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Weekend events affect service, September 4, 5, 6, 7



Special events in Brampton, Burlington, Georgetown (Halton Hills), Guelph, Hamilton, Milton and Toronto affect transit services this weekend.


The events affect these routes:

Brampton Transit2 Main.

Burlington Transit1 Fairview — Plains; Ribfest Express, Ribfest Shuttle.

GO Transit01 Lakeshore West, 07 Niagara Falls, 09 Lakeshore East, 16 Hamilton - Union express via QEW, 18 Hamilton - Aldershot, 21 Milton - Union, 31 Guelph - Georgetown - Union, 52 Hamilton - York U.

Guelph Transit51 Gordon, 52 University / Kortright; 54 Arkell.

Hamilton Street RailwayAll routes, 4 Bayfront, 5 Delaware, 5B Main West, 5C West Hamilton, 7 Locke, 8 York, 9 Rock Gardens, 34 Upper Paradise, 52 Dundas, Tiger-Cats Express.

Toronto Transit Commission29 Dufferin, 63 Ossington, 193 Exhibition Rocket, 306 Carlton overnight, 316 Ossington overnight, 329 Dufferin overnight, 501 Queen, 504 King, 506 Carlton, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina; 511 Bathurst.


The Friday, September 4 events are: Canada’s Largest Ribfest; Canadian National Exhibition.

The Saturday, September 5 events are: Canada’s Largest Ribfest; Canadian International Air Show; Canadian National Exhibition; Downtown Brampton Farmers Market; Fiera in Little Italy; Georgetown Farmers Market; Steam-Era Parade; University of Guelph Move-In Day.

The Sunday, September 6 events are: Canada’s Largest Ribfest; Canadian International Air Show; Canadian National Exhibition; Fiera in Little Italy.

The Labour Day, Monday, September 7 events are: Canada’s Largest Ribfest; Canadian Football League action; Canadian International Air Show; Canadian National Exhibition; Hamilton Labour Day Parade; Toronto Labour Day Parade.


Brampton

Downtown Brampton Farmers Market

The City of Brampton is closing 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, September 5, 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.

You can see a map of the detour route here. (.pdf)


Burlington

Canada’s Largest Ribfest

On Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore is again hosting the annual event in Spencer Smith Park on the Burlington waterfront.

Two special Burlington Transit services help you get to the event.

Ribfest Express

From noon until 11 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, Burlington Ward 5 Councillor Rick Goldring again sponsors free express service between Millcroft Plaza and the Downtown Burlington Transit Terminal.

Buses start their trips at Millcroft from the bus shelter on Heron Way, stop on the north side of Appleby Mall near Fortino’s, on the east side of Food Basics at Lakeside Plaza, at the Travelodge on Lakeshore Road and at the Terminal.

Buses leave Millcroft at noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Buses leave downtown at 12:45, 2:15, 3:45, 5:15, 6:45, 8:15, 9:30 and 11 p.m. You can view the full express bus schedule here.

(Note that the schedule still bears 2008 dates, but other information on the Ribfest and Burlington Transit web pages indicates that the service is continuing on the same schedule in 2009.)

Ribfest Shuttle

On Friday, September 4 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., Saturday, September 5 from 10 a.m. until midnight, Sunday, September 6 from 10 a.m. until midnight and Labour Day, Monday, September 7 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., you can park for free at the Mapleview Centre (west-side parking lot near the Queen Elizabeth Way) and ride frequent shuttle buses to Brant Street and Lakeshore Road, beside Spencer Smith Park every day of the event. Your $2.00 donation for the shuttle bus will support the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Auxiliary fundraising program.

Note that regular Burlington Transit service ends at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 6 and Labour Day, Monday, September 7


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 Georgetown Central 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, September 5, 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.

GO is also detouring buses operating along this route around an event in Guelph.


Guelph

University of Guelph Move-In Day

The City of Guelph is closing Gordon Street between College Avenue and Stone Road and the University of Guelph is closing parts of its campus on Saturday while large numbers of U of Guelph students move into residence and take part in annual festivities.

GO Transit and Guelph Transit are detouring buses during the event.

GO Transit
31 Guelph - Georgetown - Union

On Saturday, September 5 from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., eastbound buses start their trips from a temporary stop on Stone Road West, west of Gordon Street, then proceed:

eastward along Stone Road West;
southward along Gordon Street;
westward along Kortright Road;
northward along Edinburgh Road South;
eastward along Wellington Streets West and East; and then
westward along Macdonnell Street to the Downtown Guelph Bus Terminal.

