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TTC detours buses at Old Weston Road / St. Clair,
September 11 to 14



Probably for the first time in almost 86 years, transit vehicles will operate along Ford Street this weekend.

Ford is only a small street, stretching between St. Clair Avenue West and Davenport Road, just east of Old Weston Road, but it once played a significant role in the early transit history of Toronto. Buses will roll along it this weekend as the TTC detours some of its buses around construction at the intersection of St. Clair and Old Weston.

The City of Toronto and the TTC are closing access to Old Weston Road north of St. Clair throughout the weekend. (They previously closed access south of St. Clair during the weekend of August 21 to 24.) This weekend, they’ll also remove the tracks inside the nearby Townsley Loop and along Old Weston Road north to the loop, tracks which have served streetcar passengers since 1924.


127 Davenport

From 6 a.m. on Friday, September 11 until 7 a.m. on Monday, September 14, southbound buses start their trips at Old Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West, then detour:

eastward along St. Clair West; and then
southward along Ford Street to Davenport Road,
resuming their regular route eastward along Davenport.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Old Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West, ending their trips.

41 Keele

From 6 a.m. on Friday, September 11 until 7 a.m. on Monday, September 14, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street and Rogers Road, then detour:

westward along Rogers; and then
southward along Weston Road and Keele Street to St. Clair Avenue West,
resuming their regular route southward along Keele.

Northbound buses reverse this routing.

312 St. Clair overnight
512 St. Clair shuttle bus

Buses operate along their regular route through the construction zone.

168 Symington

From 6 a.m. on Friday, September 11 until 7 a.m. on Monday, September 14, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Rogers and Old Weston Roads, then detour:

eastward along Rogers;
southward along Caledonia and Caledonia Park Roads; and then
westward along Davenport Road to Symington Avenue,
resuming their regular route southward along Symington.

Northbound buses reverse this routing.


This work at Old Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West is a key part of Phase 4 of the ongoing City of Toronto and TTC project to build a dedicated light rail right-of-way along St. Clair. You can read more about the project here and here.


From September 6, 1892 until November 15, 1923, streetcars traveled every fifteen mintues on a single track along Ford Street. The streetcars belonged to the Toronto Suburban Railway Company (and an earlier company, the Davenport Street Railway) a small street railway connecting the north-west limits of the City of Toronto at Bathurst Street north of Dupont with the then-separate municipality of West Toronto at Keele Street and Dundas Street West.

The Toronto Transportation Commission took over the Toronto Suburban Railway in November 1923, removed the tracks from Ford and started operating streetcars along Old Weston Road, instead, starting in 1924. Streetcars operating along the Dovercourt route continued north along Old Weston to the Townsley Loop on January 20, 1924.

The Transit Toronto archives contains lots more information on the past and future of transit along Old Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West.

  • You can read James Bow’s account of the history and future of streetcar service along St. Clair, including a profile of the 512 St. Clair route here.
  • You can read James Bow’s history of the former Harbord streetcar route, which included stops along Old Weston Road from 1947 until 1957, here. (Streetcars operating along the former Dovercourt route served stops along Old Weston Road until 1947.)
  • You can read James Bow’s history of Townsley Loop here.
  • You can read Peter Coulman’s history of the former 83 Trethewey bus route, which included stops along Old Weston Road from 1947 until 1954, here.
  • You can read Jeffrey Kay’s history of the former Symington bus route, which included stops along Old Weston Road in 1957 and 1958, here.
  • You can read Jeffrey Kay’s history of the 127 Davenport bus route, which has included stops along Old Weston Road since 1994 and in Townsley Loop, here.
  • You can read Jeffrey Kay’s history of the 41 Keele bus route, which has included stops along Old Weston Road since 1952, here.
  • You can read Jeffrey Kay’s history of the 168 Symington bus route, which has included stops along Old Weston Road since 1994, here.
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