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Weekend events affect transit services,
July 29, 30, 31, August 1



Update — Friday, July 29, 11:13 a.m.: YRT has now confirmed its detours during Dancing in the Streets. This post also contains more information on Caribbean Carnival express service.


The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (formerly “Caribana”) in Toronto and other special events in Barrie, Brampton, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Hamilton and Markham affect transit services this weekend.


The events affect these routes:

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

Brampton Transit2 Main.

GO Transit01 Lakeshore West, 12 Niagara Falls, 09 Lakeshore East, 31 Guelph - Georgetown - Union.

Hamilton Street RailwayAll routes, Tiger Cats express shuttles.

Toronto Transit Commission1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway, 2 Bloor - Danforth subway, 29 Dufferin, 35 Jane, 47 Lansdowne, 80 Queensway, 102D Markham Rd, 108 Downsview, 311 Islington overnight, 316 Ossington overnight, 329 Dufferin overnight, 504 King shuttle bus, 509 Harbourfront, 511 Bathurst, Caribbean Carnival express shuttles.

York Region Transit1 Highway 7.


The Friday, July 29 event affecting transit service is: a Canadian Football League game.

The Saturday, July 30 events affecting transit services are: the Downtown Brampton Farmers Market; the Georgetown Farmers Market; Kempenfest; and the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival.

The Sunday, July 31 events affecting transit services are: the Dancing in the Streets Festival; Kempenfest; and the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival.

The Monday, August 1 event affecting transit service 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

On Monday, August 1, unlike most statutory holidays, Barrie Transit is operating buses along all routes that usually have Sunday service. The buses operate every hour from about 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Kempenfest Park ‘n’ Ride Express shuttles

From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1, 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. Saturday, July 30, Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1, buses leave every 30 minutes from Allandale, stopping along Lakeshore Drive at Victoria Street and then returning to Allandale.
  • Bayview Mall (Bayfield and Coulter Streets). From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1, buses leave every 30 minutes from the Coulter Street behind the mall, stopping along Lakeshore Drive at Victoria Street and then returning to the mall. (The buses do not enter the mall parking lot.)

You can see a map of the routes here.

Lakeshore Shuttle

(Although Barrie Transit has confirmed that service operates from the downtown terminal, it has not confirmed the route between the terminal and the event. This post describes how the buses operated in previous years.)

From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1, Barrie Transit also operates free 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.


Brampton


Downtown Brampton Farmers Market

The City of Brampton is closing

  • Main Streets North and South between Nelson and Wellington Streets

on Saturday morning and early afternoon and every Saturday until October 8 to accommodate the weekly farmers market.

Brampton Transit is detouring bus service during the market.

2 Main

From 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Main Street North and Nelson Street, then detour:

westward along Nelson Street West, passing, but not stopping at, the Downtown Transit Terminal,
southward along George Streets North and South; and then
eastward along Wellington Street West to Main South,
resuming their regular route southward along Main.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Main Street at Queen Street.

Northbound buses reverse the detour routing.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Main Streets South and North at Wellington Street, John Street, north of Queen Street and at Theatre Lane.

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


Georgetown


Georgetown Farmers Market

The Town of Halton Hills is closing

  • Main Street South Georgetown between James and Church Streets

on Saturday morning and every Saturday until October 8 to accommodate the Georgetown Central Business Improvement Area’s weekly market.

GO Transit is detouring bus service during the weekly market.

31 Guelph / Georgetown - Union

From 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, eastbound buses from Guelph operate along their regular route to Main and Guelph Streets (Provincial Highway 7) and then proceed:

southeastward along Guelph to Mill Street,
resuming their regular route southwestward along Guelph.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Main Street South opposite Cross Street and at Wesleyan Street and
  • on Mill Street at Guelph Street.

Westbound buses reverse the detour routing.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Mill Street south of Guelph Street and
  • on Main Street South across from Wesleyan Street and at Cross Street.

Buses that start or end their trips at Georgetown operate to and from the Georgetown GO Station, instead of Main Street South and Wesleyan Street and do not travel to downtown Georgetown.


Halton Hills

See Georgetown


Hamilton


Canadian Football League game
All Hamilton Street Railway routes

On Friday, July 29, you can ride any HSR bus for free to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats game against the Montreal Alouettes at 6:30 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 after the game until the end of service.

Tiger-Cats Express shuttles

From about 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 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 Friday’s shuttle service here. (.pdf)

Read Transit Toronto’s June 17 post for more details.


Kawartha Lakes

See Lindsay.


Lindsay

Lindsay Farmers Market

Saturday mornings from May 1 until October 29, the City of Kawartha Lakes is closing

  • Victoria Avenue North between Peel Street and Kent Street West

during the weekly market.

