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Let's GO -- and TTC -- to the "Ex",
August 15 to September 1



Cotton candy…
the midway…
corn dogs…
the horse show…
ice cream waffles…
the air show…
honkey-tonk, hubbub, hijinx and hurley-burley…
the Canadian National Exhibition roars into its 129th season at Exhibition Place one week from today on Friday, August 15 — and continues roaring until Labour Day, Monday, September 1.

GO Transit and the TTC are revising their services to help fair-going crowds head to the “Ex”.


Service to the annual fair affects these routes:

GO Transit 01 Lakeshore West, 09 Lakeshore East.

TTC 29 Dufferin, 193 Exhibition Rocket, 316 Ossington (overnight), 329 Dufferin (overnight), 509 Harbourfront, 511 Bathurst.


GO Transit

09 Lakeshore East
01 Lakeshore West

From Friday, August 15 until Monday, September 1, GO will increase service on both lines, with more trains stopping at the Exhibition Station. (GO interlines the trains on both routes.)

From Mondays to Fridays during the “Ex”, the eastbound trains that leave Aldershot Station at 6:07 a.m. and Burlington Station at 8:44 a.m. will stop at Exhibition Station at 7 and 9:20 a.m. From Mondays to Fridays during the “Ex”, the westbound trains that leave Oshawa Station at 5:47 and 8:25 a.m., Union Station at 4:13 p.m. and Pickering Station at 6:25 p.m. will stop at Exhibition Station at 6:59 and 9:16 a.m., 4:19 p.m. and 7:08 p.m. (After the “Ex” is over, these trains will not stop at Exhibition Station.)

During the Labour Day weekend, Saturday, August 30, Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1, even more trains will stop at Exhibition Station. On all three days only, two extra eastbound trains will leave Aldershot Station at 10:38 and 11:38 a.m., stopping at Exhibition Station at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The extra trains arrive at Union Station seven minutes later and end their trips. On all three days only, two more extra eastbound trains leave Exhibition Station at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., arriving at Oshawa Station at 6:38 and 7:38 p.m.

On all three days only, two extra westbound trains leave Oshawa Station at 10:11 and 11:11 a.m., arriving at Exhibition Station at 11:19 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. and ending their trips. On all three days only, two more extra westbound trains leave Union Station at 5:13 and 6:13 p.m., stopping at Exhibition Station six minutes later and arriving at Aldershot Station at 6:14 and 7:14 p.m.

TTC

511 Bathurst

From Friday, August 15 until Monday, September 1, the TTC will increase the frequency of service. It may also operate express buses along the route between Bathurst Station and the Exhibition East Loop during busy times. The TTC will assign extra staff and set up crash gates at the loop to handle crowds during busy hours at the CNE. Passengers will pay their fares when they enter the loop and will be able to board streetcars by both doors.

29 Dufferin

From Friday, August 15 until Monday, September 1, the TTC will increase the frequency of service. All buses on the 29 Dufferin route will end their trips 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.

The TTC will assign extra staff and set up crash gates at Dufferin Gate Loop to handle crowds during busy hours at the CNE. Passengers will pay their fares when they enter the loop and will be able to board buses by both doors.

329 Dufferin (overnight):

From early Saturday, August 16 until early Tuesday, September 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.)

193 Exhibition Rocket

From Friday, August 15 until Monday, September 1, southbound buses proceed non-stop from Dundas West Station:

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 then
southward along Fort Rouille Street into Dufferin Gate Loop.

Northbound buses proceed non-stop from Dufferin Gate Loop:

northward along Dufferin Street;
eastward along Queen Street West;
northward along Gladstone Avenue;
eastward along Peel Avenue;
northward along Dufferin; and then
west- and northward Dundas Street West to Dundas West Station.

The TTC will assign extra staff and set up crash gates at Dufferin Gate Loop to handle crowds during busy hours at the CNE. Passengers will pay their fares when they enter the loop and will be able to board buses by both doors.

509 Harbourfront

From Friday, August 15 until Monday, September 1, the TTC will increase the frequency of service. The TTC will assign extra staff and set up crash gates at Exhibition (East) Loop to handle crowds during busy hours at the CNE. Passengers will pay their fares when they enter the loop and will be able to board streetcars by both doors.

316 Ossington (overnight)

From early Saturday, August 16 until early Tuesday, September 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.)


Transit Toronto’s archives contains lots of interesting history on transit services to the Canadian National Exhibition.

You can read about:

  • the history of streetcars to the Exhibition here.
  • the history of the present 511 Bathurst and the former Fort streetcar routes here.
  • the history of the 509 Harbourfront streetcar route here.
  • the history of Exhibition East and Fleet loops here.
  • the “last stand” of the 521 King — Exhibition streetcar route here.

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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