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Weekend events affect transit service,
July 31, August 1, 2, 3



Update — August 2, 11:44 a.m.: Today’s service to Caribana is significantly less than we reported in this post. Find more up-to-date information here.


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


The events affect these routes:

Barrie TransitAll routes, Kempenfest Park ‘n’ Ride Express shuttles, Lakeshore Shuttle, Waterfront Shuttle.

Brampton Transit2 Main

GO Transit31 Guelph - Georgetown - Union.

Hamilton Street RailwayAll routes, Tiger-Cats Express.

Toronto Transit Commission6 Bay, 29 Dufferin, 316 Ossington (overnight), 329 Dufferin (overnight), 509 Harbourfront, 511 Bathurst, Caribana Express Shuttles


The Friday, July 31 events are: Canadian Football League action

The Saturday, August 1 events are: Downtown Brampton Farmers Market; Georgetown Farmers Market; Kempenfest; Scotiabank Caribana Festival.

The Sunday, August 2 events are: Kempenfest; Scotiabank Caribana Festival.

The Monday, August 3 event is: Kempenfest.


Barrie

Kempenfest

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

All Barrie Transit routes

This is the first statutory holiday that Barrie Transit has operated buses along all routes that would normally operate on a Sunday.

Kempenfest Park ‘n’ Ride Express shuttles

From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, Sunday, August 2 and Monday, August 3, Barrie Transit is operating free bus service from two 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 Allandale Recreation Centre (Bayview and Little Avenues). From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, Sunday, August 2 and Monday, August 3, buses leave every 30 minutes from Allandale, stopping along Lakeshore Drive at the South Shore Centre and Victoria Street and then returning to Allandale.
  • the Kozlov Centre (Bayfield Street and Cundles Road). From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, Sunday, August 2 and Monday, August 3, buses leave every 30 minutes from Kozlov, stopping along Lakeshore Drive at the South Shore Centre and Victoria Street and then returning to Kozlov.

You can see a map of the routes here.

Lakeshore Shuttle

From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, Sunday, August 2 and Monday, August 3, Barrie Transit also operates free Lakeshore Shuttle buses from the downtown Barrie Transit Terminal.

The buses operate on a circular, counterclockwise route. Inbound buses start their trips at Minet’s Point Road and Lakeshore Drive, then proceed:

northward along Lakeshore and Toronto Street;
eastward along Simcoe Street;
northward along Mary Street; and then
eastward into the Downtown Barrie Transit Terminal.

Buses stop along Lakeshore Drive at Minet’s Point Road, the South Shore Centre Shop, Tiffin Street and Victoria Street.

Outbound buses leave the Downtown Barrie Transit Terminal; then proceed:

northward along Maple Avenue;
eastward along Ross Street;
southward along Bayfield Street;
eastward along Collier Street;
southward along Mulcaster Street;
westward along Simcoe Street;
southwardalong Toronto Street and Lakeshore Drive;
westward along Tiffin Street;
southwestward along Essa Road;
westward along Burton Avenue; and then
northward along Minet’s Point Road; and then
westward along Lakeshore Drive to a stop just west of Minet’s Point Road, ending their trips.

Outbound buses stop on Collier Street at Bayfield Street, on Simcoe Street at Fred Grant Square and Bayfield Street, on Toronto Street at Lakeshore Drive and on Lakeshore Drive at Victoria and Tiffin Streets. They then operate without stopping to the stop on Lakeshore, west of Minet’s Point Road.

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

Waterfront Shuttle

According the Barrie Transit information office, the regular free waterfront shuttles between the Downtown Barrie Transit Terminal and Tiffin Street continue to operate throughout the weekend.


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 10 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 1, 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 10 to accommodate the Central Georgetown Business Improvement Area’s weekly market.

GO Transit is detouring bus service during the market.

31 Guelph - Georgetown - Union

From 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 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.


Hamilton

Canadian Football League action
All Hamilton Street Railway routes

On the evening of Friday, July 31, you can ride any HSR bus for free to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats game against the British Columbia Lions at 7:30 p.m. — if you hold a valid ticket to the game. With the HSR’s Ticket to Ride program, you can ride free of fare to Ivor Wynne Stadium for as much as three hours before game time and free of fare from the stadium until the end of service.