Lindsay Transit is detouring buses to accommodate the event.

Green route

From 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Victoria Avenue North and Peel Street, then detour:

eastward along Peel Street;
southward along Cambridge Street North; and then
westward along Kent Street West to Victoria Avenue North,
resuming their regular route westward along Kent West.

Outbound buses operate along their regular route.


Markham


Dancing in the Streets Festival

The Town of Markham is closing

  • Main Street Markham between Highway 7 and Parkway Avenue,

Sunday morning and afternoon to accommodate the Main Street Business Association’s first annual street dance.

The TTC and YRT are detouring buses during the event.

Toronto Transit Commission

102D Markham Road

From 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Sunday, July 31, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Main Street North and Parkway Avenue, then detour:

eastward along Parkway;
southward along Wooten Way; and then
westward along Highway 7 to Main,
resuming their regular route southward along Main Street South.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops on

  • Main Street Markham south of Robinson Street and at Highway 7.

Northbound buses reverse the detour routing.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops on

  • Main Street Markham across from Thomson Court, at Robinson Street and Parkway Avenue.
York Region Transit
1 Highway 7

Westbound buses operate along their regular route.

From 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Sunday, July 31, eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Highway 7 and Main Street, then detour:

eastward along Highway 7; and then
northward along Wooten Way North to Church Street,
resuming their regular route eastward along Church.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Main Street Markham across from Thomson Court and at Robinson Street,
  • on Robinson Street at Washington Street,
  • on Maple Street at Church Street and
  • on Church Street at Elm Street, across from Russel Stover Court and at Newton Gate and Wooten Way.

Toronto


Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (formerly “Caribana”)

This year, two main events are taking place near Exhibition Place and Ontario Place, so some transit service is similar both Saturday and Sunday.

As usual, the City of Toronto is closing

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West between Strachan Avenue and Colborne Lodge Drive

all day on Saturday to accommodate the annual Grand Parade.

Exhibition Place is also closing several roads to traffic all day Saturday to accommodate the large crowds attending the event.

On Sunday, everyone jumps up for the Caribbean Carnival Lime — the annual festival and picnic that, in recent years, has enlivened Ontario Place.

GO Transit and the TTC are increasing services to handle the large number of people attending the events.

GO Transit
09 Lakeshore East

Saturday, July 30, GO operates an extra westbound train, leaving Oshawa GO Station at 11:11 a.m. The train serves all stations along the line, arriving in Union Station at 12:10 p.m. The train then continues to Exhibition GO Station, arriving at 12:16 ;.m.

It also operates an extra eastbound train, leaving Exhibition GO Station at 6:33 p.m. The train arrives in Union Station at 6:43 p.m. and then continues to serve all stations along the line, arriving at Oshawa GO Station at 7:38 p.m.

Sunday, July 31, GO operates an extra eastbound train, leaving Exhibition GO Station at 6:33 p.m. The train arrives in Union Station at 6:43 p.m. and then continues to serve all stations along the line, arriving at Oshawa GO Station at 7:38 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, as usual, all westbound 09 Lakeshore East trains continue to Exhibition GO Station and all other stations along the 01 Lakeshore West line after they leave Union Station. All eastbound 01 Lakeshore West trains continue beyond Union Station to serve all stations along the 09 Lakeshore East line.

You can buy special GO Transit day passes at all Lakeshore GO train stations this weekend. Each pass lets you travel along the 01 Lakeshore West and 09 Lakeshore East lines all day for just $10.

01 Lakeshore West

Saturday, July 30, GO operates an extra eastbound train, leaving Aldershot GO Station at 11:34 a.m. The train serves all stations along the line, arriving in Exhibition GO Station at 12:30 p.m. It then continues to Union Station, arriving at 12:40 p.m.

It also operates an extra westbound train, leaving Union Station at 6:13 p.m. and Exhibition GO Station at 6:19 p.m. The train then serves all stations along the line, arriving at Aldershot GO Station at 7:18 p.m.

Sunday, July 31, GO operates an extra westbound train, leaving Union Station at 8:10 p.m. and Exhibition GO Station at 8:16 p.m. The train then serves all stations along the line, arriving at Aldershot GO Station at 9:13 p.m. The train continues along the 12 Niagara Falls line, arriving in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls about 20 minutes later than usual.

Throughout the weekend, as usual, all eastbound 01 Lakeshore West trains continue beyond Union Station to serve the 09 Lakeshore East line. All westbound 09 Lakeshore East trains continue beyond Union Station to Exhibition GO Station and all other stations along the 01 Lakeshore West line.

You can buy special GO Transit day passes at all Lakeshore GO train stations this weekend. Each pass lets you travel along the 01 Lakeshore West and 09 Lakeshore East lines all day for just $10.

