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Weekend events affect transit services,
April 2 and 3



In Toronto, events, festivals, road races or parades occur most weekends from early April until late October, generally resulting in the City closing streets and the TTC detouring transit services.

The Greek Independence Day Parade affects Toronto transit services this Sunday.

Meanwhile the festival (and road race!) season has already started elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as the Around the Bay Road Race blocks the streets of Burlington and Hamilton that same day.

Maple syrup dominates the agenda for events in two communities at the very edges of the area we cover in this blog — Elmira in Woolwich Township and Sunderland in Brock Township. Both events affect local transit.


The events affect these routes:

Burlington Transit1 Plains.

GO Transit81 Port Perry / Whitby.

Grand River Transit21 Elmira.

Hamilton Street Railway2 Barton, 3 Cannon, 4 Bayfront, 7 Locke, 8 York, 11 Parkdale.

Toronto Transit Commission72 Pape, 83 Jones, 504 King, 505 Dundas.


The Saturday, April 2 events affecting transit services are: the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival; and the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival.

The Sunday, April 3 events affecting transit services are: the Around the Bay Road Race; Greek Independence Day Parade; and the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival.


Brock Township

See Sunderland.


Burlington

See Hamilton.


Elmira


Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

The Region of Waterloo and Township of Woolwich are closing:

  • Arthur Street South (Regional Road 21) between Church Street and Memorial Avenue

from 1 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday to accommodate the festival.

Grand River Transit is detouring buses during the event.

21 Elmira

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to Arthur Street South and Listowel Road, then detour:

westward along Listowel;
southward along Three Bridges Road;
eastward along Hawkesville Road;
northward along Northside Drive; and then
eastward along Sawmill Road to King Street North,
resuming their regular route southward along King North.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Waterloo Region Highway 85 across from Scotch Line Road, at the Waterloo Central Railway tracks and at Gerrat Street and
  • on Sawmill Road across from Parkside Drive.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Sawmill Road and Waterloo Region Highway 85, then detour:

eastward along Sawmill;
northward along New Jerusalem Road;
westward along Southfield Drive;
northward along Union Street;
westward along First Street East;
northward along Duke Street; and then
westward along Church Streets East and West to Maple Street,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Waterloo Region Highway 85 across from Gerrat Street, north of the Waterloo Central Railway tracks and at Scotch Line Road and
  • on Arthur Street South across from Brubacher Street, at Park Avenue East, Wyatt Street East and Mill Street.

Instead, northbound buses drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Duke Street at Baumann Street, Park Street East and Mill Street.

From 6 a.m. until noon, GRT is increasing the frequency of service by operating extra buses along the route to get visitors to and from the events.

Southbound buses leave Church Street West and Maple Street in Elmira at 6:55 and 7:32 a.m., 8:02 a.m. and every 20 minutes until 8:22 a.m., 8:43 a.m. and every 20 minutes until 2:43 p.m., 3:02 p.m. and every 20 minutes until 4:22 p.m.

Northbound buses leave Conestoga Mall Terminal at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 a.m. and every 20 minutes until 3:50 p.m.

You can view a map of the detour route and schedule for service along the route Saturday, March 31 only here (.pdf)


Burlington
Hamilton


Around the Bay 30k Road Race

The Cities of Burlington and Hamilton are closing various streets Sunday to accommodate the 122nd annual road race — the longest-running annual event of its kind in North America — supporting the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Foundation.

Burlington Transit and the Hamilton Street Railway are revising service during the event. Race participants follow a course that starts and ends in downtown Hamilton, but also stretches to the east end of lower Hamilton and into Burlington, so detours are extensive.

The City of Burlington is closing

  • southbound lane of King Road between North Shore Boulevard East and Plains Road East,
  • eastbound lane of North Shore Boulevards East and West between the QEW exit ramp west of Joseph Brant Hospital and Plains Road West,
  • Toronto-bound exit ramp to North Shore Boulevard East from the Queen Elizabeth Way,
  • Niagara-bound entry ramp to the Queen Elizabeth Way from North Shore Boulevard East
  • Plains Road West at York Boulevard and
  • eastbound curb lane of Plains Road West between York Boulevard and North Shore Boulevard West

from 9:30 a.m. until about 2 p.m. Sunday. The City is reopening the streets after the last race participant clears the area.