Tiger-Cats Express shuttles

Four free HSR](http://tinyurl.com/af9zn9) shuttle buses also speedily transport ticket-holders from four terminals across the city to the stadium and back again after the game is over. You can read the schedule for the July 31 shuttle service here. (.pdf)

Read Transit Toronto’s June 19 post for more details.


Toronto
Scotiabank Caribana Festival

This year, both main Caribana events are taking place around Exhibition Place, so transit service is similar on both Saturday and Sunday.

As usual, the City of Toronto is closing Lake Shore Boulevard West between Strachan Avenue and Parkside Drive all day on Saturday, August 1 to accommodate the annual Caribana parade. This year, however, on Sunday, August 2, everyone jumps up at Ontario Place, where the Caribana organizers have relocated Da Caribana Lime — the annual festival and picnic that usually enlivens Olympic Island.

The TTC is increasing service on three routes and operating four special express shuttle services to handle the large crowds that these events usually attract. It’s also diverting some regular services because Exhibition Place is closed to through traffic on Saturday and Sunday.

511 Bathurst

All day on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday August 2, streetcars operate more frequently than usual — every one to two minutes — to accommodate the large numbers of people heading to and from the events. The TTC is setting up crash gates and assigning extra staff to handle the crowds at Exhibition (East) Loop. Passengers pay their fares when they enter the loop and can board streetcars through both the front and rear doors.

6 Bay

This year, because Da Caribana Lime is taking place at Ontario Place instead of the Island, the TTC is not offering its usual express bus service along Bay Street linking Bay and Union Station with the ferry docks on Caribana Sunday. Buses operating along the 6 Bay route offer regular Sunday service.

Caribana Express shuttles

All day on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday August 2, four express shuttles whisk parade-goers from the 2 Bloor-Danforth subway line to the lakeshore. The buses operate without stopping every two to four minutes from:

  • Bathurst Station along Bathurst and Fleet Streets to the Exhibition (East) Loop. The TTC is setting up crash gates and assigning extra staff to handle the crowds at Exhibition Loop. Passengers pay their fares when they enter the loop and can board buses through both the front and rear doors.
  • Dundas West Station southbound along Dundas Street West, Lansdowne Avenue and Queen Street West to Queen and Roncesvalles Avenue, northbound along Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West. (The TTC has revised the southbound route this year because of ongoing construction along Roncesvalles Avenue.)
  • Keele Station along Keele Street and Parkside Drive to Parkside and Lake Shore Boulevard West.

  • Lansdowne Station along Lansdowne Avenue, Queen Street West, Jameson and Springhurst Avenues to Springhurst and Dunn Avenues; and

29 Dufferin

All day on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday August 2, buses operate more frequently than usual — every one to two minutes — to accommodate the large numbers of people heading to and from the events. All buses start and end their trips at the Dufferin Gate loop and will not enter the grounds of Exhibition Place. Buses do not operate along the 29B (between Wilson Station and Ontario Place) or 29D (between Wilson Station and the Princes’ Gate) branches this Saturday and Sunday. The TTC is setting up crash gates and assigning extra staff to handle the crowds at Dufferin Gate Loop. Passengers pay their fares when they enter the loop and can board buses through both the front and rear doors.

329 Dufferin overnight

Early on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dufferin Street and Springhurst Avenue, then proceed:

westward along Springhurst;
southward along Fort Rouille Street; and then
eastward into Dufferin Gate Loop,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips at Dufferin Gate Loop, and proceed along their regular route northward along Dufferin .

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

509 Harbourfront

All day on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday August 2, streetcars operate more frequently than usual — every one to two minutes — to accommodate the large numbers of people heading to and from the events. The TTC is setting up crash gates and assigning extra staff to handle the crowds at Exhibition (East) Loop. Passengers pay their fares when they enter the loop and can board streetcars through both the front and rear doors.

316 Ossington overnight

Early on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Shaw Street and King Street West, then detour:

westward along King West;
southward along Dufferin Street,
westward along Springhurst Avenue;
southward along Fort Rouille Street; and then
eastward into Dufferin Gate Loop,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips at Dufferin Gate Loop, then proceed:

northward along Dufferin;
eastward along King Street West;
southward along Strachan Avenue;
westward through Exhibition (East) Loop and then returning eastward to Strachan Avenue,
resuming their regular route northward along Strachan.

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


Inbound buses operate toward downtown Barrie.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown Barrie.

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