Westbound buses operate along their regular route to Wellington Street East and Norfolk Street, then detour:

westward along Wellington West;
southward along Edinburgh Road South; and then
westward along Stone Road West to a temporary stop just west of Gordon Street,
ending their trips.

Buses skip regular stops on Gordon Street at College Avenue and at the University of Guelph.

GO is also detouring buses operating on this route around an event in Georgetown.

Guelph Transit
54 Arkell
51 Gordon

From 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Gordon Street and College Avenue, then detour:

westward along College Avenue West;
southward along Edinburgh Road South; and then
eastward along Stone Road West to Gordon Street,
resuming their regular route eastward along Stone Road East.

Inbound buses skip stops on campus and on Gordon Street between Stone Road and College Avenue.

Outbound buses reverse this routing.

Outbound buses skip stops on the university campus and along Gordon Street between College Avenue and Stone Road. They drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stops on College Avenue West, west of Gordon Street and on Gordon Street, south of Stone Road.

52 University / Kortright

From 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Wilsonview Avenue and Edinburgh Road South, then detour:

northward along Edinburgh South; and then
eastward along College Avenue West to Gordon Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Gordon.

Inbound buses skip stops on the university campus, Gordon Street and Stone Road West.

Outbound buses operate along their regular route to Gordon Street and College Avenue, then detour:

westward along College Avenue West; and then
southward along Edinburgh Road South to Stone Road West,
resuming their regular route westward along Stone Road East.

Outbound buses skip stops on the university campus, College Avenue East and Gordon Street between College Avenue and Stone Road. They pick up and drop off passengers at a temporary stop on College Avenue West, west of Gordon Street and on Gordon Street, south of Stone Road.


Halton Hills

See Georgetown


Hamilton

Hamilton events include: Canadian Football League Action (September 7); Hamilton Labour Day Parade (September 7).


Canadian Football League action
All Hamilton Street Railway routes

On Labour Day afternoon, Monday, September 7, you can ride any HSR bus for free to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats game against the Toronto Argonauts at 4 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 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 Labour Day shuttle service here. (.pdf)

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


Hamilton Labour Day Parade

The City of Hamilton is closing

  • Bay Streets North and South between Cannon and Main Streets West,
  • Main Street West between Queen and Bay Streets South,
  • York Boulevard between Bay Street North and Dundurn Park

and other streets in downtown Hamilton to accommodate the annual parade on Labour Day.

Burlington Transit, GO Transit and the Hamilton Street Railway are detouring transit services to accommodate the event.

Burlington Transit
1 Fairview — Plains

(Burlington Transit has confirmed this detour, but Transit Toronto notes that the detour route that BT has announced means that buses may be operating along Main Street West while the parade is occupying the street. Passengers should expect delays. Call Burlington Transit information at 905-639-0550 before setting out on your trip.)

On Monday, September 7, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., buses traveling toward downtown Hamilton will operate along their regular route to York Boulevard and Dundurn Street North, then detour:

southward along Dundurn Streets North and South;
eastward along Main Street West; and then
northward along John Street South to King Street East,
ending their trips.

Buses traveling toward Burlington start their trips at King Street East and John Street, then proceed:

westward along King Streets East and West; and then
northward along Dundurn Street North to York Boulevard,
resuming their regular route northwestward along York.

You can see a map of the detour here.

GO Transit
18 Hamilton - Aldershot
16 Hamilton - Union express via QEW
52 Hamilton - York U

From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, buses traveling toward the Hamilton GO Centre operate along their regular route to Main Street West and Dundurn Street South, then detour:

southward along Dundurn South;
eastward along Herkimer Street;
northward along James Street South; and then
eastward into the Hamilton GO Centre,
ending their trips.

Buses skip the stops along Main Street West at Dundurn Street South, Poulette Street, Pearl, Queen, Caroline and MacNab Streets South.

Buses traveling away from the Hamilton GO Centre operate along their regular routes, but passengers should expect delays where the buses cross the parade route along King Street West at Bay and Queen Streets.

Hamilton Street Railway
4 Bayfront
5 Delaware
52 Dundas
7 Locke
5B Main West
9 Rock Gardens
34 Upper Paradise
5C West Hamilton
8 York

HSR supervisors may reroute or delay buses during the parade, depending on traffic and passenger volumes. Passengers should expect detours and delays. Contact HSR information at 905-527-4441 before you set out on your trip.


