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Weekend events affect transit services, March 25, 26, 27



In Toronto, events, festivals, road races or parades occur most weekends from early April until late October, generally resulting in the City closing streets and the TTC detouring transit services.

No events affect Toronto transit services this weekend, but, the festival (and road race!) season has already started elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as special events in Barrie, Brantford, Burlington and Hamilton affect transit services.

During Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m., GO Transit is reducing lighting in stations and terminals.


The events affect these routes:

Barrie Transit10 Livingstone, 12 Blake, 14 Eastview, 20 RVH.

Brantford TransitAll routes.

Burlington Transit1 Fairview / Plains.

Hamilton Street Railway2 Barton, 3 Cannon, 4 Bayfront, 7 Locke, 8 York, 11 Parkdale, 41 Mohawk.


The Friday, March 25 event affecting transit services is the Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival.

The Saturday, March 26 events affecting transit services are the Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival and Brantford Earth Hour 2011.

The Sunday, March 27 events affecting transit services are the Around the Bay Road Race and the Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival.


Barrie


Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival

(The City has not yet confirmed the exact times when it is closing the streets. This post describes how the City closed streets for the same festival in 2010).

The City of Barrie is closing

  • Collier Street between Owen and Mulcaster Streets from 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 and between Mulcaster and Poyntz Streets from 3:30 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 and
  • Mulcaster Street between Worsley Street and Dunlop Street East from 3:30 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 26

to accommodate the third annual concert in front of Barrie City Hall.

The event affects Barrie Transit service.

12 Blake

From 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, inbound passengers should expect detours or delays on Collier Street. The event will not affect outbound passengers.

14 Eastview
10 Livingstone
20 RVH

From 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, passengers should expect detours or delays on Collier Street.


Brantford


Brantford Earth Hour 2011

Free event in Harmony Square from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m.

You can ride any Brantford Transit bus for free from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m.


Burlington
Hamilton


Around the Bay 30k Road Race

The Cities of Burlington and Hamilton are closing various streets on Sunday to accommodate the 117th annual road race — the longest-running annual event of its kind in North America — supporting the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Foundation.

Burlington Transit and the Hamilton Street Railway are revising service during the event. Race participants follow a course that starts and ends in downtown Hamilton, but also stretches to the east end of lower Hamilton and into Burlington, so detours are complex.

The City of Burlington is closing

  • eastbound lanes of Plains Road West between Spring Gardens Road and North Shore Boulevard West

and other streets in the Aldershot and Burlington Beach areas from 10:30 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. The City is re-opening the streets after the last race participant clears the area.

The City of Hamilton is closing

  • westbound lanes of Barton Street East between the Red Hill Valley Parkway and Woodward Avenue from 10 until 11 a.m.,
  • northeastbound lanes (toward Burlington) of Beach Boulevard between Van Wagner’s Beach Road and Eastport Drive (north) from about 10 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of Britannia Avenue between Cannon Street East and Parkdale Avenue North from about 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of Cannon Street East between Sherman Avenue North and Britannia Avenue from about 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • all lanes (except one westbound lane) of Melvin Avenue between Parkdale Avenue North and Woodward Avenue from 10 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • northbound lanes of Parkdale Avenue North between Queenston Road and Melvin Avenue from about 10 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • northbound lanes of Sherman Avenue North between Wilson Street and Cannon Street East from about 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of Wilson Street between James Street North and Sherman Avenue North from about 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • all lanes (except one southbound lane) of Woodward Avenue between Melvin Avenue and Burlington Street East from 10 until about 11:30 a.m.,
  • all lanes of York Boulevard between Hess and MacNab Streets North from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.,
  • all lanes of York between Valley Inn Road and Dundurn Street North from10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of York between Dundurn and Hess Streets North from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.

From 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., the City is also closing to traffic all streets in an area just north of downtown Hamilton for a shorter 5 km race. Guise Streets East and West, Bay Street North, York Boulevard, Wilson Street and John Street North form the boundaries of this area.

The City is re-opening all streets after the last race participant clears the area.

Burlington Transit
1 Fairview / Plains

From about 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, passengers should expect delays as race participants pass along Plains Road West between North Shore Boulevard West and Spring Gardens Road.

