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Weekend events affect transit, August 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



Caribana and other special events in Barrie, Brampton, Georgetown and Toronto will affect public transit service this weekend.


The events affect these routes:

Barrie TransitKempenfest Park ‘n’ Ride Express Shuttles, Lakeshore Shuttle

Brampton Transit2 Main

GO Transit31 Georgetown

Toronto Transit Commission6 Bay, 94 Wellesley, 316 Ossington (overnight), 329 Dufferin (overnight), 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst, Caribana Parade Express Shuttles


The Friday, August 1 event is: TD Canada Trust IRIE Music Festival

The Saturday, August 2 events are: Downtown Brampton Farmers Market; Georgetown Farmers Market; Kempenfest; Scotiabank Caribana Festival Parade; TD Canada Trust IRIE Music Festival.

The Sunday, August 3 events are: De Caribana Lime — Island Festival; Kempenfest; TD Canada Trust IRIE Music Festival.

The Monday, August 4 events are: Kempenfest; TD Canada Trust IRIE Music Festival.

The Tuesday, August 5 event is: TD Canada Trust IRIE Music Festival.


Barrie

Kempenfest

Barrie’s annual celebration of arts, music, crafts and culture takes place all weekend along the shores of Kempenfeldt Bay (Lake Simcoe) in downtown Barrie.

Kempenfest Park ‘n’ Ride Express Shuttles

From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, Sunday, August 3 and Monday, August 4, Barrie Transit will operate free bus service 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 from:

  • the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Slots at Georgian Downs (Innisfil Beach Road and 5th Sideroad). On Saturday, August 2, Sunday, August 3 and Monday, August 4,Buses leave Georgian at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. and will drop you off at Lakeshore Drive and Victoria Street. They return to Georgian Downs at 10:20 and 11:20 a.m., 12:20, 1:20, 2:35, 3:35, and 4:35 p.m.
  • the Allandale Recreation Centre (Bayview and Little Avenues). From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, Sunday, August 3 and Monday, August 4, buses leave every 30 minutes from Allandale to Lakeshore Drive and Victoria Street and then return to Allandale.
  • the Kozlov Centre (Bayfield Street and Cundles Road). From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, Sunday, August 3 and Monday, August 4, buses leave every 30 minutes from Kozlov to Lakeshore Drive and Victoria Street and then return to Kozlov.

Lakeshore Shuttle

From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, Sunday, August 3 and Monday, August 4, Barrie Transit will also operate free Lakeshore Shuttle buses from the downtown Barrie Transit Terminal.

The buses operate on a circular, counterclockwise route. They first operate express from the Terminal to Minet’s Point Road and Lakeshore Drive, proceeding:

northward along Maple Avenue;
westward along Dunlop Street West;
southward along Bradford Street;
southward along Essa Road;
eastward along Burton Avenue and Yonge Street; and then
northward along Minet’s Point Road to Lakeshore Drive.

The buses then operate local service eastward along Lakeshore Drive, dropping off and picking up passengers at Minet’s Point, Southshore Community Centre, Tiffin Street and Victoria Street, then continue express to the downtown terminal:

eastward along Lakeshore;
northward along Toronto Street; and then
eastward along Simcoe Street to the terminal.

You can see a map of the Lakeshore Shuttle route here.


Brampton

Downtown Brampton Farmers Market

The City of Brampton will close Main Street between John Street and Nelson Street West / Theatre Lane every Saturday morning until October 11 to accommodate the market.

Brampton Transit is detouring bus service during the market.

2 Main:

From 6 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, southbound buses 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; and then
eastward along Wellington Street West to Main,
resuming their regular route southbound along Main.

Northbound buses reverse this routing.


Georgetown

Georgetown Farmers Market

The Town of Halton Hills will close part of Main Street South Georgetown every Saturday morning until October 11 to accommodate the Central Georgetown Business Improvement Area’s weekly market.

GO Transit is detouring bus service during the market.

31 Georgetown:

From 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, buses travelling to and from Guelph remain on Highway 7 instead of travelling along Main Street. They do not serve the Georgetown agency during the market hours.

Buses that start or end their trips at Georgetown travel to and from the Georgetown GO Station and do not travel to downtown Georgetown.


Halton Hills: See Georgetown


Toronto

Toronto events are: De Caribana Lime — Island Festival (August 3); Scotiabank Caribana Festival Parade (August 2); TD Canada Trust IRIE Music Festival (August 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).


De Caribana Lime — Island Festival

On Sunday, August 3 from noon until 8 p.m., many visitors and residents attending Scotiabank Caribana will head down to the ferry docks at Bay Street and Queens Quay West and voyage across Toronto Harbour to this event on Olympic Island.

