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Keele Station "Easier Access" project: TTC closing bus terminal, March 29



Update — Sunday, November 22, 10 a.m.: Construction on phase 1 of elevator construction ends today. Buses along the 41 Keele, 80 Queensway, 89 Weston and 941 Keele express resume service through the terminal. The TTC continues to suspend service along the 989 Weston express route.


Update — Saturday, September 5, 6:17 p.m.: The TTC recently finished paving High Park Loop. Starting Sunday, September 6, it’s extending the detour routing for buses along the 41 Keele route to operate to and from the loop, instead of looping on-street.


The TTC is continuing its “Easier Access” program to install elevators in its subway stations, making the subway system accessible for everyone. The program supports the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The provincial legislation commits the TTC to achieving a barrier-free transit system by 2025.


Since Thursday, August 1, 2019, TTC contractors have been working on a project to install new elevators at Keele Station.

  • A barrier-free path between the main entrance and the platform level of the station;
  • Two elevators to access east- and westbound platforms;
  • Automatic sliding station-entry doors;
  • Better signs; and
  • Closed-circuit television (CCTV) security cameras along the accessible pathway.

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“Easier Access” construction at Keele Station continues “until 2021”, meaning as late as until December 31, 2021.


In 2020, much of the work will occur in the bus terminal at the station, and in fact, starting Sunday, March 29, the TTC is closing the terminal to all buses. The TTC expects to have made Keele Station completely accessible by December 31, 2020.

While the terminal is closed, crews are also upgrading the terminal and platforms. Most buses that usually drop off or pick up passengers in the terminal, instead, serve passengers at stops on the street near the station. Some buses also operate to and from High Park Station terminal, instead of Keele.

Closing the terminal affects service along these routes:

  • 41 Keele;
  • 80 Queensway;
  • 89 Weston;
  • 341 Keele overnight;
  • 941 Keele express; and
  • 989 Weston express.

(Note that, starting Tuesday, March 24, the TTC is temporarily suspending service along express routes 941 and 989 during the COVID-19 crisis. When buses resume service along the routes, they will be detouring.)

The TTC is also revising service along this route during the closure:

  • 30 High Park.

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The TTC is closing the bus terminal at Keele Station and revising bus services to and from the terminal “for approximately six months” or until about October 3.

Note that TTC buses along the 189 Old Stockyards route continue to operate along their regular path to and from High Park Station. The buses continue to drop off or pick up passengers on the street near Keele Station.


Closing the bus terminal at Keele Station does not affect subway service along Line 2 Bloor - Danforth through the station. Passengers can enter and exit the station as usually.

TTC customer service representatives and supervisors will be on-site during the first few days of the closure to help direct passengers and the TTC is updating directional and informational signs in the station and on bus-stop poles.

Some buses drop off or pick up passengers on the west side of Keele Street, across from the station. Make sure you cross the street safely by crossing at the signal on Keele at Bloor Street West, when walking between the bus stop and the station.

After the COVID-19 crisis, when the TTC again accepts cash, tickets or tokens, you’ll have to pick up a proof-of-payment when you pay your fare so you can transfer between subway trains and buses at Keele Station.

The City of Toronto is removing three parking spaces on Keele Street so that the TTC can expand its bus-loading zone on the street. The City will install “No Standing” signs in the area to discourage motorists from parking.


Sources:

  • TTC: Keele Station “Easier Access” project construction notice, here.
  • TTC: Keele Station “Easier Access” project page, here.
  • Steve Munro: TTC Service Changes: Sunday, March 29, 2020, here.


30 High Park

Starting Sunday, March 29, the TTC slightly revises the path for buses along the route and interlines them with buses along the 80 Queensway route.

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to High Park Avenue, just north of High Park Station (north of Bloor Street West), ending their trips.

The bus then proceeds along the 80 Queensway route.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in High Park Station bus terminal.

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

  • on High Park Avenue just north of High Park Station.

