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Emergency exercise at York University Station:
GO, TTC detours, October 25



TTC contractors continue working on the project to extend the Line 1 Yonge - University subway northwest to Vaughan.

The subway extension opens Sunday, December 17.

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 25, from about 6 a.m. to noon, the TTC is conducting an emergency exercise at the future York University Station to get ready for any possible emergencies when the new part of the rapid transit network is operating.

During the excercise, York University is closing roadways on the Keele Campus in the area of Harry W. Arthurs Commons and the future subway station. GO Transit and the TTC are detouring buses that usually drop off or pick up passengers at the Common.

GO Transit is detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 45 Mississauga / York U;
  • 46 Oakville / York U;
  • 47 Hamilton / York U;
  • 48 Guelph / York U;
  • 51 Pickering / York U;
  • 52 Oshawa / York U; and
  • 54 Markham / York U.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 41 Keele;
  • 41E Keele express;
  • 60C Steeles West;
  • 106 York University;
  • 107 Keele North;
  • 195 Jane rocket;
  • 196 York University rocket; and
  • 199 Finch rocket.

York Region Transit and Brampton Transit buses continue to serve their regular stops on Ian Macdonald Boulevard during the exercise.

York’s own shuttle buses — linking passengers with the Glendon campus and York University GO Station — temporarily drop off or pick up passengers on the north side of Fine Arts Road.

TTC Wheel-Trans YRT Mobility Plus and the university’s VanGO mobility service vehicles continue to drop off or pick up passengers on The Common.

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This is the first of two exercises for the TTC, first responders and community partners to test test how they would respond to an emergency on the new extension.

Tomorrow’s exercise involves more than 600 people. Participants use stage smoke and lights to simulate an incident in the tunnel. During the simulation, crews evacuate and transport ‘victims’ of an incident in stage makeup to a mock hospital on the university grounds.

The exercise lets the TTC test its own emergency processes and procedures at track level. Participating agencies, including the Toronto Police Service, Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Paramedic Services demonstrate the effectiveness of their communications systems and how they can collaborate to co-ordinate their efforts, if an actual emergency occurs.

The TTC is holding second, smaller event Wednesday, November 22 at Highway 407 Station to give first responders in York Region and Vaughan the chance to practice managing a subway incident for the first time.

Note that these events are not open to the public or the media.


Since the new subway line runs under the campus, York is testing the university’s own emergency preparedness and response processes.

It’s also using the emergency exercise as a unique experiential learning opportunity. Students from the Disaster and Emergency Management Program (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies) take part in the simulation, while Nursing and Kinesiology students (Faculty of Health) participate as “passengers”. Students from the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design help by “video-ing” the event for future training and education.


GO Transit
48 Guelph / York U
47 Hamilton / York U

(GO has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street and York Boulevard, then detour:

southward along Keele;
westward along The Pond Road;
northward along the York University Busway; and then
eastward along York Boulevard to temporary stops just east of the Busway,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses start their trips on York Boulevard just east of the York University Busway, then proceed:

along their regular route eastward along York.

54 Markham / York U

(GO has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, westbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street and York Boulevard, then detour:

southward along Keele;
westward along The Pond Road;
northward along the York University Busway; and then
eastward along York Boulevard to temporary stops just east of the Busway,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses start their trips on York Boulevard just east of the York University Busway, then proceed:

along their regular route eastward along York.

45 Mississauga / York U
46 Oakville / York U

(GO has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street and York Boulevard, then detour:

southward along Keele;
westward along The Pond Road;
northward along the York University Busway; and then
eastward along York Boulevard to temporary stops just east of the Busway,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses start their trips on York Boulevard just east of the York University Busway, then proceed:

along their regular route eastward along York.

52 Oshawa / York U
51 Pickering / York U

(GO has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, westbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street and York Boulevard, then detour:

southward along Keele;
westward along The Pond Road;
northward along the York University Busway; and then
eastward along York Boulevard to temporary stops just east of the Busway,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses start their trips on York Boulevard just east of the York University Busway, then proceed:

along their regular route eastward along York.


Toronto Transit Commission
199 Finch rocket

(The TTC has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, eastbound buses start their trips on the north side of York Boulevard west of Keele Street, then proceed:

westward along York to the York University Busway,
resuming their regular route southward along the Busway.

Westbound buses operate along their regular route to the York University Busway and The Pond Road, then detour:

eastward along The Pond;
northward along Keele Street; and then
westward along York Boulevard to the stop west of Keele,
ending their trips.

195 Jane rocket

(The TTC has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, southbound buses start their trips on the north side of York Boulevard east Keele Street, then proceed:

eastward along York;
northward along the temporary access road to Vanier Lane; and then
westward along Vanier to Ian Macdonald Boulevard,
resuming their regular route northward along Ian Macdonald.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Steeles Avenue West and Founders Road, then proceed:

eastward along Steeles West;
southward along Keele Street; and then
westward along York Boulevard to stop west of Keele,
ending their trips.

41 Keele local
41E Keele express

(The TTC has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, northbound buses operate along their regular route to the stop on York Boulevard west of Keele Street,

ending their trips.

Southbound buses start their trips on the north side of York Boulevard west of Keele Street, then proceed:

eastward along York;
northward along the temporary access road to Vanier Lane; and then
westward along Vanier to Ian Macdonald Boulevard,
resuming their regular route northward along Ian Macdonald.

107 Keele North

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, buses remain on Keele Street and do not enter the campus.

Passengers travelling to and from the campus exit from or board southbound buses on Keele Street at York Boulevard. They exit from or board northbound buses on Keele Street north of Canartic Road.

60C Steeles West

(The TTC has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, eastbound buses start their trips on the north side of York Boulevard west of Keele Street, then proceed:

eastward along York;
northward along the temporary access road to Vanier Lane; and then
westward along Vanier to Ian Macdonald Boulevard,
resuming their regular route northward along Ian Macdonald.

Westbound buses operate along their regular route to the stop on York Boulevard west of Keele Street,

ending their trips.

106 York University

(The TTC has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, southbound buses start their trips on the temporary access road from Vanier Lane at York Boulevard, then proceed:

southward along the York University Busway; and then
westward along The Pond Road to James Gillies Street,
resuming their regular route westward along The Pond.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to the temporary access road from Vanier Lane at York Boulevard,

ending their trips.

196 York University rocket

(The TTC has not confirmed detour-routing information. We’ve based this section of the post on information it provided during previous incidents that closed the area near The Common.)

From 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, southbound buses start their trips on the north side of York Boulevard west of Keele Street, then proceed:

westward along York to the York University Busway,
resuming their regular route southward along the Busway.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to The Pond Road and James Gillies Street, then detour:

eastward along The Pond;
northward along Keele Street; and then
westward along York Boulevard to the stop west of Keele,
ending their trips.




























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