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Less frequent Monday-to-Friday service,
December 19 to January 6



During the weeks before and after Christmas, people travel less often by transit. Classes are over until the new year, students are off and many people take vacation days to enjoy the holidays.

With fewer passengers, four local transit systems are decreasing or modifying their services to save on resources — drivers and vehicles. Brampton Transit and MiWay are decreasing Monday-to-Friday rush-hour service while Grand River Transit and the TTC are decreasing services Mondays to Fridays throughout the day.

Meanwhile, down Niagara way, Niagara Region Transit is decreasing the frequency of service along most routes all day Tuesday, December 27 and Monday, January 2, 2012.


The transit agencies are modifying service along these routes:

Brampton Transit7 Kennedy, 11 Steeles, 92 Bramalea GO shuttle.

Grand River Transit3 Ottawa South, 7 Mainline; 9 Lakeshore, 11 Country Hills, 12 Conestoga Mall - Fairview Mall, 13 Laurelwood, 17 Heritage Park, 20 Victoria Hills, 25 Queen South, 61 Cambridge Centre - Conestoga College, 110 Fairview Park - Conestoga College express, 111 Ainslie St. - Conestoga College express, 116 Forest Glen - Conestoga College express, 201 iXpress.

MiWay32 Lisgar GO shuttle, 62 Cooksville GO shuttle - Webb, 64 Meadowvale GO shuttle - Montevideo, 76 Square One - Subway, 110 University express, 202 Hurontario.

Toronto Transit CommissionAll routes.


Brampton Transit


Brampton Transit is decreasing service on two regular routes, Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. It’s also supporting GO Transit’s “early homebound” rush-hour by scheduling earlier buses on another route Fridays, December 23 and 30.

7 / 7A Kennedy

BT is decreasing the Monday-to-Friday rush-hour frequency of service from every 7 minutes to every 10 minutes Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

92 Bramalea GO shuttle

Fridays, December 23 and 30, Brampton Transit supports GO Transit’s “early homebound” rush-hour by scheduling earlier buses on this route operating from Bramalea GO Station. Buses meet earlier GO trains operating along the 31 Georgetown line.

11A Steeles

BT is not operating buses along the 11A short-turn branch of the route Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.


Christmas, Sunday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012, Brampton Transit operates buses with Sunday / holiday schedules. Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, Boxing Day, Monday, December 26 and New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, Brampton Transit operates buses with Saturday schedules.

It’s not operating buses along high school special routes Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Buses also operate later New Year’s Eve — as late as 3 a.m. New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1, 2011. Service is free of fare after 7 p.m.


Grand River Transit


GRT is decreasing service on several routes and revising services on other at various times of the week

111 Ainslie St. - Conestoga College express

No service Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

12 Conestoga Mall / Fairview Mall

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 27, 28, 29 and 30, the southbound buses that currently start their trips in the Conestoga Mall Terminal at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 a.m. Mondays to Fridays, start, instead, at University Avenue and King Street North at 7:55, 8:25 and 8:55 a.m., then serve all other stops along the route at the same time as they do currently. GRT does not operate the southbound buses that currently leave Conestoga Mall at 9 and 9:35 a.m.

The northbound buses that currently end their trips in the Conestoga Mall Terminal at 3:53, 4:23, 4:53, 5:23 and 5:53 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, instead, end their trips at University Avenue and King Street North at 3:23, 3:53, 4:23, 4:53 and 5:23 p.m.

GRT also doesn’t operate the short-turn northbound bus that usually leaves Westmount and Highland Roads West at 7:54 a.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The bus ends its trip at University Avenue West and Seagram Drive beside the University of Waterloo Campus.)

During the holidays, GRT is not operating the northbound bus that usually leaves Fairview Park Terminal at 8:45 a.m., ending its trip on University Avenue at King Street North at 9:29 a.m.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

GRT is also permanently adjusting the schedule, starting Monday, December 19.

11 Country Hills

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT is reducing the rush-hour frequency from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes. Buses leave the Charles Street Terminal every 30 minutes all day, starting at 6:15 a.m. Buses leave Forest Glen Plaza all day, starting at 5:45 a.m.

GRT also adjusts the schedule to add a westbound bus, leaving the Charles Street Terminal at 3:45 p.m.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

10 Fairview Park - Conestoga College

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT doesn’t operate the southbound bus that leaves Manitou Drive and Homer Watson Boulevard at 9:35 a.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The bus usually arrives at Conestoga College’s Doon Campus at 9:48 a.m.)