Northbound buses start their trips in High Park Station bus terminal, as usually, then proceed along their regular route northward along High Park Avenue.

Before arriving into High Park Station, the bus operated along the 80 Queensway route.


To accommodate the interlining, the TTC is adjusting the schedules for buses along the route. By adjusting the schedules, it’s decreasing the frequency of late-evening service.

Starting Sunday, March 29, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 30 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays after about 10 p.m.

Starting Monday, March 30, buses serve passengers at stops:

  • every 30 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, Mondays to Fridays after about 10 p.m.

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41 Keele

(Updated — Saturday, September 5, 6:17 p.m.) The TTC is detouring buses along two different paths during construction:


(Updated — Saturday, September 5, 6:17 p.m.) From Sunday, March 29 until Saturday, September 5, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street across from Keele Station, ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, southbound buses drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Keele Street across from Keele Station (north of Bloor Street West).

The buses then “deadhead” (operate without passengers aboard) by proceeding:

southward along Keele Street and Parkside Drive;
eastward along Howard Park Avenue;
northward along Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West;
westward along Bloor Street West; and then
northward along Keele to just north of Bloor Street West.

Northbound buses start their trips on Keele Street beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West), then proceed:

along their regular route northward along Keele.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station terminal.

Instead, northbound buses pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Keele Street beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West).

(Updated — Saturday, September 5, 6:17 p.m.) Starting Sunday, September 6, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street across from Keele Station, ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, southbound buses drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Keele Street across from Keele Station (north of Bloor Street West).

The buses then “deadhead” (operate without passengers aboard) by proceeding:

southward along Keele and Parkside Drive;
westward along Howard Park Avenue; and then
southward into High Park Loop,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses reverse the southbound detour routing. They start their trips High Park Loop, then “deadhead” (operate without passengers) to a stop on Keele Street beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West), then proceed:

along their regular route northward along Keele.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station terminal.

Instead, northbound buses pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Keele Street beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West).

To accommodate the longer path, the TTC is adjusting the schedules for buses along the route. By adjusting the schedules, it’s increasing and decreasing the frequency of service during various time periods.

Starting Sunday, March 29, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 25 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, Sundays and holidays before about 8 a.m.;
  • every 12 minutes, instead of every 11½ minutes, from about 8 a.m. until noon;
  • every 11 minutes, instead of every 10½ minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m.;
  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 21 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • every 25 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

Starting Monday, March 30, buses serve passengers at stops:

  • every 15 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes 45 seconds, Mondays to Fridays from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • every 22 minutes, instead of every 25 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

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941 Keele express

When buses have resumed service along the route after the COVID-19 crisis has passed, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street across from Keele Station, ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, southbound buses drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Keele Street across from Keele Station (north of Bloor Street West).

The buses then “deadhead” (operate without passengers aboard) by proceeding:

southward along Keele Street and Parkside Drive;
eastward along Howard Park Avenue;
northward along Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West;
westward along Bloor Street West; and then
northward along Keele to just north of Bloor Street West.

Northbound buses start their trips on Keele Street beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West), then proceed:

along their regular route northward along Keele.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station terminal.

Instead, northbound buses pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Keele Street beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West).

To accommodate the longer path, the TTC is adjusting the schedules for buses along the route. By adjusting the schedules, it’s increasing the frequency of service Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

Starting Monday, March 30, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 14 minutes, instead of every 14½ minutes, during morning rush hours; and
  • every 14 minutes, instead of every 14 minutes 20 seconds, during afternoon rush hours.

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341 Keele overnight

Starting Sunday, March 29, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street across from Keele Station, ending their trips.

The buses then “deadhead” (operate without passengers aboard) by proceeding:

southward along Keele;
westward along Bloor Street West;
northward along High Park Avenue; and then
westward into High Park Station terminal,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Keele Street across from Keele Station (north of Bloor Street West).

Northbound buses start their trips in High Park Station bus terminal, then proceed:

southward along High Park Avenue;
eastward along Bloor Street West; and then
northward along Keele Street to beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West,
resuming their regular route northward along Keele.

