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Subway closes early, November 20: Bloor to Union

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The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University between Bloor and Union Stations earlier than usually, Friday, November 20. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Finch and Bloor stations and between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Union stations after 11 p.m. tonight.

Shuttle buses partly replace subway service between the two stations. The buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops on the street near all stations on the closed section of the line.

(Or, consider a shuttle bus alternative.)

Most stations on this section of Line 1 remain open so you can pay for fares or connect with TTC buses, streetcars and Line 1 subway trains. However, College and King stations are closed.

Note, also, that the TTC is closing two entrances / exits at Queen Station after 11 p.m.:

  • on the west side of Yonge Street at Shuter Street; and
  • in the Eaton Centre (north or “City Hall” entrance / exit).

Although shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans service is also available. Ask TTC staff for information about Wheel-Trans service to and from any station.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, TTC crews are installing and testing the automatic train control (ATC) signalling system in the subway corridor.

The TTC says that “The existing signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment, much of which is over 60 years old, need replacing as their failure significantly impacts service. Once Automatic Train Control is fully installed and operational, customers will see improved frequency of subway service, less crowding and greater reliability of the signal system.”

According to a TTC news release, “While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and ATC upgrades.”

The TTC is closing this section of Line 1 three more times in November:

  • Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 — Eglinton to Union — ATC installation.
  • Monday, November 23 until Thursday, November 26 — Finch to Eglinton — close early — tunnel and signal upgrades.
  • Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29 — Eglinton to Union — ATC installation.

Shuttle buses

(We’ve based this part of the post on information the TTC has supplied during previous occasions that it has closed this section of Line 1. For official information, check with the TTC.)

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

westward along Crescent Road;
southward along Yonge Street; and then
westward along Front Street West to Bay Street,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips on Front Street West east of Bay Street, then proceed:

northward along Bay;
eastward along King Street West;
northward along Yonge Street;
eastward along Crescent Road; and then
southward into Rosedale Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time tonight to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times.

While shuttle buses operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider travelling along the University branch, instead of the Yonge branch, to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely. Or board buses along the 97 Yonge route to travel to and from stops on Yonge north of Davisville Avenue / Chaplin Crescent.

Ride buses, streetcars or trains along routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch.

North of the closure area:

  • Buses along the 84 Sheppard West route and board the subway at Sheppard West Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Buses along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Buses along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Streetcars along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.

At the closure area:

  • Trains along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Streetcars along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Streetcars along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Streetcars along the 504A / 504B King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.