Milton

Steam-Era Parade

The Town of Milton is closing Main Street west of Commercial Street on Saturday afternoon to accommodate the Ontario Steam and Antique Preservers Association’s annual parade.

GO Transit is detouring bus service during the event.

(GO has not confirmed this detour. this post describes how GO detoured buses during this event last year.)

21 Milton - Union

From noon until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, all buses start and end their trips at Milton GO Station instead of at Main and Martin Streets.


Toronto

Toronto events include: Canadian International Air Show (September 5, 6, 7); Canadian National Exhibition (August 21 to September 7); Fiera in Little Italy (September 5, 6); Toronto Labour Day Parade (September 7).


Canadian International Air Show

The annual airshow takes to the skies above the Canadian National Exhibition from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

GO Transit and TTC extra services to the CNE also carry passengers get to and from the air show.

Also, GO offers even more extra service this weekend:

09 Lakeshore East

On Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Labour Day, Monday, September 7, two extra westbound trains start their trips at Oshawa GO Station at 10:11 and 11:11 a.m. They serve all stations until Union Station, then continue to Exhibition GO Station, arriving at 11:13 a.m. and 12:13 p.m.

Two extra eastbound trains start their trips at Exhibition GO Station at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. They serve all stations until Oshawa GO Station, arriving at 6:32 and 7:32 p.m.

Buses operating along the 90 Newcastle - Oshawa route do not connect with these trains.

You can see a schedule of GO’s 09 Lakeshore East service during the Exhibition here. (.pdf)

01 Lakeshore West

On Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Labour Day, Monday, September 7, two extra eastbound trains leave Aldershot GO Station at 10:35 and 11:38 a.m. The trains serve all stops, arriving at Exhibition GO Station at 11:27 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. They then continue to Union Station, ending their trips at 11:34 a.m. and 12:37 p.m.

Two extra westbound trains leave Union Station at 5:13 and 6:13 p.m. They arrive at Exhibition GO Station at 5:19 and 6:19 p.m. and then serve all stations until Aldershot GO Station. They arrive in Aldershot at 7:14 and 8:14 p.m.

Buses operating along the 12 Hamilton - Aldershot route do not connect with these trains.

You can see a schedule of GO’s 01 Lakeshore West service during the Exhibition here. (.pdf)


Canadian National Exhibition

The “Ex” started its 130th season on Friday, August 21 and continues until Labour Day, Monday, September 7.

GO Transit and the TTC are increasing service to handle the crowds heading to the “Ex”.

GO Transit
09 Lakeshore East

From Friday, August 21 until Labour Day, Monday, September 7, more trains stop at the Exhibition GO Station Mondays to Fridays.

GO operates even more extra service along the 09 Lakeshore East and 01 Lakeshore West lines during the International Air Show on Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Labour Day, Monday, September 7.

You can see a schedule of GO’s 09 Lakeshore East and 01 Lakeshore West service during the Exhibition here. (.pdf)

01 Lakeshore West

From Friday, August 21 until Labour Day, Monday, September 7, more trains stop at the Exhibition GO Station Mondays to Fridays.

GO operates even more extra service along the 09 Lakeshore East and 01 Lakeshore West lines during the International Air Show on Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Labour Day, Monday, September 7.

You can see a schedule of GO’s 09 Lakeshore East and 01 Lakeshore West service during the Exhibition here. (.pdf)

07 Niagara Falls

From Saturday, August 22 until Labour Day, Monday, September 7, most trains stop at the Exhibition GO Station Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

TTC
511 Bathurst

From Friday, August 21 until Labour Day, Monday, September 7, more frequent service and faster boarding at Exhibition (East) Loop.

The Toronto Labour Day Parade also affects service along this route.

29 Dufferin

From Friday, August 21 until Labour Day, Monday, September 7, more frequent service and faster boarding at Dufferin Gate Loop. No service along the 29B and 29D branches south of Dufferin Gate Loop.

The Toronto Labour Day Parade also affects service along this route.

329 Dufferin overnight

From about 2 a.m. on Saturday, August 22 until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, revised route.

193 Exhibition Rocket

From Friday, August 21 until Labour Day, Monday, September 7, non-stop express service between Dundas West Station and Dufferin Gate Loop. Faster boarding at Dufferin Gate Loop.

The Toronto Labour Day Parade also affects service along this route.

509 Harbourfront

From Friday, August 21 until Labour Day, Monday, September 7, more frequent service and faster boarding at Exhibition (East) Loop.

