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No subway service, October 31, November 1:
Downsview to St Clair West



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This weekend, the TTC is canceling subway service along the 1 Yonge - University line between Downsview and St Clair West Stations, while crews upgrade the signals along this section of the line.

All day Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, trains operate along the line only between St Clair West and Finch stations. Shuttle buses replace subway service between Downsview and St Clair West, while the subway line is closed.

The buses stop at all stations. The TTC says it’s also increasing service along these routes while this section of the subway is closed:

  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 52 Lawrence West;
  • 84 Sheppard West (between Downsview and Sheppard - Yonge stations);
  • 109 Ranee; and
  • 512 St Clair.

Downsview, Wilson, Yorkdale, Lawrence West and Eglinton West stations are open for passengers to connect with connecting buses and streetcars or to buy tickets, tokens, passes and other fare media. Glencairn Station is closed.

While the line is closed, crews are working in open-cut sections of the line:

  • maintaining the tracks between Downsview Station and north of Wilson Station;
  • tamping ballast (stones) on the east side of Wilson Yard to improve track reliability.
  • installing ground screws to support communication and messenger cables between Wilson and Glencairn stations.
  • replacing electrical components, installing wiring and upgrading signals in various locations.

The TTC says that “The existing signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment, much of which is over 60 years old, need replacing as their failure significantly impacts service. Once Automatic Train Control is fully installed and operational, customers will see improved frequency of subway service, less crowding and greater reliability of the signal system.”

TTC and contractor crews will park their vehicles on Varna Drive between Bredonhill Court and Regina Avenue this weekend so that the crews can access track level from Yorkdale Station. Yorkdale Station is central to the closure area and is the start and finish point where all crews must sign in and sign out, get radios and receive work safety briefings.

Crews start working early Saturday morning, shortly after Friday subway service ends. First, they’ll deliver some materials for these activities to the area on subway work-cars. Then they’ll work “around-the-clock” to make sure they finish before subway service starts Monday morning. Expect noise when equipment is fully operating.

The TTC is assigning Wheel-Trans vehicles to operate between Downsview and St George stations for passengers requiring a station with an elevator.


Subway replacement buses

All day Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, southbound buses start their trips in Downsview Station terminal, then proceed:

eastward along Sheppard Avenue West;
southward along Wilson Heights Boulevard;
west- and southward along Transit Road to Wilson Station terminal;
north- and eastward along Transit;
southward along William R. Allen Road;
southward along Yorkdale Road, stopping at the regular 47 Lansdowne bus stop beside Yorkdale GO Bus Terminal;
southward along Allen;
eastward along Lawrence Avenue West;
southward into Lawrence West Station bus terminal;
westward along Lawrence West;
southward along Marlee Avenue;
eastward along Glencairn Avenue, passing Glencairn Station,
southward along Bathurst Street;
eastward along St. Clair Avenue West; and then
northward into St Clair West terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips in St Clair West Station, then proceed:

westward along St. Clair Avenue West;
northward along Bathurst Street;
westward along Glencairn Avenue, passing Glencairn Station,
northward along Marlee Avenue;
eastward along Lawrence Avenue West;
southward into Lawrence West Station bus terminal,
eastward along Lawrence Avenue West;
northward along William R. Allen Road;
northward along Yorkdale Road;
westward into Yorkdale GO Bus Terminal;
eastward along Yorkdale Road;
northward along Allen;
west- and southward along Transit Road to Wilson Station bus terminal;
north- and eastward along Transit;
northward along Allen; and then
eastward into Downsview Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Buses do not serve Eglinton West Station, due to ongoing Metrolinx construction of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line.

Instead, buses stop in both directions at Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West.


Although frequent buses replace the subway between the two stations, they will be crowded. The TTC suggest passengers consider traveling further east aboard connecting buses and streetcars to the Yonge branch of the 1 Yonge - University subway line:

  • 84 Sheppard West and 196 York University rocket buses between Downsview and Sheppard - Yonge stations.
  • 96 Wilson and 165 Weston Rd North buses between Wilson and York Mills stations.
  • 52 Lawrence West buses between Lawrence West and Lawrence Stations.
  • 14 Glencairn buses between Glencairn and Davisville Stations.
  • 32 Eglinton West buses between Eglinton West and Eglinton Stations.
  • 512 St Clair streetcars between St Clair West and St Clair Station.
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