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No subway service, October 15 and 16:
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, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, 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 and Eglinton 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 in front of the station.

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.

According to a TTC news release, “crews will lay 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) of cable for the TTC’s new Automatic Train Control (ATC) signal system… 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, October 17.


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 (The TTC is operating extra service along this route);
  • 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 (The TTC is operating extra service along this route);
  • 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.


The TTC previously closed this section of the subway line;

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

It will also close the subway between Lawrence West and St George stations again:

  • Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30; and
  • Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13.

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:

westward along Lawrence Avenue West;
southward along Marlee Avenue;
eastward along Glencairn Avenue, passing Glencairn Station;
southward along Bathurst Street, stopping at Eglinton Avenue West, instead of Eglinton West Station;
eastward along St. Clair Avenue West, stopping in St Clair West Station terminal, then continuing:
eastward along St. Clair West;
southward along Spadina Road;
westward along Austin Terrace;
southward along Walmer Road and Kendal 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 Walmer Road;
eastward along Austin Terrace;
northward along Spadina Road;
westward along St. Clair Avenue West, stopping in St Clair West Station terminal, then continuing
westward along St. Clair West;
northward along Bathurst Street, stopping at Eglinton Avenue West, instead of Eglinton West Station;
westward along Glencairn Avenue, passing Glencairn Station;
northward along Marlee Avenue;
eastward along Lawrence Avenue West; and then
southward into Lawrence West Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Until noon Sunday, October 16, buses start and end their trips in Spadina Station, instead of St George Station because the City of Toronto is closing Bloor Street West to accommodate the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.