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The City of Hamilton is closing

  • all lanes of Bay Street North between York Boulevard and King Street West from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
  • northeastbound lanes (toward Burlington) of Beach Boulevard between Van Wagner’s Beach Road and Eastport Drive (north) from 9:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of Burlington Street East between James Street North and Hillyard Street from 9:30 until 11 a.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of Burlington Street Street East between Hillyard Street and Woodward Avenue (on the upper level) from about 9:30 until noon,
  • westbound lanes of Cannon Street West between Bay and Queen Streets North from 9:45 until 10:30 a.m.
  • all lanes of James Street North between Burlington Street East and York Boulevard / Wilson Street from 9:15 until 10 a.m.,
  • one northbound lane of Woodward Avenue between Burlington Street East and Eastport Drive from 9:30 a.m. until noon,
  • eastbound lanes of York Boulevard between Plains Road West [Burlington] and Dundurn Street North from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of York Boulevard between Dundurn and Hess Streets North from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • westbound lanes of York Boulevard between Queen Street North and the High Level Bridge over the Desjardins Canal from 9:45 until 10:30 a.m.,
  • all lanes of York Boulevard between Hess and MacNab Streets North from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
  • all lanes of York Boulevard between MacNab and and James Streets North between about 9:15 and 10 a.m.

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The City is re-opening all streets after the last race participant clears the area.

Burlington Transit
1 Plains

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, passengers should expect delays as race participants pass along Plains Road West between North Shore Boulevard West and York Boulevard.

Burlington-bound buses start their trips on King Street East at James Street North in downtown Hamilton, then proceed:

westward along King Street West;
north- and eastward along Highway 403;
northward along Highway 6;
eastward along Old York Road; and then
southward along Plains Road West to York Boulevard,
resuming their regular route, eastward along Plains West.

Buses operating toward Burlington skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street North at Vine Street,
  • on York Boulevard at Ray Street North, Crooks Street, west of Dundurn Street North, across from the Hamilton Cemetery and Old Guelph Road and at the Rock Garden and Plains Road West.

Instead, Burlington-bound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on King Street West at Queen, Locke and Dundurn Streets North.

Hamilton-bound buses proceed along their regular route to Plains Road West and York Boulevard, then detour:

northward along Plains Road West;
westward along Old York Road;
southward along Highway 6;
south- and westward along Highway 403;
eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Street South; and then
westward along King Street East to James Street North,
ending their trips.

Buses operating toward Hamilton skip their regular stops

  • on York Boulevard east of Valley Inn Road, west of Old Guelph Road and at Hamilton Cemetery, Woodbine Crescent, Queen, Bay and James Streets North,
  • on Wilson Street at John Street North and
  • on Catharine Street at King William Street.
Hamilton Street Railway
2 Barton

From 9:15 until 10 a.m. Sunday, April 3, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Barton Street East and John Street North, then detour:

southward along John North; and then
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North,
resuming their regular route southward along James North.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Barton Street East at Hughson Street North and
  • on James Street North at Colborne Street, across from Robert Street and south of Cannon Street West and York Boulevard.

Instead, inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Rebecca Street at Hughson Street North.

Outbound buses operate along their regular route.

4 Bayfront

The race may delay the inbound bus that the HSR has scheduled to arrive at Burlington Street East and James Street North at 9:48 a.m. Sunday, April 3. Hamilton Police Service officers will help direct the bus through the intersection once all runners have passed through, likely by 10 a.m. at the latest.

All other inbound buses operate along their regular route and schedule.

From 5:30 until 9 a.m. and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., outbound buses start their trips on James Street South north of Main Street West, as usual, then proceed:

southward along James South;
eastward along Main Street East;
northward along John Streets South and North; and then
westward along Wilson Street and York Boulevard to MacNab Street North,
resuming their regular route northward along MacNab North.

(Although westbound lanes of York Boulevard are closed to traffic, Hamilton Police Service officers will direct HSR buses through the closed area of the street.)

Outbound buses skip their regular stops:

  • on James Street South at Hunter Street West,
  • on Hunter Street West at MacNab Street South, across from Park Street South and at Bay Street South,
  • on Bay Street South across from George Street,
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and
  • on York Boulevard across from Park Street North.

