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Part 3 -- Durham and York Regions: December 17
Unofficial transit guide to the Olympic Torch Relay



The Olympic flame is lighting up Durham and York Regions.

Transit passengers should expect delays or detours as the Olympic Torch Relay to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games leaves Oshawa and then passes through Whitby, Ajax and Pickering in Durham Region, Stouffville, Markham, Richmond Hill and Thornhill in York Region on Thursday, December 17.


The Olympic Torch Relay affects these routes on December 17:

Brampton Transit77 Highway 7.

Durham Region Transit102 Liverpool, 103 Amberlea, 104 Glendale, 108 Village East, 111 Finch / Hwy 2, 112 Brock, 114 Maple Ridge, 218 Beach, 222 Audley South, 224 Harwood, 225 Audley North, 301 West Lynde / Otter Creek, 302 Brock / Brooklin, 303 Garden, 304 Anderson, 305 Thickson - Garrard, 306 Dundas - White Oaks / Oshawa Centre, 916 Rossland.

GO Transit32 Brampton - Toronto via Trinity Common, 40 Richmond Hill - Pearson - Mississauga express, 71 Uxbridge / Stouffville - Union, 81A Port Perry - Whitby, 90 Newcastle - Oshawa, 90A Bowmanville - Oshawa, 94 Oshawa - Yorkdale via Highway 2, 95 Oshawa - Finch via Highway 2 express.

Toronto Transit Commission24D Victoria Park, 25D Don Mills, 68B Warden, 102D Markham Rd, 129A McCowan North.

York Region TransitViva blue, Viva purple, 1 Highway 7, 2 Milliken, 3 Thornhill - York U, 5 Clark, 8 Kennedy, 15 Stouffville local, 40 Unionville local, 41 Markham local, 82 Valleymede / Spadina, 85 16th Avenue / Rutherford, 87 Langstaff / Maple, 90 Leslie South, 91 Bayview South, 99 Yonge South, 244 Beaver Creek / Commerce Valley local, 522 Markham community bus.


Ajax

After leaving Whitby, the torch arrives in Ajax by convoy.

As the torch passes through Ajax, the Region of Durham, the Durham Regional Police Service and the Town of Ajax will temporarily close and then re-open streets to traffic to protect the safety of the torchbearers and their companions.

The torch starts its journey through Ajax at Bayly Street East, west of Salem Road South about 6:48 a.m., then proceeds:

westward along Bayly East;
southward along Burcher Drive;
westward along Clements Avenue East;
northward along Harwood Avenue South; and then
eastward along Achilles Road to Ajax Town Hall,
arriving at around 7:19 a.m.

The Olympic Torch Relay affects Durham Region Transit and GO Transit services in Ajax on December 17.

Durham Region Transit
225 Audley North

From about 7 until 7:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Harwood Avenue South between Ajax Plaza and Station Street / Achilles Road.

222 Audley South

From about 6:30 until 7:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Bayly Street East between Salem Road North and Burcher Road

218 Beach

From about 6:30 until 7:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Bayly Street East between Salem Road North and Burcher Road, Burcher between Bayly East and Clements Road East and Harwood Avenue between Bayly East and Station Street / Achilles Road.

224 Harwood

From about 6:30 until 7:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Harwood Avenue South between Clements Road and Hunt Street.

916 Rossland

From about 7 until 7:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Harwood Avenue South between Hunt Street and Station Street / Achilles Road.

GO Transit
94 Oshawa - Yorkdale via Highway 2

From about 7 until 7:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Harwood Avenue South between Hunt Street and Station Street / Achilles Road.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route in Pickering, Oshawa and Whitby.

After leaving Ajax, the torch travels to Pickering by convoy.


Markham

See also Thornhill


After leaving Stouffville, the torch arrives in Markham by convoy.

As the torch passes through Markham, the Region of York, the York Regional Police and the Town of Markham will temporarily close and then re-open streets to traffic to protect the safety of the torchbearers and their companions.