110 Fairview Park - Conestoga College express
116 Forest Glen - Conestoga express

No service Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

17 Heritage Park

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT isn’t operating the southbound bus that usually leaves Lackner Boulevard and Victoria Street North at 7:24 a.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The bus usually arrives at the Fairview Park Terminal at 7:51 a.m.) Buses leave Fairview every hour, starting at 6:30 a.m. Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

201 iXpress

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT isn’t operating the southbound buses that usually leave Laurier iXpress station (University Avenue West across from Hazel Street) at 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The buses usually arrive at the Fairview Park Terminal at 9:48 a.m. and 2:48 p.m.)

It also isn’t operating the northbound buses that usually leave Fairview at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m. (The buses usually arrive at Laurier at 9:33, 10:03 and 10:33 a.m.). It’s also canceling the special northbound buses that leave Fischer - Hallman Road and Erb Street West at 7:55, 8:25, 8:55 and 9:25 a.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The buses usually end their trips at the William G. Davis Computer Sciences Centre on the University of Waterloo Campus.)

Regular service resumes Monday, January 3, 2011.

9 Lakeshore

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT is decreasing the rush-hour frequency from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes. Buses leave Conestoga Mall about every 30 minutes all day, starting at 5:40 a.m. Buses leave the William G. Davis Computer Sciences Centre on the University of Waterloo campus about every 30 minutes all day, starting at 6:01 a.m.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

29 Keats Way

Monday to Friday, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, GRT isn’t operating the eastbound buses leaving Keats Way and Fischer - Hallman Road North at 7:48, 7:57 and 11:40 a.m. and 12:07 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The buses arrive at University Avenue West across from Hazel Street at 8, 8:09 and 11:52 a.m. and 12:19 p.m.)

It also doesn’t operate the eastbound buses that leave University Avenue West and Hazel Street at 1:30 and 2 p.m. (The buses end their trips on Keats Way and Fischer - Hallman Road North at 1:42 and 2:12 p.m.)

Tuesday to Friday, December 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT isn’t operating any Monday-to-Friday short-turn eastbound buses, providing ten-minute frequent service along the route between Keats Way at Fischer - Hallman Road North and University Avenue West across from Hazel Street.

Instead, buses operate along the entire route about every 30 minutes all day Mondays to Fridays. Eastbound buses leave The Boardwalk from 6:45 a.m. until 11:15 p.m. Westbound buses leave University Avenue West and Hazel Street from 6:15 a.m. until 11:40 p.m.

GRT is also permanently adjusting the schedule, starting Monday, December 19.

13 Laurelwood

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT is decreasing the rush-hour frequency from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes. Buses leave Erbsville Road and Laurelwood Drive, starting at 5:45 a.m. Buses leave the William G. Davis Computer Centre on the University of Waterloo campus every 30 minutes, starting at 6:10 a.m.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

7E Mainline via Columbia

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT isn’t operating the northbound buses that usually leave the Charles Street Terminal at 6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 8:20, 8:50 and 9:34 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The buses usually arrive at the William G. Davis Computer Sciences Centre on the University of Waterloo campus at 7:14, 7:44, 8:14, 8:44, 9:14 and 9:57 p.m.)

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

7 Mainline Conestoga Mall

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT isn’t operating the southbound buses that usually leave the Conestoga Mall Terminal at 10:25 a.m. and 7 and 9:05 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The buses usually end their trips in the Charles Street Terminal at 10:51 a.m. and about 7:22 and 9:27 p.m.

It’s also not operating the northbound bus that usually leaves Charles Street at 9:59 a.m. (The bus usually arrives in Conestoga Mall Terminal at 10:25 a.m.)

GRT is also permanently adjusting the schedule, starting Monday, December 19.

7 Mainline via University

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT isn’t operating the northbound buses that usually leave the Charles Street Terminal at 8 and 8:30 a.m. Mondays to Fridays. (The buses usually arrive at the Ring Road and Columbia West on the University of Waterloo campus at 8:25 and 8:55 a.m.)

It’s also not operating the southbound buses that leave the William G. Davis Computer Sciences Centre on campus at 6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 8:20, 9:24 and 9:58 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. (The buses usually arrive in the Charles Street Terminal at 7:11, 7:41, 8:11, 8:41, 9:43 and 10:17 p.m.)

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

3 Ottawa South

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT is decreasing the Monday-to-Friday rush-hour frequency from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes.

Inbound buses leave Forest Glen Plaza every 30 minutes from 6:15 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. and then every hour until 12:40 a.m. Outbound buses leave the Charles Street Terminal every 30 minutes from 6:15 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. and then every hour until 11:45 p.m.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

25 Queen South

Mondays to Fridays, December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and 27, 28, 29 and 30, GRT is decreasing the rush-hour frequency from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes.