From 9 until 11 a.m., Sunday, April 3, outbound buses start their trips on James Street South north of Main Street West, as usual, then proceed:

southward along James South;
eastward along Main Street East;
northward along Sherman Avenue North to Burlington Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Burlington East.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops:

  • on James Street South at Hunter Street West,
  • on Hunter Street West at MacNab Street South, across from Park Street South and at Bay Street South,
  • on Bay Street South across from George Street,
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West,
  • on York Boulevard across from Park Street North,
  • on MacNab Street North north of York Boulevard, at Cannon Street West, north of Mulberry Street and at Colbourne Street and Murray Street West and
  • on James Street North north of Murray Street, at Simcoe Street East, north of Picton Street East at Wood and Burlington Streets East and
  • on Burlington Street East at John Street North, Mary Street, Ferguson Avenue North, Wellington Street North, Victoria Avenue North, Wilfrid Street, Wentworth Street North, Hillyard Street, McKinstry Street, Birch Avenue and Sherman Avenue North.

Instead, outbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Main Street East at John and Walnut Streets South, east of Ferguson Avenue South, at Wellington Street South, Victoria Avenue South, east of Emerald Street South, at Ontario Avenue, east of Wentworth Street South, at Sanford Avenue South, Fairleigh Avenue South and Eastbourne Avenue and
  • on Sherman Avenue South across from Fife Street and at Burlington Street South.
3 Cannon

From 9:15 until 10 a.m. Sunday, April 3, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Cannon Street East and John Street North, then detour:

southward along John North; and then
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North,
resuming their regular route southward along James North.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Cannon Street East at Hughson Street North and
  • on James Street North south of Cannon Street West and York Boulevard.

Instead, inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Rebecca Street at Hughson Street North.

Outbound buses operate along their regular route.

7 Locke

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Main Street West and Bay Street South, then detour:

eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Streets South and North; and then
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North,
resuming their regular route southward along James North.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street South across from George Street,
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and
  • on York Boulevard across from Park and MacNab Streets North.

Instead, inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Main Street West at Bay and MacNab Streets South,
  • on Main Street East east of James Street South,
  • on John Street North at King William Street and
  • on Rebecca Street at Hughson Street North.

Outbound buses operate along their regular route.

11 Parkdale

From 9:45 until 11:30 a.m., Sunday, April 3, Burlington-bound buses operate along their regular route to Glow and Woodward Avenues, then detour:

southward along Woodward;
eastward along Barton Street East;
northward along Red Hill Valley Parkway;
northwestward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
eastward along Fairview Street;
southward along Maple Avenue to Lakeshore Road,
resuming their regular route eastward along Lakeshore.

Burlington-bound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Woodward Avenue beside #900 Woodward,
  • on Beach Boulevard at Van Wagner’s Beach Road, #s 203 and 337 Beach, across from Towers Drive, at Sierra Lane, across from Comet and Windemere Avenues, at Locarno Avenue, north of Third Avenue, at Pandora and Eastport Drives,
  • on the Canada Centre for Inland Waterways campus at the Waste Water Tech and Administration Buildings,
  • on Lakeshore Road at #944 Lakeshore, across from Omaha Avenue, at #1094 Lakeshore, across from the Region of Halton garage, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation patrol yard and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and North Shore Boulevard West / Maple Avenue.

From 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Hamilton-bound buses operate along their regular route from the Downtown Burlington Terminal to Lakeshore Road and Maple Avenue / North Shore Boulevard East, then detour:

northward along Maple;
westward along Fairview Street;
southeastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
westward along Burlington Street East; and then
southward along Parkdale Avenue North to Glow Avenue,
resuming their regular route southward along Parkdale North.

Hamilton-bound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Lakeshore Road at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation patrol yard, the Region of Halton garage, across from Beachway Park, at Parkins Lane and across from #938 Lakeshore,
  • on the Canada Centre for Inland Waterways campus at the Waste Water Tech and Administration Buildings,
  • on Beach Boulevard east of Eastport Drive, across from Manor, Pandora, 3rd and 4th Avenues, at Locarno, Rembe and Comet Avenues, across from Sierra Lane, at Towers Drive, across from #s 337, 203 and 107 Beach and across from Van Wagner’s Beach Road,
  • on Woodward Avenue beside #837 Woodward and
  • on Glow Avenue at Dunn Avenue, west of Knox Avenue and at Brighton Avenue and Parkdale Avenue North.

