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No subway service, December 19: Lawrence to St Clair



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The TTC is closing part of Line 1 Yonge - University between Lawrence and St Clair Stations all day Saturday, December 19. Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Lawrence stations and between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations that day.

Frequent shuttle buses partly replace the trains, stopping on the street stopping near each station of the closed section of the line. At Eglinton and Davisville stations, passengers can exit from or board buses on the street. At St Clair Station, passengers exit on St. Clair Avenue East east of Yonge Street beside the main station entrance, but can board inside the bus terminal off Pleasant Boulevard.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)

While this section of Line 1 is closed, Metrolinx contractors continue working on the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit.

All stations remain open so you can pay fares or connect with TTC buses and streetcars.

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 [signal] upgrades.”

Although shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Lawrence and St Clair stations. Passengers can ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans service. Because Lawrence Station is not yet accessible, if you’re travelling southbound along Line 1 towards Lawrence Station and you need an elevator, then exit the train at York Mills Station and ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans.


This is the last time in 2020 that the TTC is closing this section of Line 1. However, it’s closing the Line again in January:

  • Monday, January 11 to Thursday, January 14 — Finch to Eglinton — close early — tunnel and signal upgrades

Shuttle buses

(We’ve based this part of the post on information available from TransSee, a web application that provides real-time bus tracking and predicts the location of the next vehicles at a stop. TransSee supplied this information during a previous closure of this part of Line 1.)

Southbound buses start their trips on York Mills Road east of Yonge Street, beside the exit from York Mills Station, then proceed:

westward along York Mills;
southward along Yonge Street; and then
eastward along St. Clair Avenue East.

The buses stop to drop off passengers on St. Clair East, just east of Yonge, beside the entrance to St Clair Station.

They then proceed:

eastward along St. Clair;
southward along Avoca Avenue;
westward along Pleasant Boulevard; and then
northward into St Clair Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips in the lower bus terminal at St Clair Station, then proceed:

westward along Pleasant Boulevard;
northward along Yonge Street;
east- and northward along Old York Mills Road; and then
westward along York Mills Road to just east of Yonge, beside the entrance into York Mills Station,
ending their trips.


Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday to avoid stress and crowding. 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, streetcars and trains 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 or streetcars on 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.

At the closure area:

  • 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.

South of 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.