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Weekend events affect transit, August 17, 18, 19



Special events in Bowmanville, Bradford, Brampton and Toronto will affect transit services this weekend.


The events include:

August Midnight Madness, Canadian National Exhibition, Carrot Fest, Downtown (Brampton) Farmers Market, Festival of South Asia


The events affect these routes:

Brampton Transit: 2 Main

Durham Region Transit: 501 Aspen Springs, 502 Liberty

GO Transit: 01 Lakeshore West, 09 Lakeshore East, 61 Barrie-Bradford

Toronto Transit Commission: 29 Dufferin (daytime), 193 Exhibition Rocket, 306 Carlton (overnight), 316 Ossington (overnight), 329 Dufferin (overnight), 506 Carlton (daytime), 506/306 Carlton shuttle bus, 509 Harbourfront, 511 Bathurst


Bowmanville

August Midnight Madness

The Municipality of Clarington will close King Street Bowmanville between Queen and George Streets from 4 p.m. today, Friday, August 17 until midnight on Saturday, August 18 to accommodate the Downtown Bowmanville Business Improvement Area’s August Midnight Madness.

GO Transit will divert buses on the 09 Lakeshore East service during the event. Westbound buses will operate on their regular route to King Street Bowmanville and Ontario Street, then divert southward along Ontario and west- and northward along Queen Street, resuming their regular route at Queen and King Streets. Eastbound buses will reverse this routing. The Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto will also affect GO train and bus service on the 09 Lakeshore East route.

Durham Region Transit has not announced service changes, but the event will also likely affect service on DRT’s 501 Aspen Springs and 502 Liberty routes.


Bradford

Carrot Fest

The Town of Bradford-West Gwillimbury will close Holland Street between Holland Court and Nelson Street and Barrie Street between John and Centre Streets all day on Saturday, August 18 to accommodate Carrot Fest.

GO Transit will divert buses on its 61 Barrie-Bradford route during the event. Southbound buses will operate along their regular route to Barrie Street and Britannia Avenue, then divert northeastward along Britannia, eastward along Jay Street and southward along Disette Street, resuming their regular route at Disette and Bridge Streets. Northbound buses will reverse this routing.


Brampton

Downtown Farmers Market

The City of Brampton will close Main Street between Theatre Lane and John Street on Saturday, August 18 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.


Toronto

Canadian National Exhibition, Festival of South Asia


Canadian National Exhibition

The Canadian National Exhibition begins its 129th year today, Friday, August 17 and continues until Labour Day, Monday, September 3.

Transit agencies have increased service to handle the crowds headed to the “Ex”.

GO Transit will add extra service to the 01 Lakeshore West and 09 Lakeshore East lines, with more trains stopping at the Exhibition Station and some trips beginning or ending their schedules further east or west than normally. View special Exhibition period schedules for GO’s 01 Lakeshore West and 09 Lakeshore East lines. The August Midnight Madness event in Bowmanville will also affect bus service on the 09 Lakeshore East route.

The TTC has increased service frequency on its regular routes to the Exhibition: 29 Dufferin, 509 Harbourfront and 511 Bathurst. All buses on the 29 Dufferin service will end their routes at the Dufferin Gate loop. The TTC has cancelled the branches that usually run into Exhibition Place to serve the Princes’ Gates and Ontario Place until the CNE is over.

Again this year, the TTC will also run an express bus route to the “Ex”. Buses on the 193 Exhbition Rocket route operate non-stop from Dundas West Station to the Dufferin Gates loop. Southbound buses proceed south- and eastward along Dundas Street West, southward along Dufferin Street, eastward along Peel Avenue, southward along Gladstone Avenue, westward along Queen Street West, southward along Dufferin, westward along Springhurst Avenue and southward along Fort Rouille Street into the Dufferin Gate loop. Northbound buses operate along Dufferin, Queen, Gladstone, Peel, Dufferin and Dundas to Dundas West Station.

The TTC usually diverts buses on the 316 Ossington and 329 Dufferin overnight routes, during the CNE. Buses on these routes would normally travel through Exhibition Place. The TTC has not announced changes to these routes this year, but Mike’s Transit Stop provides details of the rerouting from previous years in the “TTC construction notices” from 2004.

(The TTC interlines these two routes. Interlining refers to a transit agency’s practice of sharing vehicles and operators among two or more routes that share a common terminal. As an example, in the case of the 316 and 329 routes, a bus may begin its trip at Eglinton West Station on the 316 Ossington route, travel to its southern terminal, then continue on the 329 Dufferin route to Wilson Station.)

Southbound buses on the 316 Ossington overnight route would likely operate along their regular route to King Street West and Shaw Street, where they end 316 service and then begin to operate on the 329 route. Buses on the 316 Ossington route would not operate south of King Street and would not serve Douro Street, Strachan Avenue or Manitoba Drive. Northbound buses would begin their routes at King and Shaw and then operate along their regular routes.

Southbound buses on the 329 Dufferin overnight route would operate along their regular routes to Dufferin and Liberty Streets, then proceed eastward along Liberty, northward along Fraser Avenue, and eastward along King Street West to Shaw Street, where they would begin to operate along the 316 route. Northbound buses would begin their routes at King and Shaw and operate westward along King, southward along Fraser and westward along Liberty, resuming their regular route at Liberty and Dufferin.


Festival of South Asia

The City of Toronto will close Gerrard Street East between Coxwell and Glenside Avenues from 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 18 until 1 a.m. on Monday, August 20 to accommodate the Festival of South Asia.

The TTC will divert transit services during the event.

Westbound streetcars on the 306 Carlton (overnight) and 506 Carlton (daytime) services will operate along the regular routes to Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street East, then continue southward along Coxwell, westward along Queen Street East and then northward along Parliament Street, resuming their regular routes at Parliament and Gerrard. Eastbound streetcars will operate along their regular routes to Gerrard and Broadview Avenue, then divert southward along Broadview, eastward along Queen and northward along Coxwell, resuming their regular routes at Coxwell and Gerrard.

The TTC will replace streetcars with buses to serve passengers between Main Street Station and Gerrard and Sherbourne Streets. Westbound buses on the 506/306 Carlton shuttle route will operate 24 hours a day along the regular 306 and 506 Carlton streetcar routes to Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street East, then continue southward along Coxwell, westward along Dundas Street East, northward along Greenwood Avenue and then westward along Gerrard Street East to Sherbourne. Eastbound buses will loop northward along Sherbourne, eastward along Carlton Street and southward along Parliament Street to Gerrard and then reverse the westbound routing.

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