12 Niagara Falls

Sunday, July 31, the train that usually leaves Union Station for Niagara Falls at 8:10 p.m. makes extra stops for Scotiabank Caribbean Festival passengers. Trains drop off and pick up passengers at Mimico, Long Branch, Clarkson, Bronte, Appleby and Aldershot GO Stations and at their regular stops at Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO Stations. The train arrives in Burlington GO Station seventeen minutes later than usual at 9:07 p.m. and at Aldershot GO Station at 9:13 p.m. The train likely arrives in the St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Rail stations about twenty minutes later than usual.

Toronto Transit Commission
511 Bathurst

All day Saturday, July 30, streetcars operate more frequently than usual — every one to two minutes — to accommodate the large numbers of people heading to and from the parade. 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.

All day Sunday, August 1, the TTC operates more frequent service along the route so that passengers can travel to and from Ontario Place.

2 Bloor - Danforth subway

The TTC operates extra service along the line all day Saturday, July 30.

Caribbean Carnival express shuttles

All day Saturday, July 30, four express shuttles whisk parade-goers from the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway 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. (Buses stop only at the two terminals and on Fleet Street at Strachan Avenue. 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 along Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue to Queen Street West. (Buses drop off passengers on the west side of Roncesvalles at The Queensway. They pick up passengers on the east side of Roncesvalles north of Queen Street West. They loop through Sunnyside Loop, one block east of Roncesvalles, off The Queensway.)
  • Keele Station along Keele Street and Parkside Drive to Parkside and Lake Shore Boulevard West. (Buses drop off and pick up passengers on the south side of Lake Shore West near the Palais Royale and footbridge.)
  • Lansdowne Station along Lansdowne Avenue, Queen Street West, Jameson Avenues to Lake Shore Boulevard West. (Buses stop on the south side of the westbound lanes of Lake Shore, then loop north along Dunn and Springhurst Avenues to Jameson.)
108 Downsview

The TTC operates extra service along the route all day Saturday, July 30.

29 Dufferin

All day Saturday, July 30, buses operate more frequently than usual — every one to two minutes — to accommodate the large numbers of people heading to and from the parade. 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.

All buses start and end their trips at Dufferin (Gate) Loop. Buses do not operate to either Ontario Place along the 29B branch or to the Princes’ Gates along the 29D branch.

Buses skip all stops in Exhibition Place.

All day Sunday, July 31, the TTC operates more frequent service along the route so that passengers can travel to and from Ontario Place. Buses resume service through the Exhibition.

329 Dufferin overnight

From about 2 until 5 a.m. Saturday, July 30, the TTC is detouring buses operating along the route.

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dufferin (Gate) Loop, then proceed:

northward along Dufferin Street;
eastward along King Street West;
southward along Strachan Avenue; and then
westward along Manitoba Drive and the loop access road into Exhibition (East) Loop,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Saskatchewan Road east of Dufferin Street,
  • on Manitoba Drive east of Saskatchewan Road, at Nova Scotia Avenue and across from the Exhibition (East) Loop.

(The buses end their trips inside the loop, instead of on Manitoba Drive beside the loop.)

Northbound buses start their trips at the Exhibition (East) Loop, then proceed:

eastward along the loop access road and Manitoba Drive;
northward along Strachan Avenue;
westward along King Street West;
southward along Dufferin Street;
westward along Springhurst Avenue;
southward along Fort Rouille Street; and then
eastward into Dufferin Loop; and then
resuming their regular route northward along Dufferin.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops:

  • on Manitoba Drive at Exhibition (East) Loop and west of Nova Scotia Avenue,
  • on Saskatchewan Road west of Manitoba Drive and at Dufferin Street.
509 Harbourfront

All day Saturday, July 30, streetcars operate more frequently than usual — every one to two minutes — to accommodate the large numbers of people heading to and from the parade. 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.

All day Sunday, July 31, the TTC operates more frequent service along the route so that passengers can travel to and from Ontario Place.

504 King shuttle bus
35 Jane
47 Lansdowne

The TTC operates extra service along the routes all day Saturday, July 30.

316 Ossington overnight

From about 2 until 5 a.m. Saturday, July 30, the TTC is detouring buses operating along the route.

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to Strachan Avenue and Manitoba Drive / Fleet Street, then detour:

westward along Manitoba and the loop access road into Exhibition (East) Loop,
ending their trips.

(The buses end their trips inside the loop, instead of on Manitoba Drive beside the loop.)

Northbound buses reverse the detour routing.

80 Queensway

All day Saturday, July 30, expect delays on Lake Shore Boulevard West between Colborne Lodge and Parkside Drives.

1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway

The TTC operates extra service along the line all day Saturday, July 30.


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.