From 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., buses operating toward Burlington start their trips on King Street East at James Street North in downtown Hamilton, then proceed:

westward along King Street West;
north- and eastward along Highway 403;
northward along Highway 6;
eastward along Old York Road; and then
southward along Plains Road West to York Boulevard,
resuming their regular route, eastward along Plains West.

Buses operating toward Burlington skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street North, north of King Street West and at Vine Street,
  • on Cannon Street West at Hess Street North and
  • on York Boulevard at Ray Street North, west of Inchbury Street, west of Dundurn Street North, across from the Hamilton Cemetery and Old Guelph Road, at the Rock Garden and at Plains Road West.

From 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., buses operating toward Hamilton proceed along their regular route to Plains Road West and York Boulevard, then detour:

northward along Plains Road West;
westward along Old York Road;
southward along Highway 6;
south- and westward along Highway 403;
eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Street South; and then
westward along King Street East to James Street North,
ending their trips.

Buses operating toward Hamilton skip their regular stops

  • on York Boulevard east of Valley Inn Road, west of Old Guelph Road, at the Hamilton Cemetery, Woodbine Crescent, Locke and Queen Streets North
  • on Wilson Street at John Street North and
  • on Catharine Street at King William Street.
Hamilton Street Railway
2 Barton

All day Sunday, March 27, inbound buses operate along their regular route in downtown Hamilton. From about 9:25 until 9:40 a.m., Hamilton Police Service officers stop all traffic from crossing the intersection of James Street North and York Boulevard / Wilson Street, delaying the buses. Passengers should plan extra time for their trips.

All day, outbound buses operate along their regular route in downtown Hamilton. From about 9:25 until 9:40 a.m., Hamilton Police Service officers stop all traffic from crossing the intersection of John Street North and Wilson Street, delaying the buses. Passengers should plan extra time for their trips.

In east-end Hamilton, from 10 until 11:30 a.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Barton Street East and the Red Hill Valley Parkway, then detour:

northward along the Parkway;
westward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
westward along Burlington Street East; and then
southward along Parkdale Avenue North to Barton East,
resuming their regular route westward along Barton.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Barton Street East west of Osborne Avenue and Waverly Street,
  • on Woodward Avenue at Melvin Avenue and
  • on Melvin Avenue across from MacLaren and Blair Avenues and Adair Avenue North.

From 10 until 11:30 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to Melvin Avenue and Parkdale Avenue North, then detour:

northward along Parkdale North;
eastward along Burlington Street East;
eastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way; and then
southward along the Red Hill Valley Parkway to Barton Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Barton East.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Melvin Avenue at Adair Avenue North and Bernard and Airdrie Avenues,
  • on Woodward Avenue north of Melvin Avenue and
  • on Barton Street East at Waverly Street and east of Talbot Street.
4 Bayfront

From 7:15 until 9:15 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, inbound buses operate along their regular route through downtown Hamilton.

From 7:15 until 9:15 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., outbound buses start their trips on James Street South north of Main Street West, as usual, then proceed:

southward along James South;
eastward along Main Street East;
northward along John Streets South and North; and then
westward along Cannon Streets East and West to MacNab Street North,
resuming their regular route northward along MacNab North.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops:

  • on James Street South at Hunter Street West,
  • on Hunter Street West at MacNab Street South, across from Park Street South and at Bay Street South,
  • on Bay Street South across from George Street,
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and
  • on York Boulevard across from Park Street North.

From 9:15 until 10:30 a.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Burlington Street East and Wellington Street North, then detour:

southward along Wellington North; and then
westward along King Street East to James Street,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Burlington Street East at Ferguson Avenue North, Mary Street and John Street North,
  • on James Street North south of Burlington Street West, at Wood Street West, across from Simcoe Street East, at Murray and Barton Streets West, at Colborne Street, across from Robert Street, south of Cannon Street West and across from Rebecca Street.

From 9:15 until 10:30 a.m., outbound buses start their trips on James Street South north of Main Street West, then proceed:

southward along James South;
eastward along Main Street East; and then
northward along Victoria Avenues South and North to Burlington Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Burlington East.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops:

  • on James Street South at Hunter Street West,
  • on Hunter Street West at MacNab Street South, across from Park Street South and at Bay Street South,
  • on Bay Street South across from George Street,
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West,
  • on York Boulevard across from Park Street North,
  • on MacNab Street North north of York Boulevard, at Cannon Street West, north of Mulberry Street and at Colbourne Street and Murray Street West and
  • on James Street North north of Murray Street, at Simcoe Street East, north of Picton Street East at Wood and Burlington Streets East and
  • on Burlington Street East at John Street North, Mary Street, Ferguson Avenue North, Wellington Street North and Victoria Avenue North.