The torch starts its journey through Markham at Main Street North and Edward Jeffreys Avenue, then proceeds:

southward along Main North;
westward along Highway 7; and then
northward along Town Centre Boulevard to the Markham Civic Centre.

Markham celebrates the torch’s arrival in town at an event from 11:11 until 11:58 a.m., then the torch continues through Markham:

southward along Town Centre Boulevard; and then
westward along Highway 7 to Highway 404, the boundary with Richmond Hill, arriving at 12:26 p.m.

The Olympic Torch Relay affect GO Transit, TTC and York Region Transit services in Markham on December 17.

GO Transit
54 Mount Joy - York U

From about 9:45 until 10:15 a.m., south- and northbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Main Street North between Edward Jeffreys Avenue and Bullock Drive.

From about 10:15 until 10:45 a.m., south- and northbound passengers should also expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between Bullock Drive and Kennedy Road.

71 Uxbridge / Stouffville - Union

From about 9:45 until 10:15 a.m., south- and northbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Main Street North between Edward Jeffreys Avenue and Bullock Drive.

From about 10:15 until 10:45 a.m., south- and northbound passengers should also expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between Bullock Drive and Kennedy Road.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route when it passes through Stouffville.

TTC

102D Markham Rd

From about 9:45 until 10:30 a.m., south- and northbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Main Street North between Edward Jeffreys Avenue and Highway 7.

129A McCowan North

From about 10:15 until 10:30 a.m., passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 at McCowan Road.

24D Victoria Park

From 12:15 until 12:30 p.m., southbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 at Woodbine Avenue.

Northbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 at Cochrane Drive / Frontenac Drive.

68B Warden

From about 10:45 until 11:15 a.m. south- and northbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 at Warden Avenue.

York Region Transit
1 Highway 7

From about 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., westbound passengers should expect detours and delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between Main Street and Valleymede Drive.

Eastbound passengers should expect detours and delays as the torch passes along Main Street North between Joseph Street and Highway 7 and along Highway 7 between Main Street and Valleymede Drive.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route when it passes through Richmond Hill.

8 Kennedy

From about 10:30 until 11 a.m., south- and northbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 at Kennedy Road.

522 Markham community bus

From about 10 until 10:30 a.m., west- and eastbound passengers should expect detours and delays as the torch passes along Main Street North between Robinson Street and Highway 7 and along Highway 7 between Main Street Markham and Highway 404.

From about 10:30 until 10:45 a.m., west- and eastbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between Kennedy Road and Main Street Unionville.

41 Markham local

From about 10:15 until 10:45 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between McCowan Road and Markville Shopping Centre.

85 16th Avenue / Rutherford

From about 9:45 until 10:15, passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Main Street North at 16th Avenue.

40 Unionville local

From about 10:15 until 10:45 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between McCowan Road and Markville Shopping Centre.

Viva purple

From about 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., east- and westbound passengers should expect detours and delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between Main Street and Valleymede Drive.

The Olympic Torch also affects service along this route when it passes through Richmond Hill.

After leaving Markham, the torch heads into Richmond Hill.


Oshawa

As the torch passes through Oshawa, the Region of Durham, the Durham Regional Police Service and the City of Oshawa will temporarily close and then re-open streets to traffic to protect the safety of the torchbearers and their companions.

The torch starts its journey from City Hall at Queen and Bagot Streets around 5 a.m., then proceeds:

eastward along Bagot;
southward along Centre Street South;
eastward along John Street West;
northward along Simcoe Streets South and North;
westward along Bond and King Streets West to the boundary between Oshawa and Whitby,
arriving at about 5:28 a.m.

The Olympic Torch Relay does not affect Durham Region Transit services in Oshawa on December 17, however it does affect GO Transit services.

Durham Region Transit

The torch passes through Oshawa before DRT operates buses along any of the routes along the relay.