316 Ossington overnight

From about 2 a.m. on Saturday, August 22 until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, revised route.


Fiera in Little Italy

The City of Toronto is closing College Street between Shaw and Bathurst Streets on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate the Little Italy Business Improvement Area’s annual street festival.

The TTC is detouring transit services during the event.

506 Carlton
306 Carlton overnight

From 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 5 until 6 a.m. on Monday, September 7, eastbound streetcars operate along their regular route to College Street and Ossington Avenue, then detour:

southward along Ossington;
eastward along Dundas Street West; and then
northward along Bathurst Street to College,
resuming their regular routes eastbound along College.

Westbound cars reverse this routing.


Toronto Labour Day Parade

Members of Toronto’s labour unions, politicians and celebrities take part in the annual parade. It leaves University Avenue and Queen Street West at 9:30 a.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7 and proceeds westward along Queen West and southward along Dufferin Street, arriving at the Canadian National Exhibition through the Dufferin Gate at about 11 a.m.

The TTC is detouring transit services during the parade.

511 Bathurst

From about 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, streetcars proceed through gaps in the parade at Bathurst Street and Queen Street West. Passengers should expect delays.

29 Dufferin

From about 10:30 until about 11:30 a.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dufferin and Florence Streets, then detour:

westward along Florence;
southward along Brock Avenue;
eastward along Queen Street West;
southward along Gwynne Avenue;
westward along King Street West;
southward along Tyndall Avenue to Springhurst Avenue,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips at Springhurst and Tyndall Avenues, then proceed:

westward along Springhurst;
northward along Spencer Avenue;
eastward along King;
northward along Elm Grove Avenue;
westward along Queen Street West;
northward along Lansdowne Avenue; and then
westward along College Street to Dufferin Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Dufferin.

193 Exhibition Rocket

From about 10:30 until about 11:30 a.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dufferin and Florence Streets, then detour:

westward along Florence;
southward along Brock Avenue;
eastward along Queen Street West;
southward along Gwynne Avenue;
westward along King Street West;
southward along Tyndall Avenue to Springhurst Avenue,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips at Springhurst and Tyndall Avenues, then proceed:

westward along Springhurst;
northward along Spencer Avenue;
eastward along King;
northward along Elm Grove Avenue;
westward along Queen Street West; and then
northward along Lansdowne Avenue to Dundas Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along Dundas West.

504 King

From about 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, streetcars proceed through gaps in the parade at King Street West and Dufferin Street. Passengers should expect delays.

63 Ossington

From about 10 until 11 a.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Ossington Avenue and Argyle Street, then detour:

eastward along Argyle Street; and then
southward along Shaw Street to Queen Street West;
resuming their regular route southward along Shaw.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Shaw Street and Queen Street West, then detour:

northward along Shaw; and then
westward along Dundas Street West to Ossington Avenue,
resuming their regular route northward along Ossington.

501 Queen

Streetcars operate along a series of detours as the parade progresses along Queen Street West between University Avenue and Dufferin Street from about 9:30 a.m until 11 a.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7.

Starting at about 9 a.m., eastbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen and Spadina Avenue, then detour:

southward along Spadina;
eastward along King Streets West and East; and then
northward along Parliament Street to Queen Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen.

Westbound cars reverse this routing.

When the parade reaches Queen and Spadina, eastbound cars operate along their regular route to Queen and Shaw Streets, then detour:

southward along Shaw;
eastward along King Streets West and East; and then
northward along Parliament Street to Queen Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen.

Westbound cars reverse this routing.

When the parade clears Queen and Spadina, eastbound cars operate along their regular route to the Queensway and King Street West, then detour:

south - and eastward along King Street West; and then
northward along Spadina to Queen Street West,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen.

Westbound cars reverse this routing.

When the parade clears Queen and Shaw, eastbound cars operate along their regular route to the Queensway and King Street West, then detour:

south - and eastward along King Street West; and then
northward along Shaw to Queen Street West,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen.

Westbound cars reverse this routing.

When the parade clears Queen and Dufferin, regular service resumes.

If construction at Church Street and Queen Street East ends before Monday, streetcars detour along Church Street between King and Queen Streets East instead of Parliament Street.

510 Spadina

From about 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, streetcars proceed through gaps in the parade at Spadina Avenue and Queen Street West. Passengers should expect delays.


Inbound buses operate toward downtown Guelph.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown Guelph.

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