From 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Sunday, April 3, Burlington-bound buses operate along their regular route to Woodward Avenue at Beach Boulevard / Eastport Drive, then detour:

northwestward along Eastport Drive;
southeastward along Beach Boulevard (meaning: the opposite direction from how Burlington-bound buses usually operate);
southward along the on-ramp across from Van Wagner’s Beach Road;
northwestward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
eastward along Fairview Street;
southward along Maple Avenue to Lakeshore Road,
resuming their regular route eastward along Lakeshore.

Burlington-bound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Beach Boulevard at Van Wagner’s Beach Road, #s 203 and 337 Beach, across from Towers Drive, at Sierra Lane, across from Comet and Windemere Avenues, at Locarno Avenue, north of Third Avenue, at Pandora and Eastport Drives,
  • on the Canada Centre for Inland Waterways campus at the Waste Water Tech and Administration Buildings,
  • on Lakeshore Road at #944 Lakeshore, across from Omaha Avenue, at #1094 Lakeshore, across from the Region of Halton garage, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation patrol yard and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and North Shore Boulevard West / Maple Avenue.

Instead, Burlington-bound buses drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Beach Boulevard east of Eastport Drive, across from Manor, Pandora, 3rd and 4th Avenues, at Locarno, Rembe and Comet Avenues, across from Sierra Lane, at Towers Drive, across from #s 337, 203 and 107 Beach and across from Van Wagner’s Beach Road.

From 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Hamilton-bound buses operate along their regular route from the Downtown Burlington Terminal to Lakeshore Road and Maple Avenue / North Shore Boulevard East, then detour:

northward along Maple;
westward along Fairview Street;
southeastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way and Eastport Drive to Beach Boulevard;
resuming their regular route southeastward along Beach.

Hamilton-bound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Lakeshore Road at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation patrol yard, the Region of Halton garage, across from Beachway Park, at Parkins Lane and across from #938 Lakeshore and
  • on the Canada Centre for Inland Waterways campus at the Waste Water Tech and Administration Buildings.
8 York

From 5:30 until 7:30 a.m., Sunday, April 3, inbound buses operate along their regular route to York Boulevard and Queen Street North, then detour:

southward along Queen;
eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Streets South and North; and then
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North,
resuming their regular route southward along James North.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on York Boulevard at Hess and Bay Streets North and across from Park and MacNab Streets North.

Instead, inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Main Street West at Caroline, Bay and MacNab Streets South,
  • on Main Street East east of James Street South,
  • on John Street North at King William Street and
  • on Rebecca Street at Hughson Street North.

From 5:30 until 7:30 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to Bay Street South at King Street West, then detour:

westward along King; and then
northward along Hess Street North to Cannon Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along Cannon.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and at Vine Street and
  • on Cannon Street West at Hess Street North.

Instead, outbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on King Street West at Caroline Street North.

From 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., inbound buses start their trips at Lamoreaux Street and Strathcona Avenue North, as usual, then proceed:

northward along Strathcona North;
westward along Florence Street;
southward along Dundurn Streets North and South;
eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Streets South and North; and then
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North,
resuming their regular route southward along James North.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Strathcona Avenue North at York Boulevard and
  • on York Boulevard at Locke, Pearl, Queen, Hess and Bay Streets North and across from Park Street North.

Instead, inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Main Street West at Poulette Street and Pearl, Queen, Caroline, Bay and MacNab Streets South,
  • on Main Street East east of James Street South,
  • on John Street North at King William Street and
  • on Rebecca Street at Hughson Street North.

From 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Bay Street and then detour:

westward along King; and then
northward along Strathcona Avenue North to Lamoreaux Street,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and at Vine Street,
  • on Cannon Street West at Hess Street North,
  • on York Boulevard at Ray Street North, Crooks and Inchbury Street and across from Strathcona Avenue North and
  • on Dundurn Street North at Jones Street.

Instead, outbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on King Street West at Caroline Street North, west of Queen Street North and at Pearl Street North and Strathcona Avenue North.

