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No subway service, April 16 and 17:
Lawrence West to St George



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The TTC is closing part of the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Lawrence West and St George Stations this weekend to accommodate crews working to keep the line in a state of good repair and installing new signal infrastructure.

All day Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, all Line 1 subway trains operate between Downsview and Lawrence West and between Finch and St. George only. Buses replace subway service between Lawrence West and St George. To provide a faster trip for passengers, subway-shuttle buses do not drop off or pick up passengers at local stops between subway stations. They also won’t stop at Glencairn, Eglinton West and St Clair West stations.

For those needing an accessible connection to the subway, Wheel-Trans vehicles also operate between Lawrence West and St. George Stations, Speak to TTC staff in each station to ask for Wheel-Trans service.

Glencairn Station is closed to passengers. If you’re traveling to and from the area of Glencairn Station, you can transfer between the subway-shuttle buses and buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route at Bathurst Street and Glencairn Avenue. The TTC will operate extra buses along 14 Glencairn to provide more frequent service to and from the area.

Eglinton West Station is open to passengers, but the subway-shuttle buses do not enter the station terminal. The buses stop to pick up or drop off passengers on Bathurst Street at Eglinton Avenue West. You can transfer buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to travel between Bathurst Street and the area of Eglinton West Station.

St Clair West Station is open to passengers, but the subway-shuttle buses do not enter the station terminal. Instead, you can board or exit shuttle buses at Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue West to travel to and from the subway station area. The TTC is increasing service along the 512 St Clair and other routes serving St Clair West Station to improve connections while this section of the subway is closed.

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According to a TTC news release, “crews will lay up to 40,000 ft. [12,192 metres] of cable for the TTC’s new Automatic Train Control (ATC) signal system and install other ATC equipment (beacons, junction boxes, etc). Crews will also use the opportunity to complete other track maintenance and state-of-good-repair work, including trackside heater repair between Eglinton West and St Clair West stations. When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern, reliable signal system and a 25 per cent increase in capacity on Line 1.”

Regular subway service resumes Monday, April 18.


Shuttle-bus alternatives

One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.

Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives.

Consider boarding, or remaining aboard, eastbound buses and street cars to connect with the Yonge branch of the subway line. This applies not just to the closed section of the subway, but to stations north and south of the closure, so you can avoid the University branch entirely.

North of the closed section of the subway:

  • ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West or 196 York University rocket routes to Sheppard - Yonge, instead of Downsview Station; or
  • ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes to York Mills Station, instead of Wilson Station.

At the closed section of the subway:

  • ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route to Lawrence, instead of Lawrence West Station;
  • ride buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route to Davisville, instead of Glencairn Station;
  • ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton, instead of Eglinton West Station;
  • ride streetcars operating along the 512 St Clair route to St Clair, instead of St Clair West Station.
  • ride buses operating along the 26 Dupont route to St George, instead of Dupont Station.
  • ride buses operating along the 127 Davenport route to Spadina, instead of Dupont Station.

South of the closed section of the subway

  • ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to College, instead of Queen’s Park Station;
  • ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas, instead of St Patrick Station;
  • ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Queen, instead of Osgoode Station; or
  • ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route to King, instead of St Andrew Station.

You can also ride the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line from Spadina or St George Stations to connect with the Yonge branch at Bloor - Yonge Station. But, note that this is not a good choice before noon Sunday, April 17, because the TTC is also closing the 2 Bloor - Danforth line between Pape and St George Stations that morning. Expect St George Station to be chaotic Sunday morning!!!


The TTC previously closed this section of the subway line Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 and Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20.

It’s also closing some of the same section of the subway on several more weekends this year:

  • between Downsview and St Clair West stations - Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 and Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25; and
  • between Downsview and St George stations - Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16.

Although the TTC has not announced the exact routing for buses, here’s how they’re likely operating:

Southbound buses start their trips in Lawrence West Station bus terminal, then proceed:

eastward along Lawrence Avenue West;
southward along Bathurst Street, stopping at Glencairn Avenue, Eglinton Avenue West and St. Clair Avenue West;
eastward along Davenport Road;
southward along Kendall Avenue;
eastward along Macpherson Avenue;
southward Spadina Road, passing Dupont and Spadina Stations;
eastward along Bloor Street West;
northward along St. George Street;
eastward along Prince Arthur Avenue; and then
southward into St George Station terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips in St George Station terminal, then proceed:

southward along Bedford Road;
westward along Bloor Street West;
northward along Spadina Road, passing Spadina and Dupont Stations,
westward along Davenport Road;
northward along Bathurst Street, stopping at St. Clair Avenue West, Eglinton Avenue West and Glencairn Avenue;
westward along Lawrence Avenue West; and then
southward into Lawrence West Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

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