GO Transit
90A Bowmanville - Oshawa
90 Newcastle - Oshawa

From about 5 until 5:30 a.m., westbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Bond and King Streets West between Simcoe Street and Stevenson Road.

Eastbound passengers should expect delays around 5 a.m. as the torch passes along Simcoe Street at King Street.

95 Oshawa - Finch via Highway 2 express

From about 5 until 5:30 a.m., westbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Simcoe along Bond and King Streets West between the Downtown Oshawa Terminal and the boundary between Oshawa and Whitby.

Eastbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along King Street West between Bond Street West and the boundary between Oshawa and Whitby.

They should also expect delays around 5 a.m. as the torch passes along Simcoe Street at King Street.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route in Pickering and Whitby.

94 Oshawa - Yorkdale via Highway 2

From about 5 until 5:30 a.m., westbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Simcoe Streets South and North between John and Bond Streets and along Bond and King Streets West west of Simcoe Street.

Eastbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along King Street West west of Bond Street West.

They should also expect delays around 5 a.m. as the torch passes along Simcoe Street at King Street.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route in Ajax, Pickering and Whitby.

After leaving Oshawa, the torch heads into Whitby.


Pickering

After leaving Ajax, the torch arrives in Pickering by convoy.

As the torch passes through Pickering, the Region of Durham, the Durham Regional Police Service and the City of Pickering will temporarily close and then re-open streets to traffic to protect the safety of the torchbearers and their companions.

The torch starts its journey through Pickering on Brock Road South north of Highway 401 around 7:25 a.m., then proceeds:

northward along Brock Road South;
westward along Kingston Road;
southward along Valley Farm Road South;
westward along The Esplanade South;
northward along Glenanna Road;
westward along Kingston Road;
northward along Liverpool Road North; and then
westward along Finch Avenue to Fairport Road North,
arriving at around 8:44 a.m.

The Olympic Torch Relay affects Durham Region Transit and GO Transit services in Pickering on December 17.

Durham Region Transit
103 Amberlea

From about 8:15 until 9 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Liverpool Road North between Kingston and Glenanna Roads.

112 Brock Road

From about 7:15 until 7:45 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Brock Road between Highway 401 and Kingston Road.

104 Glendale

From about 8:15 until 9 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Liverpool Road North between Kingston Road and Finch Avenue and along Finch Avenue between Liverpool North and Bowler Drive.

111 Finch / Hwy 2

From about 8:15 until 9 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Liverpool Road North between Kingston Road and Finch Avenue and along Finch Avenue between Liverpool and Fairport Roads North .

102 Liverpool

From about 7:15 until 8:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Glenanna Road between The Esplanade South and Kingston Road.

114 Maple Ridge

From about 8:15 until 9 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Liverpool Road North between Kingston Road and Finch Avenue and along Finch Avenue between Liverpool and Dixie Roads North .

108 Village East

From about 7:15 until 8:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Glenanna Road and Valley Farm Road South between The Esplanades North and South.

GO Transit
95 Oshawa - Finch via Highway 2 express

From about 7:15 until 8:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Kingston Road between Brock and Valley Farm Roads and between Glenanna and Liverpool Roads.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route in Oshawa and Whitby.

94 Oshawa - Yorkdale via Highway 2

From about 7:15 until 8:30 a.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Kingston Road between Brock and Valley Farm Roads and between Glenanna and Liverpool Roads.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route in Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby.

After leaving Pickering, the torch travels by convoy to Stouffville.


Richmond Hill

After leaving Markham, the torch arrives in Richmond Hill.

As the torch passes through Richmond Hill, the Region of York, the York Regional Police and the Town of Richmond Hill will temporarily close and then re-open streets to traffic to protect the safety of the torchbearers and their companions.

The torch starts its journey through Richmond Hill on Highway 7 at Highway 404 — the boundary with Markham — about 12:26 p.m., then proceeds:

westward along Highway 7;
northward along Valleymede Drive;
westward along Briggs and Bantry Avenues; and then
southward along Yonge Street to Highway 407,
arriving at 1:34 p.m.