The TTC will increase service to help large numbers of passengers reach the ferry.

6 Bay

All day on Sunday, August 3, the TTC will add to the regular local bus service by operating express buses between Bay Station on the 2 Bloor-Danforth subway line and the ferry docks. Express buses will operate every five to eight minutes and stop on Bay Street only at Bay Station, south of Front Street West at Union Station and at Queens Quay West, then continue along the regular 6 Bay route to Lower Jarvis Street at Queens Quay East.

509 Harbourfront
510 Spadina

All day on Sunday, August 3, the TTC will operate streetcars every two to three minutes along Queens Quay West between Union Station and Lower Spadina Avenue. The TTC will also increase service on the 509 Harbourfront route on Saturday, August 2 to accommodate passengers heading to the Caribana Festival Parade.


Scotiabank Caribana Festival Parade

The City of Toronto will close Lake Shore Boulevard West between Strachan Avenue and Parkside Drive all day on Saturday, August 2 to accommodate the parade.

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.

511 Bathurst

From 8 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, August 2, the TTC will increase the frequency of service to accommodate the large numbers of parade-goers. Streetcars operate every one to two minutes. The TTC will set up crash gates and assign extra staff to handle the crowds at Exhibition (East) Loop. Passengers will pay their fares when they enter the loop and can board streetcars through both the front and rear doors.

Caribana Parade Express Shuttles

From 8 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, August 2, four express shuttles will whisk parade-goers from the 2 Bloor-Danforth subway line to the lakeshore. Express buses operate every two to four minutes from:

  • Keele Station along Keele Street and Parkside Drive to Parkside and Lake Shore Boulevard West;
  • Dundas West Station along Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue to Roncesvalles and the Queensway;
  • Lansdowne Station along Lansdowne Avenue, Queen Street West, Jameson and Springhurst Avenues to Springhurst and Dunn Avenues; and
  • Bathurst Station along Bathurst and Fleet Streets to the Exhibition (East) Loop. The TTC will set up crash gates and assign extra staff to handle the crowds at Exhibition (East) Loop. Passengers will pay their fares when they enter the loop and can board buses through both the front and rear doors.

29 Dufferin

From 8 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, August 2, the TTC will increase the frequency of service to accommodate the large numbers of parade-goers. Buses operate every one to two minutes and all buses end their trips at the Dufferin Gate loop and will not enter the grounds of Exhibition Place. The TTC will set up crash gates and assign extra staff to handle the crowds at Dufferin Gate Loop. Passengers will pay their fares when they enter the loop and can board buses through both the front and rear doors.

329 Dufferin (overnight):

On Saturday, August 2, southbound buses will operate along their regular route to Dufferin and Liberty Streets, where the buses will end their trips.

Northbound buses reverse this routing.

(The TTC interlines buses operating on the 329 Dufferin and 316 Ossington overnight routes.)

509 Harbourfront

From 8 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, August 2, the TTC will increase the frequency of service to accommodate the large numbers of parade-goers. Streetcars operate every one to two minutes. The TTC will set up crash gates and assign extra staff to handle the crowds at Exhibition (East) Loop. Passengers will pay their fares when they enter the loop and can board streetcars through both the front and rear doors. The TTC will also increase the frequency of service on Sunday, August 3 to accommodate passengers heading to De Caribana Lime — Island Festival on Olympic Island.

316 Ossington (overnight)

On Saturday, August 2, southbound buses operate on their regular route to Shaw Street and King Street West, then detour:

westward along King;
southward along Fraser Avenue;
westward along Liberty Street to Dufferin Street,
where the buses end their trips.

Northbound buses reverse this routing.

(The TTC interlines buses operating on the 316 Ossington and 329 Dufferin overnight routes.)


TD Canada Trust IRIE Music Festival

From Thursday until Tuesday, the City of Toronto will close Wellesley Street West between Queen’s Park Crescents East and West to accommodate parking for work crews who will set up and take down the event facilities and for the festival itself on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The TTC will likely detour bus service during the event.

94 Wellesley

From 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2, Sunday, August 3, Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 5, eastbound buses will operate along their regular route to Queen’s Park Crescent West and Wellesley Street West, then detour:

southbound along Queen’s Park West; and then
northbound along Queen’s Park East to Wellesley,
resuming their regular route eastward along Wellesley.

Westbound buses will operate along their regular route.


Interlining refers to a practice of transit agencies to reduce costs by sharing resources — drivers and vehicles — for two or more routes with a common terminal. In this case, a southbound bus operating on the 329 Dufferin (overnight) route will proceed to its temporary terminal at Dufferin and Liberty Streets, then continue as a northbound bus operating on the 316 Ossington (overnight) route.

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