Sunderland


Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival

The Region of Durham is closing River Street (Regional Road 10) within the village of Sunderland this weekend to accommodate the annual festival.

GO Transit is detouring buses during the event.

81 Port Perry / Whitby

Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Highway 12 and River Street, then detour:

southward along Highway 12 to Albert Street,
resuming their regular route southward along Highway 12.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Albert Street south of River Street.

Instead, southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Highway 12 at River Street.

Northbound buses reverse the southbound detour routing.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Albert Street at River Street.

Instead, southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Highway 12 across from River Street.

Toronto


Greek Independence Day Parade

The City of Toronto is closing

  • Danforth Avenue between Jones and Broadview Avenues

to accommodate the annual parade Sunday morning and afternoon.

The TTC is likely detouring buses during the event. The event may also delay streetcars at Broadview and Danforth Avenues.

505 Dundas
504 King

From about noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, expect delays at Broadview and Danforth Avenues.

83 Jones

(The TTC has not confirmed detour-routing information. This post describes how it detoured buses during this event in previous years.)

From about 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, buses operate along their regular route to Donlands and Danforth Avenues, then detour:

eastward along Danforth;
southward along Greenwood Avenue; and then
westward along Gerrard Street East to Jones Avenue,
resuming their regular route southward along Jones.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Jones Avenue south of Danforth Avenue, at Strathcona Avenue, across from Shudell Avenue, at Boultbee Avenue, across from Myrtle Avenue and at Gerrard Street East.

Instead, southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Danforth Avenue east of Byron Avenue and at Greenwood Avenue,
  • on Greenwood Avenue south of Danforth and Oakvale Avenues, across from Felstead Avenue and Torbrick Road and at Ivy Avenue and Gerrard Street East and
  • on Gerrard Street East at Prust Avenue and Leslie Street.

Northbound buses reverse the southbound detour routing.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Jones Avenue north of Gerrard Street East, at Myrtle, Boultbee, Shudell, Baird and Danforth Avenues.

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

  • on Gerrard Street East at Leslie Street and Alton Avenue,
  • on Greenwood Avenue across from Ivy Avenue, at Torbrick Road, Felstead, Mountnoel and Danforth Avenues and
  • on Danforth Avenue at Caithness and Donlands Avenues.
72 Pape

(The TTC has not confirmed detour-routing information. This post describes how it detoured buses during this event in previous years.)

From about 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, southbound buses start their trips in Donlands Station, instead of Pape Station, then proceed:

eastward along Strathmore
southward along Donlands Avenue;
eastward along Danforth Avenue;
southward along Greenwood Avenue; and then
westward along Gerrard Street East to Carlaw Avenue,
resuming their regular route southward along Carlaw.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in Pape Station bus terminal,
  • on Pape Avenue south of Danforth Avenue, at Harcourt, Wroxeter and Bain Avenues,
  • on Riverdale Avenue west of Pape Avenue and at Carlaw Avenue and
  • on Carlaw Avenue at Victor Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

Instead, southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • in Donlands Station bus terminal,
  • on Danforth Avenue east of Byron Avenue and at Greenwood Avenue,
  • on Greenwood Avenue south of Danforth and Oakvale Avenues, across from Felstead Avenue and Torbrick Road and at Ivy Avenue and Gerrard Street East and
  • on Gerrard Street East at Prust Avenue, Leslie Street, Jones, Marjory and Pape Avenues.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Carlaw Avenue and Gerrard Street East, then detour:

eastward along Gerrard
northward along Greenwood Avenue;
westward along Danforth Avenue;
northward along Donlands Avenue; and then
westward into Donlands Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Carlaw Avenue north of Gerrard Street East, across from Victor Avenue and at Riverdale Avenue,
  • on Pape Avenue north of Riverdale Avenue, at Bain, Wroxeter, Harcourt and Danforth Avenues and
  • in Pape Station bus terminal.

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

  • on Gerrard Street East at Pape, Marjory and Jones Avenues, Leslie Street and Alton Avenue,
  • on Greenwood Avenue across from Ivy Avenue, at Torbrick Road, Felstead, Mountnoel and Danforth Avenues,
  • on Danforth Avenue at Caithness and Donlands Avenues and
  • in Donlands Station bus terminal.

Woolwich Township

See Elmira.



Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.