Northbound buses deadhead between High Park Station and Keele Street beside Keele Station.

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80 Queensway

Starting Sunday, March 29, buses operate to and from High Park Station bus terminal, instead of Keele Station. The TTC also interlines them with buses along the 30 High Park route.

Southbound buses start their trips on High Park Avenue beside High Park Station (just north of Bloor Street East), then proceed:

southward along High Park; and then
eastward along Bloor Street West to Keele Street / Parkside Drive,
resuming their regular route southward along Parkside.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, southbound buses pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on High Park Avenue beside High Park Station (just north of Bloor Street West) and
  • on Bloor Street West at Parkside Drive.

Before arriving on High Park Avenue beside High Park Station, most buses complete a trip along the 30 High Park route.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Parkside Drive and Bloor Street West, then detour:

westward along Bloor West;
northward along High Park Avenue; and then
westward into High Park Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, northbound buses drop off passengers at temporary stops

  • on Bloor Street West west of Keele Street and
  • in High Park Station bus terminal.

After arriving in High Park Station terminal, most buses continue along the 30 High Park route.


To accommodate the interlining and the longer path, the TTC is adjusting the schedules for buses along the route. By adjusting the schedules, it increases the frequency of service during various time periods.

Starting Sunday, March 29, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, Sundays and holidays from about noon until 7 p.m.; and
  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.

Starting Monday, March 30, buses serve passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, Mondays to Fridays before about 7 p.m.;
  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • every 24 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

Starting Saturday, April 4, the buses serve passengers:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, Saturdays before about 8 a.m.;
  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, from about 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.; and
  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, after about 7 p.m.

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89 Weston

Starting Sunday, March 29, buses operate to and from High Park Station terminal, instead of Keele Station.

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street across from Keele Station, then detour:

southward along Keele;
westward along Bloor Street West;
northward along High Park Avenue; and then
westward into High Park Station terminal,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, southbound buses drop off passengers at temporary stops

  • on Bloor Street West west of Keele Street; and
  • in High Park Station terminal.

Northbound buses reverse the southbound detour routing.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, northbound buses pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • in High Park Station terminal and
  • on Keele Street beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West).

To accommodate the longer path, the TTC is adjusting the schedules for buses along the route. By adjusting the schedules, it increases the frequency of service Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

Starting Monday, March 30, buses drop off or pick up passengers along the route:

  • every 6&frac;12 minutes, instead of every 6 minutes 45 seconds, during morning rush hours;
  • every 10 minutes, instead of every 11 minutes, during afternoon rush hours.

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989 Weston express

When buses have resumed service along the route after the COVID-19 crisis has passed, they operate to and from High Park Station terminal, instead of Keele Station.

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to Keele Street across from Keele Station, then detour:

southward along Keele;
westward along Bloor Street West;
northward along High Park Avenue; and then
westward into High Park Station terminal,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, southbound buses drop off passengers at temporary stops

  • on Bloor Street West west of Keele Street; and
  • in High Park Station terminal.

Northbound buses reverse the southbound detour routing.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • in Keele Station bus terminal.

Instead, northbound buses pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • in High Park Station terminal and
  • on Keele Street beside Keele Station (just north of Bloor Street West).

To accommodate the interlining and the longer path, the TTC is adjusting the schedules for buses along the route. By adjusting the schedules, it decreases the frequency of service Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

Starting Monday, March 30, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 15 minutes, instead of every 14½ minutes, during morning rush hours; and
  • every 14 minutes, instead of every 13½ minutes, during morning rush hours.

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Transit agencies often interline buses along two or more routes sharing a common terminal to save resources — human resources, meaning drivers and physical resources, meaning vehicles. For example, after an eastbound bus along the 80 Queensway route arrives in High Park Station terminal, it then completes a round trip along the 30 High Park route. After returning to the High Park Station area, the bus then proceeds westbound along the 80 Queensway route.

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