In east-end Hamilton, from 10 until 11:30 a.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Barton Street East and the Red Hill Valley Parkway, then detour:

northward along the Parkway;
westward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
westward along Burlington Street East;
southward along Parkdale Avenue North;
eastward along Brampton Street; and then
northward along Dunn Avenue to Glow Avenue,
resuming their regular route westward along Glow.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Barton Street East west of Osborne Avenue and at Waverly Street,
  • on Woodward Avenue at Vansitmart Avenue, Walmer Road, Rennie Street and Brampton Street.

Instead, inbound buses drop off and pick up passengers at a temporary stop on the east side of Dunn Avenue, north of Brampton Street.

From 10 until 11:30 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to Glow and Dunn Avenues, then detour:

southward along Dunn;
westward along Brampton Street;
northward along Parkdale Avenue North;
eastward along Burlington Street East;
eastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way; and then
southward along the Red Hill Valley Parkway to Barton Street East;
resuming their regular route eastward along Barton.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Glow Avenue at Woodward Avenue,
  • on Woodward Avenue at Brampton and Rennie Streets, across from Walmer Road and north of Barton Street East and
  • on Barton Street East at Waverly Street and east of Talbot Street.

Instead, buses drop off and pick up passengers at a temporary stop on the west side of Dunn Avenue at Brampton Street.

3 Cannon

From 9 until 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Roxborough and Strathearne Avenues, then detour:

southward along Strathearne;
westward along Main and King Streets East to James Street,
resuming their regular route southward along James South.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Strathearne Avenue at Britannia Avenue,
  • on Britannia Avenue at Fairfield Avenue and Cope Street,
  • on Cannon Street East at Cameron and Kenilworth Avenues East, at Robins and Frederick Avenues, across from Edgemont Street, at Ottawa Street North, Rosslyn Avenue North, across from Bellevue Avenue and East Bend Avenue North, Gage Avenue North, west of Balsam Avenue North, at Lottridge Street, Barnesdale and Sherman Avenues North, at Gibson Avenue, west of Birch Avenue, at Sanford Avenue North, Wentworth Street North, Smith Avenue, Emerald Street North, Victoria Avenue North, Wellington Street North, Ferguson Avenue North, Catharine Street North and Hughson Street North and
  • on James Street north south of Cannon Street West and York Boulevard.

From 9 until 11:30 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to John Street South and Main Street East, then detour:

eastward along Main East;
around the Queenston Road Traffic Circle; and then
northward along Strathearne Avenue to Roxborough Avenue,
resuming their regular route eastward along Roxborough.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street North north of King Street East, across from Rebecca Street and at Wilson Street,
  • on Wilson Street across from Elgin Street, at Cathcart Street, east of Wellington Street North, at Victoria Avenue North and Emerald Street North, east of Steven Street and Wentworth Street North, at Sanford Avenue North, Stirton Street, Gibson Avenue and west of Sherman Avenue North
  • on Sherman Avenue North across from Fife Street
  • on Cannon Street East east of Barnesdale Avenue North, at Lottridge Street, Balsam, Gage and East Bend Avenues North, Belmont Avenue, Rosslyn Avenue North, Ottawa and Edgemont Streets North, across from Province Avenue North, at Robins Avenue and Kenilworth and Cameron Avenues North and
  • on Britannia Avenue at Tragina Avenue North and Fairfield and Strathearne Avenues.
7 Locke

From 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Main Street West and Bay Street South, then detour:

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

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street South across from George Street,
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and
  • on York Boulevard across from Park and Street North and at James Street North.

All day, outbound buses operate along their regular route.

41 Mohawk

From about 9:30 until 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27, passengers should expect delays as race participants pass along Cannon Street East at Ottawa Street North and Kenilworth Avenue North.