Inbound buses leave Golden Meadow and Highview Drives every 30 minutes from 5:44 a.m. until 7:43 p.m., then leave Westheights and Highland Drives every hour from 7:48 until 11:43 p.m. Outbound buses leave Charles Street Terminal every 30 minutes from 6:15 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. and then every hour until 12:15 a.m.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.


Christmas, Sunday, December 25 GRT operates buses with special schedules. Boxing Day, Monday, December 26 and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012, it operate buses with Sunday schedules.

It’s also not operating buses along high school special routes Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Buses operate later on New Year’s Eve. Service is free of fare after 6 p.m.


MiWay


MiWay is decreasing the frequency of service along one route and isn’t operating buses along two more routes Monday to Friday, December 27, 28, 29 and 31. It’s also revising service along three others to offer “early homebound” rush-hour service on Fridays, December 24 and 31.

62 Cooksville GO shuttle - Webb

Fridays, December 23 and 30, MiWay supports GO Transit’s “early homebound” rush-hour by scheduling earlier buses along the route to meet earlier GO trains operating along the 21 Milton line. The buses leave Cooksville GO Station at 2:02, 3:02, 4:05, 5:05, 5:45, 6:02, 6:15 and 6:47 p.m.

101 Dundas express

MiWay is not operating buses along the route Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

32 Lisgar GO shuttle

Fridays, December 23 and 30, MiWay supports GO Transit’s “early homebound” rush-hour by scheduling earlier buses along the route to meet earlier GO trains operating along the 21 Milton line. The buses leave Lisgar GO Station at 2:22, 3:22, 4:24, 5:22, 5:42, 6:02, 6:17, 6:37 and 7:07 p.m.

107 Malton express

MiWay is not operating buses along the route Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

64 Meadowvale GO shuttle - Montevideo

On Fridays, December 24 and 31, MiWay supports GO Transit’s “early homebound” rush-hour by scheduling earlier buses along the route to meet earlier GO trains operating along the 21 Milton line. The buses leave Meadowvale GO Station at 2:19, 3:19, 4:20, 5:20, 5:40, 6, 6:20, 6:35 and 7:04 p.m.

76 Square One - Subway

MiWay is not operating buses along the route Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2011.

110 University express

Monday to Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, MiWay operates with a revised schedule along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.


Christmas, Sunday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012, MiWay’s operating buses with Sunday and holiday schedules. Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, Boxing Day, Monday, December 26 and New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, it’s operating buses with Saturday schedules.

It’s also not operating buses along high school special routes Mondays to Fridays, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Buses operate later on New Year’s Eve — as late as 4 a.m. New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2011. Service is free of fare after 7 p.m.


Niagara Region Transit
Fort Erie link

Buses do not operate along the route Tuesday, December 27 or Monday, January 2, 2012.

50 Niagara Falls / St. Catharines

Buses operate with regular schedules Tuesday, December 27 or Monday, January 2, 2012.

60 Niagara Falls / Welland

Buses operate every 2 hours, instead of every hour, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 27 or Monday, January 2, 2012.

Port Colborne link

Buses do not operate along the route Tuesday, December 27 or Monday, January 2, 2012.

55 St. Catharines / Niagara Falls

Buses operate with regular schedules Tuesday, December 27 or Monday, January 2, 2012.

70 St. Catharines / Welland

Buses operate every 2 hours, instead of every hour, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 27 or Monday, January 2, 2012.

65 Welland / Niagara Falls
75 Welland / St. Catharines

Buses operate every 2 hours, instead of every hour, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 27 or Monday, January 2, 2012.


Niagara Region Transit’s not operating buses along any routes Christmas, Sunday, December 25, Boxing Day, Monday, December 26 and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012. It also ends service earlier than usual Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 and New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31.


Toronto Transit Commission


Officially, this is what the TTC has announced — “reduced peak hour service”:

All TTC routes

Buses operate with less frequent service during rush hours Mondays to Fridays, December 19 to 23 and 28, 29 and 30 and January 2 to 6.

The TTC also operates “early-homebound” rush-hour service Fridays, December 23 and December 30.

Buses start operating with afternoon rush-hour schedules as early as noon.

Unofficially, though, we know that “reduced peak hour service” really means less frequent service along nearly 90 bus, streetcar and subway routes.

Regular Monday-to-Friday rush-hour service resumes Monday, January 9, 2012.

You can read our unofficial guide to TTC services during the holidays here.


Christmas, Sunday, December 25 and **New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012 , the TTC’s operating vehicles with Sunday schedules. Boxing Day, Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2, it’s operating them with holiday schedules.

Buses operate later on New Year’s Eve — as late as 4 a.m. New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1, 2011. Service is free of fare after 7 p.m.


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.