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TTC, Metrolinx ready for Blue Jays fans

The TTC and Metrolinx are both fielding teams of extra staff to handle crowds of Toronto Blue Jays fans after their playoff games today, Thursday, October 8 and tomorrow, Friday, October 9.

The TTC says it will “take… fans out to the ball game — and then safety home again.” It’s adding extra subway trains to its service before and after each game, and TTC ambassadors will be in stations to help passengers at Union, St Andrew and Spadina stations.

You can ride subway trains along the 1 Yonge - University line to and from St. Andrew or Union stations — both just a short walk to the Rogers Centre, where the Jays are taking on the Texas Rangers in the American League playoffs. You can also ride streetcars to nearby stops and walk to the stadium:

  • 504 King cars to King Street West and John Street;
  • 509 Harbourfront or 510 Spadina cars to Queens Quay West and Rees Street; or
  • 510 Spadina cars to Lower Spadina Avenue and Bremner Boulevard.

Metrolinx says it’ll “have all hands on deck… — transit safety officers, GO Transit ambassadors, ticket sales, station and operations staff — to help [make sure passengers] get to where they need to go”.

GO trains operate at most every 30 minutes to and from Union Station along these lines:

  • 01 Lakeshore West; and
  • 09 Lakeshore East.

Depending on when the games end, passengers can also board trains serving all other GO lines to make their way home:

  • 21 Milton;
  • 31 Kitchener;
  • 61 Richmond Hill;
  • 65 Barrie; or
  • 71 Stouffville.

GO buses operate to and from Union Station GO Bus Terminal along these routes:

  • 16 Hamilton / Toronto express;
  • 21 Milton / Toronto;
  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;
  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto;
  • 63 King City / Toronto;
  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto; and
  • 71 Stouffville / Toronto.

And, the Union Pearson Express terminal is probably the closest stop to the dome of any of these services.

To reduce crowding, Metrolinx is recommending that its regular passengers and Blue Jays fans both consider staying downtown a bit longer than usually tonight and tomorrow — because the games likely will end during rush hour.