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Buses return to the Distillery District,
June 21

Update — Saturday, June 21, 2:10 p.m.: Our readers tell us that buses are now operating along Mill Street.

Update — Saturday, June 21, 12:22 p.m.: Our readers tell us that buses continue to operate along Parliament Street south of Mill Street, skipping the Distillery District.

From time to time, we hear from residents of the Distillery District who are, well, not happy with the TTC.

Residents of that area have not only lost local service along Mill Street since April, 2012, but have also been without service on the 504 King route east of Parliament Street since September 2013. And, even when streetcar service resumes, the TTC also proposes to remove the stop closest to the district, at King Street East and Trinity Street. To further add to the frustration, just east of the neighbourhood, the TTC and WATERFRONToronto are building a new streetcar line along Cherry Street — but that line won’t open until 2016.

So this news may comfort some Distillery residents:

The City of Toronto has reopened Cherry Street between Mill Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East, so the TTC’s resuming bus service through the district.

Starting Saturday, June 21, southbound buses serving the 172 Cherry St route operate along their current routing to Parliament and Mill Streets, then proceed:

eastward along Mill; and then
southward along Cherry Street to Lake Shore Boulevard East,
resuming their regular route southward along Cherry.

Southbound buses no longer serve the stop

  • on Parliament Street across from Mill Street.

Instead, southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Mill Street east of Parliament Street and at Trinity and Cherry Streets.

Northbound buses reverse the southbound routing.

Northbound buses no longer serve the stop:

  • on Parliament Street at Mill Street.

Instead, northbound buses again drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Cherry Street at Mill Street and
  • on Mill Street at Trinity and Parliament Streets.
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