11 Parkdale

From 10 until 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, northbound buses operate along their regular route to Parkdale Avenue North and Roxborough Avenue, then detour:

westward along Roxborough;
northward along Walter Avenue North;
eastward along Barton Street East;
northward along Parkdale;
eastward along Glow Avenue;
southward along Dunn Avenue;
westward along Brampton Street;
northward along Parkdale;
eastward along Burlington Street East;
northward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
northward along Eastport Drive;
southward along Beach Boulevard;
north- and eastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
eastward along Fairview Street; and then
southward along Maple Avenue to Lakeshore Road,
resuming their regular route eastward along Lakeshore toward the Downtown Burlington Terminal.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Parkdale Avenue North at Britannia and Melvin Avenues,
  • on Woodward Avenue at #900 Woodward,
  • on Beach Boulevard at Van Wagner’s Beach Road, #s 203 and 337 Beach, across from Towers Drive, at Sierra Lane, across from Comet and Windemere Avenues, at Locarno Avenue, north of Third Avenue, at Pandora and Eastport Drives,
  • at the Canada Centre for Inland Waterways at the Waste Water Tech and Administration Buildings,
  • on Lakeshore Road at #944 Lakeshore, across from Omaha Avenue, at #1094 Lakeshore, across from the Region of Halton garage, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation patrol yard and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and North Shore Boulevard West / Maple Avenue.

Instead, northbound buses drop off and pick up passengers at a temporary stop on the east side of Dunn Avenue, north of Brampton Street. They also pick up passengers heading toward Burlington on the south, instead of the north, side of Beach Boulevard.

Passengers should also expect delays as race participants pass along Britannia Avenue at Walter Avenue North and plan to add extra time to their trips.

From 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., southbound buses operate along their regular route from the Downtown Burlington Terminal to Lakeshore Road and Maple Avenue, then detour:

northward along Maple;
westward along Fairview Street;
west- and southward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
westward along Burlington Street East;
southward along Parkdale Avenue North;
eastward along Brampton Street;
northward along Dunn Avenue;
westward along Glow Avenue;
southward along Parkdale;
westward along Barton Street East;
southward along Walter Avenue North; and then
eastward along Roxborough Avenue to Parkdale,
resuming their regular route southward along Parkdale.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Lakeshore Road at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation patrol yard, the Region of Halton garage, across from Beachway Park, at Parkins Lane and across from #938 Lakeshore
  • at the Canada Centre for Inland Waterways at the Waste Water Tech and Administration Buildings,
  • on Beach Boulevard across from #337, 203 and 107 Beach and across from Van Wagner’s Beach Road,
  • on Woodward Avenue at #853 Woodward and
  • on Parkdale Avenue North at Britannia and Roxborough Avenues.

Instead, southbound buses drop off and pick up passengers at a temporary stop on the west side of Dunn Avenue at Brampton Street.

Passengers should also expect delays as race participants pass along Britannia Avenue at Walter Avenue North and plan to add extra time to their trips.

8 York

From 7 until 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 27, inbound buses operate along their regular route to York Boulevard and Queen Street North, then detour:

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

Inbound buses skip their regular stops on York Boulevard at Hess and Bay Streets North, across from Park Street North and at James Street North.

From 7 until 10:45 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Bay Street, then detour:
westward along King; and then
northward along Hess Street North to Cannon Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along Cannon.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and at Vine Street and
  • on Cannon Street West at Hess Street North.

From 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., inbound buses, start their trips at Lamoreaux Street and Strathcona Avenue North, as usual, then proceed:

northward along Strathcona North;
westward along Tom Street;
southward along Dundurn Streets North and South;
eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Streets South and North; and then
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North,
resuming their regular route southward along James North.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Strathcona Avenue North at York Boulevard and
  • on York Boulevard at Locke, Pearl, Queen, Hess and Bay Streets North, across from Park Street North and at James Street North.

From 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Bay Street and then detour:

westward along King; and then
northward along Strathcona Avenue North to Lamoreaux Street,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and at Vine Street,
  • on Cannon Street West at Hess Street North,
  • on York Boulevard at Ray Street North, Crooks and Inchbury Street and across from Strathcona Avenue North and
  • on Dundurn Street North at Jones Street.

You can read details of the detours in downtown Hamilton and see maps of the 30k and 5k race routes here. (.pdf)

You can read details of the detours in east-end Hamilton here. (.pdf)

You can read a list of regular HSR stops without transit service during the race here. (.pdf)


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.