The Olympic Torch Relay affects GO Transit, TTC and York Region Transit services in Richmond Hill on December 17.

GO Transit
40 Richmond Hill - Pearson - Mississauga express

From about 1:15 to 1:45 p.m., west- and eastbound passengers should expect detours and delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street between Garden Avenue and Highway 407.

TTC
25D Don Mills

From about 12:15 until 12:45 p.m., southbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between East and West Beaver Creek Roads.

Northbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 at Commerce Valley Drive East / East Beaver Creek Road.

York Region Transit
91 Bayview North

From about 12:45 until 1:15 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Briggs and Bantry Avenues at Bayview Avenue.

244 Beaver Creek / Commerce Valley local

From about 12:15 until 12:45 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between East and West Beaver Creek Roads / Commerce Valley Drives East and West.

1 Highway 7

From about 12:15 until 12:45 p.m., west- and eastbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between Highway 404 and Valleymede Drive.

The Olympic Torch also affects service along this route when it passes through Markham.

87 Langstaff / Maple

From about 12:45 until 1:15 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Bantry Avenue between Bayview Avenue and Silver Linden Drive and at Red Maple Road.

From about 1 until 1:30 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street at Garden Avenue.

90 Leslie South

From about 12:15 until 12:45 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 at Leslie Street.

82 Valleymede / Spadina

From about 12:30 until 1 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Valleymede Drive between Highway 7 and Briggs Avenue.

Viva blue

From about 1 until 2:15 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Bantry Avenue.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects this route as it travels through Thornhill and Toronto.

Viva purple

From about 12:15 until 12:45 p.m., west- and eastbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Highway 7 between Highway 404 and Valleymede Drive.

The Olympic Torch also affects service along this route when it passes through Markham.

99 Yonge South

From about 1 until 2:15 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Bantry Avenue.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects this route as it travels through Thornhill and Toronto.

After leaving Richmond Hill, the torch passes into Thornhill.


Stouffville

After leaving Pickering, the torch arrives in Stouffville by convoy.

As the torch passes through Stouffville, the Region of York, the York Regional Police and the Town of Whitchurch - Stouffville will temporarily close and then re-open the street to traffic to protect the safety of the torchbearers and their companions.

The torch starts its journey through Stouffville on Main Street at the York-Durham Line about 9:04 a.m., then proceeds:

westward along Main Street to Highway 48,
arriving about 9:44 a.m.

The Olympic Torch Relay affects GO Transit and York Region Transit services in Whitby on December 17.

GO Transit
71 Uxbridge / Stouffville - Union

From about 9 until 10 a.m. south- and northbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Main Street.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route when it passes through Stouffville.

York Region Transit
15 Stouffville local

From about 9 until 10 a.m. passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Main Street.

After leaving Stouffville, the torch travels by convoy to Markham.


Thornhill

After leaving Richmond Hill, the torch arrives in Thornhill.

As the torch passes through Thornhill, the Region of York, the York Regional Police, the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham will temporarily close and then re-open streets to traffic to protect the safety of the torchbearers and their companions.

The torch starts its journey through Thornhill on Yonge Street at Highway 407 around 1:34 p.m., then proceeds:

southward along Yonge Street to Morgan Avenue,
arriving at about 1:52 p.m.

The Olympic Torch Relay affects Brampton Transit, GO Transit and York Region Transit services in Thornhill on December 17.

Brampton Transit

77 Highway 7

From about 1:30 until 2:15 p.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Centre Street.

GO Transit

32 Brampton - Toronto via Trinity Common

From about 1:30 until 2:15 p.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Centre Street.

York Region Transit
5 Clark

From about 1:45 until 2:15 p.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Clark Avenue.

2 Milliken

From about 1:45 until 2:15 p.m., passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Doncaster Avenue.

77 Highway 7 - Centre

From about 1:30 until 2:15 p.m., east- and westbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Centre Street.

