeridge, Eastgate, University Plaza and downtown.

Maps and schedules.


Toronto

Caribana Festival Parade

The Caribana Festival Parade will close Lake Shore Boulevard West between Strachan Avenue and Parkside Drive all day on Saturday, August 7.

The TTC will increase service on three routes and operate four special express shuttle services to handle the large crowds that the parade usually attracts.

The TTC will increase service on the 29 Dufferin, 509 Harbourfront and 511 Bathurst routes. All buses on the 29 Dufferin service will end their routes at the Dufferin Gate loop and will not engter Exhibition Place on Saturday.

Four express shuttles will whisk parade-goers from the 2 Bloor-Danforth subway line to the lakeshore. Express buses run from Keele Station along Keele Street and Parkside Drive to Parkside and Lake Shore Boulevard West, from Dundas West Station along Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue to Roncesvalles and the Queensway, from Lansdowne Station along Lansdowne Avenue, Queen Street West, Jameson and Springhurst Avenues to Springhurst and Dunn Avenues and from Bathurst Station along Bathurst and Fleet Streets to the Exhibition (East) Loop. (Note that Lansdowne Avenue is closed between Bloor Street West and College Street.)