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The end of the line, June 21:
TTC ends "Davisville" route after 80 years


TTC Orion VII “Next Gen” hybrid bus #1785 boards passengers at Davisville station, in service on 28 DAVISVILLE in the morning of Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Photo by James Bow.

When the last TTC bus bearing the 28 Davisville returns to Davisville Station around 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 21, it will mark the end of an era.

Starting Sunday, June 22, the TTC reorganizes service along Davisville Avenue. That day, the TTC designates buses that operate along the present 28A Davisville route between the Evergreen Brickworks and Davisville Station Saturdays, Sundays and holidays as serving the the 28 Bayview South route. The next day, Monday, June 23, it’s identifying the buses that operate Mondays to Fridays during rush hours between Belsize Drive and Davisville Station as serving the “11B” branch of the 11 Bayview route.

These days, the TTC’s 28 Davisville service is a secondary route that mostly supplements the parallel 11 Bayview route. However, the route has had a long and proud role to play in the transit history of the North Toronto area, with the first TTC buses rolling along the route back on Monday, November 19, 1934. During its most important period, during the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s, the route stretched as far north as Lawrence Station, serving Bayview Avenue and Sunnybrook Hospital.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • A history of the 28 Davisville route by Alan Gryfe and Pete Coulman, here.


Twin Coach 34-S no. 977 was delivered in 1946, and still looks new in this picture as it face west at the southeast corner of Davisville Avenue and Yonge Street. Two older Twin Coach model 23-Rs are visible in the background. Photo courtesy Alan Gryfe and the Toronto Transit Commission.


Another TTC Twin Coach bus heads southbound on Bayview Avenue, just north of Eglinton Avenue East, in service on 28 DAVISVILLE in this 1964 shot.

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