3 Thornhill - York U

From about 1:30 until 2 p.m. east- and westbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street between Royal Orchard Boulevard and Centre Street.

Viva Blue

From about 1:15 until 2:15, passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Bantry Avenue.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects this route as it travels through Richmond Hill and Toronto.

99 Yonge South

From about 1:15 until 2:15, passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Yonge Street south of Bantry Avenue.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects this route as it travels through Richmond Hill and Toronto.

After the torch leaves Thornhill, it passes into Toronto. Part 4 of this post will describe how the Olympic Torch Relay affects transit services in Toronto.


Whitby

After leaving Oshawa, the torch arrives in Whitby.

As the torch passes through Whitby, the Region of Durham, the Durham Regional Police Service and the Town of Whitby will temporarily close and then re-open streets to traffic to protect the safety of the torchbearers and their companions.

The torch starts its journey through Whitby on Dundas Street East at the boundary between Oshawa and Whitby around 5:28 a.m. It then proceeds:

westward along Dundas Street East;
northward along Anderson Street;
westward along Rossland Road East; and then
southward along Brock Streets North and South to Consumers Drive,
arriving at about 6:40 a.m.

The Olympic Torch Relay affects Durham Region Transit and GO Transit services in Whitby on December 17.

Durham Region Transit
304 Anderson

From about 5:30 until 6:15 a.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Anderson Street between Dundas Street East and Rossland Road East.

From about 6:30 until 7 a.m., north- and southbound passengers should also expect delays as the torch passes along Brock Street South at Consumers Drive.

302 Brock / Brooklin

From about 6 until 7 p.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Brock Streets North and South between Rossland Road and Consumers Drive.

306 Dundas - White Oaks / Oshawa Centre

From about 5:30 until 6 a.m., westbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Dundas Street East between Springwood and Hopkins / Anderson Streets.

Eastbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Dundas Street East between Glen Hill Drive and Hopkins / Anderson Streets.

From about 6:30 until 7 a.m., west- and eastbound passengers should also expect delays as the torch passes along Brock Street at Dundas Street.

303 Garden

From about 5:45 until 6:15 a.m. north- and southbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Rossland Road East at Garden Street.

From about 6:30 until 7 a.m., north- and southbound passengers should also expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Brock Street South between Burns Street and Consumers Drive.

916 Rossland

From about 5:45 until 6:15 a.m. west- and eastbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Rossland Road East between Anderson Street and Brock Street North.

305 Thickson - Garrard

From about 5:30 until 6 a.m., north- and southbound passengers should expect delays as the torch passes along Dundas Street East at Thickson Road.

From about 6:30 until 7 a.m., north- and southbound passengers should also expect delays as the torch passes along Brock Street South at Consumers Drive.

301 West Lynde / Otter Creek

From about 6:30 until 7 a.m., north- and southbound passengers should also expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Brock Street South between Burns Street and Consumers Drive.

GO Transit
95 Oshawa - Finch via Highway 2 express

From about 5:30 until 6 a.m., west- and eastbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Dundas Street East east of Hopkins / Anderson Streets.

From about 6:30 until 7 a.m., west- and eastbound passengers should also expect delays as the torch passes along Brock Street at Dundas Street.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route in Oshawa and Pickering.

94 Oshawa - Yorkdale via Highway 2

From about 5:30 until 6 a.m., west- and eastbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Dundas Street East east of Hopkins / Anderson Streets.

From about 6:30 until 7 a.m., west- and eastbound passengers should also expect delays as the torch passes along Brock Street and Dundas Street.

The Olympic Torch Relay also affects service along this route in Ajax, Oshawa and Pickering.

81A Port Perry - Whitby

From about 6 until 7 a.m., southbound passengers should expect detours or delays as the torch passes along Brock Streets North and South between Rossland Road and Consumers Drive.

After leaving Whitby, the torch heads for Ajax.